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cwalsh 07-01-2013 10:51 PM

Satellite radio cuts out
I had a new Satellite radio installed in my 2007 Wrangler soft-top and seem to be having reception problems. The satellite signal "cuts out" several moments at a time with no display on the radio display to indicate the reason. I have tried putting the antennae at the top of the windshield metal frame and on the metal body, hood vent area immediately at the base of the windshield but the signal "gaps" continue. When I place the antennae on top of the soft-top rail at the top of the windshield, the problem seems to go away, but there is no way to secure the antennae magnet to the canvas. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks, Cliff

ChrisOC 07-11-2013 12:19 PM

Re: Satellite radio cuts out
Cliff, IDK if this will help, but there are 2 areas in my neighborhood that my xm/serius(spelling?) cuts out. Always in the same place. Maybe u are experiencing the same thing at your house, ie something is interfering. If that isn't the case, maybe mount it to the passenger side, top of the front window frame. Just a guess though.

Da Jeeper 07-13-2013 06:35 PM

I run soft and hard top. Mine is on top the roll bar towards the center. Except going under highway underpasses I have no issue with either top.

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slfortney 07-13-2013 11:45 PM

Mine is mounted on the hood just forward of the hinges, but centered. It's XM and it's been there ~10 years. No problems so far.

tgeep 07-13-2013 11:47 PM

Re: Satellite radio cuts out
The cutting out for seconds at a time is because you have what I call Sirius/XM rather than XM/Sirius. Let me explain. Years ago the two major satellite companies that came into existence were XM and Sirius. They each had their own type of satellites. Chrysler and Ford carried Sirius and GM carried XM. Those vehicles with Sirius satellite radios had the cutting out issues you've noticed when you go under a bridge, tree limb, the roof in your garage, or other obstacle that blocked the signal. The vehicles with XM did not experience most of those types of blockages and was superior in that way. I've noticed this in numerous vehicles over many years.

Within several years Sirius got two of the major sports broadcasting rights and XM got two other sports broadcasting rights as I recall. I preferred and still prefer XM because it had major league baseball and the better reception as mentioned above.

Years later Sirius merged with XM and now calls itself Sirius/XM. Although nothing changed regarding reception and sports' package availability ... Ford, Chrysler, Kia and others still use the Sirius satellite with its sketchy reception and GM, Honda, and Hyundai and others use XM's satellite with the better reception.

If you buy a Jeep you'll get the what I call the "Sirius/XM" radio (and not what I call the "XM/Sirius radio) with its inferior reception when obstacles are above your vehicle. I'm not sure there is any thing you can do to help it. I have a newer Grand Cherokee with the factory satellite radio and it cuts out too. Quite frustrating.

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