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Cat. No. 43-696A

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

ET-596

25-Channel

2-LineCordless Telephone with3-WayConference Calling

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack ET-59625-Channel2-LineCordless Telephone with 3- Way Conference Calling lets you place and receive calls on two separate telephone lines. It is designed to exacting standards that ensure reliability, long life, and outstanding performance.

Its features include:

Two-LineTelephone System— lets you easily handle two telephone lines at the same time. You can also make 3-way conference calls.

25 Channels — lets you change to another channel during a call to reduce interference.

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

Super CCT Noise-ReductionCircuitry— gives you sound clarity comparable to corded telephones.

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

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

Redial — lets you quickly redial the last number dialed.

Page — sends a signal from the base to the handset so you can page someone or locate the handset if you have misplaced it.

Flash — sends an electronic switchhook signal so you can use the phone with special phone services, such as Call Waiting.

Tone/Pulse Dialing — lets you use your phone with either type of service.

Quick Talk — lets you quickly make or 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.

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

Serial Number:

© 1996 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

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

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Important Note: Cordless phones such as your ET-596 require AC power to operate. When the AC power is off, you cannot dial out or receive incoming calls using this phone. 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 telephone operates on standard radio frequencies as allocated by the FCC. Even though the access protection code prevents unauthorized use of your phone line, it is possible for other radio units operating on similar frequencies within a certain area to unintentionally intercept your conversations and/or cause interference. This lack of privacy can occur with any cordless phone.

. Warning: To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this phone 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 phone’s enclosure that might be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open the phone’s case.

This symbol is intended to in-

!form you that important operating and maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompanying this phone.

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READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLATION

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 for your ET-596is located on the bottom of the 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 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. Upon request, you must provide the FCC Registration Number and the REN to your phone company. These numbers are located on the bottom 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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Mounting/Connecting the Phone .....................................................................

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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 the Wall ..................................................

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

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

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

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Making a Call ................................................................................................

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Answering a Call ...........................................................................................

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

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Putting a Call on Hold ...................................................................................

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Making a Conference Call .............................................................................

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

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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, or mount it 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.

MOUNTING/CONNECTING THE PHONE

To use both of the ET-596’slines, you must connect it to two separate telephone lines. Each of these lines must have its own phone number. If you do not have two telephone lines, contact your phone company to get a second line.

You can connect your telephone to a 2-linemodular telephone jack using the supplied2-linemodular cord.

Note: Two-lineandsingle-linemodular cords look alike, but are wired differently. To use theET-596’stwo lines, use only the supplied2-linemodular cord to connect to a2-linemodular jack.

Or, you can connect your telephone to two separate 1-linemodular telephone jacks using the supplied modular cord and another 1- or2-linemodular cord (such as RadioShack Cat. No. 279356, not supplied).

Note: You can also use theET-596with a single1-linemodular jack.

If your phone wiring does not have a modular phone jack, you can:

Update the wiring yourself, using jacks and adapters available at your local RadioShack store

Have the phone company update the wiring for you

Note: The USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ14C for atwo-linebaseboard jack or RJ14W for a twolinewall-platejack.

Caution: The supplied RadioShack adapter was designed specifically for yourET-596.Use only the supplied adapter.

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Placing the Base on a Desk Top

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

1.If you have a single 2-linemodular jack, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack.

Note: When you make this connection, you should not connect another modular cord to theTEL LINE 2 jack or phone operation will be erratic.

If you have two separate 1-line modular jacks, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into the TEL LINE 1/2jack and plug another modular cord (not supplied) into the TEL LINE 2jack.

If you have only one 1-linemodular jack, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack to use line 1, or to theTEL LINE 2 jack to use line 2.

2.Plug the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack.

3.Route the adapter’s cord through the strain relief slot.

Strain Relief Slot

4.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet. The POWER indicator on the base lights.

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5.Plug the other end(s) of the modular cord(s) into the modular jack(s).

6.Raise the base’s antenna to a vertical position and fully extend it.

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Mounting the Base on a Wall Plate

To make this connection, you need a 2-lineshort modular cord, such as Cat. No.279-390,not supplied.

1.If you have a single 2-linemodular jack on the wall plate, plug one end of a2-lineshort modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack.

Note: When you make this connection, you should not connect another modular cord to theTEL LINE 2 jack or phone operation will be erratic.

If you have a single 1-linemodular jack on the wall plate and a modular wall jack close by, plug one end of a2-lineshort modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack to use line 1, then connect the supplied modular cord into theTEL LINE 2 jack to use line 2.

If you have only one 1-linemodular jack on the wall plate, plug one end of a2-lineshort modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack to use line 1, or to theTEL LINE 2 jack to use line 2.

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2.Plug the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack.

3.Route the adapter cord through both the upper and lower grooves and the modular cord(s) through only the upper groove on the bottom of the base.

Lower

Upper

Groove

Grooves

4.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet. The POWER indicator on the base lights.

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

Note: If you are using two line cords, route both cords through the appropriate grooves.

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

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7.Raise the base’s antenna to a vertical position and fully extend it.

Mounting the Base

Directly on the Wall

To mount the base directly on the wall, you need two wood screws (not supplied) with heads that fit into the keyhole slots on the bottom of the base.

1.Drill two holes 315/16 inches apart. Then thread a screw into each hole, letting the heads extend about5/16 inch from the wall.

5/16"

2.If you have a single 2-linemodular jack close by, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into the

TEL LINE 1/2 jack.

Note: When you make this connection, you should not connect another modular cord to theTEL LINE 2 jack or phone operation will be erratic.

If you have two separate 1-line modular jacks, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into the TEL LINE 1/2jack and plug another modular cord (not supplied) into the TEL LINE 2jack.

315/16"

5/16"

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If you have only one 1-linemodular jack, plug one end of the supplied modular cord into theTEL LINE 1/2 jack to use line 1, or to theTEL LINE 2 jack to use line 2.

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3.Plug the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the DC IN 9V jack.

4.Route the adapter and modular cords through both the upper and lower grooves on the bottom of the base.

5.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet. The POWER indicator on the base lights.

6.Plug the other end(s) of the cord(s) into a modular phone line jack(s).

Lower

Grooves

Upper

Grooves

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

Note: If you are using two line cords, route both through the appropriate grooves.

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

9.Raise the base’s antenna to a vertical position and fully extend it.

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CONNECTING AND CHARGING THE BATTERY

The ET-596comes with a rechargeablenickel-cadmiumbattery installed in the handset. Before using your phone, you must connect the battery then charge it for about 14 hours.

1.Remove the screw from the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the handset, then press down and slide off the handset’s cover.

2.Plug the battery pack’s plastic connector into the phone’s socket. The connector fits only one way.

3.Replace the cover and tighten the screw.

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4.To charge the battery, simply place the handset on the base. The CHARGE indicator on the base lights.

Charge Indicator

Recharge the battery when the BATT LOW indicator flashes.

Notes:

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

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

If the 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 BATT LOW indicator flashes. If this happens, you must recharge the battery before you can make another call.

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

Using a pencil eraser, clean the charging contacts on the handset and the base about once a month to make sure they are not dirty or tarnished.

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SETTING THE DIALING MODE

Set P∙ ∙T on the back of the base for the type of service you have. If you are not sure which type you have, once the battery is charged, do this test.

1. Set P∙ ∙T toT (tone).

2.Lift the handset, press LINE 1 and listen for the dial tone.

3.Press any number other than 0.

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, that line has tone service.

If the dial tone continues, that line has pulse service.

4.Press LINE 2, listen for the dial tone, and repeat Step 3.

If you have tone service on both lines, leave P∙ ∙T set toT.

If you have pulse service on either line, set P∙ ∙T toP.

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OPERATION

MAKING A CALL

To make a call, lift the handset. Or, if the handset is away from the base, press TALK. On the base, the IN USE indicator lights, and on the handset, the BATT LOW indicator and a LINE indicator (1 or 2, whichever line was dialed the last time) light.

You can also press LINE 1 orLINE 2 to directly select the line you want to use.

ANSWERING A CALL

To answer a call, simply lift the handset. If the handset is away from the base, press TALK to answer the flashing line. The TALK/BATT LOW indicator, the LINE 1 or LINE 2 indicator on the handset, and the IN USE indicator on the base light.

To help you tell which line is ringing, each line has a distinctive ring tone. To end a call, place the handset on the base or press the handset’s TALK button.

Notes:

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

When you receive an incoming call on one line while you are talking on the other, the handset does not ring but you hear the phone

sound a tone through the earpiece. Place the current call on hold (see “Putting a Call on Hold” on Page 16), then press the line button for the new incoming call.

If you press the other line’s button without first pressing HOLD, the first call is disconnected.

CHANGING THE

CHANNEL

If you notice interference, static, or noise during a call, you can press CH (channel) to find a clearer channel.

The ET-596changes to a different channel each time you pressCH.

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

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PUTTING A CALL ON HOLD

Press HOLD to put a call on hold so you can temporarily place the handset on the base or use the other phone line without disconnecting the current call. The light over the line’s button flashes when that call is on hold.

The phone disconnects the call 5 minutes after you put it on hold. However, during those 5 minutes, a series of beeps reminds you the call is on hold. After 1 minute, the handset beeps every 15 seconds. After 4 minutes, the handset beeps every 5 seconds. After 5 minutes, the handset sounds a long tone and disconnects the call.

To release a line from hold and continue your conversation, press that line’s button. You can also release a call from hold by pressing TALK or picking up the handset from the base.

You can use another phone on the same line to pick up the call on hold, but the handset still shows that line on hold. After 5 minutes the line indicator turns off.

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You can alternate between the two lines by pressing HOLD then the button for the desired line.

Notes:

If you press the other line’s button without first pressing HOLD, the first call is disconnected.

If you place the second line on hold, the hold time restarts for the first line. Both lines automatically disconnect after 5 minutes.

A call on hold does not automatically disconnect as long as you are talking on the second line. The hold time restarts when you hang up the second line.

If you place both lines on hold and then press TALK or pick up the handset from the base, the line you dialed last is released from hold and the line you dialed first remains on hold.

MAKING A CONFERENCE CALL

Follow these steps to make a 3-wayconference call.

1.Place the first call on hold.

2.Make or answer a call on the other line.

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3.Press CONF. The TALK/BATT LOW indicator briefly flashes and remains steadily on, and you can talk with both parties.

To end the conference call, press TALK or return the handset to the base. If you want to hang up one line and continue talking on the other, press the line button for the line you want to keep.

USING REDIAL

REDIAL lets you quickly dial the last number dialed on either LINE 1 or LINE 2. When you hear a dial tone, simply pressREDIAL.

Notes:

The redial memory holds up to 32 digits, so you can redial longdistance as well as local numbers.

The redial memory also holds pause entries. See “Entering a Pause” on Page 19.

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.

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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 P∙ ∙T is set toP.

2.Dial the service’s main number.

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

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

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PAGING

To page the person who has the handset or to locate the handset when the phone is not in use, press PAGE on the base. The handset beeps five times.

Note: Paging does not work during a call.

MEMORY DIALING

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

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

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Storing a Number in Memory

Note: If you wait more than 20 seconds between each key press, an error tone sounds and the phone exits the programming mode.

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

later.) Attach the sticker to the phone.

2.Press MEMO. The BATT LOW indicator blinks.

3.Enter the number and any TONE andPAUSE entries (see “Using Tone Services on a Pulse Line” on Page 18 and “Entering a Pause” on Page 19).

Note: EachTONE orPAUSE entry uses one digit of memory.

4.Press MEMO, then enter the memory location number(0-9).A single tone sounds to indicate that the number is stored.

If five quick beeps sound, you have made an entry error and the number was not stored. Start again from Step 2.

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

To erase a stored number, simply store a new number in its place. Or, skip Step 3, then press the memory location number (0-9)you want to clear. A tone sounds.

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 2-secondpause, pressPAUSE. For a longer pause, pressPAUSE additional times.

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Dialing a Memory Number

To dial a number stored in memory, lift the handset from the base or press

TALK.

When you hear a dial tone, press MEMO and enter the memory location number for the number you want to dial.

Chain-DialingService

Numbers

When calling special services (such as alternate long distance or bank-by-phone), dial the service’s main number first. Then, at the appropriate place in the call, pressMEMO and the number for the memory location where the additional information is stored.

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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