Strong FM replacement options..

Discussion in 'SiriusXM Soundwave Cafe' started by ClubSteeler, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. ClubSteeler

    ClubSteeler Member

    Any options other than ebay?

    My dad's Starmate ST2 just died. He relies on FM for both home and car, and being retired, hoping to keep price down as much as possible.

    Does the original INV have strong FM? IS there an AC adapter for it?

    Other recommendations?????

    I have a WTB ad in the DRC Hardware Exchange Forum if anyone on this forum has something.
  2. jef

    jef Power Pig, Hello!

    I think older gear is your only option short of connecting a 3rd party transmitter via line out. We still use an old Xact Visor in our house - for a while the only downside was that it didn't get some of the channels after 180-something (not a worry with the newer lineup now).

    Good luck!
  3. nightvoyager

    nightvoyager New Member

    I'm using my old Visor now, and the FM transmitter performance is unbelievable! :eek:...the older 12-volt models have more as far as anything drawing more juice..enter the Fm Transmitter..;) You can pick up Visors for very cheap nowadays..
  4. jef

    jef Power Pig, Hello!

    Yep - I can pick up ours several houses down the street before I lose the signal in my car. Hope my neighbors appreciate all the Howard Stern they get to hear ;-)
  5. Grüpsaar

    Grüpsaar DRC Forum Bum

    Yeah, my older Xact XTR7 transmits crazy good, I used to broadcast from my room in my old apartment, and out neighbor was out working on his truck in his garage with the truck radio on, and it picked up What I had on. Which at first was Octane, and he seemed to enjoy it, then it changed to Howard, and he stayed tuned it. He was confused, haha.
  6. hjsiemer

    hjsiemer New Member

    On the Visors that will tune below 88.1 have the strong signal, so that is the test if you buy one from ebay, etc. Ask the seller to tune the fm transmitter to below 88.1, if it works then that is one of the originals with the 100mw signal
  7. JoeTan

    JoeTan Well-Known Member

    My sportster replay is real strong. Covers the whole house and yard no problem.
  8. nillam1

    nillam1 Member

    So any receiver that tunes to 87.7 and 87.9 means that it has the old strong pre FCC ban pre 2006 FM transmitter?
  9. hjsiemer

    hjsiemer New Member

    Yes, You will receive a letter in the mail in about 2 weeks advising you that the fm signal on the radio exceeds current fcc standards and you need to obtain an "attenunator" from an electronics supplier...this "letter" was received from sirius about 6 months ago by a colleague, after he subscribed with an old radio.
  10. Super Dave

    Super Dave Member

  11. nillam1

    nillam1 Member

  12. Super Dave

    Super Dave Member

    You're welcome. This one is also stereo, where their earlier models were mono and 200mw. Great unit, I plug all kinds of music into it, my laptop, Slacker, iPods... You will enjoy it.
  13. nillam1

    nillam1 Member

    Did you se the Orion-5000? Now that kicks ass! I might buy one of them and broadcast howard 24/7, LOL, just think of all the people in my neigbourhood searching the radio stations ans finding Howard 100 with a stripper on the sibian. HAha, hilarious.
  14. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    I think it would be far easier at this point in time to buy a commercially available FM transmitter and then pick any radio to feed into it.
  15. xan_user

    xan_user Banned

    IRBS makes a good point.
    Even if you find an old satrad with illegal transmitter, it will likley fail due to age sooner than you want.
    If your dad just uses it in one or two spots why not get him a hardwired setup or two? it will sound way better.

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