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Old 02-08-2005, 10:41 PM   #1
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Hey fellas,

I know this is another post about having trouble with a signal, but I've done my fair share of reading and have exhausted my knowledge. I've got my JVC 2000 with the home kit and i've got my antenna outside, right on the otherside of a mesh window screen, in order to minimize it's effect. Now I live in Ithaca, NY which has no repeater so therefore I rely on the satellite signal.

To add to the misery I live facing the inside of a courtyard surrounded by other buildlings. I don't have trouble getting a signal all the time, just at certain points of the day. Every few hours or so the signal drops out for a while. I know the satellite rotation has something to do with it.

So what I'm getting at...

A lot of times when I have the Acquiring Signal sign the satellite is really coming in with 3 bars. Now is there a way to use that signal that somehow the JVC is not able to interpret? Would the TERK extension cable with the built in amplifier help "clean" up this signal so that the unit can use it.

I realize that when I am stuck with the X and no service that I just have to wait, but when I have that single bar, I'd like to be able to get something out of it. I can't mount or afford the huge TR-6 but I didn't know if you all had something else to recommend.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Do you mean three bars on the Antenna Aiming screen? Sometimes, that's not enough to get any audio. What direction is the antenna facing?
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Three bars on the Antenna Aiming screen for the SAT signal. I know its not great reception but often times i've gotten service with just that much signal.

I've got the antenna faced straight up, i probably need to try to face it westward a little bit, but straight up gives me the clearest view out of the buildings that surround me outside my window. I'll take a venture out on the roof tomorrow to move the antenna around.
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Three bars is very marginal. It just means there is recognizable signal, but it is probably full of errors. Since it has error correction, many times it can still play the signal, but there will be others where there are too many errors.

I think the antenna is being blocked by parts of the building during certain parts of the day. If the antenna is outside, and you never get 7-10 bars on teh antenna aiming screen, then there is something in the way of the signal. Look for a better location.
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Manco thanks for the error information, I was figuring that the signal must have just been highly unreadable.

To furthur my signal issue it is now 12am and i have my usual 2 full bars of service, as in 7 bars on the SAT signal. This is how it works; I get nothing or I get this very reasonable signal. I guess it is because of the buildings in site and I will play around with the antenna outside. What are the commons regulations or rules about mounting said antenna outside or on a roof of a building in which I simply rent?

otherwise I'll just keep filing in with ItsOnSiriusRadio when the signal is simply out of reach.
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What are the commons regulations or rules about mounting said antenna outside or on a roof of a building in which I simply rent?
I live in a rented townhouse also. Usually just ask your landlord for permission, otherwise just do it and if no one complains then its not a problem

Seriously though I have a very small backyard with a high fence around it and have it installed with no complaints. I simply put the antenna low in the backyard, so no one can see it from outside the yard and have it pointing upwards. Fortunatly I live in the centre of North America so the satelites are right overhead. In your situation since you are on the east coast, pointing straight up doesn't seem to work for you. I'm curious, how big is this courtyard you mention? If it's very small then you'll need to elevate the antenna rather high in order to get the maximum "look-angle" to the west. If it's large then you may be able to get away with only increasing the height of the antenna slightly to get decent reception, perhaps only needing to attach the antenna to the uppermost portion of your window.
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Probably the same rules that apply to installing Satellite Tv. In short, so long as the dish is located within your rented space and you don't do any permanent damage, a landlord cannot prevent you from installing them. I put mine on the roof and used some silicone around the edges to cement it to the shingles. If I need to remove it, a simple cut with a razor will quickly remove it.
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