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Old 05-10-2008, 17:01   #1
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Sirius radio antenna & AM FM reception

There's a Sirius radio installed in my boat with a Raymarine external antenna connected to the sirius radio component. The unit itself which is the am/fm/cd player unit has a single antenna jack with a 6 inch yellow wire attached to it just hanging loose. I get poor AM reception, if any, and FM signal is weak, so much so that the scan feature does not work. QUESTION: Does the Sirius external antenna normally double as an am/fm antenna as well and it's not working well for some reason, or, is it completely separate. If so, I'd rather remove the existing antennas and replace with an external am/fm antenna just to the am/fm radio since I'm not interested in continuing to subscribe to sirius. Thoughts anyone? Thanks all.
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Old 05-10-2008, 17:45   #2
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The Sirius antenna is for the sat radio only and the unit should have an additional antenna for AM/FM. This is usually found attached to a small set of what might look like rabbit ears. You should be able to download from the net a manual for your radio with all of the specifics from the manufacturers web site.
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Old 06-10-2008, 17:15   #3
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Thanks Chuck. I guess that explains the bad reception. I'm going to remove the Sirius antenna and install an am/fm antenna. The hole is there for the wire, the wire is there to fish the new wire. The only tricky part, I'm guessing is the mount.
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Old 06-10-2008, 17:27   #4
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I said the exact same thing (ain't paying for no stinking satellite radio. . . .). I got a few months free with my purchase of the car: tried it, liked it. Have not listened to commercial radio in that car for two years now. It is cheap BS-free entertainment!
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