antennas


HD-BLADE curled in a circle?

If this is the first article you’ve read about our little HD-BLADE antenna, you’ll wonder why it looks so tortured. It’s lived a hard life so far. We painted it. We let a 4-year-old play with it. We punched holes it in,…


HD-BLADE in a moving car?

Can you use the HD-BLADE in a moving car? That may be a little too much to ask of this powerful little antenna. Why? Digital tuners have to “lock on” to a signal before they can…


What is dBi?

What is dBi? For today’s blog, I was going to write about my plans for how to test my antennas and any new antenna against my “Standard” antenna. Due to the blog about the new…


Frequencies used by common service providers

Have you ever wondered what frequencies were being used by different providers? It’s all strictly regulated by the FCC… if anything is being broadcast. That’s the reason your cell phone signal doesn’t interfere with your…


New Antenna Blog by Phil Karras KE3FL

Greetings! I’ve been offered a volunteer guest blogger position here at Solid Signal and have been contemplating just what to write about. I’m a physicist by education and have worked in the optical, fluid dynamics,…


Can you use the HD-BLADE as an FM Antenna?

I knew it was a long shot, but I thought I’d try it. Signal Group Forums member jonjlindsey asked if the HD-BLADE could be used as an FM Antenna. I knew it wasn’t designed for it but I…




HD-BLADE vs. Paperclip … who wins?

When I tested the HD-BLADE covered with foil, I got several comments. Even though I tested the cable all by itself, it was suggested that to do it right I might use a paper clip as…


TIP: Keep those cables wound loosely

Do your cables look like this? These cables were prepared by a DIRECTV-certified technician. As you can see the input cables are gently looped around, rather than making a sharp bend. This is the proper way…