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Old 01-19-2007, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hello to all of you. I believe this is the right forum for this. I did check the FAQ first. Alrighty, I am about to enter the world of satellite radio. I know what I want to buy. That being the Sportster 4 and the Plug and Play Boombox (model SUB-X1). I will be listening at home primarily. My first question is about the built in antenna on the boombox. What I need to know is how the reception is on those. I don't want to spend all that money and get crappy reception, you know? Also, I want to know about any kind of hidden costs or other things you don't really read or hear about.
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In general, if you want good reception, the antenna needs to be outside with a relatively clear view of the sky. Some report good reception inside the house, even when not near a terrestrial repeater. IMNSHO, I believe they are in the minority.

Except for subscription costs, other costs would activation fee (I believe it's $10 if done onlline), accessories and additional radios/subscriptions you may want to purchase.
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If you are a AAA member they waive the activation fees. If you are near a city you can look at repeater coverage at

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Conrats on your wise decision to get Sirius! Like Homie said, in order to get good reception you will probably have to get the antenna outside and above obstacles (like on your roof). Don't know if you'd consider it a hidden cost, but this is a cool accessory:

It's an outdoor antenna that is mounted to your roof or other suitable location. In addition to getting consistent reception, the mounted antenna also frees up the boombox antenna for whenever you want to head to the beach or whatever. But it's not a necessity - the antenna you get with your boombox will work just fine if you mount it in a good spot.

There are also distribution kits available so that you can use your existing cable or satellite TV wiring to send your sat radio signal throughout your house. Again, not necessary but still very cool is a great place to shop for sirius gear.
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Well, that certainly is inconvenient. I was hoping to be able to do this without having to install an antenna. I'm disabled and I can't do something like that nor can anyone who lives with me. I have to go 30 miles to even get the equipment I want.
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Something that the other posters didn't mention was that you can get acceptable reception if you place your antenna by a floor level or higher window, that's how I run mine. You'll have to do a little experimenting with what window works the best, preferably a west facing window if you live in the east or vice-versa in the west. I place mine on a windowsill which is actually South facing, and angle the antenna Westward. I've found that actually leaving my screen in the window helps with reception, others have found otherwise. I get from between 1 to 3 bars of signal strength, but I seldom lose signal (3 bars is a max signal). But if you do have a repeater in your area you shouldn't have to worry. Plus remember the signal strength will change from hour to hour as the satellites move overhead, that's probably the most frustrating thing with Sirius, but it's worth it in most of our books.
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