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Old 01-07-2007, 07:32 PM   #16
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Now I understand what's behind all this Twister. Thanks for the clarification. This is a great forum with a bunch of pretty excellent posters. Stop by some more!
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:16 PM   #17
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Post Placement of Car Antenna

I am so glad that you posted this Question. I have a 1992 Acura Integra. I just got a new Sirius S50 Radio. Anyway I have my Antenna placed outside of the Vehicle. My reception is so-so but I am now thinking of putting the Antenna inside of the Car. The Area where I am living here in California has many people stealing the little Satellite Antennas or cutting the wires.
My Brother who is an Acura Tech. has XM Radio in his Integra and he places the antenna on the Dash of his car. It works awesome and he never has lost a signal or anything.
Also I have a question while I am replying to this:

Has anyone tried to place the antenna (the little black one) in the rear window of their cars? If so has does that seem to work? Please post reply back.... Thanks so much to all of you with your awesome adivice with Sirius and Satellite Radio..... Happy 2007 New Year to all:
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:12 PM   #18
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Being newbie on this forum myself, one thing I can tell you for sure: there is no universal antenna placement that will work in every car. Too many variable in this equation, where you live (geographic location), what car, how is your windshield and rear windows are slopped down, if you have a tint (like some older metallic which can cause the inferference), etc... Mine didn't work in the back on that rear shelf next to the break light. It also didn't work being outside in the corner of the rear window (tried to conceal that black puck from being out in the open on a silver car), and now being moved to the top of the right fender on the metal surface I still get choppy reception on a small roads with lots of trees along the way.

From what I have read in here, could be a problem with Sirius antenna itself, or just being away from big cities with their terrestrial repeater antennas, and completely relying on a clear site of satellite which is blocked by trees?

BTW, good point about people stealing those antennas from outside. Damn, more things to worry about
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:59 PM   #19
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I mounted my S50's "micro dot" (Funny, it's not that small) on the center of my Scion tC's dashboard, with double face sticky pads that I had lying around, as far forward as it would fit nicely under the windshield. It works great, with good satellite and terrestial signal stregnth showing up on the S50's signal meters.
I think some cars might have metallic based coating on their windshields for defogging or tinting that might lower dashboard mount performance.
It's interesting, cause with the Scion tC's full glass roof, I do not have the option of mounting it with the magnetic base. So the dash mount was a given for me. Scion's OEM way of mounting it on the rear right fender, right behind the regular radio antenna looks too goofy and just tempts vandals to mess with the satellite antenna, IMO.

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I have always mouted the antenna inside on the dash since 2003 and it has always worked perfectly. Worked for Kenwood H2A, S50, and now the Stiletto. The dot antenna that I curently use is the best because of the size. Wouldn't use rear window because of tiniting.
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I've used both types of antennas for the dash and both seem to work pretty well. The dot is much smaller and maybe easier to handle
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