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Starmate 4 acquiring signal

Radio work fine next time it was turned on the screen said acquiring signa, i unpluged the antenna then it said antenna not detected it has not bars on the signal meter

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I actually opened up my sirius radio and looked at solder joint at the board were the docking station plugs in and viola ,the solder joint was cracked. I very carefully re-soldered the joint and it works fine now. NO MORE antenna not detected.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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With the antenna plugged in, it may take a minute to aquire the signal. If it takes more than a minute there is a problem with the antenna or the reciever.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007

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