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Old 06-25-2006, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone up in Boston experienced bad reception with the Sirius radio? The 88.1 frequency is just not working well and I can't find an empty frequency to switch over to. The MIT college radio station is using 88.1. The reception doen not work in Boston, Brookline, Newton and other surrounding areas. Please help.
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Has anyone up in Boston experienced bad reception with the Sirius radio? The 88.1 frequency is just not working well and I can't find an empty frequency to switch over to. The MIT college radio station is using 88.1. The reception doen not work in Boston, Brookline, Newton and other surrounding areas. Please help.
You can't use 88.1. Too strong of interference. Try 87.9/88.3 in boston or get a FM RELAY so it cuts off the external antenna...or just unscrew your external antenna.

Boston is rough with the low 80s range as you'll get 6 shows bleeding into it depending on the direction you are driving in. Also with everyone else using it for their Ipod, etc, it's pretty noisy. 107.7 might work also (of it will boradcast that high)
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Try out www.fmfind.info and punch in your zip code and such, and it will give you the best frequencies to try, as well as others that may work, but not as well. Go down the line trying the top most recommended, and see what happens. I found the websites suggestions to work quite well in the past, let me know if it helps.
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You can't use 88.1. Too strong of interference. Try 87.9/88.3 in boston or get a FM RELAY so it cuts off the external antenna...or just unscrew your external antenna.
What is an FM Relay and how do I get one? Is it hard to install?

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I believe this is what you need: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1117177049245

It goes in between the antenna and the radio. $20 beans and if you can get to the back of your radio you are golden. Takes like 2 seconds to install.
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The relays work well and install easily so long as you can get to the back of your car radio, and so long as the coax from the car antenna uses the Motorola style plugs.

If it's a European car, be aware that there is a good chance the car radio does NOT use the standard Motorola style plugs, in which case there are adapters that can be used. Those adapters are about $10 each on-line, and you need two. Male-to-female, and female-to-male.
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102.9 and 99.9 work OK for me in the Boston area (when I used to use a FM mod). I use 87.9 now when I have my Sportster Replay with me, and I don't really have too many problems.
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