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Old 05-10-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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question about XM/Sirius ready radios

My radio is XM/Sirius ready. I was wondering what that means. Do I just need to activate the radio through Sirius or do I need to have an antenna installed. There is a regular antenna on my AS but nothing that looks like the Sirius antenna on my TV or car. I would be grateful for any input.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:36 PM   #2
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If it is an original 2006 radio, I rather suspect that it has an input for S/XM but not the receiver built in. It would have the controls integrated with the head end, but not the actual receiver. Nor would it have the proper antenna. Although you might be able to get the original adaptor it would take some looking most likely.

It probably would be easier and cheaper to simply replace the unit and add the necessary antenna.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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XM Radios

Think your best best is to refer to the radio's owners manual. My Suburban uses the car antenna
which is designed for multi band radios, i.e. AM/ FM / XM. The radio in the AS I had to add a docking station and an XM antenna. Some radios, as yours, are XM radio and only require an antenna and activation. Hope that helps. I believe it is spelled Turk makes a nice XM antenna. Find them on Amazon or E-Bay.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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You can get receivers for your 2006 radio direct from XM/Sirius. Including mounting kit and antenna they have several for under $50. Plus the cost of a new subscription. Call them direct and you can get substantial discounts for receivers and the subscription cost. I spoke with them less than a week ago. Still trying to decide what I want to do.
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Most radios that state they are Sirius/XM Ready means that there is add on module that you need to purchase for the radio that plugs directly into the radio. Then you need an Antenna. Purchase a subscription and you are good to go. I'm very fortunate, I have three lifetime subscriptions. They are now worth their weight in Gold. They don't even offer that anymore. When the company was first starting they had that program. You can always check....it's not available online. You need to call them. I originally paid 399 upfront, my two others were 499. They have now paid for themselves....so I now listen for free.....I still pay 35 a year for the Sirius/XM onliine and stream music throughout my house and garage....mostly for Howard Stern and MLB. Once Howard goes, so goes the Online Subscription. The antenna shouldn't be difficult to mount. Just make sure you don't hit anything else.

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Old 05-11-2015, 12:24 PM   #6
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What AWCHIEF said-
They will need to know the make and model of your radio. This can also be done at a car stereo store or Best Buy.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:26 PM   #7
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What aa^rv said-
I have 2 lifetime subscriptions. You can transfer a lifetime subscription to another radio for $75 twice. I have transferred to another radio once.
After I transfer my lifetime subscription one more time and then those 2 radios quit or break I will no longer be a subscriber. I will just Bluetooth Pandora or iPod from my iPhone.
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Yes you will need to install an antenna which will plug into your Clarion radio.
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Sirius/XM has a "highly negotiable" fee structure. Particularly if you have more than one receiver. You do have to call them (won't work with on-line activation), and when the customer service person -- usually not a primary English-speaker--quotes you the fee, you can obtain a lower rate if you play a bit of hardball. "Wow, that's a lot more than I thought it would be....maybe I should cancel service on one of my other receivers." If you press you can talk to a supervisor and get a much lower rate -- perhaps on a 6 months basis. Then when the 6 months is up, you call and repeat the process. Sat. radio is a great adjunct in an Airstream, particularly if you are boon docking and local radio reception is iffy. You can obtain an exterior antenna and the Sirius module that plugs into your "Sirius/XM Receiver" for less than $100. Of course, they are going to get you for the subscription service. The traffic and weather integration with both my truck and my cars is (to me), invaluable. The new Classic comes with the Sirius module and the antenna factory installed in the Polk unit. Nice.
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My radio is XM/Sirius ready. I was wondering what that means. Do I just need to activate the radio through Sirius or do I need to have an antenna installed. There is a regular antenna on my AS but nothing that looks like the Sirius antenna on my TV or car. I would be grateful for any input.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...ml#post1202587

Installed one in our 2012. See above thread. Basically you need an Sirius antennae and receiver (such as is sold by XM/Sirius) the wires from Radio shack, etc. , and access to behind your Radio. PM me if you need detailed guide. Works great.
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I wound up not using the Sirius/XM capability in the radio, and using a separate head unit that can be plugged into various bases. I have a base in the TV, and one in the Airstream, both with their antennas/power supplies wired in. The one in the TV is on a stem that fits into a cup holder (which also has a mount for my phone).

It's not the cost of the radio that'll getcha, it's maintaining the subscriptions! Still, seems I can't get by without Symphony Hall and Bluesville!
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when we got the Sirius lifetime
the on-line was, and remains, free.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:28 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone

Thanks for all the great advice. I went out and purchased an XM/Sirius receiver that I can move from my TV to the AS. I plan to discontinue my TV subscription when my contract is up and activate the new receiver. I should be able to install the Sirius antenna through the same opening as the regular antenna. At that point I'm hoping to be able to jack it into the regular radio to use the AS sound system. Thanks again all...
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when we got the Sirius lifetime
the on-line was, and remains, free.
It is good to know that the online service is included with the lifetime subscription. I have 2 lifetime subscriptions, and I did not know that. I might attempt to log on tomorrow.
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