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09-27-2012 09:36 AM
jimmyolsen
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Originally Posted by 12RedHotHatch View Post
That is standard issue with all satellite receivers. I had XM using Delphi receivers from 2001 to 2009 and on heavily wooded roads I would loose reception. The same held true with the built in Sirius radios in my 2010 Mustang and 2012 Focus. In fact there is an overpass near me when I drive under it, every XM and Sirius radio would loose reception. I know with XM they also broadcast a terrestrial signal in larger cities to handle issues with overpasses and tall buildings. I do not know if Sirius does the same.
I've had three cars with XM/Sirius in the last 6 years and this is the first time I've encountered this issue which I why I assumed it was an antenna issue. But checking the Sirius repeater map I notice that most of the repeaters in the area where I normally drive are currently inactive. Hmm. http://www.dogstarradio.com/sirius_map.php
09-26-2012 09:08 PM
12RedHotHatch That is standard issue with all satellite receivers. I had XM using Delphi receivers from 2001 to 2009 and on heavily wooded roads I would loose reception. The same held true with the built in Sirius radios in my 2010 Mustang and 2012 Focus. In fact there is an overpass near me when I drive under it, every XM and Sirius radio would loose reception. I know with XM they also broadcast a terrestrial signal in larger cities to handle issues with overpasses and tall buildings. I do not know if Sirius does the same.
09-26-2012 08:41 PM
Timthom62
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Originally Posted by Hivez View Post
Thanks!!
I assumed it had a buffer as my existing car had one.
My build date was 01.08.12 , is this dd/mm/yy ?
Yes, ETIS is the Ford Europe site so the date is in European format. My February 27, 2012 build date shows as 27.02.2012.

The first clue that the SiriusXM radio in the Focus has little or no buffer is how quickly the signal is lost when driving under an overpass or other signal obstruction. I've no idea why they would not have one, though, as every other satellite radio I've seen did at least a slight buffer.
09-26-2012 08:32 PM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by Hivez View Post
Thanks!!
I assumed it had a buffer as my existing car had one.
My build date was 01.08.12 , is this dd/mm/yy ?
Yeah, that's 8/1/12 but in the European date format of day/month/yr.
09-26-2012 08:29 PM
Hivez
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Originally Posted by Timthom62 View Post
Go to the Ford ETIS site and enter your VIN.

Satellite radio is pretty much a 'line of sight' method of transmission. Since our radios do not 'buffer' the transmission, if you lose the line of sight between the satellite and antenna you lose the transmission. If the interruption is long enough, you get messages to indicate the disconnect.

Mine operates normally until I go under a bridge or there are trees or other obstructions to the east of my car that are tall enough to interfere with the signal.
Thanks!!
I assumed it had a buffer as my existing car had one.
My build date was 01.08.12 , is this dd/mm/yy ?
09-26-2012 07:02 PM
Timthom62 The SiriusXM in the Focus is the first I've ever seen that didn't buffer the transmission but neither of our vehicles do. Comparing with a friends portable SiriusXM radio that has a variable buffer, ours were both at zero buffer.
09-26-2012 06:45 PM
TiPilot
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Originally Posted by Timthom62 View Post
Go to the Ford ETIS site and enter your VIN.

Satellite radio is pretty much a 'line of sight' method of transmission. Since our radios do not 'buffer' the transmission, if you lose the line of sight between the satellite and antenna you lose the transmission. If the interruption is long enough, you get messages to indicate the disconnect.

Mine operates normally until I go under a bridge or there are trees or other obstructions to the east of my car that are tall enough to interfere with the signal.
They don't? I thought that was native behavior to all satellite receivers.

I had XM from 2002-2012 (let it expire after the trial ended in my Focus; no need for it now that I can stream Podcasts/Pandora/etc. via BT) and even my decade-old Pioneer receiver buffered the audio to some extent. At least I think it did...
09-26-2012 06:34 PM
Timthom62
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Originally Posted by Hivez View Post
How do I get that?
Go to the Ford ETIS site and enter your VIN.

Satellite radio is pretty much a 'line of sight' method of transmission. Since our radios do not 'buffer' the transmission, if you lose the line of sight between the satellite and antenna you lose the transmission. If the interruption is long enough, you get messages to indicate the disconnect.

Mine operates normally until I go under a bridge or there are trees or other obstructions to the east of my car that are tall enough to interfere with the signal.
09-26-2012 06:13 PM
Hivez How do I get that?
09-26-2012 05:20 PM
jimmyolsen My that's me too. Do you know your manufacture date. Mine's 6/12. I wonder if they got a batch of bad antennas.
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