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    Ran out of space in main circuit breaker panel, what to do?

    It's not uncommon at all to have breakers with total amperage much higher than the main breaker. The assumption is that not all circuits will be in use at the same time, and that of those that are in use, few or (usually) none will be drawing full capacity. The main breaker is there to prevent...
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    FCC Fines Scripps $1.13M For TV Tower Lighting Violations

    I suspect he meant the headline is misleading, not that you were. I mean in one way it's accuate, because Scripps was the company that was fined, but on the other hand it's misleading because it implies that Scripps was at fault when clearly the tower lighting on towers they did not own at the...
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    getting xfinity and worried installers might trash my rig.

    Pro tip: If you know how to do it safely, pre-drill any holes they will need to run their cable and pull a string from wherever you want the cable modem to be to the hole where they will bring in their cable (usually right next to the electric meter, since by law they are supposed to use a...
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    Locast sues networks

    Another article: Locast Accuses the Major Broadcasters of Antitrust Violations This is the actual text of their response and counterclaims.
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    Big Four Networks Sue Locast

    Locast filed a response and counterclaims... Locast Accuses the Major Broadcasters of Antitrust Violations This is the actual text of their response and counterclaims.
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    Using a Sonotube for installing a C Band pole

    Yeah, if someone has access to welding equipment it certainly wouldn't hurt to weld some angle iron or other scrap metal to the pole prior to pouring the concrete. In my case I don't have access to welding equipment, nor to a drill powerful enough to drill a hole through a steel pipe to stick a...
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    Using a Sonotube for installing a C Band pole

    Crap, I completely forgot about frost heave. :imshocked I have revised my post accordingly. I agree but what is poor construction in one area might be more than adequate in another, depending on soil type, frost heave, maximum winds encountered, and probably a few other factors we haven't...
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    New 4 input(?) tuner card supports DVB-S2X

    I'm not spending any more money on satellite equipment until I see what happens to C-band, but if I were going to buy a new PC tuner card today I might consider this one, particularly if I could buy it from a North American seller: 8 Tuner TV Card - DD Max SX8 Basic (4/8) - DVB-S2/DVB-S2X Full...
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    Link: FCC, Wireless Industry Take Aim At C Band Satellite Spectrum for 5G

    A dumb question just occurred to me - how the hell is the FCC going to shut down all or part C-band given that the United States isn't the only country in the world that uses it? What if Canada and Mexico, both of which make use of C-band, refuse to go along? Isn't that band allocation an...
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    Link: FCC, Wireless Industry Take Aim At C Band Satellite Spectrum for 5G

    The next chapter in this sad saga... FCC's Pai Predicts C-Band Item by Fall - Part of FCC grand plan to free up more 5G spectrum
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    Using a Sonotube for installing a C Band pole

    Not if you use 3-4 bags of concrete (possibly a few more if your soils turns to Jello when it rains). And if you think that's really a possibility (AND you live far enough south that you don't get freezing winters or frost heave - see Titanium's comment below), the way I'd prevent it is by...
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    Using a Sonotube for installing a C Band pole

    Well then maybe you really do have one of those soil types where such extreme measures are necessary. I've never encountered that type of soil in my area - we have sand aplenty, but no loam, so any standing water drains into the water table before it has a chance to turn the ground mushy. In...
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    Using a Sonotube for installing a C Band pole

    It always amazes me the lengths some guys will go through when installing a pole. I have been buying poles at the scrap yard for $15 or $20 (depending on who is working there when I go there and how much the pipe weighs) and typically these have a pretty good layer of surface rust which I just...
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    Are 12' dishes 1-piece? 4-piece?

    I got a dish like that two or three years ago. Used a rotary wire brush on a cordless drill to knock off as much rust as I could, painted all the rusty parts with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer, and then wherever there were holes I packed it with auto body filler. One part of the rim of the dish was...
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    Lawsuit: AT&T signed customers up for DirecTV Now without their knowledge

    This is the actual lawsuit: https://www.labaton.com/hubfs/2019.09.14%20AT&T%20First%20Amended%20Complaint%20(ECF%20No.%2076).pdf
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    Lawsuit: AT&T signed customers up for DirecTV Now without their knowledge

    This is an article on the ArsTechnica site: Lawsuit: AT&T signed customers up for DirecTV Now without their knowledge Doesn't help AT&T's image any!
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    Bayamon Puerto Rico OTA Antenna Question

    Go to this page... DTV Reception Maps And enter his zip code or address. I tried using zip code 00957 which is probably at least close and the first thing I notice is that there are a whole bunch of independent stations that could possibly be received with an antenna, but the U.S. networks...
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    C-Band transponder issues

    The Azteca transponder uses 3/5 FEC, while the transponder you are talking about uses 9/10 FEC. Look here to see why that makes a difference: Satbroadcasts.com - no. 1 source for professional work
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    Link: FCC, Wireless Industry Take Aim At C Band Satellite Spectrum for 5G

    FCC, Wireless Industry Take Aim At C Band Satellite Spectrum for 5G
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