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Old 09-15-2004, 03:06 PM   #1
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I have been reading about Sirius on Sirius Backstage for about a couple of months. I'm curious about how the reception of Sirius is in Connecticut. I read that they have repeaters in Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven and Bridgeport. I might be able to pick up the Hartford repeater here in Bristol. The clerk at Radio Shack did not seem to know what I was talking about when I mentioned terrestrial repeaters. He said that they put their antenna on the roof. Any Connecticut Sirius subscribers out there?
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Old 09-15-2004, 03:11 PM   #2
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I am your neighbor in Wolcott, I live about a mile from the Bristol line. No problems with reception. Don't worry about repeaters. You can get a signal great with just an antenae on your car. I drive through Bristol almost every day without any problems.
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Old 09-15-2004, 06:34 PM   #3
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isn't ESPN in bristol, CT? is it like a big thing, just curious, ever see ESPN personalities?

Off the topic but I've also wondered!
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The only ESPN personality that I would regularly see was the late Tom Mees. He was a frequent patron of the fast food restaurant I worked for in the early 80's. He would read a stack of out of town newspapers while eating. I would also see him jogging in town. The best thing about ESPN is that they keep my property taxes down. You can't get any ESPN merchandise in town. I got all my ESPN gear at Disney World!
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isn't ESPN in bristol, CT? is it like a big thing, just curious, ever see ESPN personalities?

Off the topic but I've also wondered!
I took a tour of it once with my school, many years ago, they were celebrating their 10 anniversary. I still have the pin they gave me. I have gone by there thousands of times, my school was right down the street from there.

There is a driving range right by there and I was in the booth next to Stuart Scott last summer. Many of them go there before or after work.

ESPN has added so many buildings the past few years, they overtook almost the entire block. You used to be able to drive in the parking lot and around it but now security is pretty tight.
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Yeah in the bars around there you can usually catch some on-air fellow from ESPN if you go out when their quitting time begins. As far as CT reception goes, don't expect to pick up the repeater all that far away from city limits, they have the range of a cell phone tower. CT Reception is solid in the winter, and in the summer when the leaves come back, you will have some drop outs, but it isn't anything to not get the service over, by any means at all. There has to be a pretty thick canopy on the roadway (where you can't even see the sky) for that signal to drop, so it will usually only happen on really woodsy backroads.
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I have been reading about Sirius on Sirius Backstage for about a couple of months. I'm curious about how the reception of Sirius is in Connecticut. I read that they have repeaters in Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven and Bridgeport. I might be able to pick up the Hartford repeater here in Bristol. The clerk at Radio Shack did not seem to know what I was talking about when I mentioned terrestrial repeaters. He said that they put their antenna on the roof. Any Connecticut Sirius subscribers out there?
I visit my sister-in-law in Stamford, Connecicut and the only time the radio cuts out in the car is when I drive under trees on the country roads they have up there.

I also cross Connecticut on I-95 on my way to RI and have never had reception problems.

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Old 09-17-2004, 08:31 AM   #8
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Live in Newtown and commute to Stamford every day - only issue is leaves, particularly when listing to talk (BBC).

Think there must be a repeater in Stamford, as I get reception in the mall carpark....however, there is always a cut off when travelling on I-95 - travelling south when coming round the bend from exit 9, going north after exit 8.
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Old 09-17-2004, 02:41 PM   #9
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Like dinosuar I live in Western, CT. Trees and leaves are your worst enemy. Used to drive up to West Hartford alot on 84 and rarely had a drop - going too slow under a bridge, maybe. Otherwise its pretty consistent.

I initially had XM but the drops were alot more and much more consistent. That's what I like about Sirius, with the Sats moving, sometimes I get no drops on the back roads I travel to get to work.
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Old 09-17-2004, 07:28 PM   #10
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The Hartford repeater does not even go out past a half mile of downtown Hartford (Although it booms in my office on Trmbull Street!)

Reception is great even without the repeaters. I live in Newington.
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So I live in Redding CT. (just between Norwalk and Danbury on route 7. I have more drop outs than reception on most drives.
I just got the radio installed this past saturday. it is a car unit with a roof mounted antennae

Anyone in this area, can you provide a rundown of your experience?


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So I live in Redding CT. (just between Norwalk and Danbury on route 7. I have more drop outs than reception on most drives.
I drive through Redding (Newtown Turnpike) every day on my way to Stamford. Have had Sirius getting on for a couple of years, and to be honest tend to rely on NPR on FM or audio books until I get to Wilton, since the leaves make the reception very poor on the back roads. I think it is worse if you listen to talk, presumably because the compression is higher - I have more luck listening to BBC R1 than BBC World Sevice. However, by next month the leaves will be gone and reception will be better till next May.
Major routes like Rt 7 are fine though, as the trees are well back from the road, as are the interstates (though the Merritt is occasionally poor).
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Manchester here!! No problem..Just a blip in heavy tree covered areas..Never longer than a couple seconds...
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I drive through Redding (Newtown Turnpike) every day on my way to Stamford. Have had Sirius getting on for a couple of years, and to be honest tend to rely on NPR on FM or audio books until I get to Wilton, since the leaves make the reception very poor on the back roads. I think it is worse if you listen to talk, presumably because the compression is higher - I have more luck listening to BBC R1 than BBC World Sevice. However, by next month the leaves will be gone and reception will be better till next May.
Major routes like Rt 7 are fine though, as the trees are well back from the road, as are the interstates (though the Merritt is occasionally poor).
Route 7, between the Route 35 split off and the Mall now has no drops due to the road widening! Have to agree, the Merrit sux big time. Glad I moved north, so that I drive 84 and 684, nary a drop, except in bad weather and going under bridge, too slowly. I would hate to drive down to Stamford with Sirius. I used to live in Ridgefield and part of my commute included 20 miles on Rte 35 cutting over to 684 and through there I got a lot of drops - used to drive me nuts.

Alas, the leaves will be down and the reception will be better.
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