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Old 11-30-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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I have three SP-TK1 receivers and antennas in my house. NONE of them ever get above three bars, and about 90% of the time I am lucky to get one. I have DirecTV and Voom with no problem getting a signal ever, a clear view of the open sky. I also bought a Terk SIR6 which hasn't done anything at all to give a better signal. I'm going to try putting at least one antenna outside this weekend, but we really shouldn't need to do that. I'm very disappointed in the home antennas.

As for the car antennas, the fact that they cut out whenever I go under a bridge is gonna be a huge problem when Howard gets on the air. Right now nobody seems to complain about it much, but people that are used to being able to pick up the show uninterrupted (except for the bleeps) whenever and wherever they are will be extremely frustrated by this. I understand why it works that way, but maybe somebody should set expectations properly.

My other complaint is about the FM transmitter in the SP-TK1 - HORRIBLE. I can get a listenable signal from it only if the radio is right next to the receiver. AND I even purchased an external transmitter, don't recall the name right now but it's most popular one on the boards, also sucks. I even called that company to find out how to get a stronger signal and was told that I had to open it up and hack it in order to boost the signal. That was very easy to do, but still didn't make it much better. I was under the impression that one receiver and transmitter would handle my whole main house area - four radios at fairly close range and all in the open - no such luck.

I am very disappointed in the way Sirius is working in my house and I'm a technical person - can't even imagine what non-technical people are going through while trying to get a signal via antenna and transmitter.

That's my b*tch session for now...

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I don't understand the Satellite TV comparison. I have dish as well, but I do not have the dish in the house, it is on the roof. I bought an SIR-6 as well and put it on my dish mount and I now get 10 bars at all times.

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Old 11-30-2004, 04:17 PM   #3
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I hear ya about the reception! I ended up running an auto antenna out my basement window and stuck it to a small black grill among my bushes, I connected it with a 50 ft cable. Perfect reception! Just hoping the rabbits don't get too hungry and chew the wire
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I don't understand the Satellite TV comparison. I have dish as well, but I do not have the dish in the house, it is on the roof. I bought an SIR-6 as well and put it on my dish mount and I now get 10 bars at all times.

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I don't understand the Satellite TV comparison. I have dish as well, but I do not have the dish in the house, it is on the roof. I bought an SIR-6 as well and put it on my dish mount and I now get 10 bars at all times.

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Point taken...I was just stating that I have no trouble being able to see the open sky from my house. I'll put the SIR-6 on one of my dishes this weekend to see how it works out. Are you also using the FM transmitter? If so, any luck with it?

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Purchased the Audiovox PNP2 last Sept and could only received 1 bar, at best, signal reception. I immediately ordered the Terk SIR-6 and postitioned it outside, on the roof with a clear unobstructed view of the open sky... perfect full-scale reading of the the satellite signal and a 1/3 indication of a repeater. I think I might even have a better repeater signal if aimed more toward Chicago. I've not experienced any drop-outs. It would be ideal if we could just go out, buy the radio and leave the antenna sitting right next to it but we're dealing with small, weak signals, and moving satellites... antennas should be outside and away from obstuctions.
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I am going to hook up my parents PNP that I got them for christmas so I will see if I join your issues when I start with it. I am hoping that I can just run the antenna outside in the garage, up the wall, and mount it in the attic or out the breathers for the attic.
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I have three SP-TK1 receivers and antennas in my house. NONE of them ever get above three bars, and about 90% of the time I am lucky to get one. I have DirecTV and Voom with no problem getting a signal ever, a clear view of the open sky. I also bought a Terk SIR6 which hasn't done anything at all to give a better signal. I'm going to try putting at least one antenna outside this weekend, but we really shouldn't need to do that. I'm very disappointed in the home antennas.
I asked the same thing in another thread and did not got a reponse so I will repost it here.

My question is this. If clarity doesn't change based on signal strength (what I've read in other threads) why would having additional bars of signal be better then 1-3 on a fixed antenna? Doesn't seem like dropping would be a problem on a fixed antenna so long as any kind of signal is present at all times.
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I have three SP-TK1 receivers and antennas in my house. NONE of them ever get above three bars, and about 90% of the time I am lucky to get one. I have DirecTV and Voom with no problem getting a signal ever, a clear view of the open sky. I also bought a Terk SIR6 which hasn't done anything at all to give a better signal. I'm going to try putting at least one antenna outside this weekend, but we really shouldn't need to do that. I'm very disappointed in the home antennas.
It's SATELLITE radio. If you're not okay with putting your satellite radio antenna outside, then why are you fine with putting a dish up on the side of your house to get satellite TV? Are you actually getting dropouts? I never get more than two bars at home (with the antenna stuck out the window), but I don't get any dropouts either. It's not necessary to get 3 bars to get a quality signal.
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I asked the same thing in another thread and did not got a reponse so I will repost it here.

My question is this. If clarity doesn't change based on signal strength (what I've read in other threads) why would having additional bars of signal be better then 1-3 on a fixed antenna? Doesn't seem like dropping would be a problem on a fixed antenna so long as any kind of signal is present at all times.

Think of it like insurance. Having a full strength signal when optimally installed means that weather (though rarely an issue), satellite movement, leaf growth, or other issues that might degrade signal won't leave you with drop outs.

Also, I may be wrong and you should post in Space Nation for specifics but I believe that you can have stream errors with only 1/3 bars which will not cause drop outs but can impact the SQ.
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Actually, I rarely get cut off under a bridge unless I'm going way too slow. The buffer seems to save enough to get me past without any cuts.
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interesting topic...

i think for all of us newbies(myself included) that are going to be coming to this site in the near future... it would be helpful to have a "help" section or "tutorial" of how to really get things running correctly by the guys who have already done it right....

maybe there already is a section on this and i'm missing it???...
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interesting topic...

i think for all of us newbies(myself included) that are going to be coming to this site in the near future... it would be helpful to have a "help" section or "tutorial" of how to really get things running correctly by the guys who have already done it right....

maybe there already is a section on this and i'm missing it???...
They have the Install Garage section. I think that is what you are looking for!!
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