Anyone having “dropout” problems with satellite signal?

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But that means having to futz with your phone while driving to change channels.
I have favorites stations saved on the phone. I can access them on the 12 inch when I use CarPlay.


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Dropouts and it constantly reverts back to the the preview channel.
Mine seems to drop out quite a bit more than my other vehicles too but the going to the preview channel is the most annoying part.
 

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My 2014 F150 has better XM reception! I'm doing the same thing with CarPlay, but I hate it chews my cellular data plan. Wish Ford can come up with a better solution!
 

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I use the app mostly, and turn the audio quality to max. Sounds a lot better than the satellite signal that way, and doesn't drop out as much...
 

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I've had this issue on some of my previous vehicles as well. It was always the same areas; very predictable yet nothing that should have impacted it (i.e. - no trees, tall buildings, etc.). It was very bizarre. Not enough of an issue to stop me from using it (when I used to subscribe to SiriusXM) but it was a mild inconvenience.
 

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It's not just the usual suspects anymore: tall trees and buildings. There are several areas around town where my signal drops out. (No Bronco yet, but both my other vehicles.) There is just more interference now days it seems.
It didn't help when a few years back they went from satellites in polar orbits to a geosynchronous feed. Now if anything blocks your southern view you're out. And with the satellites being so much further away the signal strength is lower.
 

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Yep, same here. I've been a Sirius subscriber for over a dozen years. Reception drops out in spots that no other vehicle I've owned has. Very very annoying. And of course I have the roof rack, which sounds like it compounds the issue.

Maybe I will take it off to see if that helps. Plus, it will make removing the roof panels much easier.
 
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Yep, same here. I've been a Sirius subscriber for over a dozen years. Reception drops out in spots that no other vehicle I've owned has. Very very annoying. And of course I have the roof rack, which sounds like it compounds the issue.

Maybe I will take it off to see if that helps. Plus, it will make removing the roof panels much easier.
I took off my roof rack to see if it would help with the wind noise (it did) but it made no improvement on the SiriusXM reception. Still drops out in the oddest of places, and where our Subaru has no issues.
 

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It's not just the usual suspects anymore: tall trees and buildings. There are several areas around town where my signal drops out. (No Bronco yet, but both my other vehicles.) There is just more interference now days it seems.
It didn't help when a few years back they went from satellites in polar orbits to a geosynchronous feed. Now if anything blocks your southern view you're out. And with the satellites being so much further away the signal strength is lower.
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I took off my roof rack to see if it would help with the wind noise (it did) but it made no improvement on the SiriusXM reception. Still drops out in the oddest of places, and where our Subaru has no issues.
I took mine off too, over the weekend. Mostly because I wanted to make it easier to take off and put on the roof panels, but the sirius radio reception and wind noise was another plus. I haven't driven around enough to confirm if sirius reception is better, but it doesn't drop off anymore while driving down my street. I'll have to see how it does when driving around some more.
 

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I dropped back in to say that the roof rack removal definitely made an improvement in Sirius radio reception. Driving in the usual places where it dropped out previously now and the signal stays steady.
Now, to find something to do about the crappy FM reception. I can't believe how bad that also is. I know these technologies are being replaced with streaming, but that doesn't mean they should be ignored.
 

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It’s the roof rack compounded by the other xm problems mentioned here. The aluminum crossbar is directly over the xm antenna. It is documented by ford somewhere. Maybe an asterisk In the build and price, can’t really remember.
Nice post, learn something new everyday.

Same issues here, but I love the 80's 90's channel!
 

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I had XM when it first came and it was mostly marketed to truck drivers it did the same thing back then.
 

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I’ve had a few more issues with xm in the bronco compared to my previous vehicle but not too bad. Mainly goes out when I’m in a drive thru for some reason.
 

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My reception has been very good overall. It dropped occasionally while driving through the WV/VA mountains but only briefly.
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