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Old 11-02-2005, 07:40 PM   #481
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So does everyone agree that you need the home dock to record with?

I already have a unit that has a car adapter, boom box, and home adapter. When I get the S50, I am giving the older one to my wife.

But if I'm not going to be able to record while in the car, I'm going to end up having 2 home units.
No you could record in the car you'd just have to leave the car on or wire the car kit so it always has power(I wouldn't recommend that).
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:53 PM   #482
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Does anyone know if a package exists that has the Carkit and Executive boombox/office kit packaged together ?

I want to purchase the executive kit to record things overnight at home and the car kit for live listening in the car.

I am in California and ideally the way I would use the s50 would be put it in the executive dock when I get home from work and leave it there until I get in the car at ~6-7am. I would either listen to Stern live on my way to work or ideally Listen to the beginning of the recorded feed that started at 3am PST (6amEST) and allow that same feed to continue caching while I am in the car. I would then listen to the cached show in portable mode during the rest of the day.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:56 AM   #483
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Does anyone know if a package exists that has the Carkit and Executive boombox/office kit packaged together ?

I want to purchase the executive kit to record things overnight at home and the car kit for live listening in the car.

I am in California and ideally the way I would use the s50 would be put it in the executive dock when I get home from work and leave it there until I get in the car at ~6-7am. I would either listen to Stern live on my way to work or ideally Listen to the beginning of the recorded feed that started at 3am PST (6amEST) and allow that same feed to continue caching while I am in the car. I would then listen to the cached show in portable mode during the rest of the day.
As far as I know, the S50 comes with the car kit, so you would just need to purchase the exec. kit seperately.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:00 AM   #484
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I usually listen to the music through the internet feed but can't listen to the NFL that way. I do not have a window at work and I work in a tall building. I can get the FM signal but not the AM. Does anyone know if I'll be able to get the feed using S50 and the cradle in my office? From what I have read there is no antenna necessary so I'm thinking it should work. Thanks.
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I usually listen to the music through the internet feed but can't listen to the NFL that way. I do not have a window at work and I work in a tall building. I can get the FM signal but not the AM. Does anyone know if I'll be able to get the feed using S50 and the cradle in my office? From what I have read there is no antenna necessary so I'm thinking it should work. Thanks.
I don't know where you read that you don't need an antenna, that's not true at all. Every Sirius receiver needs an antenna. If you work in a large city, you may be able to get a signal if you place the antenna near a window, but for best results you should place the antenna outside the building. If neither of those are possible, you most likely won't get a signal.

I always suggest that people buy the equipment and then mess around with getting a signal, if they can't get anything they can just return the equipment and get their money back. You don't need to sign up for the Sirius service and pay the monthly fee in order to see if you can get a signal. But honestly, if you can't get the antenna anywhere near a window, I highly doubt you would get a signal. You can buy 50 foot extension cables for the antenna, a lot of people who work in office buildings use them to get the antenna to a window.
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:14 PM   #486
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From what I have read there is no antenna necessary so I'm thinking it should work. Thanks.
That is true if you are talking about listening to recorded content via the S50, but not so if you are talking about live reception.

Getting reception where there is no repeater inside an office building is a problem for both services. There are times that it's just not possible.
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Now how about this?

Leave the thing on in the car while at work. You come out, and off you go. 8hrs or so ready to go.
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Now how about this?

Leave the thing on in the car while at work. You come out, and off you go. 8hrs or so ready to go.
I don't know why you couldn't do it that way. If the auto cradle has power and the tuner has a signal. Go for it!

I don't think this will be the way most will do it mainly because they'll be a bit paranoid leaving their tuner in the auto, not to mention that it gets so hot during the summer inside an auto.
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Now how about this?

Leave the thing on in the car while at work. You come out, and off you go. 8hrs or so ready to go.
Assuming this doesn't drain your car battery this is not such a bad idea.

Personally, I would like to listen to Stern during the day while at work. The big bummer is you won't be able to pull the recorded content off the S50 and stick it on an MP3 player. If you could do this then your S50 could be off recording somewhere while you listen to the show.

What would be really cool, and I just thought of this, is if the S50 was designed slightly different. Wouldn't it be better if you put your schedule into the base unit and the BASE did the recordings? Then, when you have time, you can put the portable unit on to the base and have the information transferred for listening. Once transferred the files would be deleted off the base unit to make room for more recordings. The 2 units could be tied together such that only the 1 base can communicate to the 1 portable unit. The base would also recharge the portable unit in addition to a portable plug. As a cost savings you could even use the portable unit for managing the base recording schedules so you don't have 2 interfaces(LCD's etc...).

There are other good benefits to this. If you are on vacation you can record Stern all week while still listening to your portable content while you are gone. Then, when you return home, you can accept all the new shows into your portable listening unit.

I think I'm going to suggest this to the S50 people.
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Now how about this?

Leave the thing on in the car while at work. You come out, and off you go. 8hrs or so ready to go.
Unfortunately for me, I'd be too paranoid on draining the car battery.
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What would be really cool, and I just thought of this, is if the S50 was designed slightly different. Wouldn't it be better if you put your schedule into the base unit and the BASE did the recordings? Then, when you have time, you can put the portable unit on to the base and have the information transferred for listening. Once transferred the files would be deleted off the base unit to make room for more recordings. The 2 units could be tied together such that only the 1 base can communicate to the 1 portable unit. The base would also recharge the portable unit in addition to a portable plug. As a cost savings you could even use the portable unit for managing the base recording schedules so you don't have 2 interfaces(LCD's etc...).

There are other good benefits to this. If you are on vacation you can record Stern all week while still listening to your portable content while you are gone. Then, when you return home, you can accept all the new shows into your portable listening unit.

I think I'm going to suggest this to the S50 people.

This had been suggested already. But I think they had said the problem with this setup is that people would end up only being able to get live Sirius content in the one base unit. So if the car cradle was the base unit, you would not be able to bring the S50 into your home and plug it into the home cradle. The only way that would be possible is if you paid for 2 monthly subsciptions, which is not something I would be willing to do.

On another note, do you think leaving it plugged into your car would really drain the battery? I would think it would only draw power for the amount of time you programmed it to record a content. Isn't this the same as sitting in your car with the radio on while you are waiting for someone?
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I guess if you were only recording for a specified time it wouldn't be an issue.
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What would be really cool, and I just thought of this, is if the S50 was designed slightly different. Wouldn't it be better if you put your schedule into the base unit and the BASE did the recordings? Then, when you have time, you can put the portable unit on to the base and have the information transferred for listening. Once transferred the files would be deleted off the base unit to make room for more recordings. The 2 units could be tied together such that only the 1 base can communicate to the 1 portable unit. The base would also recharge the portable unit in addition to a portable plug. As a cost savings you could even use the portable unit for managing the base recording schedules so you don't have 2 interfaces(LCD's etc...).

There are other good benefits to this. If you are on vacation you can record Stern all week while still listening to your portable content while you are gone. Then, when you return home, you can accept all the new shows into your portable listening unit.

I think I'm going to suggest this to the S50 people.

This had been suggested already. But I think they had said the problem with this setup is that people would end up only being able to get live Sirius content in the one base unit. So if the car cradle was the base unit, you would not be able to bring the S50 into your home and plug it into the home cradle. The only way that would be possible is if you paid for 2 monthly subsciptions, which is not something I would be willing to do.

On another note, do you think leaving it plugged into your car would really drain the battery? I would think it would only draw power for the amount of time you programmed it to record a content. Isn't this the same as sitting in your car with the radio on while you are waiting for someone?
I still maintain that there had to have been a way to design the device(s) so as to be able to do this--and without this 'requiring 2 subscriptions' you seem hooked on. It just wasn't done that way. It would have added to the functionality immensly however.
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I still maintain that there had to have been a way to design the device(s) so as to be able to do this--and without this 'requiring 2 subscriptions' you seem hooked on. It just wasn't done that way. It would have added to the functionality immensly however.
Please share this ability, because no one else seems to think its possible. The only way it could be done is through chip cloning so that when you address one part you address the other. No company in their RIGHT mind would every do this. But please share with us how you think this is technically possible. You keep saying it is, but you've yet to provide the means by which to do it. I see absolutely no way to do it without cloning or multiple subscriptions.
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I had a question about adding the S50 to my existing JVC Sirius 2000 receiver and my Terk antenna. Do you need to have a splitter on that Terk antenna to enable you to run another coaxial cable from the Terk antenna to the S50?
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