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Loose satellites, kept loosing them for about three hours, in areas that had mountains

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Anytime you are in either a garage,between tall buildings or as you discovered mountains it is very hard to get to a Satellite.Try stopping and standing outside for a few minutes to see if you can pick up a Satillite,good luck.

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