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Old 08-09-2005, 05:19 PM   #1
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I've been a sirius subscriber for 1 year now and have an Orbiter with both a home and car dock. My car kit has always worked fine. My home kit is another story. I am in a heavily wooded area. I have managed to get a decent signal in the past but have always had a problem with it cutting out. (some times more than others) Just a few days ago my antennea wire was broken (probably chewed by some Fn animal). I managed to splice it together but I am now constantly loosing the signal. I cannot seem to find a replacement antennea. If there is a super duper amplified signal boosting antennea available I would prefer that. (so I wont have to deal with it cutting out so much)


any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.
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I've been a sirius subscriber for 1 year now and have an Orbiter with both a home and car dock. My car kit has always worked fine. My home kit is another story. I am in a heavily wooded area. I have managed to get a decent signal in the past but have always had a problem with it cutting out. (some times more than others) Just a few days ago my antennea wire was broken (probably chewed by some Fn animal). I managed to splice it together but I am now constantly loosing the signal. I cannot seem to find a replacement antennea. If there is a super duper amplified signal boosting antennea available I would prefer that. (so I wont have to deal with it cutting out so much)


any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.
You'll need this.

And you'll need to get it so it can see the sky without any tree interference.

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Old 08-09-2005, 08:22 PM   #3
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I've been a sirius subscriber for 1 year now and have an Orbiter with both a home and car dock. My car kit has always worked fine. My home kit is another story. I am in a heavily wooded area. I have managed to get a decent signal in the past but have always had a problem with it cutting out. (some times more than others) Just a few days ago my antennea wire was broken (probably chewed by some Fn animal). I managed to splice it together but I am now constantly loosing the signal. I cannot seem to find a replacement antennea. If there is a super duper amplified signal boosting antennea available I would prefer that. (so I wont have to deal with it cutting out so much)


any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated.
You'll need this.

And you'll need to get it so it can see the sky without any tree interference.

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already got it. the trees extend the entire west side of the property
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already got it. the trees extend the entire west side of the property
Where you located?
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If at all possible put the antenna on the roof for the best signal.
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I've tried that too, but that is one of the worst spots. (there is heavy coverage behind my house) I did just order the Terk Sir6 outdoor antenna. Has there been much feedback about this?
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I've tried that too, but that is one of the worst spots. (there is heavy coverage behind my house) I did just order the Terk Sir6 outdoor antenna. Has there been much feedback about this?
I don't have one yet, but people around here rave about it.
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I've tried that too, but that is one of the worst spots. (there is heavy coverage behind my house) I did just order the Terk Sir6 outdoor antenna. Has there been much feedback about this?
I don't have one yet, but people around here rave about it.

Yes, the Terk6 antenna
I've had nothing but good signal strength after getting one. The Terk6 holds the signal to 1 bar at the times when I would normally loose the signal (3 times a day). Very easy to install.

Amazon has it the cheapest, with free UPS ground shipping.

Try it and I'll bet you get good results. If you don't get good results, Amazon will let you return it within 30 days for money back.
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Thanks for all the tips. As a new subscriber (yesterday), I'm experiencing problems indoors also. The Terk looks like the winner.
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still waiting for the antenna.
I'll post how it works
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Hmm glad i found the right thread. I seem to also be having problems with the signal in my condo which faces a southern direction, nothing to the south of me. I think maybe its difficult in a condo/apt for a stable signal. Due to the buidling itself perhaps and how its situated? I am located on the 2nd floor.

I have been getting a signal for periods of say hmm 20-45minutes then cuts out for a period of time. I find so far it works better in my car LOL which I am totally shocked about. Thought I would have more problems in my car opposed to my home.

Any chance this Terk6 antenna will cure this problem? What exactly distinguishes one antenna to another??

Thanks :\
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Hmm glad i found the right thread. I seem to also be having problems with the signal in my condo which faces a southern direction, nothing to the south of me. I think maybe its difficult in a condo/apt for a stable signal. Due to the buidling itself perhaps and how its situated? I am located on the 2nd floor.

I have been getting a signal for periods of say hmm 20-45minutes then cuts out for a period of time. I find so far it works better in my car LOL which I am totally shocked about. Thought I would have more problems in my car opposed to my home.

Any chance this Terk6 antenna will cure this problem? What exactly distinguishes one antenna to another??

Thanks :\
If the antenna is actually "in" your condo, your gonna have problems with receptions. It really needs to be outside and unobstructed. That's what it works so well in your car. The Terk won't make a huge differnece, but it might tweak your signal just enough to keep if from dropping out.
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Well I have the antenna outside, I have moved it around a few times. I have it now where I think is probably the best position for it. I may have to live with the droputs I guess.

The Terk SIR6 appears to be around the $80US, I think I will just live with the drop-outs.

Is there anything that can be changed to the settings of the "antenna" in the Sportster Model? I notice a setting for the antenna? would this help?

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In my situation maybe the apartment building is somewhat in the way I dunno.
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Well I have the antenna outside, I have moved it around a few times. I have it now where I think is probably the best position for it. I may have to live with the droputs I guess.

The Terk SIR6 appears to be around the $80US, I think I will just live with the drop-outs.

Is there anything that can be changed to the settings of the "antenna" in the Sportster Model? I notice a setting for the antenna? would this help?

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In my situation maybe the apartment building is somewhat in the way I dunno.
Check your PM. I suggest you get the 50 ft. extension. Get the antenna as high as possible.

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