AM/FM/MP3 Combo???

I enjoy listening to music most of the time, but I would like the ability to listen to News & Sports sometimes. Anyone know of a all-in-one box to do this?

Thanks in advance, Denis (SR22, N726CD, 31 hours in 8 days and everything is perfect)

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Denis: I guess the answer depends on how soon you need this. I have a delivery position on a SR22 promised for January 2002. Hopefully by then Satellite Radio will be in effect. There are two companies in the business and one of them has an affiliation with National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC and others. Both offer approximately 100 channels of all types of music, news, sports, etc. etc.

I am a big fan of NPR, and the idea of having it available anywhere is great. I think the subscription runs about $12.50 per month. This company is Sirius Satellite Radio (I know!) and it is at http://www.siriusradio.com/main.htm. They had no provision for receiving email on their site, so I sent them a letter a few days ago.

There is supposed to be a portable receiver on the market by the end of this year. I hope that the portable has a built in FM transmitter, so that the portable could be used with any boom box or car radio. It presumably also has headphone and line outputs for use in the aircraft. I asked them about use in GA aircraft. If I get any more information, I’ll post it here.

The idea of 100 channels, satellite based, which includes NPR, CNN, etc. (see their site for more details on programming) sounds great. With the portable, you could use headphones, transmit to nearby FM receivers (rental cars, etc.).

If you need something sooner, I would look for the hard drive based MP3 player per another recent post. You can get 6 GB now and 20 GB by this summer. This way you would have the capacity of 500 CD’s of your own music. This could be supplemented by satellite radio when it is in place.

I don’t know about anybody’s personal experience with AM and FM receivers on aircraft. It’s bad enough in a car comming in and out of coverage areas, and I suspect that you would spend a lot of time trying to find stations only to have then disappear at the rate of either 160 or 180 kt. Has anybody tried this?

I enjoy listening to music most of the time, but I would like the ability to listen to News & Sports sometimes. Anyone know of a all-in-one box to do this?

Thanks in advance, Denis (SR22, N726CD, 31 hours in 8 days and everything is perfect)

I used the ADF to listen to AM quite often on long cross countries. True it didn’t last long and the reception wasn’t really that great. A CD or MP3 would be the way to go for sure.

You can find radio stations at:

http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder

You can search by band, music format, state, etc.

Derek

I don’t know about anybody’s personal experience with AM and FM receivers on aircraft. It’s bad enough in a car comming in and out of coverage areas, and I suspect that you would spend a lot of time trying to find stations only to have then disappear at the rate of either 160 or 180 kt. Has anybody tried this?