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XM Radio Antenna Question

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Buck Turgidson, Apr 11, 2004.

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  1. Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I am wondering what sort of
    antenna is required for XM radio in a home? I cannot receive DirecTV, etc
    due to a tree canopy surrounding my house, so I am wondering if I would have
    the same problem with XM Radio.

    Thanks for any replies.
  2. Gary

    Gary Guest

    More than likely you would experience similar results. Though an XM
    receiver is more omnidirectional, it still is fed from satellite and you
    need a pretty clear path to receive it clearly.

  3. XM radio is more tolerant to obstructions than DirecTV. My XM antenna is
    inside under a tile roof and works fine. I did have to play with the
    location and it doesn't work everywhere in the house. I use the standard
    house antenna.

    You can try XM without subscribing, I expect most places will let you return
    the unit if you can't make it work.
  4. Mike S.

    Mike S. Guest

    XM is still limited by large obstructions but you are likely to have more
    luck than with DirecTV. XM has _two_ satellites, plus terrestrial
    repeaters in many metropolitan areas. You only need good signal on one of
    the three possible sources to get acceptable reception.

    If you get a dealer that accepts returns, buy an XM receiver and try it
    out. You get free reception on a few preview channels without any sign-up
    or obligatiom; just hook it up and turn it on.
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