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Old 02-13-2016, 08:50 PM   #21
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I have an "extension" question - I'm gonna buy an Escape 19. All of the pix I've seen shows the arm mounted on the wall by the bed. Can I have it mounted on the dinette wall?
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:01 PM   #22
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Satellite doesn't fade in the mountains, but it will often drop entirely for brief moments.
The joy of satellite broadcasts: they are at frequencies so high that they are strictly line-of-sight, so when mountains block your direct view of the satellite, there's no reception until you move far enough (or the relative position of the satellite moves far enough, in the case of Sirius satellites and their Tundra orbits) to "see" it again.
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Sirius XM have several satellites between them. Not sure if that makes a difference.
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Sirius XM have several satellites between them. Not sure if that makes a difference.
It does make a big difference.

There are three Sirius satellites, only one or two of which will be in view at a time (the others being the wrong side of the equator). Without mountains (or trees, or buildings) there would always be at least one in view. When your Sirius signal stops, even if you are stationary you can wait and it should come back.

There are three or four XM satellites in geostationary locations (like a satellite used for TV) so your view to them is in different directions (although always generally south), so you could lose sight of one then gain sight of another while the first one is still out of sight. Again without mountains (or trees, or buildings) all would always be in view, and I think you would be in the signal "footprint" of all of them. If your location doesn't get good XM signal, it won't get any better but moving might get your service back.

Not all SiriusXM receivers can use both Sirius and XM satellite signals.

Overall, the intention is to get you a signal without you having to worry about where it's coming from, but it is not a perfect system.
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Not necessarily south.
This is for U.S., but there is another map for Canada.
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I have an "extension" question - I'm gonna buy an Escape 19. All of the pix I've seen shows the arm mounted on the wall by the bed. Can I have it mounted on the dinette wall?
Richard, yes you can have an extra TV "ready" location setup on the dinette wall. From memory I believe it was $100 extra to have ETI install an antenna outlet, and 6V plug in the dinette behind the frig. I chose not to have ETI install a TV arm at all in our two TV ready locations (passenger side bed, and driver side dinette) as I had installed an arm in our previous RV and wanted to make the final decision where to install one arm when we got home and do it myself. I believe it was Crystal at ETI who told me it is quite common to have the factory install this second TV ready setup and certainly much easier to do during the build process. Suggest checking with ETI if they will install just one TV ready in the dinette area.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:54 PM   #27
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Most of the lakes we camp at in B. C. have had one or two FM stations within range, whereas few had AM reception. Our stick trailer had a 3 ft antenna that brought in the FM stations. I plan on having one installed on our roof.

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Where I camp, I get nothing but Sirius XM. No FM and no AM, certainly no TV.
Kane Lakes, Skagit, Chattaway . . .
When I was a kid, living in Whitewood, Saskatchewan, I listened to WLS Chicago when the signal bounced just the right way, but that was an AM station.
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Not necessarily south.
This is for U.S., but there is another map for Canada.
That map (from the Sirius home installation guide) is for the Tundra orbit Sirius satellites. They don't stay in the same relative position in the sky, but effectively loop around a point over the middle of the continent, so the map shows the general direction to aim for best average reception, if you have a directional antenna (so, not in a moving vehicle). It does not apply to the XM satellites...
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There are three or four XM satellites in geostationary locations (like a satellite used for TV) so your view to them is in different directions (although always generally south)...
Only the XM satellites are in geostationary orbits (parked over the equator) so only those ones are generally south (that is, never straight east or straight west or anything north at all) for everyone in the northern hemisphere.

It matters which set of satellites you're listening to, even though they are all owned and operated by the same company now (since the two competing companies merged), because - as far as I can tell - they still haven't really merged the systems. The Sirius set seem inherently better for reception in Canada. Strangely, the SiriusXM Canada version of the home installation guide only provides direction information for the Sirius (tundra orbit) satellites, but it doesn't look like they are selling just Sirius because one of the recievers shown on the SiriusXM Canada website is clearly branded "XM".

I don't know if the situation has changed since this 2012 article: Sirius XM: Two Companies With Single Mission To Confuse Customers. They still sell separate Sirius plans and XM plans, with the same prices and perhaps the same content, but presumably working on different receivers. This is why their second receiver promotion offers two different models of equipment; get the wrong one, and it won't work with your subscription. They do offer one receiver which works with both systems (the MiRGE), but it needs a special subscription to get both, and you push a button tell it which system to use.
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All I know is I was having problems with reception because I assumed I had to point the antenna southeast. Then I read the manual, with maps and instructions.
And pointed it northeast. Worked much better.
Mine is Sirius and years old. Fits in a dock in the car and another dock in the trailer, or you can walk around wearing headphones with a built in antenna.
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