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View Poll Results: I get the SIRIUS signal ...
always or nearly always from a terrestrial repeater. 22 12.15%
often from a repeater but quite a bit from the satellites. 14 7.73%
from repeaters and satellites more or less equally. 11 6.08%
mostly from the satellites but sometimes from a repeater. 43 23.76%
always from the satellites, never from a repeater. 91 50.28%
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Old 06-16-2004, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default Do you get SIRIUS from the satellites or a repeater?

I'm curious about how many of us are in terrestrial repeater network range. In particular I wonder what percentage of us (nearly) always have a terrestrial signal and what percentage never get a repeater.

I live in the city, where I get such a strong terrestrial repeater signal that it's hard for my PNP2 not to get 7-10 bars in the house. It's nice not to have to worry about antenna aiming and moving satellites. When driving, I have to get quite a few miles out of town before losing the terrestrial repeater signal. When I do, the satellites are picked up quite nicely, although it's jolting to get dropouts due to bridges or trees, since I never get dropouts when on the repeater signal.

I know people's answers will depend on how much and where they drive, and how much they listen in the car vs. home. But this should give us a general idea of the breakdown.
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Old 06-16-2004, 01:38 PM   #2
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Repeater? What's that?
If I drive down to the Denver/Metro area (once a month or so) I can see a repeater. But at my house it's 100% sat, and my commute is 100% sat too.
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Old 06-16-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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Satellite only here... isn't that the point of satellite radio?
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Old 06-16-2004, 02:03 PM   #4
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You should have included a "not sure" in the vote. I have a Panasonic CQDF903U and saddly it doesnt say what i'm getting the signal from. I'm getting a new one soon though, and it will for sure.
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Sat almost always. In fact I found my first repeater near the Ft. Lauderdale airport. I barely noticed that I was getting full signal under a couple tons of concrete with no view open to the sky above. Was kind of cool.
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Old 06-16-2004, 02:11 PM   #6
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saddly it doesnt say what i'm getting the signal from. I'm getting a new one soon though, and it will for sure.
Oh yeah, I forgot that not everyone has this info available. Sorry about that.


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Satellite only here... isn't that the point of satellite radio?
LOL - I was a subscriber for 2 months before my PNP2 ever saw a satellite signal, because I didn't have time to install the car kit. Then when I did, it was another month before I drove far enough to be on satellite only.


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I barely noticed that I was getting full signal under a couple tons of concrete with no view open to the sky above. Was kind of cool.
I always find it amusing to be getting a full signal deep inside a parking garage.
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Dumb question, but here it goes...

My Audiovox PNP 2 has a jack for a terrestrial repeater antenna, but neither my home or car cradle antenna plugs into it. (only 1 plug, into the satellite jack)

Is the terrestrial antenna something you have to buy extra?

I notice almost all XM antenna have the little stick type antenna which my PNP doesn't have, so I assume I don't get terrestrial?
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Dumb question, but here it goes...

My Audiovox PNP 2 has a jack for a terrestrial repeater antenna, but neither my home or car cradle antenna plugs into it. (only 1 plug, into the satellite jack)

Is the terrestrial antenna something you have to buy extra?

I notice almost all XM antenna have the little stick type antenna which my PNP doesn't have, so I assume I don't get terrestrial?
Not a dumb question... the older antenna's had two cables, one for the terrestrial signal and one for the satellite signal. The newer antenna's have both signals through one cable, hence only using the SAT jack.

One antenna gets both signals... no need to buy extra equipment!
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Not a dumb question... the older antenna's had two cables, one for the terrestrial signal and one for the satellite signal. The newer antenna's have both signals through one cable, hence only using the SAT jack.

One antenna gets both signals... no need to buy extra equipment!
That's Great! I assumed I didn't have a terrestrial antenna. Feel like I just got something for free!
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Old 06-16-2004, 02:37 PM   #10
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I do not think it will ever help Sirius to put a repeater near me... Unless cows and Amish people have come up with a use for repeaters that I do not know about
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Old 06-16-2004, 02:48 PM   #11
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Default No Repeaters at all, only Satellite

I too have a Panasonic tuner, but I'm 99% sure that there isn't a repeater within 100 miles of here. I live in a small town with only two companies in charge of cellphone towers (Verizon,Cingular). I doubt they would give a hoot about putting a repeater down here. I used to often commute to Huntsville,AL, but there is no repeaters in that area either because the radio always cuts out under overpasses. At least at certain times of the day, the satellite signal is strong enough to penetrate through the garage door and be picked up on my satellite antenna which is 7 or 8 feet from the door. I live on top of a hill, so the elevation might be helping there on signal reception.
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I have such amazing luck with the signal, that I could never see the need for a repeater. We too have plenty of bridges, skyscrapers, etc.

Honestly, signal dropout is hardly an issue for Sirius. That's more of an XM problem.
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Old 06-16-2004, 03:21 PM   #13
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Samething for me Darrell!

Anyway, there is no repeater in Canada at this time. The signal is very strong here in Canada. Only the skyscrapers in downtown Montreal can be a problem but it's not bad at all...

Thanks Sirius!!!

...and sorry XM!!!
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Old 06-16-2004, 03:28 PM   #14
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Honestly, signal dropout is hardly an issue for Sirius. That's more of an XM problem.
In places where the roads pass through heavily treed areas, dropouts are a real problem for both services when there are leaves on the trees.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9174
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9692
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9839
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Honestly, signal dropout is hardly an issue for Sirius. That's more of an XM problem.
In places where the roads pass through heavily treed areas, dropouts are a real problem for both services when there are leaves on the trees.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9174
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9692
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=9839
I'm sorry you have such bad luck with a few trees.
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