Choosing a Satellite Radio Antenna

Which satellite radio antenna is the best choice? Without a quality antenna, signals may not be as strong as they should be.

Start with the Satellite Provider
Obviously, one of the best places to begin a search for an antenna is with the satellite service provider. Several options should be available from the major providers. XM and Sirius offer antennas that are low profile. Selecting a satellite antenna from the service provider should also help avoid any possible conflicts since it's approved by the provider.

Determine the Type of Satellite Radio Antenna
Is the antenna going to be used at home? On the family vehicle? On the water? Home antennas may be hooked up to a home theater system or cable TV. Vehicle antennas attach to the roof or the car trunk. A marine antenna may mount directly to the boat deck or on a standard marine bracket.

Gather Materials
Look for a good deal and you'll find the antenna is sold in a kit, along with necessary cable. Generally, a car kit comes with the purchase of a receiver. This kit includes an antenna, cradle, and remote control. A home kit includes a mount, antenna, cradle, and remote. Marine kits are also available. Install the kit per manufacturer's instructions.

Choosing a satellite radio antenna should begin as soon as you've selected a receiver. Always check with the service provider first and view the options these businesses offer.

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