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Sirius Products Adjusted After FCC Inquiry

New York — Sirius broke its silence about a possible Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inquiry into the emissions of its products today, more than a month after XM announced it received a letter from the FCC investigating emissions on the Delphi SkyFi2.

Sirius executive VP/chief financial officer David Frear, speaking at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference, said that some of Sirius’ manufacturing partners received a letter from the FCC requesting their test data on FM modulator products. Frear said, “Our radio manufacturer partners provided their test data to our engineers, and some of them did test outside the band of allowable emissions.”

Frear said that changes were made at the manufacturing plants on those products two or three weeks ago, and “now all products are in compliance with the FCC.”

XM Satellite Radio said yesterday it was taking action to bring two radios into compliance with FCC transmitter emission limits.

XM said it asked Delphi and Audiovox, suppliers of the SkyFi2 and Xpress XM receivers, to temporarily suspend shipments of these products so that a small ferrite clip can be added to an antenna wire to help reduce emissions.