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Old 11-11-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
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So in my rural area repeaters are hundreds of miles away. However with my current radio I get great reception. Both in the car, and at home with the antenna outside. So considering I have great reception. Do you think that will continue with the 100 in portable live mode ? I read a lot of you say that repeaters are needed to get good reception with this unit. Any feed back would be great. Particularly from listeners in rural areas that have no repeaters around, but get good reception on your other radios. Thanks.
 
 
 
Old 11-11-2006, 11:06 PM   #2
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I have no repeater anywhere near me. Today, I walked around downtown Savannah, GA listening to the Georgia/Auburn game and then the South Carolina/Florida game (HOW frustrating that game was). I had solid reception (with buildings around me) 90% of the time. The main dropouts were when we passed under concrete awnings and balconies. Overall, I'm very happy with the live portable reception when using the antenna headphones. I bike regularly and hardly have a drop-out (while passing under Spanish Moss covered trees).

Yes, a repeater helps tremendously, but it isn't essential. If you are indoors, you will not get live reception unless you have a repeater near-by or are listening via Wifi. I am pleased with the live reception in a non-repeater city.

In my car (with the Stiletto car dock) I have a signal 99.9% of the time. With my Soloist at home, I have a signal 100% of the time.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:44 AM   #3
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So in my rural area repeaters are hundreds of miles away. However with my current radio I get great reception. Both in the car, and at home with the antenna outside. So considering I have great reception. Do you think that will continue with the 100 in portable live mode ? I read a lot of you say that repeaters are needed to get good reception with this unit. Any feed back would be great. Particularly from listeners in rural areas that have no repeaters around, but get good reception on your other radios. Thanks.
I was brand new to Sat radio a month or so ago and bought the Stiletto because it was being spoken of highly at several forums, including this one. I learned it would record and save performances and was portable. I did not care to listen to live music while on the go - all I wanted was the ability to record and take the music with me when I wanted. Reception away from my property was never an issue for me. I gave the Stiletto a shot and it has worked very well.

I live way out in the country too and there are no repeaters for over a 100 miles. I only have dial-up out here so wifi is out too. That leaves me with just satellite reception. At first, I placed the Stiletto on my covered deck and ran the headpone antenna onto the more exposed deck rail. I would get pretty good signal strength but I experienced drop outs now and then. I finally received my home dock the other day and it makes all the difference in the world. Good signal strength, no drop outs, charges both batteries, remote control, etc. I have the dock hooked up to my Sennheiser wireless headphones and I can go all over my property with them and still maintain good sound. It is really important to have the home dock if you have no repeaters near you, no wifi capability (remember, you can't record over wifi anyway) and you want to listen in your house and around your property.

Outside, as a portable unit, it is a different story. You need to have the headphone antenna in constant line of sight to the birds in the air. If you move around you might loose the signal temporarily. If you are under trees or near some building or obstruction, you might loose your signal as well.

Don't confuse your current radios at home and in your car with the satellite radio. There is no way you can compare that reception with what you can expect from the Stiletto. The antennas you have hooked up to those radios receive their signals from transmitters. These towers are fixed, ground positions. Sirius on the otherhand has birds in space going around and sending down digital signals. These signals can be amplified by repeaters and the signal then is considered terrestrial. However in your case (and mine) this is not applicable.

Therefore, the bottom line for people like us who live in rural America is that we must afford clear line of sight to the satellites for whatever antenna is hooked up to the Stiletto in order to receive good reception. That is all that matters.
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:43 AM   #4
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Well your feedback makes me feel better about getting this unit at some point. You have both made good points. Eric... I to bike as well. So it's good to know someone else is biking with it working. Short... I definately intend to get the home kit, and use my current radio in my car. I do agree that I only loss the direct signal when I pass under trees or go under say a awning at a gas station. I'm glad to hear it is working well for the rural folks. Thanks so much for your feedback.
 
 
 
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Live in Columbus, OH (have repeater in our area) Decent reception in the suburbs. Some cut outs but alot of the time I can just use the ear bud headphones. Spent the weekend in Chicago. This unit is great in large urban areas. Could walk around streets and go in shops in sat mode just using ear buds with virtually no cutouts-phenomenal. Used it on the loop and unless going underground again great. Overall I think the unit has alot of great options (although the wifi on my unit not working and waiting for replacement) and I'm de-activating my s50.
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