Installing Satellite Radio in My Car

Feb 26, 2008

When I first purchased my Sirius radio, I was able to use it with a simple FM transmitter with no problems. This worked fine but I had problems getting a decent reception no matter how hard I tried. I was especially frustrated that the FM transmitter would pick up on other channels and sporadically deliver static taking away from the clarity of the music. I was certain that I was going to have to pay for professional installation. After all, my area of expertise has never been with audio/visual equipment, or with automobiles.

After looking into the various options available for professional installation, and talking to a neighbor who had wired an antenna for his own satellite radio, I thought that I would give it a go. After all, if it didn't work out, I could always take it to a professional to have them do the installation the right way....

I'm glad I decided to try it myself. Installation of the antenna for my Sirius radio was easier than I could possible have imagined. There were just a couple of steps involved and only a few parts of the interior of my car to dive into. First, I had to mount the antenna. The resources at the Sirius web site helped me figure out exactly where on my pickup I should mount it, and how to install it properly. From there, I needed to route the cable for the antenna to where I would be housing the Sirius radio. Here again, I was able to get a lot of information from the Sirius site on the Internet. Even though they do not show you the exact model of your car, it is easy to see the best practice for routing the wires. I was amazed in how easy it was just to feed a simple wire through my car.

While the installation process was relatively straight forward and simple, there was one problem that I ran into at first. When I first plugged my Sirius radio into the antenna, all I would get was the message, "Acquiring Signal." I spent an hour or more messing with my antenna, trying to get it into a better position. Just about that time, my wife came out and asked me how it was going. I told her the problem. She said to me, "should you pull the truck out of the garage?" You see, our garage has an upstairs, and there is quite a bit of building in between my antenna and the sky. Sure enough, I opened the garage door and backed out, and my Sirius radio popped right up. The satellite radio installation took me all of an hour and I started with no clue as to what I was doing. It would have taken me over an hour to drive to Best Buy and wait on the guys there to do this for me. It also would have cost me quite a bit more.


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Author: Bob Maines is a satellite radio specialist with several years of experience selling and installing SIRIUS Radio

Installing Satellite Radio in My Car

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