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Old 12-16-2006, 12:51 AM   #1
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I wanted to let people know that some of the radios now have a solution that make the use of the FM Transmitter a bit stronger, after the FCC Crackdown in Summer.

There is a piece that comes with many of the new radios. Not every radio has them but eventually they will. They now come in the newer Stiletto Vehicle Kits, and I've seen them so far on new Starmate 4s, Stratus', and Invs. I'm sure soon I will see them in the Sportster 4s, and Starmate 3s.

This little piece is similar to the FM Wire Antennas, but FAR more effective. It's called the FM Extender. It attaches to your vehicles window closest to your FM Antenna. If your FM Antenna is in the front (which is what I have) then it attaches along side the car pillar on the front (inside the car) if your FM Antenna is in the back then it attaches in the back.

I just tested this piece out and it's amazing. I was even able to override local stations with it, that I couldn't have done with the old stronger FM Transmitters. It localizes the FM Transmitter so that it sends it to where it matters, you FM Antenna.

Here is a link to the manual of the SUPV1 Vehicle Kit which will include this new "FM Extender" check out pages 21-32 for info on the FM Extender.

For those who don't want to hardwire the SIRIUS Signal with an FM Modulator Relay or and Auxiliary Input Adapter this may be the solution.

I'm not sure when or if this piece will be sold individually but at this point it's much easier to listen static free than with the Weaker FM Transmitters in the more recent SIRIUS Radios.
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I posted about this 2 months ago, didn't realize it came out.

I ordered the old fm wire that came with older radios, and that helped a little bit but there was still some interference

I got a new starmate 4 over Thanksgiving weekend, and it didn't come with the fm extender

I already spent $90 on my Xm5 aux input, I hope to install it today.
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I think the XM5 piece is the way to go, but this provides an option for those who absolutely refuse to get to the back of their car's radio.
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I think the XM5 piece is the way to go, but this provides an option for those who absolutely refuse to get to the back of their car's radio.
Most definitely, I every now and then I go and read reviews of products online, most reviews are ruined for a great product, because people mostly rely on the fm transmitter, and write negative reviews based just on that. so this will hopefully promote the sirius products better.
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I never got one with my Stratus

It seems like more wires to hide behind moldings, under headliners etc, but I guess if it saves people having to yank out their head units to install the direct FM relay, it's a good thing.

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I installed the Inv in my wifes Suzuki and the FM transmitter was horrible. I even installed the piece you all are talking about and it makes little difference. Her Anteanna is on the roof in the back of the car. I ran the FM extender to the back window of closest to the anteanna. I still pick up much more static than it should.

I just wanted to share my opinion. I don't think that the extender is going to help everyone. No I have to find a way to get the radio out of her car so I can do a hard wire install.

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I got one with my Stratus last week. Made absolutely no difference.
I am just about to throw it in the trash can. Anybody want one?

Until I can replace my stock radio with an aftermarket unit with aux in jack, I purchased a Monster brand cassette adapter for 19 bucks. Better than nothing.

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OK where can I buy this....http://204.13.105.63/misc/fea.pdf

They have an install manual but I can't find anyone that actually sells it and the Stratus I bought for my inlaws did not come with this! The FM Transmitter in the Stratus is the worst I have seen!

Removing the radio from their Navigator is not an option. Should I just return the Stratus. Which radio has the best FM Transmitter!

Thanks!
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As I said, I have one I do not want. Do you want it?
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interesting....

It says that suction cup mounts are illegal in California....

I've been going a year now with the Starmate mounted on my windshield.

Though it shouldn't be a big deal as it is at the bottom of the glass and only hinders my view of the car hood...
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But if it blocks the view of your hood, how can you swerve to avoide hitting those helpless little bugs? Thank god for California saftey laws!
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What is the big deal about pulling you radio out and putting a FM adapter on your FM antenna?

It's so easy even a caveman can do it.
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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.
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Why not use the Direct FM adapter ? ... This thing connects the FM out DIRECTLY to your radio antenna jack. These work 100%.

Unless you can find an older Sirius unit, you'll have trouble with the FM transmitters. The FCC came down hard on XM and Sirius last summer because the FM transmitter power was quite a bit above what was legal. This is what has caused all the recent problems.
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