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There are two kinds of memberships. Board Patrons for individual sign shops, & Board Vendors for Suppliers / Distributors / Wholesalers / Media / Associations, or anyone who sells products & services to sign shops.


By upgrading your free membership you will be helping to support the Sign Syndicate develop helpful tutorials, build and update light sources testing for channel letters, sign cabinets and general lighting. As a thank you for supporting us you will have access to all tutorials and test results from our various board projects.


We started out tested our testing in 2008, which consists of every major manufacturer of Neon & LED lamps continually updating them as new products get introduced. These tests help to make your buying decisions easier.


The benefits of doing so are listed below: (You don't need a paypal account, any credit card can be used)

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Board Patrons

Board Patron $29.99 per year


Status is only for individual sign shops, or sign shops who also do wholesale work for other sign shops. We will also use and separate at my own discretion should there be a conflict of interest.


You will have access into our National Sign & Service Review Forum, Sign Company Installer Map, Post items in our Classified Section, Access to our Private Forum - The Order.


Supporting our various Light Project Comparisons for Channel Letters and Sign Cabinets


Light Projects


These are the current Light Projects that The Sign Syndicate Exclusively holds at present, The Great White Hope, Project Tighty Whitey, and The Red Light District, Border Security, & Project Blue Light Special


Over 50+ Different individual compartment testing of all major brand light products currently used on the market.



For those who lurk but have not yet signed up, Erik did drop the subscription pricing. I know we all like to get our information free online, but a lot of time and resources have gone into the projects shared on here - and the information available is extremely valuable to those in the electric sign industry - so a starting price of $65 is very reasonable. If it helps you make even one project decision that saves you some headache and grief, it will have been worth it.


Some of you may well spend hundreds or thousands doing your owning testing and comparisons - which is commendable (but rare) - but the rest of you could arm yourselves with some very valuable information for a fraction of the cost of what it would take you to do these comparisons yourselves, and with a wider range of products than you'd likely include yourselves.

It's a privately run forum by a sign shop owner, so maybe it doesn't have the clout of other paid associations, it has its navigation quirks and personalities you'd prefer to not have to filter through - but the value of information gleaned goes far and beyond what you get from trade magazines. You can learn by lurking the public areas of the site, of course, but can benefit even more by participating (or at least supporting) in the more detailed areas that really are intended to help the industry as a whole.

-Marko, YYZ Systems



Video Tutorials

HV Probe Use Tutorial - How to use a HV Probe when serving neon, make sure your neon load on a transformer is correct. A lot of time when servicing someone else's work you might find that they didn't load the magnetic transformer correctly

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Capacitance Tutorial - This is a tutorial on a basic comparison on Neon GTO cable products put our by various manufacturers and how they compare to one another. How capacitance differs in various solid conduits but most importantly what toll they can put on your transformers. Video demonstrations to neon transformers reactions to loads of neon filled lamps, Hg filled lamps, and heavy capacitive loads

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Added Benefits as a Board Patron

Sign companies will now have the added bonus to become listed in the Install & Service Map for easy finding . This directory & map can assist your company in obtaining sub-contract work from other sign companies across the country and further. You will also be the only members who can have graphics or links as signatures that will appear at the bottom in every post you make.


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Board Vendor I - Gross Sales Under ($500K)

Board Vendor II - Gross Sales Over ($500K)

Board Vendor I $350, Board Vendors II $500 


Status is for Component Manufacturer's, Suppliers, Distributors, Industry Groups, Trade Magazine Staff & Sign Association.


No longer can anyone in this category sign up for a Board Patron.


For the duration of your membership:


All the added benefits of Board Patron's PLUS...


Board Vendors have their own Directory where they can promote their products & services in our Board Vendor List, also get customer feedback as well.  Also with the ability to Promote, Mention their Products and services anywhere across the Board with some restrictions


As a Vendor you are given a Affiliate banner located at the footer of this site for the membership duration, a rotating Board Vendor Banner seen on all phases of this website, a large horizontal banner that is rotated between Board Vendors in each weekly newsletter. Depending on the number of Board vendors participating in newsletter ads a possible second location will be opened


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Banner Size 175 x 700 Horizontal



Board Vendor posts made in their directory, promoting or advertising their products and services will be shown at the bottom of the weekly newsletters under “NEW PRODUCTS & SPECIALS” as they come


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We are strongly considering signing up for the 1 year subscription as a Board Patron.

We are a wholesale to sign trade direct manufacturing of Channel Letters, Logo Boxes, and Cabinets. I currently do not see such a Board Patron in this category. Is this an accurate assessment?

Our Marketing Director is asking that I get all the dimensions & specifications for our banner ads, signature lines, etc. so that we can have them submitted in advance of ous coming on line with you.

Estimated launch date for us on the Sign Syndicate is Aug. 15th.


Mike Ketcherside

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