I have used my XM2Go in my office with an Altec-Lansing base and window antenna for several years and I occassionally use the unit in my car with a roof magnetic antenna. Recently the unit has experienced weak signal at the desk and then swithces back to channel 1. Over the weekend I tried to use it in my car and it could not find a signal when connected to the cupholder base. All connections seemed tight and the unit showed a signal before I set it into the base, but once in the base it lost all signal and displayed a message indicating no antenna connection. I am wondering if the tuner or antenna connection are going bad as electronics are wont to do. Is there a way to check or have it repaired? If the cost of repair is high, is there another unit which will utilize all of the accessories (desk speakers and car connections) that I already own?
Thanks for any helpful hints as I like the potential portability and feel frustrated.
I have the same exact problem. I took a small needle nose pliers and pressed the antenna connection on the TAO radio. I put it back into the cradle of my Altec Lansing amplified speakers. It works again. For how long we will see.
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There is a button on the front of the unit that is just below the LCD readout that shows FM / iPod status. Press the button. If it does not open the unit, you may need to tap the back of the unit when doing this or else get something to gently pry open the unfolding section WHILE THE BUTTON IS PRESSED (otherwise you'll break the mechanism and won't be able to lock it again. It sounds like whatever you put in to create the connection may be jamming up your opening.
The unit comes with several adapters for different iPod models, you may want to try a different adapter; you shouldn't need to put anything else in it to maintain a connection. If you don't have those adapters anymore, you can probably get them off the altec lansing web site.
Simple. Go to http://xmfanstore.com , click on "Antennas and Extensions" under "Shop Categories" on the left most side of the site; there you will find "XMFanStore XM2go Direct Connect Antenna Adapter" .
It plugs into the SIDE antenna port of your XM unit and you plug the antenna into that.
your antenna connection inside the unit is broken on the circuit board,i had one of these and repaired it numerous times by taking the unit apart and resoldering the connection at the board,also their antennas don't last long as far as the antenna plug end is concerned
Hi if your intentions are too connect your Phone to that bluetooth device , The paring code is what you make it , when you connect the two device's together , When you search for devices it will ask you to pair with that device , and you make the code anything you wish....Otherwise have a look at the manual under connection , it should have . I hope this helped bud Happy new year
FM radio reception relies on a very good working antenna and cable, AM reception much less so. Unfortunately, the problem could be in the radio itself as there are separate signal processors in it for FM and AM. However, the most common problem is a bad cable connection at the antenna or the radio, or a bad cable itself (corroded, pinched, broken wire inside).
A couple of simple things to check: if the antenna is in the window, it may have become disconnected from the cable at the window. If the antenna is body mounted, could be a bad cable connection at the base of the antenna, and in this case, the base of the antenna could be very corroded.
You could also check the antenna cable from end to end using a continuity checker. If you can't figure that out, you could just try replacing the cable (or body mounted antenna in that case).
Don't use the wearable antenna - reputed to not work well - was not a good design idea - I don't think any of the other receivers have this feature if that tells you anything. Record music you like on the myXM feature, and play that when you would otherwise want to receive on the antenna. If you are listening to live news, etc, there may be no good solution. (I have read there is an antenna headset, but don't know much about it, but some reports that it works.)
The unit has an internal antenna (that is really poor) that is activated when you unplug the external antenna. This is why you get some signal when you unplug the unit.
I assume the problem is the antenna itself.
My suggesion is that you charge up the unit, take it to a place that sells XM equipment AND has a demo unit working. Be sure to take your docking station with you (it has the plug in for an external antenna). Ask the sales rep to please connect your unit to an external antenna to test your unit as you are trying to determine if your antenna is bad. If it works, you need a new antenna (cable may be cut on the inside or antenna may have water/weather damage). If it does not, then there is an electrical issue inside the unit and the unit itelf will need replacement/repair.