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Old 08-07-2005, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default Design Improvement for Tree Covered Sirius Reception

Sirius reception is nearing its worst of the year due to heavy tree coverage in some areas. It seems like the Sportster Replay should be able to help with that, but it doesn't really do the trick.

I've had a Sportster Replay for a few months now and it's memory feature is almost enough to make Sirius usable in heavily treed areas. Unfortunately, I have to plan ahead when I know I'm going into an area like that. I have to choose a station 15 minutes or so before I expect to get spotty coverage and stay on that station! Then when I lose reception, back up a few songs and listen to the buffer. That's a real drag since I can't always anticipate that I'm going into a heavily treed area.

It seems like a simple design improvement would be for the Replay to not clear its buffer completely when switching channels. Instead it could back up to the end of the last complete song (recorded from beginning to end). This would be much better and seems so simple to design in. I'd even be happy with not clearing the buffer at all!

If they're really worried about channel confusion (e.g. playing a country song while the channel says Octane), they could make this behavior a menu option.

Is it possible that the Sirius folks don't know how bad reception can get in New England at this time of year? People have been complaining about tree covered reception for a few years now.
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Old 08-08-2005, 08:01 AM   #2
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I'm sure Sirius is aware of peoples' complaints about reception, I just don't think there is much they can do about it. They can't just send a magical signal to the satellites that boosts their power or anything. Putting repeaters in every area with trees wouldn't be cost effective at all. Maybe launching that 4th satellite would help a little, but really, if you don't have a clear view of the sky, you aren't going to get signal no matter how many satellites they launch. Blame the trees, not Sirius.
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Old 08-08-2005, 07:40 PM   #3
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I'm not trying to assign blame, but more wondering why Sirius didn't think through such a simple feature Replay feature as what to do when the channel is changed.

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I'm sure Sirius is aware of peoples' complaints about reception, I just don't think there is much they can do about it.
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Blame the trees, not Sirius.
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