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Old 04-06-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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I'm wondering what the experience has been for those of you that use Sirius in your home or office. I live in a smaller town, I don't know if Sirius has repeaters in my area so it's always been my assumption that the only signal I get is from the satellite.

I've used both the supplied Kenwood home antenna (first gen Kenwood) and the Terk home antenna (basically the same usit just mounted on a small, positionable, pole. After a few months I find that signal seems to degenerate. I get tons of dropouts through the day, seemingly at random.

Sooooo, I replace the antenna and things go back "normal"...for a few more months.

I'm wondering if anyone has used the Marine antennas for home use? Do they seem to receive well? I'm not sure the problem I'm suffering from is one of the antennas going bad. It *seems* that way, but l also know bad luck actually happens.

I'd also like to know if anyone has detected a wear pattern to outdoor antennas. I'm a retailer, so I sell tons of these things and seldom see them come back which is why I am wondering if I'm just not unlucky. Do the antennas just quit after a while? Has any particular home antenna proven more effective than another? Especially where repeaters may not be present?

I appreciate any feedback here.

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:51 PM   #2
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Where is your antenna mounted? The satellites are moving and so that could leave the impression that the antenna quites working, but it is the satellite moving. If you haven't already, mount it outside and it won't lose signal.
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I've actually moved it several times, all exterior locations. Of course, what I didn't say is that I live in a downtown town home, so clear shots at the sky can be tough and/or limited with respect to field of view. I've more or less ruled satellite movement out, though I thought for awhile it was that. However, for that to be the issue, the satellites would need to be "setting" and "rising" every four hours and if I'm not mistaken, the Sirius satellites move on an eight hours schedule, no?

I can't help but think these silly things are just "wearing out".

It's odd.
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A rule of thumb is you need a clear view of the North sky in the center of the US. There shouldn't be any obsticles within 60 - 90 degrees. Also if you can aim it straight up it will be less affected by the movement of the satellites.

The satellite orbit takes 23 hours and 56 minutes. So the orbital postion is changing at 4 minutes per day for a given time of day. So if you have a time during the day when the signal is blocked, that time will move 4 minutes every day which adds up over time.

Perhaps that s what is going on here. A locaton that seemed to be good at say 3pm may over time become a bad location. But if you get a clear view of the sky, there aren't any bad times of the day.
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I can't help but think these silly things are just "wearing out".

It's odd.
The home antenna is a very rugged unit an can be shuffled from location to location with very few issues. OTOH, the car antennas can have a tendacy to have the very thin coax fray at the end of the antenna's tail if the complete unit is not properly secured.

You should not have any problems with any home based Sirius antenna.
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I've had my home antenna outside for about a year now without any problems - this is in Bucks Co, PA, so that year has included plenty of snow and ice.

I have the antenna positioned on my patio facing sraight up.
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No problem with my antenna either. I've had it outside for over a year now. I live in ST Mary's Co, MaryLand - snow, ice, tornado and squirrels, my antenna survives them all
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I have 2 home antennas.

The one at home is sitting between the sash and storm of a bedroom window. The sash is closed down on the wire. No problems since install on 2/14. 10 full terr bars all the time with 3 or 4 sat bars.

The one in my office is sitting comfortably on the outside window ledge since 3/16, and is getting hit with sun and rain. This is an old tilt-out opening window, and I open and close the window on it pinching the antenna cord. I just have some white tape on it to cushion it a bit. Also get 10 full terr bars all the time with a few bars of satellite occasionally.
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