PORTABLE SATELLITE RADIO
Portable satellite radio makes the Delphi XM
Roady ready to wear. By Dave Mathews
As much as I am a fan of the i Tunes music store,
I prefer satellite radio for its brainless ease of use.
You might consider them two different forms of
media distribution: satellite music is push to the
Apple Music Store’s pull. With push, your $10
monthly satellite fee gets you thousands of songs
automatically. With pull, the same amount gets you Adapt the Antenna
only ten 99-cent songs from i Tunes that you must The Delphi Roady comes with its own antenna,
click to find, download, store and sync. And you but a better choice is the new XMicro aerial from
need to know the name of the song or artist, too. Terk. This $29 antenna is nearly half the size of the
Unless you have extremely eclectic music taste, original, making it much easier to wear.
i Tunes can rarely beat the kind of professional I attached the antenna to the headphones
programming found on an XM station. Finally, you with electrical tape.
could never get live CNN or weather on your iPod. Satellite signals have
I’ve been using a Delphi XM Roady to listen to no problem passing
satellite music in my car. But it’s not as portable through non-metallic
as my iPod. I wanted my XM Roady to be wearable tape and the antenna
and have it go where I go. So I set out to modify
the antenna and devise a lightweight power supply
using AA batteries. A quick trip to RadioShack
provided nearly all of the necessary gear to solve
It’s not hard to convert
an XM Roady satellite
radio receiver into a
handheld portable unit.
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