"WARNING: For me, this receiver is not a portable unit."1.5 starson by fla10000
Pros: Programing is as advertised
Cons: Without the car antenna or home antenna there is no consistent signal hence no consistent reception
Summary: This unit is advertised as portable. The lasting impression of Elton John walking around listening to this device has to be pure fantasy. I have talked to four other people who have purchased this unit and have the same complaints as myself. As long as it is plugged into the provided home antenna or the car antenna I get consistent reception. Without these external antennas, reception cuts in and out continually. The third external antenna that you clip on your cloths makes absolutely no difference in my reception, thus is totally worthless. If you are looking for a portable radio type device this is definitely not it. Read the blogs and you will see I am not alone in my viewpoint. By the way I live in South Florida and have "a clear view of the southern sky".Updated
I spoke to a Delphi tech and he told me that this unit was built to specifications demanded by XM Satellite. He said that XM Sat is fully aware of the unit's shortcomings. He said it was never designed to be a "portable radio type" of device, hence the five hours of recordable space on the unit. He also told me he gets allot of calls similar to mine. So there you have it. Maybe I should not have jumped to the erroneous conclusion that this was a "portable radio type" of device, after seeing Elton John walking around listening to the darn thing.