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Old 03-26-2004, 08:51 AM   #1
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I was going to drive up to Canada (Toronto) does Siruis signle reach up there?
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:55 AM   #2
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Yes. A search here on Canada will bring up lots of reports of sucessful listening north of the border.
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You can get Sirius all the way up to Alaska...
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Since the satellites goes very high north, you should get it almost anyplace in Canada.
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What about eastern Canada? The maritimes are more east than north relative to the US.
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What about eastern Canada? The maritimes are more east than north relative to the US.
Sirius has been reported to be received in Bermuda so I suspect it isn't any problem.
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What about eastern Canada? The maritimes are more east than north relative to the US.
Sirius works in Boston which is only 400 miles west of Halifax NS

I doubt the satellite footprint is so sharp it cuts off a few miles east of Bangor Maine at the New Brunswick border :-)
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Old 03-26-2004, 08:51 PM   #8
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Hi, I live 30 minutes from Toronto and am in Toronto almost daily. You will have no problems with Sirius there except driving down Yonge Street or University Ave (lots of high rises)
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Good point. While Sirius is received through much of Canada, they are not "officially" licensed there, so ther will be no repeaters anywhere in Canada until that happens. It's satellite or nothing in the GWN.
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I was just in Canada a last weekend and got great reception. The only time I had problems was when I went over the boarder (Detroit to Windsor), the reception went out for a minute or two on top of the bridge.
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What about eastern Canada? The maritimes are more east than north relative to the US.
Sirius works in Boston which is only 400 miles west of Halifax NS

I doubt the satellite footprint is so sharp it cuts off a few miles east of Bangor Maine at the New Brunswick border :-)
I live just outside Bangor. The canadian border is 2 hours east. I have been near the canadian border, 2 hours north of here and didn't have any problems
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I am in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, right next to the capital St. John's. Cape Spear, the official easternmost point in north america is about a 15 minute drive from here. Sirius works excellent here, just some dropouts behind big buildings in downtown St. John's or where there's a high concentration of thick branches over the road. Most places I go I don't get any drop outs at all here, even without repeaters. XM is a different story. Their 85W satellite is too weak here and their satellite at 115W is strong enough to pick up, but it is only 9 degrees above the horizon so it is impractical for mobile reception, besides, satellite radio antennas are not designed to receive the satellites at an elevation below 20 degrees. I actually pick up the XM satellite at the house better with the antenna tilted because of this. I've written in more detail on this in other posts, on here and XM Fan. I'll put the link to one of them here:
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=4744

Someone else posted saying that Sirius' satellites shut off when they are really far north. This isn't true. They hand off when passing south of the equator to another satellite which is passing north of the equator at the same time.

Also, it is true that the satellites spend much of their time over Canada, but you must also realize that Sirius' satellites focus their signal towards the US. They're not using a global beam, otherwise you would have a chance at picking up Sirius in the UK at certain times of the day! They use a focused beam so that they can concentrate the signal in the US so that there is no wasted energy going towards the middle of the ocean or anything. I posted a footprint map here awhile ago, and I'll refer to it again. You can see where Sirius focuses most of their signal to.



Note the contour levels. According to the map, we have half the signal here (in NFLD) than is in most of the continental US. Most of Alaska looks to have between 1/4 to 1/10th the signal that is receivable in the CONUS.
By the time you get down to the -20db contour that is 1/100th the signal and -30db 1/1000th the signal, making reception impossible without some sort of continuously steered parabolic dish antenna several feet in diameter.
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Thanks for the info vo1one. I'll be heading to BC and Alberta this summer and have been hoping to have good coverage at least as far north as Edmonton. From a quick search, it sounds like all should be good.

Hopefully Sirius can start "officially" operating in Canada and include a few Canadian-oriented streams. I've driven for hours in Alberta with the FM radio on "seek," finding nothing more than an occasional garbled station.
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:59 AM   #14
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I travel frequently to Toronto and have no problems receiving Sirius. I also go to Montreal and as far east as Magog and Sherbrooke and again no problems.
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Cool vo1one.. The footprint was the only thing I didn't know about the satellites.. Thanks for posting that..

Just as a last point of interest.. I was going through the clock functions on my Audiovox PNP2 and found that it has a time zone setting for Newfoundland (which has an unusual half hour zone GMT-3:30)
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