Satellite radio antenna question

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by McClintoc, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    I recently installed an aftermarket stereo head unit that is satellite radio capable. While I currently do not have a subscription, I am thinking of getting one. My question is, will I need a new antenna or will my OE antenna be able to receive the sat signal?
  2. dobey

    dobey Member

    You will need a different antenna. Likely, you'll also need a separate module. Typically, 'capable' or 'ready' advertised head units have the ability to switch to an XM/Sirius source, but require an external module to enable that source. Check the manual for your new stereo.
  3. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    Which radio did you get? I ask because I just purchased a new head unit and was told by the installer that I didn't need a new module as [MENTION=40835]dobey[/MENTION] stated. I was told I may need an adapter to be able to hook it up. I believe that [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] also used an adapter for his HU. Not all HU may be this easy though.
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

  5. awtposts

    awtposts New Member

    Yes. New Antenna. Not sure about difficulty on self install. I would check with Manufacturer of your unit for a recommended Antenna and go from there. At least it will get you pointed in the right direction.
  6. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

  7. awtposts

    awtposts New Member

    In keeping things simple for here - The only diff between conventional radio and Satellite is the location of the transmitter. There's a lot more to it of course but that's it in a nutshell.

    A Satellite antenna is designed to receive signals much less amplified than a conventional radio wave antenna and decrypt the encrypted Sirrius/XM signals. Your adapter will provide this function.

    Looks like a nice unit too. I like the NOAA setup it has.
  8. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    The weather band was probably the biggest reason I bought the unit. I didn't need anything super fancy, just something that was a little better than stock and had an audio-in jack. I work in emergency management so it's nice to know what the weather is up to.
  9. awtposts

    awtposts New Member

    First unit I've seen with weather / emergency capability. My cousin is a retired Fire Chief so I'll tell him about this as he would like this living in florida.
  10. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    When I bought my new head unit the harness I bought to keep all the chimes and on star,factory blue tooth ... It also will keep the factory XM working. The downside to doing it that way is the display for channel and song is displayed on the DIC not the radio. The fix for that is to get a new XM receiver and an antenna adapter. I googled this topic last night and found a few items that would help. There was a youtube video that showed how it was done. I was also able to find an adapter to hook the factory antenna up to the after market XM receiver. I just need to verify the connection types before I post that it will work. But like I said there are youtube video's out there that show how to make it work.
  11. dobey

    dobey Member

    Looks like you probably need this: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_607SCC1/SiriusConnect-Car-only-Tuner.html

    And if your truck has a factory XM/Sirius antenna, you could probably buy an adapter to plug it into the module.

    The wireless signal strength is probably just a general thing, and shows for the FM or AM or WB signal as well, and doesn't necessarly have anything to do with the satellite if you haven't got the module/antenna.
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  12. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    Good to know guys. Thanks for all the input!

    Especially that link, dobey!

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