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Old 11-25-2005, 12:55 PM   #1
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Satellite Radio???

I'm looking hard at satellite radio. I'm getting pretty unanimous opinions that Sirius is better than XM. Is this true?

I've been looking at the Sirius Sportster Replay. It saves 45 minutes of audio giving you the ability to pause and rewind. They've got a package that has the receiver and the complete car kit for about $150 at HHGregg. It also includes a remote. I know I'll want at least one car kit for the truck, but I'm unsure as to wheather or not I'll want a mobile cradle for the Airstream, or just get the Boombox. Will the boombox work in the house and in the Airstream so I don't have to buy two home cradles?

Is anyone out there already set up on Sirius? Do you like it? What cradle configurations do you find make the most sense?

Thanks as always for your input!
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Old 11-25-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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I have an XM roady II that I use in my T.V. and A.S.. I ran a seperate antenna down the refer. vent. I move the reciver back and forth from TV to trailer. It worked great all the south to the Tropic of Cancer last March. I wanted to keep up with the news while I was in Mexico. I didn't miss one bit of the M. Jackson Trail
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Old 11-25-2005, 03:17 PM   #3
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We have sirius and have yet to set it up in the Airstream as we are still trying to figure out what to do in the front end, dinette, etc. But we have it in the house and use it in the cars.

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Old 11-25-2005, 03:22 PM   #4
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I have used XM in at home and in both the T.V. and the Bambi now for some time. I did switch from the Skyfi to the MyFi portable system. It will transmit through your FM Stereo and has a built in antenna for when you go for walks etc. I'm not sure about the rates now, but when I started on XM, it was a little more expensive to buy the equipment but the monthly charges were less. Several members of my family are on XM and after the first unit, the monthly charge is about $8.00/month
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Old 11-25-2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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I've had Sirius for 6 months, and like it better as time passes. I bought Sirius largely because of its 2 National Public Radio channels. Disappointingly, a lot of NPR news programming is not carried: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition are not currently available.
Despite this, the musical offerings are immense and draw from a remarkable library of new and old tunes. It's hard not to like very good music served up without commercials, and with an acceptable amount of DJ chatter.
I have a car kit in my truck and another in my trailer. I move the Sirius receiver between the two. It has a built in modulator which broadcasts FM to my stereos in each vehicle. This works quite well.
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I did switch from the Skyfi to the MyFi portable system. It will transmit through your FM Stereo and has a built in antenna for when you go for walks etc.
I looked this up and I really like the idea of being able to walk around with the receiver and still have access. With me going in the Coast Guard, I'll be getting into a jogging routine to stay in shape.

With the car and home kits, is there an external antenna? Does the unit work indoors without a dock?

Thanks for you info, you may have me switching tracks to XM.
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Old 11-25-2005, 07:44 PM   #7
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I'm a Sirius fan. Traveling as I do it would be impossible to listen to the wide variety of music, news, NPR...etc. on a regular radio.
I listen to 3 jazz feeds, Radio Margaritaville, NPR, CNN... and am never in an area where I can't get a signal.
Lots of merits to both systems, check monthly vs. annual contract prices. I saved on the annual payment.
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Old 11-25-2005, 09:16 PM   #8
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Sirius!

I love my Sirius. Use it all the time. Highly recommend it.
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Originally Posted by Rivetedude
I'm looking hard at satellite radio. I'm getting pretty unanimous opinions that Sirius is better than XM. Is this true?

I've been looking at the Sirius Sportster Replay. It saves 45 minutes of audio giving you the ability to pause and rewind. They've got a package that has the receiver and the complete car kit for about $150 at HHGregg. It also includes a remote. I know I'll want at least one car kit for the truck, but I'm unsure as to wheather or not I'll want a mobile cradle for the Airstream, or just get the Boombox. Will the boombox work in the house and in the Airstream so I don't have to buy two home cradles?

Is anyone out there already set up on Sirius? Do you like it? What cradle configurations do you find make the most sense?

Thanks as always for your input!
Started with one XM in the truck, bought the receiver for the stereo, the boom box for camp and another receiver for the car. We love XM, take it everywhere
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Old 11-26-2005, 06:14 AM   #10
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If you don't buy the service ... buy the stock now & sell it after Xmas. You will then be able to afford both XM & SIRIUS services.

I have subscribed to SIRIUS since 2003 and could not do without it now. It is especially appreciated when traveling through the remote areas of our Country.
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I have an XM Roady 2, that we use in the house and car. Going to buy a 2nd Roady 2 as they are on sale for $24 now!!

XM uses 2 satellites in geosynchronous orbit at 115 degrees W and 85 degrees W over the equator, named "Rock" and "Roll". They launched a spare sat called "Rythmn" earlier this year, which I believe is at 115 W.

Sirius uses 2 sats that orbit in a figure 8 over the U.S. One sat is 4 seconds behind the other. This may cause reception problems for some in home users, as the sats are always moving.

A couple of forums for satellite radio:

http://www.xm411.com

http://www.siriusbackstage.com
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I've had XM for 2 years now, and couldn't live without it. Always have reception, good channels, lots of news, sports, music, etc... XM has every baseball game played covered on the sat radio. Sirrius has the NFL, but I'm always home to watch the NFL, so that isn't much of a selling point for me. I have a dock in my Dodge, one in the Volvo, and one in my work truck. Worth every penny.
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I looked this up and I really like the idea of being able to walk around with the receiver and still have access. With me going in the Coast Guard, I'll be getting into a jogging routine to stay in shape.

With the car and home kits, is there an external antenna? Does the unit work indoors without a dock?

Thanks for you info, you may have me switching tracks to XM.
The car and home kits do have external antennas. There is also a "cigar" shaped antenna you can use for better reception when your walking. Finally, there are places (http://www.myradiostore.us/?siteLaun...c1.mrsplus.com) where you can get every conceivable attachment.
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Old 11-26-2005, 11:49 AM   #14
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How did you mount the antenna on the Avalanche? I too have an 02 Avalance - I've seen them snake the wire through the rubber molding on the front window, but I'm concerned about leaks and I think it looks tacky.

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