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Old 12-06-2004, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hi all - I got my new Kenwood MP925 headunit and 903 tuner installed Saturday! YAY! I think I will like the headunit itself and its 2-line display, and the FM tuner and CD functions work great... but NO SIRIUS yet.

I had Sirius send the activation signal on Saturday afternoon. Prior to calling Sirius, I of course had no signal, and the headunit would default to Ch. 1 with no stream name. I'd try to tune to Ch. 184 but it wouldn't hold and would go right back to Ch. 1. And if I hit the seek button it would do the same thing, flip to 184 and then right back to 1. (This info becomes pertinent in a moment; keep reading).

After Sirius sent the signal, it was obvious they had done so because a stream name of "Sirius Hits 1" now displayed on Ch. 1. But no audio! I waited a few minutes and hit the seek button, and it scrolled through all stream numbers individual up through 184, each saying "Waiting", and then landed back on Ch. 1. Tried 184 directly again but it wouldn't hold. Tried the seek function after several more minutes and it held on Elvis Radio, Court TV, Area 63 and TalkLeft, but all with no audio. Turned the headunit off then back on. No change.... except that the next seek did the scroll through all channels without stopping and landed back at Ch. 1.

When I first activated my Xact, it was almost an hour of "acquiring signal" before I actually heard audio, so I figured this Kenwood 903 tuner might be doing the same thing... giving me silence until it downloaded ALL info. So I was patient all weekend driving in silence, in Sirius mode, thinking that it might need to be in Sirius mode for the tuner to be acquiring data.

Bright and early this morning I gave up and called Sirius and had them send another activation signal. Gave it a good 10 minutes before turning the unit off and back on (the manual that came with the 903 suggests doing this if you're having trouble when activating the tuner for the first time). Still NOTHING! No audio, and no streams found other than Ch. 1.

So, experts, HELP! Is it conceivable that I'm going to experience silence for an indefinite period while this tuner is downloading initial data? And that the tuner is taking FOREVER to download data? Or is there likely something wrong with the tuner, or the maybe the connection between the tuner and headunit? I'm thinking it's not the antenna because it obviously picked up some kind of signal from Sirius, and it's located in exactly the same spot where I got 3 full bars & no dropouts with my Xact.

Any ideas are needed and appreciated. I MISS THE DOG!
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Old 12-07-2004, 02:39 PM   #2
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It should take like two mins to download. You just aren;t getting a signal. I was able to download data, but I left it plugge din all day and for one brief hour i finally got audio on the preview channel, and so I called to activate it. about ten mins after activating my signal was gone again. Something screwy is going on with the signal, at least where I am, makes no sense how a satellite signal could go from 6 bars to zero in a heartbeat.
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks JAsonB - finally someone answered my post!

In the interim, I had Sirius send the signal AGAIN, and still nothing. Went back to the installers yesterday after work, and they said they'd never seen a tuner do what mine is doing. They'd had bad tuners, but not one that was doing this. So they called their backdoor # for Sirius, and the Sirius rep they talked to called Kenwood tech support, and everyone's consensus is that I got a bum tuner. By this time the store was closing AND they had no more tuners anyway, so I have to go back tomorrow.

Of course the tuner was installed up in the dash behind the headunit instead of someplace easy to reach! Maybe we should have Sirius activate it while the center panel is still out to make sure it actually works!

Thing is... I'm missing my Sirius!
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:06 PM   #4
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Ironically I just got a satellite singal again. I hope it lasts!!!!!
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