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Cat. No. 43-1042

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

ET-542

All-Weather25-Channel

Cordless Telephone

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack ET-542All-Weather25-ChannelCordless Telephone includes the latest advances in cordless phone technology.

One of the phone’s most valuable features is that the handset is water resistant, which makes it perfect for outdoor use, especially around the pool.

Caution: The phone’s handset is not waterproof. Do not submerge it in water.

The ET-542also includes these features:

Auto-Scan — automatically selects a clear channel when you pick up the phone.

25-ChannelSelector— lets you manually change channels during a call to find the one with the least interference.

10-NumberMemory— lets you store

10 phone numbers in memory for easy dialing.

Advanced Super CCT Circuitry — provides clarity comparable to a corded phone, reduces background noise, and increases the effective operating distance.

COM-LOK — ensures that other cordless phone users cannot use your phone line while the handset is on the base.

Automatic Security Access Protection Code — changes each time you disconnect and restore power to the base to help prevent other cordless phone users from using your phone line while the handset is off the base.

Flash — sends an electronic switchhook signal for use with special phone services such as call waiting.

Redial — with the touch of a button, quickly redials the last number dialed.

Touch Tone or Pulse (Rotary) Dialing — lets you connect your phone to either type of service.

Hearing-AidCompatibility— lets you use your phone with hearing aids that have a T (telephone) switch.

Please read this Owner’s Manual carefully so you can enjoy all of your telephone’s features.

©1996 Tandy Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

COM-LOKis a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation. RadioShack is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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Important: Cordless phones such as this one require AC power to operate. When the AC power is off, you cannot dial out or receive incoming calls using yourET-542.For this reason, theET-542cordless phone should not be your only telephone. To be safe, you should also have a phone that does not need AC power to operate (not a cordless phone) so you can still make and receive calls if there is an AC power failure.

This telephone has been tested and found to comply with all applicable UL and FCC standards.

Your ET-542operates on standard radio frequencies, as allocated by the FCC. Therefore, it is possible for other radio units operating on similar frequencies, within a certain area, to inadvertently intercept your conversations and/or cause interference on your cordless telephone. This lack of privacy can occur with any cordless telephone.

For your records, we urge you to record the serial number of your phone in the space below. The serial number is on the bottom panel of the base.

Serial Number ______________

Warning: To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.

 

CAUTION

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RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.

 

 

 

DO NOT OPEN.

 

 

 

 

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR BACK. NOUSER-SERVICE-ABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.

This symbol is intended to alert you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that might be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open the product’s case.

This symbol is intended to inform

!you that important operating and maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompany-

ing this product.

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READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLATION

We have designed your telephone to conform to federal regulations, and you can connect it to most telephone lines. However, each device that you connect to the phone line draws power from the phone line. We refer to this power draw as the device’s ringer equivalence number, or REN. The REN is shown on the bottom of your phone’s base.

If you are using more than one phone or other device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five, your phone might not ring. In rural areas, a total REN of three might impair ringer operation. If ringer operation is impaired, remove a device from the line.

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FCC STATEMENT

This telephone complies with Part 68 of FCC Rules. You must, upon request, provide the FCC registration number and the REN to your phone company. These numbers are located on the bottom of your phone’s base.

Note: You must not connect your phone to any of the following:

Coin-operatedsystems

Party-linesystems

Most electronic key phone systems

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CONTENTS

 

Installation ............................................................................................................

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

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Installing the Base ...........................................................................................

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

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Connecting the Battery ...................................................................................

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Charging the Battery .......................................................................................

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Setting the Dialing Mode .................................................................................

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Turning On/Off the Ringer ...............................................................................

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

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Making/Answering a Call ..............................................................................

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Using the Handset at the Base ...............................................................

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Using the Handset away from the Base .................................................

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Changing Channels ......................................................................................

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Using Redial ..................................................................................................

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Using Flash ...................................................................................................

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Using Tone Services on a Pulse Line ...........................................................

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Using Page ...................................................................................................

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Memory Dialing .............................................................................................

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Storing a Number in Memory ..................................................................

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Entering a Pause in a Memory Number .................................................

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Dialing a Stored Number ........................................................................

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Storing/Chain Dialing Service Numbers .................................................

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Testing Stored Emergency Numbers ......................................................

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Troubleshooting ................................................................................................

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

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Replacing the Battery ....................................................................................

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The FCC Wants You to Know .......................................................................

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Lightning .......................................................................................................

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INSTALLATION

SELECTING A

LOCATION

Select a dry location for the telephone’s base that is:

Near an AC outlet

Near a telephone line jack

Out of the way of normal activities

Away from electrical machinery, electrical appliances, and metal walls or filing cabinets

Away from wireless intercoms, alarms, and room monitors

The base’s location affects the phone’s range. If you have a choice of several locations, try each to see which provides the best performance.

Note: If the phone line jack is not a modular jack, you must update the wiring yourself, using jacks and adapters available at your local RadioShack store. Or, you can let the phone company update the wiring for you.

The phone company will charge you for the installation of the necessary jacks.

The USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ11C for a baseboard jack or RJ11W for a wall jack.

Caution: You must use a Class 2 120V AC/12V DC adapter that delivers at least 200 milliamps with its center tip set to positive. Its plug must

correctly fit the phone’s 12V DC jack. The supplied adapter meets these requirements. Using an adapter that does not meet these requirements could damage the phone or the adapter.

INSTALLING THE BASE

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1.Plug one end of the supplied modular cord into the TEL.LINE jack on the back of the base.

2.Plug the modular cord’s other end into a modular phone line jack.

3.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the 12V DC jack on the back of the base.

4.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

5.Place the base’s antenna in a vertical position.

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PREPARATION

CONNECTING THE

BATTERY

Important: You must connect the battery inside the handset before charging the phone and using it. Follow these steps to connect the battery.

1.Use a screwdriver to remove the screw on the battery compartment cover on the back of the handset, then press down on the cover and slide it off.

2.Plug the battery wire connector into the socket inside the compartment.

3.Align the screw hole on the battery compartment cover with the screw hole inside the battery compartment.

4.Tighten the screw about halfway. Then press down and slide the cover up to lock it in place.

5.Fully tighten the screw to ensure the best water seal.

Before you use your phone for the first time, charge it for 15 hours.

Note: The connector fits only one way. Do not force it.

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CHARGING THE

BATTERY

After you install a new battery, place the handset on the base and let the battery charge for about 15 hours before you use it the first time. The IN USE/CHARGE indicator lights.

The phone recharges whenever the handset is on the base. You can recharge the battery at any time, but you must be sure to recharge the battery when the LOW BATT indicator flashes on the handset.

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Notes:

The first time you use your phone after installing a new battery, the handset might not work or might sound an error tone when you press TALK. This might also occur when you recharge a battery that has been completely discharged.

If this happens, return the handset to the base for 5 seconds. This

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resets the security access protection code.

If the IN USE/CHARGE indicator does not light when you place the handset on the base, be sure the battery is connected to the socket inside the battery compartment and the AC adapter is securely connected to the base.

Also, be sure the handset is placed properly on the base, so the charging contacts on the handset and base meet.

If the contacts are dirty or tarnished, gently clean them with a pencil eraser.

(illus with callout: Charging Contacts)

About once a month, fully discharge the battery by keeping the handset off the base until the LOW BATT indicator flashes. Then return the handset to the base and recharge the battery for 15 hours.

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SETTING THE DIALING MODE

Set TONE/PULSE on the back of the base for the type of service you have. If you are not sure which type you have, do this test.

1. Set TONE/PULSEto TONE.

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2.Lift the handset, press TALK, and listen for a dial tone.

3.Press any number other than 0.

If the dial tone stops, you have touch-tone service. Leave TONE/ PULSEset to TONE.

If the dial tone continues, you have pulse service. Set TONE/ PULSEto PULSE.

TURNING ON/OFF THE RINGER

To turn off the ringer, press and hold RINGER ON/OFF for about 2 seconds (until a long beep sounds). When the ringer is off, theRINGER ON/OFF button flashes red.

To turn on the ringer, press and hold RINGER ON/OFF for about 2 seconds (until a short beep sounds).

Note: With the handset’s ringer off, you can still make or receive calls using the cordless phone. Telephones on the same line still ring when there is an incoming call, and theTALK light on the handset and the IN USE/ CHARGE indicator on the base flash until you answer the call.

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OPERATION

MAKING/ANSWERING A CALL

You can use your cordless telephone at the base or away from the base.

Using the Handset

at the Base

You can use the handset at the base like a regular corded telephone. Just place the handset on the base.

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To answer a call, lift the handset from the base.

To make a call, lift the handset from the base and press TALK. TheTALK light on the handset turns on and the IN USE/CHARGE indicator on the base lights.

To disconnect a call, replace the handset on the base.

Using the Handset away from the Base

To make or answer a call, press TALK so theTALK light on the handset turns on.

To disconnect a call, press TALK so theTALK light turns off.

Note: You can make or answer a call on another phone on the same line as the cordless phone, even if the handset is away from the base.

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