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Old 03-15-2006, 08:03 AM   #1
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Default Weird Coincidence happened to me yesterday.

I had forgotten to transport my reciever from my office to the car so I was forced to drive around and listen to "Free FM" all day yesterday.
I quickly became bored and began hitting the seek button. When it
landed on the station I use for my Sirius FM Transmitter (88.5 )
I was all of a sudden listening to Howard Stern !!

I noticed the guy in front of me had a sirius antenna on his car
so I must have been pulling in his signal. So I tried to stay close to
this guy for as long as I could. He probably thought I was a stalker or
something.

The signal on these things is a lot stronger that I thought.
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:33 AM   #2
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The same thing happened to me once when I was in a parking lot. I had just unplugged my Sportster an the same thing that I had just be listening to came on my radio. It seems that there are a lot more subs than you realize!
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Old 03-15-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Yea same thing happened to me too, i was driving home one day and the guy next to me was listening to metallica on his sirius and it was taking over my signal.
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do the exact same thing over here. Funny cause 88.3 is like one of the best FM stations in the area now that the 87.9-89.9 are very popular with the Ipod/sat radio listeners. They even started playing really good music on them when they used to be just talk if that.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:00 PM   #5
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Whenever I'm stopped at a light, I aim my remote at cars with Sirius antennas...
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Similar happened to me the end of last week. When I turned off my PNP I got the same song playing on 90.1. Turned out to be a rebroadcast of an FM station out of the city you can sometimes pick up. Funny thing is the broadcasts were close enough that it was tough to tell it wasn't another truck's PNP. Had to wait for the station ID to find out for sure.
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I haven't turned on my FM radio in years so it hasn't happened to me yet but very funny regardless


I'm certainly not a fan of FM modulation, direct connection FTW but I'm guessing its a much more popular option for others. I want to see the look on Grandma's face when the family sedan pulls up next to the dude with Sirius running and Stern starts talking about shoving a 20 inch dildo up the chicks ass
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:05 PM   #8
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I know most of us know that if you use the FM modulator for Sirius or XM. Other people cars could pick up your signal, the station you set your car radio to. But looks like their starting to be a complaints on this because other people cars who don't own satellite radio is picking up other people satellite radio signals like The Howard Stern Show.

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You're driving down the road, calmed by the soothing sounds from your favorite Christian radio station when, all of a sudden, Howard Stern hijacks your radio.

This is just the most outrageous example of a phenomenon radio station managers in the lower end of the FM spectrum have been hearing from listeners in recent months, a situation they attribute to improperly installed satellite radios.

The improperly installed radios turn automobiles into powerful, mobile transmitters. The interference temporarily blots out specific radio frequencies of nearby automobiles and homes, replacing it with the passing automobile's satellite radio broadcast, which can include Stern's uncensored Sirius Satellite Radio program.

Mike Starling, a technology specialist with National Public Radio, said he's been hearing complaints about interference from member stations in recent months. "Howard Stern's Sirius broadcast has been mentioned a lot," he says.

The topic has also been discussed on radio-specific technical forums on the Internet.

Starling says the most serious interference is related to improperly installed satellite radios that are added to a vehicle, supplementing the existing AM/FM radio.

Satellite radios connected wirelessly to a car radio don't pose as much of an interference problem. These wireless systems, some of which plug into a vehicle's cigarette lighter, use an encapsulated, or self-contained, antenna that has a very limited range, Starling says. Built-in satellite radios, which come with newer cars, also don't produce interference problems.

The after-market satellite radios -- radios car owners add on after they've bought the car -- come with a switch, which is required by Federal Communications Commission rules designed to limit interference. Once properly installed and engaged when the satellite radio is in use, the switch prevents the satellite radio signal from transmitting over a car's existing FM antenna.

Without the switch, the satellite signal is inadvertently transmitted, and reports have indicated the signal can travel a quarter mile or more.

An FCC spokesman, who requested his name not be used, said the commission has not received specific complaints about the problem, but added the agency receives thousands of complaints a month and it's possible some have been filed.

Starling says the problem increases in densely populated areas. When he commutes to work along the Beltway outside of Washington, D.C., during morning rush hour, he says he routinely experiences interference. The interference is intermittent as his car moves through traffic.

Starling has already been in contact with Sirius Satellite Radio, which features some NPR programming.

He is also trying to convince satellite-radio manufacturers to use a relatively inactive FM frequency, 87.9, as the satellite radio's default frequency.

Use of that frequency, which is mostly used by low-power radio stations, mainly ones connected with small colleges and high schools, would not interfere with broadcasters, Starling says.

An XM Radio spokeswoman, Anne-Taylor Griffith, says the company has not received calls about the interference, but noted the add-on radios represent an older technology. "We haven't used that type of technology for in-dash radios for a couple of years now."

Users of these add-on radios also represent a fraction of XM's 6 million subscribers, she said.

Newer add-ons plug directly into input jacks in the car's radio, or connect to the radio wirelessly, she said.

Calls seeking comment from Sirius Satellite Radio, which has about 3 million subscribers, were not returned.

Other technology improvements also may help reduce interference, says Starling. Newer satellite radios designed for permanent installation in cars are "frequency agile," meaning users can select any frequency on their FM radio to transmit the satellite signal to their car radio. Many of the first satellite radios designed for permanent installation in cars had a limited number of frequencies the installer could choose, and almost all of them were in the lower end of the FM dial, says Starling.

Starling also is pushing to have the Consumer Electronic Association, the major industry watchdog group, include specifics of proper satellite installation in the association's certification course for radio installers. However, not all radio installers are certified by the association, Starling says.
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That is silly. Why are people screaming and crying over such a small temporary interruption? If the station they were listening to was strong enough it would overtake the Sirius FM signal easily. What do those folks listening to christian stations do when Johnny the metal head pulls up beside them with his IPOD and ITRIP playing the latest in head banging blasphemy? GEEZ, relax people!
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:17 PM   #10
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Sounds fishy to me. If they receive the signal they were probably scanning because an active FM station would interfere with with the Sat receiver.

On the interstate it is a little more noticeable from travelers but most people tooling around town have their FM transmitters set on a dead freq.
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Sounds fishy to me. If they receive the signal they were probably scanning because an active FM station would interfere with with the Sat receiver.

On the interstate it is a little more noticeable from travelers but most people tooling around town have their FM transmitters set on a dead freq.
The freq I use for my FM transmitter is an active free format FM station. I've never had interferance problems and I've driven all over the country. I've had to do a little fine tuning in NYC, but, that's the exception.
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Just out of curiousity, I sometimes turn my Audiovox PNP1 off when I see other cars with Sirius antennas while I am driving across the Tappan Zee Bridge here in New York State. During morning drive, more often than not, I'll pick up Howard Stern. The other day at a gas station, when I turned my ignition key far enough to see how high the gas gauge had gotten but didn't turn the PNP1 back on, and although I didn't see any car with a Sirius antenna, I heard Howard for just a second before whoever it was switched to one of the comedy channels!
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:13 PM   #13
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At a red light, the other day, I turned off my unit, and caught someone's signal -- Sirius Alt. Nation.
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It's hard to find a station that is inactive around here. I usually try to find a dead one but invariably when I turn on my S50, there'll be a station playing faintly until the device starts up and it usually is a Christian station. I don't want to be the one to corrupt someone else, especially not their kids but I'm not going to pay another 100 to add an Aux jack either. Plus, it's kinda embarrassing to be rocking the God channel...

BTW, am I the only one confused by that article? They say the new wireless units don't have the issue? Mines as new as they get and the FM transmitter can be picked up all thru the house and my neighbor across the street gets a nice strong signal too.

I've been tempted to put a sign on my car "Free Sirius samples - tune to 88.1". I think that would look good between a pair of Howard fists...
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A prime example of a reporter not knowing what they are talking about. Not that I really know what I am talking about either.

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Other technology improvements also may help reduce interference, says Starling. Newer satellite radios designed for permanent installation in cars are "frequency agile," meaning users can select any frequency on their FM radio to transmit the satellite signal to their car radio.
Isn't that the "problem" they are talking about? People broadcasting uncensored music and talk over a local radio station.

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An XM Radio spokeswoman, Anne-Taylor Griffith, says the company has not received calls about the interference, but noted the add-on radios represent an older technology. "We haven't used that type of technology for in-dash radios for a couple of years now."
I would like to know what "new" technology they are using beside direct connect. I have not looked at xm radio's but I am sure even some of the new radios use a fm transmitter. Unless there is something new, where you can have it trasmitted right into your head.

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Calls seeking comment from Sirius Satellite Radio, which has about 3 million subscribers, were not returned. "
What do you want them to say? Oops?

I am sorry to go on and on but stuff like this tickes me off. I bet there are more important stories to be covered. I heard something about a war, and people being killed. Maybe it was just a rumor.
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