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Q: What factors affect satellite radio reception in a 2012 Ford Fusion?

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What factors affect satellite radio reception?

A: While satellite radio offers much better re...

While satellite radio offers much better reception than traditional AM and FM radio bands, it’s not without its own unique quirks. Here’s what you need to know about the factors affecting satellite radio reception:

  • Physical Obstructions: The most common problem with satellite radio reception is having a physical obstruction block the signal from reaching your antenna. This can happen when you’re under a metal roof (at a gas station, for instance), or even if the signal is blocked by tall buildings or geographic features like hills or a mountain range.

  • Antenna Obstructions: If your antenna is obstructed, you will receive poor or even no satellite signal. Keep your antenna clear of obstructions like leaves, snow buildup, ice and more.

  • Ground-Based Radio: If you pass a ground-based radio station repeater, it’s possible that the signal will be strong enough to combat the satellite signal. If this happens, you will hear no sound from the radio.

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