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Old 11-22-2003, 09:18 AM   #1
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Many of you have read my posts regarding me trying to effectively get an antenna working for home use. I've tried the PNP2 home antenna, the Streamer Professional car antenna, and now - the TERK Sirius 3. That's three separate antennas for home use.

Manco has pointed out to us over and over again that the only way to get a usable signal in most home applications is to roof mount the antenna. He is 1000% correct.

I do want to, once and for all, assure those of you who are thinking that antennas make a difference in reception - that I've had a showdown with all three of the above named antennas and come to a verifiable conclusion - at least for home applications.

The antenna you use does NOT make a difference.

I get three bars on the new PNP2 unit irregardless of which antenna I use. It does not matter whether they are omnidirectional or not - there is no difference.

My measurements were done at the same time of day and under the same set of conditions.

So those of you who are contemplating running down to CC and picking up another antenna thinking that it will change your signal strength - don't waste your time.

Been there - done that. If anyone has another result - I'd love to hear about it.

Again Manco is right - mount the antenna high on the roof if you can.



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Old 11-22-2003, 09:57 AM   #2
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You are right. If you mount it high on the roof, the home antenna works best. If you mount it somewhere that isn't on the roof, I find the car antennas to work better.
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That reflects my experience EXACTLY!!! I've been using the home antenna since I got an H2A months ago. Always had great reception because it's mounted on the roof and pointed in the direction as explained in the aiming guide.
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Ben -

My point was that the antenna you use makes no difference - home, car, Terk brand, whatever. There is no difference in which antenna you use. I have read many posts indicating that there was a difference between them - but, at least in my experience - there isn't.

It's a little like Radio Shack always crowing that amplified TV antennas or cable TV boosters make a difference. In my experience, they don't.

I just wanted to stop anyone from having to spend extra cash when that cash could be better spent on a cable extension or a Satellite TV guy actually installing the SIRIUS antenna on a roof.


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At school I cannot get much reception unless I use a car antenna, the home antenna just doesn't work for me well at all.
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My point was that the antenna you use makes no difference - home, car, Terk brand, whatever. There is no difference in which antenna you use. I have read many posts indicating that there was a difference between them - but, at least in my experience - there isn't.
Your test shows that when the home antenna is aimed at the satellite you get the same performance as the car antenna and that isn't too surprising. What your test didnt' show, is how the two diffent antennas perform over time. Since the satellites move, time testing is important. I suspect the home antenna is a bit more directional, so when someone aims it for maximum signal strength, 8 hours later they might not have any signal at all. With the car antenna you don't really aim it as much, and so it's more likely to get the signal over time.

On the roof, I don't see any differences between the two antennas. They both perform as expected when the home antenna is aimed, and the car antenna is on the right slope of the roof. So in short the car antennas eliminate the aiming error and so might perform better for that reason alone.
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Yes. One says Terk, one says Audiovox, and one says Kenwood... DUH!!
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Thanks Jandree22 for trully enhancing the dialogue on this issue. It's good to see that you alone have the definitive answer. Congratulations.




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