Sirius Antennas

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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There are a wide variety of Sirius satellite radio antennas on the market. For many people, this is going to be the first time they've even thought of such a hardware option. Figuring out what one needs should be based first upon where Sirius is going to be installed (in the car, at home, on a boat, in an RV, etc), and secondly, upon one's own aesthetic preferences.

Sirius Antennas: Options for Cars, Homes and Boats

For cars, Sirius subscribers have two options: on-glass antennas, which transmit the signal through the glass to an interior receiver or roof-mount antennas, which attach via magnets or adhesives, and transmit signals via a micro-coaxial cable run beneath window seals. The former is very popular with some because there's no danger of damage to a car's finish. The roof-mounts are often popular with owners of SUVs, minivans and pick-ups because of their extremely low profile (i.e., low height) design.

There are also two options specific to Sirius usage in large trucks, RVs and the like: mirror mounts and clip mounts. Mirror mount antennas attach to the exterior side mirror, and their tall mast (up to two feet in height) rises above roof of the cab or RV to receive the satellite signal. Clip mounts, on the other hand, attach to any flat surface--not necessarily horizontal--such as a large truck's air dam, or to the roof of large RVs.

Home antennas are designed specifically for outdoor installation, on either an exterior wall, or on the roof. Home antennas are designed within protective housing, making them impervious to changing weather conditions. Like home antennas, marine antennas are exceptionally sturdy in design, able to withstand the barrage of saltwater and high wind conditions. Boat owners can choose from two varieties: a mast antenna that stands approximately one foot in height (not including the mounting equipment), or a more low profile model, considered ideal for smaller vessels.

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