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Old 12-15-2004, 04:24 PM   #1
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I have a Kenwood sirius tuner in my truck. I have a terk antennae properly mounted on the roof of this truck. I had this installed in the summer (of 2004). Reception worked great then with no issues. About a month ago, my reception drastically changed and in a way that is hard to root cause as a problem with the antennae or tuner. Basically, I get little to no reception when I am driving in any direction but East. This is on highway driving clear of obstructions and under clear skys during any time of the day. At best my reception of Sirius channels will cut in and out, with the "in" being very little (i.e. less than 5% reception of content over time). Alot of times my tuner just shows "acquiring signal". Then, automagically and 100% of the time, the reception will become perfect again when I drive the truck in an Eastward direction. I am in Portland, OR. I can't see how there is some antennae or tuner issue here. My hypothesis is that the position of Sirius satellites relative to my location changes over the season and it is not very good here during the winter. First, has any one else observed a seasonal and directional sensitivity to reception? Second, any suggestions on how to address and who to get to address it? Sirius support points at my equipment. The outfit that sold me the equipment and installed it, says it is a Sirius service problem. And, meanwhile, the guy who paid for all this (me) is caught in the middle with virtually no service except when I drive east. Obviously, this is unacceptable given the amount of money I paid (lifetime subscription).
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Old 12-15-2004, 04:44 PM   #2
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Without going into great detail, there's a good chance you have a bad tuner or antenna.

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Old 12-15-2004, 04:46 PM   #3
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Ok, now I will go after my equipment provider/installer in earnest. Thanks.
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Mission Accomplished. My equipment provider/installer found that a portion of the lead to the antenna had exposed wire. Apparently, the wire had worn through from vibration. Back in business with perfect reception.
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Old 12-15-2004, 10:56 PM   #5
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nice to see it was a easy fix, and nice to see you have a honest place to get your parts serviced..
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