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Old 07-01-2015, 01:31 PM   #1
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Sirius Radio Antenna

I have recently hooked up a Sirius radio to my RVs Jensen radio, and it works great!

The antenna that comes with it, I currently have sitting on the dash. I find that reception is intermittent in that location.

I am guessing I am going to have to put it on the roof. Has anyone run an antenna through the roof into the RV, and if so how did you do it?


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Old 07-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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I have a Sunseeker 2860ds ford cassis. I mounted my magnetic XM antenna on the hood just in front of the windshield. It doesn't move and the signal is consistent.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:04 PM   #3
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Try getting a 6 inch square piece of metal to put the antenna on. It is looking for a ground plane. Made a big difference for me and I have had antenna inside the Berk for 5 years now. works great. did not work befroe the metal.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:45 PM   #4
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I have a Sunseeker 2860ds ford cassis. I mounted my magnetic XM antenna on the hood just in front of the windshield. It doesn't move and the signal is consistent.

Thanks...I'll give that a try.


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Old 07-01-2015, 07:31 PM   #5
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I do not see any where which Berkshire you have but on our 38A there is a ledge on top of the windshield that the sun shield is mounted too.I ran the XM wire up the drivers side of the molding and placed the antenna on the shelf.It does not have to be metal to work just high enough so receive a good signal.Hope this helps
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:31 PM   #6
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I used industrial strength Velcro and placed the antenna in the middle top of the windshield and ran the wire down the windshield by the center column.... (My 2008 has the split windshield). Works great....


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Old 07-01-2015, 09:45 PM   #7
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Sirius antenna does not need a ground plane like a CB antenna. You can just stick it to the Roof. I did this with some Dicor sealant, works great!
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:19 AM   #8
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I can't say either way on the ground plane thing. I've seen arguments that it worked when a piece of metal was added and other arguments that it isn't needed, just like these posts. I haven't tried the metal on the dash but may do it just to see. The biggest issue I know of with putting the antenna on the dash, windshield or anywhere other than the roof is the satellite location. The Sirius XM satellites, like most others, are orbiting over the equator. Since I'm north of the equator, with the antenna sitting on the dash, I get great reception when driving south, pretty reliable with heading east of west and absolutely no reception when heading north. Fiberglass in the RV skin is transparent to the signal, but mass will block it just the same, so upper cabinets, structural framing, etc. will kill the signal. Wish I knew an easy way to get it on the roof but I don't want to go drilling holes.
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X2 on what Oldkeywest said. Works like a gem in my 39BH.


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Old 07-02-2015, 05:07 PM   #10
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CONCEPTUMATOR, You have the same shelf as the 38A and if you place the antenna face up in the shelf it is out of the way from any interference.Have no problem receiving signal while driving North,South,East or West.As for the magnet on the antenna it is to hold the antenna on the cars and that is all.
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