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What cities have Sirius terrestrial repeaters? I live in San Diego and all of the bridges are killing me. I can't drive anywhere without losing the signal at least once or twice. Other than that, I love the service & programming. How do the radios work in cities that have the repeaters? Do you have to get a separate antenna? Or does the signal come in over FM? I don't get it. Also, are there any other satellite antennas that have higher gain that may help me, or all they all the same?


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thanks to the atomic clock the signal is sent from the satt and the repeater at the exact same time to your car. the reciver in ur car has a 4 second buffer to keep incoming data. it works far better with repeaters in a city i have xm and the city i live in has a few repaters scattered threw out town. I would thin that a city of that size would have a sirius repeater.
 

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I would think that if any city would have them, San Diego would, but I have not had any luck locating a web site that lists the cities that do.
 

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Here you go as of July 18th 2005....Since Sirius does not release a list of their repeater locations I'm not 100% sure if this is a complete list. But it's probably pretty close. I got this list from Siriusbackstage.com....


Alabama


* Birmingham

* Mobile


Arizona


* Phoenix


Arkansas


* Little Rock


California


* Hollywood

* Irvine

* Los Angeles

* Monterey

* Riverside

* Sacramento

* San Bernardino

* San Diego

* San Francisco

* San Jose


Colorado


* Denver


Connecticut


* Bridgeport

* Hartford

* New Haven

* Stamford

* Waterbury


Delaware


* Wilmington


Florida


* Ft. Lauderdale

* Jacksonville

* Miami

* Orlando

* Tampa


Georgia


* Atlanta

* Buckhead

* Duluth

* Gwinnett Center

* Norcross


Idaho

Illinois


* Chicago


Indiana


* Indianapolis

* Kokomo


Iowa

Kansas


* Wichita


Kentucky


* Lexington

* Louisville


Louisiana


* New Orleans


Maine

Maryland


* Baltimore


Massachusetts


* Boston

* Springfield

* Worcester


Michigan


* Ann Arbor

* Detroit

* Flint

* Grand Rapids


Minnesota


* Minneapolis

* St. Paul


Mississippi

Missouri


* Kansas City

* St. Louis


Montana

Nebraska

Nevada


* Las Vegas

* Reno


New Hampshire


* Manchester


New Jersey


* Clifton

* Trenton


New Mexico

New York


* Albany

* Buffalo

* New York

* Rochester

* Syracuse

* White Plains


North Carolina


* Charlotte

* Raleigh

* Winston-Salem


North Dakota

Ohio


* Akron

* Cleveland

* Cincinnati

* Columbus

* Dayton

* Toledo


Oklahoma


* Oklahoma City

* Tulsa


Oregon


* Portland


Pennsylvania


* Conshohocken

* Harrisburg

* Philadelphia

* Pittsburgh


Rhode Island


* Providence


South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee


* Knoxville

* Memphis


Texas


* Austin

* Dallas

* Fort Worth

* Houston

* San Antonio


Utah


* Salt Lake City


Vermont

Virginia


* Lorton

* Norfolk

* Portsmouth

* Richmond

* Tysons Corner


Washington


* Seattle


Washington D.C.


* Washington D.C.


West Virginia

Wisconsin


* Milwaukee


Wyoming
 

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Interesting web site. How do you know if at any given time you are receiving the terrestrial signal or the satellite signal? Do all receivers and/or antennas have the capability to receive the satellite signal?
 

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I don't have Sirius anymore so I'm just speaking of my XM knowledge. All antennas can receive both types of signals.The older antennas use to have 2 connectors. One for satellite and one for terrestrial..Now the antennas have just one connector for both.. And in the case of XM's PNP's in the menu under antenna aiming it will tell you how many bars the unit is receiving via satellite or terrestrial or both...
 

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SIRIUS is the same, old old units have two connectors, all newer ones use a single connector for both signals. On my radio, if i go into the menu thier is an "antenna aiming" option that give 2 bars -- one for SAT recption, and one for TER (terestrial) reception; I think all SIRIUS units have this mode/option somewhere, i'm not sure.
 

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If you want to see some messed up web sites, look at the Kenwood USA site. I don't have the manual for my KDC-MP222 any more, and I can't find a copy of it anywhere on the web. I went through every menu setting that I could find, and did not see a signal strength anywhere, nor do I ever remember seeing one. Somehow, I really don't think mine will receive the terrestrial signal. If it did, it wouldn't drop out all the time.
 

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Based upon the behavior, it seemed like my old Blaupunkt America receiver simply didn't have the capability to use the terrestrial repeaters because it never worked, and that second satellite thing was flakey at best. The service doesn't seem to like it when I drive across roads made of concrete. Might be the rebar in the concrete, dunno. Ditching it for a Sportster was a great great help.
 

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Mr Gibb....I assume you have a dedicated Sirius Kenwood tuner hooked to this headunit...If you do then your reception problems is probably the antenna.. I can't imagine Kenwood making a Sirius receiver that doesn't accept terrestrial signals...I have read where people have had reception problems because the antenna wire was crushed or crimped badly....
 

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I do have a dedicated Sirius receiver (thanks gpsjim :). It dawned on me today as I was driving to work that I don't think the problem would be with the head unit, but rather if there was a problem, it would wither be in the antenna or in the Sirius receiver. Unfortunately, I had my system installed at the store, and I don't even remember what receiver I have, but I think I will start troubleshooting down that route.


I also see that Jacksonville, FL is on the list of cities with terrestrial transmitters, and I remember also having trouble when I lived there six months ago. I am sure that my system has issues of some sort that need to be resolved.
 

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Hey thanks for all the information. I have an older sirius receiver (sir-pnp2) with two antenna plugs satellite and terrestrial, but I just have my antenna plugged into the satellite and get terrestrial when I check my signal aiming under the menu. Will I get a better signal if I get a second antenna? Side note: does any one know where I can buy a boombox (Audiovox SIR-BB1) for my older unit? Thanks
 

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how do the repeaters work? Do they have one big transmitter per city or are their piles of low power ones like cell phones?


Clifton NJ is Like 15 or 20 miles from NYC, so I assume the signal goes 10 or 20 miles?
 
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