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The ABC’s of Antennas, part 1

Antennas are more of an art than a science. There’s a lot that goes into getting that TV picture just right, but for the antenna hobbyist there’s nothing like seeing that crystal clear picture once everything…


What do you mean, “Clear QAM?”

The TV industry loves to confound you with strange abbreviations. One of the weirdest is QAM, pronounced “kwam.” It sounds vaguely Australian, doesn’t it? What’s worse is that if you search for QAM, you find out…








Ten biggest Genie myths (and two facts)

DIRECTV’s Genie system is still fairly new so there are a few myths that are out there that just aren’t true. Let’s take a look at the biggest myths, things people think are true but aren’t….



Will “six strikes” make a difference?

Last week, several major internet service providers rolled out “The Copyright Alert System,” which is supposed to be a self-governing method of keeping people from spreading pirated material. The details are really kind of sketchy, even…


The proper way to hook up a SWM-D2 diplexer

Sonora’s SWM-D2 diplexer is a great piece of technology to have around. Whether you are a commercial installer looking to put broadcast TV on the same line as DIRECTV service or a DIY’er who wants to use…



PlugCam problems? Try these tips

The PlugCam is cool. It uses your home powerlines to create a security system that needs no wiring and doesn’t even rely on your wi-fi. It’s easy to configure and easy to use. But what if it doesn’t…