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Old 08-04-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
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Just some miscellaneous ramblings from my recent road trip. Some of this I've already posted on other threads but I feel the need to post some praise. Lengthy, but I'll try to keep it concise.

I flew to Boston to meet my sister for a road trip to Nova Scotia. Bought a second car kit for my JVC SR-20000 to hook up in her minivan. In setting it up, I discovered a versatility to the suction cup mount that I don't think has been mentioned before. The suction cup is about the same size as a cup holder, so instead of sticking it up in the window, I put into the cup holder in the center console, right next to the cig lighter and the radio. This enabled me to tuck all the wires neatly into the little junk niche right behind it, and made for a convenient, yet unobtrusive temporary install that could actually make for a decent permanent install as well, or might work well for someone who wanted to use one car kit between multiple cars. The mount stayed in place nicely and was easily adjustable so that the passenger could mess around with it too.

As for performance.... stellar. Ten bars of signal the whole trip, even in Sydney, NS, which is pretty far up there and is further east than the eastern U.S. boundary (different time zone). The only slight dropout was when we took a tour up a mountain dirt road through the woods. But it only happened twice, and it was only when we were completely engulfed in tree cover. Even on road stretches that were narrow and lined with very tall trees, as long as there was some sky visible, we had signal.

I turned everyone on to Sirius, even my grandmother. She liked the country stations. My mothers husband liked the blues, my cousin liked the news selection, and everyone liked the Celtic program on Horizons as we toured the hills of Nova Scotia (New Scotland). My sister is like me, she likes any good music, so the variety available is awesome. They were teasing that I should work for Sirius as an embassador because of my enthusiasm for it. I even smuggled a unit in for someone up in Sydney. (Canadian Customs employees please disregard)

Another showcase for Sirius' diversity was on the trip back when my sister was going to take the longer route around Boston to avoid possible traffic problems with the "Big Dig". We just wanted to get home after 14 hours on the road. The exit for the alternate route was coming up soon, but I said "Hold on" as I switched over the Boston traffic and weather channel. Within about 1.5 minutes, we knew that traffic was flowing through downtown Boston with no problem and stayed on I93, right on through! They were so impressed, our other passenger said "Hey, put on the Miami station just for kicks (we're from South Florida). The traffic report was so specific to our area, it even mentioned the street I live off of, which is 50 miles from Miami. The report was far better than any report we'd ever heard on regular radio. I think the comment was like "Wow. Impressive" and "Sirius saves the day...".

Lastly, I had my first experience with a terrestrial repeater, obviosly the Boston one. I fired up the antenna aiming as we approached the Boston and left it on as we progressed. At first, three wavering bars of terrestrial, maybe 8-10 miles out of downtown. Eventually, it seemed like the terrestrial cancelled out the satellite signal. I had ten bars T and zero S at one point. What was really cool was when we were on the flyover portion of downtown, with another level of roadway running directly overhead for about a mile I guess. Perfect T reception, even with the overhead obstruction. I was curious to see what would happen in the Callahan Tunnel, which dips far below the city. At first entrance, the signal stayed strong, but then disappeared entirely until we began to emerge. So the terrrestrial repeater is just that..terrestrial, not subterrestrial. For those from the area who may be interested, to the south of the city, the T signal lasted to about the Braintree split at Rt. 3. (South Shore Plaza).

A great trip made much better thanks to Sirius. And a few soon-to-be newbies colelcted along the way.
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Sounds like a great trip.

I benefit BIG TIME from the Boston repeater. I work in a the post office at South Station in Boston which is a big cement building and my Sportster boombox works perfectly inside as long as I'm within about 100 feet from a window. I tell people that it's Sirius satellite radio and they ask me "How the hell is that working in here?" and I tell them that Sirius has a magic satellite beam that blasts right through the building. Also, as you mentioned it works in my car pretty deeply into some of the tunnels all around Boston. Repeaters rule!!!
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Another showcase for Sirius' diversity was on the trip back when my sister was going to take the longer route around Boston to avoid possible traffic problems with the "Big Dig". We just wanted to get home after 14 hours on the road. The exit for the alternate route was coming up soon, but I said "Hold on" as I switched over the Boston traffic and weather channel. Within about 1.5 minutes, we knew that traffic was flowing through downtown Boston with no problem and stayed on I93, right on through!
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the T signal lasted to about the Braintree split at Rt. 3. (South Shore Plaza)
Aw, you're making me miss home, man!
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Thanks again Larry! When you brought the recivor to me, my father was a little pesimistic about how great it was. after listening to the country channels, he was blown away by the quality! now when ever he gets the chance he brags about how awsome it is. you've made me one happy guy!
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