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Old 07-14-2014, 07:05 PM
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What is the deal with the ridiculous prices on the satellite antennas? Garmin says their GXM52 is $700. I found other website @ $400. Either price is crazy. I might as well get a radar at that price and not pay the monthly fees.

What are peoples opinion on their satellite weather? And what package do you get?
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Been using XM marine weather since 05 if u fish offshore it's worth every penny saved my tail numbers of times gives you the big picture long before radar. I run the Marine Offshore package using a GXM

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I went out w mine for the first time this Saturday. About 10 miles out the clouds started looking BAD. Started watching the weather for the first time and it took me a minute to figure it out. Radio started coming alive w folks asking about lightning. I was able to say no lightning in the area and everyone stayed out. I know I would have headed in and I'm guessing several others would have as well if it weren't for me being able to see they were just rain storms. I was able to watch some lightning start up about 50 miles away. It was awesome and I am incredibly happy I spent the money from a safety perspective. I watched a ton of Blue Water Pirates movies and he helped me decide. I have kids and family out all the time so it was a no brainer for me after I realized what this unit could do....
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You can buy weather subscriptions by the day now. Call and give them the dates you will be on the water, and that's all you pay for.
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But saving a few dollars by paying per day, is nothing compared to the overprice of the antenna.
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Not sure if you understand the antenna design ..... the black box that receives all the data is designed and housed inside the smart antenna. In other words when you install the smart antenna you install everything that is needed to display XM/Sirius weather. The pricing of the antenna falls in line with the other vendors prcing XM/Sirius gear (Simrad/Lowrance/Furuno/Raymarine)

The antenna includes all the cabling and mounts you'll need to install the system and revceive xm/sirius weather and music if you so want to.

Don't leave the dock without it if you fish offshore.
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I find mine to be off with the location of rain. What I mean in is my plotter will show me in the shower, yet the shower has moved or vice versa. I know it is based on data updates, but I wish the frequency of updates was better.
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I was able to say no lightning in the area and everyone stayed out.
Do you have the SkyWatch plan?? I have it and don't see lightning.. Is it something that needs to be "turned on" within the GPS setup??
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One of the dirty little unadvertised realities of how these services work (XM and Sirius) is that the data that is downloaded is national - not local. Every antenna gets the same information regardless of where it is.

With a limited amount of satellite badwidth, updates have to be triaged on very busy weather days.

So on days where there is heavy t-storm activity nationally, there is a lot more data that needs to be sent just to keep up with the metar activity.

T-storm (metar) seems to get priority. Junk data (sst, fish suggestions) get the lowest priority. Buoy data is somewhere in the middle.

On very active wx days nationally, updates will stretch out. If yours is the only t-storm, updates will be fast.

Aslo, just because they refresh some data every xx minutes, doesn't mean its new data every xx minutes. Some data like sst will only change once in 24 hours, even though it gets sent out every 15 (or whatever) minutes. That is to load receivers that just turned on and need the base info.

It isn't perfect. It's not like the web based radar or sst services. But it can help you, and in general it's worth the money if you go out far enough to go eye deep in the kimshi..
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Radio service alone is worth it offshore, but when you add in the weather subscription, it is even better. The cost for the unit was a killer, no doubt, but it is all self contained. In other words, its always on. I turn on my stereo system and radio comes right up.

The ability to turn it off for six months is also nice, during winter layup.
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Originally Posted by stoweaway View Post
Radio service alone is worth it offshore, but when you add in the weather subscription, it is even better. The cost for the unit was a killer, no doubt, but it is all self contained. In other words, its always on. I turn on my stereo system and radio comes right up.

The ability to turn it off for six months is also nice, during winter layup.

always on ?
so when i turn it on ill have instant radar ?
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Mine takes a couple of minutes to load when I first turn it on but I keep my batteries off when not in use. It doesn't take mine long at all though.

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