Radio Shack 63-968 User Manual

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Cat. No. 63-968

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

Radio-ControlledClock

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack Radio-ControlledClock combines a simple design with advanced technology. You can set the clock so It automatically sets the time and date using a radio signal it receives. The clock checks this radio signal several times each day and automatically updates the time and date, providing the most accurate time possible.

Your clock receives a 60 kHz longwave radio signal from radio station WWV to set and update the time and date, which broadcasts the time according to the U.S. government’s hyperaccurate atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado.

Your clock’s features include:

Large Liquid Crystal Display — makes the clock easy to read. The current time and alarm time, the time zone you are in, and the day of the week appear on the display.

Signal Strength Meter — shows you the strength of the radio signal your clock is receiving to set the time.

Three Languages — you can view the month, date, and day of the week in English, French, or Spanish.

Time Zone Map — let you set the displayed time for Pacific, Mountain, Central, or Eastern time zones.

Crescendo Alarm — sounds a series of beeps that gradually increase in volume.

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Snooze Control — lets you temporarily silence the alarm for about 8 minutes so you can sleep a little longer.

Low Battery Indicator — appears when the batteries are weak.

Display Backlight — lets you see all information on the display inlow-lightsituations.

Manual Clock Setting — let you manually set the clock if your radio cannot receive the necessary radio signal.

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CONTENTS

 

Preparation ............................................................................

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Installing the Batteries ........................................................

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Replacing the Batteries ...............................................

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Placing the Antenna ...........................................................

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Mounting the Clock ............................................................

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Selecting a Location ....................................................

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Mounting the Antenna ...............................................

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Daylight Saving Time .......................................................

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Operation .............................................................................

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Changing the Time Zone ..................................................

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Using the Alarm ...............................................................

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Setting the Alarm Time ..............................................

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Turning the Alarm On/Off ...........................................

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Using Snooze ...................................................................

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Using the Display Light ....................................................

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Special Features ..................................................................

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Manually Setting the Time, Date, and Language .............

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Turning Automatic Time Setting Off/On ............................

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Care and Maintenance ........................................................

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Resetting the Clock ..........................................................

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

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PREPARATION

INSTALLING THE BATTERIES

Your clock requires two AAA batteries (not supplied) for power. For the best performance and longest life, we recommend RadioShack alkaline batteries.

Cautions:

Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type.

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

Follow these steps to install batteries.

1.Pull the tab on the battery compartment cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it.

2.Place the batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –)marked inside.

3. Replace the cover.

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Notes:

If the clock does not operate after you install the batteries, remove them and wait about 5 seconds until the display clears. Then reinstall them.

The clock displays the day of the week in English. To set the clock so it displays in another language, see “Manually Setting the Time, Date, and Language” on Page 15.

The clock is set to automatically search for a radio signal to set the time and date when you install the batteries. To set the clock manually instead, see “Manually Setting the Time, Date, and Language” on Page 15.

Immediately after you install the batteries, all of the clock’s display elements briefly appear, then and: flash. Then the clock scans for the radio signal and the map of the United States flashes for about 2 minutes. While the clock scans for the radio signal, you might see any of the following:

What You See

What it Means

The clock received a radio signal strong enough to set the date and time within the last 96 hours.

The time and date were set manually.

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What You See

What it Means

The clock has not received a radio signal strong enough to set the date and time within the last 96 hours. Reposition or rotate the antenna before 2, 3, 4, or 9 AM, or 3 or 9 PM, or set the date and time manually (see “Manually Setting the Time, Date, and Language” on Page 15).

No indicator

You have turned off the automatic time

 

setting feature. See “Turning Automatic

 

Time Setting Off/On” on Page 16 to turn

 

that feature back on.

 

 

 

The clock is receiving the radio signal and

 

the time/date will be set shortly.

The clock is receiving a radio signal, but the reception is not strong enough to set the clock. Reposition or rotate the antenna until you see before the antenna icon stops flashing.

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Notes:

On very cloudy and stormy days, the radio signal might not be strong enough to set the clock.

If the clock does not receive a strong signal within about 2 minutes, it stops scanning and looks for a signal again at the next preprogrammed time (see “Turning Automatic Time Setting Off/On” on Page 16).

Replacing the Batteries

When flashes, the display dims or disappears, or the clock stops working properly, replace the batteries.

Cautions:

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

If you do not plan to use the clock for several weeks, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.

PLACING THE ANTENNA

While the clock is scanning for the radio signal, place the antenna at least 4 inches (10 cm) away from the clock, on a window or a wall near a window. If does not appear while the clock

is checking the time signal, reposition or rotate the antenna until the icon flashes.

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MOUNTING THE CLOCK

You can place the clock on any flat surface such as a desk, shelf, or table, or mount it on a wall using hook-and-looptape (not supplied).

Selecting a Location

Choose a location indoors near a window to mount the clock, so you can mount the antenna near the window. The clock’s antenna cord extends up to about 3 feet.

Cautions:

Do not place the clock or antenna where it will be in direct sunlight.

Keep the clock and antenna away from heat or cold sources such as stoves, heating and air conditioning vents, and radiators.

Do not mount the clock near a TV, high power cable, or metal table because these could interfere with radio signal reception.

The antenna is permanently attached to the clock. Do not cut or try to change the length of the antenna cord.

Avoid placing the antenna’s cord where it could be pinched or cut.

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To place the clock on a flat surface, turn the base on the bottom of the clock clockwise until it stops, then place the clock on the surface.

To mount the clock on a wall using hook-and-looptape (not supplied), follow these steps.

1.Use a damp cloth to clean the back of the clock. Let the surface dry.

2.Remove the backing from one side of the tape and stick that side to the back of the clock.

Note: Do not place thehook-and-looptape over the clock’s battery compartment cover.

3.Remove the backing from the other side of the tape and press the clock firmly onto the mounting surface.

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