Digital Radio Central - Sponsored by TSS Radio
  DRC Home Page DRC Forums Contact Us  
SIRIUS Backstage Forum
  Sirius Satellite Radio XM Satellite Radio iTunes/iPod Slacker Pandora  
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read  
Go Back   SIRIUS Backstage Forum > >
Visit Digital Radio Central


Install Garage & Help Desk You've got the radio, now which cable goes where? Got questions about factory installed radios in your car? Ask any installation or help questions here and someone will get to you soon.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-20-2003, 07:47 PM   #1
Channel Surfer
Join Date: Jun 17, 2003
Posts: 12
MySilverEX00 is on a distinguished road
Default Bad to mount antenna inside on dashboard?

Why do I hear people saying that it is bad to mount the antenna inside? I tried it inside on my front dashboard and rear and get great reception and no buffering. Is it bad to mount it inside, dangerous, or dangerous to my health, because satellate is beaming inside my car? I also hear that it needs a ground plane. What is a ground plane? It still works even if it isnt attached to metal so what is the problem?

MySilverEX00 is offline  
Old 06-20-2003, 08:53 PM   #2
Jeff Cobner
Sirius Star
Join Date: May 14, 2003
Posts: 1,618
Jeff Cobner is on a distinguished road

Without having a 16 inch diameter of metal around the bottom, it is less likely to get a bounced signal from the surface below it in a fringe area. Also inside a car its likely to get noise from stuff in your car like a fuzz buster or jammer and it could suffer blind spots where if it was on your roof it wouldnt. The signal is just a 2 giga hertz signal like what cell phones, wifi, and dish networks and other ways of communication I didnt mention.

Occured to me, tinted windows, could they block the signal?
Jeff Cobner is offline  
Old 06-21-2003, 03:07 AM   #3
Channel Surfer
Join Date: Jun 19, 2003
Location: Dallas Texas
Posts: 70
packrat55 is on a distinguished road

if it's not broken don't fix it. I have a tsx and don't plan to mess up the looks by putting an antenna on the roof and will put mine on the front dash too.

I have a nav system and the GPS antenna is made into the rear window an it works perfect, even with metalic tint on the inside. There should be no reason why the sirius antenna in the same place should not also. If moving the antenna 1 foot make that much difference the technology is marginal to begin with, I'll let you know hw my install goes.
packrat55 is offline  
Old 06-21-2003, 03:20 AM   #4
Channel Surfer
Join Date: Jun 17, 2003
Posts: 12
MySilverEX00 is on a distinguished road

So it is okay to mount the antenna inside? I have tint and I still get recption. I do not get any popping noise. The sound is great. Im just worreid if it is dangerous or dangerous to my health if I put it inside. Also what is a ground plane?

MySilverEX00 is offline  
Old 06-21-2003, 06:30 AM   #5
Top Dog
Founding Member
Join Date: Oct 03, 2002
Location: New York City, NY
Posts: 1,121
BuggyBoyVT is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to BuggyBoyVT

It has absolutely nothing to do with any increased health risk, whoever told you that. You can have the antenna up your *** and your not receiving anymore signal than what already exists! lol

A ground plane is required for roof mount antenna. The metal roof of your car acts as an amplification method for terrestrial repeater signals. Satellite reception has nothing to do with having a ground plane.

It is not recommended to put an antenna IN your car because your cars roof could block the signal, depending on what your orientation of the car is to the satellites. If you have a very slanted window, it can work well. But, it will affect reception in areas that would rely on a signal from a repeater, for instance, downtown Dallas or Chicago.
BuggyBoyVT is offline  
Old 06-22-2003, 06:52 AM   #6
Join Date: Jun 04, 2003
Location: Washington, Missouri
Posts: 454
IntelligentDonkey is on a distinguished road

I have mine on the back dash and only have problems when I'm waiting in a covered drive thru area like the bank or fast food places. I do also have a very slanted back window. Once the low profile antennas come out I may mount one on the roof, the ones out now are just so huge. Next weekend I have an out of state wedding to go to, I'm interested in seeing how the reception holds up. Later this summer I plan on drivng to Seattle and giving it a real test.
IntelligentDonkey is offline  
Old 06-22-2003, 06:16 PM   #7
Rocket Scientist
Join Date: Jan 30, 2003
Location: Omaha NE
Posts: 612
Jpolson is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to Jpolson Send a message via Yahoo to Jpolson

The only danger to your health is an Addiction to Sirius. Symptons may include: Unable to leave car till favorite song is over, No longer be able to tolerate FM, And an Increased Likeing for music the way it was ment to be
Jpolson is offline  
Old 06-23-2003, 02:34 PM   #8
Channel Surfer
Join Date: Jun 02, 2003
Location: Coello, IL
Posts: 21
opus74 is on a distinguished road

I have mine in my highly slanted Saturn back window with no signal problems at all.
opus74 is offline  
Old 06-23-2003, 03:34 PM   #9
Loyal Listener
Join Date: Apr 10, 2003
Location: Sonoma Co., CA
Posts: 229
budm0318 is on a distinguished road

With the antenna placed on the front dash, I drove a Ford Focus from Northern California to Lincoln, Nebraska and back. Nothing but flawless reception.
budm0318 is offline  

Go Back   SIRIUS Backstage Forum > >

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:57 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.39 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All Content Copyright SIRIUS Backstage. All Rights Reserved. SIRIUS and registered trademarks are the property of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Inc. The opinions posted on SIRIUS Backstage website and forums are those of the individual posters and/or this website and are not necessarily the opinions or positions of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Inc.