I have Sirius and don't know what dropouts are. Sounds like you had some faulty equipment or a fudged installation.
Radioandreacords.com is now reporting that the merger is confirmed
I hope they don't run Sirius into the ground.... guess I'll go back to CD's if they do.
Maybe they were merged, which was the smart thing to do seeing that all the chatter & info is already here; makes it much easier to keep up with. Maybe they will change the title of this one. There is also this thread : http://www.satelliteguys.us/showthread.php?t=90088
EDIT: I see the one you are talking about, it is still out there on its own; everybody left it and continued here for continuity's sake I bet.