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Old 08-11-2005, 12:18 PM   #1
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I just installed the Sportster IR in my car. I have it basically installed on my dashboard (craddle on the front windshield and antenna laying on the dashboard).

I drove in to work today and it worked great. I only had two short drop outs for a 35 minute drive. My dad's factory XM doesn't receive a signal as good as that.

I headed out to lunch and everything seemed fine but when returning from lunch it started to droping out so much you couldn't even listen to it.

I hadn't movied the antenna. But I had removed the reciever from it's craddle and stored it in the glove box (while eating), but that is it.

It was sunny on the way back from lunch but had been cloudy on my drive in to work. Could the sun have any effect on it's receiption? Is the reciever getting too hot? They have to expect it to be in the sun considering it comes with a suction cup for the windshield.

I'm not sure what to do now.
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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The weather will not affect reception unless it's 6 or more inches of snow. Having the antenna on your dashboard may. Since the satellites move in the sky they may have been in a good position for you to receive them at one point but now may not. The best thing to do is get the antenna out where it has a clear view of the sky. Either on the roof, trunk or the hood. You can just pop it up on the roof temporarily and see what a difference that makes. You will get dropouts here and there - like what you described on your way to work but you will get the best possible signal with it outside and not "looking" through glass which on certain angles, could impair the signal.
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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I don't understand why the satalite would be moving in the sky. Of course I don't know much about Sirius, but if Dish or DTV satalites were to move no one would get reception.

On the way home I only had one short drop out. Even better than it was when going to work. I'll have to wait until it does it again and try putting it on the roof of the car and see if it still does it. But right now I'm thinking maybe the unit is defective and is overly sensitive to the heat.

If I end up exchanging the unit at Circuit City, does Sirius let me move my subscription to the replacement unit?
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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The satellites move for sirius, look in the space section of the board. XMs sattelites dont move. However, I don't readily accept that as an explanation for this problem. I am having similar issues with my replay that I never had with my PNP2 that it replaced. Its at random times in random places. The other night it was in my home and the song cut out twice but the sat signal bars were still full through it all. I'm not sure yet if it is a replay issue or something else, but the satellites moving thing, I don't completely buy into.

I do get that at work here where the satellites will move out of the range of the window I sit by and it takes an hour or so for the next one to move into range, thats a steady decline to nothingness and a steady increase to full signal with multiple mulptile drops along the way.

I'll be watching this thread with interest to see if other sportster owners have similar issues. I also just missed out on the rebate by less than a week, so I'm still thinknig about returning it and rebuying it to get that, I'm still within the return period. Does anyone know if Circuit City pricematches rebates?

I should also mention that I have the antenna mounted in my cars back dash, the same place where the PNP2 antenna was mounted but I did replace that with the sportsters low profile antenna. The homekit antenna looks to be a little bit redone from the PNP2 home/boombox ones as well... I never had any issues with PNP2 antenna like this and my back dash mounting worked fine with that.
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I think you should try putting the antenna on the roof where it belongs before you blame it on the tuner. At least try it anyway. That more than likely IS the problem.

The Sirius satellites are in constant motion and inside the car the antenna could get blocked by many different things.

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Old 08-12-2005, 09:28 AM   #6
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I think you should try putting the antenna on the roof where it belongs before you blame it on the tuner. At least try it anyway. That more than likely IS the problem.

The Sirius satellites are in constant motion and inside the car the antenna could get blocked by many different things.

to the roof to the roof to the roof
Thats what I said I was going to do. But until it starts droping again, it won't tell me if it is the problem or not.

The drive in to work today, it worked great.

As soon as it happens again I'll throw it on the roof and see if it continues...

BTW I checked out the space nation and that explained alot. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-12-2005, 11:46 AM   #7
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I also have a replay IR and the first unit i got had the same kind of signal loss. However, mine also kept displaying that it couldn't detect antenna. I then took it back to CC and they just replaced the unit, and antenna and i have not had a single problem.
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Old 08-17-2005, 03:31 PM   #8
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I think Harley is right. I think the problem was the satellites move. Even though I haven't had a problem with reception in my car since that day. But I was driving down the road again today and noticed that there are a lot of large trees hanging over the road. I guess it was just the time of day that caused them problem.

I'm fairly sure there is nothing wrong with my Sportster.

Thanks Harley for your input.
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Old 08-17-2005, 04:20 PM   #9
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Definetly put the antanna in a good spot like the roof. I had mine on the dash then moved it to the roll bar of the jeep (no top) when I had problems. For me this didn't help, I ended up swapping out the unit for another and problem was solved.
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:22 PM   #10
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Just a last follow up on this topic... I finally got around to putting the antenna on the roof of my car. I had been waiting on a flex mount off of ebay... Which I broke while installing...

But anyways, after putting the antenna on the roof the receiption was GREATLY improved. I was supprised it was that much better. I felt the dashboard receiption was pretty good. I would say that my sirius with the antenna on the dashboard was better than my dads factory installed XM receiption (Honda Element).

I can even go under overpasses without losing receiption now.
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