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Can't get XM subscription on 696

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I have made a few longer trips in my CTLS and thought it might be nice to have XM weather and music available.  I have ADS-B in and out but the weather can be patchy.

I tried to access the XM menu but can't seem to figure it out.

Anyone have this on their 696?

 

Thanks

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I have XM radio to listen to music while I fly and love it...and I am a cheapskate.  Just a word of advice, when you sign up, tell them you want the service, but don't want to pay full price.  They almost always cut the price in half with little to no problems.

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On 11/13/2019 at 5:00 PM, okent said:

I have made a few longer trips in my CTLS and thought it might be nice to have XM weather and music available.  I have ADS-B in and out but the weather can be patchy.

I tried to access the XM menu but can't seem to figure it out.

Anyone have this on their 696?

 

Thanks

Here's the manual for it... I think page 182.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/415573/Garmin-Gpsmap-696.html?page=198#manual

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Here is a pic of my antenna.  It isn't round.  I may not have the right antenna.  I will get a look at it over lunch but I could swear it says XM on the top.

 

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You need the GXM 42 for XM weather.

However, that gdl 39 can recieve FIS-B. You need to be using a 978 mhz transponder in order to activate the service reliably.

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One way to see if your 696 is hooked to an antenna is pull the unit out of the dash and see if an antenna is plugged in to the little brass looking hole on the top left side of the unit as you are looking at it. Nothing plugged in then no antenna hooked up.

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Thanks Duane, would the connector for the GDL 39 be plugged in there?  Just wondering.  I'm out of town so cant check till Sunday. 

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Well, definitely don't have the XM antenna.  The little puck says Garmin.  I'll check with Airtime Aviation and see if they have one.

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53 minutes ago, okent said:

Well, definitely don't have the XM antenna.  The little puck says Garmin.  I'll check with Airtime Aviation and see if they have one.

My Garmin round puck has a little "XM" written below it. Make sure it doesn't say that. 

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Personally, I would rather install a 978 ads-b out and use FIS-B and traffic than spend the money on an XM weather antenna.

XM weather requires a subscription anyways, FIS-B is free outside of install cost.

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11 minutes ago, Anticept said:

Personally, I would rather install a 978 ads-b out and use FIS-B and traffic than spend the money on an XM weather antenna.

XM weather requires a subscription anyways, FIS-B is free outside of install cost.

Totally agree with this. 

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3 hours ago, Anticept said:

Personally, I would rather install a 978 ads-b out and use FIS-B and traffic than spend the money on an XM weather antenna.

XM weather requires a subscription anyways, FIS-B is free outside of install cost.

He already has ADS-B out and in with weather. He was looking to supplement the weather and possibly add music.

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It's a GDL 82, 978 MHz, for out and GDL 39 3D for in.

I've been wrestling with adding XM for weather and music.  On my trip to Oshkosh and back the weather (FIS-B) was o.k. but not what I'd call fantastic.  Seemed to be times when it just wasn't available even though the coverage map show that it should be continuous at the altitudes I was flying. 

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4 minutes ago, okent said:

It's a GDL 82, 978 MHz, for out and GDL 39 3D for in.

I've been wrestling with adding XM for weather and music.  On my trip to Oshkosh and back the weather (FIS-B) was o.k. but not what I'd call fantastic.  Seemed to be times when it just wasn't available even though the coverage map show that it should be continuous at the altitudes I was flying. 

Do you fly with Foreflight as well? If you do, I'd connect to your ADS-B with it and see if it's showing you the weather any better. If it is, then it might be your Garmin. XM weather is good but there's still the 15 minute delay, so I wouldn't use it to thread the needle or anything plus it's super expensive for what it provides over ADS-B but that's just me. 

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I use Garmin Pilot on a tablet with pretty good results. 

My expectations may just be too high for what the technology can provide.  I'm a fair weather flyer so I'm not ever picking my way through badness but I am a paranoid flyer!

It makes more sense to just stick with FIS-B but I'm always looking to have as much info as possible when I'm taking on risk.

I appreciate the input from everyone.  I don't have experience with XM so trying to see if it's even worth messing with.

When I spoke with the Gutmans at Airtime Aviation they didn't think it was worth it either.

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2 hours ago, okent said:

It's a GDL 82, 978 MHz, for out and GDL 39 3D for in.

I've been wrestling with adding XM for weather and music.  On my trip to Oshkosh and back the weather (FIS-B) was o.k. but not what I'd call fantastic.  Seemed to be times when it just wasn't available even though the coverage map show that it should be continuous at the altitudes I was flying. 

I have exact same setup as yours, except with Garmin 796. I really like and use XM ( have the basic music package ) but I wouldn’t bother with their weather - it is ridiculously expensive ( compared to their XM service ) and frankly, as you mentioned, my goal is not to get into a situation where I would need real-time weather to survive in the first place ... basic ADSB IN is more than  enough for me to get what I need ( METARS etc )

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