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JOhn
06-01-2005, 02:43 AM
So now that I'm spending 8-12 ours a day in the van driving and most of it in the mountains, I'm desperate for some real radio to listen to. I really am interested in who carries some of the right wing talk shows in the AM (noon or so east coast) and some of the better late-nite ( early AM east coast) radio programming also.

not really concerned about the music offerings, as a have a huge CD collection, and I'm aware that Sirius has the NFL, but does XM have any football stations? And how good is the NFL channel on Sirius, is it worth listening to on a daily basis?

Also what kind of equipment do I need, or would you guys recommend? Self installation is no problem, but I really want to be able to transfer it from vehicle to vehicle, as I have several that I use. Also would like to keep it under $200, and I have no interest in the portable/headphone type systems.

Well off to work, but will check in around noon to see what you all have to say. :thumb:

thanks in advance for the assistance.

YEA I KNOW, it's a repeat post, but I couldn't find this info on any other threads, sorry if it offends anyone for the repost. 4321

BigMeatballDave
06-01-2005, 03:12 AM
I have XM. Basically, just because their recievers are less expensive...

BigMeatballDave
06-01-2005, 03:15 AM
Last I heard, XM has a deal on their 'Roady2' reciever. Buy one get one free... xmradio.com

Vegas_Dave
06-01-2005, 03:22 AM
I recently put XM in my car so I cna give you my experience on it. Personally, I didnt care too much about the NFL issue on Sirius because my butt is firmly planted in front of the TV come gameday.

I was also slightly turned off from Sirius simply because of Howard Stern.

So XM was for me... plus my business already has an account so I got to sign on using the "Family Plan" and only pay $6.95 a month for me.

There is definately great programming on XM. Heck they have 2 channels dedicated to nothing but right wing or left wing politics... America Right & America Left... (stay away from the Dark side, come to the Right side!)

The biggest treat in my opinion is the Comedy stations. They play some of the coolest comedy bits out there including some of my favorites like Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy & Richard Pryor... plus tons of others that I have never heard of who were equally funny. I find myself tuned to that station on a daily basis about 35% of the time.

I would recommend you simply go in to like Circuit City where they usually will have both hooked up side by side so you can scroll through the channels.

As for equipment, heres what I use:

http://www.circuitcity.com/IMAGE/product/detail/dpi/EC.DPI.SA1016211B1.JPG
The Delphi XMSkyfy2. Coupled with the car kit (includes mount, antenna & tape adaptor), you can get this at Circuit City for like $159. http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Delphi-XM-SKYFi-2-Satellite-Radio-Receiver-Combo-Pack-SA1016211B1-/sem/rpsm/oid/123098/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

There are a couple of ways to install it. If you have a cassette player in your car, that is the easiest and best sound quality. Self install of the antenna is a snap once you have figured out where to put it on your vehicle. Worst case scenario, this unit has a built in FM Modulator. Meaning that if you dont have a cassette deck or you dont want to "hard wire" it directly into your radio, you can use the built in modulator and set the FM frequency to a frequency that has no other broadcasting and you can hear your XM by tuning into that station.

However, if you are constantly travelling, I would recommend the cassette adaptor or hardwiring so that you do not have to constantly change that frequency.

Hope that helps.

Vegas_Dave
06-01-2005, 03:23 AM
Last I heard, XM has a deal on their 'Roady2' reciever. Buy one get one free... xmradio.com

I think that may have ended today but you would want to double check. Buy ANY XM receiver and get an XM Roady 2 for free (with 3 month prepaid subscription). My father has his free Roady 2 coming in at the end of the week.

Big Slick
06-01-2005, 11:56 AM
Well, I've got Sirius and love it. Never listened to XM so can't compare. I have it for the music and NFL talk. I do know that they have left and right wing talk show choices that are on dedicated channels, so I assume there's programming 24/7 on them. Also has a couple comedy channels, one is censored, one uncensored. The NFL Talk is great. I don't use it for listenening to games, don't need to. But my brother is a trucker and it's a must have for someone like that. They also carry NBA and NCAA hoops.

Equipment, I've got a FM modulator car kit. Hardly ever have to change frequencies, no big deal at all. If you've got front aux jacks, do that, but don't be afraid of a FM modulator...