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Old 12-09-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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I was given a Sportster SP-R1 and since I have no experience regarding this stuff should I just take my 1998 Accord to Cir. City and have it installed or should I attempt to do it myself? I plugged it into the cigarette lighter but it did not power-up the unit. (I have no instruction booklet) Should it have at least turned it on? Sorry for the ignorance. dayll
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I don't know what YOU can and can't do so it's hard to give advice

There's not much to installation. Install the mount, the antenna and then plug it in to the lighter socket. It's best to mount the antenna on the roof of the car. You'll have to route the wire outside somehow.... The fact that it won't power up when plugged in doesn't sound too good. Do you know the history of the radio?

You can download the owner's manual in PDF format at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Sirius-SPR1-Sp.../dp/B00061I99W
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thanks for the quick reply - I found the paperwork for the unit - so I have the instructions. Here's where I'm at - I plugged it into both my car's (2004 Murano & 1998 Accord)cig lighter/phone adapt. and the unit will not turn on whether the cars are running or not but when I plug it into my 12v portable power pak battery booster it turns on and acquires a signal.
Okay - now for the really dumb stuff - Does the Sportster unit itself have a speaker? Can I run it indoors off the Power Pak? Forget the cars - How can I set it up for indoors? Why won't it get juice from my car's phone jacks? thanks dayll
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thanks for the quick reply - I found the paperwork for the unit - so I have the instructions. Here's where I'm at - I plugged it into both my car's (2004 Murano & 1998 Accord)cig lighter/phone adapt. and the unit will not turn on whether the cars are running or not but when I plug it into my 12v portable power pak battery booster it turns on and acquires a signal.
Okay - now for the really dumb stuff - Does the Sportster unit itself have a speaker? Can I run it indoors off the Power Pak? Forget the cars - How can I set it up for indoors? Why won't it get juice from my car's phone jacks? thanks dayll
1- Theres either something wrong with your cigarette lighter in your car(not getting power), or it wasn't plugged in all the way. Some cars have to have the switch on for the cigarette plug to work.

2- No the radio doesn't have speakers in it. You can buy a home kit, or boombox both of which should be getting cheaper as the sportster is no longer in production.
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Yea, your car plugs aren't working right.. Perhaps they're all tarred up from tobacco residue.

For indoor use, you can connect the AUDIO-OUT to the input of your home stereo.. (Most home stereos have audio-in). If your stereo doesn't have audio-in, then turn on the FM transmitter in the Sportster and pick an unused frequency.. Place it by an FM radio and you should be able to hear it.

Of course, the satellite antenna will have to see the satellites to work. (Unless you have a local terrestrial repeater closeby). If not, the antenna might work in a window. If the signal drops out on you, you'll have to get the antenna out on the roof....
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[QUOTE=jwt873]Yea, your car plugs aren't working right.. Perhaps they're all tarred up from tobacco residue.

Yeah - they make great little spitoons. Seriously - thanks for the help. I think I will begin by setting it up in the house first. dayll
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You didn't mention if there was a different cable you used to hook it up to your 12v portable power pak battery booster. If you're using the same cable, then I would agree that it's faulty power outlets in your cars.

If you're using a different cable to attach to your battery booster, then the original cable is bad. it might have a blown fuse inside it or just faulty connections.

Do any other power devices (cell phone, portable DVD, etc) work with those power outlets in the Murano and Accord?
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I used the plug-in that came with the Sportster in the Power Pak. It just seems odd that both my cars have inopperative plugs - especially since they are never used. I'll look for fuses on them tomorrow. I tried them with ignitions on, engines on, acc. on - but - nothing. Come to think of it my wife has one of those portable vibrators - she might have burned the damn things up! thanks again, dayll
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Have you verified that no other devices work in your car outlets?
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I plugged in my portable car vaccumn and get nothing on either car. I used to run a phone out of those plugs and perhaps that did them both in somehow. Thanks again for the assistance. (The "vibrator" thing was just an attempt at humor.) dayll
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check your cars fusebox and make sure your cigarette lighter/accessory fuse isn't blown. A fuse diagram should be on the fuse box cover or in your car manual.
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A highly overlooked fix is the fuse located in the cig. adaptor for the Sirius unit. UNscrew the plug and a small 5A fuse should pop out... You can find a replacement at Radio Shack for about $3.00
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A highly overlooked fix is the fuse located in the cig. adaptor for the Sirius unit. UNscrew the plug and a small 5A fuse should pop out... You can find a replacement at Radio Shack for about $3.00
Assuming you're usign that same cord on the power pack that WILL pawer the radio, it's not the fuse in that cord. That being the case, DON'T MESS with what ain't broke or you might just complicate matters.
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