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#131891 - 03/15/06 07:25 AM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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Registered: 04/30/05
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A most intereting problem. When I was reading the post, I was also wondering about some sort of metal coating. In general, a gas like this does not stop a XM signal.

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#131892 - 03/15/06 07:52 AM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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I have three antennas, all outside for this reason. On the interior sill, my signals go from practically non-existant to full signal when the window is raised. We had all our windows replaced last year and, though they are argon-filled, I assume it is the metallc coating that prevents transmission.

I have a Polk unit in my living room system which is next to my office (STILL don't like the compression artifacting I'm hearing in this setup only) and have a Roady 2 that cradles in three separate setups: The studio (shooting/puttering/setting up/breaking down), the basement (woodworking) and a portable adapter I received the other day. I thought that the reception would be problematic with the portable, but I've gotten a few early-spring walks in over the last several days, but it's been perfect and having 180 channels of XM to llisten to untethered is amazing! Oh, yeah, both cars have a setup for the Roady....

So, basically, at this point, my entire life is being lived to a soundtrack and I'm lovin' it!

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#131893 - 03/15/06 08:33 AM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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Is Argon the only dif between the solarium windows and the rest of the windows in your house where the signal strength is four bars?

I don’t suppose your solarium windows are Hurd Windows are they? I few years ago they putting a thin, coated membrane between the pains to compete with triple pain windows. Great windows, but I don't think they make that pain anymore.

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#131894 - 03/15/06 09:42 AM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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I just want to reiterate that argon (a noble, inert gas) does not interfere with electromagnetic signals. It has no more an affect on it than all the air the signal traversed before it reached the window.
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#131895 - 03/15/06 10:05 AM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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That is my guess Jack, as I mentioned above, any tinting or UV protection can block XM signals, according to the article I found.
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#131896 - 03/15/06 04:27 PM Re: Argon kills XM Signal
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Nifty topic.
This link should help clarify the pane construction.
The metals used for UV protection and heat containment are highly conductive and reflective, depending on the application, to various forms of energy.
Try wrapping your family room in aluminum foil for fun for a month and see what happens. The results are fascinating. Best under the chin sun tan ever!

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