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Old 08-08-2005, 11:15 AM   #1
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Well I did it. I took advantage of the special pricing on the Starmate & bought one yesterday from CC. Setup was easy & activation was too.

I have had 48 of the Sirius music channels at home because of my DishNetwork sat TV so I KNEW I wanted Sirius for my car. Now I can really get my NPR, PRI & BBC world news fix in the car. I think I am going to like this!

My main concern was reception in the car. I drive a convertible and there are very few places I can place my antenna. Right now it is on the dash & the reception seems pretty good. Time will tell.

And I concur, the remote is junk. I have small hands & I still have a problem with hitting the right buttons..... 'nuf said.

I am sure I will have additional questions, but two come to mind right now:

QUESTION: If I am stuck with dash mounting the antenna would the Terk SIR-Mini
antenna be a better choice than the one that comes with the Starmate? Does it do a better job in weak reception situations (like a dashboard mount)?

QUESTION: My wife & I are driving to San Diego next week. If I wanted to place the stock antenna on the roof & run the wire through the window, is the antenna wire strong enough not to break? For those who rent cars, & take your Sirius tuner with you, how do you mount an antenna?

Thanks a bunch.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:42 AM   #2
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man, i'm sure you are going to be happy as shit with Sirius. I have had mine scince January and everytime i turn it on, i get a big as smile on my face that just will not quit. I always feel happy and surprised at the awsom music i get to hear every freaking day.

Loving it.

About your first question: I do not know about the difference betwen the antenas.

About the second: i use to have my antena in my old car hanging out of the window, and it would work fine.
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you wont get any better reception with a new antenna.
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Old 08-08-2005, 07:56 PM   #4
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QUESTION: My wife & I are driving to San Diego next week. If I wanted to place the stock antenna on the roof & run the wire through the window, is the antenna wire strong enough not to break?
You'll probably just want to put the antenna on the dash. The antenna wires are pretty fragile, and If you kink the it, you can ruin the antenna.
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Old 08-11-2005, 07:10 AM   #5
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A little advice on the Starmate. My bracket broke where the bolt holds the radio to the suction cup. If possiable I would mount it to the winshield low enough so that the radio rest on the dash. It seems it would take the stress off the bracket. I also have a convertable and put my antenna on the dash for awhile.It's now on the trunk and works better.
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Any chance of putting the antenna on the trunk of the convertible?

I also took advantage of the rebate deal (got a Starmate) and have been enjoying Sirius for a week now. FM is officially dead!
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Any chance of putting the antenna on the trunk of the convertible?
Yes that will work fine. If you're going to keep it there permanently, check out www.colormatchantenna.com. They can paint the antenna to match your car. It would look much better.

BTW, they are a sponsor of us here at SBS.

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