A solar module charges the battery that powers the radio. The small gray device next to the module is the antenna. Like many tradesmen, I find it easier to get through the day if there's music playing in the background. I used to listen to FM radio, but the commercials drove me nuts. When I heard about satellite radio, I signed up immediately and now get more than 60 commercial-free music channels plus news, sports, and talk. The reception is crystal-clear and I can listen to any music genre I want.

Many newer cars and trucks come equipped with satellite-capable stereo, but I drive an older box truck. For less than $200, I outfitted it with a satellite-capable stereo, antenna, and receiver. Since I work out of the back of the truck box, I installed the radio there, which makes it easy to change channels or adjust the volume when I'm...

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