Stiletto Portable Antenna Cable - My Next PDF Document

Discussion in 'Sirius Portables' started by me_rubin, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    Someone asked me, what I'm doing with the Portable Antenna Cable.

    The main thing I've been doing is making it smaller.

    It's going from this:

    To This:


    Finally down to this:


    The latest approach seems to be the best and the strongest to date.

    I'm updating my old manual with this new approach.

    What is different about this way is that instead of joining two pieces of coax cable, I take the SMB pigtail and solder it directly to the connector. Thus lowering the loss and giving me the ability to make it shorter.

    It involves taking the connector apart

    Preparing the SMB connector


    Soldering it to the circuit board of the connector


    Replacing the Strain Relief with a rubber Grommet

    And Gluing it together.


    Look for another PDF in the coming weeks.

    Don't you just love these projects?
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2008
  2. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Thanks Mike, I am glad to see you post this here. You had so many great post at SBS.
  3. Pedro

    Pedro New Member

    Me Rubin hao mosh fo de caebel? I nee wan to put me Stiletto 2 on me van. Gracias :)
  4. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    Its a good thing that Google can translate this. "How Much for the cable? I need one for my Stiletto 2 on my Van."

    When I sold them on Ebay, they sold for over a 100 bucks. Originally I built 12 for the SBS Forum members for 45 dollars shipped which included all the parts except for the headphone adapter cable.

    Maybe when I finish my new PDF manual we can get a group of people over on the DRC and have another group build.
  5. mynameisjamie

    mynameisjamie Member

    I want to build one so badly. It looks like fun.
  6. Sirius Smurf

    Sirius Smurf New Member

    Thanks for your ingenuity with this. I have a STiletto 2 and normally when I rent a car I get a pre paid subscription card and take my starmate replay 2 with it. With this cable I will no longer need to do that. Let us know when you put another one on ebay, in my case it will pay for itself :)
  7. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    I hope to make the manual easy enough such that others will be able to make them too. I'm not in the business of making these cables so that is why I'd like to leverage my knowledge to others so that they can make them too!

    Tell me about the Paid sub card. How long is the sub good for? Do you give them the ESN and then it works for the rental period?

    Thanks for your interest.
  8. hexagram

    hexagram Medicinal & Recreational.

    Good work! You should really consider making a small batch of these and putting them on eBay.
  9. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    Thanks- but I'll leave the mass production to the professionals...
  10. robhurlburt

    robhurlburt Well-Known Member

    excellent, can't wait for the new instructions, my headphoneantenna is starting to act finicky, and i am getting poor signal when i used to have great signal.

    Which is better. A car antenna or a home antenna?
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2008
  11. robhurlburt

    robhurlburt Well-Known Member

    has anybody found the SMB connector locally not online?
  12. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    You are not going to find them at your local radio shack if that is what you are asking. When I went to a Ham Fest over the summer I saw some for sale from Antenna vendors. or people who sell GPS's. But the best prices are those from eBay.
  13. robhurlburt

    robhurlburt Well-Known Member

    thanks, i'll look on ebay
  14. robhurlburt

    robhurlburt Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008
  15. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    The second link (Testparts) is where I bought some before. They work well and solder nicely.


    You have to cut off the outer plastic cover and shield which covers the two pieces of coax. The center connector on this one is not solid so it works well in this application.

    Best of all the price is right! I've made about 6 of the cables with this connector and no problems.
  16. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Wow you are getting better and better at building those things! :)
  17. robhurlburt

    robhurlburt Well-Known Member

    Just made this last night, here are some comments for future builders...

    -the wires are tiny, and it takes some practice to not overheat them on the solder and melt some housing/shrinktube
    -if you bunch up the outter braided shield, the end of it gets buched up a bit, and it makes it difficult to overlap the two shieds.
    -my first one didn't work, so i just cut it again, and re-did it. 2nd time took me 10 mins to do.

    I mainly did this for work. It works, but I guess I'm not blown away. For some reason I thought it was going to be ALOT stronger. Before with the headphone antenna I had a strong 2 bars. With the home antenna i am getting a stong 2 bars, with a blinking third (terrestrial). It is an improvement, and I have a car antenna to play with also, so I will see how that goes.

    All in all I appreciate the work Me_Rubin put into the document and am happy with the improvements. Thanks Mike!
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008

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