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Old 05-08-2007, 08:21 PM   #31
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Can you only buy the FM Direct Adapter online, or can it be purchased in stores. I live in the Los Angeles area and was looking for a good dealer/installer.
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This should have "static" added to the title and be made into a sticky! Great info! It should be a big help to all the new people here who are asking about static.
Unfortunately people are generally too lazy to look and will continue to ask the same questions over and over.
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:05 AM   #33
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Can you only buy the FM Direct Adapter online, or can it be purchased in stores. I live in the Los Angeles area and was looking for a good dealer/installer.
Most car stereo shops (that sell Sirius and do installations) will have them. Just phone around.. The adapter is a standard item.
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:42 AM   #34
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I am installing the FM Direct adapter and have a question. Does the existing Sirius antenna still get hooked up. I called Sirius yesterday and was told by the tech that it doesn't need to be hooked up as it uses your existing car antenna. I hooked up the FM direct adapter according to the diagram on the manual and on your forum and it said antenna not detected. So I inserted it and it works so I'm assuming it is needed - is that correct?

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Old 05-24-2007, 11:46 AM   #35
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I am installing the FM Direct adapter and have a question. Does the existing Sirius antenna still get hooked up. I called Sirius yesterday and was told by the tech that it doesn't need to be hooked up as it uses your existing car antenna. I hooked up the FM direct adapter according to the diagram on the manual and on your forum and it said antenna not detected. So I inserted it and it works so I'm assuming it is needed - is that correct?

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the tech was 100% wrong. the fm direct has nothing to do with getting the satellite signal into your sirius tuner. it only provides a hard wire to get the audio out of the sirius tuner into your car stereo. you still need to install your sat antenna in order to pick up the sirius signal.
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Old 05-27-2007, 02:22 PM   #36
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I have a friend who just purchased a Sirius radio. He has it hooked up in his Mack truck. He gets a lot of interference while trucking. I believe it's a Panasonic radio in it. What would be his best option? The FM mod relay? I bought mine a while back cannot remember, are they generic?

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I just bought this one after reading this thread, and it's got a major problem for me. If I use this adapter with an iPod or anything else, it seems to work decently (even blocks out local channels). The volume's kind of low, but that's not much of a problem. When I plug it into my Sportster Replay, though, there's a loud ringing sound that changes pitch with the revs on my engine. At around 2500RPM, it even starts to drown out any quiet song or a DJ. I can't figure it out - maybe it has something to do with both devices being plugged into the same low-quality power outlet in my car. I was going to get a CCrane or something to see if that works better, but for all I know it'll have the same issue. Any thoughts / possible solutions?

Also, has anyone been able to get it to stay on the same frequency after turning it off, or does it just always turn on at 107.3?
Yes, that is the default setting. I haven't had any issues with mine as of yet. I'm sorry you've had issues.
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I believe mine is at least 2 ft, possibly 3ft. It is a long cord.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:00 AM   #39
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I found this link to be useful. If you get a dual plug for your socket in your car, this may be a quick fix solution. http://www.shop.com/op/~Maxell_DC_2_...4?sourceid=298

Let me know if anyone else agrees.
I just purchased and installed a Sirius One in my van. It gets horrible reception. I can barely hear it for the FM background static. Would this help for my particular radio? Thanks....
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:37 AM   #40
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Yes it would....both my Parents have the Sirius One, with the FMDA, and no static....Other options are, if you have a tape deck, you can get a cassette adapter, or if you have an aux input, use that.
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Yes it would....both my Parents have the Sirius One, with the FMDA, and no static....Other options are, if you have a tape deck, you can get a cassette adapter, or if you have an aux input, use that.

Thanks. I'll give it a shot. I have no tape deck and no inputs. So, hopefully this will work.
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Wow, thanks a lot. I just got my SL100 and the static through the built-in FM modulator was terrible. I read this thread and decided the installation didn't look bad at all, especially for a severly unhandy person like myself. Heck, I spent more time figuring out how to get my car stereo out than I did installing the FM Relay.

So, I went to Best Buy and bought the FMDA25. While I had my radio torn out, I found better places to run all the wires, and my install looks very nice, IMO. I am rarely proud of any "projects" I do, but I am happy with this one. This is my third radio and each one keeps looking better.

I thought about just getting a cassette adapter, or just having Best Buy do the install, but now I'm glad I didn't. You convinced me that I could do it.
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This inspired me to buy an FM direct adapter myself. I took out my existing stereo, installed the FM antenna cable into the back of it, plugged the existing cable into the adapter, and then plugged the mini-connector into the back of my Sportster Replay car dock.

But when I turn everything on, the reception is still running off of the wireless transmitter. There is still a bunch of static, and when I unplug the mini-connector from the back of the dock, it sounds exactly the same. Am I doing something wrong?

I called Crutchfield and they couldn't think of anything that could be wrong, so they're sending me another one to try. But I'm just wondering if I've forgotten a step.

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This inspired me to buy an FM direct adapter myself. I took out my existing stereo, installed the FM antenna cable into the back of it, plugged the existing cable into the adapter, and then plugged the mini-connector into the back of my Sportster Replay car dock.

But when I turn everything on, everything is still running off of the wireless transmitter. There is still a bunch of static, and when I unplug the mini-connector from the back of the dock, it sounds exactly the same. Am I doing something wrong?

I called Crutchfield and they couldn't think of anything that could be wrong, so they're sending me another one to try. But I'm just wondering if I've forgotten a step.
It sounds like you did everything right. When you plug the mini connector into the FM-Out port on your Sportster, the static should go away. With everything connected and your Sportster turned on, try surfing around teh FM dial. If you can get local FM stations, then the relay isn't working right and you should replace it. If the FM Relay is working correctly, you should NOT be able to get any regular FM stations. Also there is the possibility that the antenna adapter is bad or low quality. I have read in the past about people who have had bad luck with certain antenna adapters. After doing the FM check above, I'd first get the relay replaced and try another one since that is most likely the problem.
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It sounds like you did everything right. When you plug the mini connector into the FM-Out port on your Sportster, the static should go away. With everything connected and your Sportster turned on, try surfing around teh FM dial. If you can get local FM stations, then the relay isn't working right and you should replace it. If the FM Relay is working correctly, you should NOT be able to get any regular FM stations. Also there is the possibility that the antenna adapter is bad or low quality. I have read in the past about people who have had bad luck with certain antenna adapters. After doing the FM check above, I'd first get the relay replaced and try another one since that is most likely the problem.
I am able to get FM stations when the Sirius is turned on, so I'll try the replacement to see if I have better luck.
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