Well, I corresponded with the people on Ebay who sold us the radio, and the guy knew exactly what we were doing wrong, said it happens all the time: I didn't have the SkyFi2 seated properly in the boom box that came with it. (It is guaranteed for a month, by the way.)
For those of you who don't know what satellite radio is, you can check out the XM radio website or read HERE for a general description. You can even get a three-day trial of XM radio and listen on the Internet.
There is a monthly fee. If it were just me, I would not waste the money. But Cliff loves country music, the classic stuff. His hearing gets worse all the time. One ear is totally shot, the other one steadily grows weaker, even with his hearing aid. I intend for him to hear his kind of music for as long as possible. Besides, when he has noise going, he doesn't notice the tinnitus in his bad ear so much.
This boom box has great volume!!! Just what we had in mind. Now to get the thing receiving properly.
So, now the radio makes noise.
However, it's pretty chaotic noise, because we're having a terrible time getting activated. I've had them do an activation refresh five times now. At least I found out how to go online and request reactivation (hopefully I won't need it).
It's rough to get a signal from our living room window; I've moved the antenna around here and there at various angles to get the best possible reception (the menu on the radio takes me to a setting that tells how much reception I'm getting). They've told me every time I called to wait 20 minutes, and then I should be able to get the stations. So far, no cigar. They also say that it can sometimes take an hour. This time I'm waiting an hour, at which time our spicy chicken and rice will be done anyhow.
But I do have hope now. At least the radio makes noise!
P.S. Cliff was talking to his brother this morning, and I overheard him saying, "I've got me a laptop now, and I can sit in the living room and look at tractor ads. I wish you had Internet."