Cut the Cable … Sharpen the Scissors

Pictured are club members Steve Simpson (with scissors), Mike Weaver (left), Kimo Sutton (center), and Peter Hollatz (right). Photo by Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson, Robson Ranch Tech Club Officer

The Tech Club meets the second Monday night of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 104 at the Creative Arts Technology Center. We have no dues, and attendance is open for anyone who is interested in anything that is high tech, regardless of what they own or understand but have a desire to learn more about. As an enhancement to our Tech Club members, we are now offering presenter video recording, which can be accessed through membership in (formerly Yahoo Groups).

Our March 14 meeting was hosted by Steve Simpson (club officer). Steve’s meeting topic was “Cut the Cable … Sharpen the Scissors.” Steve offered an in-depth presentation on all aspects on how to cut the cable, including “The Why, Choosing Content, and Being Flexible with Life After a TVIO,” “Expert YouTube Videos from Michael Timmerman of and Tyler the Antenna Man,” “Live Demo of Streaming Hardware from Google, Amazon, and Roku,” and “Over the Air Signal Transmission of ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV using an Outboard Silcon Dust Convertor Connected to a Home Roof Top Antenna.”

There was much open dialog and interactive discussion during the meeting, including questions regarding the following: “With so many ways to stream, how does one make a decision?” “Do I need to purchase my own gateway (modem + router) or just rent one from Astound powered by Grande?” “How do I go about installing a rooftop antenna?” and ”What is the best way to deal with multiple remote controls of a TV set and streaming hardware device?”

At our general meeting on April 11, we heard from a very special speaker, our own Robson resident “weatherman” Jim Purpura, on “Understanding Weather Using Local and National Weather Stations.”