XM/Sirius Signal Question

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  1. electronflux

    electronflux Member

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    I've been thinking about getting XM Radio for the pup and was wondering about how the signal is transmitted. Is it straight from a satellite or like cell-towers. Most of the places I camp, I get little or no cell signal in the mountains and I don't want to waste my money on something that won't work when I get to where I want to use it.

    I went to their website and then called them. I couldn't get any info, it's like they wouldn't even consider answering my question until I bought one.
     
  2. ZPARTY

    ZPARTY New Member

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    Sirius/XM is fed from satellite. So long as you have a somewhat clear shot to the sky you should get a signal. Heavy tree cover can cause the signal to be degraded, but I have not had an issue where I couldnt get a signal at all, and the content is great!!
     
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    It's from a satellite, it works anywhere you have a clear view to the sky. They have some neat radios that are portable and can be used anywhere, but keep in mind the portables may or may not work inside the PuP as the roof may block the signal.

    http://shop.siriusxm.com/xm/ctl10600/cp49759/si5443035/cl1/xmp3i_with_free_navy_siriusxm_cap

    If you do end up having problems with signal, there is a home kit that comes with an external antenna. Simply place the antenna on the PuP roof and you should have no problems getting a signal.

    http://shop.siriusxm.com/xm/ctl10600/cp49750/si4025816/cl1/xmp3_home_kit

    I've had Sirius/XM for years, almost since the beginning, so let me know if you have any other questions.
     
  4. DSCinVegas

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    Ditto on DGeddes' comments! I take my boom box (is that old school enough for ya?) every trip and it's playing non-stop. As well, I just run the little home antenna that should come with your actual module-player up on the roof. Just run it out of one the wall zippers. I get better reception with that than I do in my car here in Vegas! No kidding. I've used it 8200' and it still works.. No cell service of course.
     
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    I agree with all that was said it is Sat based.....BUT..... most major city's have a terestial based system to assist the signal.. Here in Portland and Seattle, Sirius/XM would not work to well with out it. (mountains, trees, & buildings block the signal)not all Sirius/XM raidos can use this terestial signal. Most new cars can and the newer raidos sold.

    We have a XMp3i in our trailer and have a high gain ant. on the roof to help from tree shadowing. Works really well plus it's portable. So when we go bike riding I can take it with me and use a pair of ear buds. In the trailer we us a Car kit to hook it up to the trailers sound system. At home I use a home kit. All in all it is very versatile. We have a lifetime subscription, so No monthly payments. On avg. it breaks even in about 3 years.
     
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    Sorry dup post
     
  7. Bama Camper1

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    We started out with the portable XM to use between our different cars. I called and complained to XM that it wasn't working as well in one of my cars as it did the other tuning it through the FM radio . So I wanted to cancel my subscription. Instead they gave me 3 months free and a home kit which we now use in the house and while camping. Just call and try and cancel and see what they offer you.
     
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    I generally camp in heavily wooded areas in NM and CO with no problems. I have a cheap receiver that I move from the truck to the pup. You just need to get a cheap antenna from someone like Amazon for under $10 bucks and glue a Velcro tab on the roof of the pup so it will stay in place if the wind blows or the pup wiggles a little. I also have a lifetime subscription. You don't need to get a home kit if you have a external receiver that is removable in your TV. It takes me 2 minutes to move my receiver and power plug to the pup.
     
  9. Stubs

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    Another trick if your in the Midwest region is to make sure you have a clear shot with your antenna to the south. Most of the XM/Sirius satalites run on a south to north Trajectory!
    So If you keep it pointing south youll always pick up and maintain the cleaner signal from the sats coming over the horizon.
     
  10. electronflux

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    thanks everyone
     
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    Love our XM/Serius; wouldn't think of leaving it at home.

    Plays without interruption in our PUP as long as it ithe radio unit is in the corner of either front or back bunk. We have, on occasion, looped the receiver wire over the end bunk (on the inside) ceiling support when we wanted better reception. What's your favorite channel?
     
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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    95% is sat feed but they have boosters around big citys they use cell towers to rebroadcast the signal. I have seen there cabinets on cell sites. I love my sirius!!!!!! since they went to digital tv and cant get a picture we just listen to sirius!!!! Point the antenna to the north for the best signal.
     
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    Underground Garage a close 2nd.
     
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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Our favorite channels


     
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    Love radio classics!! But like DSCinVegas still have an old boombox. We may have to breakdown and look at the newer radios. We, too, have lifetime subscriptions, actually have 2 separate lifetime subscriptions. Does this mean we can listen in the next lifetime as well?? [LOL] [LOL]
     
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  18. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    '60s on 6, '80s on 8, classical music and contemporary jazz. I only listen while driving and intermix Sirius with my CDs. I never listen to talk radio of any kind because I just can't stand the blabber. I don't even like it when the Sirius announcers pop in every few songs to say something on the music channels. Not being a sports fan I never listen to that, either, on TV or radio.
     
  19. electronflux

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    I've decided against getting it after all. As much as I would like to get it, I can't justify what they charge just to be able to listen when out in the boonies. I know there are all kinds of docks and whatnot so I could listen anywhere, but I already have all that stuff for my iPods, so I'll just keep using those.

    I'm the same way, and I can't stand commercials. So I use my iPod and listen to the music I want, not the music they want me to hear.
     
  20. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I absolutely HATE commercials, but that's why you get Sirius or use CDs. When I watch TV I mute commercials the instant they start.
     

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