Worked fine for a year. Then after a big rain storm about 2 weeks ago, this is all that shows on screen. Retraced antenna to the receiver and checked connection. Reciever works at another source. Could it be that I need a new antenna?
I have had my Sportster 1 for over 3.5 years with never a problem About Mid May 2008, I saw the "aquiring signal" notice in the middle of my screen. Everything wlese was fine. I saw the channel #, the time, the 3 signal bars, the name of the channel, etc. Everything EXCEPT actually hearing it. I called sirius and they say they didnt know what could be causing this. I am really surprised to see this many people having the same problem. Anyway, I boughrt another Sportster 1 on E-bay for $49.99 and am waitingfor it to arrive. Hope it works.
I have the same problem started about 2 months ago. i find taht when the car is not moving i get a signal and it functions fine. however 2 mins into driving and it will go dead until i stop the car again. by the way my unit worked fine for 1 yr 6 months. leaving it in the car here in NC
I also have the same problem with my Sportster 4. The problem started about two months out of warranty. If I put the unit on it's cradle at an angle and fiddle around with that angle I can get a clear signal. I need to put a wedge underneath the right side of the unit between it and the cradle to hold it's position. I think I have traced the problem to a bad antenna connection on the circuit board inside the unit. This may have come about from removing it from my car to use in my office on a daily basis. That daily stress on the solder joints have broken them. I can wiggle the antenna conection post and see the solder joints move. I am going to take it to a local electronics repair shop to see if they can resolder the connections as it is too tight of a space for me to get to.
Unfortunatly I don't think it's the cold. I live in GA were it is hot in January. Not really, but it's never really cold enough for the Carhart so... So here's what I did. I pulled the magnetic antenna off the car. Gave it a couple of good smacks between my hands, put it back down on the car. Good as new. For now..
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It is most likely the power supply burnt out. The capacitor's inside are made cheaper than the o'l days and get overheated easily. You can test capacitors with capacitor tester and service manual. You can test power supply output voltage with just a voltmeter
I have a 3 year old Sportster 2 replay unit that worked perfect until 1 month ago. I posted my problem on this website a day before you did with this same problem. I googled to no end and even spoke to Sirius who wasn't willing to replace my unit at no charge since it was out of warranty. I found an unusual solution on the internet that worked for me. I place my receiver in the freezer for at least 20 minutes (this was recommended by a guy somewhere on the internet with the same problem). I have actually left it in freezer overnight too. This has solved my problem. It is the craziest thing but I thought I would try it before I resorted to replacing all my accessories and receiver since Sirius was less than cooperative with the issue. Anyway, hope this helps.
Signal Fade And Loss ~ Important, especially during winter!
Keep in mind that satellite broadcasts occur directly from fixed satellites in space to users. UPLINKS TO that satellite can happen from almost anywhere in the world! This includes broadcasts from remote studios, satellite vans and trucks.
Even signals from the main providing studios are susceptible to weather conditons even tho they have huge, high-gain transmitting dishes!
Weather is a major factor for both the uplinks and downlinks! Storm clouds can block the signals anywhere in the signal path(s). Rain clouds do too ~ even if it's not raining yet. Water-laden clouds make some of the BEST signal attenuators.
So one may have a gorgeous day in San Diego (let's say), but storms back east could trash satellite reception at his location and potentially everywhere else!
As you know, weather conditions all over the US are changing constantly with many severe storms occurring this past week and during any winter. In fact this week there was total signal loss on several satellites and I suspect storms back east were a big factor.
So it could have just been issues of timing for you. The UPLINK had intermittent problems with signal paths semi-crippled by weather... YOUR weather was CLEAR, but your reception was far from problem free ~ only because of weather problems elsewhere.
If you see intermittent satellite reception do check out the weather... especially back east.
Sirius does not stand behind their products, There is no out of warranty repair for their radios, and they do not offer sites for repair. Seems like this is a definite problem with this model. Their solution is to buy a new radio,(with all the new-docking,boombox etc) accessories. also they charge $75.00 to change to the new radio.I liked my sportster 1 because of the FM modulator. It just had to be centrally located and all the radios in my home picked it up(no docking) the new radios require $50.00 docking stations for each stereo location and radio location, unless you bring a boombox everywhere, and the sound isn't the same. I feel there should be a class action lawsuit against Sirius for these reasons and I might look into it. What do all you think?
This happens often, as the units are basically very expensive bricks. They usually work quite fine for 12 months and 37 seconds though! The devices are built by prisoners in Ohio on a work-release program ... do you think they care? No, really, do ya? After getting hosed for $340, be prepared to cough up more cash. And, even then, there is no guarantee that the "repair" will last long, as it is only warranted for 6 months after the "repair" is completed. Oh, and btw, it WILL fail again. ZZTop watch your speed, as the S2 you describe is doing squat. As for an onboard self-test feature, this is a GREAT idea, but, of course: 1) You are dreaming and 2) This would completely ruin Escort's business model.