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Old 09-12-2013, 04:48 PM
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Same problem here. I have Sirius in my Tacoma and it only drops when I drive under big objects. I also had the same tunner in my Civic and it never dropped a signal. My 2013 Dodge drops the signal even when Im sitting in a parking lot out in the open. I think the biggest problem is with the design of the factory shark-fin antenna. The add-in receivers and antennas have always had the best reception in all my experiences. I think they need to move the antennas to the dash area just under the windshield.
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my '99 Chevy 1500 had after market XM radio, it had some sort of wave converter under the passenger seat, it received some kind of analog signal & converted it to a digital signal
the antenna was mounted on the windshield, in the lower left corner
hardly ever lost signal

with my '09 ram, it loses signal if i pass under bigger trees, bridges, & anytime i pull up to places that use a lot of fluorescent lighting, like a 7/11 store or truck stop, also when i pass by our Civic Center, town hall, courthouse, police station area
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Hi guys, new member here. I have been lurking around here for a long time. Finally decided to register.

I just bought a new 2013 Ram 1500 Bighorn and have the 8.4a, I am having the same problems as you guys but have noticed a weird twist.

I live in Utah, when I am in Salt Lake, it is spotty reception at best. Here is were it gets weird, as soon as I leave city limits I loose all signal and never get it back till Im in the city. I live about 55miles east of slc in the Mountains and I get 0 signal until I return to the city. Has anybody heard of this yet? Just had the update done and that didn't help at all.

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2013 Rams are on the XM platform, not Sirius as they were from 2009-12. XM reception is way worse than Sirrius.
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I read somewhere on these forums that Sirius and XM used different technology to broadcast, I just looked up this info through Google:

XM has two Boeing Satellite Systems International satellites that transmit its signal to cars and homes across the country. The satellites are called Rhythm (XM-3), which launched on Feb. 28, 2005, and Blues (XM-4), launched on Oct. 30, 2006. These two satellites replaced the original XM satellites, Rock (XM-2) and Roll (XM-1), which suffered technical problems and have since been powered down -- though they serve as backups if needed. Rhythm and Blues are positioned in the same relative locations as their predecessors, over the east and west coasts in stationary geosynchronous transfer orbits (see How Satellites Work to learn about orbits). The satellites are powered by two solar-paneled wings.
XM Satellite Radio became available nationwide on Nov. 12, 2001, following the launch of Rock on March 18 and Roll on May 8 of that same year. The company's broadcast center, the origination point for all of its programming, is based in Washington, D.C. XM radios contain a proprietary chipset that decodes an encrypted signal from the satellites and from repeaters on the ground

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­Sirius broadcasts satellite radio from three satellites, which were launched in 2000 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The satellites orbit the Earth in an elliptical constellation, between 15,200 and 29,280 miles above the Earth's surface.
The three solar-powered satellites follow one after the other, so when one passes out of the Northern Hemisphere, for example, another is right behind it to provide uninterrupted transmission. Two ground stations, one in Ecuador and another in Panama, are in constant contact with the satellites.

Not really sure what this all means, but it appears that they are slightly different systems, traditionally around where I live XM has had crappy service with signal constantly being lost and Sirius has been far better rarely losing signal. I read somewhere that Ram switched to an XM style receiver in the 2013s which kind of explains the now less reliable signal.

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The big one I see there is Sirius has 3 satellites and XM only has 2.
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Had an 09, and Sirrus had far fewer drops then my 13 with XM.
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2012 was great, 2013 is not so good. I do not plan to subscribe once the trial ends unless XM and Ram can fix this with hardware/software updates.
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I've had Sirius exclusively since 2006 starting with aftermarket radio and hardly ever had a drop and I travel around a lot. I noticed a lot of signal drop with my truck on a recent trip to southern British Colombia. Yes I get theres mountains, I can expect some drops but nothing like I'm seeing now. I've taken my work van in the mountains which I have a standalone unit with no issues, I've taken the wifes 2011 jetta down the same way we took with the truck this year and it had no where near the issues I got with the ram. I have to believe that either the antenna/radio suffers, or as one mentioned the switch to using XM satellites which I believe is the probable cause. BTW just cause Sirius has 3 sats, only 2 are over NA at one time, its the fact they are orbiting in a figure 8 over NA, it provides better converage especially for those far north. XM having 2 stationary sats stay on the equator line..
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I don't listen to satellite radio enough to give a complete 100% comparison, but it seems to me that my '13 Ram is comparable to my wife's '10 Chevy Equinox (XM radio). They seem to lose signal around the same areas (overpasses, downtown area, etc.) I need to make a more concerted effort to listen to satellite radio, and I probably will since it's football season, to make a complete comparison between the 2 vehicles.
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