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Satellite radio loses reception easily

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by MrWrench, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. Sep 8, 2017 at 7:17 AM
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    MrWrench

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    When listening to the satellite radio in my truck, it loses the reception when I drive under just about anything. Even if some tree branches are slightly over the road, I lose reception. Has anyone had this problem? My VW rarely ever lost signal. Thanks
     
  2. Sep 8, 2017 at 7:22 AM
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    Yes, it is terrible. I am not going to renew the XM subscription.
     
  3. Sep 8, 2017 at 7:26 AM
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    That sucks. I was gonna ask the dealer to look at. I thought maybe there was a problem with the receiver.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2017 at 7:28 AM
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    It happens to me from time to time. Just for a few seconds. Minor annoyance.
     
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  5. Sep 8, 2017 at 7:38 AM
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    I had the same problem with my wife's Highlander. Dealer said nothing was wrong with it. I am assuming it is a Toyota problem, as my brother and uncle have other brand vehicles and their XM works great. And I have had bad service all over - in cities and suburbs under bridges and trees, to up on top of mountains in norther PA and the Adirondacks. It's brutal.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2017 at 8:08 AM
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    It's by far the worst out all the vehicles I've had or been in. I wonder if there is an aftermath antenna for xm that will pickup the signal better.
     
  7. Sep 8, 2017 at 9:10 AM
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    my Tacoma did that as well as my tundra. it is very minor and only rarely happens under bridges or overpasses. its like a 1 second blip. no biggie for me.

    however, I totally lose the signal when I go into the parking garage at work, but that's 10's of feet of concrete and building materials that are blocking the signal.
     
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  8. Sep 8, 2017 at 9:44 AM
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    NewImprovedRon

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    More irritating than the signal drop is dealing with XM. I finally cancelled my service because I got tired of threatening to cancel with them every 5 months at renewal time...
     
  9. Sep 8, 2017 at 9:52 AM
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    I am cancelling.
     
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  10. Sep 8, 2017 at 9:53 AM
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    I wish. I can't go 1/4 mile without a hiccup or blip. So annoying. I'd think less of it is I wasn't PAYING for radio signal.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2017 at 9:59 AM
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    Thanks for reminding me Ron... It's time to do my yearly Comcast threat to cancel. Gawdddd... I hate Comcast.
     
  12. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:01 AM
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    Yes, i lose reception also when i pass under a bridge or under the tunnel, i thought that was normal.
     
  13. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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    Same here. Sometimes it will lose the signal and then take miles to pick it back up. Others here have said the antenna placement is part of the reason, all I know is I don't lose the signal in any of our other vehicles in the places my Tundra does.
     
  14. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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    how about on the top of a friggin mountain?
     
  15. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:11 AM
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    Dont know, maybe it will give me a reason to drive down to Big Bear and find out, unless you know already itll save me a trip.
     
  16. Sep 8, 2017 at 10:47 AM
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    yup..lose signal for a few seconds...but I use it all the time...plus if you live or visit alaska or hawaii they don't got it..so I stream it from my phone
     
  17. Sep 8, 2017 at 11:19 AM
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    I wish. White Face, the Adirondacks in New York, and the Appalachians in PA. Those are speed bumps compared to where you roam!
     
  18. Sep 8, 2017 at 12:07 PM
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    Bad here too. I had it with my old Tahoe under overpasses and stuff. But now I lose reception under areas with lots of power lines or anything else. It's so frustrating....
     
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    I hear you, Joon. With XM they keep passing you from person to person to wear you out. It was like buying my truck all over again...
     
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    It's not the hardware itself, or the location of the antenna, or the service. The buffer is too small in the firmware. There is some delay built in to the decoder which will allow the stream to continue through minor dropouts in the signal. Unfortunately whoever these head units come from didn't allow a big enough buffer to allow for much of a dropout. The four trucks I've had with built-in XM have all sucked for carrying over momentary dropouts. The little XM Roady standalone unit I use to use never dropped out.
     
  21. Sep 8, 2017 at 4:56 PM
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    I really noticed it last night, but the way the patriots were playing everything was driving me nuts haha
     
  22. Sep 8, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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    Right. If it's a dedicated unit, it gets engineered to do it's job and just that. These all-in-one things we have in the dash are forced to do a little bit of everything so corners have to be cut somewhere.
    Sure, there are units out that are better than what we have, but they are still a compromise somewhere. :)
     
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    I have aftermarket XM basic receiver and antenna. Only time it loses a signal is when going through a tunnel. Factory antenna has to be the source or crappy ass receiver. Root Cause Analisys......
     
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    I am driving to Hawaii in a month - thanks for the heads up. :thumbsup:
     
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    What if I reroute my mainframe, adjust my coaxials and download MS DOS 5.0?
     
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    Mine would lose it just driving down the road for a second here and there, no rhyme or reason. Wore me out.
     
  27. Sep 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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    mine wont even pick up the signal at all and its only a week old lol lol just keep saying loading...
     
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    I only have issues when I’m near a cell phone tower, any fixes for that?
     
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    Hi all, has there’s been any solutions found for the reception yet cause I don’t want to reinstall my portable dock and radio because I fear of getting tangled in the 300 feet of multiple wires!! Or should I just learn how to sing better !!!????
     

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