Sattelite Radio antenna mounting


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Sattelite Radio antenna mounting

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I have an XM radio antenna mounted to a small platform on my left handlebar by my clutch. for some reason I rarely get reception. Anyone else had this problem? Anybody have any better place to mount it?


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Re: Sattelite Radio antenna mounting

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I have mine mounted on the glareshield, underneath the windshield. It gets quite good reception there.
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I will look into that. Thanks
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Mine is there also. i used some velcro to keep it from sliding around and my reception is excellent.
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Wait....what is the "glareshield"? I have the "dash" on mine (maybe that is the same thing?).
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I have mine on the front lower corner of the windshield. No problem with reception.
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Ok so my additional question is did you keep the antenna cable bundled up as it came or do I need to let it be unwound and just use zip ties on it?
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Kept the cable bundled & routed it so it is stored under the left front pocket.
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Mag wrote:Wait....what is the "glare shield"? I have the "dash" on mine (maybe that is the same thing?).
I think it's the same thing.

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When McCarty said "lower front corner of windshield", I can totally understand that language, lol.
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Center dash inside the windshield is my primary. Still I'd look at an issue with the antenna or its wire as my spare antenna is on my brake reservoir and works just fine.
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I've used two different antennas. Same problem
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I moved mine to the top of the windscreen a little better i think cuase im on the edge of america in maine my reception is iffy
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I'll give that a shot. I changed out the cradle it sits in and it worked for about 10 min then quit again. Are there any specific settings on the XM side that I need to set?
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It sounds to me that something is causing your antenna to work loose and not make proper contact with your receiver. Try the receiver without its cradle and holding the antenna plug to the receiver. If it works alright, you may want to tape it before mounting in the cradle. Are you sure both antenna you're using match the receiver? I have a couple of different receivers and the antenna plugs are different.
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On the Trike, all of SkyFi is in top of trunk. Uses a wireless modulator to transmit to FM antenna a few short inches away. Antenna is on plate between two rear rack hold down screws. I have wires under Velcro, I can relocate antenna onto top of rack or on top of rack bag through a hidden hole behind seat but unless there's something on the rack, no need ..... it picks up.
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RF generated by receiver causes the problem. Just move it to left corner of dash. Hold antenna in your hand and move it about 6 inches away and you will see the signal strength increase. That is why we quit offering the shelf with our mounting kits.
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Ok. Well I wish I had known that before I bought the shelf attachment. Thank you
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I took a slightly different tack. I didn't have room anywhere in the cockpit other than on the dash and I just didn't like the way that looked. My choice does take more work as well as an extension cord, but the end result was worth the effort in my opinion.


Located off the left side of the trunk behind the speaker housing and with a bracket mounted behind the mounting points for the rear arm rests, I fashioned an 'L' shaped bracket with a simple strap


to hold the antenna in place. The cable can then be routed between the trunk and speaker housing


and from there to the frame under the seat. The extension cord will attach just above the battery box giving easy access should trouble-shooting ever be necessary. I've never had any blind spots (um deaf spots?) where the antenna couldn't catch the signal unless I was on the wrong side of a steep mountain.
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Nice idea. I found out that my radio may be bad. Getting a new one next week.
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I am considering XM/Sirrus but don't have one.

I do have SPOT and have tried it in several places.

The best success for a permanent mount with good results has been to use Velcro to attach it to the top side of the flying wing above the trunk. It is placed in the middle and sits between two of the wire racks that make up the trunk rack.

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I have mine mounted off the clutch lever and always get plenty excellent reception
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Re: Sattelite Radio antenna mounting

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I mounted the antenna on the wing of trunk.I also installed a FM modulator because of regular stations overlaying the Sirius music.Works very well.
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I have a gl1800 without an airbag and have the Sirius head in the centre glove box with the audio output connected to the aux in the left pocket. the antenna head is mounted with velcro on the left clutch reservoir and I have traveled coast to coast in Canada and the US and it works great. The odd time in a city with tall building I might lose it for a short time but mostly good
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Re: Sattelite Radio antenna mounting

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jamie f wrote:I mounted the antenna on the wing of trunk.I also installed a FM modulator because of regular stations overlaying the Sirius music.Works very well.
I had that problem when I had the wireless modulator up front. When I moved it to the trunk lid 8 inches from the AM/FM radio antenna ..... nothing interferes with the signal now.

Halve the distance = quadruple signal strength.


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