Sirius XM Losing Signal?

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We have been noticing a lot more Sirius XM radio signal drops in the last few months.  I was hoping to get a clear technical explanation of why this might be happening from someone knowledgeable at the company.  However, my attempts at reaching the appropriate person at the company have been unsuccessful.  So I thought I would make a blog post about the topic and hope that someone will find us to explain.

The radio signal seems to drop in areas with a clear view of the sky and where you would least expect it.  The signal usually only drops for a few seconds but then it catches up.  I live in Los Angeles and apparently thousands of other people around the US are experiencing similar problems.  I wonder if its a factor of living on the coast of the US?  Do people living in the center of the US have better reception?   I would be curious if any truck drivers can tell us what they experience driving across the Country.

We have two Sirius receivers and one is installed as an aftermarket on the dash.  The other Sirius receiver is factory installed in Volvo XC90.  However, the older aftermarket receiver seems to work the best and the newer more expensive factory receivers seem to drop signal more.  We have conclusive evidence of this since we have leased two Volvo XC90's in the last 6 years.

It would NOT surprise me if Sirius XM management is being cheap with their satellite signal upgrades or terrestrial repeaters on the ground.  It appears Mel Karmazin is trying to screw Howard Stern out of promised money in his contract and now Howard is sewing him.  Sirius is no doubt a penny-pinching company it wouldn't surprise me to see a class action lawsuit if the signal problem gets worse for consumers.  One satellite radio company in the market doesn't bode well for competition and the company's stock price (Nasdaq: SIRI) is not performing well and has a ton of debt.

SiriusXM is a satellite radio service that offers a wide range of audio programming, including music, news, sports, talk shows, and more. It provides coverage across North America, including the United States and Canada.

SiriusXM operates a fleet of satellites that transmit signals to a network of ground-based repeaters, allowing for seamless coverage in both urban and rural areas. The service can be accessed through specialized SiriusXM receivers, which are typically available as standalone devices, built-in options in certain vehicles, or as streaming options on mobile devices and computers.

Since SiriusXM uses satellites to transmit its signals, it offers coverage even in areas where traditional terrestrial radio signals may not be available. This makes it particularly useful for individuals traveling long distances or living in remote areas.

However, it's important to note that there may be some limitations to the coverage depending on factors such as buildings, trees, and other obstructions that may affect signal reception. In certain instances, such as when driving through tunnels or parking in underground garages, the signal may be temporarily interrupted.

If you are considering subscribing to SiriusXM or want to check the coverage in your area, it is recommended to visit their official website or contact their customer service. They will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding the coverage and service availability in your specific location.

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