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Old 01-24-2007, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's a good replacement car antenna for the S50? I think my stock S50 antenna has bit the dust, was having signal issues and now I have no signal at all. But it gets a great signal in the home dock. I was going to buy a new antenna and need some advice.
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If you are using a FM relay bypass that and make sure it's not that causing the issue in the car.

I've never had a problem with the antenna but did with the antenna relay.
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Actually, the stock "microdot" antenna is supposed to be one of the best ones out there. Supposed to have the highest gain of all car satellite antennas. Haven't heard anything to the contrary.
They are readily available at places like Best Buy and Circuit City. You can also order them from TSS that has links in this forum.
I haven't had any problems with mine, and it seems to get very good signal, both Terrestial and Sattelite, despite it being mounted on my dashboard.
Only thing I don't like about it, is it's largish size, despite the "microdot" name.

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No relay, Just checked the Best buy near me has one for $40. I think I will go pick one up tommorow
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BEFORE you spend the money try the house antenna on your car setup if possible. It maybe the dock is shot. It maybe that the S50 is just pissed off.

Stranger things have happened.
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Ahh good thinking, I will try that right after my Stern show recordings
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It was the antenna, (Sirius quality) I picked up a Sirius one radio on sale at radio shack for less then the price of the antenna alone. I hope that antenna is as good as the S50's.
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Check out TSS for their dot micro open box specials. I bought one for 20 bucks. They are the same as what comes with the S50 just shipped in a plastic bag instead of a box kit. You get everything you need to install.
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I've had the worst luck with these antennas. My home dock antenna went out after 3 months of use. Then my dot antenna on my car that came with the s50 went out after 4 months of use. I replaced both with new dot antennas. The one on my car is still in good shape but the one connected to my home dock just crapped out again. In a strange turn from the norm, I called Sirius and they sent me a new dot antenna for the cost of shipping. At least everything works now but I worry about the quality of these things. Three antennas going bad in a year? Not a good track record...
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Check out TSS for their dot micro open box specials. I bought one for 20 bucks. They are the same as what comes with the S50 just shipped in a plastic bag instead of a box kit. You get everything you need to install.
I checked, they have none in stock.
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UPDATE,
I swapped antennas and the difference was amazing. I picked up 100 percent signal with it dropping to 75 at times while driving around. No drop out's or acquiring signal. The old antenna would loose signal just driving down the street, maybe it was bad from the start but all I know is the Sirius one antenna is great.
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