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Old 11-01-2006, 07:21 PM   #1
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My question relates to the ins and outs of signal strength on a docked/home unit. I can go from 3-4 bars at some points during the day to "aquiring signal" for hours on end. I know the sats and the planet are not stationary, but I thought the sats were designed to blanket the US with a constant signal. Why would I have such a large variation in strength? I know I am not getting a repeater since it is at least 15 miles away. I have the antenna outside on the window sill. All of my available windows face either south, west or east. I have no access to north. I'd love to put the antenna on the roof, by I live in a condo and don't have access to the roof.

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They do blanket the US with two constant signals, but the signals come from changing directions through the day because of the satellite movement.

Unless your antenna has an unobstructed view of the sky and the whole horizon, something is bound to get in between the satellite and you.

These obstructions can completely block the signal, (such as a concrete building), or cut the signal down (such as leaves on trees). If your antenna is in the house, then your roof and walls are certainly interfering.

Also.. Home antennas are directional. There is an optimum direction to point them depending on where you live.. The link below gives some good tips for installing a home antenna:
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