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Old 08-11-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
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Tried using the starmate on my motorcycle via radio tuning. 88.3 I've discover even though my starmate is literally less than a foot from my antenna. Radio stations 60 miles come thru much louder and clearer. The starmate requires me to turn up the volume much higher to get the same volume output.

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When I activated my Starmate last weekend, the Sirius operator had me try all of the freq. at the lower & upper FM band. None of them seemed to work well. I finally settled on a freq somewhere in the middle of the FM band. Even though the FM station on that freq. seemed stronger, I had a much cleaner static free signal from the Starmate.

I guess the bottom line is you will have to test several freq. to get the best signal. Trial & error.

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i dont know if you have a standard am/fm connection on your bike's stereo or not but if you do you could use the SATSWB or if your bikes stereo has auxilary inputs then you could use those.
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Went to Radio Shack at lunch and purchased a cord to allow me to use the AUX mini plug input on the front of the radio. I cranked up the volume on the starmate to max and it got almost even with regular FM radio. Still not near the volume a CD puts out. Going to hookup my portable disc player and do more testing after work.
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yeah thats just the nature of the unit. it usualy isnt a problem in a reg car or truck but on a bike i can see how that could present a problem. i dont know if there is much you can do about it either. maybe some sort of an inline amp would work.
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Would it be a safe assumtion that the SATSWB will produce results equal to or less than the direct connection?
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satswb should be as lound as reg FM. *i think*

i dont remember if i had to turn the volume up when i had mine installed that way.
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If you have a direct connect, just go to rat shack and get the inline amp as suggested earlier for 5 bucks. It won't be the greatest SQ, but on a bike, the difference in SQ won't be noticable.
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satswb should be as lound as reg FM. *i think*

i dont remember if i had to turn the volume up when i had mine installed that way.
No it isn't. I still have to turn my radio up louder to hear Sirius than FM. I scare myself when I shut the car off after jamming to Sirius because my Sportster shuts off while the HU stays on until I open a door.
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