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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-26-2017, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Sirius problem (pun intended)

2017 Forester / Sirius radio: Driving a specific route, heading west, the radio performs great.
Returning on same route, heading east, same road, radio gets little or no reception.
Talked to Sirius and "refreshed" the radio a couple of times to no avail.
Is there a problem with the "shark fin" antenna being very directional?
Used the Sirius radio on other roads and reception is OK regardless of direction.
Anyone else with similar problem?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-26-2017, 08:15 AM
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I may be wrong - BUT my satellite antenna is at the top of the windshield on the drivers side..

Also - we have had Sirius radio since 2001-ish - and receptions varies.. on your going to trip - the satellites could be in a better position than when returned OR we have a few places that a mtn/ridge/hill will block the signal almost every time until you are past that spot


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I think the mystery is solved!
The rear cross bar on the roof rack was pretty close to the "shark fin" antenna so I moved it forward about 8" and just drove the route that had caused problems.
West bound service was , as usual, great.
This time the east bound reception was perfect, so, anyone with "directional problems with Sirius and the "shark fin" antenna, check the rear cross bar and adjust toward the front.
Worked for me.
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OK.. what is the thing on the drivers side windshield at the top? For the navigation system?


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Brian,

Based on your description I can deduce you have remote start and Eyesight. The thing at the top left top corner of the Drivers Windshield (or Windscreen) is the antenna for the extended range remote start. Here is the installation manual for that system:

https://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/14...GFRN2-6-17.pdf
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Brian,

Based on your description I can deduce you have remote start and Eyesight. The thing at the top left top corner of the Drivers Windshield (or Windscreen) is the antenna for the extended range remote start. Here is the installation manual for that system:

https://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/14...GFRN2-6-17.pdf
i would concur with your assessment.. I never thought of the remote start having an antenna..

thanks
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Clever fix on the crossbar. This forum is cool.
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I moved my rear crossbar forward away from the antenna. I hope it fixes the problem.
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