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SAT Radio installation

1) How do I connect and get the SAT radio to work. Do I need the SIR-KEN1 and an antenna or is already in this unit since it says it is SAT Radio ready?
2) How do I obtain the ESN code?

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What you need is the SCC1 (Sirius tuner) and the KCA-SR50 (Kenwood adapter). The ESN number can be found on bottom of SCC1 before you install it.

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