Archive for the ‘Sirius XM Antennas’ Category

XM Antenna Buying Guide

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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When choosing an antenna for your XM radio, you may be confused about the different models and what is best for your setup. This short guide will go over some of the common XM antenna models and help you figure out what you need.

Vehicle Antennas

Mini XM Car Antenna


The Mini XM Car Antenna is the smallest satellite radio antenna on the market. At around 1 square inch, it is probably the most unobtrusive antenna you’ll find. High gain and  a 20ft. antenna cable make this antenna a great solution for customers looking for a small and strong antenna. Works with any single-input XM radio.

XM Car Antenna

XM Car AntennaThe XM Car Antenna is included with most XM Plug and Play Radio models. It is a low profile, high gain antenna that works with all single-input XM radios. It features rubber feet on the bottom to protect your vehicle’s finish and has a 23 ft. attached cable that can easily routed under interior molding for a clean look.

Browning Magnetic Car Antenna for XM

This antenna from Browning features a slightly thicker cable that tends to be more durable than some of the XM branded antennas. It has the same high gain and 20ft. cable, and utilizes the standard SMB connection, making it compatible and ideal for any single input XM radio. It also includes an adhesive pad for customers who would like a more permanent mounting solution.

XMicro XM Magnetic Vehicle Antenna

The XMicro is a versatile antenna that can be used with older FAKRA style XM Radios or standard, single input SMB antenna connections. It features a low profile, 23 ft. cable, magnetic base, and rubber feet to protect your vehicle’s finish. It’s a great option for customers who currently have an older radio, but who may be considering upgrading.

XM Home Antennas

XM Home Antenna

The XM Home Antenna is the most common type of XM antenna for home use. It is included with all current XM boomboxes and home kits, and is sold separately as a replacement. This antenna has a 20ft. cable and can be easily mounted indoor or outdoor for use. Compatible with most XM single input docking stations or radios.

Terk XM Outdoor Home Antenna XM6

The Terk XM6 is a weather resistant, high performance outdoor antenna for use with most XM Radios. The XM6 uses standard RG6 coaxial cable for extra durability and longer cable runs (can drive up to 100ft.) It includes a F to SMB adapter cable to plug into any standard single input XM docking station or boombox.

Pixel Technologies Pro-500 or Pro-600

The Pixel Pro-500 and Pro-600 are professional grade antennas that work with both Sirius and XM satellite radios. Featuring 12 and 8.5 dBi Gain (respectively) these Pixel antennas are the strongest on the market. Both antennas utilize standard RG6 coaxial cable and include F to SMB adapter cables to plug into your satellite radio. In addition, both antennas can drive up to 200ft. of cable without any additional external amplifiers.

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Car Antenna Review

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
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The majority of the time that most people are listening to their satellite radio is inside their car. But what gets you the best signal? Antenna placement and location on the car is key but is there an antenna that will get you better reception? Are there pros and cons of using one antenna over another? In this posting I will review each car antenna here at TSS Radio as well as include the truck antennas.

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The Sirius Mobile Antenna Dot Micro is the standard car antenna that comes with all new plug and play radios. It is the replacement antenna Sirius now uses over the older square car antenna. The mobile antenna dot micro is a round magnetic antenna with a 21 ft cable that has a higher gain than previous models. Basically, that means it can get a better reception. Upon testing I found this to be very true. The dot micro works incredibly well even with poor weather conditions or a bit of cover over it (ie: trees, overhang, etc). The only disadvantage to this antenna is that it’s wire is a fragile and not really equipped for strong weather.

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The Tram Square Car Antenna for Sirius is a square magnetic antenna that is fairly new to us here at TSS Radio. At first glance this radio appears to be the same as the old Sirius square car antenna, but it isn’t. This antenna is designed with a thicker cable sheathing that, in theory, will improve the longevity of the antenna. The additional use of an adhesive pad that the antenna can sit on instead of using its magnetic feature is also included with this antenna. Upon testing I noticed this antenna gets just as good of a signal quality as the Mobile Antenna Dot Micro, if not better. I experienced almost no signal strength loss in poor weather conditions or even under heavy foliage. I would recommend this antenna to anyone! The only disadvantage I could see with this is hiding the wire in a vehicles weather stripping. It is so thick that it may not fit properly.

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The Terk SIR-Mini Antenna is a magnetic antenna that can be used for older receivers. It comes with a 21 ft cable that has a FAKRA style connector that can be found on older receivers, however the FAKRA connector can be removed so that it can be used with newer receivers. Upon testing with this antenna I noticed it still gets a good quality signal, but isn’t as strong as the higher gain antennas. I would still recommend this antenna for everyday use as it will still get a good signal. As for a disadvantage., this antenna also has a very thin wire and is a bit fragile.

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The Adhesive Car Antenna is an oval shaped antenna that has an adhesive base and rubber cable cover. It has a 21 ft cable and also comes with a FAKRA connector for use with older receivers but can be removed and used with newer receivers. During use, I noticed it works relatively the same as the Terk SIR-Mini antenna. It received a good signal but does not work as well as the higher gain antennas. This antenna is still good for normal use but also comes with a fragile thin wire that may not stand up to the elements.

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The TERK SIR4 and XM4 universal truck antennas are great for all weather use on trucks and RV’s. These antennas are a mushroom style antenna that can be mirror mounted or flat surface mounted. The cable that comes with the unit is 21 ft in length and is replaceable. When I used this antenna I noticed an outstanding signal quality. I would recommend this antenna for any long hauler or RV user that can’t live without their satellite radio. I would recommend using zip ties or electrical tape to tie down the cable while it is exposed to the elements, so it does not hang loosely in the wind during travel.

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The Interoperable Satellite Radio Truck Antenna is a universal antenna that can be used with either Sirius or XM. It is a stick style antenna that can be either mirror mounted or flat face mounted and also comes with a 21 ft replaceable antenna cable. This antenna did not work as well for me as the Terk truck antennas. The Interoperable antenna still gets a good signal but did not provide the same signal strength as the other ones. It is still a good and sturdy all weather antenna and can be used for a truck or RV that is making several long trips. And, much like the Terk antennas, I would suggest using zip ties or electrical tape to secure the wire.

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The TRAM Mirror Mount Truck Antenna and TRAM Interoperable Mirror Mount Truck Antenna are designed for use on trucks and RV’s. These antennas are cylindrical in shape and smaller than other truck and RV antennas. The disadvantage to these antennas is that the 17 ft cable built into the unit cannot be replaced. Upon use of the unit I noticed that this is a very high gain antenna and performed as well as the Terk truck antennas. I would recommend this antenna to anyone and especially recommend using zip ties or electrical tape to hold down any exposed wire.

Choosing the antenna that is right for you is key. Function, durablility, and signal strength are all very important. Hopefully this outline has helped in understanding what the differences are between certain antennas and how well they will perform for you.

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Need to Convert XM to SIRIUS? New GM-Honda-Toyota and Much More!

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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If you are looking to convert your vehicle from XM to SIRIUS, here is a guide based on make, model and year. Please feel free comment if you have any questions or concerns or shoot me an EMAIL

NEW

GM Sirius Connect SIRGM2L

This is a long awaited solution for Newer “Lan” Based vehicles! The compatibility includes:

Buick:

  • Lesabre 2006
  • Lucerne 2007-2009

Cadillac:

CTS Not Compatible

  • DTS 2006-2009
  • Escalade 2007-2009
  • Escalade ESV 2007-2009
  • Escalade EXT 2007-2009
  • SRX 2007

Chevrolet:

  • Avalanche 2007-2009
  • Equinox 2007-2009
  • Impala 2006-2009
  • Monte Carlo 2006-2007
  • Silverado (New Body) 2007-2009
  • Suburban 2007-2009
  • Tahoe 2007-2009

GMC:

  • Acadia 2007-2009
  • Sierra 2007-2009
  • Yukon 2007-2009
  • Yukon XL 2007-2009

Pontiac:

  • Torrent 2007-2009
  • Vibe 2009
  • G8 2009 Only

Saturn:

  • Outlook 2007-2008
  • Vue 2008-2009

Suzuki:

  • XL-7 2007-2009

gm1-SIR-GM1 SIRIUS Connect: This will convert select 2003-UP  “Class II” GM made vehicle from the factory XM.  Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac-Hummer-Isuzu-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Saab-Saturn.

BE SURE TO CHECK THE COMPATIBILITY

honda sirius -HONDA and ACURA SIRIUS Connect Package:This is the conversion kit for select 2003-UP Honda and Acura made vehicles. SIRIUS HONDA and ACURA

NOTE:This Adapter does NOT work with ANY Honda or Acura vehicles with the ‘Technology Package’

BE SURE TO CHECK THE COMPATIBILITY

toyota sirius-TOYOTA LEXUS and SCION SIRIUS Connect Package:This is the connect package for select 2004+UP Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles. SIRIUS TOYOTA-LEXUS-SCION

BE SURE TO CHECK THE COMPATIBILITY

We have a LARGE SELECTION of In Dash options including most brands of vehicles- Check here to see if you can enjoy In Dash SIRIUS Satellite Radio!

Be sure to read all the notes and compatibility charts to avoid any confusion. As always Give TSS-Radio a call and we can discuss your options!

TSS-Radio:773-772-4340

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SIRIUS for your Home Theater System

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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Here I am going to go through several cases studies to see how people can get SIRIUS in a Home Theater system.

Case Study #1- You have a Home Theater system that is NOT SIRIUS-Ready or SIRIUS Built-In.

There are a couple different options you have with this setup. Let’s say you bought a Home Receiver and it does not have any SIRIUS Radio connections or capability and you want to add SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

First off you must add a separate SIRIUS receiver. You can choose form these different options:

#1- Polk Audio SRH-1000, this is a standalone receiver that connects to the LINE IN on your Home Theater Receiver. The nice thing about the SRH-1000 is that is also has VIDEO OUT as-well so you can see the SIRIUS Channel, Artist, and other data right from your TV screen.

#2- SIRIUS Conductor, this system has a remote and base station. The base station is setup with your Home Theater receiver and the remote controls and displays all of the SIRIUS  content. The Channel name and artist info is displayed right on the remote’s LCD screen and you can walk around the room listening, controlling, and seeing all the SIRIUS content you desire.

#3- If you already have a SIRIUS Radio in your car, there might be a SIRIUS Home Kit for it that can be installed to your Home Theater Receiver. This way you do not have to add an additional subscription.

#4- We also have a couple Professional tuners that are built for Commercial use as-well.

Case Study #2- You have a SIRIUS-Ready Home Receiver

This is the more common case out of them all. You purchase a Home receiver that says “SIRIUS-Ready”. This case you have also a couple options:

#1-SCHDOC1 SIRIUS Home Connect Dock. If you already have a SIRIUS Radio that has the Universal docking style connector, then you may use this dock to allow you SIRIUS-Ready Home Receiver to connect, control, and display all of the SIRIUS content. This way you do not have to add an additional subscription.

#2-SIRIUS Connect Home Tuner SCH1- this is the standard tuner for a SIRIUS-Ready Home Receiver. This will connect via the 8-pin data cable,provided, and allow you Home Receiver to play SIRIUS right through.

Case Study #3- You have a SIRIUS Built-In Home Receiver.

This is will be the rarest of all the cases. In this case you purchase a Home Theater that is “SIRIUS Built-IN”. In this case the SIRIUS Tuner and translator  are built into the Home Receiver. So all you would need externally is an SIRIUS Antenna. This is an extremely rare case and if you are unsure at all if you fit into this category, please feel free to to Email me and I can help you decide.

Here is a link to our SIRIUS Home Antenna section.

If you have any question about how to get SIRIUS Satellite Radio in your home please feel free to shoot me an Email.

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How to get the best SIRIUS/XM Satellite Signal

Monday, January 12th, 2009
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Throughout this “how to” I will discuss the tricks and tips on How to get the best Satellite Signal possible out of your SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

First to find out how to get a better signal, we need to look at how the signal is sent. SIRIUS and XM both us different Satellite Patterns so I will Discuss them individually.

How the SIRIUS Signal is delivered. SIRIUS uses satellites that are always moving in a “figure-8″ pattern. The best rule of thumb is imagine that the SIRIUS satellites are in the sky above Minnesota. That is the best direction to aim your antenna. Larger cities also have what’s called Terrestrial repeaters. These act as repeaters for areas that could not otherwise get signal, ie. behind large buildings. These cities have receivers and transmitters on the ground that blanket the area in signal.

If you check on your SIRIUS Radio menu, click SIGNAL INDICATOR or ANTENNA AIMING, you will see a SAT and TER with several boxes filled in black. This is your signal strength. SAT is the direct signal from satellites in space, TER is the signal from on-the-ground repeaters.

XM Radio works on the same principle except their satellites do not move. XM Home antennas should always be pointed towards the SOUTH as the satellites are located on the Equator.

If you are having good luck getting signal in one room and want to use your SIRIUS in another try the ECHO Repeater System or try a SIRIUS Extension Cable.These both allow you to place your SIRIUS antenna in one area and the SIRIUS Radio in another.

If you are having trouble receiving signal in your home, and you have tried all the possible antenna placements an upgraded antenna may allow you to pull in the signal better. A good SIRIUS outdoor antenna to go with is the SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna. The best antenna we offer works with both SIRIUS and XM Radio, the PRO-600 antenna.

In the Vehicle

In car you want to make sure your Satellite antenna is on the roof, or in a convertible on the truck lid. The magnetic antenna should always be placed 4-6 inches from the edge of the roof and clear from any roof rack or other obstruction. Make sure to route the antenna cable safely as not to crimp the cable, this can cause an Aquiring Signal error message if the cable is damaged.  If you need to remove the cable from the SIRIUS dock or receiver, be sure to pull on the plug and not the cable, the cable connector could come undone and the antenna would we useless. Standard car antennas work will in many cases, but in cases like a Big-Rig or other large vehicle the standard antenna may be ill suited due to the vehicle having a fiberglass body or other obstructions, in this case using a SIRIUS and XM Radio Truck antenna would be best.

In most cases the standard antenna you buy, or receive with your radio is suffiencet to receive Satellite Radio content, being very carefully with the antenna cable and proper aiming should prove to give you quality signal. In some limited areas with canyons, forest cover and other natural sky obstructions, upgrading to a better antenna is the only way to get Satellite radio.

If you have any questions on antenna aiming feel free to email us or gives us a call 773-772-4340, we are here to help.

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NEW-SIRIUS/XM Home Antenna Pro-600

Friday, January 9th, 2009
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Pixel Technologies Pro-600 Professional Home Antenna

This Sirius/XM antenna is packed with useful features and technology. The Pro-600 can stream both SIRIUS and XM signals and can pull in the signal better than the standard SIRIUS home antenna. When paired with standard RG-6 cable (sold separately) this antenna can reach lengths up to 200ft.

The Antenna comes with:

  • High Gain Antenna Panel
  • Azimuth/Elevation Adjustable Mount
  • Pole-Mount hardware
  • 3′ F to SMB Adapter Cable
  • Weather Boot
  • Wall Mount Screws and Anchors

If you need RG-6 cable to run with this antenna see our SIRIUS Home Installation Accessories.

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SIRIUS Sportster Antenna

Thursday, December 18th, 2008
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SIRIUS Sportster Antenna

If you are looking for SIRIUS Sportster Antenna look no further. Below is a the guide to help you find your sirius sportster antenna

SIRIUS Sportster Antenna: for the Home

SIRIUS Sportster Antenna: For the Car

The sirius sportster antenna is universal for all models of sirius  sportster. You can use ALL SIRIUS SPORTSTER ANTENNA with every sirius sportster, the connections are all the same.

We have a whole section of our site devoted to SIRIUS Antennas so stop by and check it out.

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SIRIUS Sportster 5 Home Antenna

Monday, December 15th, 2008
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SIRIUS Sportster 5 Home Antenna

All SIRIUS Sportsters use the same Home antenna. The connections are universal for the antenna.

There are a couple different types of SIRIUS Sportster 5 home antenna on the market so I will go into each one.

These antennas will work for the SIRIUS Sportster 5 SP5TK1/SP5.

SIRIUS HOME PNP ANTENNA-This is the standard antenna that comes with most SIRIUS home kits and Boomboxes. These work quite well when placed in the proper direction to receive SIRIUS signal(always face your home antenna towards Minnesota, no matter when you live in the country, this is the optimal direction).This antenna can be placed outside, but for optimal outdoor reception, the SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna would be best.

SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna- This is the industry standard outdoor antenna. Designed to weather the elements and pull in the SIRIUS signal, this antenna is used by many for rooftop or pole mounted installations.

Pixel Technologies Pro-500-This is an Outdoor Home antenna built for SIRIUS Satellite Radio. This antenna pulls in the signal with better gain(12dBi, which is 5dBi more than standard antennas) .

Pixel Technologies Pro-600-This is the updated version of the Pro-500. It only has about 8.5dBi, but this antenna can stream SIRIUS and XM at the SAME TIME! So if you have both a SIRIUS and XM radio this is a great antenna.

If you are looking for more options, or maybe a SIRIUS Antenna Extension cable, we have a variety of different solutions for any kind of situation. From simple to custom we can help, give us a call 773-772-4340.

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SIRIUS Sportster 3 Home Antenna

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
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SIRIUS Sportster 3 Home Antenna

All SIRIUS Sportsters use the same Home antenna. The connections are universal for the antenna.

There are a couple different types of SIRIUS Sportster 3 home antenna on the market so I will go into each one.

These antennas will work for the SIRIUS Sportster 3 SP3TK1/SP3.

SIRIUS HOME PNP ANTENNA-This is the standard antenna that comes with most SIRIUS home kits and Boomboxes. These work quite well when placed in the proper direction to receive SIRIUS signal(always face your home antenna towards Minnesota, no matter when you live in the country, this is the optimal direction).This antenna can be placed outside, but for optimal outdoor reception, the SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna would be best.

SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna- This is the industry standard outdoor antenna. Designed to weather the elements and pull in the SIRIUS signal, this antenna is used by many for rooftop or pole mounted installations.

Pixel Technologies Pro-500-This is an Outdoor Home antenna built for SIRIUS Satellite Radio. This antenna pulls in the signal with better gain(12dBi, which is 5dBi more than standard antennas) .

Pixel Technologies Pro-600-This is the updated version of the Pro-500. It only has about 8.5dBi, but this antenna can stream SIRIUS and XM at the SAME TIME! So if you have both a SIRIUS and XM radio this is a great antenna.

If you are looking for more options, or maybe a SIRIUS Antenna Extension cable, we have a variety of different solutions for any kind of situation. From simple to custom we can help, give us a call 773-772-4340.

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SIRIUS Sportster Replay Home Antenna

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
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SIRIUS Sportster Replay Home Antenna

All SIRIUS Sportsters use the same Home antenna. The connections are universal for the antenna.

There are a couple different types of SIRIUS Sportster Replay home antenna on the market so I will go into each one. All of these Antennas will work for the Sportster Replay SPR2/SP2R

SIRIUS HOME PNP ANTENNA-This is the standard antenna that comes with most SIRIUS home kits and Boomboxes. These work quite well when placed in the proper direction to receive SIRIUS signal(always face your home antenna towards Minnesota, no matter when you live in the country, this is the optimal direction).This antenna can be placed outside, but for optimal outdoor reception, the SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna would be best.

SIRIUS Outdoor Home Antenna- This is the industry standard outdoor antenna. Designed to weather the elements and pull in the SIRIUS signal, this antenna is used by many for rooftop or pole mounted installations.

Pro-500Technologies Pro-500-This is an Outdoor Home antenna built for SIRIUS Satellite Radio. This antenna pulls in the signal with better gain(12dBi, which is 5dBi more than standard antennas) .

Pixel Technologies Pro-600-This is the updated version of the Pro-500. It only has about 8.5dBi, but this antenna can stream SIRIUS and XM at the SAME TIME! So if you have both a SIRIUS and XM radio this is a great antenna.

If you are looking for more options, or maybe a SIRIUS Antenna Extension cable, we have a variety of different solutions for any kind of situation. From simple to custom we can help, give us a call 773-772-4340.

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