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Old 11-14-2006, 07:34 PM   #1
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Hi. My second Starmate Replay is about to give up on me as the power jack is beginning to break (from the occasional power cycles). I don't want to part with this radio as it is a 1st generation (with the better FM modulator).

So I'm asking those with experience in reparing if the soldering can be performed straight against the PCB or is this a delicate operation. Also, are the soldering traces so close together that clumsy me could short the circuit by heating up just a little too much?

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Not sure about the power area. But recently re-soldered the audio out connection. It had 4 small solder points holding the plug to the board. The power connection if it is somewhat the same is a very small area to solder, and could get hairy if not careful or are using a regular solder gun. There are some that are smaller, and I would recommend that. I suppose you could just throw some solder in there and hope for the best. Worked for me!
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Thanks for the reply geosync. Well, I'll drop by RS and see how sharp a soldering edge I can find. I wouldn't want to spread the "gook" and mess up the traces for good.

With today's ever-so-delicate electronics, you never know when one of these might come in handy!!!
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:46 AM   #4
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My power connection on my Starmate Replay broke after only 10 months (bought it in January...it broke. I tried to solder it...too tight of an area to do it. The unit was very nice, lots of features, the connections are just not made for daily plugging and unplugging.

I just purchased a Stratus on Saturday...not all the bells and whistles, but cheaper if it breaks. I love satrad, but the Starmate Replay is not portable...can't take it into the house and then to the car without hurting the connections after several months. Hopefully the Stratus newer plug and play connection wll be a little more robust. I can't afford to buy a new radio every year.

The modulator isn't as strong on the Stratus...it barely is strong enough to be heard a room or two away on a radio in my house, I could pick up the Starmate a block away with no problem. I used to mow my yard with radio headphones on and pick up the Sirius signal from the Starmate...now I can't pick it up outside the house witht he Stratus. Bought a wired modulator for the car...easy install, it cleaned up the signal there.
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Hi. My second Starmate Replay is about to give up on me as the power jack is beginning to break (from the occasional power cycles). I don't want to part with this radio as it is a 1st generation (with the better FM modulator).

So I'm asking those with experience in reparing if the soldering can be performed straight against the PCB or is this a delicate operation. Also, are the soldering traces so close together that clumsy me could short the circuit by heating up just a little too much?

Thanks for any helpful reply.
Same thing happened to me- i would rather pay someone to fix this. Can a repair shop do anything? Any options for me to keep the radio?
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Lex you and I both. I got a little butane tip soldering tool for 20$ and a magnifying glass. I'll wait until the jack breaks for good before I open the case (hence why I posted in the first place).

The reason why this unit broke is because I lost the original 12V adapter and had to operate the radio (portable) with an elongated connector tip (instead of the angled one) and so it would knock around a lot and cause pressure on the PCB. I'll let you know how it goes and try to post a picture of it.
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Pluche, just be meticulous and you'll come out ok. I'm careful with my starmate, but the monkeys at car toys were rough with it and broke the audio plug. Short of that, if your careful and use the radios as their meant for, they should hold up.

If you have an older starmate (pre-fcc crackdown) you'll have to take down the antenna connection, and don't forget to re-solder it before you put it the back cover on. It's a long copper wire piece that runs almost the entire length of the radio, looped around the curved edge. You'll see what I'm talking about when you open it up. The screws strip easily too, so be gentle.
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