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Cat. No. 43-785

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

TAD-285

Microcassette Telephone Answering System

with Big Button Phone, Memory, and

Remote Operation

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack TAD-285Microcassette Telephone Answering System with Big Button Phone, Memory, and Remote Operation is ideal for your home or office. With its extra loud ringer and big buttons, the system is perfect for anyone who has a hard time hearing or seeing. This telephone answering system is also easy to use and has many special features.

Selectable Toll Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary toll charges when you call long-distance to check your messages.

VOX (Voice-ActivatedRecording)

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

ANSWERING SYSTEM

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 in the house.

Remote Operation — lets you use a touch-tone phone (or rotary phone and pocket tone dialer) to operate the answering system while you are away from your home or office.

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

TELEPHONE

Adjustable Ringer — allows you to set the volume level of the ringer or turn it off.

Lighted Ringer Bar — flashes to indicate that there is an incoming call.

3 Priority Memories — let you store 3 emergency telephone numbers in memory and quickly dial them by pressing a single button.

10 Standard Memories — let you store 10 phone numbers in memory so you can quickly dial them.

Redial — dials the last number dialed, with the press of a button. Useful when trying to reach a busy number.

Flash — generates a timed switchhook signal for use with special services, such as Call Waiting.

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Touch-Toneor Pulse (Rotary) Dialing— you can use this telephone with either type of service.

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

We recommend you record your answering system’s serial number here. The number is on the bottom of the answering system.

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 in-

cluded in the literature accompanying this product.

READ THIS FIRST

We have designed your answering system to 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’s Ringer Equivalence Number, or REN. The REN is on the bottom of your answering system.

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 answering system might 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 answering system complies with Part 68 of FCC Rules. You must, upon request, provide the FCC registration number and the REN to your phone company. Both numbers are on the bottom of your answering system.

Note: You must not connect your answering system to:

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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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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Placing the Phone on a Desktop .....................................................................

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Mounting the Phone ........................................................................................

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On a Wall Plate .........................................................................................

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Directly on the Wall ....................................................................................

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Connecting the Handset ................................................................................

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Setting the Ringer Switch ..............................................................................

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

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

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Setting the Answering System to Answer Calls .............................................

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

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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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Telephone Operation .........................................................................................

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Using REDIAL ...............................................................................................

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Using FLASH .................................................................................................

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Using Tone Services with a Pulse Line ..........................................................

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

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Storing a Number ....................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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Erasing the Messages ...................................................................................

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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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INSTALLATION

SELECTING A

LOCATION

You can set the TAD-285on a flat surface (such as a desktop or countertop), or mount it on a wall plate or directly on the wall.

Select a location that is:

Near an AC outlet

Near a modular telephone line jack

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 answering system comes with an MC-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.

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2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

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3.Put the cassette in the compartment with its full reel toward the front of the answering system and its open edge to the left.

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4. Close the compartment door.

Note: 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 answering system.

Cautions:

You must use an AC adapter that supplies 9 volts of power, delivers at least 500 milliamps, and has a plug that properly fits the TAD285’s POWER SOURCE jack. The supplied adapter meets these requirements. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the answering system.

Always plug the adapter into the answering system before you plug it into an AC outlet. Always unplug the adapter from the AC outlet before you unplug it from the answering system.

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1.Plug the small end of the supplied AC adapter into the answering system’s POWER SOURCE jack.

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

The red light on the PLAY button turns on while the answering system checks for an outgoing message.

If an outgoing message is already recorded, the answering system auto-

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matically plays it back. If there is no outgoing message, the answering system sounds a continuous tone until you record a message (see “Recording the Outgoing Message” on Page 6).

Note: When the answering system has power, if the cassette tape is broken or is not inserted properly, the system sounds a continuous tone. To stop the tone, unplug the adapter from the AC outlet. Reinsert or replace the cassette tape, then plug the adapter back into the AC outlet.

RECORDING THE OUTGOING MESSAGE

Before you can set the answering system to answer calls and record messages, you must record the message the caller hears when the answering system answers a call.

In the message, ask for the caller’s name, phone number, and message. The maximum length for your outgoing message is 30 seconds.

Warning: 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.

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Follow these steps to record the outgoing message.

1.Rotate VOLUME towardHI until it clicks. The red light turns on.

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2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

3.Press and hold OGM REC/PLAY until the red light turns off, then release the button. The answering system beeps once.

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4.When the red light turns on again, speak clearly in a normal volume from about 12 inches away from the microphone.

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5.When you finish recording your message, press OGM REC/PLAY again. The red light turns off, then the answering system beeps twice and plays back the message.

The message is first saved on a digital chip, and is then recorded onto the cassette tape. Wait until the answering system plays back the message before you continue installing your answering system.

The answering system saves all information, including the outgoing message, on tape so it will be saved during a power failure. When power is restored after a power failure, the answering system plays the tape automatically to restore the outgoing message to the digital chip.

Checking the Outgoing

Message

Press OGM REC/PLAY at any time to hear the outgoing message. The answering system beeps once and plays back the message, then beeps twice.

To adjust the volume, see “Setting the System’s Volume” on Page 13.

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PLACING THE PHONE ON A DESKTOP

To use your answering system on a desk, table, or shelf, plug one end of the supplied telephone cord into PHONE JACK and plug the other end into a modular phone jack, then proceed to “Connecting the Handset” on Page 10.

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MOUNTING THE PHONE

Using the supplied mounting bracket, you can mount the TAD-285on a phone jack wall plate or directly on the wall.

On a Wall Plate

1.Plug one end of the supplied modular cord into PHONE JACK.

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2.Align the adapter’s power cord with the left slot on the top and bottom of the mounting bracket. Align the modular cord with the right slot on the top of the mounting bracket. Pull the other end of the modular cord through the large hole in the center of the bracket.

3.Insert the mounting bracket’s tabs into the slots on the bottom of the answering system. Then pull the bracket up until it snaps into place.

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4.Coil all the excess modular cord into the recess of the mounting bracket by pushing it back through the large hole. Leave only about 1–2inches of the cord outside the bracket.

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5.Plug the exposed end of the cord into a modular phone jack wall plate.

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Directly on the Wall

Using a drill and screws (not supplied) and the supplied mounting bracket, you can easily mount your TAD-285directly on the wall.

1.At the desired mounting location, drill two holes 31/4 inches apart, one above the other.

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6.Line up the keyhole slots on the bracket with the studs on the wall plate, then slide the bracket down onto the wall plate until it is secure.

7.Pull the handset holder toward you as far as it will go. Hold it out as you rotate the holder 180°, then let it snap back in place.

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The holder’s tab helps hold the handset in the cradle while the answering system is mounted on the wall.

8.Proceed to “Connecting the Handset” on Page 10.

2.Thread a screw into each hole until the screw’s head extends about 1/8 inch from the wall.

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3.Plug one end of the supplied modular cord into PHONE JACK.

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4.Align the adapter’s power cord with the left slot on the top and bottom of the mounting bracket. Align the modular cord with the right slot on the top and bottom of the mounting bracket.

5.Insert the mounting bracket’s tabs into the slots on the bottom of the answering system. Then pull the bracket up until it snaps into place.

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8.Pull the handset holder toward you as far as it will go. Hold it out as you rotate the holder 180°, then let it snap back in place.

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The holder’s tab helps hold the handset in the cradle while the answering system is mounted on the wall.

9.Proceed to “Connecting the Handset” on Page 10.

6.Plug the modular cord into a modular phone jack.

7.Line up the keyhole slots on the bracket with the screws on the wall, then slide the bracket down onto the screws until it is secure.

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CONNECTING THE

HANDSET

Plug one end of the coiled handset cord into the answering system’s handset jack. Plug the other end into the jack on the handset. Place the handset on the cradle.

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