Radio Shack CTR-98 Owner`s manual

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Cat. No. 14-728
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
CTR-98
4-Band Portable Radio Cassette Recorder
with Multi-Voltage Selection
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FEATURES
Your Radio Shack CTR-98 4-Band
Portable Radio Cassette Recorder
with Multi-Voltage Selection is a versatile, easy-to-use music system
with many useful features. You can
enjoy the radio or cassette player’s
high quality sound, record from the
radio, or make a live recording. Listen to shortwave broadcasts wherever you are in the world.
One-Touch Recording — lets you
start recording quickly and easily.
The CTR-98’s compact design and
carrying handle let you take it almost
anywhere.
Multi-Voltage Selector Switch — lets
you use your CTR-98 virtually anywhere in the world.
Its features include:
Warning: To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose this system to
rain or moisture.
Automatic Level Control — automatically adjusts the recording level so
you do not need to adjust the volume.
Automatic Stop — automatically
stops the tape and turns off power
when it reaches the end during playback, recording, fast-forward, or rewind to conserve power and protect
the motor.
Dual-Source Recording — lets you
record from the radio or use the builtin microphone to make a live recording.
Soft Cassette Tape Eject — softly
opens the cassette compartment
cover so the cassette does not pop
out.
Earphone Jack — lets you connect
an optional earphone so you can listen in privacy.
Two Power Sources — let you power
the CTR-98 from internal batteries or
AC power.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT OPEN.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER OR
BACK. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
PERSONNEL.
This symbol is intended to
alert you to the presence of
uninsulated
dangerous
voltage within the system’s
enclosure that might be of
© 1995 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
Radio Shack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
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sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open
the system’s case.
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This symbol is intended to inform you that important operating and
maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompanying
this system.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Power Sources4
Installing Batteries4
Using AC Power4
Using an Earphone6
Listening Safely6
Traffic Safety6
Radio Operation7
Cassette Player Operation8
Loading a Cassette Tape8
Playing a Cassette Tape8
Recording9
Recording from the Radio9
Making Live Recordings9
Care and Maintenance11
Tape Tips12
Recommended Tapes12
Erasing a Cassette Tape12
Preventing Accidental Erasure12
Restoring Tape Tension and
Sound Quality13
Cleaning the Tape-handling
Parts13
The FCC Wants You to Know14
Specifications15
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POWER SOURCES
You can operate the CTR-98 using
internal battery power or the supplied
AC power cord.
INSTALLING BATTERIES
You can power the CTR-98 from four
D batteries (not supplied). For the
best performance, we recommend
alkaline batteries, such as Radio
Shack Cat. No. 23-550.
1. Press the battery compartment
cover’s tabs and pull out the
cover to remove it.
Cautions:
• Always dispose of the old batteries promptly and properly.
• Never leave dead, old, or weak
batteries in the CTR-98. They
can leak chemicals and corrode
or damage electronic circuits.
• If you do not plan to use batteries in the CTR-98 for a month or
more, remove the batteries to
protect the CTR-98 from possible battery leakage.
USING AC POWER
You can power the CTR-98 from
standard AC power using the supplied AC power cord.
2. Install the batteries as indicated
by the polarity symbols (+ and –)
marked above the compartment.
Use a flatblade screwdriver to set
VOLTAGE SELECTOR 120V/OFF/
230V to the correct setting (120V in
North America).
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries of the
required size and type.
• Never mix fresh with old batteries.
3. Replace the cover.
If the CTR-98 does not operate properly or if the sound weakens or distorts, replace the batteries.
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Insert the AC power cord’s receptacle into the AC IN jack on the back
of the CTR-98, then plug the AC
power cord into a standard AC outlet.
Note: The internal batteries automatically disconnect when you connect
the AC power cord to the CTR-98.
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USING AN EARPHONE
For private listening, you can connect a monaural earphone (not sup1
plied) with a /8-inch plug to the
CTR-98. Your local Radio Shack
store carries a wide selection of earphones.
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Insert the earphone’s /8-inch plug
into the EAR jack on top of the CTR98.
LISTENING SAFELY
To protect your hearing, follow these
guidelines when you use an earphone.
• Set the volume to the lowest setting before you begin listening.
After you begin listening, adjust
the volume to a comfortable
level.
• Do not listen at extremely high
volume levels. Extended highvolume listening can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Note: Connecting an earphone automatically disconnects the built-in
speaker.
• Once you set the volume, do not
increase it. Over time, your ears
adapt to the volume level, so a
volume level that does not
cause discomfort might still
damage your hearing.
TRAFFIC SAFETY
Do not wear an earphone while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle. This can create a traffic hazard
and is illegal in some areas.
Even though some earphones are
designed to let you hear some outside sounds when listening at normal
volume levels, they still present a
traffic hazard.
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RADIO OPERATION
Warning: To protect your hearing, set
VOLUME to MIN before you turn on
the radio.
1. Set FUNCTION to RADIO to
turn on the radio.
2. Set BAND to FM, AM, SW1, or
SW2 for the desired band.
Note: Select SW1 or SW2 for
shortwave signals.
3. Adjust VOLUME to the desired
listening level.
4. Adjust TUNING to the desired
station.
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Notes:
• The AM antenna is built in.
For the best AM reception,
rotate the CTR-98.
• For the best FM and SW
reception, fully extend the
telescoping
antenna
and
swivel it to the position that
produces the best reception.
• If you tune to a shortwave station, adjust FINE TUNING for
the best reception.
5. Adjust TONE for the desired
bass/treble sound. Turn it
toward LOW to enhance the
bass sound, or toward HIGH to
enhance the treble
6. Set FUNCTION to RADIO OFF/
TAPE to turn off the radio.
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CASSETTE PLAYER OPERATION
LOADING A CASSETTE TAPE
1. Take up any slack in the tape by
turning the cassette’s hub with a
pencil. If you do not remove
excess slack, the tape might
become tangled in the record/
playback mechanism.
PLAYING A CASSETTE TAPE
Warning: To protect your hearing, set
VOLUME to MIN before you begin
playing a cassette tape.
1. Set FUNCTION to RADIO OFF/
TAPE.
2. Load a cassette tape.
3. Press PLAY. The cassette plays
until it reaches the end of the
side, then the recorder automatically stops it.
2. Press STOP/EJECT to open the
cassette compartment door.
Notes:
3. Load the cassette with its open
edge facing up, its full reel to the
right, and the side you want to
play facing you.
• Press PAUSE to temporarily
stop playback. Press PAUSE
again to resume playback.
• Press FAST−F or REWIND to
rapidly wind the tape forward
or backward. Press STOP/
EJECT, then PLAY to resume
play.
4. Adjust VOLUME and TONE to
the desired listening levels.
4. Gently close the compartment
door.
5. Press STOP/EJECT to completely stop playback before it
automatically
stops.
Press
STOP/EJECT again to open the
cassette
compartment
and
remove the cassette tape.
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RECORDING
You can record from the radio, or use
the built-in microphone to make a live
recording.
Notes:
• Before you load a cassette tape
for recording, be sure the eraseprotection tabs are in place on
the cassette tape you are
recording onto (see “Preventing
Accidental Erasure”).
• The CTR-98’s Automatic Level
Control (ALC) automatically
adjusts the recording level. The
VOLUME setting has no effect
on recording.
RECORDING FROM THE RADIO
1. Load a blank cassette tape or
one you want to record over into
the cassette compartment.
2. Set FUNCTION to RADIO.
3. Set BAND to FM, AM, SW1, or
SW2.
4. Adjust TUNING to the station
you want to record.
Note: Adjust FINE TUNING if
you tune to a shortwave station.
5. Press RECORD to begin recording. Both PLAY and RECORD
lock down.
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Caution: Do not force down
RECORD. This can damage the
record mechanism.
Note: To temporarily stop
recording, press PAUSE. Press
PAUSE again to resume recording.
6. Press STOP/EJECT
recording.
to
stop
MAKING LIVE RECORDINGS
Follow these steps to make live recordings using the built-in microphone.
1. Set FUNCTION to RADIO OFF/
TAPE.
2. Load a blank cassette tape or
one you want to record over into
the cassette compartment.
3. Place the CTR-98 2 or 3 feet
from the recording source.
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4. Press RECORD to begin recording. Both PLAY and RECORD lock down.
Caution: Do not force down RECORD. This can damage the record mechanism.
Note: To temporarily stop recording, press PAUSE. Press PAUSE again to
resume recording.
5. Press STOP/EJECT to stop recording.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Radio Shack CTR-98 4-Band
Portable Radio Cassette Recorder
with Multi-Voltage Selection is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions
will help you care for your CTR-98 so
you can enjoy it for years.
CLEANER
Keep the CTR-98 dry.
If it gets wet, wipe it
dry immediately. Liquids might contain
minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Handle the CTR-98
gently and carefully.
Dropping it can damage circuit boards and
cases and can cause
the CTR-98 to work
improperly.
Use and store the
CTR-98 only in normal temperature environments.
Temperature
extremes can shorten
the life of electronic
devices and distort or
melt plastic parts.
Keep the CTR-98
away from dust and
dirt, which can cause
premature wear of
parts.
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Wipe the CTR-98 with
a damp cloth occasionally to keep it
looking new. Do not
use harsh chemicals,
cleaning solvents, or
strong detergents to
clean the CTR-98.
Modifying or tampering with the
CTR-98’s internal components can
cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC
authorization to operate it. If your
CTR-98 is not performing as it
should, take it to your local Radio
Shack store for assistance.
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TAPE TIPS
Recommended Tapes
Tape quality greatly affects the quality of the recording. We recommend
extended-range or low noise type 1
regular length (60- or 90-minute) normal-bias cassette tapes. We do not
recommend long-play cassette tapes
such as C-120s because they are
thin and easily tangle.
Preventing Accidental Erasure
Cassette tapes have two erase-protection tabs — one for each side.
When a tab is in place, you can
record on that side. To prevent
RECORD from being pressed and
protect a recording from being accidentally recorded over or erased, remove one or both of the cassette
tape’s erase-protection tabs.
Erasing a Cassette Tape
To record over a cassette tape, simply record as usual. The cassette
deck records over the previous recording.
Notes:
• You must set FUNCTION to
RADIO OFF/TAPE and the unit
must be placed in a very quiet
room.
If you later decide to record on a tape
side after you have removed the
erase-protection tab, place a piece of
strong plastic tape over that side’s
erase-protection hole. Be sure you
cover only the hole originally covered
by the erase-protection tab.
• You can quickly erase both sides
of a cassette tape using a bulk
tape eraser such as Cat. No. 44232, available at your local
Radio Shack store.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection tabs does not prevent a bulk
eraser from erasing a cassette tape.
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Restoring Tape Tension and Sound
Quality
3. Open the cassette compartment
cover.
After you play a cassette tape several times, the tape might become
tightly wound on the reels. This can
cause playback sound quality to deteriorate.
4. Press and hold down the eraseprotection tab sensor, then press
RECORD to expose the record/
playback and erase heads.
To restore the sound quality, fast-forward the tape from the beginning to
the end of one side, then completely
rewind it. Then loosen the tape reels
by gently tapping each side of the
cassette’s outer shell on a flat surface.
Caution: Be careful not to damage
the cassette when tapping it. Do not
touch the exposed tape or allow any
sharp objects near the cassette.
5. Use a cotton swab dipped in
tape head cleaning solution or
denatured alcohol to gently
clean the capstan, pinch roller,
and tape head.
Cleaning the Tape-Handling Parts
Dirt, dust, or particles of the tape’s
coating can accumulate on the tape
heads and other parts that the tape
touches. This can greatly reduce the
cassette player’s performance.
To prevent noise and poor high-frequency response, follow these steps
to clean the cassette player’s tape
handling parts after 20 hours of use.
1. Set FUNCTION to RADIO OFF/
TAPE.
2. Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC power cord.
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Note: Your local Radio Shack store
sells a complete line of cassette
cleaning kits.
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THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW
This equipment complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as specified
in Part 15 of FCC Rules. These limits provide reasonable protection against radio
and TV interference in a residential area. However, your equipment might cause
radio or TV 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 radio or TV’s receiving antenna.
• Increase the distance between the CTR-98 and the radio or TV.
• Connect your CTR-98 to an AC outlet that is on a different electrical circuit
from either the radio or TV’s receiver.
Consult your local Radio Shack store if the problem still exists.
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SPECIFICATIONS
RADIO
Frequency RangeFM —
MHz
AM — 530-1710 kHz
SW1 — 2.3-7.0 MHz
SW2 — 7.0-22.0 MHz
AntennaFM/SW
Antenna
AM Ferrite Rod
88-108
Telescoping
CASSETTE PLAYER
Track System2 Track Mono Tape
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Speed1 /8 inches/second
Recording SystemDC Bias, Magnet
Erase
Frequency Response at –3 dB 1258,000 Hz
Wow and Flutter 0.3% (WRMS)
GENERAL
Power Requirements 120 Volts AC,
60 Hz
230 Volts AC, 50 Hz
6 Volts DC (4 D Batteries)
Power Consumption 8W
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1
1
Dimensions 5 /16 x 12 /4 x 5 /8
Inches (HWD)
(130 x 300 x 98 mm)
Weight4 lbs 6.5 oz.
(2 Kg)
Specifications are typical; individual
units might vary. Specifications are
subject to change without notice.
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RADIO SHACK LIMITED WARRANTY
This product is warranted against defects for 90 days from date of
purchase from Radio Shack company-owned stores and authorized Radio Shack franchisees and dealers. Within this period,
we will repair it without charge for parts and labor. Simply bring
your Radio Shack sales slip as proof of purchase date to any
Radio Shack store. Warranty does not cover transportation costs.
Nor does it cover a product subjected to misuse or accidental
damage.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RADIO SHACK MAKES NO
EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE
WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN.
Some states do not permit limitation or exclusion of implied warranties; therefore, the aforesaid limitation(s) or exclusion(s) may
not apply to the purchaser.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also
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