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Old 08-19-2007, 11:03 PM   #46
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http://www.mountguys.com/ProductDeta...X-FMP&click=21

I found this link to be useful. If you get a dual plug for your socket in your car, this may be a quick fix solution. http://www.shop.com/op/~Maxell_DC_2_...4?sourceid=298

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i am new to this.....i'm from canada....thanks 2 you cowboy my radio's working awesome!!! it's like day and night!!!
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:08 PM   #47
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I received my replacement adapter from Crutchfield today, and it's exactly the same issue. When I turn on the Sirius radio, I can still listen to other FM stations that I'm not tuned to on the Sirius. It doesn't seem to be making an impact at all.

The only thing I can think of is that my FM out jack on the Sportster dock doesn't work, and therefore doesn't send the signal down the wire to flip the switch on the adapter.

I welcome any suggestions.
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:57 PM   #48
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I received my replacement adapter from Crutchfield today, and it's exactly the same issue. When I turn on the Sirius radio, I can still listen to other FM stations that I'm not tuned to on the Sirius. It doesn't seem to be making an impact at all.

The only thing I can think of is that my FM out jack on the Sportster dock doesn't work, and therefore doesn't send the signal down the wire to flip the switch on the adapter.

I welcome any suggestions.
Are you sure that you plugged it into the FM out of the dock?

Also, what kind of car do you have? You might need antenna adapters.

Let me know.
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Definitely plugged into the FM Out jack. I have a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. Would I need antenna adapters if all the plugs fit snugly where they look like they're supposed to?
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I looked at metraonline.com and saw that you do not need antenna adapters.

Are you leaving the FM transmitter in the menu turned on? Have you set your station to listen to Sirius?
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #51
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Yes, I am leaving the FM transmitter on in the menu. Right now I have the Sirius transmitter tuned to 88.9 - when you ask if my station is set to Sirius, do you mean am I tuned to 88.9 on my car stereo as well as on the Sirius? If so, then yes.

Just a little background, the wireless transmission has always sounded pretty good, but I would get some really bad hissing in certain parts of town. When I plug in the direct adapter, I can take the plug out of the FM Out jack and there is literally no difference in quality at the moment. It doesn't fade out or anything when I do it.

And of course, while the Sirius is powered on, I can still listen to other FM stations on my stereo and I don't think I'm supposed to be able to do this.
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Right now I have the Sirius transmitter tuned to 88.9 - when you ask if my station is set to Sirius, do you mean am I tuned to 88.9 on my car stereo as well as on the Sirius? If so, then yes.
That's what I meant.

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And of course, while the Sirius is powered on, I can still listen to other FM stations on my stereo and I don't think I'm supposed to be able to do this.
You are correct. I am at a loss at what the issue could be.

If you don't listen to FM at all, you could unplug your car antenna from your car stereo.
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So instead of plugging the antenna cable into the adapter box, just don't plug it in? Interesting - maybe I'll try that before I give up.

I may also fiddle with the FM Out a little more. Sometimes when I rotate the plug when it's plugged in, the reception gets better, which led me to believe it might be the jack itself that is the problem.

I guess if all else fails, I return everything to Crutchfield and try that solution from the MountGuys website that was suggested.

Thanks for all of your help, by the way.
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I actually got this working. It seems like it is in fact my FM Out jack.

When I push the mini-plug to one side of the jack, I hear a little click behind the car stereo and suddenly I get no interference. And sure enough, if I try to listen to regular FM radio, I can't.

So I took some electrical tape and taped the mini-plug so it was pressing against the side of the FM out jack. I guess if I want it to work correctly without the tape, I'd need a new car dock.
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I actually got this working. It seems like it is in fact my FM Out jack.

When I push the mini-plug to one side of the jack, I hear a little click behind the car stereo and suddenly I get no interference. And sure enough, if I try to listen to regular FM radio, I can't.

So I took some electrical tape and taped the mini-plug so it was pressing against the side of the FM out jack. I guess if I want it to work correctly without the tape, I'd need a new car dock.
Sounds like you need to get your Car Dock replaced. There is nothing worse than a loose connection. With your car bumping around, I don't think the tape will hold it long. If it is under warranty call support and get it exchanged. Congrats on finding the issue. I know sometimes these things can be frustrating...
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sounds like you got a bad FM Direct Adapter. My wife couldn't be happier. We live in th NYC market and there are way too many radio stations (like every channel including 88.1[the default frequency for reception of Sirius and XM]) and she is getting no terrestrial reception when the adapter is engaged.
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I have a Starmate 4 and have dealt with the bad FM for almost a year, so yesterday I got an fm direct adapter..

I hooked it up to my ford van's radio and nothing happened.. The regular FM stations still came through when the starmate was powered on.. A loose FM out jack was suspect so I got a new car dock, That did not help eaither..

So off to best buy I went to return the direct adapter, I slapped on the new adapter in the parking lot and still nothing changed.. The same old crappy reception as if the direct line wasn't there..

no, my fm transmission is not turned off

Yes all the fittings are correct, I am sure of this because the terrestrial antenna still works strong when being run through sirius adapter, also all is snug and fits like a glove..

So the problem seems to lie in the receiver itself, and not the dock or the fm direct adapter.. It seems as though no power is being sent to the adapter from the fm out jack..

Maybe I have myself to blame, but don't tell sirius that.. In an attempt to better my signal I use to attach the stripped end of an old sirius antenna in to my fm out jack.. This actually improved the signal by alot and I had recommended others do the same on this forum.. All though this helped my signal, I fear that I may have caused some sort of short in my fm out.. I understand this jack will send low voltage power to the fm direct adapter which in theory disconnects my terrestrial signal..

Does anyone think this is possible and its my fault its not working today?

So I called Sirius, and since the radio is under a year old they agreed to send me a new unit, Lets hope that does the trick..
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I have a Starmate 4 and have dealt with the bad FM for almost a year, so yesterday I got an fm direct adapter..

I hooked it up to my ford van's radio and nothing happened.. The regular FM stations still came through when the starmate was powered on.. A loose FM out jack was suspect so I got a new car dock, That did not help eaither..

So off to best buy I went to return the direct adapter, I slapped on the new adapter in the parking lot and still nothing changed.. The same old crappy reception as if the direct line wasn't there..

no, my fm transmission is not turned off

Yes all the fittings are correct, I am sure of this because the terrestrial antenna still works strong when being run through sirius adapter, also all is snug and fits like a glove..

So the problem seems to lie in the receiver itself, and not the dock or the fm direct adapter.. It seems as though no power is being sent to the adapter from the fm out jack..

Maybe I have myself to blame, but don't tell sirius that.. In an attempt to better my signal I use to attach the stripped end of an old sirius antenna in to my fm out jack.. This actually improved the signal by alot and I had recommended others do the same on this forum.. All though this helped my signal, I fear that I may have caused some sort of short in my fm out.. I understand this jack will send low voltage power to the fm direct adapter which in theory disconnects my terrestrial signal..

Does anyone think this is possible and its my fault its not working today?

So I called Sirius, and since the radio is under a year old they agreed to send me a new unit, Lets hope that does the trick..

this might be a silly question, but is the sirius tuner set to the same station as the radio in the car?
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yes it is tuned to the same station, and the quality is the same as if there were no adapter..


If this thing were working right, I shouldn't get any valuable signal from terrestrial station when the sirius unit is powered on.. Nothing indicated to me that this adapter is doing anything beneficial form me at all.
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