Archive for the ‘Tech Help’ Category

Sirius Sportster

Friday, March 21st, 2008
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This is an explanation of the Sirius Sportsters and how they interact with each other and other Sirius Radios.


The Sportster 1 works with the SIRIUS Sportster Replay and the SIRIUS Streamer Replay

Uses all the same Sirius Antenna , Sirius Power Adapter , and Sirius Accessories . The SP2R SPR2 SPR1 SP1 STRC1 all fall into this category.

SIRIUS Sportster/Streamer Replay SIRSTRV1 Car Kit

Sportster/Streamer Replay Home Kit SIR-STRH1


SIRIUS Sportster Boombox SP-B1

The Sportster 3 , Sportster 4 , and Sportster 5 all use the Universal Dock and Play equipment.

SIRIUS Universal PNP Vehicle Kit SUPV1

SIRIUS Universal PNP Home Kit SUPH1


SIRIUS Universal Plug and Play Boombox

SIRIUS Soloist Universal Sound System

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
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If you have purchased a Sirius radio recently you may have noticed the poor FM strength…..there is a solution.

The FM Direct Adapter (Wired Relay) is a great solution for overcoming poor FM signal. How this works is you pull your car stereo out and plug one end of this unit into your car stereo, then you plug your car’s FM antenna into this unit, and then there is a long cable that plugs right to the back of your docking station. It blocks out every other signal on the channel you are trying to use and taps it directly into the FM antenna so you get the best possible quality sound using the FM transmitter.Below are two videos that were created to display the function of this units.

NOTE: Some cars may need FM antenna adapters, because the car’s antenna is not the standard size. If you are unsure of which adapter you need see FM Antenna Adapters.

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What are tuners and translators?

Friday, February 15th, 2008
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If you have been researching in-dash Sirius you most likely have heard terms like tuner and translator. This is a simple explanation of what these terms mean to you.

Tuner: a tuner is the device that receives the Sirius Satellite signal. It may also be referred to as being a receiver. The tuner may be a Dock and Play Sirius Radio or the in dash SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Tuner SCC1. To use a Dock and Play Radio you only need the car kit, but to use the SCC1 you MUST have a translator.

Translator: this is the unit that will translate to the SIRIUS signal to your specific car stereo. If you have a Pioneer you will need the SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Tuner SCC1 and the Pioneer SIRIUS Connect Interface CD-SB10, and so on with each specific car stereo.


(example)If you have a SIRIUS Sportster 5 SP5TK1 and want to control it through your head unit, you will need the SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Kit SCVDOC1 and the translator for your headunit.

Here is a list of some of the translators and the stereos they are compatible with:

SoundLinq SL2S Toyota Sirius Interface:Select Toyota OEM Stereos

SoundLinq SLS2 Lexus Sirius Interface:Select Lexus OEM Stereos

Alpine SIRIUS Connect Interface KCA-SC100:Select Alpine Stereos

Clarion SIRIUS Connect Interface CLA-SC1:Select Clarion Stereos

SIRIUSConnect ECL-SC1 Eclipse Interface Translator:Select Eclipse Stereos

Pioneer SIRIUS Connect Interface CD-SB10:Select Pioneer Stereos

JVC SIRIUS Connect Interface KS-SRA100:Select JVC Stereos

Kenwood SIRIUS Connect Interface KCA-SR50:Select Kenwood Stereos

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Example: Installing a Vehicle Specific Mount

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
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Josh made this cool video of installing a Vehicle Specific Mount along with a  Slim Swivel.  The Slim Swivel is a good idea for everyone because it provides some separation between the car kit and the Vehicle Specific Mount, making it easier to plug the wires into the back of the Vehicle Specific Mount.

As you can see in the video, installing a Vehicle Specific Mount can be quite easy. Please keep in mind, however, that the difficulty does vary depending on the model of your car.

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Upgrading to a new radio? See here!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
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All the new Sirius radios have the same weaker FM transmitter, there I’ll just say it. Now that we got that out of the way we can begin to solve this dilemma.

It does not matter why or really who turned down the transmitting signal in most FM Transmitters sold today( Sirius radios included). What really matters is what can we, together, can solve it.

Almost any car has the ability to solve the weak FM problem. There are typically three solutions, listed in order from good to best:

  • The Tape Cassette Adapter
    This device is simple. Remember when walkman CD players first came out? And you rushed out and bought one, but couldn’t listen to it in the car. And then someone handed you a cassette with a audio cable coming out of it. That was a Tape Cassette Adapter. It allows you to play any audio device that has a headphone jack( IPOD, CD Walkman, Sirius, etc) through your car stereo’s tape deck. If you do have a Tape deck this is the most painless way to directly connect your Sirius Radio.

  • The FM Direct Adapter
    Some people feel this is lesser quality sound than the Cassette adapter, which I half agree, but I ranked this higher because it does not have that pesky audio cable running from you tape deck to the back of you Sirius radio dock. It gets installed into the car’s antenna and then has a cable to run to the FM OUT of the Sirius dock. This gives you a more hardwired look and still provides you with adequate FM reception. It is a great solution for a semi-permanent application like Company cars, leased cars, and Semi-Rigs.

  • Aux-Input Device
    This is the BEST way to connect to radio. These devices plug into the CD Changer port on most car stereos and gives a set of RCA line inputs.The RCA inputs can be connected to any audio device via appropriate patch cable. Some car stereos are not enabled however, so be sure to refer to our website for compatibility charts.

For in-home FM transmitting see this product: Whole House FM Transmitter

    If you have any questions of concerns about the products described above feel free to visit our website or call us here and we will be more than glad to give you a more detailed list of products that may be available for you car.
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Who does what? SL2 vs. SL100

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
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In the portable SIRIUS satellite radio world there are only two serious pun intended.

SIRIUS Stiletto 100
This radio is was revolutionary for its time. Combining the ability to listen to live satellite radio via the built in satellite antenna and battery and the ability to connect to Wi-Fi wireless internet. When the Stiletto came out it was long sought after by Sirius fans and prized by the individuals who owned them. The few downsides to the glorious Stiletto 100 are its limited 100 hour internal memory and painful antenna headphones(both remedied by the Stiletto 2).

SIRIUS Stiletto 2
The Stiletto 2 is a vision into portable Sirius radio’s future. It combines all the Stiletto 100 strengths and none of its weaknesses. A MicroSD card slot for expanded MP3 storage and a set of comfortable and stylish Altec Lansing antenna headphones adds to its already awesome arsenal. Only after holding the Stiletto 2 can you really appreciate its eminence and glory.

Both are a wise choice if your thinking about upgrading, but if you want to be on the forefront of Sirius’s technology the Stiletto 2 is the way to go!

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SIRIUS Conductor Home System

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
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SIRIUS Conductor Home System

Have you ever owned at TV that did not have a remote? Always having to get up everytime you wanted to change the channel gets very annoying.We feel your pain. That is why we offer the Sirius Conductor Home System.It gives you the freedom to place you radio nice and neatly in your home theater system and the flexibility to change the channel from the comfort of you couch or favorite leather recliner with massaging lumbar support and temperature controlled cupholders.

The remote offers three lines of text including channel name/number, artist and song title.The pre-programmed controller features 49 buttons and up to 30 presets. Connects to any stereo system with RCA inputs via RCA cable(included) Remote uses RF technology and has a range of 75ft uninterrupted.

So if carefree setup and in-home Sirius is what you desire than we strongly suggest this product.

Sirius Conductor Product Manual

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Sirius Signal Repeaters:What?Who?Where?and How?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
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If you have one of the Stiletto line of receivers this is especially important for you. It will help you understand how and why you get reception in certain areas.

  • The What? What are repeaters? These repeaters sit above buildings and receive satellite signal and retransmit them throughout the city.If you’ve ever been on the top floor of a large building and looked over at another building and saw satellite dishes and a bunch of other high-tech looking devices most likely you saw some sort of a repeater. They give us all a signal where normally we would not be able to get one.
  • The Who? No not the band, I am talking about who is affected by Sirius Signal Repeaters.Sirius Signal Repeaters are placed in Urban areas to effect the most amount of people based on their ability to get signal. Most people across the country in rural areas can get a signal with standard antennas that come with their radios.That is the reason repeaters are only placed in concrete jungles(cities). Without these repeaters even the Sirius Executives in New York could not get a signal.
  • Where are they placed? Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Detriot, and Philadelphia are just a few, almost every main city has been accounted for.
  • How do repeaters work? Repeaters sitting high above the city will receive the satellite signal,then retransmit that signal to receiver that would not normally get a signal. You can look on select radio to see which kind of signal you are getting if you access the Aiming or Signal screen on the menu of you Sirius Radio, it will say SAT or TER. SAT signal is the direct signal from the Satellites above and TER signal is the Terrestrial signal from repeaters.

Sirius has spent a lot of time and money getting us all the ability to reach their content and for that we thank them.

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Sirius Antenna Signal Repeater

Monday, January 21st, 2008
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Sirius Antenna Signal Repeater

The Sirius Echo Signal Repeater System (SIRWRS1) is a system that allows you to place your Sirius receiver in places you never thought you could. Where before you were bound by antenna cables spanning in and out of your house, now all you need is this system to send the antenna signal through wireless transmission.

This unit is comprised of two parts. The base station: this is where you connect your Sirius antenna to.Combined with Sirius Extension cables you can place it in any indoor room. Your Sirius antenna must be in a position to receive satellite signal for the system to be effective.

The second piece is the piece you connect to your Sirius receiver. It will directly plug into the ANT port on the receiver just like if you were using the regular antenna. You can place this piece up to 75ft uninterrupted, transmission range is lessened by other wireless devices and obstructions( ie walls, concrete,and of course a 1983 Volkswagen Scirocco). Cordless phones and WiFi internet can also degrade the signal.

All-in-all this unit will give you the freedom to place your Sirius Radio where ever you desire.

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Sirius Car Antennas

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
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Sirius Car Antennas

Confused by which replacement antenna you need for your Sirius Satellite Radio?

Magnetic cat antennas are a fragile breed by nature.Their life span can be significantly shortened by certain things like where the antenna cable is ran, how the antenna exits the vehicle, and where on the car the actually magnet is placed. By making sure you do not install the cable with any sharp bends or in a place where a door/window/sunroof can pinch the cable it will make sure you get all the years out of it you can.

If you do find your self in a bind needing an antenna I offer these simple suggestions and tips:

  • Dot Micro Car Antenna This Model is the industry standard. It has a low sleek profile, keeping it as far away from wind and rain as possible while giving you a 360 degrees view of the sky. It has a Higher Gain than all other antennas, which translates into better signal, making this the most cost effective choice of all the antennas.


  • Sirius Truck Antenna If you are looking for a Heavy Duty antenna built for life on the road then this is the antenna for you. It features a heavy duty steel mounting bracket,Several mounting options including mirror mount, flap mount, air dam shield mount etc. making this the most sought after antenna on the road. By getting the antenna away from obstructions gives you the best possible signal and allows you to get a satellite signal where other antennas would not. If you have a Semi or Truck this is the antenna for you!


Older radios featured a dual antenna connection. One for terrestrial signal and one for direct satellite signal. If your radio has two connections for antenna than this adapter is what you are looking for:

  • Dual Antenna Adapter This adapter gives you a single round connection to be able to use any of the other antennas listed above. It takes the two box connections you currently have and converts them into a single round plug to where you can place a newer style antenna.
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