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Old 07-03-2007, 11:58 PM   #76
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Sportster Replay won't beep (audible alert) when saved song comes up. Also, have to put all of my weight into finger to get band and display to change. Anyone else have/had this problem?
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:24 PM   #77
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I have 2 year old Sportster and my reception is terrible. I dont even try at home anymore and the car can be just as bad, I live In NY and was wondering if anyone else has similar problems either with the unit or reception in general ?
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:02 AM   #78
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AUDIOVOX PNP1 AND PNP2 - Very common for these to overheat and get extremely hot. Eventually after this overheating takes place the radio will start to go to "acquiring signal" frequently. Another common error is 'ANTENNA ERROR,' this can usually be solved by unplugging the antenna wire from the SAT or MAIN input and blowing into the input on the radio as if you were blowing dust out of it, then plug antenna wire back in and power cycle. The most extreme case of overheating I have ever dealt with regarding a customers radio was the radio actually bursting into flames. When they sent the radio back , it was totally burned.

The InV SV2 - If you have a home kit for this radio and it has an ITE power supply, there are chances the power supply is bad. A symptom of this is the radio will just constantly flash SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO or it won't power at all.
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If you're experiencing signal issues out of no where with a radio and it has worked fine in the past in the same locations you're using it now, a great way to test the radio is by taking it to a radio shack, best buy or circuit city and having them hook it up to their antenna (they have perfect signal strength) to see if you see the same problem. If you take it to one of those places and it still has a signal issue the radio is more than likely bad or going bad and it's time to grab a new one
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:44 AM   #80
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I have problems with the car kit cradle for the Sportster. My unit works fine in the boombox but now is totally dead in the car. All it says is "Acquiring signal".
This is a replacement unit for the same problem that occured about 3 months ago.

Any units out there that are "great" - like no problems whatsoever?

Thanks for any help you might have in fixing a car docking station

Rob
I have a 4 year old JVC SR1000 that has the same symptoms. I keep getting an "Acquiring signal" message or just no sound and showing the current selection and good signal strength in my car cradle, but it works fine in the home cradle. I'm thinking the car cradle is giving up the ghost. I know the receiver is a bit outdated, but I have a lifetime subscription and would like to get a few more years out of it before I use up one of my new receiver subscriptions.

I'm now looking for a new or slightly used car kit.

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Old 10-22-2007, 12:29 PM   #81
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Sportster Replay won't beep (audible alert) when saved song comes up. Also, have to put all of my weight into finger to get band and display to change. Anyone else have/had this problem?
I never save any songs, so I dont know about the beep.........But I do have to press the buttons pretty hard to change channels and bands.
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Hey All! I have had a Streamer Replay for about a year now. Just recently the screen started to flicker as I drive. It will go from bright blue backlight, to a dim blue backlight, and then no backlight what so ever. What is going on? Is there a fix, or do I need a new unit?
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Woke up this morning and ran into a Sportster 4 problem. When I turned it on, it doesn't load past the welcome screen. I can hit menu and navigate through the menu, but everything is pretty much dead. No channels come up, Sirius ID is blank...nothing loads. I tried to set the default settings, but nothing. I'm waiting to hear back from Sirius/TSS-Radio about this issue.
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Hey All! I have had a Streamer Replay for about a year now. Just recently the screen started to flicker as I drive. It will go from bright blue backlight, to a dim blue backlight, and then no backlight what so ever. What is going on? Is there a fix, or do I need a new unit?
I had a similar problem when I had a Replay and it turned out to be a bad power cable. If you have another set up (home/car) try using its power cable and see if the same thing happens.
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:47 AM   #85
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I've read over all the posts in this thread & I've also noticed, that many others have dropped by & viewed this thread as well. I came looking for some answers though.

I've been a Sirius subscriber for 3 years now, & an XM subscriber for a year. I get the comments from friends who drop by or see my car about me being a media monger,lol. I've personally owned & used at least 10 different radio tuners since my early beginnings; Audiovox PNP1 x3, Alpine SIR-ALP1 x2, Sanyo CRSR-10, Kenwood SIR-KEN1 x2 and Delphi Roady XT2 x2. Anyone seeing a pattern here? I've also used Kenwood's Here 2 Everywhere Tuner...by far the nicest of all I've tried. I still have a Clarion Calypso in the box, unopened to maybe try later?

To get back to my reason for posting, I've had to swap out radios with a rhythm all my own. Each time I've had to change my radio because my current gives up working. The Audiovox would overheat & drop out or go black. The Alpine lost Signal, first periodically ('acquiring Signal'), then permanently lost Antenna ('antenna not detected') over a 48hr time period. The second & still in use Alpine SIR-ALP1(warranty replacement) is unable to hold it's presets with a power off. The short time I experimented with the Sanyo was a constant, gradual swap of Signal for Static back to signal, ANNOYING as Heck!! The Kenwood SIR-KEN1 was/is in wife's car; currently un-subscribed because it will carry signal for 15-20 minutes, then just Static or no signal for 15-20 minutes. The SIR-KEN1 conveniently held like a rock until 12 months had past, then the games began. I have a Kenwood H2EV that a pal gave me, it's a lifetime radio subscription. Sounds awesome right? Problem is, it will play for 5-6 minutes at a time, then drop it's signal ('acquiring signal') for 20-30 minutes. Curiously enough, if I'm in the same room or relatively close to the tuner, it will not find the signal. If I'm 40 plus feet away or another room, it'll play more then it will not...15minutes on, 3-5 minutes out?

My trials & tribulations have been at times both positive & negative, but fully educational. I'm considered a 'Satellite Guy' to my co-workers & friends. I've repaired Antennas, jerry-rigged & mix-matched Radio Docks (broke out the dremel!). My installs are mostly with an AUX input when I can help it, FM transmitter when I can not. I've spent many collective hours on the phone with CS reps & techs alike. One of the most defining realizations I've come to identify in this industry is that NO ONE wants to repair, everyone want to replace. It's like this technology is put together & then someone waves a magic wand that magically enables it into working condition at the factory. So many times I've had a CS rep try & tell me that my Antenna was loose or broken (would it help if I turn it on..lol). Someone MUST know of an electronics guy or specialist that has been able to repair SAT tuners. I'd especially like to get a person to look at the H2EV given that it seems to operate in various levels of annoyance with an aversion to human proximity.

Anyone with an offering to my rant?
I'm one, and I started really young as a Ham radio enthusiast & kit-builder. I'm 57 now. Techs "replace" electronic items usually because there are very few of us left who are both knowledgeable in the electronics field and also willing to troubleshoot broken units to the "component level." Usually, having the experience to know what to look for causing the fault, and the time it takes to work with the miniature solder connections and parts, & have the tools to do it, is a rare find and this work usually takes way to much time for the pay offered to compensate. A qualified technician's time is always worth more than any company would pay for that repair work, especially for doing warranty work. Moreover, qualified techs are usually more gainfully employed in other areas of electronics. Wouldn't you be if you had the ability? It's just more cost-efficient to replace most circuit boards or antenna assemblies, etc., than to try to repair them. However, when it comes to my own unit, I may have the patience to attempt to repair it (and maybe do it if it belongs to a cutie I'm trying to impress! ... (^_^).
As for the way it cuts out when you are near it, whenever any signal is at the threshold of cutting out, that signal can be easily cancelled out by the presence of humans and metal above or nearby, all able to reflect "out of phase" signals back to the antenna or block them from getting there. The more obstructions able to "conduct electrons" that are somehow in the way of a satellite signal reaching an antenna, or that can block the terrestrial signals broadcast from various ground antenna locations (that these companies use to supplement weak satellite reception), the worse the reception will be. These "conductive" things tend to block, reflect, and absorb the signals. In the Spring & Summer, and continued warm weather, the ion-laden water in the trees and leaves actually become conductive to electrons and thus, will cause more signal dropouts when they are green when they are over your antenna. Of course, this sucks, especially when driving. There is nothing better than the open highway for satellite radio, or a truly waterproof outdoor roof antenna. I say waterproof because if alternatively located inside the attic, the tar paper, shingles, and flashing will not be good for its signal, and if located outside in the rain and humidity, in time, it will be really bad for the built-in sat-signal preamplifier circuitry inside these antennas. Decent satellite antennas (antennae) are not simply a wire or coil like most radios that tune lower frequencies can use. Good luck! You may see some real improvements soon with the merger of XM and Sirius, and with more and better satellites launched into orbit. Don't rule out the SUN as a cause of poor reception! Look it up! Sun-spots can really affect the day to day, hour to hour, reception of all radio wave propagation because they affect our earth's ionosphere, sometimes helping and sometimes detracting. But without the ionoshphere we would all be dead, cooked by the gamma & various other rays that the ionosphere normally will block from hitting us. (That's why we have to be kind to our planet & its atmosphere!!) BTW, it's "jury-rigged" not jerry, and the words "can" & "not" in that order must always be put together as "cannot." The English language is not learned as well as it used to be, however, the majority of your post was well written. TC (Cornell U EE)
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