02-14-2008, 03:26 PM
Just Tuned In
Join Date: Feb 14, 2008
Problem with older Sirius Sportster "Acquiring Signal" (It's NOT the antenna!
I've found posts on various websites talking about this, showing that a good number of people but no one seems to have found a solution yet.
Here are the facts:
-A few weeks ago, my Sirius Sportster started frequently showing the "Acquiring Signal" message. Every once in a while, the message goes away and the appropriate text returns, but the message always comes back after a few minutes.
-This is happening when the unit is in the home cradle, the boombox, and the car cradle, so it can't be an antenna problem or a tree obstructing the view.
-The s-seek function is still working. The radio, even with the acquiring signal message up, will give me an s-seek alert, allow me to switch to the new station, and still not give any audio.
-Every once in a while, there is audio, but it goes away pretty quickly.
-Sirius says to buy a new radio (the same solution they seem to have to any problem). When I have emailed them, they ignore the fact that several people seem to have had this problem in the same time period.
-If I have to buy a new radio, I will, but I would like to know if this is going to happen with any older generation Sportster I buy to replace this one. I would like to buy a Sportster or a Sportster Replay that will still fit into all of the equipment I already own (boombox, home cradle, car cradle), and none of the newer units fit. I could buy one from ebay, but how likely is it that I'm going to have the same problem with that one? If these things just wear out over a period of around three years, Sirius should say that or make radios that will still work with the older equipment.
Anybody got any answers or help or advice? I really don't want to buy a whole new system, especially when it seems that, in addition to the subscription cost, I'll probably have to spend another couple of hundred dollars in another few years to do the exact same thing.