SIRIUS "southern" antenna?

mcf57

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Its been a while since I have installed a SIRIUS antenna in my home, but I had a question about the antenna aiming. I know in the past I was suggested to point your antenna to the North or Western skies. I then remember reading something somewhere that you now point your antenna south with the launch of a new satellite. Is this the case?

I ask cause I am trying to help a family member possibly install SIRIUS in their high rise condo in Florida. I was there over the holiday break and brought my Sportster Replay unit with antenna & home dock unit. The are they planned to possibly have the radio seem to have a view (through windows and/or glass doors) of the north and western skies. I tried my gear and wasn't having much luck getting signal by pointing out these windows/glass doors facing north or west. However, I did have luck when running the antenna on to the edge of the porch and I think it was getting a signal from the south.

Another circumstance that makes me believe pointing to the southern sky is now needed is my home set up. Years ago, I ran an antenna onto my roof (through attic with 50ft Terk extension) and it has been working great for years. Three bars on my Sportster Replay unit. However, recently I am getting one bar at times and even "acquiring signal" messages displayed on the unit and periodic silence (but then comes back).

I can probably change the location of my home antenna, but just wondering if the southern sky is now the preferred direction to point an antenna?
 

Kryptonite

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You've got two options: You can point it towards the sky above Minnesota, or you can point it south. Whatever works for you is good.

DogstarRadio.com Sirius Radio Satellite and Repeater Map

You can also use that map to determine where the repeater is in your area and point your antenna that way. I guess i'm lucky enough to use my SUBX1 without any additional antennas. I just put the antenna facing the general vicinity of the window and i'm good.
 

mcf57

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both

I will try both, but I'm in the Atlanta, GA area so now I'm thinking that pointing toward the southern sky might be a better option of the two anyway. Would this be a logical conclusion?
 

limegrass69

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There's no definitive answer. You should try a few different things and see what works best for your particular situation. Trial and error.
 

geosync

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I was able to bring my antenna inside actually, and it's pointed southeast. It's pointed at the wall, about an inch from the wall, and around 3 feet from the ground. Have not had a drop since the new satellite went operational.