What are the channels on free satellite TV? There is the FTA list that offers the master list, which is the “big list of every channel that’s available on Ku-band just about anywhere in the United States and Canada.”
FTA (free-to-air) “describes television (TV) and radio services broadcast in clear (unencrypted) form, allowing any person with the appropriate receiving equipment to receive the signal and view or listen to the content without requiring a subscription, other ongoing cost or one-off fee.”
Here’s how to get started with FTA.
Here are the Behringer 802 settings with Kenwood 570 HF radio, because I keep forgetting them. I am using the Marshall MXL 990 condenser microphone and the Kenwood radio is set on vox (until a PTT switch is acquired). The same settings should still apply.
The Behringer Xenyx 802 Preamp does have phantom power, required to power the MXL 990 Condenser Microphone. BTW, this mic sounds fantastic on the computer, using the Behringer mixer. This makes for a great combination.
Behringer 802 Settings Hooked Up To Kenwood 570 HF Transceiver
* Level 1 Microphone is set on the 2 o’clock position.
* The gain at top of the board is set on 1, which is nearly off.
* All unused channels should be turned off.
* The audio source coming from computer should be unplugged, because this causes unwanted clipping on transceiver.
* The EQ (LOW) knob should be set at 10 o’clock position, while the others are at 12 o’clock.
* Control room level knob should be set about 12 o’clock. This knob is next to main mix.
* Main mix knob should be set on about the 3 mark, which is the 8 o’clock position.
Adjust accordingly. Clipping can be bad with this setup and this is to be considered. Nevertheless, the Behringer 802 is affordable and actually does a fair job for a cheap mixer. It’s a tough rig.
And the experimenting goes forward with updates if necessary.
We’ve entered an era of the digital age, but there’s a number of us that still appreciates AM/FM radio. For those of us that want to enjoy radio and live on the fringe of reception, it might help to concentrate on receiving a better signal. This means using other available options and maximizing our efforts. Our electronic hobby is fun and we want to expand.
As always, the antenna is the place to start. A good FM yagi is appropiate — Antennacraft 70 Fm Triple Driven-Directional Hd-Radio Ready Antenna – 88-108Mhz. Audio signals are not as fussy as HDTV signals, yet a better antenna is necessary for those of us living on the deep fringe. Here’s another choice — Winegard HD-6010 HD FM Radio Antenna.
For those closer to the station, the FM dipole is standard and works well. FM loops are great performers.
The next item is an AM/FM tuner or stereo receiver. Any old receiver will work, but the newer digital receivers are convenient and offer more options. The Onkyo TX-8255 Stereo Receiver is an excellent choice with no frills and has good reviews. This is a good brand.
A good quality coax is admirable. It is wise to use RG6 or better, and 50 feet is adequate for most purposes. Try to find the best that is affordable because it makes the difference, especially when using it for HDTV.
If you are a good distance from the station, then an amplifier will be an item that will apply to the project. I recommend the 4 Port Cable TV/HDTV/Digital Amplifier Internet Modem Signal Booster Internet AMP. I have two of them and they have done a terrific job for me. I have one for HDTV and the other for AM/FM radio. I am a happy customer with adequate signal because of my amplifiers.
It does help to know the specifics in your area. Radio-Locator is nice and has been around for some time.
Please add any tips that might help other readers.
The weather is changing, the temperatures are cooling, and the rooms in the house can get chilled. What is the best electric heater for the bedroom? What is the best electric heater for the living room? Is safety important?
These are very important questions to ask. Let’s examine our options and the features that are available. First, we’ll examine a living room heater.
LARGE ROOM HEATER (LIVING ROOM)
* Duraflame [Duraflame Williams Portable Heater, 10HM4126-O107] — Uses 6 infrared-Quartz heating element. Uses standard 120v, 3 prong ground outlet; heat output: 5,200 but; rated power: 1,500-Watts, 12.5 amps. This heater gets very good scores for heating ability and safety. As far as price goes, the Duraflame heater is very competitive as compared with the others.
** Dr Infrared [Dr Infrared Heater Quartz + PTC Infrared Portable Space Heater - 1500 Watt, UL Listed , Produces 60% More Heat with Advanced Dual Heating System.] — Newly Engineered and Designed in USA with Advanced Dual Heating System. 1500W with High and Low Temperature Settings range 65 to 86 degrees. The Dr. HeaterTM advanced dual heating systems increase the heat transfer rate, and evenly heats your space up to 1,000 square feet, fast.
SMALL ROOM HEATER (BEDROOM)
* Holmes [Holmes HFH436WGL-UM Heater Fan with Bathroom Safe Plug] — Digital thermostat with a digital clock and timer, Easy to adjust digital controls will help maintain your desired comfort level, 2 heat settings 1500 watt max.
** Bionaire [Jarden Consumer Heater BCH9212-U Bionaire Ceramic Mini Tower Heater] — Heats up a room quickly and efficiently, Easy-read LCD display, Auto safety shut-off.
Turn your HDTV into a SmartTV!
Finally a way to watch YouTube videos and streaming movies on HDTV. I am excited about this capability. For those that do not feel like being glued to the desk for hours, finally a solution to the problem. It’s called Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player. Chromecast has been around since July of 2013.
With Chromecast: “You can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome.”
I don’t know about you but I am happy to see this and I will be getting one very soon. I was looking for a way to watch YouTube on television and this is my cue.
And the best part…only around $35. In these tough economic times it matters.
I also like the convenience of the Dongle. Just plug and play. I understand that there is some kind of antenna or extender, and I do believe that there is no limit to the TV’s that can be accessed in any room. What’s not to like here?
Using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop the WiFi magic begins.
Of course Google wants to get in on the TV entertainment business. They want access to your HDMI port. No doubt. The low price is a very strong selling point. And the ease of use is convenient. Simplicity is always a plus.
Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku
Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku. Which streaming box should you get?
Is hooking the computer up to the HDTV possible, even if I don’t have the HDMI port available? My computer has the place for it but this was an option. I’m sad. Can I ever be happy and find a gadget to accomplish this goal?
Yes I can. It’s called the ViewHD PC to HDTV Video & Audio Converter | VGA to HDMI 720P / 1080P Upscaler with Integrated Audio and this is what it does. It converts analog to digital.
I’m going out of my VGA (monitor) to the HDTV. The monitor sends out an analog signal but we need a digital signal. This converter fulfills this purpose. Audio is also integrated with the video.
The video quality is going to be good, but not as good as those with the Smart TV. That being said, this is an amazing device, is affordable, and it does work. The big Smart TV is going to cost more. And yes the Smart TV is worth the money. It does many things.
What is necessary to have in order to make this thing work: RiteAV VGA Cable with 3.5mm Audio – 15 Ft. and DVI Gear HDMI Cable 2M 6 feet. The VGA cable will go the converter and the HMI cable will go from converter to the HDTV set. It’s not so confusing after all.
Some are lucky enough to point the HDTV antenna and receive all of the given channels. Most of us either have to split the difference, which is called splitting, and we compromise by aiming between two reception points. This usually results with less than optimum conditions and causes problems. Combining two different HDTV antennas can be tricky, but it is possible.
Maybe this would help — Terrestrial Digital DB8 Multi-Directional ‘Bowtie’ UHF DTV Antenna…
Without going through a lot of hassle, it would probably be the simplest to use a PHILIPS PH61007 A/B Switch. I have tried this and it works great. Where this application works best: If you have that one channel that occasionally drops out and you have a second antenna pointed in that direction. You just run the coax and combine it inside the house, instead of outside.
I have an indoor HDTV amplifier in line with this setup, the 4 Port Cable TV/HDTV/Digital Amplifier Internet Modem Signal Booster Internet AMP. This helped with the weaker stations.
You simply slide the switch and view the program with the second antenna. There is no signal loss using this method. Most splitters will cause significant signal loss, making them undesirable because of this issue. Signal loss is not good. In satellite dish usage, splitters are okay because there is adequate amplification to carry the load. HDTV broadcasting is not the same.
There is another solution. This is using a Winegard CC-7870 Antenna Coupler to combine two outdoor antennas. Some have tried this method installing two HDTV antennas (10:40) and claim that it works. Supposedly there is little to no signal loss this way.
When connecting two antennas to this coupler, keep the coax the same length on each antenna. This is critical to this operation. Keep this in mind before installation.
After coming out of the coupler, one could use the RCA TVPRAMP1R Outdoor Antenna Preamplifier. This is another choice that is available.
Both options will work. The slide switch is convenient and the coupler will tackle the more serious issues. Good luck with the project.
I will suggest a third option that worked really well for me. I had two antennas pointing in different directions. Both fed into the house with two separate cables, which were joined together inside. For this I used the Coaxial T Adapter, F Female / Female / Female. This solution works great if both antennas pull in strong signals.
This adapter works well and the seller is fantastic.
After having DSL dropouts and experiencing sluggish internet speeds, I decided to do a little research on the topic. How do I get a better DSL signal? I did some reading and found some excellent sources.
I was trying to find out more then you ever wanted to know about DSL Filters! The primer informed me that telephone voice uses a certain frequency range, which is 0-4 kHz.
DSL data uses a higher frequency range, which is 26-138 kHz for the upstream, and 138-110 kHz for the downstream.
So, we have two different range of frequencies designed to perform two different tasks. This is where the filtering comes in to play. The little filter which the phone company gave us is called a microfilter and this is standard with DSL users. This is what we use to split these two separate frequencies.
However, there is an alternative. It’s called a DSL Pots Splitter. This is technically the better choice of the two.
A DSL Installation Tutorial gives us more details and provides a better explanation. As the author explains, “the DSL signal doesn’t interfere with phones…it’s the other way around.”
If reliability and speed are important to the DSL user, then an Outdoor POTS Splitter-SE-649A1 may be of help, especially if there are a lot of DSL problems. Then this would be a good option. Wiring the DSL Splitter is not too bad of a job.
The local tech (who happens to be a lineman) said to watch out for the Signal to Noise Margin. I must admit he was right and I was wrong about our argument. Pay attention to this one.
As they say, do not expect miracles. Some computer users will benefit from this DSL POTS splitter, while others will not see a significant difference. One thing is for sure though. The POTS splitter is technically superior.
And there are other hints that most of us already are aware of. Using the Category 5 cable whenever possible is highly recommended. Also, limiting the amount of T adapters and splitters will be beneficial.
Laughter is the best medicine.