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Old 09-01-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Kenwood/Sirius Reception Issues...

I know, I know, another reception issue thread.

Does anyone here have first hand scientifical knowledge as to how the electronics in a Sirius antenna or tuner operate? What I'm trying to find out is what symptoms are encountered when either an antenna or tuner go bad. Do they just stop working or do they have a tendency to gradually go bad?

For example, I've started losing reception about 5 weeks ago. The symptoms are as follows:

1) Get in my car to go to work and the tuner displays "acquiring signal".
2) Get in my car for lunch and I pick up a signal without any delays.
3) Get in my car to go home and experience the "acquiring signal" message once again.

When I started experiencing these reception issues the above scenario only happened a couple of times a week (This lead me to believe the signal from the satellite or repeater was down). Over the course of 5 weeks the reception issues went from 2 times a week to everyday. Now I'm thinking I have a bad antenna or tuner. Do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone?

One of the reasons I'm creating this thread is I was sure I had a bad component but then I got on the Backstage forums and I read about people experiencing reception dropouts when they never had the problem before. People would promptly respond and say, "It's solar flares" or "The repeaters must be down" or "Sirius is upgrading their network". After reading these responses I am throughly confused as to what the issue may be. I don't want to spend any money until I am fairly certain as to what the problem is so I'm looking for a way to troubleshoot my problem.

I am into car audio so I know how to troubleshoot speakers, amps, head units and cabling using a volt meter but I am clueless as to how to test the components of Sirius radio. I've read statements on this board that there could be dueling repeaters or the tuner having an issue discerning between a satellite signal or terrestrial signal, is there any way of testing for this? Is there any way of testing the antenna to ensure it is sending the appropriate signal to the tuner? Etc...

I'm also interested in people's accounts of what they experienced when a tuner or antenna went bad. Did the units just stop working or did their performance gradually get worse? Etc...

Please refrain from the "Hmmm. My system seems to be working just fine" replies as they offer no scientifical reason to the root cause of the problem. I'm hoping that if enough people can post their bad antenna/tuner symptoms here we can create a checklist for people to reference when trying to troubleshoot their issues.

Please keep in mind that I know the answer is not obstructions, be it buildings, bridges or trees. I've had this exact setup for over a year and it has performed flawlessly up until 5 weeks ago. I live in Colorado and I frequent the mountains so the Sirius service has been tested in canyons, valleys and dense foliage without issues. The problem is either a bad antenna, a bad tuner or Sirius is experiencing some sort of signal problem. I'm just trying to figure out which it is.

Thanks and I hope we get some good feedback.
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:58 AM   #2
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I have talked to many retail stores that have had customer report this similar issue, in the same fashion you have experienced with both services.

Not to take a cheapshot, but it seems to happen more to the other guy than us, but that is a purely unscientific observation made by 3 or 4 stores.

The problem has been the components in the antenna have been getting baked and have started failing. Much the same way an analog tuner for an AM/FM radio works when the needle gets hot and drifts off a station, I am hearing that replacing the antenna has fixed this issue almost every time.
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Well,

I decided to bite the bullet and just purchase a new Terk antenna. I tested my setup before installing the new antenna and I received the "Acquiring Signal" display. As soon as I installed the new antenna I picked up the Sirius signal without delay. I have been using this antenna for over a week without any reception issues so the problem had to be a bad antenna.

Thanks to KAMA85283 for the lone response.
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