Radio Shack TAD-277 User Manual

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Cat. No. 43-777

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

TAD-277

Single-MicrocassetteAnswering System

with Digital Announcement

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack TAD-277SingleMicrocassette Answering System with Digital Announcement is ideal for your home or office. It is easy to use and has the following features.

Digital Outgoing Message — ensures the clearest possible recording of the message you leave for callers.

Call Screening — lets you listen while a caller leaves a message so you can decide if you want to answer the call.

Auto-Reset — stops recording when you pick up any phone on the same phone line and resets to answer the next call.

Remote Operation — lets you use a touch-tone phone (or rotary phone and pocket tone dialer) to enter a 3- digit remote operation security code so you can play back or record messages while you are away from your home or office.

Remote Answer-On— lets you call from a remote location to set the TAD277 to answer calls.

Ring Select Switch — lets you select the number of rings the TAD-277 waits before it answers calls.

Toll Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary toll charges when you call longdistance to check your messages.

VOX (Voice-ActivatedRecording)

— stops recording after 7 seconds of silence to conserve tape space for other messages.

Supplied Incoming Message Tape

— lets you record up to about 29 minutes of incoming messages on each side of the tape.

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

We recommend you record your TAD277’s serial number here. The number is on the bottom of the TAD-277.

Serial Number:

© 1997 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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WARNING: To reduce the risk of 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 in-

cluded in the literature accompanying this product.

READ THIS FIRST

We have designed your TAD-277to conform to federal regulations, and you can connect it to most telephone lines. However, each device you connect to the phone line draws power from the phone line. We refer to this power draw as the device’sRinger Equivalence Number, or REN. The REN is on the bottom of your TAD277.

If you are using more than one device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five, your phones might not ring and your TAD-277might not answer. In rural areas, a total REN of three might impair ringer operation. If ringer operation is impaired, remove a device from the telephone line.

FCC STATEMENT

Your TAD-277complies with Part 68 ofFCC Rules. You must, upon request, provide the FCC registration number and the REN to your phone company. Both numbers are on the bottom of yourTAD-277.

Note: You must not connect yourTAD-277to:

Coin-operatedsystems

Party-linesystems

Most electronic key phone systems

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CONTENTS

 

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

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Selecting A Location ........................................................................................

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Loading the Cassette .......................................................................................

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Connecting Power ...........................................................................................

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Recording the Outgoing Message ...................................................................

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Checking the Outgoing Message .............................................................

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Connecting to the Telephone Line ...................................................................

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Setting the Maximum Message Length ...........................................................

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Setting the Number of Rings ...........................................................................

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Answering System Operation .............................................................................

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Setting the TAD-277to Answer Calls ..............................................................

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Setting the System’s Volume ...........................................................................

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Screening Calls ...............................................................................................

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Playing Messages .........................................................................................

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Remote Control Operation ................................................................................

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Remote Answer-On .......................................................................................

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Remote Playback ..........................................................................................

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

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

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Cleaning the Tape-HandlingParts .................................................................

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

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

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PREPARATION

SELECTING A

LOCATION

The TAD-277is designed to rest on a flat surface such as a desktop or countertop. Select a location that is:

Near an AC outlet

Near a modular telephone line jack

2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

If the phone line jack is not a modular jack, you must update the wiring. You can convert 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.

LOADING THE

CASSETTE

Your TAD-277comes with anMC-60cassette tape (30 minutes of recording time per side). You can buy additional and different length cassettes at your local RadioShack store.

1.Turn the supplied cassette’s hub with the tip of a pencil to take up any tape slack.

3.Put the cassette in the compartment with its full reel toward the back of the system and its open edge to the right.

4. Close the compartment door.

Notes:

You can turn the tape over and record on the other side. This lets you save any messages recorded on the first side while using the tape to record more messages.

Replace the tape at least once a year, or more often if it is used frequently.

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CONNECTING POWER

Use the supplied AC adapter to power your TAD-277.

Cautions:

The supplied Class 2 AC adapter supplies 9 volts of power, delivers at least 500 milliamps, and has a plug that properly fits the TAD277’s 9V AC 500mA jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage theTAD-277.

Always plug the adapter into the TAD-277before you plug it into an AC outlet, and unplug the adapter from the outlet before you unplug it from theTAD-277.

1.Plug the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the TAD-277’s 9V AC 500mAjack.

2.Plug the adapter’s other end into a standard AC outlet.

3.Rotate VOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn on theTAD-277.

The message indicator turns on while the TAD-277checks for an outgoing message.

If an outgoing message is already recorded, the TAD-277automatically plays it back. If there is no outgoing

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message, the TAD-277sounds a continuous high tone until you record a message (see “Recording the Outgoing Message”).

Note: If the cassette tape is broken or is not inserted properly, theTAD-277sounds a continuous low tone when it is connected to power. To stop the tone, unplug the adapter from the AC outlet. Reinsert or replace the tape, then plug the adapter back into the AC outlet.

RECORDING THE OUTGOING MESSAGE

Before you can use the TAD-277,you must record the outgoing message. The maximum length for your outgoing message is 30 seconds.

Hint: To help protect your home or office, do not tell callers you are away. Instead, say you cannot come to the phone at this time.

Follow these steps to record an outgoing message.

1.If the TAD-277is off, rotateVOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn it on. The message indicator turns on.

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2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

3.Hold down OGM REC/PLAY until the message indicator turns off, then release the button. The TAD277 beeps once.

4.When the message indicator turns on again after a few moments, speak clearly in a normal volume from about 12 inches away from the microphone.

Microphone

Note: TheTAD-277records only the first 30 seconds of your outgoing message.

5.When you finish recording your message, press OGM REC/PLAY again. TheTAD-277beeps, rewinds the tape, and plays back the message as it is recording it from the digital chip to the tape. (The message is backed up on tape so after a power failure it can be automatically restored to the chip).

After the message plays back, the TAD-277sets itself to answer calls, beeping twice to indicate it is set.

6.Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable listening level.

Checking the Outgoing

Message

Press OGM REC/PLAY at any time to hear the outgoing message. SetVOLUME to the desired level.

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CONNECTING TO THE TELEPHONE LINE

To complete the connections, insert the modular plug into a modular phone jack.

To connect a telephone to your TAD277, insert the telephone’s modular plug into PHONE JACK on the back of theTAD-277.

SETTING THE MAXIMUM MESSAGE LENGTH

Your TAD-277can record messages of up to 1 or 5 minutes. SetREC TIME to1MIN or5MIN for the desired maximum recording time.

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SETTING THE NUMBER OF RINGS

You can select the number of rings the TAD-277waits before it answers calls. SetRING SELECT to2,4,7, orTS.

The system can answer calls in 2, 4, or 7 rings. If you set the switch to TS (Toll Saver), theTAD-277answers in four rings if there are no new or saved messages, or in two rings if you have messages. This can save you longdistance charges because, if there are no new messages, you can hang up before theTAD-277answers.

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ANSWERING SYSTEM OPERATION

SETTING THE TAD-277TO ANSWER CALLS

Rotate VOLUME to the right until it clicks to turn on theTAD-277.When the message indicator stays on and theTAD-277does not sound any tones, it is ready to answer calls.

The TAD-277hangs up and resets to answer the next call when:

The caller hangs up.

The maximum message length of about 1 minute or 5 minutes is reached (see “Setting the Maximum Message Length” on Page 8).

There are more than 7 seconds of silence.

The TAD-277’ssupplied tape can record up to about 29 minutes of incoming messages per side. You can buy additional and different length cassettes at your local RadioShack store.

If the tape reaches the end while a caller is leaving a message, the TAD277 beeps twice and hangs up.

If the incoming message tape is full, the TAD-277answers a call after ten rings, plays back the outgoing mes-

sage, then waits 7 seconds for you to enter the remote operation security code. If you do not enter the correct code, the TAD-277beeps twice and hangs up. See “Remote Control Operation” on Page 11.

To have the TAD-277not answer calls, turn it off by rotatingVOLUME to the left until it clicks. The message indicator turns off.

SETTING THE SYSTEM’S VOLUME

To adjust the volume, set VOLUME to a comfortable listening level. (This does not affect the volume of the message the caller hears.)

SCREENING CALLS

To screen calls, let the TAD-277answer them. Listen to the caller’s message through theTAD-277’sspeaker. If you decide to answer the call, pick up any phone on the same phone line as theTAD-277.TheTAD-277stops recording and resets to answer the next call.

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Note: If you pick up the phone just as theTAD-277answers, theTAD-277might not stop recording the message. If this happens, briefly hang up the phone then pick it up again.

PLAYING MESSAGES

When you have messages, the message indicator blinks. If you have four messages or less, the light blinks once for each message stored. (For example, if you have two messages, the light blinks twice followed by a 2-secondpause, then blinks twice more, and so on.) If you have more than four messages, the light blinks continuously.

Note: The light also blinks continuously if theTAD-277receives one or more incoming messages after power is interrupted (see “Troubleshooting” on Page 13).

To play the messages, press PLAY. TheTAD-277beeps once, rewinds the tape, then plays the messages.

Notes:

To pause playback, press PLAY. To restart playback, pressPLAY again.

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If you do not restart playback within 60 seconds, the tape fastforwards to the end of the last incoming message, as though playback was never started. This helps prevent accidental erasure of incoming messages.

If a call comes in while playback is paused, the tape immediately fast-forwardsto the end of the last message and answers the call.

After you play back all the messages, the TAD-277beeps twice, rewinds to the beginning, and resets to answer calls. New messages will be recorded over the messages you have heard.

To save the messages, press SAVE before a new call is recorded. The tapefast-forwardsto the end of all the messages and resets to answer calls.

To replay the messages, simply press PLAY again.