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New Car-HD and XM

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  1. OldDuck
    Member

    Just bought my wife a new car--Can someone help us out with a brief tutorial on HD and XM Radio? The car was equipped with it.
    --how do we find out what local stations have secondary HD broadcasts?
    --Are the secondary channels commercial free?
    --Is XM really worth the money they want to charge? Some have told me
    that you have to turn them down a few times to get the lowest price.
    --XM offers three tiers, are the higher tiers really worth the extra
    money?
    Thanks, with all this stuff we gotta find out how to use it. . . .
    OldDuck

    Posted on June 21, 2014 - 09:38 AM #
  2. jr_tech
    Member

    Ibiquity has a fairly up-to-date list of the HD stations:
    http://hdradio.com/stations
    Select your location in the tiny box in the upper right corner.

    HD-1 channels are digital broadcasts of the main analog channel, Hd-2,3 channels are usually commercial free, with some exceptions, such a 99.5 HD-2 which is a repeat of 1080 AM (The Fan), complete with commercials.

    Posted on June 21, 2014 - 10:12 AM #
  3. OldDuck
    Member

    Thanks for the start on HD stations, that is a good source.
    Now if someone can give me a clue on the XM situation, we'd appreciate it.

    Posted on June 21, 2014 - 08:58 PM #
  4. jimbo
    Member

    If you bought a new car, it should have come with a free 90 subscription where you can sample all the channels and see what you like. Then when the free subscription ends, you can decide which tier you want to keep when you pay for it. If they didn't give you a free subscription, go back and ask for it. Sirius/XM covers it. You can also go online to Sirius/XM and tell them you bought a new car with the radio and they probably will give you the freebie tryout. I stayed with everything and also have it on my computer and the application on my cell phone so I can use it anywhere.On the cell phone and computer, some channels are available back up to 5 hours in case you missed something. There are also channels on the internet and cell app that are not on the radio and a few the other way around, also.

    Posted on June 21, 2014 - 09:25 PM #
  5. semoochie
    Member

    Hey Jimbo, I'm glad to see you're still out there! There's a new thread, "The Big 6-0. You're probably thinking, "Kids today". :)

    Posted on June 22, 2014 - 01:01 AM #
  6. jimbo
    Member

    thanks, Semoochie. Yeah, I am still out here. No longer working so I am busy as can be and don't have time to come on as much as I used to. I still attend SBE meetings when I can but can't always make them, either. Yes, I see the Big 6-0 thread. You are correct. Kids!!. I am not that much older but it seems I have at least one beat by one year. I first got started with radio when little by watching my dad as a ham radio person whose ham shack was my bedroom until age 7. I think I was about 5 when I turned it all on and CQ'd all afternoon till someone said I should get off everything before I get myself and my dad in trouble. But I was hooked.playing neighborhood radio with another guy when I was in 7th grade. Went to the Cauthers house in Parkrose to see their carrier current system where they told me where to get plans for building a transmitter. I also went to Phil's KFOJ to see his setup...where Tom Murphy started. And the list goes on until last May when I left television...........
    What a ride it has been. It was time to get off the roller coaster. It had slowed way down.............

    Posted on June 22, 2014 - 10:55 PM #