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Old 11-27-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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Question FM Frequency to Select with Direct Connection to FM Receiver?

If I have a direct connection put in from my Sirius Receiver to my FM Receiver in my vehicle, which FM Frequency (88.1, 90.1, etc.) to I need to select in order to send the satellite signal directly to my FM Radio and hear Sirius content over my speakers?

Also, does the FM Transmitter really need to be turned off if I have a direct connection to my FM Radio or is it "overridden" by the direct link?

I just want to make certain to decide whether to spend the time and/or money to have it done.


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Old 11-27-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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I believe this is how the FM Direct Connect works. It plugs into the FM out jack on the Sirius unit and into the antenna jack on the headunit. The regular antenna plug then plugs into the FMDC unit. You would still use the FM transmitter and make sure the FM freq you are transmitting on and the headunit are on the same freq. When you turn the Sirius unit on, THE FMDC unit will stop the signal from the car's antenna lead so it receives the signal the Sirius unit is putting out.

You could also use the Line Out (not the FM Out) to do a direct connection to a headunit that had RCA jacks. That is the setup where you wouldn't use the FM trans.
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Funny, over thanksgiving someone I know was talking about that vid and said that happy days didn't "jump the shark" when fonzi jumped the shark.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:10 AM   #4
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hinch,

A modulator relay is a great idea. Especially if you live in an area with a crowded FM spectrum, which is most large cities. Basically, it cuts out the stereo antenna and routes the FM transmitter signal directly into the FM radio. That eliminates interference from powerful local FM transmitters.

They are affordable and easy to install yourself if you can figure out how to find the car stereo antenna jack. Once installed, it works fairly automatically.

You will need to keep the FM transmitter ON for it to work. Select any convenient freq and make sure the FM radio is tuned to the same station.

To learn more, do a search for 'SAT-SWB'.

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Question SPORTSTER REPLAY - FM Transmitter Located in Receiver Itself or in the Cradle?

From a not-overly-technical person, I apologize if this question is silly:

For the SIRIUS SPORTSTER REPLAY, is the FM Transmitter Located in Receiver Itself or in the Cradle?

On models such as the STARMATE, I've read that the transmitter is in the receiver but didn't know if that was for all models.

Aside from power transfer and satellite signal relay, what other purpose, specifically, does the cradle server?

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Not a problem, hinch. No one is born saavy.

For the Sportster and Sportster Replay, the FM transmitter is located inside the receiver.

Some early models (I'm not sure which ones) of plug and play receivers did have the FM transmitter in the car cradle.

Three other purposes:
1. Holds the receiver securely and allows for mounting.
2. Has a jack for the FM antenna (used for the FM relay).
3. Has a 'Line Out' (Audio Out, Aux Out, whatever) jack.

The Sportster and Sportser Replay also have home kits and boombox available separately. The home kit comes with an antenna, power adapter, and audio cable (3mm stereo to dual RCA). The boombox comes with an antenna. The Sportsters comes with a suction cup mount, but other mounts are available separately. The Sportser replay comes with a cigarette lighter adapter, antenna, and FM transmitter "rattail' antenna.

Let us know if you need more info.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hinchmeister
If I have a direct connection put in from my Sirius Receiver to my FM Receiver in my vehicle, which FM Frequency (88.1, 90.1, etc.) to I need to select in order to send the satellite signal directly to my FM Radio and hear Sirius content over my speakers?
Try here:
http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant

Plug in the zip code(s) you travel near the most, and this site (and others like it) can tell you which frequencies are most likely "vacant" in your area and most suitable for use with an FM transmitter.

After installing a modulator on my latest vehicle, I found several for my area, but they weren't totally "vacant", and they still work just fine. When the modulator switches "on" and just starts taking its feed from the Sportster 4 I have, nothing has bled over into the signal as yet. At all.
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Thanks for the understanding and for the feedback, Capn Raimus.
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