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Old 07-13-2010, 11:23 AM   #1
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Satellite Radio Reception Issues?

Hey everyone. I got my Jeep about 3 weeks ago, and I have sirius satellite installed. I love it, but I feel as though it cuts out a lot. I know every satellite radio cuts out here in there, in tunnels, and under bridges, in woods, etc, but I feel like mine does it way to often. I have friends who have satellite radio in their car, and I don't feel that theirs cuts out as often.

I've tried searching for the antenna to figure out where it is, but I haven't come across it. Does anyone know where they install this antenna stock? I was wondering if possible putting it in a different location might be better, who knows.

Anyone have this problem?

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Old 07-13-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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i installed my own antenna when i had sirius. i put it on the roll bar, that is where i got the most consistent reception.

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i installed my own antenna when i had sirius. i put it on the roll bar, that is where i got the most consistent reception.
That's where the stock one is mounted as well. I have no issues with mine. In fact my reception is way better than the trunk mounted one I had on my car previously.
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Thanks for the info. I guess maybe where I live I just have a lot of bad reception spots. I'm assuming they mount the antenna in the best possible spot. I didn't know if there was a way to add like a booster of some sort.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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Anyone know what the antenna looks like? I have terrible reception and I wouldn't mind looking at mine if it's just in the rollbar to see if something's wrong.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #6
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If it looks like most (I haven't looked for mine much), they tend to look a little like a hockey puck, a small circle type thing if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:09 PM   #7
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Angry same problem with sat reception

I am a new owner of 2010 JK, and have had a lot of problems with reception. It cuts out just going under trees and sometimes bridges on the interstate. I have had other (post installed) sat systems and never had this much of an issue with reception
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:24 AM   #8
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I have the Sirius radio in our JK. No problems so far. I have Sirius radio on our Goldwing that was installed by a pro when I was going through Nashville a few years ago. It is more sensitive than the one in the Jeep. It has the hockey puck type antenna. Either way we don't think we would ever go back to regular radio. Now if I could only record from one of these radios so I could play it at work in the shop, that would be nice.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:26 PM   #9
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Yes, the bridge thing is very typical. Every car I've driven in does that. Trees though however, shouldn't affect it as easily as they do with my JK. I didn't know if maybe it just wasn't installed in the best place or something but it's frustrating. I LOVE my satellite radio, but I can't stand when it cuts out all the time. Luckily I have my whole hard drive filled with music I love in case it cuts out, I can just swap right over to the hard drive.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:01 PM   #10
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You do need a "average" of 60° line if site to the sky and thick trees will block it. Also remember, unlike normal cars that have the antenna outside, the wrangler antenna is under the roll bar padding and top fabric which does slighly affect the reception
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This is one of the things that always bugged me about Sirius in my old Audi. I always had problems going by big hospitals (and there are quite a few of those in Eastern Mass), in addition to bridges and sometimes trees.

Now I use the aux input with my phone and Pandora or an iPod.

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You do need a "average" of 60° line if site to the sky and thick trees will block it. Also remember, unlike normal cars that have the antenna outside, the wrangler antenna is under the roll bar padding and top fabric which does slighly affect the reception
Has anyone moved their antenna? I haven't gone looking for it yet, but saw above where it was hiding.

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This is one of the things that always bugged me about Sirius in my old Audi. I always had problems going by big hospitals (and there are quite a few of those in Eastern Mass), in addition to bridges and sometimes trees.

Now I use the aux input with my phone and Pandora or an iPod.
I had XM in the car and had great reception everywhere. I like having an AUX port now though, I use Pandroa & Rhapsody on the Android. I'll use up the one year free subscription and then see where it goes from there. I loved it at first, but I could live without it now.

I'm also out in MA, used to be Eastern (eh, South Shore), more Metrowest now.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:16 AM   #13
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I use Pandora all the time as well, and I like Pandora, but I still like having a voice on the radio here and there. Also, the main thing I listen to on Sirius is ESPN Radio, and I can't that on Pandora. PLUS, I like not having to run my battery to death on my phone, when I travel for long trips. They should make an antenna booster type piece that attaches to another spot for better reception. Perhaps to your regular tall antenna or something. Who knows!
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I'm also out in MA, used to be Eastern (eh, South Shore), more Metrowest now.
Where in the Metrowest? I work in Framingham Sept. through May and I'm out there periodically over the summer, so maybe we could meet up? I'm pretty new to Jeep (two weeks in--even though both my younger brothers have had Wranglers in the past), but I like to talk about stuff (i.e. drink beer). I'm all stock currently. Looking into lighting at present...

Edit: I live in JP, BTW.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:47 AM   #15
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I just installed mine this week. My Ford Edge has 10x the reception of my JK. The roll bar pad has to be the cause. Do they make antennas CB style that can take the place of the radio mast? I am thinking of moving mine to the top of the front windshield. Could it be the Mopar radio itself?
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ever think of calling sirius and have them resend the signal to your radio.

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