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Old 11-26-2006, 03:05 PM   #1
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I had a year-old Starmate Replay that I used via FM transmitter throughout a couple of radios in my condo and the one in my car. Worked just fine. That died on me, and Best Buy gave me a replacement Starmate 4. My fear was realized: with the newer, lousy transmitter, I get terrible reception to the point that the receiver is useless -- I don't get more than 5 feet of FM reception in my condo from the new receiver.

The entire issue would be solved if I could just buy one of the old receivers with the stronger transmitters. Is anyone still selling them? Is there a repository of them on the Internet somewhere? Ebay? If I can't get one of the old transmitters, I probably will just give up on Sirius -- I can't think of a way that I could have a real, non-FM connection in both my condo and my car. That would suck, but I don't know of another way to get Sirius to three radios in my condo and use it in my car as well.

Sorry if this has been dealt with elsewhere, I couldn't find anything right on point. Thanks.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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Probably the best place to hunt up an old receiver would be Ebay. Talk with the seller and see when it was bought, if it's before say April of '06, you should be safe. As far as your car is concerned, your best bet would be to use a $20 wired FM relay. It's just a small device that attaches between your antenna and receiver in your car. It makes all the difference in the world. But there's not much of an option yet for your condo. XM has a personal repeater that's sold to help reception throughout your house, but Sirius doesn't have anything like that yet.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:42 PM   #3
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eBay is a good place. Check out the XChange forum here at SBS too. In fact, I just placed a posting there regarding some Sirius radios and accessories I've got up for auction on eBay.
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Thanks for the help, I'll search out ebay and xchange to get my old starmate back....
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let me know if you want to sell the starmate 4..im in the market for one
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my radioshack that i work at has like 2 old starmates left
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You could always go for an external transmitter like this one:

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-tran...ansmitter.aspx

That way you could use any receiver you want and not have to worry about the strength of the built-in transmitter.
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If you look on the box of the reciever (and on the actual unit) you are buying, there may be a green dot stuck on near the serial number. I believe the dot means it has been adjusted to comply with FCC regulations (i.e. if will not work very well when used wirelessly).

If you find one without the dot, you should fare much better.
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You could always go for an external transmitter like this one:

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-tran...ansmitter.aspx

That way you could use any receiver you want and not have to worry about the strength of the built-in transmitter.
You can "mod" this FM modulator by opening it up, cranking up a small knob and then get a good 100 or more feet out of it!!!


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my radioshack that i work at has like 2 old starmates left
RS has a TON of Starmate replays left in stock... big holiday sale. $60
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RS has a TON of Starmate replays left in stock... big holiday sale. $60
I know RS has a lot of Starmate Replays in stock, but I'm concerned they may be the newer version, which does me no good. And I'm not sure there's a good way of determining whether a receiver is the good version or the bad version except by its age. Some have mentioned a dot on the back, but others said that the lack of a dot is no guarantee that you're getting an old receiver....Thanks though.
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Amazon also sells used equipment:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...Go.x=6&Go.y=15
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I know RS has a lot of Starmate Replays in stock, but I'm concerned they may be the newer version, which does me no good. And I'm not sure there's a good way of determining whether a receiver is the good version or the bad version except by its age. Some have mentioned a dot on the back, but others said that the lack of a dot is no guarantee that you're getting an old receiver....Thanks though.
They were the new ones. Bought 2--one for me to replace my starmate, one for my SO to replace her xact. neither work that great, i'll look for the $20 wired modulator I guess.
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