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Old 02-27-2007, 07:21 PM   #136
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I think I'm missing something here , instead of cutting the plug apart to get to the circut board wouldn't it be easier to go a foot or so away from the plug and cut the whole wire in half then slice down the side of the wire to locate the coax and install correct plug on the end of the wire and if ya wanted a plug for audio do it there also .
Would you get some loss from splicing the coax? I can try it before I cut into the connector.

It makes sense to me. I will test that before I try cutting the connector apart.

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Old 02-27-2007, 07:35 PM   #137
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I had an Excavator ( heavy Equipment ) door mash the coax on my MYFI and it didn`t work so when I went home I connected the center wire to each other and pealed back a bunch of the braid and connected that so it didn`t touch the center wire . I used a few small ty wraps to hold about 5" of the untouched wire together so their was never any tension of the half assed connection I made and then I gave everything a few coats of liquid electrical tape . This was all done as a temporary patch until the new antenna was delivered . I used that same wire until I followed NASCAR here which was about 6 months . It never worked any different that I could tell .
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:30 PM   #138
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Would you get some loss from splicing the coax? I can try it before I cut into the connector.

It makes sense to me. I will test that before I try cutting the connector apart.

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This is what I was wondering when I took mine apart for the earbuds. I would try this first before cutting into the plug. At least if you tried this, you would still have a chance to do it the other way.
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:13 AM   #139
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Would you get some loss from splicing the coax? I can try it before I cut into the connector.
obviously you're going to add some loss, however I cut off the SMB connector from a faulty S50 home dock antenna and put it on another older home antenna where I pulled the connector off by accident, and it works fine. I wouldn't be afraid.
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I finally got enough guts to give it a shot and it worked . I`m not used to dealing with wires this small . I had to rob the antenna connector out of my MYFI car dock which unlike the Stiletto dock can be replaced for less than 15 bucks delivered . I will add the audio connector tomorrow which I forgot to buy along with connectors on the headphone end of the wires where I cut it off . Then the headphone/antenna can be plugged in again if ever had a need for them . I connected the home dock antenna to it directly and also had three bars .I`d like to of had a way to make something that would not allow any stress on the connections I made to the plug but I`ll come up with somthing . If someone starts making adaptors I`d still like to have one made by a pro for back up being I depend on it for daily use at work .
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I finally got enough guts to give it a shot and it worked .
Gizmo, Did you just cut the wire or bust open the connector and attach it directly to the circuit board. Tell me about this 15 dollar connector too.

Also if you just spliced the coax can you tell me what you soldered together and how you handled the braid, whether you used shrink wrap to cover up the wires. Any pictures might help too.

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I cut the whole wire in half about a foot or so away from the plug so I had room to experiment . I then used a single edge razor blade to put a shallow cut in the outside of the cable a couple inches long . Then pulled the cover apart . I tried to slit it all the way through but the braid is so soft I think if it sees a knife it breaks. Once I seperated all of the wires I took a small pic and started at the end of the wire and seperated the braid so it looked like hair for a couple inches and the just rolled it between my fingers to make it look like one wire. I then tried once to strip some of the insulator off from around the center wire in the coax . That didn`t work at all . I resorted to a more primitive method . I took a bic type lighter and heated it and when it started to get real hot I took a rag and pulled the melted plastic off . it took a couple times to get enough striped because I wanted the braid to be about an inch longer than the center wire . The connector I removed from the XM Car dock had the center wire sticking out the back a little which is where I soldered the center of the coax to being careful not to creat a short with the solder . I now soldered the braid to the side of the connector and let the excess run wild as did the left and right audio wire ,if I dare call it wire . It looks more like black and red plastic coated hair . Any way I let the braid and the wire run inside the shrink wrap so it would stick out so I can connect the audio tomorrow . I`m a heavy equipment operator these little wires are not my thing but I had to try it , worst case I trashed a set of other wise useless headphone /antenna that probably will never use any way . As I said if some one comes up with a better more professional set I will buy it for back up as I do the magnetic antennas . Trees seem to be attracted to them and its nice to have a spare in the truck for those times .

Sorry I forgot the connector . I also have a bunch of XM toys which is where I got the connector from . They seem to refer to them as cradles where SIRIUS seem to refer to them as Docks but either way you can use a home or car cradle for the MYFI which are on Ebay just do a search .Hear is one http://cgi.ebay.com/XM-Satellite-Del...QQcmdZViewItem

XM crowd seems to be pretty much in the same boat so I grabbed a link from there to help with connectors http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/sto...oductId=167311

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Wow, talk about supply and demand. I was just on ebay and saw a set of antenna headphones currently at $51.00 with 1 day, 1 hour left. Imagine what you can get for the antenna adapter...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sirius-Stiletto-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Ya know its really a shame in reality. It cost me $9.95 for an antenna adaptor for my MYFI so I could do the same thing we are trying to accomplish now on a Stiletto .
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I let it run all afternoon on the standard battery to see what kind of battery life I`m looking at . Not looking at much at 3.5 hours .MYFI got between 5 and 6 . So much for 2 batterys getting me through an 8-10hr day .Maybe the life will be a little longer after it gets cycled a couple times which I`m doing now

I just ran the slim battery dead in 1hr and 40 minutes

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Wow, talk about supply and demand. I was just on ebay and saw a set of antenna headphones currently at $51.00 with 1 day, 1 hour left. Imagine what you can get for the antenna adapter...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sirius-Stiletto-...QQcmdZViewItem
I saw this listing the other day. Now there are two. That one is up to 56 bucks now.




I understand from TSS Radio that they are going to sell some. Taylor. It looks like the price point might be $50 or more.... Originally they were priced to sell at $39.95 but Sirius never released them.




The top bidder has a zero rating so I'm not so sure how good this sale is. The other one is just starting and going for 10 bucks.

If the antenna headphones are worth 50 dollars I wonder what my super Satellite Antenna hat is now worth.



Once I make the cable, I can install a dot micro antenna in the cap. This could be my retirement job. Only problem is I can't afford to retire.
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A member asked about a set of headphones last week so I gave him a link to a set on Ebay and he wasn`t pleased at all with the present price of 30 some bucks . I wonder how he felt when he seen that they went for 63 in the end .
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Sirius or Directed just have to get off their duff and make something really.. That'd be the easiest thing.

Directed has access to the connectors.. If Sirius doesn't want to make one, they should do it. I'd buy one.

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I think sometimes the dilemma is, it is sooo small to make a single connector to just the sattelite antenna. Perhaps a small little box that would attach to the bottom, just like the end of the painphones. That also included a place to plug in the unit. no external wires or anything, just a little box with antenna and DC in. Maybe when I get some spare time I will photoshop a picture of this idea.

Another question for one of you "Rocket Scientists" on the bottom of the stiletto, there are 2 little metal peices, they look like connectors of some sort. one to the far right of the painphones connection, the other on the far left of the DC in, what is the purpose of these?
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It's only RG58 for the Outdoor Home antenna.

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Droo, If you read the stamp on the Home Antenna Coax it says RG174/U


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