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Old 11-10-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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I specifically bought the Stiletto to take advantage of the Internet Radio feature since my house gets crap satellite reception... But one of the shocking things about the damn thing is that by taking it to work, I found i get great terrestial reception at work and have been listening there to the satellite feed..

And I love it...

But.... There are of bunch of Sirius Disorder shows that I want to record automatically *WHEN I'M HOME*

So, now I'm faced with the temptation of getting my lazy ass out there, find a ladder that'll get up to the roof of my house (4 floors) and climb up and install one of these roof antenna things...

Please say someone has a better alternative!! I tried using a sirius car antenna wrapped in mylar outside my window and got a signal about 15% of the time (less when there were leaves on the tree)

I'm getting my chimey cleaned in the next week-- i wonder if i tip the guy extra would he install it?
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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I specifically bought the Stiletto to take advantage of the Internet Radio feature since my house gets crap satellite reception... But one of the shocking things about the damn thing is that by taking it to work, I found i get great terrestial reception at work and have been listening there to the satellite feed..

And I love it...

But.... There are of bunch of Sirius Disorder shows that I want to record automatically *WHEN I'M HOME*

So, now I'm faced with the temptation of getting my lazy ass out there, find a ladder that'll get up to the roof of my house (4 floors) and climb up and install one of these roof antenna things...

Please say someone has a better alternative!! I tried using a sirius car antenna wrapped in mylar outside my window and got a signal about 15% of the time (less when there were leaves on the tree)

I'm getting my chimey cleaned in the next week-- i wonder if i tip the guy extra would he install it?
as far as what i understand it does not have to be on the "roof" if you have a wood fench or anything else outside that the any would screw into then you should be fine. I must say i never installed a house ant. i just the board a lot
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Old 11-10-2006, 10:44 PM   #3
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I have a home dock. I ran the antenna out to my deck where it's sitting on the rail pointing that the sky. So far so good!
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I tried to get solutions, but with no success:

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I live in a very wooded area in SE MA, and merely aimed my S50 home dock antenna up towards a clear spot in the sky - NO problem with reception since last Nov.
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:51 AM   #6
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I have a home dock. I ran the antenna out to my deck where it's sitting on the rail pointing that the sky. So far so good!
This is precisely what I did and it works great! I have not made a permant installation of it until I have a good chance to check it out over a week or so. I secured it to the deck rail with a small bungee cord. I'm getting two to three bars at all hours.
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I have the antenna that you can attach to your Directv/Dish Network dish. I never get any dropouts. I found this a necessary with my S50. I use it with my Boomcube as well. I think that I spent $80 total including the extension to get it to my bonus rom from the back-side of my house through the same entry point as the sat wire via the attic
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Old 11-11-2006, 09:17 AM   #8
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When I first got the S50 and moved the old Xact Visor into the house I bought the Visor Home Kit and the antenna that came with it was just a car antenna magnetically attached to a metal plate (it looked like a home antenna but you could take the magnet off the plate and voila, a car antenna) and I ran it to a little pole on top of my house that was clearly left there from a satellite Dish installation. It has been there almost a year now and I have never ever had one drop out, nor has the antenna moved during high wind storms, snow and rain. Plus, the FM transmitter on that Visor is unreal and I can listen to sirius anwhere in my house but also about three houses away.

If you have an extra car antenna and can run it, it will work just as well as a home antenna, is easier to install and will save you a couple of bucks.
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stuck a car antenna onto a metal pipe on the side of the house and I'm a winner.
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I have the antenna that you can attach to your Directv/Dish Network dish. I never get any dropouts. I found this a necessary with my S50. I use it with my Boomcube as well. I think that I spent $80 total including the extension to get it to my bonus rom from the back-side of my house through the same entry point as the sat wire via the attic
I subscribe to DirecTV, but didn't realize there's a way to connect Sirius to the outside dish.

Can you please explain how this is done and what equipment I would need to buy. This is definetly someting I'd be interested in doing.

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Wrapping your antenna in mylar is going to cut down on reception considerably.
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:11 PM   #12
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I put one of those outdoors antenna on my porch roof (facing west from here) it picks up 2 to 3 bars all of the time. Almost never a drop out. I'v only had a couple of those and they were very very short. My repeater is to the east, and that's all of the signal I get when I'm at work. But again 2 to 3 bars.

Pick up an outdoor antenna, hook it up to your dock while you are inside your house, and walk around the house sticking it out windows on each side of your house to see which direction you get better reception from. If you find a spot that works pretty good, you can get the ladder out then, if you don't get any good signal, you can take the antenna back to the store.

I'm betting you'll find a good side of the house and not have to go all the way to the roof.
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:18 PM   #13
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I subscribe to DirecTV, but didn't realize there's a way to connect Sirius to the outside dish.

Can you please explain how this is done and what equipment I would need to buy. This is definetly someting I'd be interested in doing.

Thanks.
He may be talking about this diplexer:

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-comb...ter-p-137.html

If you use that, you still need to put the Sirius antenna outside. The diplexer simply allows you to run the signal through the same coaxial cable that the DirecTV dish uses. The actual Sirius satellite signal still needs the Sirius antenna.

If you decide to use one of these, be sure to check the manual for it (link for manual at that tss-radio page). There is a systems compatibility page there, so be sure it will work with your DirecTV installation.
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I purchased mine before the Diplexer was available. The Outdoor Home Antenna Package $69.99 that TSS sells is what I have. I only have it in my Bonus Room. The antenna must be bolted on the arm(mast) of the Directv/Dish Network. I used the same entry point that was used for the SAT TV install. I used the 50 ft. amplified extension cable to insure no signal loss. I then ran the cable through the attice to the entry point where I had my wiring to my home theatre in my bonus room (directly below the attic on 2nd floor). I connects to the back of my S50, Starmate Boomcube, and now Stiletto). When I got mine the package was not available so I had to purchase them seperately; $39.99 for the antenna and $49.99 for the amplfied extension cable.

Here's the description from TSS.

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SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna Description
The weatherproof outdoor SIRIUS antenna provides high-quality signal to your home or commercial installations. The antenna and mast feature a durable UV weather coating, and can be mounted on a mast (including existing satellite TV dish pole), on the roof, or on the wall. This antenna is great for locations where reception is blocked by low-lying obstructions.

SPECIFICATIONS:
SHAPE: Oval with straight mast
COLOR: Grey
DIMENSIONS: 3 and 3/34 inches across antenna top, 11 inches tall
WEIGHT: 6 oz.
CABLE LENGTH/TYPE: 30 foot heavy duty
ANTENA CONNECTOR: SMB connector
MOUNTING: Pipe brackets, existing satellite masts, or screw mount
COVER: Weather resistant ABS INCLUDES
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Thanks for the information on how to attach the Sirius antenna to my DirecTV antenna. It seems a lot more technical than I thought. I misunderstood it to mean that I could use the existing DirecTV dish and antenna and simply split that signal to my Sirius unit inside my house. I didn't realize that I still had to attach the Sirius antenna. Although this obviously makes more sense.

I guess I'll just it keep the way I have it now. When I need satellite reception, I bring out the antennae (with the home kit) close to the window in my additional room and usually get two bars of reception. The downside is it means I have a wire running through part of my living room. That's why I don't keep it there permanently. I set up and up when I want to listen and then take it down when I'm finished. It's a bit of a pain, but it gets the job done.

I wonder if there's a way to have this installed by someone who knows what they're doing. I think that might be worth it for me. I'm afraid if I try it, I'll screw it up and end up with no Sirius or DirecTV reception.
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