Meade Instruments Corp
Personal Weather Station
With Atomic Clock
(RCW33W)
USER MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
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PRODUCT OVERVIEW
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
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LOW BATTERY WARNING
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GETTING STARTED
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PLACEMENT OF THE UNITS
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REMOTE AND INDOOR TEMPERATURE
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WEATHER FORECAST
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LOST COMMUNICATION
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TRANSMISSION COLLISION
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WWVB RADIO CONTROLLED TIME
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ATOMIC CLOCK
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TIME AND CALENDAR DISPLAY MODES
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MANUAL SETTINGS
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PRECAUTIONS
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TROUBLESHOOTING
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SPECIFICATIONS
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FCC STATEMENT
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
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STANDARD WARRANTY INFORMATION
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for selecting the Meade Atomic Wall Clock. This device combines
precise time keeping with monitoring and displaying the weather conditions
from one remote location.
In this package you will find:
• One main unit (receiver)
• One remote sensor (transmitter) TS13C
• One User Manual
Please keep this manual handy as you use your new item. It contains practical
step-by-step instructions, as well as technical specifications and precautions
you should know.
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PRODUCT OVERVIEW
MAIN UNIT
FEATURES
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Time automatically sets to the US Atomic Clock
12 or 24 hours Time Format
Jumbo time digits
Day of the week displayed in English, Spanish, French, German and
Italian
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Weather Forecast in Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy, Rainy and Heavy
Rain icons
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Wireless Reception of the Temperature from the Remote Sensor to the
Main Unit from up to 100 feet (30 meters) away
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Indoor and Remote Temperature display
Low Battery Indicators
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FRONT/REAR VIEW
A. WEATHER AND TIME IN EASY-TO READ DIGITS
B. MODE button
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Toggles between time modes - time with seconds and time with the
day of the week
• Activates clock’s manual programming mode
C. UP ( ▲) button
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Increases the parameters
Activates US Time Zone selection mode
Activates manual search for atomic time signal
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D. DOWN ( ▼) button
• Decreases the parameters
• Activates manual remote channel search
E. BATTERY COMPARTMENT
• Accommodates 2 (two) UM-3 or AA 1.5V alkaline batteries
F. UNFOLDING TABLE STAND
• Holds unit in upright position on a flat surface
G. WALL- MOUNT RECESSED OPENING
Keeps the unit on the wall
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REMOTE SENSOR
FEATURES
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Remote temperature transmission to the main unit via 433 MHz
frequency
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Case can be wall mounted using built-in hanger
Selection of the temperature display in Celsius or Fahrenheit
Three channel selection
LCD displays temperature, and channel
A. LED INDICATOR
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Flashes once when the remote sensor transmits a reading to the main
unit.
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• Flashes twice when battery power is low.
B. BATTERY COMPARTMENT
• Holds two AA-size batteries
C. RESET
• Resets all previous settings
D. CHANNEL SWITCH
• Selects the desired channel -1, 2 or 3
E. WALL-MOUNT RECESSED OPENING
• Keeps the remote sensor on the wall
F. °C/ °F SWITCH
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Selects the temperature display in Celsius or Fahrenheit
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
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We recommend using alkaline batteries for the remote sensor and
main unit when temperatures are above 32°F (0°C). We recommend
using lithium batteries for the remote sensor when temperatures are
below 32°F (0°C).
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Avoid using rechargeable batteries. (Rechargeable batteries cannot
maintain correct power requirements).
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ALWAYS install batteries in the remote sensor before the main unit.
Insert batteries before first use, matching the polarity in the battery
compartment
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Press RESET after each battery change with a paper clip or similar
tool.
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Remove protective plastic screen from LCD display (if any).
During an initial setup, place the main unit close to the remote sensor.
After reception is established (the remote temperature will appear on
the main unit’s display), position the remote sensor and the main unit
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within the effective transmission range of 100 feet (30 meters).
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The remote sensor can be placed indoors or outdoors, depending
on the area where the temperature is intended to be measured. If
you intend measuring outdoor elements, place remote sensor outdoors
• The main unit must be placed indoors.
NOTE:
1. Avoid pressing any buttons on the main unit before the remote readings
are displayed.
2. The effective operating range may be influenced by the surrounding building
materials and how the receiver and transmitter are positioned.
3. Place the remote sensor so that it faces the main unit (receiver), minimizing
obstructions such as doors, walls, and furniture.
4. Though the remote sensors are weather-resistant, they should be placed
away from direct sunlight, rain or snow. The best suggested location for the
remote sensor for outdoors is under the eave on the north side of the building.
NOTE: When the temperature falls below freezing, the batteries in the
outdoor remote sensor may have reduced voltage supply and a shorter
effective range. We recommend using lithium batteries at temperatures of
32°F (0°C) and below.
BATTERY INSTALLATION
REMOTE SENSOR
NOTE: Install the batteries; select the channel and temperature in °C or °F
before mounting the remote sensor.
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Remove the screws from the battery compartment with a small Phillips
screwdriver.
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Set the channel. The switch is located in the battery
compartment. Channel 1 is typically selected if only one remote sensor
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is being used.
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Install 2 “AA” size alkaline batteries (not included) matching the
polarities shown in the battery compartment.
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Replace the battery compartment door and secure the screws.
Secure the remote sensor in the desired location.
MAIN UNIT
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Remove the battery compartment door.
Install 2 batteries (UM-3 or “AA” size 1.5V) matching the polarity as
shown in the battery compartment.
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Replace the battery compartment door.
LOW BATTERY WARNING
A low-battery indicator [
] will appear next to the indoor or remote data
reading line of the main unit warning that the corresponding batteries need
replacement.
GETTING STARTED
WEATHER DISPLAY
After batteries are installed; remote sensor will transmit temperature data at 45
second intervals. The main unit may take up to two minutes to receive the initial
readings. Upon successful reception, remote temperature will appear next to
the OUT abbreviation on the main unit’s display (The main unit will
automatically update readings at 45-second intervals)
After communication between the main unit and remote sensor has been
established, secure the remote sensor in the desired location.
If no signal is received from the remote sensor within two minutes, dashes [- - -]
will be displayed. Press and hold the DOWN () button on the main unit for
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two seconds to initiate another signal search.
PLACEMENT OF THE UNITS
The main unit can be placed on the wall or any flat surface indoors. The
remote sensor can be placed indoors or outdoors, on a flat surface or mounted
on the wall.
REMOTE AND INDOOR TEMPERATURE
The remote temperature information line is located next to the indoor
temperature line of the main unit’s display.
The wave icon is located above the OUT abbreviation indicates the reception
status from the remote sensor.
There are three following types of the reception status may be displayed:
The unit is in a searching
mode.
Temperature reading is
securely registered.
No signals detected.
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NOTE: If the indoor or remote temperature goes above or below operating
range stated in specifications, the main unit’s display (weather) will show
dashes “- - -” on the corresponding line.
WEATHER FORECAST
This unit is capable of detecting the atmospheric pressure changes. Based on
collected weather data, it forecasts the weather for the next 12 to 24 hours.
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NOTE: The weather forecast accuracy is approximately 70%.
The main unit display shows forecasted (predicted) not current
conditions. The SUNNY icon indicates clear weather, even when
displayed during the night-time.
LOST COMMUNICATION
If the main unit display line for the remote sensor reading goes blank, press
and hold DOWN (▼) button for 2 seconds to begin a new signal search. If the
signal still isn’t received, please make sure that:
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The remote sensor is in its proper location.
The distance between main unit and remote sensor is not over 100
feet (30 meters)
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The path between units is clear of obstacles. Shorten the distance if
necessary.
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Fresh batteries are installed correctly in both remote sensor and main
unit.
If there is no reception, please perform the following steps:
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Bring the main unit and remote sensor close together.
Remove four (4) small screws from the back of the remote sensor with
small Phillips screwdriver, and open the battery compartment.
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Remove the batteries from the battery compartment and reinstall them
in the same manner. Remote sensor LED indicator will flash showing
transmission of the signal.
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Remove the batteries from the main unit and reinstall them in the same
manner.
TRANSMISSION COLLISION
Signals from the other household devices such as wireless doorbells, home
security systems, and entry control, may interfere with this product or cause
temporary reception interruption. This is normal and will not affect the general
performance of the product. The transmission and reception of the temperature
readings will resume once the interference subsides.
WWVB RADIO CONTROLLED TIME
The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) radio station
(WWVB) is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado. It transmits an exact time signal
continuously throughout the most of the continental United States at 60 KHz
frequency. The Atomic Wall Clock can receive this WWVB signal through the
internal antenna from up to 2,000 miles away. Due to the nature of the Earth’s
ionosphere, reception can be limited during the daylight hours. The radio
controlled clock will search for an alternate station that receives the atomic time
signal from the NIST Atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado.
The WWVB tower icon on the unit’s display will flash indicating a radio signal
reception from the WWVB station. If the tower icon is not fully lit, or if the time
and date are not set automatically, please consider the following:
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During night-time hours, atmospheric disturbances are typically less
severe and radio signal reception may improve. A single daily reception
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is sufficient enough to keep the clock accuracy within 1 second.
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Make sure the unit is positioned at 8 feet (2 meters) distance from any
interference source such as a TV, computer monitor, microwave, etc.
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Within concrete wall rooms such as basements or office buildings, the
received signal may be weakened. Always place the Atomic Wall Clock
near the window for better reception.
ATOMIC CLOCK
Immediately after establishing communication between the main unit and
remote sensor, the atomic time signal receiver will open and start to search for
the atomic time signal. The search usually takes between 5-8 minutes.
NOTE: Do not press any buttons on the main unit during auto search as it
may interrupt product’s operation, and you will need to start set up
procedure again.
Once the atomic time signal is received, the date and time will be set
automatically, and the [ ] icon will appear.
NOTE: It is necessary to set your Time Zone, having in mind that the
default zone is a US Pacific Standard Time (PST). (Refer to MANUAL
SETTINGS section)
If the time signal has not been received in 8 minutes, you may use the MODE
button to set the time and date manually. (Refer to the MANUAL SETTINGS
section).
After the clock is set manually, place the Atomic Wall Clock by the window for
the better reception. The atomic clock receiver is programmed that it will
continue to search for the atomic time signal daily for every hour between 1:00
am and 4:30 am.
Once the time signal has been successfully received, the time and date will be
updated automatically.
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TIME AND CALENDAR DISPLAY MODES
The Atomic Wall Clock displays current time in two display modes – in
hour-minutes-seconds format and in hour-minutes-day.
The date is displayed in month-date format.
MANUAL SETTINGS
It is necessary to set the desired US TIME ZONE.
TIME ZONE
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Press MODE button once so that the Day of the Week abbreviation is
displayed to the right of the time; for example: pm 2:37tu
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Select the Time Zone by pressing and holding UP ( ▲) button for 3
seconds
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Keep holding UP ( ▲) button until the desired US Time Zone (Pacific,
Mountain, Central or Eastern) is highlighted on the display’s US map,
located to the right of the time display and above the day of the week
• Release the UP ( ▲) button. The Time Zone is set
CLOCK
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Press and hold MODE button for 3 seconds: the year will flash. Press
UP ( ▲) or DOWN ( ▼) to change flashing digits.
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After the year is set, press MODE button to confirm and move to the
next parameter (month)
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Continue setting month, date, hour, minutes, language for the day of
the week and temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius
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Press MODE for the last time to return to the time of day with seconds,
after the last parameter is set
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PRECAUTIONS
This product is engineered to give you years of satisfactory service if handled carefully. Here
are a few precautions:
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Do not immerse the units in water.
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Do not clean the units with abrasive or corrosive materials. They may scratch the
plastic parts and corrode the electronic circuits.
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Do not subject the product to excessive force, shock, dust, temperature, or humidity,
which may result in malfunctions, shorter lifespan, damaged batteries, and damaged
parts.
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Do not tamper with the units internal components. Doing so will invalidate the
warranty and may cause damage. These units contain no user-serviceable parts.
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Use only fresh batteries. Do not mix new and old batteries.
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Read the user's manual thoroughly before operating the units.
BATTERY SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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Always purchase the correct size (2 x 1.5V AA, 15A/15AC ANSI, LR6 IEC), (2 x
ANSI/NEDA-5004LC, IEC-CR2032) and grade of battery most suitable for the
intended use.
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Replace all batteries of a set at the same time.
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Clean the battery contacts and also those of the device priorto battery installation.
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Ensure the batteries are installed correctly with regard to polarity (+ and -).
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Remove the batteries from any weather station which is not to be used for an
extended period of time.
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Remove used batteries promptly.
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Do not mix old batteries with new batteries.
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Do not mix alkaline, lithium, standard (Carbon Zinc), or rechargeable (Nickel
Cadmium) batteries.
Caution:
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• If batteries or parts are swallowed, see a doctor immediately.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Check here before contacting customer service.
Issue
Symptom
Solution
Main unit
US Atomic Time
signal is not received
Place unit by the window and
keep it there overnight
Remote sensor
Cannot locate remote
sensor
Check batteries
Check location
Press and hold DOWN ( ▼)
button on the main unit to search
for the signal form the remote
sensor
Cannot change the
C° to F° and back
Press “RESET” after setting C/F
Data does not match
data on the main unit
Initiate manual sensor search
(Press and hold DOWN ( ▼)
button on the main unit)
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SPECIFICATIONS
Main Unit
Indoor Temperature
Proposed operating range: 23.0°F to 122.0°F (-5°C to +50°C)
Temperature resolution: 0.2°F (0.1°C)
User-selectable (°F or °C) temperature display
RF range: Maximum 100 feet (30 meters)
Weather Forecast in five large graphic icons: Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy,
Light Rain and Heavy Rain
Maximum number of remote sensors: 1 (one included)
Readings update interval: every 45 seconds
Low battery indicators – for remote channel and main unit
Clock
Precise atomic time
4 US Time Zones
12/24 hour time format
Remote Sensor
Remote Temperature
Proposed operating range with alkaline batteries:
-4°F to + 158°F (-20°C to + 70°C)
Proposed operating range with lithium batteries:
-38.8°F to +158°F (-38.8°C to + 70°C)
Temperature resolution: 0.1°C/0.2°F
RF Transmission Frequency: 433 MHz
Temperature transmission cycle: approximately 45 seconds
Low battery indicator
Wall-mount of Table stand
Power
Main unit: 2 AA size (UM-3) 1.5V batteries (not included)
Remote Sensor: 2 AA size 1.5V batteries (not included)
Dimensions
Main unit: 11.18(L) x 6.77(H) x 1.26(D) inches
Remote sensor: 2.37(L) x 4(H) x 1(D) inch
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FCC STATEMENT
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Warning: Changes or modification to this unit not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
NOTE: This equipment had been tested and found to comply with the limits for
a Class B Digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment, installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
There is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to improve or correct turning the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio / TV technician for help.
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DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
We
Name: Meade Instruments Corp
Address: 27 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618-4209
declare that the product
Product No.: RCW33W
Product Name: Meade Atomic Wall Clock
Manufacturer: Hideki Electronics Ltd.
Address: Unit 2304-06, 23/F Riley House, 88 Lei Muk Road, Kwai Chung, New
Territories, Hong Kong
is in conformity with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
The information above is not to be used as a contact for support or sales.
Please call our customer service (refer to the Standard Warranty
Information) for all injuries instead.
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STANDARD WARRANTY INFORMATION
This product is warranted from manufacturing defects for one year from date of
retail purchase. It does not cover damages or wear resulting from accident,
misuse, abuse, commercial use, or unauthorized adjustment and repair.
Note that online product registration is required to ensure valid warranty
protection.
To register your product, return completed warranty registration card enclosed.
Should you require assistance with this product and its operation, please
contact our Customer Service Hotline 1(800) 626-3233.
Please direct all returns to the place of the original purchase. Should this not be
possible, contact Meade Instruments Customer Service for assistance and to
obtain a Return Goods Authorization (RGA). Returns without a return
authorization will be refused. Please retain your original receipt as you may be
asked to provide a copy for proof of purchase.
Meade Instruments Corp. reserves the right to repair or replace the product at
our option.
Copyright (2010) Meade Instruments Corp. All Rights Reserved.
All user manual contents and information are subject to change.
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