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Old 03-14-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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I have a window in my office that faces east (totally unobstructed), I can aim my antenna due east or a little to the northeast or southeast (but not due north or south, or west). I get one or two bars of signal for most of the day (8am to 5pm, Arizona Time), but around 10:30am to Noon I get spotty or no coverage at all, then it comes back to the one or two bars of coverage.

I have the original Audiovox Boombox with the plug and play unit (that I use in my car and at home).

On a side note, I have been experiencing lots of drops on the commute into work (7am to 8am) and on the way home (5pm to 6pm). I used to get full 3 bar reception, now it drops everytime I pass a tall truck or tree or the freeway dips down below the natural grade.

Anybody in Arizona experiencing these same issues?? I really think that as soon as Sirius starts making some money they need to get more Satellites up in the air and increase the ground repeater coverage. I love Howard, so I will put up with this crap for only so long. Any new Sirius users will not put up with this at all, and drop the service.

HELP!
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:14 PM   #2
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Hmmmmm.. Might be an issue with the radio not switching to the other sat or repeater for that matter in a timely manner. The reason I say this is because I had a weird experience today. Although this has happened before, I've never had such a dramatic experience until today. Basically I was driving to my friends house near downtown Houston and drove into his parking garage. The second I drove into it I lost my signal. This would be normal if it weren't for the fact that the repeater signal is very strong and it has never cut out like that before. About 20 seconds or so later the signal came back (repeater) full strength. It made me wonder if my radio held onto the sat signal for some reason instead of switching over to the repeater like it's supposed too. <shrug>
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
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I live in Phoenix and when I drive under a overpass, I don't get a dropout only if I am stuck in traffic and then I will loose my signal from an overpass. But in the tunnel where I am stuck in traffic I don't loose a signal, because the downtown Phoenix ground repeater must be strong threw the tunnel most of the time.

Also I don't loose a signal from tall trucks or trees, so where is your antenna located on your car? That could be the problem? But the part you said, the freeway dips down below the natural grade, are you traveling on I-17? If so I can understand that, because they're so many bridges there.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:29 PM   #4
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The problems I am having with my car reception just started in the last week or so, and it is getting worse. I purchased this unit (Audiovox SIRPNP2) back in October of 2004 and it worked great each and everyday until now.

I have a backup SIRPNP2 that I purchased just in case I sell the car and it is getting the dropouts in reception as well. Is it possible that the antennas go bad?? Anyone have problems with the Audiovox Antennas?

The weird thing is that I have the problems in my office everyday at the same exact time. Between 10 and Noon, I get no reception or very very poor reception. Strange....after noon, it's back to full coverage.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:42 PM   #5
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I just started to have the same issues at my house in Phoenix. Signal strength of 2 bars and getting drop-outs. I havent moved my antenna so i dont know what the problem is.. If anyone has any news, please share....Thanks...Peter
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:43 PM   #6
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The weird thing is that I have the problems in my office everyday at the same exact time. Between 10 and Noon, I get no reception or very very poor reception. Strange....after noon, it's back to full coverage.
I believe all the antennas are the same, their are some that look different, but you could still get the same coverage? I don't know if you know or not, but Sirius has three satellites in space and they move around in a figure 8. They are not like XM satellites that stay in the same position. So between 10 and Noon that probably how you are loosing coverage?
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:05 PM   #7
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I just started to have the same issues at my house in Phoenix. Signal strength of 2 bars and getting drop-outs. I havent moved my antenna so i dont know what the problem is.. If anyone has any news, please share....Thanks...Peter
Wow, I'm sorry to hear your having problems, but at least I know I'm not the only one.....
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:23 PM   #8
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I remember late last year the downtown repeater was down for like 2 weeks and no one could get a good signal.
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:34 AM   #9
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I live in Goodyear and drive to Scottsdale for my commute and I never have signal problems. I usually have 3 bars once I get past Avondale and it stays strong until I get to work.

Unfortunately I can't hardly get a signal in my office, but that's because I'm on the bottom floor with no windows.

I have the Starmate Replay and I have my antenna mounted on the dashboard.
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