• Antenna TV Research 2018

    I created the Platteville HDTV Antenna and Streaming page to be dedicated to both streaming tv and local antenna tv solutions. For Platteville WI area residents, you can replace costly CenturyLink/DirectTV/Dish with a lighter package of live streaming cable channels and Madison broadcast channels. CenturyLink no longer allows Platteville residents to sign up for PrismTV. Pushing new customers to DirectTV. CenturyLink will sell DirectTV to you as a “bundle discount”, but it is actually the same price as unbundled if you were to purchase seperate. The cheapest plan from DirectTV costs $70, on top of what you already pay to CenturyLink for internet. New subscribers to DirectTV are signed up…

  • Ammo Counter Mk3 – Collaboration with AmmoCounter.com

    I have partnered with Nathaniel of AmmoCounter.com to develop the ultimate ammo counter solution.  The circuit is a derivative of my MK3 design.  I am calling it MK3 SMD.  The new circuit is exactly as tiny as my MK3, but has modifications to allow the outsourcing of manufacturing.    In addition, with Nathan’s feedback I was able to put the finishing touches on some never before seen software features.  This is so awesome! Here is an official announcement from AmmoCounter.com  Nathan will be selling the MK3 SMD with my firmware, along with some fantastic accessories this year.  Check it out ~!

  • Network Connections in Windows 10

    Windows 10 can be great, but a lot of things have been dumb since Windows 8. Like how they hide access to Network Connections. The window that on WinXP and Win7, was used for all things network related. All it’s functionality is still there, you just have to find it. There are several ways to get to the now buried window, but with this method you can reach in two clicks. Right click the Start Menu and select Network Connections. Done? Ha, no. Welcome to the Network Status setting window. Hardly. Now click “Change adapter options”.  You made it~! This is the “real” Network Connections window. For the uninitiated, this…

  • TCL Roku 4k

    The TCL Roku 4k is back on top as my recommended Smart TV for using an antenna. You can purchase this brand in various sizes (28 – 65 inches) from amazon, walmart, and target. Bestbuy has their own brand, Insignia Roku 4k. The 4k model has faster hardware than the 1080p model. Even if you don’t use 4k, you will benefit from the better picture and faster menu navigation. Features: – HD Antenna Tuner – See my other antenna guides for more info on what Antennas work in the low signals areas (like where I live). – Roku Apps – Roku has been a part of streaming tv since the…

  • 2018 Comparison of Verizon MVNOs

    I live in an area with ZERO att/tmobile coverage. Sprint coverage is sparse. Leaving Verizon and US Cellular as the only towers with consistent coverage. I am a user of Straight Talk. I chose them for their pricing at the time of $45 for unlimited calls and texts with 5GB of high speed data, unlimited low speed data.  The coverage was through Verizon and hit 95% of the places I travel.  Really good. In the years since I switched to Straight Talk, they have increased that 5GB data allotment to 6GB, then 8Gb, and now 10GB.  What a deal~! MVNOs like Straight Talk are able to offer lower prices than larger…

  • Idea: Answering Tricky questions with Amazon Mechanical Turk

    I know that the Echo gets the bulk of its responses from Alexa, but I think amazon is missing an opportunity with their own mturk service. Each time Echo responds with “sorry”, the transcript of that command is already flagged for staff review. If enough people ask for anything, the appropriate response will eventually be available for Echo. However, what if Amazon could create new responses to tricky questions in less than a day? Using Amazon’s own Mechanical Turk service, Amazon can reduce the threshold for human review. Overall decreasing the turnaround for creating better responses from weeks down to hours or even minutes! For the uninitiated, Mechanical Turk is…

  • Volume Control for a Android Head Unit

    I gave myself a birthday gift earlier this year.  Upgrading my truck’s cd/tape deck with something more modern.   I installed an Android Head Unit.  For less than $200 and a weekend of work, I gave my 2005 truck modern features such as bluetooth, reverse camera, gps navigation, and mpg gauges. ATOTO 7″HD Touchscreen 2Din Android Car Stereo ATOTO License Plate Rear View Camera ATOTO Bluetooth OBDII Tool I have had the android head unit installed a few month now and am still really impressed.  The head unit’s speaker amplifier is a huge upgrade from what I had for sound quality before.  The radio receives stations for longer distances.  I use…

  • Mark 3 Ammo Counter

    Nerf, Paintball, Prop Weapons. This is the ammo counter you want~! The Ammo Counter MK3 is a remix of my previous ammo counter design and is now completely reprogrammable by you with no additional tools! There are 10 clip slots in memory, you can easily switch magazine sizes with a single button press. In addition, each clip slot can be reprogrammed by you for any starting value up to 99. Each slot will remember your selected fire mode, semi-auto, full-auto, and count up.Video tutorial: Coming Soon!Features:* Smallest Ammo Counter Circuit!* Selectable Clip Sizes* Programmable Clip Sizes (Default: 35, 25, 22, 18, 15, 12, 10, 6, 32, 99)* Programmable Fire Types…

  • Ammo Counter 2017 – New Design

    This is a small preview of the new ammo counter design I am working on.  There are two buttons on the face of the circuit that will allow you to select from preset modes, or add your own!  No more hardcoded starting count values!! More info to follow… The finished circuit will be about the same size as my previous ammo counters.

  • OTA Antenna FAQs

    Here are some Frequently asked questions I get about TV Antennas in my town: What is the best antenna? Can I go bigger? Can I pick up channels from both Madison and Cedar Rapids? What is the best antenna? The best antenna is the one that fits your budget. Here is my handout I give folks who ask. I have it broken into three budgets. < $50 / $120 / $200 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x113jqeepDhK4VtcKPQecNvcxV7hLQJXG0ZTiL3sqp0 Can I go bigger? Short answer, no. Long answer, it depends but probably is not worth it. You can explore this page which describes running multiple DB8 antennas. Midway down the page you will find “Why this 16-bay…