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Old 09-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Sirius Radio Antenna

I have a portable sirius radio without an external mounted antenna. I have been using the typical car antenna placed on the dash at the windshield. This works most of the time but sometimes I lose reception. I have tried an antenna that is made for a sationary location and can be pointed but it is not as reliable. I would like to increase the reliablity of the reception. I read several posts about mounting it on the roof but I don't do roofs very well and I don't really want to put another hole in my roof.

Has anyone done something that works? Has anyone used one of the mirror mounted units? My concern on this is that i will not be above the roof of the unit so will I lose reception when traveling certain directions?

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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Just purchased a thru the glass XM antenna from eBay. Mounted in the overhang window. Ran the wire down next to the rear view mirror. Seems to work pretty good. Had 2 external button antennas, but the wire took a beating.
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Go for the hole in the roof.....use silicone to seal the hole you snake the wire down. Use silicone on the bottom of the antenna and stick it near the hole. It will not leak.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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I used a Sirius marine antenna through the roof Amazon.com: Shakespeare SRA-25 Ultra Low Profile Sirius Marine Antenna: Sports & Outdoors You can adapt other antennas as you do with an auto.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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You don't need to make a hole in the roof if your front cap.If it is not metal, just mount it inside the front cap at the highest part and run the lead in the left pillar down to your reciever. That's how mine is installed and it works great.
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The Sirius antennna will perform much better mounted on a metal roof as the roof serves a a "ground plane" for the antenna simplisticaly increasing the level of the signals it receives. My original roof mounted antenna failed this summer so I bought a replacement from Radio Shack. I did not want to run the cable to the roof so I mounted it in a rectangular piece of metal about 4"x6" in the compartment above the driver.It works well given the roof is fiberglass. Try mounting yours on a piece of metal on the dash and you will see the difference the ground plane makes in signal level.
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The marine antenna is meant to be used on fiberglass.
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I have my XM Antenna mounted to the hood between the wipers on my class c for travel and have another mouted to the refrigerator cover on the roof. I dropped the cable down the cavity and brought it out in my outside entertainment center to have sat reception when I am parked. This was easy and works well for us

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Just purchased a thru the glass XM antenna from eBay. Mounted in the overhang window. Ran the wire down next to the rear view mirror. Seems to work pretty good. Had 2 external button antennas, but the wire took a beating.

I know that XM and Sirius are now the same but would a XM antenna work with a sirius radio? Also does this antenna work if it is mounted on a verticle window vs a sloped one like in the rear of a car?

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You don't need to make a hole in the roof if your front cap.If it is not metal, just mount it inside the front cap at the highest part and run the lead in the left pillar down to your reciever. That's how mine is installed and it works great.
I had my original roof top antenna fail. I also mounted below my front cap & it works well.
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