Sirius XM Car Antennas

There are a lot of Sirius XM car antennas being sold.  All are not the same.   There are wide variation in the quality of signal reception and durability.  You might think that Sirius XM are the only ones making antennas for their radios but there are several other manufacturers that make these even better than Sirius XM themselves. There are a few factors that you need to consider prior to selecting your antenna.  The most important decision is where you would like to place the antenna.  The antenna that comes with the Sirius XM car kit is typically a small … Read more

Mounting the Latest Sirius Car Radio Models: Stratus 7 Starmate 8 and OnyX

With many new cars coming with satellite radio already installed, we are surprised by the number of inquiries we field on aftermarket radios.  Sirius has recently released the Stratus 7, Starmate 8 and Onyx Plus radios.  Quite frankly these radios all comes with better displays and more features than the car installed radios.  The displays have more lines and most models have the ability to rewind.  Some can display album art and you can customize your own Sirius channels by blending several channels together.  I’m sure there are many Sirius users out there that already has a stock Sirius Radio in their … Read more

My Sirius / XM Antenna Looks Goofy on the Roof of My Car

Satellite radio was introduced roughly ten years ago and has changed dramatically since the original introduction of the Delphi Skyfi.  The most significant change is that SiriusXM is now built into many vehicles.  However, you might be surprised at how many standalone units are still in use.  The latest models include the Onyx, XMp3i, and the extension of the Stratus, Sportster and StarMate lines (they are up to the eight generation as of 2014).  That’s a lot of Sirius / XM antennas stuck to people’s car roofs. The standalone models all require an antenna to be mounted within the line of … Read more

Car Lighter Mounts for Cars and Trucks

When I was a kid, you used your car lighter to, well, light your cigarette.  No clue to the dangers of second-hand smoke, my parents would light up with the windows closed.  The interior of the car was cloudier than being next to the Hudson River on a foggy day.  From the back seat, I could barely see the road.  I developed smoker’s cough at the age of 6 and could hear fog horns from the back seat.  I thought this was normal, didn’t even crack the window.  Times have changed.  Not only are lighters now called power outlets (or … Read more

Mount a Sirius XM Radio on your Motorcycle

Want to listen to Sirius XM Radio on your motorcycle?  There are three things to take care of.  Where to put it, how to power it, how to hear it.  This overview is applicable to most SiriusXM radios made over the past ten years so there is a good chance that what you have will apply. For power, a universal hardwire kit such as the Eklipse Charging System is what you need.  These universal adapters have an ending that is a receptacle shaped like your car accessory lighter.  It has an end cap that can be closed when not in use and will attach … Read more

Sirius XM and FM Radio Static

So you just got a new satellite radio and it sounds awful?  Way back in the last decade, satellite radios were able to push out a solid watt (or more) of FM signals.  The problem was it pushed the signal not just to the radio in your car, but in others that were riding alongside you.  The FCC didn’t like that and severely limited the amount of power the internal FM transmitters could push out.  Unfortunately in many cases, it’s insufficient and a lot of people return their Sirius or XM radios because the old car radio sounded so much … Read more