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SIRIUS Indoor/Outdoor Home Antenna Installation Guide
Placed Indoors - Facing Alternate Satellite
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Step 1: Do You Live in a Major Metropolitan Area?
Step 1 will provide quick instructions to determine if you can receive the terrestrial repeater signal. Otherwise, begin with Step 2. SiriusXM has terrestrial repeaters in major metropolitan areas. These ground-based repeaters transmit the SiriusXM signal into your home or office, eliminating the need to aim the antenna at a satellite. Follow these instructions for a quick test to see if you can receive the terrestrial signal.

1. Place the antenna in a convenient location inside of your home.

2. Open the antenna clamshell so that it is halfway between the horizontal and vertical positions as shown.

3. Connect the antenna cable to the ANT connection on the Radio or Home Dock.

4. Turn your SiriusXM Radio ON and access the Signal Indicator (or Antenna Aiming) screen. (Consult your Radio's User Guide for instructions on accessing the screen.)
The Signal Indicator screen shows the strength of both the satellite (SAT) signal and the terrestrial (ground) (TER) signal. The strength of the terrestrial (ground) signal may vary, or there may be none if you are not in a major metropolitan area.

If you're receiving a terrestrial (ground) (TER) signal, try experimenting with the antenna to get a feel for the reception in your location. Move the antenna around the room, from room to room, and aim it toward different windows. In major metropolitan areas, you might find that you get great reception in several locations without worrying too much about aim and placement. If you find a location where there's good terrestrial signal strength, place the antenna there. The installation is complete.

Step 2: Find the Direction in Which to Aim Your Antenna
You'll need to determine the direction in which you will aim the antenna at the satellites. Using the map below, find your location and the corresponding area number (1 to 5).

From the following chart, determine in which direction your antenna needs to be aimed.
If you're located in area: You need to aim your antenna:
1 (USA) EAST or NORTHEAST
2 (USA) NORTH or NORTHEAST
3 (USA) NORTH or NORTHWEST
4 (USA) WEST or NORTHWEST
5 (USA) STRAIGHT UP at the sky (may require outdoor placement)

Remember this direction. Your antenna will need to have a clear view of the sky in this direction.

Example: Imagine you live in Area 2. You determined from the chart that your antenna will need to be aimed North or Northeast toward the X on the map in northern Minnesota. The exact direction is determined by your specific location in Area 2 relative to the X on the map: If you live in Texas, you will need to aim in a more Northerly direction, whereas if you live in southern California, you will need to aim in a more Northeast direction.


Step 3: Place the Antenna
Find a suitable window in your home that faces the direction in which you need to aim your antenna.
  • This window needs to have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky.
  • There should NOT be any blinds or curtains between the antenna and the glass window pane.
  • There should NOT be any metal screens or bars on the window.
  • There should NOT be any buildings, shrubs, trees, roof overhangs, or anything else obstructing the antenna's view of the south sky (see below).

Place the antenna on the windowsill of a suitable window that faces in the direction in which you need to aim your antenna.

Note: If placing the antenna on the windowsill results in the antenna directly facing the window's frame, place a book or other flat object under the antenna to prop the antenna up so that it is facing the glass window pane.

The surface of the antenna shown below in gray should be facing the window pane and should be pointed in the direction in which you need to aim your antenna.


Step 4: Aim the Antenna
Open the antenna clamshell so that it is halfway between the horizontal and vertical positions as shown.

The shaded surface of the antenna shown should be pointed in the direction in which you need to aim your antenna.


Step 5: Connect the Antenna to Your SiriusXM Radio or Home Dock
Connect the antenna cable to the ANT connection on the Radio or Home Dock.


Step 6: Verify Signal Reception
Turn your SiriusXM Radio ON and access the Signal Indicator (or Antenna Aiming) screen. (Consult your Radio's User Guide for instructions on accessing the screen.) The Signal Indicator screen shows the strength of both the satellite (SAT) signal and the terrestrial (ground) (TER) signal (if available).

We need to fine tune the aim of the antenna to optimize signal reception. While watching the Signal Indicator screen, rotate the antenna left or right in small increments, as shown, until the highest possible satellite (SAT) signal strength is achieved.

While continuing to watching the Signal Indicator screen, adjust the tilt angle in small increments, toward the horizontal or vertical positions, as shown, until the highest possible satellite (SAT) signal strength is achieved. The installation is complete.


Signal Distribution Accessories For You to Consider
50 ft. Antenna Extension Cable: If the cable attached to the antenna is not long enough, you can use a 50' long antenna extension cable (sold separately) to extend the antenna cable.
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