Radio Shack TAD-716 User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

TAD-716

Single Microcassette

Answering System

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack TAD-716Single Microcassette Answering System is ideal for your home or office. It is easy to use and has the following features.

Single Microcassette Operation — lets you store your messages.

One Button Operation — easy to use.

Remote Operation — lets you use atouch-tonephone (or rotary phone and pocket tone dialer) to enter a3-digitremote 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 theTAD-716to answer calls.

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

Auto Toll Saver — lets you avoid unnecessary toll charges when you calllong-distanceto check your messages.

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Broken Tape Detection/Indication — sounds a continuous tone to alert you when the tape is broken or not inserted properly.

Tape Full Detection — signal caller when the message capacity is full.

VOX (Voice-ActivatedRecording)— stops recording after 7 seconds of silence to conserve tape space for other messages.

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

Message Indicator — flashes to indicate the number of incoming calls recorded (up to 4). It flashes continuously if there are more than 4 calls or if there are messages recorded when a power failure occurs.

This answering system is ETL listed and complies with all applicable FCC standards.

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READ THIS FIRST

We have designed the TAD-716to 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 theTAD-716.

If you are using more than one device on the line, add up all the RENs. If the total is more than five (three in rural areas), your phones might not ring and the TAD-716might not answer. If ringer operation is impaired, remove a device from the telephone line.

FCC STATEMENT

The TAD-716complies 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 theTAD-716.

Note: You must not connect theTAD-716to:

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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Connecting to the Phone Line ..............................

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Basic Operation ........................................................

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

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

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To Pause During Playback .............................

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To Fast-ForwardDuring Playback ..................

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To Rewind During Playback ...........................

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Saving Messages .................................................

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Power Failure Protection ......................................

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Resetting the TAD-716 .........................................

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Remote Operation .....................................................

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Remote Security Code .........................................

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Remote Activation ................................................

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Remote Message Playback ..................................

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Remote Message Erase .......................................

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Toll Saver ..............................................................

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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-716is designed to rest on a flat surface such as a desktop or countertop. Select a location that is:

near an accessible 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

The TAD-716comes with aMC-20cassette tape (10 minutes of recording time per side). You can buy additional and different length cassettes at your local RadioShack store.

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

2.Lift open the cassette compartment door, then remove and discard the tape card from inside the compartment.

3.Put the cassette in the compartment with its full reel at the left side and its open edge to the left of the TAD-716.

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.

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CONNECTING POWER

1.Plug the supplied AC adapter into a standard AC outlet.

2.Rotate VOLUME counterclockwise until it clicks to turn on theTAD-716.

The message indicator turns on while the TAD-716checks for an outgoing message.

If an outgoing message is already recorded, the TAD-716automatically plays it back. If there is no outgoing message, theTAD-716sounds a beep every 5 seconds until you record a message (see “Recording the Outgoing Message” on Page 10).

Note: If the cassette tape is broken or is not inserted properly, theTAD-716sounds 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.

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RECORDING THE OUTGOING MESSAGE

Before you can use the TAD-716,you must record the outgoing message. The maximum length for your outgoing message is 60 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-716is off, rotateVOLUME counterclockwise until it clicks to turn it on. The message indicator turns on.

Note: If the new message indicator is flashing, pressPLAY to play all messages before you record a new announcement. Recording an outgoing message erases any stored messages.

2.Lift open the cassette compartment door.

3. Hold down OGM REC. When the message indicator begins flashing, speak clearly towards thebuilt-inmicrophone.

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4.When you finish recording, release OGM REC. TheTAD-716plays back the outgoing message to you. Then it is ready to receive incoming calls.

5.Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable listening level.

You can press OGM REC at any time to hear the outgoing message. Your outgoing message plays, then the TAD716 resets to answer incoming calls automatically.

CONNECTING TO THE PHONE LINE

To connect a telephone to the TAD-716,plug the TAD716’s modular cord into a modular phone jack. Then insert the telephone's modular plug into the phone jack on the back of theTAD-716.

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BASIC OPERATION

Rotate VOLUME on the side of theTAD-716counterclockwise until it clicks to turn on theTAD-716.When the message indicator lights steadily and no tones sound, theTAD-716is ready to answer calls.

The TAD-716hangs up and resets to answer the next call when:

the caller hangs up

the maximum message length of about 1 minute is reached

there are more than 7 seconds of silence

The TAD-716'ssupplied tape can record up to about 10 minutes of incoming messages per side. The maximum length for an incoming message is 60 seconds. Additional and different length cassettes are available at your local RadioShack store.

If the tape runs out while a caller is leaving a message, the TAD-716beeps and hangs up.

If there are no new messages, the TAD-716answers after 4 rings. When there are new message which have not been reviewed, theTAD-716answers after 2 rings.

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If the incoming message tape is full, the TAD-716answers a call after 10 rings, plays back the outgoing message, then waits 7 seconds for you to enter the remote operation security code. If you do not enter the correct code, theTAD-716beeps and hangs up.

Rotate VOLUME counterclockwise to increase the volume, or clockwise to decrease it.

To have the TAD-716not answer calls, turn it off by rotatingVOLUME clockwise until it clicks. The message indicator turns off.

SCREENING CALLS

To screen calls, let the TAD-716answer them. Listen to the caller's message through theTAD-716'sspeaker. If you decide to answer the call, pick up any phone on the same phone line as theTAD-716.TheTAD-716stops recording and resets to answer the next call.

Note: If you pick up the phone just as theTAD-716answers, theTAD-716might not stop recording the message. If this happens, press the telephone’s switchhook for about one second. TheTAD-716stops and resets to answer the next call.

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PLAYING MESSAGES

The maximum length for each message is 60 seconds. The message indicator flashes when you have messages.

Press PLAY to hear your messages. TheTAD-716plays back your messages in the order they were received. After the last message has played, playback stops and the message indicator lights steadily.

You must save old messages (see “Saving Messages” on Page 15) or new messages will record over them.

To Pause During Playback

Rotate VOLUME toOFF to pause or stop during playback.

Rotate VOLUME counterclockwise until it clicks to resume playing messages.

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To Fast-ForwardDuring Playback

Hold down OGM REC until you reach the message you want. Playback resumes when you releaseOGM REC.

Note: If you hold the key down until the end of the tape, theTAD-716rewinds and stops.

To Rewind During Playback

Hold down PLAY. When you reach the message you want, release the key to resume playback.

SAVING MESSAGES

After the last message plays and the tape rewinds to the beginning, hold down PLAY until the message indicator goes off. Release the key and the message indicator flashes, indicating theTAD-716is ready to answer incoming calls and save new messages.

Note: You must follow this procedure each time you listen to incoming messages, before theTAD-716answers a new incoming call.

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POWER FAILURE PROTECTION

If an AC power failure occurs, or the power plug comes out of the wall, the TAD-716shuts down until power is restored. When power is restored, any messages recorded before the power failure will be saved and the message indicator flashes. If theTAD-716is still not operating properly when the power is restored, you must reset it (see “Resetting theTAD-716”).

RESETTING THE TAD-716

1.Unplug the TAD-716from the AC outlet and flip the microcassette to the other side.

2.Plug the machine back into the AC outlet. The TAD716 begins searching the tape messages (this might take 2–3minutes).

If the message indicator flashes, press PLAY to play all the messages. Then the message indicator lights steadily.

3.Record a new outgoing message.

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REMOTE OPERATION

While you are away from your home or office, you can operate the TAD-716using atouch-tonephone or a pulse phone with a pocket tone dialer. Carry the supplied Remote Operation Card in your wallet or purse for reference when using theTAD-716from a remote location.

REMOTE SECURITY CODE

A three-digitsecurity code is located on the bottom of yourTAD-716.You need this number to get your messages when calling from a remote phone. Write down your code in the space provided on the enclosed Remote Operation Card.

REMOTE ACTIVATION

If you forget to turn your TAD-716on, you can call and turn it on from a remote phone. Simply call your phone number. TheTAD-716answers after 12 or 14 rings, then is set to answer incoming calls.

Note: Be sure to rotateVOLUME counterclockwise when you get home or you will not hear incoming calls.

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REMOTE MESSAGE PLAYBACK

1.Call your phone number from a touch-tonephone.

After the TAD-716answers, it plays the outgoing message, sounds a series of beeps, then one long tone. The length of the beeps depends on the number of messages.

You can leave a flag message up to 1 minute long to remind yourself that you have heard all the recorded messages up to this point on the tape.

2.Whether or not you have left a flag message, enter your three-digitsecurity code (see “Remote Security Code” on Page 17). TheTAD-716sounds a series of beeps while the tape rewinds. (If there are no beeps, enter the code again).

The TAD-716plays back all recorded incoming messages, with a short beep between each message. When all incoming messages have played, the TAD716 sounds another series of beeps.

Note: If you hang up while messages are playing, the machine continues playback until all the recorded messages have played.

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After 5 seconds, the TAD-716sounds a single long beep. You can leave a remote memo (up to 1 minute) or enter yourthree-digitsecurity code to replay the incoming messages again.

3.To end playback, simply hang up. All messages are automatically saved and the TAD-716resets itself to answer the next incoming call.

Note: You cannot use this feature when calling in from a rotary orpush-buttonpulse dial phone without a pocket tone dialer. Also, sometouch-tonephones only output tones for a fraction of a second. If you have difficulty with remote operation, try another phone, or use a pocket tone dialer.

REMOTE MESSAGE ERASE

After playing all messages, the TAD-716sounds a series of beeps.

Enter your three-digitsecurity code within 5 seconds after the beeps. After 2 short beeps sound, hang up. All messages are automatically erased and theTAD-716resets itself to answer the next incoming call.

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TOLL SAVER

The TAD-716has abuilt-inautomatictoll-savingfeature. It answers in 4 rings if there are no new or saved messages, or 2 rings if you have messages to review. This feature lets you know if you have received any messages before it answers, thus saving long distance costs.

If your phone rings more than twice, you know that you don’t have any messages, so you can hang up on the third ring before the TAD-716answers and save the cost of the call.

Note: If no messages are received, or if messages have been saved after playback, theTAD-716answers after the fourth ring.

If the TAD-716answers after 2 rings, you have received messages. Follow the steps in “Remote Message Playback” on Page 18. If messages have been saved after remote playback, theTAD-716answers after the second ring.

Note: If the tape is full, theTAD-716answers after 10 rings.

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