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Old 12-27-2006, 09:35 AM   #16
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Default Starmate 4

I just installed a Starmate 4 in my Pick-Up on the windshield right above the stock radio and I get pretty decent reception (IMHO) from the radio's FM Modulator, very slight background noise in certain areas I travel through but not annoying.

Granted I am not an expert on sound quality as this is the first unit I have had. My wife's car came with an OEM Sirius radio but I think I have logged about 20 Minutes in that vehicle.

I think this FM Extender Antenna would probably work well for me as my FM Antenna is on the front fender.

I called Sirius Customer Service to find out where I could get one and the costomer service guy rattles off a list of places that should have them by now, but it seems no one does.

I e-mailed TSS and they said that Sirius had not released them for sale yet and they were expecting it to be released sometime in February. When they come out I will order one and report back with my opinion of it's effectiveness in my application.
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Old 12-27-2006, 06:44 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Sanity_Check
The FM extender made my Sportster 4 go from being completely useless to useless. I could hear nothing without the extender, and could make out the station with terrible static using the extender. I messed with the extender placement. If you tape it to the antenna it might work. I have to move the unit between multiple cars/boats/campers, so an FM transmitter that works is necessary.
I'm sending the Sportster back.
What kind of car do you have? Just hook it up directly, the FM Direct connection is REALLY easy on most cars. If not, pay the $35 dollars at Best Buy and have it professionally installed. Believe me, you do not want to go without sat. radio!
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:44 PM   #18
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Default What can you do with radio around house?

My car is hardwired and works fine in the car.
It won't transmit 2 feet in the house.

I just got a replacement sportster replay radio beacsue the old one lost its display and then died 3 months later.

What can you do at home?
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:19 PM   #19
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This extension thing sucks. Made no difference for my Altima which has the antenna in the rear windshield. The FM Relay or FM DIrect which ever it's being called is really the only way to go for those staying with factory radios. I thought it would terrible to install in my Altima but it was the easiest I've ever done. Just find a good website showing how to remove it, most will be surprised how easy it is, or pay alittle for someone else to do it. WIll be worth it honestly.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:11 PM   #20
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Default FM Transmitter

The answer is to buy a CCrane or other third party FM transmitter for the car.
You'll probably need a cigarette lighter splitter to power the transmitter and your radio.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:41 PM   #21
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1. GO to Radio Shack, pay $5 for a "Casette Adapter". Its a casette tape with a wire coming out of it. Plug the casette into your tape player (assuming you have one), plug the wire into your sirius unit and you're done. I did this for my Sis and it sounds great.

2. If you have an AUX plug in (like an ipod plugin), use that. Many radios have this in their stereo now.

Or you could just spent the $20 for the antenna plug. Takes an hour to pull out the radion and plug it in.

I have an older Sportster and it has an AWESOM FM Modulator. I kid you not... it has 300-400 feet or range. If mine dies, Im grabbing another from ebay.
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