Satellite radio hack (sorta)

Posted by joy


This past Christmas, I received a Delphi XM SKYFi unit with the accompanying home and car adapters. I like to listen to the radio in the car and I usually have the XM going during my commute. I skip between channels 43 (college rock) and 82 (horrific electronica) respectively.

During my commute last week, I hit one of the satellite signal deadspots at a traffic light. I don’t have XM built in to my car audio system and I’ve only strung the anntenna inside of my new car which makes deadspots more frequent, or so I’ve been told. While sitting at the light, the radio signal went out and faded away and then all of a sudden I was hearing, of all things, Howard Stern’s voice coming out of *my* car speakers. Needless to say, I was just a tad bit surprised.

It seems that I was able to hear Mr. Stern’s voice because I’m using the XM car adapter kit with the low intensity FM transmitter. I use my transmitter at 88.3 FM and apparently, another car near me in traffic was using the same frequency for their Sirius car adapter unit.

I’ve heard of Pirate Radio with iPod FM transmitters, but this is a first concerning satellite radio.

So, perhaps here’s an idea for those guys who are streaming Howard on the net.


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