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Old 12-30-2006, 05:45 PM   #1
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We used our new Sirius radio in the FM Xmit mode on our recent trip from VA to RI and were driven crazy trying to keep up with the required FM 'tuning' needed to stay on 'unused' stations. I bought a direct wired kit this pm with the understanding that it solves all those problems (possibly by 'shutting off' the car antenna when the Sirius radion is in use??), but when I opened and read the install guide it asks me to tune to an unused station and is giving me the impression that I will be in much the same fix that I am in now in finding unused stations. A Sirius customer rep was no help.

Does the direct tuner really solve the 'find the right station' problem. I will install it myself and will be most unhappy after hours of work to find that it didn't help much.

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Old 12-30-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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Installed it a few hours ago. Only took about 1/2 hour once I got the adapters I needed.Works like a charm!!! Still have to tune into a week station but, all the static is gone!!
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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I was concerned about the same thing, but the hard wired relay seems to over-ride most stations. so changing is stations is not often necessary. However you might get some static or interference when set to a fairly strong local station. If I do run into this, problem I then change to another frequency.
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Don't worry, it will do what you want. The instructions still say to tune to an FM frequency because you are still using the FM modulator/transmitter in your Sirius tuner. The difference is now that the signal will travel over a wire to your car stereo antenna input instead of being wirelessly transmitted to the FM antenna on your car. Also, the relay part of the adapter will physically disconnect (via a switch) your regular FM antenna while the sirius tuner is powered on. This eliminates the FM interference that causes static. I suppose it's possible that if you parked underneath the transmitter of your local FM station you could still get static, but I think you'll find that this won't happen very often if at all. And you shoudn't have to worry about finding a local unused station. I used to tune mine into the local Howard station which is very strong. I got no static at all while listening to Sirius. If you have static problems, the fm direct is the best $20 or so you can spend on your Sirius install!

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:48 PM   #5
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I got a Starmate Replay for Xmas and bought the FM Direct Adapter the other night. I installed the FM Direct Adapter today and it didn't seem to make any difference. I still had decent reception, not a lot of static or anything, but I saw no difference. To try and test it, I tuned both radios to a radio station that is about 20 miles away, the radio station overpowered the satellite radio. Could I have gotten a bad FM direct adapter.
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I got a Starmate Replay for Xmas and bought the FM Direct Adapter the other night. I installed the FM Direct Adapter today and it didn't seem to make any difference. I still had decent reception, not a lot of static or anything, but I saw no difference. To try and test it, I tuned both radios to a radio station that is about 20 miles away, the radio station overpowered the satellite radio. Could I have gotten a bad FM direct adapter.
that isn't right. your adapter may be bad. oh, and be sure to check that the fm transmitter is actually tuened on in your radio settings.

also, what kind of car do you have? when i had my lexus i installed the fm relay and still got static. it took me a while to figure out that my car stereo actually had a SECOND fm antenna (called a diversity antenna) that I needed to deal with. So I found that wire, pulled the plug out and that solved all my problems.
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I too have the wired FM Relay station set to a very strong one, the only FM station I can still tolerate. That way, when I shut the satellite off, that FM station is on! Have had ZERO problems with any static while listening to Sirius.
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It is in a 2000 Ford F-150. The car radio and sat radio is tuned to the same FM station.
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Is the fm modulator turned on in your radio settings? I just installed the relay and it makes a world of difference.
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Is the fm modulator turned on in your radio settings? I just installed the relay and it makes a world of difference.
Yes, it is. And they are both set to the same freq. And I get no change in sound quality if the FM Direct Adapter is plugged in or not. I think I may try returning this and getting another.
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Wouldn't you want the fm modulator turned off for a direct connect?

Maybe I'm thinking about this wrong...
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It's plugged into the FM out and not the audio out, correct?
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It's plugged into the FM out and not the audio out, correct?
The FM Direct Relay is plugged into the FM out.

Also, the FM Out is a 2.5mm plug, the audio out is 3.5 mm.
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After installing the Direct Adapter and successfully testing on an 'unused' frequency, I tuned to a strong local station and used that frequency for Sirius and Sirius came in loud and clear over the local station. It sounds as though the DA cuts off the local antenna as soon as the Sirius radio is powered on and before any actual transmissions from the Sirius radio have come thru. A wonderful improvement over the fm xmtr. I am a happy camper.
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...It sounds as though the DA cuts off the local antenna as soon as the Sirius radio is powered on and before any actual transmissions from the Sirius radio have come thru...
Indeed that's exactly what happens. The relay (DA) switcheds essentially instantaneously when the Sirius radio is turned on. It takes the Sirius radio about another 4 seconds to lock onto usable data stream from the satellite or terrestrial repeater.
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