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Old 11-13-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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I just got a free Sirius -1, so it's really hard to complain since it was free, but I'd like some help trying to determine if it's the radio or installation and how to improve it.

I have a Sirius Stream Jockey II on my wife's van that works great, so I know that satellite reception in the area is okay.

On my Sirius 1, I get horrible reception - I live in the Philly area, and there are a ton of FM stations around, so I don't have a lot of frequencies to choose from. I've tried 4 different frequencies, and the higher the frequency, the worse the reception. The antenna is not exactly in the center of the roof, but more like 1/3 of the way from the edge. There's plenty of area around it (manual says 12X12 is recommended - I have that). No matter what the frequency I use, the signal fades in and out and is very staticy. Sometimes it might be listenable for a couple minutes, but rarely.

How can this be resolved? Is it the antenna placement? Does the Sirius 1 just suck? Is there any hope for the radio?

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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Old 11-13-2006, 12:04 PM   #2
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Can you try the antenna from your Stream Jockey II? Is so, try that one and see what happens.

If that doesn't work, you might have a bad unit. If that's the case, then you're going to have to give them a call and see if you can't get a replacement...
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:35 PM   #3
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Can you try the antenna from your Stream Jockey II? Is so, try that one and see what happens.

If that doesn't work, you might have a bad unit. If that's the case, then you're going to have to give them a call and see if you can't get a replacement...
Good idea, I'll try that.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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Listen people. The satellite reception is not the problem. It's that the FM broadcast in the latest radios is almost nonexistent. There is nothing wrong with your radio other than you should have come here first to find out that the FCC has managed to get involved in Sat radio now.
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Listen people. The satellite reception is not the problem. It's that the FM broadcast in the latest radios is almost nonexistent. There is nothing wrong with your radio other than you should have come here first to find out that the FCC has managed to get involved in Sat radio now.
I agree with Rusty on this one. I have a one radio that I bought in April. Recently I decided I wanted to do a direct connect to my stereo both house, and car. I bought a new stereo for my car. I got the kind with the aux in on the front. You can also get them in the back as well. I think the direct connect to your stereo is the way to go. You will never hear static. Keep the radio, and do a direct connect. Forget about the dam modulator. If you only listen to Sirius, play cds, ipod. You can get a new deck for a resonable price. Just make sure it has aux in.
 
 
 
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cfuglein, both rustytrombone and Peacepeddler are correct. I was wrong. Try one of these and it should help out alot...

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Listen people. The satellite reception is not the problem. It's that the FM broadcast in the latest radios is almost nonexistent. There is nothing wrong with your radio other than you should have come here first to find out that the FCC has managed to get involved in Sat radio now.
Well if you want to get technical (and don't we all?), hasn't the FCC been involved since the day they issued the permit for Sirius to construct their RF uplink facilities? I know what you mean but I don't want anyone to think the FCC has no involvement in satellite radio. They may not regulate the content, but anything that pertains to RF emission and interference has always been their jurisdiction.
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My Sirius One works great, but only after I put in an FM OUT antenna. It doesn't come with one nor do the instructions talk about it, but you won't believe the difference. Choose an FM station that is weak, not vacant. Find one at www.findfm.info. Good luck.
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