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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 .........................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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