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By John Pearce 02 Jul, 2017

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

When shopping for a HDTV antenna, you want to be sure you get one that will receive all the channels that are available in your local area.

Do you need a 100 Mile Antenna? A 150 Mile Antenna or just a 70 Mile Antenna?

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

Well the truth is, antennas aren’t rated by miles!

A slick electronics salesman back in the 60s put up an antenna and noticed that it would receive channels from 50 miles in one direction, and 50 miles in another direction. It was a great marketing tool and the 100 Mile Antenna was born. Since then, just about every con and huckster in the industry has taken advantage of the consumers lack of knowledge, and sold everything from a set of rabbit ears that look like a satellite dish, to some really fancy, low cost antennas with built in amplifiers and rotors claiming that they will get signals from up to 175 miles away.

Don’t get me wrong here. I sell and use some of these low-cost antennas, and they do work. But, I always make sure that my customers understand what they are buying, and try to set reasonable expectations for what they may receive, and how long the product may last. In most cases, you get what you pay for in the long run.

Antennas are rated by gain, not miles and the best antenna for your location may not be the one with the highest gain.

The distance the signal reaches, in mostly determined by the power of the signal coming from the transmission tower. Many times, we hear radio stations bragging about the power of their signal; “100,000 Watt of Power”! This, along with terrestrial and atmospheric conditions will determine the distance the TV signal reaches.

The FCC regulates the television by Designated Market Areas (DMAs). The networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and the likes) have a designated area of service, and usually provide an adequate signal to cover these areas using a single tower, or multiple towers. In some areas, a television station may be required to block their signals from encroaching into an adjacent markets signals.

There are also Low Power Television Stations that may not cover an area as large as the major networks. There are also many new channels, like ME TV, THIS Tv and others that are being added to the digital channel lineup, and are being transmitted alongside the major networks signals

In summary, if you are interested in learning more about the principals of antenna gain, go to one of the many HAM Radio Antenna sites on the web. These guys deal with signal gain every day as they try to reach out to the world with their signals, but if you are just looking to get the best television signal for your money, I recommend you talk to your local HDTV antenna dealer. After all, he has been installing antennas in your area and should have the greatest knowledge about what works, where, even if you live 100 miles from the TV station tower!


The above are just my opinions, and I am sure that there are many out there that have a greater understanding of how antenna gain affects signal reception; but with 30 plus years of installing and repairing antennas, this is some of the information I have relied on when selecting antennas for my customers. John Pearce, Founder of International Satellite & Antenna Service, Ocala, Florida.

By John Pearce 29 Jun, 2017

In our efforts to bring you the latest news in satellite and off air antenna technology, below is the latest pres release fro ViaSat, the parent company of Exede High Speed Satellite Internet.

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  ViaSat Inc.  (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, proudly announced today that following the successful launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1, 2017, the satellite has now completed additional major milestones including the chemical orbit raising phase of the program; and deployment of its solar arrays.

The ViaSat-2 satellite employs a hybrid propulsion approach, using both traditional chemical as well as electric propulsion. The chemical propulsion subsystem was responsible for initial orbit raising and performed according to plan, setting the stage for the next phase of the ascent to geostationary orbit.

With successful deployment of the solar arrays now complete, the ViaSat-2 electrical propulsion subsystem will now conclude the orbit raising process, resulting in the ViaSat-2 satellite's injection into geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude in a few months. ViaSat's spacecraft partner, Boeing Satellite Systems International, will continue to control and monitor ViaSat-2 throughout the orbit raising process, flying the satellite from its Mission Control Center in El Segundo, California.

"ViaSat-2 had a successful launch earlier this month, and is meeting post-launch maneuver milestones; including the completion of chemical orbit raising, followed in rapid succession by the successful deployment of its solar arrays," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, ViaSat. "We are working closely with Boeing to oversee the ViaSat-2 journey in space and monitoring the satellite maneuvers to ensure it's ready for service by early 2018."

For more information on the ViaSat-2 orbit raising process, please read the ViaSat-2 launch blog, located  here .

About ViaSat-2

The ViaSat-2 satellite system is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.  ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it. As compared to ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 is expected to double the bandwidth, with more than 300 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of total network capacity, as well as provide seven times the broadband coverage.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the orbital raising, solar array deployment, orbital slot placement and entry into service of the ViaSat-2 satellite and the timing thereof, as well as the anticipated benefits, performance, coverage, capacity, bandwidth economics, service speed and other features of the ViaSat-2 satellite. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the orbital raising, solar array deployment, orbital slot placement, in-orbit testing and operation of the ViaSat-2 satellite, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance, and the Company's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-2 satellite. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov , including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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1-877-331-8295

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Copyright © 2017 ViaSat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. ViaSat is a registered trademark of ViaSat, Inc. International Satellite & Antenna Service, a division of A-SAT Inc. is an authorized dealer for WildBlue and Exede,  both service of Viasat, Inc..

To view the original version PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/viasat-2-satellite-completed-chemical-orbit-ising-and-successfully-deployed-its-solar-arrays-300478170.html

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By John Pearce 27 Jun, 2017

New DISH Promotion: 06/22/2017 –10/18/2017

 

The 2-Year TV Price Guarantee will remain in effect to qualified customers that enter into a 2 year agreement on qualified programming packages.

New

We are adding America’s Top 120 as Eligible Programming at $49.99 to this promotion.

New! We will offer a $5 Joey additional receiver fee for each Joey, (Regularly $7 a month)

Credit of $2 for 24 months for each Joey with Eligible Programming

Includes the Joey 1, 2, 4k, and/or Wireless

Maximum 5 Joeys per account

Extending:

Premiums Free for 3 Months (HBO®, Showtime®, Cinemax®, Starz®, and DISH Movie Pack™)

HBO® 12-Month Offer Extended

DISH Protect

DISH Protect Silver Free for 6-Months

DISH Protect Gold & Platinum Discounted for 6-Months

$10 Hopper DVR Service for 24 months with Eligible Programming

DISH TV and Internet Bundle Credits

Add America’s Top 120 as Eligible Programming (New and Existing Subscribers)

Refer a Friend

06/22/17 Promotional Offers

America’s Top 120 Plus Price will increase to $59.99 a month due to increased programming cost (sports!)

The Increase price of America’s Top 120 Plus is from $54.99 to $59.99

If an Existing Subscriber is currently under a guarantee promotion their price will remain the same until the end of the promotional period

2-Year TV Price Guarantee

Core Programming

Promotional Price

6/22/17

America’s Top 120

$49.99

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America’s Top 120 Plus

$59.99

America’s Top 200

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DishLATINO® Clásico

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Refer a Friend Gift Redemption Platform

  Both the Referrer and Referee will have the option to choose a gift from an array of available options including credits, programming offers, accessories and more

For aditional information contact John Pearce at Imnternational Satellite & Antenna Service at5 john@4wildblue or call (352) 237-3811

By John Pearce 09 Dec, 2016
The Freedom Plan is back in Exede low fill beams. The 150 GB a month data plan is a hit with rural internet users that want to access Netflix and other high usage data services.

But we are not out of the Bandwidth Woods yet. Viasat has reserved the right to throttle you back, or even terminate your service if you regularly go over the 150 data limit.

FREEDOM PLANS
If you use greater than 150 GB of data during your monthly billing period, your web and email speeds may not be slower, but other types of internet use, including video streaming, will be slower until the end of your monthly billing period. When our network is busy, you will have lower priority on our network until the end of your monthly billing period. This may result in slower speeds when the network is busy. ViaSat may contact you and request that you reduce your monthly usage below 150 GB or transition to another service plan. If you do neither, ViaSat may terminate your service, per the   Bandwidth Usage Policy . Service is for residential and non-commercial use.

So life is not perfect in the satellite internet world, but we are pleased with the increased data caps that are being offered in some areas, and are looking forward to the launch of the new satellite in 2017.

John Pearce


By John Pearce 14 Jul, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DISH today launched its Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting. This remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.

This Smart News Release features multimedia.

DISH's Voice Remote is now available to customers nationwide for $30. 

"Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most impressively, operates with incredible speed and accuracy," said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. "Leveraging modern navigation paradigms like touch and voice, this remote represents a complete reinvention of the outdated remote control customers have come to expect from cable providers."

Roughly half the size of a traditional remote control, Voice Remote fits in the palm of the user's hand, much like a smartphone. DISH designed the remote to interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options, as desired. It also utilizes voice commands to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels.

Voice Remote features two touchpad modes: default displays a blank touchpad allowing navigation tasks, while the numeric mode illuminates a keypad when channel or password entry is preferred.

With the ability to serve as a universal remote, Voice Remote can control up to two IR devices (TV/AUX models). New and existing Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers can purchase Voice Remote for $30 by calling 1-877-233-DISH or visiting www.newdish.tv.


Technical Specs

Hopper Voice is a universal remote with learning capabilities. It features voice control, dual function touchpad and a RF4CE remote control finder. The entire remote can be backlit and can last 4-6 months on two AA batteries. It is designed to easily fit in the palm of a user's hand with dimensions of 5.59"(L) x 2.25"(W) x 1.02"(D).


About International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service is one of the nation's oldest and largest DISH Network independent retailers. Located in Ocala, Florida, International Satellite has been a important part of DISH   DISH Network Corp and their parent company, Echostar Corporation since 1983.

Recognized multiple times as one of DISH's Top 100 dealers in the nation, International Satellite & Antenna Service provides Sales, Installation and Service to residential and commercial Florida customers for both satellite TV and Satellite Internet.



International Satellite & Antenna Service
John Pearce (352) 237-3811
john@4wildblue.com

Source: DISH

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By John Pearce 14 Jul, 2016

It’s called   EasyCare.   Here’s what you get:

  • Service calls (normally $95 each):   Whatever the problem may be, EasyCare customers get all required service calls without charge. That’s an average of $95 saved per visit.
  • Priority customer support:   Skip to the front of the line! EasyCare customers get access to a special Customer Care hotline for priority support and shorter wait times.
  • Annual dish relocation:   Remodeling your home? Planting a new tree? We’ll move your Exede dish to a different location at the same service address up to once a year, for no additional charge.

With EasyCare there’s no stress or pressure. You can   cancel anytime,* plus new internet customers pay nothing   for their first 3 months of added protection. It’s simple to join. Just call and tell us you’d like to add EasyCare to your service plan. Then take it easy, knowing your service is protected.

EasyCare costs only $5.99/mo. (in addition to your regular Exede Internet service plan fees). Just give us a call at  877-331-8295

* If you terminate EasyCare within 90 days after subscribing, we may bill you for service call charges that would have been applicable if you had not subscribed to EasyCare. If you terminate an EasyCare subscription, you may not be eligible to re-subscribe for 180 days following termination. EasyCare features are subject to the terms and conditions of the Exede EasyCare Plan Addendum to your Customer Agreement. Not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

By John Pearce 02 Jul, 2016
Today's business needs the internet compete. But if your business is located in the country, beyond the reach of conventional cable or telco internet services, finding the right solution has been a challenge.

Introducing Exede High Speed Internet for Business

Exede high speed internet has been serving residential customers living in rural areas for a few years now, and many businesses that have been unable to find an affordable solution have been running their business on one of the residential plans.

Exede Business Class service is about to change the playing field with faster speeds, up to 15 Mbps downloads and Higher data allowances, up to 200 Mbps.

HERE’S WHAT ELSE YOU GET WITH YOUR EXEDE BUSINESS PLAN:

Fast Installation

In most cases, we can have your business location installed in 3-5 business days.

Wide Availability

Our 15 Mbps service is available today in Florida  locations from Atlantic to the Gulf, . In other parts of the country we offer 15 Mbpa and  5 Mbps service, depending on your location and satellite coverage.

One Provider Does It All

For business with multiple locations, dealing with a variety of ISPs can be a big headache. Since Exede is available nationwide, you can consolidate all of your locations with one ISP!

Best-In-Class Speeds

Exede Internet is identified in FCC reports between 2013 and 2015 as consistently delivering on advertised speeds. This independent testing confirms that Exede delivers at or even above the speeds you pay for.

Need More?

Don’t see what you’re looking for in these plans for your business? Give us a call and we can discuss other options with you:

877-331-8295




By John Pearce 01 Jul, 2016

It’s a big day for sports fans. The obvious reason might be because the 2016 NCAA tournament first-round games begin today. While this is enough to pump up every college basketball enthusiast around the country, we’re giving you one more thing to cheer about during all the madness.  MultiView is now available on Hopper 3 at International Satellite & Antenna Service in Ocala, Florida

MultiView Mode, also known as MultiView, divides a 4K or HD TV screen into quadrants, each with the ability to display a program. It works with all live, linear channels in DISH’s programming lineup, as well as on demand content, and recorded TV shows and movies.

MultiView Mode is available just in time for the NCAA tournament, which airs across four different channels (CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV) with multiple games occurring at the same time. Forget having to travel to your local sports pub. You can now catch all the best tournament moments from the comfort of your own home without ever having to pick and choose which games you tune into.

To access the feature, press the “Options” button on your remote control, select “Picture In Picture,” then “MultiView.” Once the TV screen is divided into quadrants, you can easily toggle among the four channels to determine which one will have its audio played.

Hopper 3 includes additional multi-channel configurations, including a split-screen feature that places two channels side-by-side, as well as a setting that overlays a second channel in the upper right hand corner of the TV screen.

International Satellite & Antenna Service's showroom is located 3 miles west of I-75 in the Jasmine Plaza on State Road 200 in Ocala. They can be reached at 1-877-233-3474.

By John Pearce 01 Jul, 2016

Summer is approaching, which means it’s time to get your travel plans in order. Whether you’re going camping, taking a road trip or hanging out at the beach, chances are you’ll have some time to kill. (Think long car rides, waiting at the airport or relaxing when you have some downtime on vacation.) While it would be great to bring your DVR along to keep you entertained on all of your adventures, you likely won’t be able to fit it in your suitcase.

But what if you could?

Now available to DISH customers nationwide is   HopperGO for $99 with no monthly fees . Announced earlier this year at CES , HopperGO is a pocket-sized personal mobile video drive that allows you to take your favorite shows and movies with you wherever you go.

Using HopperGO is simple. Plug it into your   Hopper 3   or Hopper 2 DVR, and select which recorded programs you’d like to transfer using the   DISH Anywhere   mobile app. If you don’t know what you’ll be in the mood to watch on your trip, no worries! HopperGO holds up to 100 hours of content, so you don’t have to pick and choose.

Once you’ve transferred your content, unplug your HopperGO from your set-top box, and connect your mobile device to HopperGO’s private wireless network. Then watch your programs using the DISH Anywhere app available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Kindle tablets. Up to five users can connect to a HopperGO to stream up to five different shows simultaneously, so it will keep your whole family entertained while traveling.

Here are some instructions to help you get started with your HopperGO.

Connecting your HopperGO

  1. Use the micro-USB cable to plug your HopperGO into your Hopper.
  2. Verify that you see an on-screen notification that says   HopperGO Connecting.
  3. Once connected, a pop-up will appear that says   HopperGO Ready!

  Transferring recordings to your HopperGO

  1. Open the DISH Anywhere app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Once in the DISH Anywhere app, go to the   DVR   tab and choose a recording to transfer.
  3. Tap   Transfer, and then select   Transfer to HopperGO.

Watching your recordings in the DISH Anywhere app

  1. After your recording has fully transferred, unplug your HopperGO from your Hopper.
  2. Connect your smartphone or tablet to the HopperGO wireless network   (The wireless name and password are printed on the sticker at the bottom of the HopperGO).
  3. Log into the DISH Anywhere app, and tap the   Transfers
  4. Select the   HopperGO   option, then choose which recording you want to watch and enjoy!
By John Pearce 01 Jul, 2016

Ocala, Florida July 1, 20176 -- International Satellite & Antenna Service. / Viasat    (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company that operates the consumer high speed satellite internet service exede, is supportive of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to make the Connect America Fund (CAF) reverse auction technology neutral and cost-effective by inviting new service providers to participate in the bidding process.

Lasty week, the FCC made an important decision to make $2B available over 10 years to subsidize broadband service availability for many U.S. households in the most remote and hardest-to-serve areas. The Commission took the first step in allowing non-telco service providers with different broadband technologies to compete for the funding. Allowing all technologies to compete through a competitive bidding process can potentially drive down the cost of the program to U.S. consumers. The CAF is focused on modernizing the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation.

"We recognize and applaud Chairman Wheeler, the Commissioners and FCC staff for listening to various stakeholders and potential providers in the Connect America Fund proceeding, and taking an important first step toward expanding beyond legacy technologies and creating a technology neutral competition to provide the best available broadband access universally," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. "ViaSat stands ready to participate in the proceeding and auction by offering future-ready satellite internet solutions that will help fill the broadband gap in the United States with a high-quality, high-performance broadband and voice service to the target households."

With the FCC's decision, all internet services, including ViaSat's satellite broadband service, Exede®, are closer to competing for universal service funds on a level playing field. This will provide the best available high-speed internet access to U.S. households that have been traditionally in the most challenging to serve locations. ViaSat is looking forward to commenting on outstanding issues related to weighting criteria to be used to select competing bids, which will be critical to ensuring that all participating technologies actually compete fairly for funding to deliver the best possible service to everyone. With the addition of satellite broadband, more consumers will have the option for high-quality, high-speed internet access that enables streaming of HD movies and videos as well as music, loading webpages super-quick, video chatting, voice calling, software updates, emailing large files and more - from virtually anywhere in the United States. Today satellite broadband is available with download speeds up to 25 Megabits per second (Mbps), with even higher speeds to be offered in 2017 with the launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite.

About Exede Internet
Exede, a service of ViaSat, Inc., delivers high-speed internet to residential subscribers and businesses across the U.S. With download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, the Exede service has transformed satellite internet for households that previously had slow, inadequate internet service. ViaSat also offers Exede Voice residential telephone service over its network, optimized for quality and reliability. The Company offers Exede Business, which delivers a number of service plans to fit the varying needs of today's businesses.

About ViaSat's High-Capacity Satellite Platforms
Beginning with ViaSat-1, ViaSat started a transformation of satellite communications into a high-performance broadband service competitive with terrestrial alternatives. ViaSat-2, which is set to launch in Q1 CY2017, will provide another leap forward in broadband service quality for residential, mobile and enterprises by offering seven times the geographic coverage and twice the bandwidth of ViaSat-1. The Company also announced plans to launch the ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform - which is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites with state-of-the-art ground network infrastructure. The first ViaSat-3 broadband communications platform is expected to focus on the Americas with plans to launch in 2019.

About International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service, located in Ocala, Florida is one of the country's oldest and largest independent satellite installation and service companies. Recognized as  Viasat's  #1 WildBlue dealer in the nation in 2006, International Satellite continues to provide high quality sales, service and installation to customers across Florida and the nation.has installed and activated over 6000 earth terminals in Florida and across the United States. 

  About ViaSat
ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT ) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company's innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at:   www.viasat.com , or follow the Company on social media:   Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn  and YouTube .

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about ViaSat's success, timeline and ability to compete for funding within the CAF. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: ViaSat's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite systems, the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms; and risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-3 and ViaSat's other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the business aviation industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at  www.sec.gov , including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Parts of this release are Copyright © 2016 ViaSat, Inc. and International Satellite & Antenna Service.  All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. ViaSat and Exede are registered trademarks of ViaSat, Inc.

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By John Pearce 02 Jul, 2017

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

When shopping for a HDTV antenna, you want to be sure you get one that will receive all the channels that are available in your local area.

Do you need a 100 Mile Antenna? A 150 Mile Antenna or just a 70 Mile Antenna?

The Truth About A 100 Mile Antenna!

Well the truth is, antennas aren’t rated by miles!

A slick electronics salesman back in the 60s put up an antenna and noticed that it would receive channels from 50 miles in one direction, and 50 miles in another direction. It was a great marketing tool and the 100 Mile Antenna was born. Since then, just about every con and huckster in the industry has taken advantage of the consumers lack of knowledge, and sold everything from a set of rabbit ears that look like a satellite dish, to some really fancy, low cost antennas with built in amplifiers and rotors claiming that they will get signals from up to 175 miles away.

Don’t get me wrong here. I sell and use some of these low-cost antennas, and they do work. But, I always make sure that my customers understand what they are buying, and try to set reasonable expectations for what they may receive, and how long the product may last. In most cases, you get what you pay for in the long run.

Antennas are rated by gain, not miles and the best antenna for your location may not be the one with the highest gain.

The distance the signal reaches, in mostly determined by the power of the signal coming from the transmission tower. Many times, we hear radio stations bragging about the power of their signal; “100,000 Watt of Power”! This, along with terrestrial and atmospheric conditions will determine the distance the TV signal reaches.

The FCC regulates the television by Designated Market Areas (DMAs). The networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and the likes) have a designated area of service, and usually provide an adequate signal to cover these areas using a single tower, or multiple towers. In some areas, a television station may be required to block their signals from encroaching into an adjacent markets signals.

There are also Low Power Television Stations that may not cover an area as large as the major networks. There are also many new channels, like ME TV, THIS Tv and others that are being added to the digital channel lineup, and are being transmitted alongside the major networks signals

In summary, if you are interested in learning more about the principals of antenna gain, go to one of the many HAM Radio Antenna sites on the web. These guys deal with signal gain every day as they try to reach out to the world with their signals, but if you are just looking to get the best television signal for your money, I recommend you talk to your local HDTV antenna dealer. After all, he has been installing antennas in your area and should have the greatest knowledge about what works, where, even if you live 100 miles from the TV station tower!


The above are just my opinions, and I am sure that there are many out there that have a greater understanding of how antenna gain affects signal reception; but with 30 plus years of installing and repairing antennas, this is some of the information I have relied on when selecting antennas for my customers. John Pearce, Founder of International Satellite & Antenna Service, Ocala, Florida.

By John Pearce 29 Jun, 2017

In our efforts to bring you the latest news in satellite and off air antenna technology, below is the latest pres release fro ViaSat, the parent company of Exede High Speed Satellite Internet.

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  ViaSat Inc.  (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, proudly announced today that following the successful launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1, 2017, the satellite has now completed additional major milestones including the chemical orbit raising phase of the program; and deployment of its solar arrays.

The ViaSat-2 satellite employs a hybrid propulsion approach, using both traditional chemical as well as electric propulsion. The chemical propulsion subsystem was responsible for initial orbit raising and performed according to plan, setting the stage for the next phase of the ascent to geostationary orbit.

With successful deployment of the solar arrays now complete, the ViaSat-2 electrical propulsion subsystem will now conclude the orbit raising process, resulting in the ViaSat-2 satellite's injection into geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude in a few months. ViaSat's spacecraft partner, Boeing Satellite Systems International, will continue to control and monitor ViaSat-2 throughout the orbit raising process, flying the satellite from its Mission Control Center in El Segundo, California.

"ViaSat-2 had a successful launch earlier this month, and is meeting post-launch maneuver milestones; including the completion of chemical orbit raising, followed in rapid succession by the successful deployment of its solar arrays," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, ViaSat. "We are working closely with Boeing to oversee the ViaSat-2 journey in space and monitoring the satellite maneuvers to ensure it's ready for service by early 2018."

For more information on the ViaSat-2 orbit raising process, please read the ViaSat-2 launch blog, located  here .

About ViaSat-2

The ViaSat-2 satellite system is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.  ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it. As compared to ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 is expected to double the bandwidth, with more than 300 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of total network capacity, as well as provide seven times the broadband coverage.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the orbital raising, solar array deployment, orbital slot placement and entry into service of the ViaSat-2 satellite and the timing thereof, as well as the anticipated benefits, performance, coverage, capacity, bandwidth economics, service speed and other features of the ViaSat-2 satellite. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the orbital raising, solar array deployment, orbital slot placement, in-orbit testing and operation of the ViaSat-2 satellite, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance, and the Company's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-2 satellite. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov , including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Contact Information for Dealer  

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Copyright © 2017 ViaSat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. ViaSat is a registered trademark of ViaSat, Inc. International Satellite & Antenna Service, a division of A-SAT Inc. is an authorized dealer for WildBlue and Exede,  both service of Viasat, Inc..

To view the original version PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/viasat-2-satellite-completed-chemical-orbit-ising-and-successfully-deployed-its-solar-arrays-300478170.html

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