Vol. 05: Boost Your Signal
Improving MyFi XM satellite radio reception.
By Bob Scott
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A bunch of interesting products have come out since that article was written. Here's the firehose treatment:
The specific antenna I was referring to is available at: http://www.myradiostore.us/antennas-cables/for-myfi-xm2go/for-myfi-direct/myfi-direct-antenna-4.html
If you want a 10 ft cable instead of the 4 foot one included on the above, they also have: http://www.myradiostore.us/antennas-cables/for-myfi-xm2go/for-myfi-direct/myfi-direct-antenna-10.html
That said an improved version of the stock "clip on" antenna was released and is available from: http://www.xmfanstore.com/showproduct.php?id=clipxt and it's only $20. I've got one and it works great - very close in performance to the patch antenna, although not quite as low profile.
Delphi also released a version of their antenna/headphone combo that fits the MyFi. The antenna is integrated into the top of the headband and it has a single cable to the radio. The antenna in this gadget works pretty well, but you're stuck with their choice of headphones: http://www.myradiostore.us/antennas-cables/for-myfi-xm2go/for-myfi-direct/myfi-headset-antenna-sa10161.html
Finally, if you just want to re-use the stock patch antenna (or home antenna), there's now an adapter that lets up plug in a "normal" SMB XM antenna directly into the MyFi: http://www.xmfanstore.com/showproduct.php?id=directconnect
Hope that helps. Thanks for reading MAKE!
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