Sirius Radio Connection - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
 
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Old guy with a modern electronics question. About ten years ago, I owned a portable XM unit. I had mounts on my boat, motorcycle, work truck and personal truck. I had one portable unit I oved around. In those days, you unplugged the antenna, plugged the XM radio in and then reconnected the antenna lead to play the XM radio.

I don't want to pay for multiple radio connections, so I plan on installing a portable unit in my Canyon and one in my new boat. I see the new portable Sirius/XM units now come with a 3.5mm cable. Is the connection and operation as simple as plugging in the Sirius 3.5mm cable into the port on the center console, mounting the satellite antenna and plugging into power?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 10:39 PM
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I just use my Sirius unit plugged into the cigarette port with the antenna on the dashboard. Tune in to 87.9 or 88.1 (depends on whatever you usually tune to) and your good to go.
Not sure about using the 3.5 mm since my unit has to be 5+ years old.

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Yes, my older unit worked that way, but required you to tap into the radio antenna (FM modulator). I'm trying to find out if the newer units eliminate the FM modulator and just use the 3.5mm jack.

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Old guy with a modern electronics question. About ten years ago, I owned a portable XM unit. I had mounts on my boat, motorcycle, work truck and personal truck. I had one portable unit I oved around. In those days, you unplugged the antenna, plugged the XM radio in and then reconnected the antenna lead to play the XM radio.

I don't want to pay for multiple radio connections, so I plan on installing a portable unit in my Canyon and one in my new boat. I see the new portable Sirius/XM units now come with a 3.5mm cable. Is the connection and operation as simple as plugging in the Sirius 3.5mm cable into the port on the center console, mounting the satellite antenna and plugging into power?

Thanks in advance.
Yes, the new units are that simple. I have one in my '16 Colorado. I used the 3.5mm jack to send the audio to the radio (select the media option on the radio). I used the 12v port on the opposite side of the console from the 3.5mm jack.

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Probably easier to activate it for the truck, then add on the small fee to use the app on your phone for the boat?

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