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Old 06-20-2003, 08:47 PM   #1
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I am considering buying my first satellite radio system and have a few newbie questions, yes I did read the FAQ's first!

I am a big music fan but also a big radio fan, so having actual radio stations rather than just music streams appeals to me. I am especially interested in listening to the BBC World Service in my car. I worry about spending the $$ and then Sirius dropping the BBC, do they change what they carry much?

Do they carry, or plan any Candian radio stations like the CBC?

I heard about the $99 deal at Circuit City, what does the additional install kit actually consist of? I know I need an antenna but do a actually need a install kit?

I read of an "FM modulator", if it performs the same as the one I got from Radio Shack for my MP3 player, I'll hate it (too much bleed from a very crowded FM dial). Do they make a cassette player adapter?

Does Sirius require that we subscribe for a minimum period?

Thanks for your help

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Old 06-20-2003, 09:08 PM   #2
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I'll post a few replies, and let others tackle what I don't know.

I'm guessing you are seeing the Circuit City deal for the Kenwood Here2Anywhere for $99? Yes, you need to add either the home kit or the car kit. The car kit has the antenna, cigarette power plug, and cassette adapter. There are rumors that this setup will have an FM Mod it's not out yet....

I don't think there is a minimum subscription period unless you sign up for a discounted rate by signing on for a year or more. Those have a $75 early term fee (at least I think my one year subscribtion says that)
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Old 06-20-2003, 09:20 PM   #3
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I worry about spending the $$ and then Sirius dropping the BBC, do they change what they carry much?
BBC is one of Sirius' top talk streams. It's not going anywhere.

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Do they carry, or plan any Candian radio stations like the CBC?
No Canadian stations except for programming that may be on the other world channels.

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I heard about the $99 deal at Circuit City, what does the additional install kit actually consist of? I know I need an antenna but do a actually need a install kit?
The portable tuner itself is $99. You will also need a home or car kit, or both, depending on where you want to use it. The car kit includes the docking cradle, antenna, cassette adapter, RCA cables and a cigarette power adapter.

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There is no minimum service commitment, however they do offer yearly payment plans where you get price breaks for the longer you pay upfront. Details of the pricing can he found here.

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Circuit is also offering free installation on the H2A or any other Sirius product (except for Kenwood).

If you want to add a modulator, any mod will work, either wireless or hardwired. The Hardwired version at CC is around $29, and works great. You should not get the FM bleed through like you are currently getting.

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I would love this if it happens as they would probably add some French channels.

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The majority of people will have great results when positioned according to the signal strength map. However in select cases, the antenna may have to be placed outside. This is clearly noted in the H2A documentation.
I can't speak for other people, but I have now used the home kit setup in several locations in south MS and from north to south LA and I've gotten great reception with my H2A Home Antenna.

I also know of two other people in my area that have the H2A with a home kit setup, they have not reported any reception problems, but they followed the instruction for antenna placement as indicated in the instructions manual one like me has his setup outdoors. When I am at home, I have a place for mine outdoors that gives me between 2 and 3 bars all the time.

This is not to say that there are folks that aren't having some problems. But I don't think its as wide spread as First Timer is implying. Also my experience with the Delphi Skifi home kit isn't nearly as good as it has been for me with the H2A home kit setup. But you'll notice he never mentioned that. If you listen to him XM has perfect reception. Which those of us that have both knows is hogwash.
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I have both systems too, Skyfi and h2a, and I find XM's reception is much better than Sirius. My xm antenna is inside and I never have to do anything with it. My Sirius antenna has to be placed outside and I still get a lot of Aquiring Signal messages.

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The rest of the thread has been split off into a locked topic in The Doghouse.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...pic.php?t=1026
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YOu will definetely need both the tuner and the Car/Home kit. I am on a month to month sub. I don't know if I were to cancel the sub in the middle of the month if they would pro rate it. If not the minimum sub would be a month. 13 dollars plus 5 for activation is not that much to try it, in my oppinion. I have always had great experience buying from CC and taking things back in a month if I didn't like them. Maybe you could try that?
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