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Old 01-11-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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I have a Starmate Replay ST2. I use 87.7 MHz as my FM transmitter frequency. This seems to be the best to use for my area. I bought my wife a Sportster Replay and my mom an InV for X-Mas. When I went to set these units up, neither one had 87.7 MHz as a transmission frequency. The first available frequency for these units is 88.1 MHz. There is a station that broadcasts near this frequency and both my wife and mom have complained about poor signal quality and the fact that the FM stations around 88.1 MHz sometimes overpower the new weak transmitters. So how come these units don't have 87.7 as a preset anymore? I am afraid my mom is not going to want to listen to Sirius with such a poor signal. I guess I am going to have to purchase FM modulators for everyone.
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Hey Mach5

I had the same question and I got a response from someone.....see below

http://http://www.siriusbackstage.co...ad.php?t=93411
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:01 PM   #3
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it's because of an FCC ruling. the newer sirius receiver models have a lowered broadcasting signal. I just bought my girlfriend a Starmate 4 so she could listen to sirius too. Maybe try getting a hold of an FM extender cable that plugs right into the fm out plug...
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I have a Starmate Replay ST2. I use 87.7 MHz as my FM transmitter frequency. This seems to be the best to use for my area. I bought my wife a Sportster Replay and my mom an InV for X-Mas. When I went to set these units up, neither one had 87.7 MHz as a transmission frequency. The first available frequency for these units is 88.1 MHz. There is a station that broadcasts near this frequency and both my wife and mom have complained about poor signal quality and the fact that the FM stations around 88.1 MHz sometimes overpower the new weak transmitters. So how come these units don't have 87.7 as a preset anymore? I am afraid my mom is not going to want to listen to Sirius with such a poor signal. I guess I am going to have to purchase FM modulators for everyone.
Why don't you change the transmission to something other than 88.1? I don't have a Replay but I have 3 other radios that allow you to change the transmission frequency to any number you choose
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I have tried other frequencies. I belive 88.7 and 88.9 are the ones using. It just that for our area 87.7 seems to be the best. I didn't try all the frequencies but most of the low end ones do have FM on them. The InV came with that extender that you suction cup to the window. I don't like the look of it. The Sporter came with the wire extender that you lay across the dash board. Both are jokes. Looks like the FM modulators are the way to go. A free radio isn't truly free.
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FCC part 15 FM transmitters must broadcast in the FM band.... (The FM band is 88 to 108 Mhz). They also must not exceed certain power levels....

This rule was made way before Satellite radio was ever thought of.

Early Sirius radios did have transmitters that used 87.7 Mhz (which is in the sound portion of TV channel 6). They were also way over the legal power limit.

There were complaints, the FCC cracked down and Sirius (and XM) had to stop selling these radios. Here's one complaint.
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are the ones with the better fm signal output?.



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are the ones with the better fm signal output?.



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I hve the Xact replay (same as starmate replay) with the high power FM transmitter and also has 87.5 thru 87.9 included. These were the production batches BEFORE the FCC crackdown.
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http://fmchannel.sirius.com/

My Sirius Frequency Finder - find the best FM frequency in your area.
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