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Old 12-15-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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Just bought a Tivoli Satellite radio. Unfortunately, since Sirius took down their repeater in Wilmington, DE, I'm unable to get a signal until I order an outside antenna (which I intend to do). In the meantime, I'm trying to get the clock to display on the Sirius panel but to no avail. It was working... I unplugged the radio and after plugging it, all I get is the message, "No Signal. Push ENTER button in Sirius Mode". When I unplugged it I moved it to an area where I could get a signal in order to set the clock and calendar correctly.

I called Tivoli Audio today and they told me to go into the Time Zone settings and set the time zone. I did that, but no change.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 12-15-2006, 05:31 PM   #2
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Just a review... so you put your Tivoli outside to a clear sky for more than 10 seconds and still didn't get a clock?
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:50 PM   #3
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- Had a clock on the display, but date was wrong.
- Moved radio to location with Sirius signal. Got updated time and date.
- Unplugged radio, moved it back to location in home without signal, and now I can't get time and date to display.


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It's usually because Tivoli (or any other satellite radios for that matter) doesn't keep time -- they get the time signal via satellite every 3 seconds.
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That's what I thought too... however it was working without a signal... until I unplugged it.
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Mystery solved (I think).

When I was trying initially to get a signal I had an antenna connected and for a very brief period, I must have had a strong enough signal to update the date and time. After disconnecting the antenna (or moving it out of range), the time continued to increment but the date stayed the same. I was able to duplicate it this evening (the date did not change after midnight).

Well, at least I've got the current time on the radio now. All I need to do now is to order an outdoor antenna and run some coax out to my back deck.

Thanks for your help.


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Hi.

Just bought a Tivoli Satellite radio. Unfortunately, since Sirius took down their repeater in Wilmington, DE, I'm unable to get a signal until I order an outside antenna (which I intend to do). In the meantime, I'm trying to get the clock to display on the Sirius panel but to no avail. It was working... I unplugged the radio and after plugging it, all I get is the message, "No Signal. Push ENTER button in Sirius Mode". When I unplugged it I moved it to an area where I could get a signal in order to set the clock and calendar correctly.

I called Tivoli Audio today and they told me to go into the Time Zone settings and set the time zone. I did that, but no change.

Anyone have any ideas?

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DG...once you get your signal issues resolved could you please post a review of the Tivoli....I had my eye on that a while back....I'd be intersted in the sound quality (with one speaker) and the am/fm/sat interface...do you think you will have to buy the optional speakers or is one enough? Any info would be cool....thanks!
Good luck with the repeater in your area...I thank the satillite gods everyday that mine keeps working...
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Old 12-17-2006, 06:52 AM   #8
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I've had a Tivoli Satellite since they first came out. I guess they haven't updated the software, since mine also does not update the date unless the Sirius part of the radio is turned on. It doesn't matter whether or not the antenna is in a spot with a signal. The unit doesn't update the date by itself (such a simple bit of software, but no, they forgot about that). The Sirius radio has to be turned on (if only for a bit). And, of course, it has to get a signal. But whether it gets a signal the rest of the day doesn't matter. And as you've seen, unplugging it loses both date and time.

But the date thing is my only complaint. I bought a lifetime subscription for my Tivoli, since I'm convinced I'll have this radio for a long time. Sounds great. Looks good. The dimmer on the display works beautifully. Wakes me up every morning.

I only got the one speaker. I use headphones for stereo (and there is a slight twinge of a second complaint; the headphone level is a little low).

There isn't much of an AM/FM/Sat interface. It's a switch. In AM or FM it turns on an ordinary radio, with no digital display. In Sat it turns on the Sirius display. You can wake to AM/FM if you want, but you have to turn on Sat in order to program the alarm.

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I noticed that too. I was watching the radio last night after midnight (12:03am) and the date did not change. It wasn't until I turned it on that that the date changed to the next day.

Anyway, I hooked up my outside antenna last night to my Tivoli and after some initial "Antenna Aiming" issues, I think all is well. There's a lot to like about the radio... the design, the sound (with only one speaker!), and the familiar Sirius interface.

I could nitpick about the things I don't like (including the date issue) and the fact that you can't read the markings on the front panel in low light, but all in all, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. The Tivoli is highly recommended!

By the way, after reading through another thread about repeater issues, I decided to call Sirius (again!) to complain about the lack of service and the fact that I just spent $70 on an outside antenna (check out the Sirius Signal Distribution Kit at Crutchfield!). To compensate me for my service issues, they immediately gave me a $20 credit. I recommend anyone experiencing repeater problems call Customer Service and request the credit.

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My Tivoli only updates the date when it receives a new signal from the SAT, but the clock works fine once it's been set once.

Great radio by the way.

My only complaint is that the sleep timer can only be set for 20 minutes.
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Came downstairs this morning and found the radio displaying 12/20/06. Turned it on and off and the date changed to 12/21/06.

I guess the programming effort would've been too great to have it increment the date automatically at the stroke of midnight. Nobody considered the fact that the radio may not be turned ON and tuned to Sirius 24 hrs each day????
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Came downstairs this morning and found the radio displaying 12/20/06. Turned it on and off and the date changed to 12/21/06.

I guess the programming effort would've been too great to have it increment the date automatically at the stroke of midnight. Nobody considered the fact that the radio may not be turned ON and tuned to Sirius 24 hrs each day????
It's only a minor nuisance. I've had this radio for 2 years and it no longer bothers me. If nothing else, I just turn on the radio for a second to let it update the date.
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FYI, just received the second (stereo) speaker for my Tivoli. It sounded great before... now it sounds awesome! Highly recommended!
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Well, I'll be damned! I was reading this thread and thought the date thing was funny and looked at my radio and saw the date was off. Turned it on and off and the date updated. I've had my Tivoli for a year or more now and never noticed that little quirk.

I got an XM Crosley Explorer for Christmas and was a little po'd because I had to set the date and time--doesn't just pull it off the sat signal like the Tivoli. But maybe that's a good thing. (BTW, I own or have owned all sorts of radios and the Crosley is hands down, no question, the nicest looking, sweetest sounding radio I've ever owned. It sounds soooo good!)

The Tivoli doesn't have a 'paperclip' reset--it's designed to do a hard reset every time it is unplugged, so you can't get the time and date with the antenna and then move the radio.

I've been toying with the idea of a second speaker and the subwoofer for the Tivoli. Based on your experience, I'll give it a try.

Thanks for posting your info--I learned something new today. I really enjoy my Tivoli and highly recommend them. Great little radios.
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