Satellite Radio in Alaska

Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 9:07 AM
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Satellite Radio in AlaskaThe Anchorage Daily News has a wonderful writeup on receiving satellite radio in Alaska. Remember when I was asking for subscribers in Alaska? That was in an effort to help with this article, which Sarah Henning didn't need my help with because it's a great piece (and none of the respondants that I sent over made it in).

Officially, neither SIRIUS or XM provide service to Alaska, but both companies acknowledge that they have Alaskan customers. Most are in the southeast portion of the state for obvious reasons, while other - such as those in Anchorage - find themselves with a very inconsistent signal.

It's an artifully written article and definitely recommended for your morning read.

[Anchorage Daily News]

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"Remember when I was asking for subscribers in Alaska?"

You asked for XM subscribers in Alaska; you did not ask for Sirius subscribers in Alaska. I know several Sirius subscribers that live in Alaska that could have been helpful. Oh well.

http://www.orbitcast.com/archives/any-subscribers-in-alaska.html

I was I AK for a week and took both my XM and SIRIUS. Near Anchorage, in Wasilla, my MyFi got betterreception than I thought it would, but I had to be sitting still outside with no obstacles to get a signal w/o external antennea. Antennea must be pointed south/ SE to get constant signal when at home. In Homer AK, (along south central coast with mountianous terrain, XM reception was limited to finding the one spot that would work and keeping the Antennea there. The Antennea-free would not work. SIRIUS got virtually no reception anywhere except about a 10 minute spurt the day I left.

I think it would be beneficial to XM ( or both companies ) to add Alaska to thier service Area via repeaters or some other method. People up there seemed to be very intrested in my Myfi. The limited terrestrial radio stations and reception would draw more people to the product.

I work in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. I have talked with a couple guys that had a sirius radio (I thnk). They used a non-directional antenna, the reception seemed to work ok. It was in the middle of summer.

XM radio story. I live in Wasilla Alaska. I picked up XM receiver from Anchorage Sam's Club last week. (Funny pacage was in clearance, covered with dust) So...I was curious if I can make it work. Before you get excited, I must tell that you that it will NOTwork in your car. I was able to listen broadcast in Wasilla only when I was driving Palmer-Wasilla Hwy east or Trunk road south. Everything else was pretty much "no signal" and cut-offs. However at home and office I have antenna outside (3.5" came in package) pointed south and I can listen all channels without problem...so to have something else other than crabby Alaskan radio stations, I listen to XM radio at home and in office without problems. Hopefully one day I can take my receiver into my car and have music I like.

XM radio story. I live in Wasilla Alaska. I picked up XM receiver from Anchorage Sam's Club last week. (Funny pacage was in clearance, covered with dust) So...I was curious if I can make it work. Before you get excited, I must tell that you that it will NOTwork in your car. I was able to listen broadcast in Wasilla only when I was driving Palmer-Wasilla Hwy east or Trunk road south. Everything else was pretty much "no signal" and cut-offs. However at home and office I have antenna outside (3.5" came in package) pointed south and I can listen all channels without problem...so to have something else other than crabby Alaskan radio stations, I listen to XM radio at home and in office without problems. Hopefully one day I can take my receiver into my car and have music I like.

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