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Old 04-13-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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We will be moving to Tacoma soon, and we like Sattelite TV and my wife has Sattelite radio in her car. One of my thoughts was that when it gets cloudy here (Missouri) the signal gets a bit weaker. During storms it isn't unheard of to lose signal or have one so poor you can't watch it.

Since it rains so frequently, and Seattle is located so far north, I'm interested in hearing about the quality of Sattelite signals there.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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We will be moving to Tacoma soon, and we like Sattelite TV and my wife has Sattelite radio in her car. One of my thoughts was that when it gets cloudy here (Missouri) the signal gets a bit weaker. During storms it isn't unheard of to lose signal or have one so poor you can't watch it.

Since it rains so frequently, and Seattle is located so far north, I'm interested in hearing about the quality of Sattelite signals there.
I have XM satellite radio in my car. Your reception here won't be as good as it is in Missouri for 2 reasons: latitude and tall trees. Because we are farther north here the satellites are lower in the sky which means the signal comes in at a lower angle from the southern sky. Combine that with the fact that we have lots of tall evergreen trees in this area and that causes some disruption in the signal reaching your antenna. You'll still get good reception most of the time but if you are traveling 2 lane roads with tall trees on the southern side, you will have disruption. I haven't noticed rain or clouds having any negative affect.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:38 AM
 
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XM in the car works well for me. The signal environment in the Seattle area seems to be pretty good. There are a couple of dead spots on my frequent routes - due to terrain, I guess. Like I-405 northbound at Coal Creek Parkway (exit 10), where XM cuts out for maybe 15 seconds.

I also haven't noticed any particular weather-related issues.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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One of my thoughts was that when it gets cloudy here (Missouri) the signal gets a bit weaker.
As above, I don't think clouds will be an issue for satellite radio in Tacoma- if it were, we'd have no signal here for about 200+ days a year!

As you already know, it's line of sight from your car antenna to the satellite position. So any solid thing that gets in the way of that path will block signal. I'll loose signal occasionally downtown (Seattle) when the tall buildings "get in the way", under bridges etc.- just like everybody else everywhere else does.

IMO, you'll be just fine in Tacoma.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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What about Sattelite TV though? Signals need to be stronger than audio only signals, no? I see they sell Sattelite TV there at the Best Buys and such.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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What about Sattelite TV though? Signals need to be stronger than audio only signals, no? I see they sell Sattelite TV there at the Best Buys and such.
Agreed but sorry can't help you with that one as I don't have a TV. Always been more of a bookworm-

FWIW though, the neighbors down the hill from me have a Direct TV dish on their roof and I can see the blue glow from their living room TV running pretty much non-stop so I assume it's not a problem. Perhaps another can chime in on the TV issue specifically for you?

Again, I honestly think it's going to be just fine for you with satellite TV and radio in Tacoma. BTW, welcome to western WA!
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal native (Riverside), now in the Seattle area...
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I've been up here almost five years and have had DirecTV the entire time and have NEVER had a problem with reception, even during some heavy, windy rainstorms.. Only once when we had some snow build up on the dish itself was there a problem, but that's about it.. I just went out and brushed it off with my push broom and it was ok..

I don't have satellite radio in my car or home so no idea on that, but believe me, the TV issue isn't a problem at all.. Most of the people we know have satellite too and no issues on their end either..
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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There are lots of TV dishes in our development. All pointing south, in the direction of Mt. Rainier...
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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I have Sirius in the car, it cuts out dozens of times a day, the clouds, trees all play a part in that.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We have also had Directv for years and years and never had a problem. I love Directv! lol

I also have XM in the car and haven't had any problems!
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