SiriusXM / Satellite Radio Reception

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I am wondering if anyone else is having a serious reception problem with Sirius Satellite radio?

The previous vehicle that I had (2010 Ford F250) had a satellite radio built-in with its prehistoric Ford Sync system of the day. When I first bought the truck new, I enjoyed the free 3 months of service but never did subscribe as my days of highway travel were over and I never saw the value of the subscription for my 10-minute commute to work and back.

So now I bought a 2021 Bronco Sport and it too comes with a satellite radio built-in however whenever I tune to a station the reception is sooo bad that it is simply not usable. (in a 1-minute sample I would have it cut in and out up to 15 times on average with about 30 seconds of the 60-second time frame being dead silence.) this is not a "Rare occurrence" but rather it is the norm... no matter when I tune in to a satellite station, day, night, morning, evening. I have yet to tune in and it is working properly. I tune in local AM or FM stations and everything is crystal clear. (Yes - tried several different Sat stations)

I am wondering if either the design of the antenna on the BS is inferior to the one that was on the roof of my 11-year old F250, or if perhaps the satellite signal produced today from SiriusXM is nowhere near as strong as it was in the past.** I live on the very far east coast of Canada so perhaps the signal is not as strong here due to lack of population density making it less of a priority to ensure good coverage?

** Back in the day, Sirius and XM-Satelite did not merge in Canada until sometime after April of 2011... so maybe the satellite signal from XM was better prior to the merger?
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It should work better than older tech. I certainly get less cutouts with the Bronco antenna than with my previous one that was 10+ years old. Also, Sirius and XM each owned half of the Sat band space. So you could use an XM antenna for Sirius and vice versa but the individual branded antennas were better attenuated for the high band or low band. The modern hardware works on the whole spectrum.

See if you're in the coverage maps for Sat 5 or 6.

https://www.satbeams.com/footprints?norad=39360
https://www.satbeams.com/satellites?norad=35493

It's possible your antenna is faulty or the connection is loose. Let Ford diagnose it or see if all the cars on the lot get similar reception. That would rule out the sat signal. It could be seasonal or atmospheric too.
 

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I am wondering if anyone else is having a serious reception problem with Sirius Satellite radio?

The previous vehicle that I had (2010 Ford F250) had a satellite radio built-in with its prehistoric Ford Sync system of the day. When I first bought the truck new, I enjoyed the free 3 months of service but never did subscribe as my days of highway travel were over and I never saw the value of the subscription for my 10-minute commute to work and back.

So now I bought a 2021 Bronco Sport and it too comes with a satellite radio built-in however whenever I tune to a station the reception is sooo bad that it is simply not usable. (in a 1-minute sample I would have it cut in and out up to 15 times on average with about 30 seconds of the 60-second time frame being dead silence.) this is not a "Rare occurrence" but rather it is the norm... no matter when I tune in to a satellite station, day, night, morning, evening. I have yet to tune in and it is working properly. I tune in local AM or FM stations and everything is crystal clear. (Yes - tried several different Sat stations)

I am wondering if either the design of the antenna on the BS is inferior to the one that was on the roof of my 11-year old F250, or if perhaps the satellite signal produced today from SiriusXM is nowhere near as strong as it was in the past.** I live on the very far east coast of Canada so perhaps the signal is not as strong here due to lack of population density making it less of a priority to ensure good coverage?

** Back in the day, Sirius and XM-Satelite did not merge in Canada until sometime after April of 2011... so maybe the satellite signal from XM was better prior to the merger?
I have both a 2016 and 2019 Escape with the Sirius satellite Sync 3 system. Lately the reception is spotty where the system keeps saying searching for satellite signal when it never did it before. This can probably be attributed to the fact that there has been a lot of solar activity and meteor activity in the past couple of months. This can wreak havoc on the satellite signals and might be what you are experiencing. The AM/FM stations work since they are land based. I just deal with it and put some songs a USB drive and play them through the Sync 3 system instead.
 
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It should work better than older tech. I certainly get less cutouts with the Bronco antenna than with my previous one that was 10+ years old.....
I would have thought so as well... however my 11 year old truck the reception was perfect for the 3 months I had the service.... and now... not so much :-(

Thank you for those links! Great information... according to the maps I should be well inside the coverage area maps for Sat 5 and 6. That rules out that possible theory. I guess I will have to take your suggustion to take a trip to Ford... which of course will kill a day or 2 of inconvience and time unfortunatly.
 
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Lately the reception is spotty where the system keeps saying searching for satellite signal when it never did it before. This can probably be attributed to the fact that there has been a lot of solar activity and meteor activity in the past couple of months. This can wreak havoc on the satellite signals and might be what you are experiencing.
You know... I never put the thought together but in the news, there was the big solar flare / Nothern Lights stories just recently... that may indeed be the cause of my problems and I just never connected the dots...

I guess tomorrow morning I will have to try out the sat stations again and see if the problem has resolved itself, saving me the inconvenience of going into the dealership.
 

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You know... I never put the thought together but in the news, there was the big solar flare / Nothern Lights stories just recently... that may indeed be the cause of my problems and I just never connected the dots...

I guess tomorrow morning I will have to try out the sat stations again and see if the problem has resolved itself, saving me the inconvenience of going into the dealership.
That's a really good point, could be atmospheric.
 
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