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Old 08-23-2005, 12:04 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I specifically bought Sirius to listen to it at work. Unfortunately, I'm in a cube but I have a co-worker who has an office window. He lets me put the antenna in there but because there are a bunch of trees surrounding the building I can rarely get a signal (It's facing North, the correct direction for my area). I then have to use a wireless headset so I can listen to it (when I get a signal) in my cube. The times I do receive a signal, it's very iffy and drops out a lot.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone listens at work and how do you do it?
I can't put the antenna outside since I'm in an office building and the windows are sealed. I'm on the first floor of a two story building BTW.

Also, I'm not sure how the TER signal works. From what I understand, the TER signal is supposed to help when you're getting a poor SAT signal? I can never receive a TER signal here in San Diego. Am I misunderstanding how the TER is supposed to work?

I'm almost ready to give up and concede to just listening in my car and at home but I bought it mainly to listen to while at work.

Thanks in advance.
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The terrestrial signal is sent by ground repeaters. If you have a repeater in the city you're in, you'll get a TER signal. If there aren't any repeaters in your area then you will only recieve the signal through the satellites. Unless you work in a city that has a repeater, you may be out of luck. The satellites pass pretty high in the sky and usually need the antenna pointing up. The building may be blocking the signal most of the time. The best thing to do is get the antenna outside and since you can't do that internet streaming may be your only option. Will your work allow you to stream music through your computer? If so, I'd go that route.
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I can stream music at work however I like to listen to a couple of talk radio stations and I can't do that online.

I guess I shouldn't have said I never get a terrestrial signal. I get one occasionally but the strongest signal I've seen is three bars and it's almost always at zero at work. Perhaps you're right and the building is blocking the signal most of the time. Maybe the repeater is just weak in the San Diego area?
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If you get any terrestrial signal you should experiment with different antenna placements. I barely get a signal at work but strangely enough, if I point the antenna at one particular office wall, I get enough signal to get sound. Not sure why that wall has the best reception but it does. Good luck.
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I'm curious, are you getting more than three bars for your terrestrial signal or are you getting three bars and it's enough? I'll start trying to point the things at walls and see what happens.

Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it.
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I listen at my cube also. I have my antenna sitting on top of one of the walls facing S.E. and get a good 7 bars of TER. most of the time. I've read here that some have good luck by placing their antenna in a tin pie plate.
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I've gots a thread about that
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I'm curious, are you getting more than three bars for your terrestrial signal or are you getting three bars and it's enough?...
If I look at my antenna meter screen, I get roughly three to five out of ten bars. When it drops to three or below, I lose the audio.
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