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Old August 18th, 2005, 12:07 PM
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I just picked up a XM Radio Roady 2 unit at Cicuit City for $45. I needed tunes out in the middle of nowhere and this seems like a good route to go. Plays through my radio and the sound quality is great, at least to my ears. Nothing beats Shekis system, that thing is awsome. I have seen the same Roady2 XM units on the internet for as low as $34. But with S&H I figured driving over to Circuit City and paying the $45 was a wash. Anyway it sounds great and I now have tunes in the middle of the desert without skipping discs
As far as wether Sirius or XM is better? I have listened to both and they both seemed about the same so I went with the cheapest deal I could get at the time.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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I love my XM. It was awesome driving across country and not having to search for something to listen too when you left or entered a different market. Since Philly's "rock" market is never going to let go of the 80's, those of use not preferring to hear the same old Guns N Roses songs over and over again, Sat radio really is the only outlet to listen to. Here in Austin I still use it all the time but at least there are some way better stations on regular radio that realize since the 80's, new bands had come out and there are others in the world that know AC/DC released more songs other than just "Back in black".
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Old August 18th, 2005, 02:27 PM
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I've had my XM on my D90 for a year. It's the best. Most stations are commercial free, and like you say, out in BFE you still get tunes. I like hearing a song being played that would have never been played on most FM stations when it first came out (happens all the time Fred/Ethel/Lucy).
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Old August 18th, 2005, 05:23 PM
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I have to fully agree. Since I bought XM, that's all I listen to. The antenna placement is kinda tricky on the 90 verses the car, but it is well worth the investment. Get the home kit too!!!! MLB on XM is a godsend. Fred/Ethel/Lucy/Squizz/Old Time Radio Rule!
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Old August 18th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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Keith,

How did you mount your antenna?

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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:16 AM
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The Bluegrass channel is awsome. I stuck the anttena on my shovel blade that is mounted to the side of my rack. It's kind of hard to find somthing on a Defender that a magnet will stick to.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:22 AM
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Brilliant!
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Old August 19th, 2005, 02:04 AM
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I had a similar dilemma trying to find a place for my GPS antenna, before I had my snorkel, I was able to place it under the plastic wingtop cover on the driver side. That is a good stealthy place for it. Once I got my snorkel, I tried it under the hood. That didn't work, I wasn't able to pick up a satellite. I ended up using the exterior of the firewall. I placed it under the fresh air vents as close to the edge of the hood as possible. The snorkel hides it pretty well.
If you don't have a snorkel I would definitely try the underside of the plastic wingtopís faux vent cover. Use a good double sided foam tape, you may have to trim one of the baffle to get the antenna to fit.
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I've got my stuck on one of the light tabs on the cage. Its pretty hard to see if you don't know what to look for.
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Mine is under the driver side plastic wing vent attached to the wheel well sheet metal. I ran the wire thru the wheel well, into the battery compartment below seat and into cab. Works great.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 06:43 PM
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On my antenna install, the radio installer did an awesome job. First you have to select the right antenna. I chose a Panasonic? low profile style that resembles a pyramid with the top chopped off. The installer made a mount/bracket out of metal to attach the antenna to the mount, and then mounted the bracket to the top bar on the external cage. They ran the wire through the bars to the interior (XM receiver unit mounted inside the passernger underseat compartment). No exposed wires anywhere. The antenna mount is very low profile and has not gotten hung up on anything yet.
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I caved in and got Sirius satellite radio installed in the truck yesterday. I was able to use my existing radio as I figured this day would eventually come. I was frustrated with the drive through the Mid West and the Rockies with either nothing on the radio at all or nothing but Christian talk radio. I know the issue has come up about where to install the antenna, Since I have a snorkel the plastic wing top cap wasn't an option, the installer told me he could use the heater vent intake. He said it wouldn't be a problem, they did a great job, very stealthy. The only way you'll see it is if you stand over it and look into the intake. They fabricated a bracket to mount the antenna's receiver to and placed it all under the plastic vent. Sorry for the crappy picture, if anyone wants a better one I'd be happy to ablige
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Roll bar light tab, it works like a charm! XM is the best thing going since the 8-track, casette, CD.......
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