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Hide the factory style Sat Antenna (S60)

This might be old news, but I just figured it out...<p>I installed the factory Sirius receiver on my S60R and installed it as documented by Volvo. It worked fine but I HATED the giant sized antenna. It looks horrible in my opinion, breaks up the clean lines of the car and doesn't match any other surface.<p>So I came up with two solutions for those who may install or have the dealer install. As always these work fine for me, but your milage may vary...<p><B>Option 1: </B>I have no clue why there is a green and white connection. My guess is that one is could be for Nav and the other for Sat. Since I only have sat (and I-pod) I tried plugging a regular sirius antenna in the back of the factory box. White did nothing, but if you plug it in green it works fine. The outside of the connectors are different but the inside is the same mini-coax so you can just plug it in. This option would allow you to use the much smaller antenna commonly sold for other sirius tuners. I noticed no loss of signal or other side effects when I used this for a day to test it out.<p><B>Option 2:</B> This is what I decided on. I removed my giant sized antenna from the roof and installed it under the parcel shelf. This was super easy to do and there are enough holes that you can lay down in the trunk and route the lines and antenna with ease. Here is a pic, you can just see the back of the antenna. I used the same 3M adhesive tape to secure it.<p><IMG SRC="http://home.woh.rr.com/patdani/temp/sirius.JPG" BORDER="0"><p>There is enough space and padding there that the antenna fits fine and does not push up the interior piece so the result is a completly stealth install. You can't see it at all from inside or outside the car.<p>I have 35% metallic tint and I didn't notice any signal loss from placing the antenna there instead of placing it on the roof. I'm sure there probably is some, but if there is it is small and the benefits of the clean look far outweigh any possible loss for me at least.<p>If you are doing an install, at a minimum I'd try just setting it in there and driving around, if it works for you great!<p>Pat
 

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Re: Hide the factory style Sat Antenna (Pat S)

Most Sirius receivers and antennas have two connections. One is for receiving satellite signals, and is used the majority of the time. The other picks up terrestrial repeater signals in major cities which provide reception when the satellite might be blocked by tall buildings, lots of underpasses, etc. The receiver is able to seamlessly (in most cases) switch between the two.<p>Some of the "mini" satellite antennas do not have the terrestrial antenna built in.<br>
 

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Re: Hide the factory style Sat Antenna (apl175)

Ahh, Thanks for the clarification. I think some of the aftermarkets have the terrestrial antenna in the receiver unit (at least two of the models I have had were this way) It makes sense that the our model would not have an internal antenna.<p>Pat
 
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