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Radio plays upon startup but withing minutes message says searching for signal then antenna not found. replace antenna?

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No, it's the Sirius Tuner. If it's 2 or so years old, there's a bad ground on the antenna port pc board. If your tuner is roughly 6"x6"x1" it's the one. The new tuners will not have this issue and are considerably better built. (DEI) is the manufacturer of the new unit. If you don't mind rebuilt, you can save 40 or 50 on a repaired tuner. The repaired tuners are very reliable since they upgraded the board with one that's durable. Hope this helps

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I have the problem with my receiver. I have the Sportster 4. Is there anywhere I can send it off to get it fixed? I would rather get my old radio fixed, than buy a new one. Hope someone can help. Thanks

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