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Old 11-15-2010, 04:41 AM   #1
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Strange Object on my Roof - ???

Whilst cleaning my 5er at the weekend I decided to have a look on the roof and came across this little black box with a wire coming from it next to the rear toilet vent pipe. Does any body have any thoughts as to what it is and used for..thank you
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:20 AM   #2
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That's a satellite radio or GPS antenna.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for the swift reply, would that be used for the Sirus radio which came fitted with the 5er, clearly doesn't work over here in the UK though
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:34 AM   #4
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Well in my 5th wheel it is the XM satellite radio antenna. It is a standard mag mount car antenna that goes to the Concertone SkyFi removable XM receiver.

Since its a magnetic mount, it needs a metal plate that is screwed to the roof. All the goop is to cover the mounting screws.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:51 AM   #5
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That is a satellite antenna, they are generic and can be used for either XM or Sirius receivers.
I had thought I had read a few years back on a sirius forum that people in the UK could recieve a signal as well?
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Coupey are you for real????

I believe it says XM on it and it is for the satelite radio............

Puff puff pass..........
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:56 AM   #7
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Coupey are you for real????

I believe it says XM on it and it is for the satelite radio............

Puff puff pass..........
thanks for all your replies, since I am new to the 5er and sat radio I thought it best to ask, which I did and got the answer, thanks

as for trying the sat radio in the uk I will unbox it and try it on our next outing
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That is a satellite antenna, they are generic and can be used for either XM or Sirius receivers.
Really? I had no idea. When I switched from Sirius to XM in the car, I ran a new antenna lead. It looked like the connector was different, but to be truthful, I never tried to check.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:03 AM   #9
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One Question - 3 different answers

Can an XM Radio use a Sirius Antenna? | Ask MetaFilter

More research is obviously required.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:26 AM   #10
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Looks like there is a "physical" difference in the connectors.

Sirius
50-Foot Terk Antenna Extension w/ Amplifier - Enlarged View @ MyRadioStore

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50-Foot Terk Antenna Extension Cable - Enlarged View @ MyRadioStore

That is what I had remembered.
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Thanks for the swift reply, would that be used for the Sirus radio which came fitted with the 5er, clearly doesn't work over here in the UK though
Well, it's my understanding that in the UK that item is used by MI6 to track suspicious activity among "so-called" recreational campers.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:54 AM   #13
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It is exactly the same coax connector, identical. The plastic around it may be slightly different to fit their own receiver tho. I am using my sirius sportster receiver modded into the XM adapter plate that came in my new Rockwood, I depinned the coax from the plastic connector and it plugs directly into the back of the sirius radio and if you look at the antenna aiming strength bar it is 100% strength.
I looked at that meta answer link you found, I think it is a lot of maybes and freq talk. All I know is it works perfectly for me!
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