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Old 01-20-2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default Who on here gets zero dropouts?

*Who gets zero dropouts?
*What kind of radio ,antenna do you have?
*Where do you live?

This is just for fun...
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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Just for fun. OK. 'Cause it could be a stretch for anyone to say they get zero dropouts.

Oh wait, maybe not. I suppose, presuming Sirius doesn't drop the bitstream or turn of a satellite too soon, that it's possible.

Notwithstanding a Sirius caused dropout, perhaps a home installation could qualify for no dropouts since it's a static install. And if the receive location happens to be one of the more preferred locations (e.g. northern mid-west), then maybe no dropouts.

Car installs, well it's gonna be tough for anyone to say no dropouts. I suppose if the dropouts only occured at times they weren't listening to that car receiver, there could be dropouts they don't know of...sorta like if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around...does it make a noise?

I get a few dropouts in my car:
- Under a section of highway that I go under several overpasses one right after the other
- When the western-most satellite is about to descend below the equator and the eastern-most satellite is not yet on (an issue here in the Southeastern US)
- When I pull into the garage

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I live in Rhode Island, have a sportster 4 with the supplied antenna and I get NO dropouts at all.
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I live in the Oklahoma City Area and get no drop outs. I have a starmate replay 2, how ever the antennat that I have is from my old Xact radio. When my Xact died for the second time, I had purchased the extended warranty from Circit City and got a refund and purchased the replay. Instead of having to tear my truck apart to give them the antenna back. I just thru the extra antenna I purchase from rental car trips in the box. I just use the new antenna that came with the replay from rental car trips. I will go as far to say that during my travels out of the state, I don't have drop outs.
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When I have a open view of the sky. Which at my house is all the time. In my car 99.9% of the time. No drop outs. Live on Northern California coast. I rely on the direct sat signal. Absolutely no complaints on the signal here.
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My home install never drops out. I use a Tivoli Model Satellite. The antenna is on the roof using a Terk 50 foot extension. I live in Greenville, SC.

My car rarely goes out, if I go under a bridge or heavy foliage I get the occasional dropout, not enough to bother me.
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You don't want to know how many drop outs I get !
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:06 AM   #8
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In my car driving, I've never had a dropout. Sure, under an overpass I'll lose siginal, but I don't count that as a drop out.
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The antenna for my Soloist sits on top of my hot tub outside, and once I found a spot and aim that worked 100%, has worked without dropouts for a year now.

When I use my Boombox outside I also don't have drop outs.
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No dropouts in MA except for underpasses in traffic (when I get stuck under them).
I use the stiletto with home and car docks.
Actually, when I go north to a more hilly wooded area I infrequent dropouts under lots of trees. But it is rare that I go there, so for the most case... no dropouts.
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no dropouts here in south louisiana. 30 miles from baton rouge..40 miles from new orleans. oh and i have a starmate 3.
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Originally Posted by gumbyandpokie999
*Who gets zero dropouts?
*What kind of radio ,antenna do you have?
*Where do you live?
This is just for fun...
I live in suburban Cleveland, Ohio.
Zero dropouts with my home-docked Stiletto with the standard antenna. The Antenna is mounted outside with a clear shot at the NE sky.
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Rhode Island has a repeater if I remember correctly, so you shouldn't get too many there... Alot of the other places people say NO dropouts must drive in the same areas all the time... I have Sirius in my tractor trailer and in some areas it doesn't drop at all but there are areas where it drops all the time...
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I have an ST2 with stock antenna, and I live in Northern NJ and do not get any drop outs in my car besides underpasses.
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I have a Starmate 4 with its standard antenna in the car and the home kit with standard antenna at home and at my office. Never have dropouts at home. My antenna at work is about 15' across from a window (8th floor of building) and on cloudy days I get a dropout or two. We have lots of repeaters here in Atlanta, so I don't get many dropouts in my car (dashboard mounted antenna, convertible). In fact there are low areas where I can always count on a dropout. Overall, I get a solid signal 99.9% of the time. While traveling, I get more dropouts when I am driving South-Southeast, because the satellites, are of course, North-Northwest (again, antenna is dashboard mounted).
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