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Cat. No. 43-1053/43-1054

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

25-ChannelCordless Telephone

with 10-NumberMemory

ET-553(White)

ET-554(Black)

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack ET-553/ET-55425Channel Cordless Telephone with 10Number Memory is designed to exacting standards that ensure reliability, long life, and outstanding performance.

Its features include:

25 Channels — automatically selects a clear channel when you make or answer a call. You can also manually change channels during a call.

10-NumberMemory Dialing— lets you store up to 10 numbers in memory for easy dialing.

Super CCT Noise-ReductionCircuitry

— provides clear telephone conversations, giving you sound clarity comparable to that of a corded phone.

Security Access-ProtectionCode— automatically prevents other cordless phone users from using your phone line while the handset is off the cradle.

COM-LOK® — ensures that other cordless phone users cannot use your phone line when the handset is on the cradle.

Voice Scramble (ET-554Only)— scrambles your conversation on the phone to prevent interception by other radio units operating on the same frequencies.

Ample Talk and Standby Time — the supplied battery pack provides 7 hours of continuous talk time or 7 days of standby time (when fully charged).

Redial — lets you quickly redial the last number dialed.

Page — lets you send a signal from the base to the handset to page someone or locate the handset if you misplace it.

Flash — sends an electronic switchhook signal for use with special phone services, such as Call Waiting.

Programmable Ringers — let you select from four ringer types.

Tone/Pulse Dialing — lets you use your phone with tone or pulse service.

Quick Talk — lets you answer a call by simply lifting the handset from the base.

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

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

© 1998 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

COM-LOKand RadioShack are registered trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.

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Important Notes:

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 your ET-553/ET-554.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.

Your phone operates on standard radio frequencies as allocated by the FCC. It is possible for other radio units operating nearby on similar frequencies to unintentionally intercept your conversation or cause interference. This possible lack of privacy can occur with any cordless phone.

We recommend you record your phone’s serial number here. The number is on the bottom panel of the base.

Serial Number: __________________

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or shock hazard, do not expose this product to rain or moisture.

CAUTION

!

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 accompanying this product.

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READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLATION

We have designed your ET-553/ET-554to conform to federal regulations, and you can connect it to most telephone lines. However, each device, such as a telephone or answering machine that you connect to the telephone line, draws power from the telephone line. We refer to this power draw as the device’sringer equivalence number, or REN. The REN is shown on the bottom of the base.

If you use more than one phone or other device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five, your phones 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 panel of the 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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Placing the Base on a Desk Top ...............................................................

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Mounting the Base on a Wall Plate ...........................................................

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Mounting the Base Directly on a Wall .......................................................

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Connecting and Charging the Battery Pack ..................................................

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

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Setting the Ringer Tone and Volume .............................................................

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

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Making and Receiving Calls ..........................................................................

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Setting the Handset Volume ..........................................................................

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Changing the Channel ...................................................................................

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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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Paging ...........................................................................................................

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

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

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Entering a Pause ....................................................................................

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Dialing a Memory Number ......................................................................

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Chain-DialingService 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 Pack ...........................................................................

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

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

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INSTALLATION

SELECTING A LOCATION

You can place the phone on a desk top or table, mount it on a standard wall plate, or mount it directly on a wall. Select a location that is:

near an AC outlet

near a telephone line jack

out of the way of normal activities

away from electrical machinery, electrical appliances, metal walls or filing cabinets, wireless intercoms, alarms, and room monitors

away from other cordless phones

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

Caution: The supplied RadioShack adapter was designed specifically for yourET-553/ET-554.Use only the supplied adapter.

Notes:

Your telephone connects directly to a modular telephone line jack. If your phone line jack is not a modular jack, you can 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 USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ11C (RJ11W if you want to mount it on a wall plate).

Placing the Base on a Desk Top

Follow these steps when you place the base on a desk, shelf, or table.

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

2.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack on the back of the base.

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3.Route the adapter’s cord through the strain relief slot on top of the base.

DC IN 9 V

P U L S E - T O N E

T E L LI NE

4.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

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

6.Fully extend the base’s antenna and place it in a vertical position.

Mounting the Base on a Wall Plate

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

2.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack on the back of the base.

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3.Route the modular cord through the top groove and the adapter cord through both grooves on the bottom of the base.

D C I N 9V

P U L S E -TON E

TE L LI NE

4.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

5.Plug the short modular cord’s other end into the wall plate jack, then align the base’s keyhole slots with the wall plate studs and slide the base downward to secure it.

6.Press and lift out the handset holder. Rotate it 180°, then snap it back into place so it holds the handset.

7.Fully extend the base’s antenna and place it in a vertical position.

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Mounting the Base

Directly on a Wall

For this mounting method, you need two wood screws (not supplied) with heads that fit into the keyhole slots on the bottom of the base.

5/16

1. Drill two holes 315/16 inches apart. Then

thread a screw into 315/16 each hole, letting the heads extend about

5/16 inch from the wall.

5/16

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

3.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack on the back of the base.

4.Route the modular and adapter’s cords through the grooves on the bottom of the base.

DC IN 9V

PU LSE - TON

TE

5.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

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

7.Align the keyhole slots with the mounting screws and slide the base downward to secure it.

8.Press and lift out the handset holder. Rotate it 180°, then snap it back into place so it holds the handset.

9.Fully extend the base’s antenna and place it in a vertical position.

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CONNECTING AND CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK

The ET-553/ET-554comes with a rechargeablenickel-cadmiumbattery pack in the handset, but not connected. Before using your phone, you must connect the battery then charge it for about 24 hours. A fully charged battery provides 7 days of standby power or 7 hours of continuous talk time.

1.Press down and slide off the handset’s battery compartment cover in the direction of the arrow.

2.Unfasten the plastic retainer strap and lift the battery pack out of the compartment. Plug the battery pack’s connector into the socket in the compartment. The connector fits only one way.

3.Replace the battery pack inside the compartment and refasten the retainer strap.

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4. Replace the cover.

To charge the battery pack, simply place the handset on the base. The CHARGE/ IN USE indicator on the base lights.

Recharge the battery when the TALK/ BATT LOW indicator on the handset flashes.

Notes:

If the CHARGE/IN USE indicator does not light when you place the handset on the base, be sure the battery pack and AC adapter are correctly and securely connected.

When you first use the phone after charging or recharging the battery pack, the phone might not work and you might hear an error tone. If this happens, return the handset to the base for about 5 seconds.

Return the handset to the cradle nightly to charge the battery.

Also, check the charging contacts on the handset and the base. If the contacts are dirty or tarnished (or about once a month), clean them with a pencil eraser.

If the TALK/BATT LOW indicator does not light, but the phone does not work, recharge the battery. (The battery charge might be too low to light the indicator).

If the battery pack gets weak during a call, the handset sounds a beep every 30 seconds, and the TALK/ BATT LOW indicator flashes every 3 seconds. If this happens, you cannot make another call on the phone until you recharge the battery.

About once a month, fully discharge the battery by keeping the handset off the base until the TALK/BATT LOW indicator lights. Otherwise, the battery loses its ability to fully recharge.

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If the battery pack gets completely discharged or the base loses power while the handset is away from it, the security access-protectioncode needs to be reset. To reset the security code, place the handset on the base. If it was the handset that lost power, leave the handset on the base to charge the battery pack.

The supplied battery pack should last for about a year. When the battery pack loses its ability to fully recharge, order a replacement battery pack from your local RadioShack store. (See “Replacing the Battery Pack” on Page 21.

SETTING THE DIALING MODE

Set PULSE TONE 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 PULSETONEto TONE.

2.Lift the handset and listen for a dial tone.

3.Press any number other than 0.

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Note: If your phone system requires that you dial an access code (9, for example) before you dial an outside number, do not press the access code either.

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

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

PULSE.

SETTING THE RINGER TONE AND VOLUME

You can select one of four different ringer tone/volume settings when the phone is not in use.

1.Lift the handset. If you hear a dial tone, press TALK to turn it off.

2.Press RINGER. The phone sounds the current ringer tone and volume.

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3.Repeatedly press RINGER until you hear the desired ringer tone and volume.

Each time you press RINGER, the ringer changes in the following order:

High-volume“chirping”

Low-volume“chirping”

High-volume“warbling”

Low-volume“warbling”

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OPERATION

MAKING AND RECEIVING CALLS

To make or answer a call, lift the handset. Or, if the handset is off the cradle, press TALK. The TALK/BATT LOW indicator on the handset and the CHARGE/ IN USE indicator on the base light.

To end a call, place the handset on the cradle or press TALK.

Note: If you pressTALK to hang up and the phone does not disconnect, pressTALK again while holding the handset closer to the base or place the handset on the cradle.

CHANGING THE

CHANNEL

The ET-553/554scans 25 channels (frequency pairs used between the base and the handset) and automatically selects a clear channel each time you make or receive a call.

If you hear other conversations or excessive noise during a call, press CH to select a different channel. The TALK/ BATT LOW indicator blinks, and the handset beeps, followed by a brief pause as your phone searches for a clear channel.

The ET-553/ET-554changes to a different channel each time you pressCH.

SETTING THE HANDSET VOLUME

To change the volume you hear through the handset, press VOLUME during a call. The handset volume has two settings, high or low.

Note: If the handset is too far from the base, the channel might not change. Move closer to the base and try again.

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USING REDIAL

REDIAL lets you quickly dial the last number dialed. When you hear a dial tone, simply pressREDIAL.

Notes:

The redial memory holds up to 32 digits, so you can redial long-dis-tance as well as local numbers.

The redial memory also holds pause entries. (See “Entering a Pause” on Page 17.)

The redial memory does not store a flash entry or any digits you press after FLASH (see “Using Flash”).

USING FLASH

FLASH performs the electronic equivalent of a switchhook operation for special services, such as Call Waiting.

For example, if you have call waiting, press FLASH to answer an incoming call without disconnecting the current call. PressFLASH again to return to the first call.

Note: If you do not have any special phone services, pressingFLASH might disconnect the current call.

USING TONE SERVICES ON A PULSE LINE

Some special services, such as bank-by-phone, require tone signals. If you have pulse service, you can still use these special tone services by following these steps.

1.Be sure PULSE TONE is set to

PULSE.

2.Lift the handset from the cradle or press TALK.

3.Dial the service’s main number.

4.When the service answers, press TONE. Any additional numbers you dial are sent as tone signals.

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5.After you complete the call, return the handset to the cradle or press TALK. The phone automatically resets to the pulse mode.

PAGING

To page the person who has the handset or to locate the handset when the phone is not in use, hold down PAGE on the base for at least 2 seconds. The handset beeps for 1 minute.

For a brief page, press and release PAGE/FIND on the base. The handset beeps five times. To stop it from beeping sooner, pressTALK.

MEMORY DIALING

You can store up to 10 numbers in memory, then dial a stored number by pressing a one-digitmemory location number.

Each number you store can be up to 16 digits long.

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Storing a Number in Memory

Note: An error tone sounds and the phone exits the storing mode if you wait more than 20 seconds between each key press.

1.Lift the handset. If you hear a dial tone, press TALK to turn it off.

2.Press MEM. The TALK/BATT LOW indicator blinks.

3.Enter the number and any TONE andPAUSE entries. (See “Entering a Pause” on Page 17).

Note: EachTONE orPAUSE entry uses one digit of memory.

4.Press MEM, then enter the memory location number(09).A single tone sounds to indicate that the number is stored.

Note: If you make an entry error, such as entering more than 16 digits, five quick beeps sound, the TALK/BATT LOW indicator stops flashing, and the number is not stored. Start again from Step 2.

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5.For each stored number, write the person’s or company’s name next to the appropriate location number on the supplied memory directory sticker. (Use a pencil in case you want to change the number later.) Then attach the sticker to the phone.

To replace a stored number, simply store a new number in its place. Or, just skip Step 3.

Dialing a Memory Number

To dial a number stored in memory, lift the handset from the cradle or press TALK. When you hear a dial tone, pressMEM and enter the memory location number for the number you want to dial.

Note: If you select an empty memory location, the phone beeps 5 times. Try again.

Chain-DialingService Numbers

For quick recall of numbers for special services (such as alternate long distance or bank by phone), store each group of numbers (such as codes or account numbers) in its own memory location.

To use the stored special service information, dial the service’s main number first. Then, at the appropriate place in the call, press MEM and the number for the location where the additional information is stored.

Entering a Pause

In some telephone systems, you must dial an access code (9, for example) and wait for a second dial tone before you can dial an outside number. You can store the access code with the phone number. However, you should also store a pause after the access code to allow the outside line time to connect.

To enter a pause, press PAUSE. Each press enters a2-secondpause. For a longer pause, pressPAUSE additional times.

Testing Stored Emergency

Numbers

If you store an emergency service’s number (police department, fire department, ambulance) and you choose to test the stored number, make the test call during the late evening or early morning hours to avoid peak demand periods. Also, remain on the line to explain the reason for your call.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

We do not expect you to have any problems with your phone, but if you do, the following suggestions might help.

Problem

Suggestion

 

 

 

 

Low volume or unusual

Someone has picked up another phone on the

sounds.

same line. Hang up the other phone.

 

 

Severe noise interference.

Press CH to change the channel.

 

 

 

Keep the handset away from computers,

 

remote control toys, wireless microphones,

 

alarm systems, intercoms, room monitors, fluo-

 

rescent lights, and electrical appliances.

 

 

 

Move to another location or turn off the source

 

of interference.

 

 

 

Hang up and redial the number.

 

 

The phone cannot be oper-

Fully extend the base’s antenna in a vertical

ated at a useful distance from

position.

the base because the signal

 

Be sure neither antenna is touching a metal

becomes weak or noisy (the

surface.

handset’s range has

 

decreased).

Return the handset to the cradle, to recharge

 

 

the battery pack.

 

 

 

Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the

 

Battery Pack” on Page 21).

 

 

The handset battery pack

Check the charging contacts on the handset

does not charge.

and base. If they are dirty, clean them with a

 

pencil eraser.

 

 

 

Be sure the battery pack is connected cor-

 

rectly.

 

 

The phone does not work or

Be sure the base’s phone line cord and AC

works poorly.

adapter are correctly and securely connected,

 

and the battery pack is charged.

 

 

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Problem

Suggestion

 

 

 

 

Handset does not ring or

The battery pack might be weak. Charge the

receive a page.

battery pack.

 

 

 

Extend the base’s antenna vertically.

 

 

 

Move the handset closer to the base.

 

 

 

Move the base away from other electrical

 

devices and sources of noise.

 

 

 

Replace the battery pack (see “Replacing the

 

Battery Pack” on Page 21).

 

 

The handset stops working or

Move the handset closer to the base.

works poorly during a call.

 

Fully extend the base’s antenna, and place it in

 

 

a vertical position.

 

 

 

Check the charging contacts on the handset

 

and base. If they are dirty, clean them with a

 

pencil eraser.

 

 

 

Be sure the handset’s battery pack is charged.

 

(If the battery power is too low, it does not have

 

enough power to light the TALK/BATT LOW

 

indicator.)

 

 

 

If the base loses power while the handset is off

 

of it, the security access-protectioncode might

 

change. Restore power to the base, then place

 

the handset back on the base. The CHARGE/

 

IN USE indicator lights, indicating that the code

 

is set again.

 

 

If you still have problems, disconnect the phone. If other phones on the same line work properly, the fault is in this phone or its installation. If you cannot find the problem, take your phone to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Your RadioShack ET-553/ET-55425-ChannelCordless Telephone with10-NumberMemory is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your cordless telephone so you can enjoy it for years.

Keep the telephone dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.

Handle the telephone gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the telephone to work improperly.

Use and store the telephone only in normal temperature environments. Temperature extremes can shorten the life of electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic parts.

Keep the telephone away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature wear of parts.

Wipe the telephone with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean the telephone.

Modifying or tampering with the telephone’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate your telephone’s warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. If your phone is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance. If the trouble is affecting the phone lines, the phone company might ask you to disconnect your phone until you have resolved the problem.

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