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Old 08-04-2005, 08:08 AM   #1
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I just bought a Clarion Calypso receiver and a boom box. I am disappointed by the lack of reception. I was unaware I would have to mount the antenna outside in order to receive a signal.

I bought the boom box so I could move it around in the house, take it camping with us, play it the backyard, etc. In order to get a signal inside the house I had to put the antenna outside and run the cord through a window. I don't want to have to pull the antenna through a window every time I want to move the radio.

Also the remote control doesn't have volume control. There are times when a really good song comes on and I want to turn it up or down. Why would the make a remote without volume? I'm thinking about taking it back.

Any suggestions?
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Take it back, You're obviously not happy with it.

It's kind of amusing that you didn't realize that your SATELLITE radio would need a view of the sky.
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:49 AM   #3
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DrRock, while being a little harsher than I would like on a new user to this forum who asked a serious question, is correct. The box and documentation clearly state that you have to place the antenna in a location that has a clear view of the sky. If you can't deal with that, you should probably just take it back. XM has a home repeater that will allow you to carry your unit throughout the house. I don't know much about it though, you might want to look into it.
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I have no issues with placing the antenna near a window. I actually put it on the windowsill, facing east (according the website) but still did not get reception. It is "fishing" the antenna in and out of the window every time I want to move the box. Also not having a volume control on the remote is a big negative.

I have 10 days to return the unit so before taking it back I want to make sure I am ready to give up satellite radio. I bought the Sirius unit because they offer a lifetime subscription. I have a lifetime sub on my Tivo for several years and I couldn't imagine watching TV without it. I was hoping to have a similar experience with Sirius.

While not perfect I was reading up on FM transmission. How far does the signal go? Could I put the receiver in my living room and then broadcast to portable FM radios in the house? I'll have to play around with it. The Tivo forum really helped me make the most of that, I was hoping to get some help here.
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well you can buy an FM transmitter made by Pyle i believe and you can get clear signal for a 1/4 mile so it should cover your entire house nicely. the only problem with it is you only have two fm stations to choose from. do a search on the forums here for Pyle to get better information. i cant remember the details off the top of my head. Also if your into electronics Ramsey Electronics makes a home FM transmitter that will work on all frequencies. you can get a kit or prebuilt(i think). but they are kinda of pricey. i suggest the fm25B. They Pyle one is cheaper i believe but i dont know what kinda of quality you get with it and the limited station can prevent you from using it if those frequencies are being used by a station near you.
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I bought extra antenna for my boombox for 20 bucks, because I too use mine for fishing. As for volume control I can reach the knob, but I do know where you are coming from and I wish Sirius starts to put volume control on the units.
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Thanks,

So far the fm transmitter in the receiver is working ok. It's not a perfect solution but adding a second antenna will probably work. Is there another tuner that will work with my Clypso radio? of course one with a volume control on the remote.
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The only setup that I know that gives you volume control on the remote and works GREAT is the Sportster or Sportster Replay. Volume control on the remote is very easy, heck you can even control the pause/rewind feature with the remote on the Sportster Replay. I really like the Sportster Boombox and with upgraded speakers it sounds really good.

So my suggestion is if having remote control volume is important to you. Why not just swap the whole setup out for the Sportster Replay with the Boombox. You'll then have the remote volume as well as the pause/rewind feature.

No other tuner will work in the Calypso boombox, each tuner has their own boomboxes, well at least the ones that offer a boombox.
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I actually put it on the windowsill, facing east (according the website) but still did not get reception.
If you live in Buffalo, NY and you're pointing the antenna east, that could be part of your problem. Better read those aiming instructions again.
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Aim North and almost straight up.

Do what I did, purchase a separate antenna that is permanently mounted outside, and use it with the boombox while at home, and then you don't have to mess with unwinding the antenna every time you are at home. Outside you shouldn't have a problem.
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DAB...please don't make comments on the Boombox unless you have tried it personally yourself. I don't work for Clarion...I work for DHL...but...I had the same problem with the antenna at first. However, I stuck it on my coffee table (least likely place) and it got two bars (see my boombox review). Look bottom line: most of the people who complain on here are the negative people who complain about everything in life. The boombox is great and if this guy gave it a chance rather than whining he might feel the same.
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You could also get the Trek 50 ft antenna extension if you need to. That is what I have done with my home kit and it works great.
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DAB...please don't make comments on the Boombox unless you have tried it personally yourself. I don't work for Clarion...I work for DHL...but...I had the same problem with the antenna at first. However, I stuck it on my coffee table (least likely place) and it got two bars (see my boombox review). Look bottom line: most of the people who complain on here are the negative people who complain about everything in life. The boombox is great and if this guy gave it a chance rather than whining he might feel the same.
egg, I can make any comments I so choose, rather I have tried the boombox or not was not important based on the comments I made. Where in my comments did I say anything about the boombox that would make you so defensive? This poster is simply saying the volume cannot be controlled by the remote is this TRUE or FALSE? Not that I have to defend my post, but I then went on to advise him that if having the volume controlled by a remote was important then perhaps he should consider the Sportster which I do own and I know it allows you to control the volume via the remote.

Just because you like the Clarion Boombox does not mean that EVERYONE will. It is not up to you to decide what another poster post or to peg them as whinners when it appears they have a valid complaint based on his/her own experience and preferences.

Now if you can refute this posters comment that the remote doesn't control the volume then do it otherwise, he has a valid complaint if that feature is important to him. It is also true that in many locations you can't just move your boombox anywhere in your home without having the antenna outdoors or at least facing the right direction. I have that problem myself, but fixed it based on the solutions already offered to this poster by others. The Clarion has no better reception then any other boombox or home cradle kit, so if you have used any of those you have enough experience to make comments about reception. Not everyone that gets these PNP tuners fully understand that reception in homes can be so spotty. There are some homes you simply can't get a signal no matter where you place the antenna except for outdoors. It's great that you can, but we see enough complaints about indoor reception to know its a valid issue.

There is no need to be defensive, not everyone is going to like the Clarion like you do and guess what? that is okay, there are many choices and that is a good thing.
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Ummm...after re-reading your post again...I humbly apologize. I think I read quickly. I guess when you are so psyched about a product then you don't read or see as much as you should. Once again my apology.
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I feel a little foolish by not reading the info on the website correctly. After re-reading the website I think I am suppose to point it Northwest or West, but not north as someone else stated. The great thing about forums like this is the knowledge that others with the same equipment can offer.

Yes, I am still hung up on the volume control. The comment about the sportser sounds interesting. The Sirius website doesn't give a comparison of the two. If I exchange my Calypso for a sporster will I be loosing any features or quality that I have now?

Price isn't as much of an issue as getting good equipment that I will enjoy using for a long, long time. I chose Sirius because I could get a lifetime subscription and not have to pay monthly. I love the idea of being able to upgrade to newer unit in the future for only $75. I wish Tivo had and option like that.
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