The wire is soldered to the board after going through the white insulation inside the connector barrel. After opening the unit, place the solder iron in the hole provided where the barrel is attached to the board. Push the broken piece out using a piece of 18AWG bare solid wire. This is a little tricky... make sure you don't damage other components on the board while pushing the old piece out. Then use the same 18AWG wire for the repair. Push it though from the outside of the barrel. Use the small lower opening to get the solder in place. Leave some space to move it back further when you solder into place. Then cut the wire flush with the outside of the barrel. Warm the solder again, and pushed the wire back in a little so it is recessed in the barrel. Let the solder get hard, and that's it... Works perfect. Should take 5-10 minutes.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Antenna not detected could be caused by one of three things: The antenna, the docking station, or the receiver. If you have other equipment to troubleshoot, you can narrow down what is causing your issue and replace it. tss-radio.com is a good source for parts and trouble shooting ;)
I had the same problem. If your radio is a kit and not factory installed in your vehicle it could be the magnetic antenna on top of your car. I had mine for about two years and from moving the radio around, or docking and undocking it, the wire from the antenna broke. It was not cut all the way through but it was enough to cause it to loose the signal. Check your antenna where it plugs into the back of the unit.
There are several ways to tackle this problem, most of which would involve getting to the back of the radio, but before you do, make sure you have an "antenna extension cable". Then plug in the 'extension cable to the radio/sirius unit' leaving the other end to 'hang out' where you can then get access to the 'extension' cable. Then you can plug in the existing antenna when you're not using the camper or plug in new antenna that gets clear view of the satellite. Depending on your location and general direction of travel you may be able to use a 'home unit ' antenna on your dash as I do and it works very well. In my truck I often use a home antenna also, although I also have the large unit that bolts to the (tractor) truck mirror assembly.
The other solution is to find a CB repair place (often at truck stops) that is familiar with repairing, satelite antenna wire and pucks. Have them split the wire and place a male and female plug to accomodate the extisting antenna and the new antenna. This service will cost you about $30-50.00 They should find the parts needed at a satellite radio store that sells marine/business/home antennae systems. The parts are not all that common - or the CB fellow may connect male/female connectors that are unique to your truck situation - then any connectors will work but only on that truck of yours. -- Frank
More than likely, it is the antenna. Sad to say, but the Sirius antennas go bad very easily. Make sure there is no undue pressure on the antenna wire itself, as that can aide to premature failure. Bad antennas are the number one reason for the unit to read 'antenna not detected.' I have seen plenty of the antennas go bad and they were not misused one bit. If you contact Sirius, they're usually pretty good at understanding the misfortune of losing your paid service. Sometimes they'll ship you out a new antenna.
Satellite Antenna cables are very sensitive. Once the live core expose outside of its shield it will reduce the quality of reception. Live core always should be shielded. Best thing is the changing entire cable from radio to antenna. But if you wish you can try to repair the snapped area by putting isolation material (can be electrical type) but live core (the center wire) should be shielded. You can use aluminum foil as shielding after isolate the live core. Aluminum foil should be contacted the shield of the cable (outer surrounding wire)
I would take it to radio shack. Reason is that you can beat your self up over no signal and sit there and waste time on trying to think I fixed it ALMOST! In fact that is not the solution. Is your antenna catching as it is incerting into the femle connection...slightly snapping in or not? Is it falling out? Either way you may have radio shack test this part for you.
i had the same problem and had to return the antenna to radio shack to get a replacement. the guy said that the antenna had a crack in it from the cold weather or water got into the antenna and that is why it malfunctioned.