Do You Have A Cellular Signal Amplifier For Your Vacation?

Summer is drawing to a close, and many Americans are taking their final vacation of the season. It is evident that summer travel plans have shifted this year because of the current economy. Rather than hopping on a plane or traveling across country, people have been altering their vacation plans by staying closer to home and taking road trips, which can be shorter and are traditionally more budget-friendly.

Having access to a cell phone and being able to stay connected while on vacation has become a key component found in today’s American vacations as well – as long as travelers can get and maintain a cellular signal. With a cellular connection, families can log onto travel Web sites to check the latest prices for hotels and activities, use Google Maps to get directions to that bed and breakfast tucked away in the mountains, stay connected to work or friends through calling, text messaging or e-mail, send vacation pictures or video directly to others, play both connected and traditional mobile games, or download the latest music to pass the time.

However, the problem of poor cellular signal reception is even more evident while traveling. With spotty cell reception, travelers lose access to online tools, data and calls. If a cell phone has poor reception that makes for spotty calls and data access, a summer vacation can easily turn into a hassle, leaving families frustrated and alone. Adding a cellular signal amplifier to a car, RV or boat can help traveling families ensure that they have a constant cellular signal for routine communication, or in case of emergency. With an amplifier, consumers can have the freedom to vacation in remote areas, while making sure they stay connected for fun, convenience and safety.

Story provide by Walt Brooks from Wilson Electronics

Sirius & XM Satellite Radio Coverage Map?

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Coverage Map

Has the Sirius / XM customer service improved helping customers upgrade to the latest software versions? I was becoming increasing frustrated by the poor reception / coverage I am received on my Sirius Satellite radio S50 until I upgraded my software. Why is Sirius XM is losing signal for no reason?

As a huge Howard Stern fan if you miss a few seconds you might miss the entire punch line of a joke and its annoying. Unlike cell phone signals where the signal drops and you call is gone. Satellite radio just cuts in and out when you start entering an area where there is a poor view of the sky or you are on the edge of the terrestrial repeater network. I live in one of the largest most heavily populated cities in the U.S. (Los Angeles) and can't believe that I could be on the edge of a repeater network with such a large concentration of customers. After upgrading my S50 to the latest software my signal improved and I didn't need to start another web site similar to to allow other frustrated Sirius and XM radio to complain about poor signals. Apparently a lot of other customers had a similar problem due to all of the comments below.

This coverage map does not reflect the terrestrial repeater coverage - the signal around most major metropolitan regions in the U.S. is much stronger due to the repeater network. A repeater is a ground-based broadcasting station. A repeater's signal coverage appears to be stronger than the standard satellite signal with approximately a 20 mile radius. The selection between picking up the terrestrial or satellite signal is automatic, and the radio will pick up whichever is significantly stronger. You can see whether your antenna is connected to a repeater by going into the radio's menu, selecting "antenna aiming", and seeing the two bar sets. The one marked "T" or "Terr" is the terrestrial repeater signal. If that is around one bar, it would probably be best to aim your antenna towards the nearest metro area to get the best signal.

Some people have satellite radio reception trouble if they live on the edge of a repeater signal, where both the terrestrial and satellite signals are equally strong for much of the day. If this is the case, it would likely be a good idea to shield either the side or top of the antenna with something metal to allow it easily select one signal or the other. This is likely an issue that will be resolved with newer generation radios.

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