Post Number: 231
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 6:41 am: |
Anyone here have sirius radio? If so any problems with it ? I have a stiletto 100, and experience periods where I get no reception at all. Weeks will go by where it works fine, than all of a sudden Ill go for 3-5 days where I get nothing. All the connections are fine by the way, I had them checked by the installer....
Just wondering if other have this problem.
Post Number: 1505
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 7:07 am: |
I have Sirius in my Chrysler 300C , but my Rdaio came equiped with it and I love it. No problems what so ever. The only time I lose a signal os if I stop under a bridge.
Post Number: 1581
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 7:37 am: |
Is this digital radio? And is the connection over a DSL line? Have you tried resetting the DSL modem?
We have a VOIP telephone service over DSL, and once about every two months we cannot be reached until we reset the modem. The internet service is running fine, and we have no problems calling out, just no incoming phone calls.
Post Number: 1506
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 7:40 am: |
Sirius is satellite radio and has a special antena/receiver.
Post Number: 263
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 12:51 pm: |
When XM and Sirius proposed merging, an interesting factoid popped out that you'd never figure out from the company PR. They really do directly broadcast from satellites to receivers across the US, but interestingly (and somewhat secretly), they also operated *hundreds* of terrestrial transmitters to fill in coverage around the US. The reason that this information came up during the merger hearings was that XM (and Sirius to a much lesser extent) had been illegally operating over 200 ground repeaters at output power much higher than they had been licensed for.
In an attempt to not piss off the FCC, Sirius very quickly moved to shut down or reduce transmitting power at their ground repeaters. XM has a bigger problem, as the positions of their two satellites give fairly poor signal on the West Coast and parts of the East Coast.
I have XM in my car, and definitely noticed poorer reception within 2 weeks after reading about this. I live in the Silicon Valley and I can only assume that some of the ground repeaters here were shut down.
This may be what's happening to you as well, as they tweak the system and infrastructure. Atmospheric effects can certainly have an effect on the reception, although, because it's digital, you won't really hear a degradation of sound until it completely cuts out.
When I first got XM years ago, I could listen to something like CNN, stop at a light under a bridge and it would continue playing for most of a minute before it cut out. These days, CNN will conk out within 10-15 seconds when I'm in an obstructed position.
Post Number: 155
|Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 8:57 am: |
Sirius Channel 17 will become the Grateful Dead channel next week.
Post Number: 5394
|Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 10:39 am: |
David, thanks for that explanation!
A Grateful Dead channel would be a great idea for a coffee shop!
Post Number: 176
|Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 10:56 am: |
You open it and I'll be your first customer.
Post Number: 5395
|Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 11:00 am: |
Thanks Chuck; have a cup on the house!
Post Number: 232
|Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 - 1:56 pm: |
Ive had mine since JUne 1, I think the merger annoucement came soon afterwards, and I did notice some loss og signal at that point, but not to the extent I have now.
I talked to the installer (best buy), and called another store to verify this. It seems that at least as far as Sirius goes, they have some issues with the auto antennaes dying early. Mine lasted 6 weeks, and the the BB guy says he has seen several replaced after 6 months...
The antennae is covered by the Sirius warranty, but the turn around time for replacement is 10-15 days. I couldnt wait that long, so bought a new antenae. I am still getting a warranty replacement for the original, as even the sirius rep says I can expect this one to not last long...
Pretty amazing that they would continue to manufacture a product (the antenae) that they know will not last...
I think the idea of satelite radio is great, but it appears that some of the technology is still in its infancy..
Post Number: 1584
|Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 - 3:18 am: |
The two concepts of "Grateful Dead" and "coffee shop" should mix well - pity you can't run a Dutch style of coffee shop out in GD country.
Post Number: 866
|Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 - 11:42 am: |
Adriaan, that would be interesting. I think the U.S. "powers that be" are so far from that idea, we'll all be dead by the time it happens.
Post Number: 2572
|Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 - 12:37 pm: |
I'm working on it!