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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2003

    homebuilt XM receiver

    Slightly OT, but I thought everyone would get a kick out of it anyways...

    A guy on the forums built his own XM satellite radio receiver. He used the XM receiver from a XMPCR. He just added his own control front end hardware to it.

    Lots of pictures.

    P.S. For the uninformed, the 2nd gen XM receiver chipset is completely contained within a small metal can. Al 2nd gen receivers use the same receiver module. The only thing you have to do to get it to work is provide +5v power and a antenna connection. The module uses a very simple serial control protocol which is well documented thanks to the XMPCR. It outputs audio in a plan PCM digital stream at 24-bit 44khz. The XMPCR PC controlled receiver is nothing but a XM receiver can with a Serial to USB converter attached!

    Anyone with a little bit of microcontroller experience could build their own XM receiver.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Memphis - TN
    thats kick ***!!
    2011 Nissan Frontier SL
    AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
    OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.

  3. #3
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    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Houston, TX
    Wow, that is certainly some cool stuff, but I am lost for the intent of it.... It looks like he took something the size of a CD case (the XMPCR) that costs $50 and turned it into something the size of a small Volkswagon and costs $2000.....

    But again the effort and design is very impressive

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