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Eeeks! It’s just one of those days when the audio goes out on the television, which is connected to the DirecTV receiver box. The problem is actually to do with the DirecTV receiver box. For some unknown reason the TV turns silent and the universe is not complete. What to do? I want to hear some sound. Help?

The best choice is to…reset your DirecTV receiver box. There are a few menu options you will need to navigate through to get your audio working again.


  1. Press Menu Button on DirecTV Remote
  2. Parental, Fav’s & Setup
  3. System Setup
  4. Reset
  5. Reset Everything
  6. Press DASH (-) on DirecTV Remote

Never fear. The TV will shut itself off and the universe will go blank for a moment. Never fear. Programming will return to normal and then some sweet audio will come back to life once again.

There Seems To Be Fog Over Portland

On September 20, 1952, Oregon’s first television station had the honor of being the first commercial television station to broadcast on the UHF band. KPTV (CH 27) made it as Oregon’s first television station. The year of 1952 must have been a good one.

Antennas were installed all over the city of Portland, as some refer to it as Fog Over Portland

As Portland’s only television station at the time, it carried programming from all four networks. (It has operated on VHF Channel 12 since 1957.)

Radio waves in the UHF band travel almost entirely by line-of-sight propagation and ground reflection.

What was code-named as Operation Bridgeport went on the air on December 29, 1949, via KC2XAK. This was the world’s first UHF television station, recognized as WNBT (NBC 4).

Also, it was broadcasted on UHF Channel 24 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Mind you this was an experimental project.

“The station used a 1 kW transmitter with a 20-dB gain antenna on a 210-foot (64 m) tower elevated 450 feet (140 m) above average terrain.”

After Operation Bridgeport was shut down by RCA and NBC on August 23, 1952, the transmitter and support equipment was dismantled in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The equipment was shipped via truck and fast freight train to Portland, Oregon.

KC2XAK was to be the first UHF station on the air, however it was an experimental station.

UHF channels are still used for digital television (DTV), and it wasn’t until the 1990’s that digital TV became a possibility.

GPE 27 5/8 Antenna Good For DX

The low radiation angle for the Sirio Antenna Sirio GPE 27 5/8 is excellent for DX. The Sirio GPE 27 5/8 Antenna is designed for the 10m & 11m in frequency range. It’s omnidirectional and tunable by acting on the whip length, plus low radiation angle for excellent DX. The coil is protected by a transparent cover.

The whip is equipped with the waterproof jointing sleeve, also made of aluminum alloy 6063 T-832 offering protection from static discharges.

The ground plane frequency range: tunable from 26.4 to 29.0 MHz. Will do more with a tuner, because a video shows the operator transmitting on a 20m frequency.

Materials are aluminum, steel, copper, and nylon. Made of anti-corodal aluminum tubes and supplied with polythene jointing sleeves to be a perfect waterproofing. Strong and easy to install.

This looks like a solid antenna sold for a reasonable price.

Happy DXing.

How to connect multiple devices to a television, even an old TV? Not a problem. Panlong 4-Way AV switch allows you to connect multiple video devices with AV out (such as Wii, XBOX, DVD, PS2, Cable Box, Raspberry Pi, Roku) to one set of standard yellow-white-red RCA connectors of your TV using AV cables.

I bought this Panlong 4-Way to hook up several devices to an old TV and I never had a single issue. This gadget requires no power, so no need for an extra outlet.

You just push the button that’s connected to the gadget that you want to play and then you’re ready. It’s that simple.

You have Panlong 4-Way and you also have Panlong 8-Way, which allows you to connect even more of your favorite gadgets.

It depends on how many gadgets you have.

I personally tried this one and it works well, looks good, and is sooo simple to use.

Thanks for reading this and have a good day!

Signal Carrier In AM and FM

AM FM Signals

Amplitude is defined as the distance between the tip crest of the wave to the rest position of the wave.

With Amplitude modulation, the amplitude of the carrier wave varies, while the frequency remains constant.

Frequency modulation is the encoding of information in a carrier wave by varying the instantaneous frequency of the wave.

FM has better noise (RFI) rejection than AM, making it the more popular choice for broadcasting.

Single Sideband Carrier


Most ham operators in the HF radio spectrum efficiently use Sideband, a band of frequencies higher than or lower than the carrier frequency, containing power as a result of the modulation process.

The signal components above the carrier frequency constitute the upper sideband (USB), and those below the carrier frequency constitute the lower sideband (LSB).

In SSB, the carrier is suppressed, significantly reducing the electrical power (by up to 12 dB) without affecting the information in the sideband.

Mobile And Wi-Fi Signals

What about Mobile phone and Wi-Fi signals? What is the engineering involved with these modes?

Image Credits: Wikipedia

Shadow SH T16 Mini 2.4GHz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard with Mouse for PC, PAD, XBox 360, PS3, Google Android TV Box, HTPC, IPTV [2017]

Look. I need function buttons and I need them now! I have my movies plus the usual important geek stuff, but what was truly missing in my life was my shadow. No, please don’t think that I’m losing it. Yet, I do not want to lose my shadow again. Never again. (Shadow SH T16 for specifics.) Hi hi. We’re talking stylish petite wireless touchpad keyboard. The Shadow looks and feels great. It’s so small. I’m ordering another shadow!

Perfect for Computer Windows2000,WindowsXP,Vista,WIN7,WIN10,LINGX,Andriod,Notebook, Tablet(USB port), Xbox 360, PS3, Android TV Box, IPTV, HTPC, Projector, Smartphone(OTG), ect.

The Search Option w/QWERTY keyboard
Let’s get specific. I was concerned about the search option. There’s no shortcut button to punch per se, but the touchpad allows you to get there. Yes, search is available. I wanted the search option and I got it. Hurrah.

Shortcut To Favorites
This was extra creme on the pie so to speak so you just gotta love it. Instead of the usual three or four steps to the garden path, I now beam down instantly.

Volume Control
There’s nothing more annoying than not possessing volume control. It doesn’t matter what gadget you’re playing, volume is a must these days. The Shadow offers these options.

Sensitive Smart Touchpad
Built-in high sensitive smart touchpad with 360-degree flip design, access to left click, right click, scroll bar.

Give me more baby! (Lingo for highly recommended to other tech enthusiasts.)

Annular Solar Eclipse Feb 26, 2017

Skywatching Feb 2017

HUBBLE : Hubble Space Telescope — Highlights of the February sky.
NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory — What’s Up for February 2017.
NIBIRU: Astronomy Live — Nibiru to Arrive in October 2017?
LIVE: timeanddate — Live streaming. May require subscription.

An annular solar eclipse will occur when the Moon’s diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like a ring of fire. The eclipse will take place on Feb. 26, 2017.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a backyard stargazer on Earth.

Where will it be visible? It will be visible across southern South America in the morning and it ends in south-western Africa at sunset.

The annular eclipse will be visible at these locations.

Is the Nibiru cataclysm an internet hoax?

Pluto In Color By New Horizons

What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto — starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon — and leading up to an eventual ride in for a “landing” on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planitia.

On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto.

GE 1.4 Cu. Ft. Microwave Oven

Mid-size Microwave Oven 1100 Watts Black

The old tank finally stopped working and it was time to quickly grab another. The last one worked flawlessly for about 15 years. It was a GE product and based on reliability, ease of use, and the chic presence, I considered another GE product. So the GE 1.4 CU. Ft. entered into the fold. Model number: JES1460DSBB. Here’s the link: GE JES1460DSBB 22″ 1.4 cu. ft. Capacity Countertop Microwave in Black.

The modern family requires a microwave oven and that’s it. Personally, I’m an occasional user, reheating coffee, pizza, and the like.

After several weeks of usage, here are my thoughts. So far, there’s not much to complain about. It’s not really a problem, but the door on this unit seems a bit flimsier than the last one. And this could just be my imagination. It’s not an issue.

The interface is different than the last one. It’s hard to pinpoint the differences but I’ll try. After punching in the time, the microwave does its thing and you get ‘The End’, which I find a bit odd. I prefer to get the time being played out. The old one had a quickset button; this one has a 30 second timer labeled Add 30 Sec, which isn’t really a problem, just different.

The major difference is wattage. The old microwave operated at approximately 600 watts; the new one is 1100 watts. Well, the 1100 watts thoroughly cooks the food but it’s almost too hot, and I wonder if this will impact the electric bill. Probably not that much.

The new mid-size is bigger than the compact one. It doesn’t bother me at all, in fact more room is nicer. Some may not like bigger and may choose the compact.

Would I recommend the GE 1.4 Cu. Ft. Microwave Oven? Yes, without hesitation.

For owner’s manual here’s the link: GE 1.4 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven.

Related Options:
1. Insignia – 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave – Black. Highly recommended. Economical.
2. GE JES1072SHSS 0.7 Cu. Ft. Capacity Countertop Microwave Oven in Stainless Steel.
3. LG LCS0712ST – 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave – Stainless-Steel.

UPDATE: Feb 17, 2017
This is one month after using this edition GE microwave and there have been no problems at all. I do not foresee any issues in the future. I would highly recommend this unit. I realize the rumor about the China buyout, but all I can say is the quality has not been compromised as of yet. Satisfied camper on this end.

Doomsday Eclipse Carbondale Illinois August 21, 2017

Are you serious? Be sure to mark the calendar for The Great American Eclipse. A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. There’s something spooky going on in Carbondale, Illinois, aka Little Egypt. Whaaat?

The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 41.6 seconds at 37°35′0″N 89°7′0″W in Shawnee National Forest just south of Carbondale, Illinois and the greatest extent will be at 36°58′0″N 87°40′18″W near Cerulean, Kentucky between Hopkinsville and Princeton, Kentucky.

The eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the Pacific coast and Atlantic coast since 1918.

Southern Illinois is also known as “Little Egypt”:

The nicknames for this region also arose from the political tensions prior to and during the American Civil War, as regions of the state allied differently with North and South. Because southern Illinois was settled by southerners, they maintained a sympathy for many issues of their former states. They supported the continuation of slavery. They voted for Democrats, at a time when the northern part of the state supported Republicans. The meaning is expressed in this description of the 1858 campaign of Douglas and Abraham Lincoln:

“In 1858, debating in northern Illinois, Douglas had threatened Lincoln by asserting that he would ‘trot him down to Egypt’ and there challenge him to repeat his antislavery views before a hostile crowd. The audience understood Douglas: overwhelming proslavery sentiment and Democratic unanimity in Egypt had led to the nickname.”

Are you serious? Whaaat?

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