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Old 12-31-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Please Help With Sound Drops For In Car Starmate Replay

Hi, I'm a new forum user. I came across this forum 2-3 months ago as I was researching Sirius radio for Howard's move over there. It seems you guys really know your stuff and I was wondering if any of you could help me with my problem. Well I bought a Starmate Replay as a Christmas present for a friend of mine. She drives a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport, and I installed it in her car. She uses the audio out to an AUX input on her car stereo so I don't think the FM is causing the problem. Well I got the unit activated but the problem started once she left my house. The sound drops constantly, making it a pain to listen to. The antenna is mounted on the roof of her car. At first I tried the center-back of the roof, and then the center-middle, then center-front, then all over the place as whatever we tried just wouldn't help. The Signal strength indicator displayed at the very best 6 bars out of a possible 10. The terrestrial meter flips between 3 bars and 0 out of 10. Even when we were sitting still, the sound would drop but the display would show the 6 bars were constant. Sometimes the Satellite signal would jump between 3 and 6 repeatedly, while the sound cut in and out. "Acquiring Signal" would show once or twice, but not very much. Please, any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I hope I was clear enough, I'd really like to get all of these issues hammered out before Howard's first day on Sirius. Thank you.
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Old 12-31-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Is there a roof rack installed on the vehicle?? If there is; try mounting the antenna ON the roof rack. This would help with the antenna getting a clear signal (as the roof rack is made out of metal, and metal blocks the signal).

Have you tried the FM Transmitter; to see if maybe there is a problem with the Aux In?
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Old 12-31-2005, 03:46 PM   #3
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Well those sound like some great ideas. As soon as I can get my hands on her car I'm gonna test those out. I'll let you all know how it works out. Thank you for the response.
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