SiriusXM in Alaska?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by MrEndo, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. MrEndo

    MrEndo Been here awhile

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    Riding to Prudoe Bay in June from Cali and wondering how much XM radio reception I might realistically get. Looks like their coverage is ok across Canada but quite sketchy at best in AK? Sure like it for long days but trying to decide if it's worth activating my Zumo's XM for this trip? Thanks in advance.
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  2. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    Next to none. Even just as far north as Fairbanks, the only time I can get a signal is when I'm on top of a hill and the satellite has hit the NorthWestern apogee of it's orbit (so for maybe 20 minutes at a time, and even then it cuts out and is full of interference). Bring an iPod.

    Here's the coverage map they publish.

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  3. MrEndo

    MrEndo Been here awhile

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    Thanks. The people at Sirius gave me a number to call when I get into canada to switch to another sattelite. They still don't make any promises about any coverage in Alaska. I have an SD card in my unit with some tunes but like the news too. I'll probably just activate it and count on it up through canada and back atleast.
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  4. ThatGuy

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    My truck has it and when I bought it I got 60 day free trial and it worked. I get a signal but since I'm not paying for it it fades in and out. YMMV
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  5. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    I've found that it works "OK" south of the Alaska range, but not further north especially with the smaller units that don't have an antenna mounted on a metal roof.
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  6. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    My experience with Spot trackers is they can be iffy north of the range too, especially when in the mountains. Similar issue, they use equatorial Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites. At least with satellite communicators there is an option of using Iridium polar orbit satellites like the InReach. Don't know of options for SiriusXM service. (other than mp3 players.)
    I prefer the music of the engine.
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  7. Full Power

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    Often the Contrarian, and sometimes a Luddite, I advise you'll have no need of such info-tainment on your Northerly adventure.
    Following the pipeline north of Fairbanks, your focus is truly, and rightly on the road and vista ahead. You will have scant want nor need of distraction.
    . Fuel injection, spark ignition, and tire pressure are your primary physical concerns.
    The ENTIRE rest of the equation is attention to the road surface, traction management, and staying awake and alert.
    After the pavement ends, the road is all the music you need.
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  8. o*o

    o*o Adventurer

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    BTW, I'm riding north to Deadhorse when some Brasilians catch up to me in Los Angeles California at the beginning of June.

    I expect you meant from California, USA rather than Cali Colombia? It took me around 2 months to reach the US from Cali on my recent trip to/from Ushuaia!

    One friend may be in Nicaragua by now the other may fly to the US. :)

    What will you be riding? I'm on a F650GS Dakar for this trip Leaving my cruiser at home. Keep in touch and we may ride together a few miles :freaky or message road conditions to the laggers! :deal

    On HUBB I'm "o Jay o". Not sure if we can make "Dust 2 Dawson" but it would be sweet! :beer
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  9. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    You can get XM in Cali? Never was able to get it reliably south of Guatemala, but it does work well in most of Mexico.

    In Anchorage and south to the Kenai peninsula you may be able to pick it up sporadically, like for seconds at a time, or not at all depending on the sat position and terrain around you. Bring an iPod. You don't need to hear the news, its bullshit anyway. :lol3
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  10. MrEndo

    MrEndo Been here awhile

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    Sorry, my ignorance. Cali-fornia.. I will be on my 950 but considering my 640 Adv Ktm. Traveling with 5 others. Two on KTM 1190's, one on a 690 KTM and one on a 650 vstrom. Planning on being in Dawson earlier in the week of D2D.
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