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Old 01-09-2007, 05:42 AM   #1
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Hello, I just installed a Startmate 4 in my father in laws jeep. The static is awful. I have and S50 and Xact in my vehicles and I have no static. I did have static with the S50 but removed the FM plug

The Starmate 4 does not have a FM plug to remove and didnt come with a FM wire either, so my question is any suggestions on how to improve this? Will changing Freqs help? I have everything I own on 88.1FM - Thanks!!
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Hi, mark. Welcome to SBS!

Static is usually associated with the FM transmitter. The FCC recently mandated that Sirius (and XM, too) reduce the power of the built-in FM transmitters in their receivers. Sirius complied and there have been no end to the negative posts about this. The FM transmitter in newer receivers is next to useless.

There is supposed to be an FM 'clip', that puts the transmitter signal right next to the antenna, included with some receivers, but I doubt it's available separately, yet.

A wired FM connection is a good bet, too. It take the FM Out from the receiver, automatically cuts out the car's stereo antenna, and patches in the receiver's FM Out to the stereo's antenna jack. It eliminates interference from powerful local FM stations with older receivers with more powerful FM transmitters, and should get you a good signal to the stereo with a newer receiver.

You might also consider a cassette adapter, as an affordable and very easy alternative.

Finally, some people have the option of using an Aux In connection. Sometimes an Aux In adapter can be installed on the stereo, if you don't already have a front or rear Aux In.

One other possibility is an external FM transmitter.
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