Question about Rio SIRIUS Sportster Replay Receiver (Refurbished)

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Sirius sportster and dock

The antenna pin on the dock has broken off and is imbedded in the receiver unit. Does anyone know of repair facilities? Sirius says I'm SOL and have to buy a new unit.

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If you bought it within a year, it should be under OEM warranty. If it has been longer than a year, but shorter than two years, and you bought it with Visa, MC, or American Express, you probably qualify for extended warranty protection from your credit card company.

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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I have a similar issue.
Assuming by '.010' you were referring to the thickness/gauge, what was the length of the wire that broke off and how did you affix the repair piece to the antenna socket?

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

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I had recption issues , after reading this post I checked mine. Similar problem
The male part of the fittting has a .010 piece of wire broken off on .in the center . It is stationary in the case. The .010 wire is supposed to fit in the center of the antenna wire connector .I removed the wire with tweezers from the piece in the case and used .010 piano wire in the antenna fitting and it made contact

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Is it "Aquiring Signal" or "Antenna Not Detected"? It could be the antenna, the dock, or the radio itself. For whatever reason, the Sportster 5 seems more fragile in the dock connections. TSS Radio has a repair guy who can fix this issue. You can reach him via email at sales@tss-radio.com

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