Some XM Satellite Radio customers face outage
Tue May 22 09:41:10 EDT 2007

regarding XM Radio Sat problems, Brian wrote:


> After both Azimuth and Elevation have been set, tweak the 
> alignment by 
> using the signal strength (BER%) readout of the radio. For the PCR 
> click 
> the signal strength button. For the SKYFI and ROADY, with the 
> radio off, 
> press 2-0-7 followed by the 'XM' button or the tuning wheel. Then 
> use 
> the 'Display' button to cycle the display until you see BER %. 
> Using the 
> BER as a guide adjust the antenna for best signal. Best signal is 
> indicated by a LOW BER. You are shooting for 0 on one of the 
> satellite. 
> Only one satellite is needed, but if you have a clear shot to both 
> it is 
> possible to get low or 0 readings on both.

not for nothing, but this seems to me to be similar to the old "move 
the rabbit ears until the tv picture cleared up" - a touch more work 
than should be required for something which does not come cheaply.

granted - the technology is new and evolving, but for the premium 
price, it's more than you, as a consumer, should bear.  

have they offered any "credit" for inconvenience or the like?  that 
would be an interesting thing to note if they do.

good luck.

oh - and over the air FM signals may do the same thing, but they're, 
um, free. :-)

- - Chuck Igo

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