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Old 11-06-2006, 11:23 AM   #1
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So I got my Sirius Sporster installed at Future Shop on Saturday.

The installation with the XM FM Modulator went pretty easily. Took about 50 minutes. When we went to turn it on, nothing worked.

After an hour of investigating, including opening up a new Sportster package, they found out that Sirius had not only sent a defective cigararete adapter (fuse broken), but also reversed the polarity of the adapter when they built it so instead of 10 volts of power, it was giving -10 volts of power, which blew the fuse for my stereo.

An hour later, we had the setup up and running. I tried to have it activated online using one of Future Shop's computers, but their windows crash after 7 minutes, so the process crashed before I could finish, 3 times!
Finally got a Sirius representative on the phone, and had it activated then.

Listening to Sirius in the car is good. I was kinda expecting static issues, and when the volume is up, you can hear the static. I wasn't expecting normal FM or CD clarity, but its better than AM radio. It has bass, at least

I am glad I waited till Sirius came online to get a subscription, since I can listen to it at home, and at work.

As for customer service, because the activation was aborted online, and I had to revert to a phone activation, I expected to only be charged for an online activation. But they charged me for a phone activation, but after writing them an email on Saturday night, I received an email from Sirius on Sunday stating that I would be credited the difference. Not bad for customer service.

I have a question for everyone. Do you guys take the receiver out when you are not in the car? Where do you guys store it and in what? Is there something special you can recommend?

Also, if you guys have any installation stories, I would love to hear it!

Sam
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I have a question for everyone. Do you guys take the receiver out when you are not in the car? Where do you guys store it and in what? Is there something special you can recommend?
I have a dock, an antenna, and power supply on my stereo stand. I take my receiver out of my car and put it in the house so I can listen on my home stereo. I find using an actual receiver is way more convenient than using the online player.
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I never leave mine in the car when I am not in it. Most of the time when I get home it ends up in my home kit so I can listen in the house. If I drive to work, then the receiver comes out of the car with me into work.

If its not in the car then it can get stolen. I also don't like leaving in the car during extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter. I really don't know if the heat/cold affects these radios, its just a rule of thumb I use for just about all electronic devices I bring into a vehicle.
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