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    Default X M Radio

    I have been enjoying X M satellite radio here in Florida for over a year. Can anyone tell me if you can recieve the S M satellite signal in the DR? I have called the XM customer service folks and they have been unable to tell me if their signal reaches into the DR. Thanks for your responses.

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    Forrest, with some efforts you could probably get it to work in the DR but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. I think a stationary setup may work on the northwest side of the island with a high gain antenna (might even need a parabolic dish aimed at one of the satellites) but even that setup is questionable at best. The footprint of ROCK and ROLL (the two XM radio satellites) are very similar and signal strength tapers rapidly after the northern haft of the island of Cuba. My opinion is solely based on the footprint map (satellite coverage area), your mileage may vary.

    If you have a portable, activate, XM radio unit perhaps you could bring it with you on your next visit to DR and share your test results with us. In any event, here is a link where you can view ROCK and ROLL footprint map.

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    Default Not without a dish

    I have the Sony plug and play model with the little antenna, no cigar, either in Puerto Plata or in the Turks & Caicos to the north.
    Since the frequency is "S" band what will work is a little Direct TV dish. Attach your XM antenna to the end of the little bracket that would hold the LNB for the little dish and have the top of the antenna looking at the middle of the dish. The bird that best covers the DR is 115 degrees so have the dish look SW and scan the sky to find the bird around a 45 degree angle ( with straight up being 0 and the ground being 90 degrees. The signal is hot enough that you don't have to be too accurate.
    XM works great in Jamaica out of the box.

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    I really appreciate both answers on the XM radio. My son may be in the DR in the near future. If he does make it there I may send my PLUG N PLAY unit with him to try out. If he does not have any luck with the regular antenna then I will try with the Direct TV dish when we move there. We plan to be in the Sosua area.

    Thanks again,
    Forrest

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    Just a note to help someone out in the future - while XM doesn't work in the DR (the satellite does not reach), Sirius does, I have successfully activated a unit in Santiago.

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    how does sirius work please let us know.

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    Default Check out...

    Quote Originally Posted by ERICKXSON
    how does sirius work please let us know.
    www.siriusradio.com for their web site. There is also an exceptionally lively MSN group, which is the most active one by far....you can learn more than maybe you ever wanted to know perhaps. In many ways it reminds me of DR1! Passionate people discussing an interesting topic.

    You can find it as follows:

    www.msn.com
    Go to the little stock box and type in SIRI
    Go to the Stock Picker number [now 5 I think]
    Scroll down to Message Boards
    At the bottom of the MB are the most active, usually SIRI
    Go for it....the members are as helpful as the folks at DR1

    Be careful not to fall in love with the stock though.

    All best, P

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    Default Sirius Update

    Ok, here's an update:

    With the provided antenna it does not work very well. I ended up only getting reception for an hour a day.

    To get it working more reliably, you need this antenna:

    http://www.sirius.com/servlet/Conten...=1066068010890

    Its the sir6 antenna (for mounting in your house), they also have the sir3 antenna for mounting on your car. The reception I have right now is mostly stable, and sounds pretty good, although its only 1 bar (out of 3 I think) on my receiver. This will likely change during the day and night as the satellites move around. The guys in Puerto Rico have this working pretty well, so we should be fine here in the DR.

    While I was waiting for the antenna to arrive, I mostly streamed the radio via the net. That was pretty cool, although low quality.

    If you buy the sir6, you will probably also need an extension cable:

    http://www.sirius.com/servlet/Conten...=1066068010932

    I got one as well, it was necessary for the distance to the roof.

    Touch wood, its working pretty much ok. The quality is MUCH better than their internet audio stream, and also better than the radio. I don't know if its full quality, although it sounds nice. :-)

    Bottom line: don't bring a Sirius to the DR unless you're prepared to shell out for the antenna. Then it seems to work pretty well.

    I hope this was useful for someone.

    Adrian

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    With a Dishnetwork satellite system you can receive around 40, digital high quality Sirius channels. With a micky mouse antena on the top of your car, in the DR, forget it. The signal for XM is even weaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrodominicus
    With a Dishnetwork satellite system you can receive around 40, digital high quality Sirius channels. With a micky mouse antena on the top of your car, in the DR, forget it. The signal for XM is even weaker.
    Well, I guess you have no idea what you're talking about.

    With my "mickey mouse" antenna mounted on my roof (of my apartment), I am getting perfect reception. The music and talk radio selection are both excellent.

    I am pretty sure it would work fine on a car too with a Terk antenna. Two guys in Puerto Rico have told me they've gotten it working in their cars, with great reception - and PR is further away than the DR.

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