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Old 12-14-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I would like your opinions on what could be the cause of this issue.

When I am in the metro area of Minneapolis, I have no issues receiving Sirius broadcasts. However, I live 1 hour from downtown and about halfway through my commute, I will lose my signal until I come back in the following day.

My Alpine head unit and Sirius tuner was installed by Circuit City about 1.5 years ago. I had them check the connections last night and All was well on the drive home. On my way in this morning though, same issue again.

I do not know if this is a antennae problem or a tuner problem. The store recommended swapping the antennae if the issue persists but if it is the tuner, I don't want to waste my money on just the antennae.

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Seems like we're getting one of these threads for just about every metro area. Look around and I'm sure you'll find quite a few others. Sirius has had some terrible issues lately and I don't think there's anything that would give us much hope for them fixing these problems any time soon.
Customer: "But it sounds like hell."
Sirius: "Don't worry, it always sounds that way."
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:07 PM   #3
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If you're only getting the signal in town, then it sounds like you can only receive the repeater and your unit isn't picking up the satellites.

It could be your antenna.... (There are actually two antennas built inside the case.. One for the satellite and the other for the repeater). Of course, it could also be your receiver.. The cheapest way to tell would be to do what the store says and swap 'em. (I wonder if the store would let you try a spare stock antenna they might have lying around? Or, perhaps a buddy could lend you one)?
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I would say it is your tuner not accepting any of the satellite birds. Try and get Circuit City to switch your SIR-ALP1 tuner with another one and test to see if they can get a satellite signal.
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