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Sheila in Pontotoc Mississippi, listens on SuperTalk Mississippi 95.9 FM asked: “I was wondering what the best home antenna is for over-the-air TV – up to 100 mile radius that’s affordable.”
Unless you live in L.A., probably none, and you live in Mississippi.
The reason we say that is that 100 miles is longer than TV signals will travel. L.A. stations actually use Mt. Wilson as a TV tower and transmit from 6000 feet up to try to spread the signal father, that may get those stations to break the 100 mile mark, but for most places 65 miles is probably a pretty hard limit.
As far as antennas go, a powered yagi antenna will probably give you reasonably good reception, but unless you have powerful transmitter way up in the sky, or you have a very, very, very tall mast for your own antenna 100 miles will be too much to ask for.
The antenna itself won’t be too expensive, think $50 for a decent antenna, but 100 miles will still be a lost cause if there are obstacles in the way, and the curvature of the planet is one of those obstacles.
That’s a hard one to work around…
John in Raleigh, North Carolina listens on NewsRadio 680 WPTF and asked: “I have Windows 10 with the start menu. And I have Microsoft Word 2007, and something started happening recently everytime I open a Word document, I get an error message saying “Cannot open because a dialog box is open. Click OK then close the dialog box to continue.” I’d appreciate it if you can tell me how to get rid of this message. Thank you.”
John, that typically happens when the template Word opens on startup contains a macro that automatically opens a dialog.
You can get rid of the problem by finding Word’s startup folder, on Windows 10 it may be at “/Users/Username/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates” and delete the template from there.
There are other possible locations for the startup folder depending on your setup, but if you find it and delete the template, the problem should disappear along with it.
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