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12-519User’s Guide

All-HazardsWeather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn

Thank you for purchasing your All-HazardsWeather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn from RadioShack. Please read this user’s guide before installing, setting up, and using your new weather radio.

Contents

Contents

 

Package Contents .........................................................................................................

3

Features.........................................................................................................................

3

Setup...................................................................................................................

4

Understanding Your Radio.............................................................................................

4

Power your Radio...........................................................................................................

6

Install Backup Batteries.............................................................................................

6

Use the Antenna............................................................................................................

7

Basic Operation..................................................................................................

8

Set the Clock..................................................................................................................

8

Set the Alarm.................................................................................................................

8

When the Alarm Sounds............................................................................................

8

Using the Radio..............................................................................................................

8

Set Radio Station Memory.........................................................................................

9

Using the Weather Radio ..........................................................................................

9

Set Weather Channel Memory..................................................................................

9

Viewing Weather Alerts...........................................................................................

10

Receiving Alerts for Specific Areas..........................................................................

10

Using Skywarn..............................................................................................................

10

Programming Skywarn Channels into Memory.......................................................

11

Advanced Operation........................................................................................

12

Changing Radio Settings ............................................................................................

12

Turning Audible Alerts ON or OFF..............................................................................

15

Connecting an External Alert.......................................................................................

15

Restoring Factory Default Settings..............................................................................

15

Additional Information......................................................................................

16

NWS Alert Descriptions...............................................................................................

16

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)............................................................................

19

Specifications...............................................................................................................

22

Care..............................................................................................................................

22

Service and Repair.......................................................................................................

22

FCC Information...........................................................................................................

23

Limited Warranty..........................................................................................................

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Package Contents

• Radio

• AC Adapter

BNC-to-PhonoAdapter

• User’s Guide

• Quick Start

Features

Multifunctional design: alarm clock, radio, and weather radio

Receive FM, AM, seven NOAA weather channels, and Skywarn reports.

Digital SAME technology.

Programmed with all U.S. states and counties.

Sixteen alert volume levels.

Separate daytime and night time alert volume settings.

Different color LEDs indicate if the alert is a warning (red), watch (orange), or advisory (yellow).

Alert reminder lets you know if you’ve missed an incoming transmission.

Alert notifications display as text and can sound as tone or tone with voice.

Auxiliary input enables you to play an MP3 player or other device through the radio speakers.

Dual alarm clock can be set for two people to wake up at different times.

Choose an alarm to wake you up: FM, AM, or alarm tone.

Battery indicators.

60-hourbattery backup.

Recharges Ni-MHrechargeable batteries.

Bilingual display: English or Spanish.

Setup

Understanding Your Radio

Setup

Telescopic Antenna

Adjust to receive best signal reception.

SNOOZE

Pause the alarm for 15 minutes.

Alert Indicators

ADVISORY/WATCH/WARNING

Flashes for 60 seconds when the alert begins, then lights for the duration of the alert.

Alternating flashes indicate loss of weather signal.

Right Panel

Back Panel

ALERT ON/OFF

DC 12V

Turn audible alerts

Connect the AC adapter.

on or off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALARM1 SET/ON/OFF, ALARM2 SET/ON/OFF

Turn the alarm on /off or set alarm.

ALERT OUT

AUX INPUT

Connect to a

Connect to an

compatible external

external audio

alert device with a

source.

3.5mm phono plug.

 

Number Buttons

Enter FIPS code or Skywarn channel frequency.

Manual/Scan/Program/Enter

Refer to “Using Skywarn” on page 10.

Setup

CLOCK

FM/AM/ WX

/

Press and hold

SKYWARN

Increase /decrease

to set the clock.

Select a band.

volume.

AUX

M1 – M5

Menu and

SELECT

Listen to an

Radio station

,,,

Confirm

external audio

memory

•Set time and

settings.

source. AUX

locations.

choose radio

 

appears.

 

stations.

 

 

 

•Navigate and

 

 

 

adjust menu

 

 

 

items.

 

nNote: The power source must supply 12V DC and deliver at least 400mA. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit theDC 12V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the radio or adapter.

Setup

Power your Radio

Connect the supplied AC adapter to the DC 12 V jack and plug in to a standard household outlet.

Install Backup Batteries

1.

Open the battery compartment cover.

 

 

 

 

2.

Slide the RCH/ALK switch to RCH for

 

 

 

 

 

rechargeable or ALK for alkaline backup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

batteries.

 

 

 

 

3.

Install six AA alkaline or Ni-MHrechargeable

 

 

 

 

 

batteries (neither supplied). Insert batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –)

 

 

 

 

 

marked inside.

 

 

 

 

 

RCH/ALK

 

nNotes:

 

 

 

 

 

flashes when the rechargeable batteries are charging,will appear when charging is finished. Charging can take up to 30 hours.

If the radio’s power supply is switched from AC to battery operation, the three alert LEDs will blink for 3 minutes.

bBattery Notes:

• When

or

displays, replace the batteries.

Use only fresh batteries of the required size and type.

Dispose of old batteries promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury them.

Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard, alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.

If you do not plan to use your radio for a long period, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that may damage electronic parts.

Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

Placing rechargeable batteries in the trash can be harmful to the environment. Instead, recycle old rechargeable batteries at your local RadioShack store free of charge. RadioShack participates in the RBRC© battery recycling program, and is committed to

preserving the environment and conserving natural resources. Call 1-800-THE-SHACK(1-800-843-7422) for more information.

Use the Antenna

Telescopic Antenna

External Antenna

For better reception, you can install an external antenna to your radio.

1. Pull out the installed telescopic antenna.

2.If needed, connect the supplied BNC-to-phonoadapter to the phono/RCA plug from your antenna.

3.Connect the external antenna (Follow the installation instructions that came with your external antenna.)

BNC-to-PhonoAdapter

Phono/RCA plug

Operation Basic

Basic Operation

Basic Operation

Set the Clock

1.If necessary, press CLOCK to switch to clock mode.

2.Briefly hold CLOCK until the hour digits flash. 

3.Use ,,,to set the hour, minute and AM/PM.

4.After setting clock , press CLOCK or SELECT to confirm and exit.

Set the Alarm

1.Slide ALARM 1 or ALARM 2 to SET.

2.Press ,,,to set the alarm hour, minute, and alarm source (buzzer loudness//or FM / AM).

3.After setting the alarm, slide ALARM 1 or ALARM 2 to ON/OFF to confirm and exit.

4.To turn the alarm on, slide ALARM 1 / ALARM 2 to ON. To turn it off, slide

ALARM 1 / ALARM 2 to OFF.

When the Alarm Sounds

The alarm will sound for 2 hours at the set time.

To pause the alarm for 15 minutes, press SNOOZE.

When the alarm time expires, the alarm will sound again the next day at the same time.

nNote: The radio automatically exits setting mode if you do not press any button for 15 seconds while setting the alarm or clock.

Using the Radio

Press AM or FM to enter radio mode. Manual Scan – Press orto find a station.

Auto Scan – Briefly hold oruntil the channels start to change rapidly. The radio automatically stops when it finds a station. If no station is found, the radio will continue scanning.

Set Radio Station Memory

1.Press AM or FM to toggle between AM1, AM2, FM1 or FM2. The selected band indicator appears on the left side of the display.

2.Press orto find a station.

3.Briefly hold a memory button (M1–M5)until the selected memory indicator(M1M5)appears on the right side of the display.

You can store up to five channels each for AM1, AM2, FM1, and FM2.

4.To listen to a preset station, press AM or FM to toggle between AM1, AM2, FM1 or FM2, then press one of memory buttons M1–M5.

Using the Weather Radio

Press WX to listen to the weather radio. The radio will select the last channel used.

Manual Scan – Press WX, then press or.

Auto Scan – Press WX and then briefly hold oruntil the channels start to change. The

radio stops when it finds the channel with strongest signal strength.

nNotes:

All seven NOAA weather channels are preprogrammed on your radio. If the radio cannot find a signal, it will keep scanning.

If the weather signal is lost, WARNING and ADVISORY alert indicators flash alternately, and WATCH indicator lights.

If you are having trouble finding a weather signal, try adjusting the antenna or moving the radio to a different location. You may need to install an external antenna. See “External Antenna” on page 7.

If the radio has not received a SAME alert signal (including test or demo signals) for 10 days or longer, a warning message will scroll on the display: “10 days have lapsed since last message received. Check reception.” See “How do I test my radio?” on page 20.

Operation Basic

Basic Operation

Set Weather Channel Memory

While the radio is on the desired channel, press and hold M1 to M5 until the selected memory indicator (M1M5)is displayed. You can store up to five channels.

To listen to a channel from memory, press M1–M5while in weather radio mode.

Viewing Weather Alerts

You can view the last four different weather alerts received by the radio. When an alert is received, the alert description scrolls across the display. If multiple alerts are received, press orto view them in order. The first description is always the newest and descriptions are shown in chronological order. Example:

1)Flash Flood Watch 0:15

2)Hurricane Watch 1:15

Receiving Alerts for Specific Areas

When an emergency event happens, the National Weather Service (NWS) broadcasts a SAME code indicating the affected region along with the alert signal. You can program your weather radio to alert you for events in up to ten regions.

1.Press MENU, then press orto scroll toSAME Code.

2.Press orto selectMultiple. Press SELECT.

3.Press SELECT to choose Location #1.

4.Press SELECT to choose Edit By Name.

5.Press orto choose your state and press SELECT.

6.Press orto choose your county and press SELECT.

7.Press MENU to return to the location menu.

8.Press to go to Location #2.

9.Repeat steps 4 – 8 to program additional locations.

nNotes:

If you want to program only one location, choose Single at step 2.

For more information see “SAME Code” on page 13 and“What are FIPS codes and SAME signals?” on page 19.

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Skywarn

About Skywarn

Many areas of the country have amateur radio repeaters that have been designated as “Skywarn” repeaters. During times of severe weather, these repeaters are used to relay reports of severe weather directly to meteorologists at a local National Weather Service forecast office. Using the Skywarn feature in your radio, you can easily jump to your local Skywarn frequency and monitor these reports, in many cases hearing about severe weather in your area instantly as it occurs.

nNote: If you tune to a Skywarn frequency when the Skywarn net is not active, you may hear nothing, or you may hear amateur radio operators talking on a local repeater system.

Programming Skywarn Channels into Memory

Before using the Skywarn function, you must store Skywarn channels into the memory. Visit RadioReference.com to find the Skywarn

frequencies used in your area. You can store up to 20 Skywarn frequencies into memory.

Press Skywarn to enter the Skywarn mode, the radio will select the last channel used.

1.Press Program and use orto scroll to the desired channel number(1-20).

2.Use the number keys to enter a 6-digitfrequency.

3.Press Enter to confirm.

Using Skywarn

To listen to a stored channel:

Press Manual and use orto find desired channel. Press Enter to confirm.

Or, press Scan to auto scan the stored Skywarn channels.

Operation Basic

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Advanced Operation

Advanced Operation

Changing Radio Settings

1. Press MENU then press orto scroll through the features menu. A feature

and one of its options appears.

Feature

2. Press orto view the feature’s

 

 

 

options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Press SELECT at the feature you want.

 

 

 

An asterisk (*) appears next to the

 

 

 

selected feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Press MENU to exit or return to a

Feature

option

previous level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feature

 

 

Options

 

 

 

Select

Auto – the radio will scan for the best weather channel

Channel

 

(strongest signal strength) automatically after power on.

 

Manual – the radio will return to the current weather

 

 

radio channel after power on.

 

 

 

Alert Mode

Tone – when an alert is received, an alert tone will sound

 

 

for 5 minutes. Pressing any key stops the alert.

 

Voice – when an alert is received, an alert tone will

 

 

sound for 10 seconds, then an audio broadcast for 5

 

 

minutes.

 

 

 

Alert

If no key is pressed when the radio receives an alert, the

Reminder

radio will sound a reminder message every 30 seconds until

 

the effective alert time expires.

 

On – turns on the alert reminder.

 

Off – turns off the alert reminder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feature

Options

 

 

Signal

When a weather channel is not detected and there is no key

Reminder

pressed, the radio will sound a reminder message.

 

On – turns on the signal reminder.

 

Off – turns off the signal reminder.

 

When the signal reminder sounds, you can press any button

 

to mute it.

 

nNotes:

If the signal is lost, WARNING and ADVISORY alert indicators flash alternately, and WATCH indicator lights.

Press any button to mute signal loss reminder alert. If a signal is detected but lost within 10 minutes, then the reminder won’t sound.

SAME Code You can set your weather radio to alert for events affecting all regions, a single region, or multiple regions.

All – the radio will alert for all regions within the broadcast area.

Single – the radio will alert only for Location 1.

Edit By Name – select your state and county.

Edit By FIPS – use number button to key in6-digit

FIPS code.

Delete? – clear current memory location.

Multiple – the radio will alert for events in any of the

programmed regions.

Edit By Name – select your state and county.

Edit By FIPS – use number button to key in6-digit

FIPS code.

Delete? – clear current memory location.

nNotes:

For more information see “Receiving Alerts for Specific Areas” on page 10 and“What are FIPS codes and SAME signals?” on page 19.

When you key in FIPS code, you can press or to select the digit you want to change.

Operation Advanced

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Advanced Operation

Feature

 

Options

 

 

Set Alert

You can turn off audio alert for specific alert events.

 

Press orto scroll through the events and press SELECT

 

to turn the alert tone on or off. See “NWS Alert Descriptions” on

 

page 16 for a list of alert events.

 

nNote: Some events cannot be turned off.

Set

Select either English orSpanish.

Language

 

 

 

 

 

Alert Vol-Day

Press orto adjust volume level for the hours

 

 

between 6 AM to 10 PM. *

 

 

 

Alert Vol-

Press orto adjust volume level for the hours

Night

 

between 10 PM to 6 AM.*

 

 

Backlight

Select from three brightness levels: High,Mid, orLow

 

nNote: If the radio is powered by the AC adapter, the

 

backlight will stay on all the time. But if radio is powered

 

by battery, the backlight will turn off automatically after 10

 

seconds.

 

 

 

* nNote: To avoid missing alerts, always set the volume level at maximum volume.

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Turning Audible Alerts On or Off

To enable audible alerts, slide ALERT ON/OFF to ON.

To disable audible alerts, slide ALERT ON/OFF to OFF.

nNotes:

You must slide ALERT ON/OFF to OFF while your radio is powered on, or the change will not take effect. This prevents accidentally switching off alerts.

Even if you’ve turned off audible alerts, the backlight will still light up and the event message will scroll on the display until the effective time expires.

Connecting an External Alert

Connect a compatible external alerting device such as a pillow shaker or a flasher to the ALERT OUT jack. The external device can be up to 200mA with a 3.5mm phono plug (not supplied).

Your radio passes alerts to the external device. The alert turns off automatically when the alert period ends or is manually reset by pressing SNOOZE.

Restoring Factory Default Settings

1.

Unplug the AC adapter and remove the backup batteries.

 

Advanced

2.

While holding down MENU, plug the AC adapter into an outlet. Keep

 

 

holding MENU until “Reset to default Completed” is shown on the

 

 

display.

 

3.

Unplug and then plug in the AC adapter again and install batteries.

Operation

 

 

 

 

 

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AdvancedAdditionalOperationInfo

Additional Information

NWS Alert Descriptions

Event Code

Level

Default

 

 

 

Administrative message

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Avalanche Watch

Watch

On

 

 

 

Avalanche Warning

Warning

On

Biological Hazard Warning

Warning

On*

Boil Water Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Blizzard Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Child Abduction Emergency

Advisory

On

 

 

 

Civil Danger Warning

Warning

On*

Civil Emergency Message

Warning

On*

Coastal Flood Watch

Watch

On

 

 

 

Coastal Flood Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Chemical Hazard Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Contaminated Water Warning

Warning

On*

Dam Watch

Watch

On

Dam Break Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Contagious Disease Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Practice/Demo

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Dust Storm Warning

Warning

On

Emergency Action Notification

Warning

On*

Emergency Action Termination

Advisory

On*

 

 

 

Earthquake Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Immediate Evacuation

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Evacuation Watch

Watch

On

Food Contamination Warning

Warning

On*

Flash Flood Watch

Watch

On

 

 

 

Flash Flood Statement

Advisory

On

 

 

 

Flash Flood Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Flood Watch

Watch

On

Flood Statement

Advisory

On

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Event Code

Level

Default

 

 

 

Flood Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Fire Warning

Warning

On

Flash Freeze Warning

Warning

On

Freeze Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Hurricane Statement

Advisory

On

 

 

 

Hazardous Materials Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Hurricane Watch

Watch

On

Hurricane Warning

Warning

On*

High Wind Watch

Watch

On

 

 

 

High Wind Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Iceberg Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Industrial Fire Warning

Warning

On*

Local Area Emergency

Advisory

On*

Law Enforcement Warning

Warning

On*

Land Slide Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

National Audible Test

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

National Information Center

Advisory

Off

Network Notification Message

Advisory

Off

National Periodic Test

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

National Silent Test

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Nuclear Power Plant Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Power Outage Advisory

Advisory

On

Radiological Hazard Warning

Warning

On*

Required Monthly Test

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Required Weekly Test

Advisory

Off

Special Marine Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Special Weather Statement

Advisory

On

Shelter In-PlaceWarning

Warning

On*

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Watch

On

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Severe Weather Statement

Advisory

On

 

 

 

Tornado Watch

Watch

On

OperationInfo AdditionalAdvanced

17

AdvancedAdditionalOperationInfo

Event Code

Level

Default

 

 

 

911 Telephone Outage Emergency

Advisory

On

 

 

 

Tornado Warning

Warning

On*

Tropical Storm Watch

Watch

On

Tropical Storm Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Tsunami Watch

Watch

On*

 

 

 

Tsunami Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Transmitter Backup On

Advisory

Off

Transmitter Carrier Off

Advisory

Off

Transmitter Carrier On

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Transmitter Primary On

Advisory

Off

 

 

 

Volcano Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

Wild Fire Watch

Watch

On

Wild Fire Warning

Warning

On*

Winter Storm Watch

Watch

On

Winter Storm Warning

Warning

On

 

 

 

Unrecognized Watch

Watch

On

 

 

 

Unrecognized Emergency

Advisory

On

Unrecognized Statement

Advisory

On

Unrecognized Warning

Warning

On*

 

 

 

nNotes:

* Alert is enabled permanently and cannot be selected or disabled.

Test alerts you can use to ensure your local broadcasts are being received.

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UNRECOGNIZED displays.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are FIPS codes and SAME signals?

The National Weather Service (NWS) precedes each weather alert with a digitally encoded SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) signal, then a 1050 Hz tone. The SAME signal includes aFIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) code and an event code that corresponds with the type of alert being sent.

The FIPS code format is:

Subdivisions

State

County

 

 

 

0-9

01-50

XXX

(0=entire area)

(00=all states)

(000=all counties)

 

 

 

Example: 048439

(0=All; 48=Texas; 439=Tarrant County)

To obtain the FIPS codes for your area, contact your local RadioShack store or call the NWS toll free at1-888-NWR-SAME(1-888-697-7263).You can also visit the NWS website:www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/indexnw.htm.

nNote: Your weather radio comespre-programmedwith FIPS codes sorted by state and county. Do not change your FIPS code unless you have confirmed with the NWS. See“Receiving Alerts for Specific Areas” on page 10 for more information.

What is an alert?

Your radio is preset to receive warnings, watches, and advisories from the NWS. When an alert is received, a voice or tone alert sounds, and the alert description and duration appear on the display. Alert descriptions are based on a list of specific weather alert types published by NWS. For a list of alert descriptions displayed on your Weather Alert Radio, refer to “NWS Alert Descriptions” on page 16-18.

nNote: If severe weather is imminent, do not wait for an alert tone.

What are undefined or unrecognized alerts?

The NWS occasionally broadcasts weather information intended for commercial or other non-publicuse, or creates and broadcasts new alert types. If a signal for a new alert type is received and the alert is turned on,

and the alert description (warning, watch, or advisory)

OperationInfo AdditionalAdvanced

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AdvancedAdditionalOperationInfo

How do I test my radio?

The NWS broadcast test alerts every week on Wednesday between 11 AM and 1 PM. To find out the specific test schedule in your area, contact your local NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) or the NWS

(National Weather Service). These offices are listed in most telephone books or online at www.nws.noaa.gov. These test alerts are off by default. To change your alert settings see “Set Alerts” on page 14.

wImportant: Clear reception of a weather broadcast signal does not guarantee an emergency alert will trigger your radio’s alert function. The alert function will only be triggered by an emergency alert when you program the weather radio with the FIPS code for your area.

Multiple FIPS codes are stored, but why does the radio only respond to alerts for one area?

Make sure your radio is set to MULTIPLE mode. See “SAME Code” on page 13.

Why is there no weather broadcast when I press WX?

Make sure the telescoping antenna is fully extended.

Make sure the radio is set to the weather channel broadcast in your area. See “Select Channel” on page 12

What is the difference between a watch and a warning?

A watch alerts you to potential severe weather approaching your area. It doesn’t mean severe weather will occur, but that the right conditions exist which could lead to severe storms. You should be prepared for deteriorating weather.

A warning states the severe weather is imminent or present in your vicinity. You should immediately take precautions to protect yourself and your family.

How can I adapt my weather alert radio for special needs?

You can use your weather alert radio with a universal interface or modules that trigger a siren and/or flash lights when an alert is received. See “Connecting an External Alert” on page 15 for more information.

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