Sirius-FM 5 LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL!

HecticArt

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It's a spy satellite. The commies did launch it after all.
They aren't broadcasting, they are listening to you. . . . . right now. . . . :shifty:
 

syphix

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It would be nice if Sirius said what this new satellite was all about. I hate all this speculation!
They did. Back in 2006.
Sirius XM Radio Inc. - SIRIUS to Augment Satellite Constellation
The satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit to complement SIRIUS' existing three satellites, which were also manufactured by Space Systems/Loral and operate in a highly elliptical geosynchronous orbit. This unique hybrid constellation will provide unparalleled redundancy, enhanced coverage and exceptional performance.

"This investment in next generation space technology will improve SIRIUS' already exceptional service experience," said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS. "Not only will this satellite support our other three satellites currently in orbit, but it will also improve reception for all SIRIUS subscribers whether they are in their car, office, home or jogging in the park."
 

xan_user

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What does this mean for us? Better reception, bandwidth?
New geostationary bird just to the left of most of tv sats, same elevation. Should add southern exposure and lower look angles for most which should sneak under trees and in windows better.

So,
Better reception, with the same bandwidth & SQ.

It sure would really help my reception issues when driving up and down 101.:cry: oh well...too late now.
 

TSS Taylor

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New geostationary bird just to the left of most of tv sats, same elevation. Should add southern exposure and lower look angles for most which should sneak under trees and in windows better.

So,
Better reception, with the same bandwidth & SQ.

It sure would really help my reception issues when driving up and down 101.:cry: oh well...too late now.

How big of an issue was reception while driving when you had it?
I just here of it more in the Home/Office scenario. If people have reception while driving it's more based on faulty antennas or a dropout that may last just a couple seconds.
 

limegrass69

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Here in the NY area, I get a lot of cut outs. It has to do with terrain and tree cover. It's much less pronounced in the Winter when the leaves are not on the trees. Many of the areas where I frequently drive are either hilly (creates shadows) or have a lot of trees (obscuring the sky). The cut outs are not as bad on my wife's XM radio. I am hoping that I'll get a little help. If I go to an area that is a little more open and flat, I rarely get drop outs. In Manhattan and the more urbanized areas, it's blanketed by repeaters so there are not many drop outs even with the tall buildings.
 

xan_user

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How big of an issue was reception while driving when you had it?
I just here of it more in the Home/Office scenario. If people have reception while driving it's more based on faulty antennas or a dropout that may last just a couple seconds.
awful. I could tell what time of day it was, by how the drop outs got as the sirius sats went on their merry lintel paths. every 8 hours the signal will be at its touchy-ist.

101 runs north south, and being on the west coast Sirius is NE /any tall trees or mountain on the eastern side of the freeway will kill the signal.

With the new bird things should get lots better, now if they would deepen the play lists and drop all SAC id think about coming back.

This was one thing I thought the merger would allow, sharing orbital signals of both companies.

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limegrass69

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This was one thing I thought the merger would allow, sharing orbital signals of both companies.

If the XM satellites were not initially built to handle the Sirius frequencies, then they would not be able to do that. That would require broadband equipment. Since the XM birds were launched for a specific purpose, they probably used gear designed to do its job, and nothing more. When the original satellites were designed, a merger was probably the furthest thing from their minds.
 

Die_LaMattres

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Ultimately, this new launching will come down to this: In a few weeks, all subscribers will get another email that will state two things:

1) Monthly subs will again be going up another $2.00 or so.

2) The company will explain that the new fee was not part of the merger agreement, and is not really an increase at all.......explaining it away under the guise of another "loophole" they managed to worm their way into.....again.
 

geosync

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I had great reception in the car with Sirius for 2 years. I have a lot of strange dropouts with XM now, and in places where Sirius was golden. Still, the XM signal in the car is great. I'll be heading into the forest tomorrow, and interested to see how the XM signal fares in the car and boombox too. Still, having another angle that is also stationary for Sirius can only be a good thing.
 

HecticArt

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awful. I could tell what time of day it was, by how the drop outs got as the sirius sats went on their merry lintel paths. every 8 hours the signal will be at its touchy-ist.

101 runs north south, and being on the west coast Sirius is NE /any tall trees or mountain on the eastern side of the freeway will kill the signal.

With the new bird things should get lots better, now if they would deepen the play lists and drop all SAC id think about coming back.

This was one thing I thought the merger would allow, sharing orbital signals of both companies.

040522-020..jpg

When I was out there on the 101 last (a couple of years ago) I was in a rental w/ no sat. I would have been bummed if I would have been counting on it for the drive from LA to San Fran.

Out here on the cookie sheet of America. It's flat. . . . . very flat. . . . almost no signal loss driving through corn fields.
 

xan_user

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When I was out there on the 101 last (a couple of years ago) I was in a rental w/ no sat. I would have been bummed if I would have been counting on it for the drive from LA to San Fran.

Out here on the cookie sheet of America. It's flat. . . . . very flat. . . . almost no signal loss driving through corn fields.
reception is fine from SF to LA, its form SF north in the redwoods and mountains that the additional stationary bird will help with a lot.
 

blyons200

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awful. I could tell what time of day it was, by how the drop outs got as the sirius sats went on their merry lintel paths. every 8 hours the signal will be at its touchy-ist.

101 runs north south, and being on the west coast Sirius is NE /any tall trees or mountain on the eastern side of the freeway will kill the signal.

With the new bird things should get lots better, now if they would deepen the play lists and drop all SAC id think about coming back.

This was one thing I thought the merger would allow, sharing orbital signals of both companies.

040522-020..jpg

Every time I've driven the 101 Sat reception has been horrible. All them Redwoods sure don't help. Maybe they should just cut 'em all down!:p
Really though, between Ukiah and Eureka, it's so pretty I'm already entertained.:clap:
 
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