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FM output We have picked up our second XPress in a week, thinking the first one was defective, but it's something goofy. The FM signal output seems very weak. If you put your finger on the back of the XPress unit (the lower right side, where the serial sticker is), the output is great. Move your finger off it, and there's nothing. We've tried all the FM open frequencies in our area, but this happens on every one of them. Did we miss something in setup? Or did we get two defective Xpresses in a row. There is, BTW, a three-bar indicator on the satellite signal. And it's clear.

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  • Chad Burke Aug 26, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my Xpress. I have now purchased my second Xpress and it worked great for a week and now even though I have a great signal I cannot hear the XM radio on any frequency.

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Turns out you need to install an antenna booster on your car's FM antenna. I finally found a salesman who understood the problem and was able to explain it clearly. The booster device clips to the base of your car's antenna (or sticks over a windshield antenna) and apparently enables the antenna to better receive the weak output from the newer XM Radios. Seems the FCC, in granting FM-band wide access to the XM radio output signal also required the output strength to be weakened. Thanks for the info folks.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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I had the same problem. Only thing that I came up with that was consistant is plugging it into the aux jack on my radio so you don't have to depend on FM frequency. But, my unit crapped out this week and I hope it is under warranty.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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