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Old 01-22-2016, 06:16 PM   #11
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Questions: I believe ours (sitting in the glove compartment) has a non-flexible metal antenna that goes in the top of it. Others don't have that? Also, how is this wired into the head unit? Thanks!


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Old 01-22-2016, 06:37 PM   #12
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I that FR 2016 units came with a roof mounted XM antenna?
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I that FR 2016 units came with a roof mounted XM antenna?

Not ours. It's in the glove box.


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Old 01-23-2016, 06:36 AM   #14
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Could post a photo of the one in the glove box?
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:01 AM   #15
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I've seen people Dicor a cooking pan or even a metal plate on the roof to stick their WiFi boosters so I can imagine that would work just as well for XM.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:38 AM   #16
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Typically the automotive Sirius magnetic antennas need a grounding plane for good reception. They sell Sirius antennas for boats and RVs that don't require a grounding plane but they are pricey.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:06 AM   #17
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The metal plate would make the ground plane for the antenna. Not the best but it works.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:29 AM   #18
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You are most likely picking up terrestrial signal when in or near a city. Once on the road and away from a city, having the antenna under the roof will absolutely negatively affect reception. But if you are happy with the performance....carry on!
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:04 AM   #19
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Sirus XM antenna mount

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I believe we were told the mount for this is pre-wired on the roof. I haven't looked yet but sure hope so as I plan to move Sirius XM over from SUV to RV for the season.

PS: with the SUV even in an urban area, when I drive into a parking ramp, the sat signal shuts off within seconds. Even if under an overhead in slow traffic for a short spot, it shuts off even though fully open to the sides of the overpass for signals. Not seeing those alternative signals people describe. I wouldn't think an indoor antenna would pick up satellite signals very well at all.


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Old 01-24-2016, 06:26 AM   #20
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You do not need a ground plane for an XM antenna. The groundplane is only needed for transmitting. And XM antenna is just a receiving antenna. You could simply use double stick tape to attach it to the roof. Or a few wire ties.
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