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Old 06-25-2006, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Antenna outside or inside the car-trunk?

I recently had the Sirius Sportster Replay installed in my Honda Accord with the round magnetic antenna installed inside the trunk (underneathe). The salesman told me that was the preferred method, and that that the whole trunk would act as part of the antenna.

Driving around northern New Jersey, I was getting at least 50% drop-outs! It was unlistenable so I brought it back and was told the antenna must be defective and they exchanged it. Sure enough, I encountered the exact same problem with the new antenna!

FINALLY, I decided to manually pull out the round magnetic antenna and stick it on top of the trunk, facing the outside elements. Presto! Reception has improved to the point where drop-outs are very few, and the signal now comes in fine 95% of the time. My only concern is anyone can vandelize the antenna overnight if I don't "tuck it in" which is a pain in the neck.

Any one else have a similar experience?

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I recently had the Sirius Sportster Replay installed in my Honda Accord with the round magnetic antenna installed inside the trunk (underneathe). The salesman told me that was the preferred method, and that that the whole trunk would act as part of the antenna.

Driving around northern New Jersey, I was getting at least 50% drop-outs! It was unlistenable so I brought it back and was told the antenna must be defective and they exchanged it. Sure enough, I encountered the exact same problem with the new antenna!

FINALLY, I decided to manually pull out the round magnetic antenna and stick it on top of the trunk, facing the outside elements. Presto! Reception has improved to the point where drop-outs are very few, and the signal now comes in fine 95% of the time. My only concern is anyone can vandelize the antenna overnight if I don't "tuck it in" which is a pain in the neck.

Any one else have a similar experience?

Put it on the front dash.
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I'll try it tomorrow, I'm headed down to the Jersey Shore (long drive). Thanks!
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I recently had the Sirius Sportster Replay installed in my Honda Accord with the round magnetic antenna installed inside the trunk (underneath). The salesman told me that was the preferred method, and that that the whole trunk would act as part of the antenna.
That person should not be allowed to install Sirius Satellite Radios. Please report him the the Satellite Radio Commission immediately...

The antenna in my car I ran from the top of the roof, about six inches above the windshield. I ran the antenna wire underneath the window weather proofing molding, down to the drivers side, and then in through to the inside. Works just fine and it's better then running the wire all the way to the back...
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Of coarse you would get a better signal outside the trunk! Some people do like putting their antennas on their dashboards, but to get better strength of a signal. Put the antenna on the roof or if you have a convertible, then you put it the near the edge of the trunk, not on the trunk it could chop the wire off?
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Yes, I thought about that wire possibly getting chopped off when I open and close the trunk too....I'll try both methods (roof and dashboard) during my two-hour drive tomorrow. I sure feel dumb not realizing the salesman was wrong about the location of the antenna, but he seemed confident that he knew what he was talking about...obviously not! (Hint: He worked at a Shack that sells Radios....) Thanks again for the ideas!

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Well good luck with it and by the way, Welcome to SBS & !
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My antenna has been on me dash for 4 years now. No problems, but might put a new one outside since it isn't as big as they were back then.
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It should be outside. I suppose there is no more a chance of your antenna being vandalized than someone breaking off a whip FM antenna (do they make these anymore??). As mentioned above, the dash could be a good alternate...if you are really worried about vandalism...but you'll probably have a few more drop outs.
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when I had mine installed, they put the antenna inside my car (Nissan Altima)near the rear window (it is normally where the inside break-light would be). Rarely have drop-outs unless I am in a very wooded area, or going under multiple bridges. (Raleigh NC)
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I've had my antenna on my trunk since Christmas 2004, and it works great. The trunk has so much padding and seal around it that it doesn't bother, chop, twist or tangle the antenna wire at all.

I have a 2002 Mazda Protege 4-Door.. just run the antenna around the passenger side of the car under the molding and into the back of where the stereo sits.
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If I'm reading the OP right, the installer put the antenna INSIDE the trunk...under the sheet metal...not inside a window. If that's the case, I understand why he has such problems.
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In my '05 Ford Explorer, I recently discovered a good, but easily overlooked, antenna location. It's tucked between the rear view mirror's stem and the windshield... I have the wire tucked into the roof material along the top of the windshield and then inside the plastic panel along the side of the windshield. Out of obvious sight and I rarely get a dropout.
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Thank you to everyone who responded....I just got back from my trip to the Jersey Shore (two hours each way)... I'm happy to report that with the antenna outside the trunk, reception was great the whole way! Except for a toll-booth or tunnel here and there, there were no drop-outs and signal stregnth was always between 6 and 9. I am so satisfied I'm going to leave it where it is, and after reconsidering I agree with the poster who said chances are small someone will try to vandelize the antenna. Also, there seems to be just enough wiggle room for the wire to not get chopped off unless I repeatedly slam the trunk up and down.

One interesting note about my mini-vacation: I brought my boombox inside the motel room and with the antenna nowhere near a window reception was great.... but even more surprising: the signal was coming from satellite, not terretstrial! The terrestrial bar was empty but the satellite bar was pinned. I always thought you needed a straight "line of sight" to the satellites, and I can only assume because my motel was just a few yards from the ocean I was somehow able to pick up the satellite signal indoors with the antenna sitting in the middle of the room. Weird, but true!!

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Putting it on the roof will guarantee you have almost 0 dropouts. In some cases the roof of the car might be blocking the signal but it is rare. I had too many dropouts in heavily tree areas with the antenna on the dash.

I want some of that crack that shack guy was snorting.....
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