How Does Sirius Satellite Radio Work?


How it Works

  • Sirius completed the three satellite constellation back in fall of 2000, using three SS/L-1300 satellites. These three satellites form an inclined elliptical constellation, which makes it possible for each satellite to spend about 16 hours a day over the United States. At least one of these three satellites is over the Continental U.S. at all times. There is a fourth satellite that remains on the ground which will be launched should any of the three satellites experience any transmission problems.

    Sirius is planning on launching by fall of 2008 a GEO satellite that was purchased in 2006. The plan is for the GEO satellite to supplement the currently active elliptical satellites and not replace them.

Getting a Radio and Plan

  • 1) Get a Sirius satellite radio pre-installed by the car dealership. Whether you are in a market for a new or certified pre-owned car, find out if this is something you can get with the package. Some dealers throw in a free Sirius satellite subscription for a year if you purchase the car they are selling.

    2) Already have a car? Get one installed. You can shop for Sirius satellite radios that you can have installed on your current vehicle. Go to authorized retailers of Sirius satellite radio to buy the equipment and also ask for the subscription packages.

    3) Get a Sirius satellite radio for your home. You can shop online or at authorized retailers for the best type of radio and package to use for your home. You can even have this installed in your home where you can listen wirelessly at any part of your home using SONOS or Logitech Squeezebox Duet.

    4) Listen online with Sirius Internet radio.

    5) Get a portable radio that you can listen to anywhere. Store your own Sirius programming on your MP3 and enjoy it anywhere you go. You can even dock it on an exercise machine such as a treadmill while working out at the gym.

    6) If you are a business owner, you can have a Sirius satellite radio installed in your workplace for your employee's and customer's listing enjoyment.

How to Activate a Sirius Satellite Radio

  • 1) Set up your equipment, installed by you or by a professional installer.

    2) Pick out a subscription plan.

    3) Have the ID/ESN (SID) number of your Sirius receiver and a major credit card when activating.

    4) Install your Sirius tuner with the antenna pointing upwards.

    6) Turn your Sirius tuner on and then go to channel 184.

    Note: You can also opt to activate online by going to or by calling their customer service number.

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