Installation Guide
Congratulations on your purchase of the SIR-ALP1– the Alpine
Compatible SIRIUS Satellite Radio Tuner!
Your new SIRIUS Tuner is designed to work with 2004 and up Alpine Ai-NET
headunits that are designated “SAT READY.” Contact Alpine or SIRIUS for
model compatibility.
What is SIRIUS Satellite Radio?
Over 120 channels of the best
entertainment and completely
commercial-free music for your car,
home or office.
Only SIRIUS has more than 65
original music channels, from today’s
hits to R&B oldies to classical
masterpieces. From authentic country
and real bluegrass to cool jazz, hot
latin, reggae, rock and many more.
Best of all, it’s all completely
commercial-free.
SIRIUS also has more than 55
channels of world-class sports, news
and entertainment. Included as part of
your subscription, you get up to 16
NFL games a week, up to 40 NBA
games a week and up to 40 NHL
games a week. (Games are
broadcasted during their respective
seasons.) Coupled with great sports
news from ESPN, the SIRIUS sports
offering is unrivaled. And don’t forget
a host of other great news and
entertainment, like NPR, CNBC, Fox
News, Radio Disney and
E! Entertainment Radio.
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With SIRIUS, the emphasis is on the
music and entertainment you want.
The music is hosted by SIRIUS
Jockeys, who are true experts. They
back-up the music with compelling
information about the song being
played, and they understand that
sometimes it’s best to just let the
music speak for itself.
Rely on SIRIUS rocket science for
superior coverage.
Only SIRIUS has three powerful
satellites that fly directly over the U.S.
ensuring coast-to-coast coverage with
high elevation angles. This gives the
satellites a “clear line of sight” to your
car or home, with much less concern
for buildings, trees or other objects
that might block conventional satellite
signals.
Once you experience more than 120
channels of digital entertainment,
you’ll never want to leave your car.
For more information, visit
www.sirius.com.
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Table of Contents
Package Contents .............................................................................................. 3
Warnings and Cautions ..................................................................................... 4
Installation .......................................................................................................... 6
Mounting the Tuner ............................................................................................ 6
Installing the Antenna ........................................................................................ 6
Optimum Antenna Mounting Locations ........................................................... 7
Wiring and Cable Connections ......................................................................... 8
System Connection Examples ........................................................................ 10
Activating Your SIRIUS Subscription ............................................................. 14
Basic Opperation ............................................................................................. 14
Headunit Messages
Specifications ................................................................................................... 15
Package Contents
A
B
C
D
E
A SIR-ALP1 Tuner
F
B Magnetic Micro Antenna
C Antenna Cable Cover/Tail
D Alcohol Swab
E Power Harness With In-Line Fuse
G
F 2.5-Meter Ai-NET Cable
G 6 Mounting Screws
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WARNING
This symbol means important
instructions. Failure to heed them
can result in serious injury or death.
DO NOT OPERATE ANY FUNCTION
THAT TAKES YOUR ATTENTION
AWAY FROM SAFELY DRIVING YOUR
VEHICLE.
Any function that requires your
prolonged attention should only be
performed after coming to a complete
stop. Always stop the vehicle in a safe
location before performing these
functions.
Failure to do so may result in an
accident.
DO NOT OPEN, DISASSEMBLE OR
ALTER THE UNIT IN ANY WAY. Doing
so may result in fire, electric shock or
product damage.
DO NOT INSERT ANY OBJECTS INTO
THE UNIT. Doing so may result in fire,
electric shock or product damage.
USE THE CORRECT AMPERE
RATING WHEN REPLACING FUSE.
Failure to do so may result in fire,
electric shock or product damage.
MAKE THE CORRECT CONNECTIONS.
Failure to make proper connections may
result in fire or product damage.
DO NOT SPLICE INTO A ELECTRICAL
CABLES. Never cut away cable
insulation to supply power to other
equipment. Doing so will exceed the
current carrying capacity of the wire and
result in fire or electric shock.
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DO NOT INSTALL IN LOCATIONS
THAT MIGHT HINDER VEHICLE
OPERATION. Doing so may obstruct
vision or hamper movement which can
result in a serious accident.
DO NOT INSTALL THE UNIT TO HIGH
LEVELS OF HUMIDITY, MOISTURE
OR DUST. Doing so can result in electric
shock or product failure.
FCC Warning: This equipment may
generate or use radio frequency energy.
Changes or modifications to this
equipment may cause harmful
interference unless the modifications
are expressly approved in this User
Guide. The user could lose the authority
to operate this equipment if an
unauthorized change or modification is
made.
Note: This equipment has been tested
and found to comply with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These rules are designed to
provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference. This equipment may
cause harmful interference to radio
communications if it is not installed and
used in accordance with these
instructions. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment
does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one of more
of the following measures:
• Relocate the receiving antenna.
• Consult the dealer or an
experienced technician for help.
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CAUTION
This symbol means important
instructions. Failure to heed them
can result in injury or material
property damage.
HALT USE IMMEDIATELY IF A
PROBLEM APPEARS. Failure to do so
may cause personal injury or damage
to the product. Return the unit to your
authorized retailer or nearest service
center for repairing.
INSTALL THE WIRING SO THAT IT IS
NOT CRIMPED OR PINCHED BY
SCREWS OR SHARP METAL EDGES.
Route the cables away from moving parts
or sharp pointed edges. This will prevent
crimping and damage to the wiring. If the
wiring must pass through a metal hole,
be sure to use a rubber grommet to
prevent the wire’s insulation from being
cut by the metal edge of the hole.
USE THE SPECIFIED ACCESSORY
PARTS AND INSTALL THE PRODUCT
SECURELY. Be sure to use only the
specified accessory parts. Use of nonspecified parts may damage this unit
internally or may not securely install the
unit in place. This may cause parts to
become loose, resulting in hazards or
product failure.
USE CAUTION IF YOU NEED TO
DISCONNECT THE
BATTERY
TERMINAL. Please consult the
vehicle’s owner’s manual or a service
technician prior to removing the battery
positive or ground connection, as it may
cause damage to the vehicle’s electrical
system or require reprogramming of the
vehicle’s computer-controlled devices.
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Installation
It is recommended that prior to
starting the installation, you
thoroughly read this manual and
follow the guidelines listed below:
Consider the mounting location
carefully. You should make sure that
you avoid the following:
• Any location where the tuner is
exposed to moisture.
• Any location where the unit is
exposed to extreme heat.
• Any location that would interfere
with moving parts on the vehicle or
hamper driving.
Mounting the SIR-ALP1 Tuner
Be sure that you find a location that is
flat and has clearance above the unit
to prevent any damage as well as
allow for ventilation.
Do not install the tuner under the
carpet or in a small enclosed area
without proper ventilation. Doing so
can result in damage to the tuner or
the vehicle.
Use the supplied screws to securely
fasten the unit.
Caution:
If you are attaching the unit directly to
the vehicle’s chassis, be sure that you
check to make sure the area behind
the unit is free from moving parts, fuel
or break lines, wire harnesses or any
other items which may get damaged
by drilling a mounting hole or using
the supplied screws.
Installing the Antenna
The antenna includes a 6-1/2” cable
cover/tail which covers the exposed
antenna cable and keeps it attached
securely to vehicle roof. The tail also
helps position the antenna the proper
distance from the window, sunroof or
rear hatch.
To attach the cover/tail:
1) Once you have determined the
proper mounting location (see next
section), clean the area with the
supplied alcohol swab
3) Connect the cover/tail to the antenna
cable, making sure that the strainrelief on the antenna seats into the
cover/tail groove. Route the cable
through the wire channel in the
cover/tail.
Antenna
(Bottom)
Adhesive Strips
Cable Cover/Tail
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4) Remove the protective tape from the
adhesive, carefully position the
antenna with cover/tail and apply
pressure to secure to the vehicle.
Antenna
Cable Cover/Tail
• For SUVs, minivans and five-door
vehicles, bring the cable into the
vehicle under the rubber molding
for the tailgate, and continue under
the interior trim.
• From the trunk, carefully route the
cable to the location of the
SIR-ALP1 and plug the SMB
connector onto the unit.
Sedan/Coupe
Vehicle
Optimum Antenna Mounting
Locations
The optimum location to mount the
included antenna is on the roof of the
vehicle. It is important to avoid any
obstruction that will block satellite
signal – like a roof rack. For convertible
vehicles, install the antenna on the
trunk lid.
• Place the antenna on a metal
surface of your vehicle at least 12"
x 12", and at least 6" from a
window. (Use the antenna cover/tail
as a guide for the proper distance).
• The antenna’s powerful magnet will
secure it to the metal surface. The
adhesive that is attached to the
antenna cover/tail will secure the
cable to the vehicle. Before routing
the antenna cable, confirm that the
antenna is mounted in a good
location.
• Route the cable from the antenna to
the vehicle’s interior by tucking it
underneath the rubber molding
around the rear window (if possible).
• Route the cable from the lowest point
of the rear window into the trunk.
Take advantage of any existing cable
channels or wiring conduits.
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SUV/Mini-Van
Truck
Convertible (only)
Caution:
• Do not pull the wire across sharp
edges that could damage it.
• Keep the wire away from areas
where it could become tangled in
the driver’s and passenger’s feet.
• Keep the antenna wire away from
extreme heat – like exhaust systems.
• Avoid placing the cable near any
moving parts.
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Wiring and Cable Connections
Antenna Input
Connect the right-angle SMB
connector from the antenna. Push
firmly to attach.
Ai-NET Output Connector
Use the supplied Ai-NET cable to
connect to the Alpine Headunit or
Audio Processor – See “System
Connection Examples” for more
specific details.
A
Ai-NET Input Connector
Connect to optional Alpine audio
equipment like CD Changers - See
“System Connection Examples” for
more specific details.
Power Harness Connector
After the wiring connections are
complete, plug the wiring harness into
the connector. Make sure to insert
firmly to lock the connector in place.
B
C
D
A Antenna Input (SMB)
B Ai-NET Output Connector (BLACK)
C Ai-NET Input Connector (GRAY)
D Power Connector
1
2
3
4
1 Open
2 Battery (+)
3 Chassis Ground (–)
4 Open
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Right-angle SMB
Connector
Antenna (21’ cable) - Mount on
Roof of Vehicle
Power
Harness
Yellow – Connect to Battery Positive
Black – Connect to Chassis Ground
2.5-meter Ai-NET Cable (Connect
to Alpine SAT Ready Headunit or
Signal Processor)
Note: It is important to follow the Input/Output configuration of the Ai-NET system. The
directionality is in reference to the Audio Path.
Gray Ai-NET connectors are Audio Input
Black Ai-NET Connectors are Audio Output. (Exception is the connector on an Alpine
Headunit – it can be either Input or Output depending on the position of the Ai-NET switch on
the bottom of the unit.
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System Connection Examples
System 1: Alpine Headunit and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
BOTTOM
COVER
NORM EQ DIV
Ai-NET Switch Set to NORM~ Default Setting.
System 2: Alpine Headunit, CD Changer and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
NORM EQ DIV
BOTTOM
COVER
Ai-NET Switch Set to NORM~ Default Setting.
Optional Alpine CD Changer (CHA-S634) or Alpine iPOD interface (KCA-420i)
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System 3: Alpine Headunit, DVD Player and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
NORM EQ DIV
BOTTOM
COVER
Ai-NET Switch Set to NORM~ Default Setting.
OUT
IN
Optional Alpine DVD Player (DVA-5210, DVA-5205, DVA-5200)
System 4: Alpine Headunit, DVD Changer and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
NORM EQ DIV
BOTTOM
COVER
Ai-NET Switch Set to NORM~ Default Setting.
OUT
Optional Alpine DVD Changer (DHA-S680)
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System Connection Examples (Continued)
System 5: Alpine Headunit, CD-Changer, Audio Processor and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
NORM EQ DIV
BOTTOM
COVER
Ai-NET Switch Set to EQ/DIV Setting
Optional Alpine Audio Processor Controller (RUX-C701)
IN
Headunit Input
Changer Input
IN
Optional Alpine Audio Processor
(PXA-H710, PXA-H700)
OUT
Optional Alpine CD Changer (CHA-S634) or
Alpine iPOD interface (KCA-420i)
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System 6: Alpine Headunit, DVD Player, DVD-Changer, CD-Changer, Audio
Processor and SIR-ALP1
Optional Alpine SAT Ready Headunit (Ai-NET CD Player or Mobile
Multimedia Station)
Special Note
Ai-NET
NORM EQ DIV
BOTTOM
COVER
Ai-NET Switch Set to EQ/DIV Setting
IN
OUT
Optional Alpine DVD Player (DVA-5210, DVA-5205, DVA-5200)
Optional Alpine Audio Processor Controller (RUX-C701)
OUT
IN
Headunit Input
Changer Input
IN
IN
Optional Alpine DVD Changer (DHA-S680)
Optional Alpine Audio Processor
(PXA-H710, PXA-H700)
OUT
Optional Alpine CD Changer (CHA-S634) or
Alpine iPOD interface (KCA-420i)
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Activating Your SIRIUS Subscription
You must activate SIR-ALP1 before
you can start to receive the SIRIUS
Satellite Radio broadcast.
1. Make sure that the SIR-ALP1 is
properly connected and that its
antenna is oriented to receive the
SIRIUS satellite signal.
2. Turn on the Alpine headunit.
3. Press and release the POWER/
SOURCE button on the head unit to
select SIRIUS as the source. (Each
press of the POWER/SOURCE
button will change to a different
audio source.)
4. The display may read “LOADING”
until the SIR-ALP1 channel update is
completed.
NOTE: Don’t push any buttons or
perform any operations until
updating has been completed.
Once updated and the SIRIUS
channels are received, the display
will change to Channel 184 the
SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Preview
Channel. At this time you should also
be able to hear the audio from the
Preview Channel.
5. Use the UP/DN buttons to select to
Channel “255” on the display – this
will bring up the SIRIUS-ID.
6. The unit will display “SIRIUS” in the
Category Name Field, “RADIO ID” in
the Channel Field and the SIRIUSID in the Artist and Song Fields of
the display – Example “ESN
123456789123.” Write down the
Sirius-ID (SID) in the location
provided on the next page for future
reference.
Note: You may have to press the
TITLE button on the Alpine headunit
to show the SIRIUS-ID. Be sure that
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the Alpine headunit is set to Auto
SCROLL the text –if not, you may
only see 8-characters of the code.
(See your Alpine Headunit Owners
Manual for more information.)
Note: The SIRIUS-ID can also be
found on the sticker that is on the
bottom of the SIR-ALP1 as well as on
the original packaging.
7. Contact SIRIUS on the Internet:
https://activate.siriusradio.com
Follow the instructions to activate
your subscription. You can also call
SIRIUS toll-free at 1-888-539-SIRIUS
(1-888-539-7474) to activate your
service.
Note: You will not be able to tune to
any other channels until you activate
your SIRIUS subscription.
8. When the subscription is activated or
updated, the word “UPDATING” will
appear on the display. Note some
Alpine headunits will have different
messages- please consult your
headunit owners manual for more
information.
9. Once the “UPDATING” text message
disappears, you may now tune to
any actively subscribed channel.
Basic Operation
The SIR-ALP1 SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Tuner is compatible with any Alpine
headunit that is “SAT Ready” – which
includes some 2003 models and most
2004 models. Consult Alpine or Sirius
Customer Support Departments for
more information about compatibility.
Please consult your Alpine owner’s
manual for proper operation
instructions for using satellite radio
products.
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Headunit Messages
These messages vary by headunit model- consult your Alpine owners manual
for more information.
LOADING - Indicates that the SIR-ALP1 is acquiring audio and/or program
information.
UPDATING or CALL 1-888-CALL SIRIUS TO ACTIVATE - This message
appears when the SIR-ALP1 is receiving a subscription update or during a
channel or category update.
NO SIGNAL or NO SIGNL or ACQUIRING - Will display when there is weak or
no antenna signal present.
ANTENNA or ANTENNA ERROR - Will display if the antenna is damaged or
disconnected.
Specifications
Operational Frequencies
Satellite ......................................................................... 2322.293/2330.207 MHz
Terrestrial ....................................................................................... 2326.250MHz
Power Requirements .................................................................. 11-16 Volts DC
Fuse Type ........................................................................................ 1-AMP (ATC)
Chassis Size (without Mounting Tabs) ............... 4-1/8” x 5” x 1-3/8 (W XHXD)
.................................................................. 105mm x 126mm x 35mm (WxHxD)
Chassis Size (with Mounting Tabs) .................... 4-7/8” x 5” x 1-3/8 (W XHXD)
.................................................................. 127mm x 126mm x 35mm (WxHxD)
Antenna Type ................................................................................ Mini-Magnetic
Antenna Cable Length ................................................. 21’ (single micro-cable)
Connector Type ..................................................................... SMB (Right-angle)
Audio Interface ........................................ 2 Ai-NET Connectors (Input/Output)
Audio Output ............................................................................... 850mV (Fixed)
Included Cable ..................................................... 2.5 Meter Ai-NET (Male/Male)
Please write down your SIRIUS-ID in the space provided below:
SIRIUS ID: ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
SIRIUS Customer Service: 1-888-539-7474
Note: Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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SIRIUS Satellite Radio
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(888) 539-7474
www.sirius.com
© 2004 SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc.
SIR-ALP1 Manual (November 2004- Rev. 2.5)
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