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Old 02-21-2006, 01:37 PM   #1
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A question for anyone that has used the home dock and the car dock in the same location. Is there a notcieable difference between the two? Right now I am using my car dock in my office and it comes in great. I don't know how, I am not near a window. But, it seems like many people have had problems with the home dock. I am afraid if I buy one I won't get reception in my office with it, but I would really like to have the home dock. Should I just buy another car dock and use it inside? Or is the home dock comparable to the car dock (and car antenna).
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:00 PM   #2
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This is interesting- where did you set up your antenna, btw?
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:05 PM   #3
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I just set it on top of the hutch on my desk, then just put in on the top of my car through my sun roof when I am driving. I would guess I am about 20 feet from a crappy thick window in an old building. Also, the bar indicating Satellite strength under antenna aiming is empty. I was shocked when I actually got reception.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:18 PM   #4
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Here's my take on the home dock vs. car dock. I got my S50 in December and have been using my car kit modified as a home kit with the Radio Shack lighter adapter. No major problems, but I got tired of having to lug the whole contraption around when I wanted to set it up in my car. After months of searching, I finally found a home kit at Best Buy. Of course the home kit antenna didn't work, but my car antenna did. I exchanged it and had the same problem. So, at this point, I was debating if it was even worth it to keep pursung a viable home kit, especially when it appeared that I'd likely have to shell out another $40 to get a 2nd antenna since I didn't have an extra from an old kit. In my mind, the advantages of the home kit were aesthetics, and waking up for scheduled recordings (which as some have noted can be a problem w/ recording back-to-back shows like Stern). The advantages of the car kit for me were the option of having an FM transmitter to broadcast the signal to other radios in my house and having an antenna that worked right out of the box. The retail cost of each is the same (assuming you already have the lighter adapter or an extra antenna from an old kit). I ended up getting the 2nd car kit to use at home. I'm planning on using the "sticky" mounting arm to mount it to something solid so that it looks nice.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:25 PM   #5
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I just set it on top of the hutch on my desk, then just put in on the top of my car through my sun roof when I am driving. I would guess I am about 20 feet from a crappy thick window in an old building. Also, the bar indicating Satellite strength under antenna aiming is empty. I was shocked when I actually got reception.
So is the terrestrial bar lit then? How much?
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:29 PM   #6
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I just set it on top of the hutch on my desk, then just put in on the top of my car through my sun roof when I am driving. I would guess I am about 20 feet from a crappy thick window in an old building. Also, the bar indicating Satellite strength under antenna aiming is empty. I was shocked when I actually got reception.
So is the terrestrial bar lit then? How much?
It is usually 3/4 to completly full. What exactly does that bar mean?
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That means you are getting your signal from a land-based repeater. Pretty sweet! I'll have to try it out where I work to see if I get any terrestrial action.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:59 PM   #8
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From everything I've read on this forum, I am definitely leaning toward the additional car-kit. Like the other guy said, the home-dock antenna is weaker (if it even works), and for some reason you do not have the fm transmitter option with the home-dock.

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That means you are getting your signal from a land-based repeater. Pretty sweet! I'll have to try it out where I work to see if I get any terrestrial action.
So that's what terrestial means, the land based repeaters? If so, that is pretty cool, I had no idea there would be one near where I work. I always thought terrestial had something to do with the strength of your fm radio for some reason.
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I would guess the term has its origins there. In a larger scope, terrestrial just refers to anything land-based.
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The car dock kicks the home dock ass all day..
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Does anybody know of a list of the locations of terrestrial repeaters?
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Love the Home dock, hate the antenna. Side by side the car antenna is better.

I prefer the Home kit for connecting to my wireless speakers and Stereo, it also runs much cooler than the car dock. I prefer like the direct power connection rather than the Radio Shack 12V adapter that I used with the car dock.

I like the FM transmitter in the car dock, but did not get Whole House coverage like some people do. There is lots of electrical noise in my house. I did not have the car kit mounted in my house, so it got knocked over once or twice.
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