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Does anyone's xm radios in their 680s cut out or go staticy every minute or so? Is there a fix for this?
 

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690 does the same thing, i just put my portable one in it. i think it needs a 3ft antenna for it to work proper.
 

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I did'n like any radio in my equipment for a long time , so I ordered without .
Instead I bought kenwood radio' for around $150 and installed them .
Lately I bought new kenwood without cdplayer for $-120 + $100 speakers and built my own "boombox"
Since I m online with phone anytime I use "spotify music" or "tuneln radio" or itunes .
 

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I did'n like any radio in my equipment for a long time , so I ordered without .
Instead I bought kenwood radio' for around $150 and installed them .
Lately I bought new kenwood without cdplayer for $-120 + $100 speakers and built my own "boombox"
Since I m online with phone anytime I use "spotify music" or "tuneln radio" or itunes .
Wish I could, but we can barely make phone calls our cell service is a joke where we are.
 

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Since I m online with phone anytime I use "spotify music" or "tuneln radio" or itunes .
Im with him. I have had satellite radio in the past (since its inception) but made the switch to using a data plan on my phone instead of payin 10/month for satellite. Sound quality is alot better and I get a better selection of programming minus a handful of channels that are satellite only. If you turn the GPS locator on in your phone you can pull in a better signal if you have not so good service. Just get you a 10$ fm modulator at walmart and a pair of AAA batteries plug it in to your headphone jack on the phone and you will be in bidness.
 

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What kind of data plans do you have that you can run internet radio all day? I listen to sirius radio every min I'm in the swather/combine/tractor, I'm sure I could use my 5gb data plan up in 3 days using internet radio.
 

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Yeah, no way I could spends month after month streaming music while I harvest, I'd have like a gazillion $$$$ phone bill. Absolutely love the XM in the combine and 8R. No reception issues ever traveling from KS to ND this year. Perhaps if you are way north reception could be a problem. The antenna for the XM is actually quite large on the combine, more so that most portable units, and I would think is pretty strong. I had the roof off to add more HIDs, on the right front corner you can see the black XM antenna, and bellow the white antenna for JDLink. The built in unit is pretty sweat to use with the controls on the touch screen/arm rest and the auto-mute for phone calls, plus the sound quality is much better than an FM modulator. The sound system in this cab is one of my favorite parts, not many ag cabs have tweeters, midrange and a subwoofer in them.

Did you adjust yours, or does it work fine? It might just be my location
 

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Actually when Sirius first came out it would not work further north. But I don't think it's a problem now.
 

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It works in the tractors it's just the combines that it cuts out. Dealer just told me there's a DTAC on it so it must be common.
 

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My dealer is telling me to take the antennae out of the inside of the cab roof and put it outside on the roof, if the cord is long enough he says to put it out on the mirror. Mine only cuts out when travelling west or northwest, but then my FM radio is crap going that direction also.
 

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Moving the antenna out of the roof is not the answer...clearly you have an issue with a failing component. How is one or two feet to the side going to be any different. And I can tell you now there is not enough extra wiring to move it, I looked closely at how it's wired up when I had my roof off (was curious). Besides, tons of people have no issues at all, even your tractor works. DTAC time....
In my case I believe the problem is when I am going in west and northwest directions the antennae looses contact with the satellite because the tank extensions block the line of sight. Moving it forward like the above pictures would certainly help, will look into that before moving it out onto mirror. I am quite certain I have no issues with failing electronics because as long as I go any other direction than the ones stated it works perfectly.
 
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