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Cat. No. 43-779

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

TAD-779

Digital Telephone Answering System

with Day/Time Voice Stamp

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack TAD-779Digital Telephone Answering System is a highquality telephone answering device (TAD) that you can also control remotely from anytouch-tonephone. With an optional pocket tone dialer, you can even use it from a rotary phone.

The TAD-779stores messages on a computer chip. This gives you advanced capabilities overtape-basedanswering machines. For example, you can delete an individual message by using remote commands. Because your TAD is fully digital, there are no tapes to bother with and no tape mechanisms to wear out.

The TAD-779’s16-minutecapacity lets you store a lot of messages. And its unique,space-savingdesign makes it ideal for any office or nightstand.

The TAD-779has these features:

Digital Message Storage — lets you record up to 16 minutes of messages and memos. Each incoming message can be up to 60 seconds long.

Day/Time Voice Stamp — announces the day and time that each message was recorded.

New Message Indicator — indicates that you have new messages.

Phone Pick-UpDetection— stops recording when you pick up any phone on the same line as the TAD.

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

Programmable Remote Operation Security Code — lets you set your own security code for remote operation.

Digital Outgoing Message — lets you record a clear outgoing message of up to 60 seconds.

Memory Backup — protects stored messages in case of a power failure.

Adjustable Ring Selection — lets you set the TAD-779 to answer the telephone after four or seven rings.

Toll-Saver — lets you avoid unnecessarylong-distancecharges when you call to check your messages.

Call Screening — lets you listen to incoming calls so you can decide whether or not to answer.

Memo Recording — lets you leave messages for yourself or others in your home or office.

© 1998 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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

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 included in the literature accompanying this product.

READ THIS BEFORE INSTALLATION

Your TAD-779conforms 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 label on the bottom of the TAD.

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

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FCC STATEMENT

Your TAD-779complies 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 label on the bottom of the TAD.

Note: You must not connect your TAD to:

coin-operatedsystems

party-linesystems

most electronic key phone systems

Your TAD-779complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as specified in Part 15 ofFCC Rules. These limits provide reasonable protection against radio and TV interference in a residential area. However, your TAD might cause TV or radio interference even when it is operating properly.

To eliminate interference, you can try one or more of the following corrective measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving radio or TV antenna.

Increase the distance between the TAD and the radio or TV.

Use outlets on different electrical circuits for the TAD and the radio or TV.

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CONTENTS

 

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

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Choosing a Location ...........................................................................................

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Installing a Backup Battery .................................................................................

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Connecting the TAD ...........................................................................................

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Setting the Day and Time ...................................................................................

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

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

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

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Setting the TAD to Answer Calls ......................................................................

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Incoming Message Recording ..........................................................................

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

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

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Deleting Messages ...........................................................................................

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Recording a Memo ...........................................................................................

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Changing the Remote Operation Security Code ..............................................

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

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Using the Toll-Saver .........................................................................................

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Using Remote Commands ...............................................................................

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

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Resetting the TAD-779 .....................................................................................

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

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

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

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PREPARATION

CHOOSING A LOCATION

Select a location for the TAD that is near a modular telephone line jack and an AC outlet, and is not in the way of normal activities.

INSTALLING A BACKUP BATTERY

If the AC power fails or you unplug the TAD, a 9V backup battery (not supplied) saves the messages and the settings for the day, time, and remote operation security code. We recommend you use an alkaline battery, such as RadioShack Cat. No. 23-553.

Caution: Always use a fresh battery of the required size and recommended type.

1.Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the battery compartment cover’s screw, then slide the cover in the direction of the arrow and lift it off.

3. Replace the cover.

Replace the battery when the ANSWER indicator flashes.

Cautions:

Always remove an old or weak battery. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.

Dispose of the old battery promptly and properly. Do not bury or burn it.

To avoid losing stored information, be sure the AC adapter is plugged in and connected to the TAD before you replace the battery.

2.Snap the battery’s contacts firmly to the battery connector and place the battery in the compartment.

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CONNECTING THE TAD

Notes:

Your TAD connects directly to a modular phone line jack. If your line jack is not modular, you can update it yourself, using jacks and adapters available at your local RadioShack store. Or, you can let the phone company update it for you.

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The USOC number of the jack to be installed is RJ11C.

Follow these steps to connect your TAD to the telephone line and phone.

Illus. of TO TEL jack and connection to a phone. Show other phone cord already connected.

1.Unplug the telephone’s modular cord from the modular phone line jack and plug it into the TO TEL jack on the back of the TAD.

2.Plug one end of the supplied modular telephone cord into the TO LINE jack on the back of the TAD.

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

Note: AdjustVOLUME to the middle position before connecting power.

Illus. of VOLUME switch.

Caution: The supplied AC adapter was designed specifically for yourTAD-779.Use only the supplied adapter.

4.Insert the supplied AC adapter’s barrel plug into the AC 9V jack on the back of theTAD-779.Plug the adapter’s other end into a standard AC outlet.

Illus. of AC 9V/440mA jack. Show other phone cords already connected.

When you first connect power, the TAD runs a self-test.When the test is complete (about 17 seconds), the TAD beeps and announces, “Answer off.”

Note: When you first connect power, the PLAY/SKIP indicator flashes, indicating that you have not recorded an outgoing message. If you have not installed a backup battery, the ANSWER indicator also flashes.

Illus. of ANSWER and

PLAY/SKIP indicators.

SETTING THE DAY AND TIME

To avoid losing the day and time settings if AC power fails, we recommend you install a backup battery before you set the day and time (see “Installing a Backup Battery” on Page 6).

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Follow these steps so the TAD can record the correct day and time each message and memo is recorded.

Note: If you do not complete each step within 8 seconds, theTAD-779sounds three beeps and exits from setup. Start again at Step 1.

1.Use a pointed object such as a straightened paper clip to hold down CLOCK until theTAD-779beeps and announces the currently set day.

Illus. showing CLOCK button.

2.To change the day of the week, repeatedly press REPEAT to move backward orSKIP to move forward until the TAD announces the desired day of the week.

Illus. showing OGM/REPEAT and PLAY/SKIP.

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3.Press STOP. TheTAD-779beeps and announces the hour.

Illus. showing ANSWER/

STOP/DELETE.

4.To change the hour, repeatedly press REPEATor SKIP.

5.Press STOP. TheTAD-779beeps and announces the minutes.

6.To change the minutes, repeatedly press REPEATor SKIP.

Note: To change the time in 10minute increments, hold down

REPEAT or SKIP.

7.Press STOP to confirm the settings. The TAD beeps and announces the day and time.

To check the current day and time at any time, use a pointed object such as a straightened paper clip to press CLOCK.

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RECORDING THE OUTGOING MESSAGE

Before the TAD can answer calls and record messages, you must record an outgoing message. Your outgoing message can be up to 60 seconds long.

Hint: Do not tell callers you are not home. Instead, say that you cannot come to the phone right now.

Follow these steps to record your outgoing message or to change your current message.

1.Hold down OGM (outgoing message) until the TAD beeps.

Note: If you try to record an outgoing message when the TAD’s memory is full, the PLAY/SKIP indicator flashes rapidly and the TAD announces, “Memory is full.” You must delete some messages to make room in memory (see “Deleting Messages” on Page 11).

2.Speak your message from about 8 inches in front of the TAD.

Illus. showing microphone.

3.When you finish, press STOP. The TAD beeps and plays back the outgoing message.

To check your outgoing message at any time, press OGM. If no outgoing message is recorded, theTAD-779says, “No announcement.”

SETTING THE NUMBER OF RINGS

Set the ring select switch to 4,7,orTS to set how long the TAD waits before it answers a call (4 rings, 7 rings or tollsaver).

Illus. showing 4/7/TS switch.

If you plan to check your messages by long distance, set the ring select switch to TS (see “Using theToll-Saver”on Page 13).

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OPERATION

SETTING THE TAD TO ANSWER CALLS

the maximum message length is reached

After you have recorded an outgoing message, you can set the TAD to answer calls.

To set the TAD-779to answer calls, pressANSWER. The TAD announces, “Answer on,” and the ANSWER indicator lights.

Illus. flash on Answer light.

there are more than 8 seconds of silence

you pick up any phone on the same phone line as the TAD

If the TAD’s memory becomes full, it answers a call after two rings and announces, “Memory is full.” Delete some of the old messages to make room in memory (see “Deleting Messages” on Page 11).

Note: The maximum recording capacity is 16 minutes.

To set the TAD to not answer calls, press ANSWER again. The TAD announces, “Answer off,” and the ANSWER indicator turns off.

INCOMING MESSAGE RECORDING

When the TAD is set to answer calls, it plays the outgoing message, then beeps. The caller can then record a message up to 60 seconds long.

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

• the caller hangs up

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SCREENING CALLS

To screen calls, let the TAD answer them, then listen to the caller’s message through the TAD’s speaker.

To adjust the volume, slide VOLUME on the right side of the TAD.

If you decide to answer the call, pick up any phone on the same phone line as the TAD. The TAD stops recording and resets to answer the next call.

If you do not want to take the call, simply let the TAD finish recording the caller’s message.