How to Set Up XM Radio in Your Car

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You finally got it. Whether it’s a Delphi Xpress RC or the Terk XM Commander, you’ve got your XM radio. Now it’s time to hook it up. You know that you want it in your car, but you’re not quite certain how to get it there. With all the wires and connections, you’re confused and frustrated. We feel you. Don’t worry, however. A few simple steps and you’ll be listening to all your favorite tunes day in and day out. Here’s a guide on how to use XM radio in your car. We’ll focus on the 2 aforementioned receivers, although installation is pretty universal for most XM receivers.

Delphi Xpress RC
The Xpress RC includes an XM radio car kit to make installing in your vehicle quick and straightforward. A few simple steps and you’ll be ready to go:

1. Set up the antenna. The antenna has a powerful magnet that will adhere to the top of your car. It can be taken in and out when not in use. Run the antenna wiring along any existing weather stripping or wiring channels along the door, flooring and dashboard to ensure that it’s out of the way and doesn’t present a danger. Plug into the receiver.
2. Mount the Xpress RC. Car kit includes mounting hardware to affix to an air conditioning vent, making for easy removal and reinstallation. For more permanent installation, use the swivel mount with adhesive and attach to dashboard or other convenient location.
3. Plug in. The car kit includes a 12V power adaptor to plug into your cigarette or 12V plug.
4. Pop in the cassette. The kit includes a cassette that pops into your tape deck to allow XM to filter through your car stereo. If you do not have a tape deck, you’ll need to purchase a separate audio jack or XM SureConnect to plug into your stereo.
5. Activate your XM by visiting http://activate.xmradio.com or contacting them at (800) XM RADIO.

Terk XM Commander
The Terk XM Commander is a sleek receiver offering seamless compatibility with car audio.

1. Mount magnetic antenna on vehicle roof and run wire along door/floor edges to provide a safe, tidy installation.
2. Commander includes a mounting plate which can be mounted to your dashboard or stereo interface.
3. Plug in, using the 12 V power adaptor.
4. Commander uses an FM direct tuner box that allows you to hardwire it into your stereo, providing excellent clarity and sound. Use auxiliary inputs if available. NOTE: If you do not have auxiliary inputs on your car stereo and are not proficient at wiring car audio, you may want to seek professional installation. Once installed, it will be an integrated part of your system.
5. Activate your XM account.
Once you’ve installed your XM receiver in your car, all that’s left to do is enjoy the ride. Set your favorite channels on available presets for easy access and you’ll be ready to drive hours, or even days.

College Football—Just one More Reason to Sign Up for XM today!

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You know the score. You’ve been patient. You’ve watched baseball, Olympic diving and AVP to help fill the void. You’ve gone over your honey-do list once, twice and even a third time to clear your Saturdays, for the next few months. Meanwhile, you’ve compiled stats, information and analysis, building your way toward the perfect fantasy team.
Your wait has finally been rewarded—college football season is well underway and every Saturday now brings a thrilling new lineup of rivalry games, marquee matchups and BCS rank-shuffling.

You’re no one team wonder, though. You don’t just want to watch your alma mater, local college team, or whoever happens to be playing; you want it all. After all, you didn’t spend all that waiting and anticipating just to watch 1 game a week.
No matter how many games that the networks and sports channels run, there’re always teams and match-ups that you’re missing out on. Sure, you could order an extensive cable college football package, for hundreds of dollars. You could spend even more ordering games one by one. OR, you could spend just $12.95/month on XM satellite radio. That’s right—the same XM radio that has revolutionized the way you get your music over the airwaves also carries live broadcasts of college football. And you’ll still get all the music, news and talk programming that XM radio is best known for.

XM radio has all the major conferences covered—every SEC game, PAC 10 , Big 10, ACC, Big East and Big 12 coverage. With over 15 dedicated college sports channels carrying games every Saturday, you’ll have the games you want right at your fingertips. Two can’t-miss games on at once? Not a problem. Watch one on TV and follow the broadcast of the other with XM radio. You can do this all day, week after week.
XM radio’s college football coverage is huge for out-of-market fans. If you’re one of the millions that lives in a state or metro-area other then where you went to college, you know how frustrating it can be not having access to your team. With XM, you’ll get all kinds of out-of-market games without being prisoner to network coverage or forced to pay hundreds for a few games. Follow your team as closely as the days when you’d pound half a keg and stand out in 20-degree freeze with no shirt . Only this time you won’t be sick for the next week.

One last consideration—unlike TV, XM travels with you. If you’re stuck taking that 3-hour trip to visit the in-laws on Saturday; it’s no longer your worst nightmare—you can bring your game with you. Save the argument with the wife—you’ll only be losing that one anyway. Grab your XM receiver and listen to your games the entire ride. You might just consider taking a separate car to save any bickering over the station (you’ll probably lose that one too). Once you’ve arrived, sneak out during the 4th running of your father-in-law’s story about his latest huntin’ trip and listen to the next game. Better yet, bring in your XM receiver and quiet the ol’ man down with some quality football time. Genius.
In the end, every football fan wants the same thing: games, games, games. XM radio helps you get just that. Sign up today and see all the coverage that you’ve been missing out on. Just be quick about it—Saturday’s just a few days away!