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  1. XM and GPS run on different frequency ranges as...

    XM and GPS run on different frequency ranges as well as different polarization.

    Most XM antennas use a active design. The receiver actually powers a small amplifier and filter in the antenna.. ...
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    thanks, thats exactlly the kind of response im...

    thanks, thats exactlly the kind of response im looking for :)

    sounds like it would be what I want, but the lack of RDS kinda ruins it :( I've become very acustom to having it..
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    Don't have a carputer right now. Its too...

    Don't have a carputer right now. Its too expensive to go that route at the moment.

    I did have a old music only setup, and I may resurrect it once I get a HU with AUX input (currently I use a...
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    When someone makes a decent LCD touchscreen that...

    When someone makes a decent LCD touchscreen that won't break in a few months, is readable in any light, has hardware controllable dimming, has a native resolution that video cards actually support,...
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    headunit recommendations

    Well the 6-disc in-dash receiver in my Ford Focus is on its last leg. Everything has been stripped so much the mechinisim that moves the CDs no longer works right. It barely plays anything anymore....
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    WorldSpace has been around for along time, they...

    WorldSpace has been around for along time, they provide programming for some of the channels on XM. XM's system was partly based on the WorldSpace design.

    The only problem with WorldSpace is that...
  7. Thread: XM radio rant

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    OH christ, not this again.... Say it with me...

    OH christ, not this again....


    Say it with me now....

    XM IS NOT A CLEAR CHANNEL COMPANY!

    They are not owned by Clear Channel! Clear Channel currently owns less than 1% of total XM stock! ...
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    I'm curious to learn exactlly what kind of...

    I'm curious to learn exactlly what kind of USB/serial adapter you found that had no electronics?

    Just because USB standards for "Universal Serial Bus" does not mean its compatible with RS232...
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    There is a problem with GPS and the Roady line of...

    There is a problem with GPS and the Roady line of XM receivers....


    The original Roady 1 generates a literal ****load of EMI around the same frequency range as GPS. Any GPS receiver within 8 or...
  10. Thread: XM radio rant

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    Explain to me exactlly how does cutting bandiwdth...

    Explain to me exactlly how does cutting bandiwdth cut costs?

    Both providers where liscenced 12.5Mhz. (this would have been higher, 20mhz each IIRC, but some heavy lobbying by satellite radio...
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    If you want to have computer controlled satellite...

    If you want to have computer controlled satellite radio you need a receiver like the XMDirect or XM Commander (both are the same thing basically, the XMDirect is cheaper!)

    The XMDirect is a XM...
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    Yes, the offcialy ATA-100 spec says no more than...

    Yes, the offcialy ATA-100 spec says no more than 18" But the ATA Working Group actually considered increasing it to 24". They decided to not revise the standard due to the introduction of SATA and...
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    XM transmits 16 characters per field, so you...

    XM transmits 16 characters per field, so you would actually see "christina agular" (spelling?) 3rd generation modules now support extended fields up to 32 characters, but no mobile XM tuner is being...
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    RANT *aftermarket Headunits*

    Why is that all aftermarket headunits seem to cut corners?

    Display: Many displays these days provide a single line of text, 8 characters at most. And many don't even scroll when there are more...
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    Someone at Siriusbackstage did manage to...

    Someone at Siriusbackstage did manage to interface a receiver to a computer. But in a weird way.

    He hacked the protocol the radio module microcontroller used to communicate with the front panel...
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    They should sound the same! Espcially if using...

    They should sound the same! Espcially if using the digital output!

    All 2nd generation XM receivers use the same exact receiver module.

    2nd gen. receivers include the SkyFi1, Roady 1, XMPCR,...
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    RDS = Radio Data System Its a way of sending...

    RDS = Radio Data System


    Its a way of sending digital data inside a FM radio broadcast.

    Its been in wide use in Europe for some time, its just now starting to come into wide use in the US. ...
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    I would suggest you put the antenna on your roof...

    I would suggest you put the antenna on your roof for best possible reception.

    The antenna cable on XM automotive antennas is not much thicker than some heavy duty fishing line. And you get 22...
  19. gizmomkr: I don't have the pinouts right off...

    gizmomkr: I don't have the pinouts right off hand, but if you search on the XMFan forums I'm sure you'll find them.

    And, you might check out XM411.com. Someone there actually built their own XM...
  20. All generation 2 XM receivers have the same exact...

    All generation 2 XM receivers have the same exact tuner box inside. Gen 2 receivers include: SkyFi, Roady 1, PCR, and some OEM units.

    The gen 2 tuner box is a metal encased can, it exposes serial...
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    Where do I start? Firstly, what of these...

    Where do I start? Firstly, what of these settings do work only work for Windows 95 and 98, some for ME as well. None of these do anything for 2k/XP, or any NT based OS for that matter. config.sys,...
  22. A simple permanent magnet is not going to damage...

    A simple permanent magnet is not going to damage your hardrive. Inside the hardrive itself is a extremely powerful neodymium magnet sitting no more than a few cm from the platters.

    To even mess...
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    XM is available in the US and Canada only... ...

    XM is available in the US and Canada only...


    You may be able to get a Worldspace receiver, however their signal is not nearly as strong as XM's and is NOT designed for mobile use.
  24. Thread: Xm?

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    Digital output.... All 2nd generation...

    Digital output....

    All 2nd generation receivers (SkyFi, XMPCR, Roady, Commander, some automotive OEM factory radios) use the same XM receiver module.

    This module outputs digital audio in plain...
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    homebuilt XM receiver

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


    A guy on the XM411.com forums built his own XM satellite radio receiver. He used the XM receiver from a XMPCR. He just...
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