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CONTENTS
513-1417v2 FAQS ............................................................................................................... 1
Batteries ................................................................................................................................ 2
Atomic Clock Factory Restart ......................................................................................... 2
Remote Temperature Sensor.......................................................................................... 2
Compatible Remote sensors ............................................................................................. 2
Quick Connect ..................................................................................................................... 3
Remote Temperature Signal Strength ............................................................................ 3
Dashes show for Remote Temperature ........................................................................... 3
Power Requirements .......................................................................................................... 3
Inaccurate Remote Temperature Reading ...................................................................... 4
Intermittent Remote Temperature .................................................................................. 4
Remote Temperature is stuck or HH.H, LL.L .................................................................. 4
Remote sensor drains batteries quickly .......................................................................... 5
Remote sensor fell. The sensor no longer works .......................................................... 5
Temperature Trend Arrows ............................................................................................... 5
HI | LO Temperature readings.......................................................................................... 6
Mounting/Positioning Remote sensor .............................................................................. 6
Position Atomic clock .......................................................................................................... 7
Distance/Resistance/Interference .................................................................................... 7
Atomic clock ......................................................................................................................... 8
Power Requirements .......................................................................................................... 8
12-Hour or 24-Hour time format ..................................................................................... 8
Fahrenheit/Celsius .............................................................................................................. 8
Moon Phase .......................................................................................................................... 8
Dashes, HH.H, LL.L or stuck Indoor Temperature ........................................................ 9
Inaccurate Indoor Temperature Reading........................................................................ 9
Set Time Alarm.................................................................................................................... 9
Activate/Deactivate time alarm ........................................................................................ 9
Snooze Alarm ...................................................................................................................... 9
Manually Set Time/Date: Program Menu .....................................................................10
Atomic clock is dim ............................................................................................................11
Atomic clock has distorted or frozen display.................................................................11
Atomic clock is blank: No letters, numbers or dashed lines ......................................11
Atomic clock drains batteries quickly .............................................................................11
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Atomic clock has missing segments ...............................................................................12
Batteries
Explanation: Many problems are resolved with fresh batteries of the appropriate
voltage. Many items sent in under warranty, work when tested with fresh batteries.
Batteries manufactured this year will have an expiration date 10 years (or more) in
the future. Battery technology has improved and batteries will maintain voltage
longer in storage. However, the environment the batteries reside in for the 10 years
can deplete the power.
 Use Alkaline or Lithium batteries in the remote sensor.
 A minimum voltage of 1.48V for each battery is necessary for proper
performance.
 Use batteries dated at least six years in advance of the current year. Batteries
dated earlier than six years from now may still work, but may be unstable in
performance.
 Good name brand batteries make less noise, which reduces the chance of RF
(radio frequency) interference from the battery compartment.
Atomic Clock Factory Restart
Explanation: The factory restart returns the atomic clock and remote sensor to an
“out-of-the-box” default state and often resolves an issue.
Factory Restart:
1. Remove batteries from remote sensor and atomic clock.
2. Press one of the buttons on the atomic clock at least 20 times to clear all
memory.
3. Verify that the atomic clock is blank before proceeding (there may be lines
painted on the screen that will show when there is no power).
4. Leave both units without power for 15 minutes (very important).
5. Insert fresh batteries into the remote sensor.
6. Press the TX button on the remote sensor to transmit RF signal.
7. Keep the remote sensor 5-10 feet from the atomic clock.
8. When RF connection is established, the temperature will appear on the station.
Allow the remote sensor and atomic clock to sit together for 15 minutes to
establish a strong connection.
9. Do not press buttons for 15 minutes.
 For optimum 433MHz transmission, place the remote sensor no more than 300
feet (91 meters, open air) from the atomic clock.
 See the section on mounting and distance/resistance/interference for details on
mounting the remote sensor.
Remote Temperature Sensor
Compatible Remote sensors
 The TX141-Bv2 remote sensor comes packaged with this atomic clock.
 The TX141-Av2 (433MHz) remote sensor is compatible with this atomic clock.
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Quick Connect
Explanation: Use the quick connect for an atomic clock and remote sensor that
have been working but lost connection due to interference or low batteries. This is
not the same as a thorough factory reset.
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Bring the remote sensor and atomic clock together inside, and place the units
5-10 feet apart with nothing between them.
Hold the MINUS button for 5 seconds. The remote temperature area will flash.
Remove battery cover from the remote sensor and press and release the TX
button to send the signal.
Wait for 2 minutes for the remote temperature to appear on the atomic clock.
 Factory Restart: If the above procedure does not work, please try the factory
reset.
Remote Temperature Signal Strength
Explanation: The atomic clock will search for the remote temperature remote
sensor for 3 minutes after batteries are installed or when the MINUS button is held
for 3 seconds.
The antenna symbol will flash during reception.
The temperature display will be dashes “---“.
If synchronization fails once, the antenna will lose one bar.
If synchronization fails twice, the antenna will lose two bars.
If RF (radio frequency) reception fails five times, the antenna symbol will show
without bars.
 The antenna will show full display with successful RF (radio frequency)
reception.
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Dashes show for Remote Temperature
Explanation: Dashes mean the connection is lost between the atomic clock and
the remote sensor.
 Batteries often resolve the connection.
 Distance/Resistance can cause loss of connection between the remote sensor
and the atomic clock.
 Turn the atomic clock 90 degrees towards the remote sensor to provide better
reception. This allows more antenna surface to face the remote sensor signal.
 Try the quick connect or factory restart.
Power Requirements
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2-AA batteries power the remote sensor.
2-AA batteries power the clock.
We recommend Alkaline batteries for the remote sensor.
You may choose to use Lithium batteries for temperatures below -20°F/-28.8°C.
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Inaccurate Remote Temperature Reading
Explanation: High remote temperature readings are generally a location issue.
Low remote temperature readings are power related or a sensors going bad.
 The remote sensor reads the environment where it is mounted. When mounted
inside the home, it will read inside temperature.
 When the remote sensor reads high during the day, but not at night, it is a
positioning problem.
 Look for heat sources such as sunlight, door or window frames or reflected heat.
Side-by-side test: Place the remote sensor right next to the atomic clock for 2
hours.
 Compare indoor and remote temperature. The temperatures should be within 4
degrees to be within tolerance.
 If the remote sensor reads correctly when next to the atomic clock, try a
different location outside.
Intermittent Remote Temperature
Explanation: Intermittent problems are the hardest to resolve. RF (radio
frequency) communication may come and go occasionally. This can be normal in
some environments (e.g. moister climates). If remote sensor signal is lost, please
wait 2-4 hours for the signal to reconnect on its own.
 Move the remote sensor to a closer location.
 Distance/Resistance can cause loss of remote sensor signal.
 Check Batteries.
Freezer test: Confirm the atomic clock is reading the correct remote sensor (not a
neighbor’s sensor). Place the remote sensor in the freezer for an hour and watch
the temperature drop on the atomic clock.
Indoor distance test: Please complete the Restart with remote sensor and atomic
clock 5-10 feet apart and inside to establish a strong connection.
 After 15 minutes, if there is a reading in the remote temperature area, move the
remote sensor to another room with one wall between the remote sensor and
the atomic clock.
 Observe to see if the temperature remains on consistently for 1 hour.
 If the temperature remains on while in the house, then it is likely a
distance/resistance issue.
 Move the remote sensor to different locations outside to find a location where
the temperature reading will hold.
Remote Temperature is stuck or HH.H, LL.L
Explanation: These symbols are error messages indicating the remote sensor is
outside of its readable range.
 Check Batteries. Overpowered or underpowered batteries can cause this
reading.
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 Replace remote sensor.
Note: The last remote reading may remain (not change) for several hours when
connection is lost. The remote temperature reading will flash when the connection
is first lost or intermittent.
Remote sensor drains batteries quickly
 Test a new set of alkaline batteries. Write down the date of installation and the
voltage of the batteries.
 When the batteries fail, please note the date and voltage again.
 Check the distance and resistance between the remote sensor and atomic clock.
Remote sensors at the end of the range may work while batteries are fresh but
not after they drain a bit.
 Check for leaking batteries, which may damage the remote sensor.
 Battery life is over 24 months when using reputable battery brands for both
Alkaline and Lithium batteries.
Remote sensor fell. The sensor no longer works
Explanation: If there is no physical damage to the remote sensor, the fall may not
have caused internal damage. A fall can shock the remote sensor or the batteries in
the remote sensor. Batteries that have fallen on a hard surface may be damaged
and unable to function properly.
 Complete a Restart with fresh batteries.
 Use Batteries dated at least six years in advance of the current year. Batteries
dated earlier than six years from now may still work, but may be unstable in
performance.
Note: A remote sensor that has fallen into puddle, snow, or other standing water,
will likely have water damage and need to be replaced. Remote sensors are water
resistant, not waterproof.
Replacement Remote sensors
 Visit your local Retailer or La Crosse Technology® Store
http://store.lacrossetechnology.com/
Note: Be sure to order the correct model and frequency to avoid receiving the
incorrect item.
 Call La Crosse Technology® Store at 608-785-7939 or e-mail from the store
website if you are unsure about the correct item to order. Each item carries the
original new product warranty and includes access to La Crosse Technology®
technical support.
Temperature Trend Arrows
Explanation: The indoor and remote temperature (2°F / 1°C) trend indicators
update every 30 minutes or less. These trends represent temperature changes over
the past three hours.
Up Arrow:
 Temperature has risen in the past 3 hours.
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Right Arrow:
 Temperature has not changed in the past 3 hours.
Down Arrow:
 Temperature has fallen in the past 3 hours.
HI | LO Temperature readings
Explanation: The atomic clock shows the daily HI | LO temperatures each day
starting at midnight (12:00 AM). The atomic clock automatically resets the HI | LO
temperatures at midnight (12:00 AM).
Press and release the PLUS button to view minimum then maximum temperatures.
Mounting/Positioning Remote sensor
First: Place the remote sensor in the desired shaded location and the atomic clock
in the home. Wait approximately 1 hour before permanently mounting the remote
sensor to ensure that there is proper reception.
POSITION
Outdoor:
 Protect the remote sensor from standing rain or snow and from the overhead
sun, which can cause it to read incorrectly.
 Mounting under an eave or deck rail works well.
 If you choose, you can construct a small roof or box for the remote sensor. Be
sure a box has vents.
 Mount the remote sensor on the North side where to prevent sun from causing
incorrect readings.
 Mount at least 6 feet in the air for a strong RF (radio frequency) signal.
 Do not mount the remote sensor on a metal fence. This significantly reduces the
effective range.
 Remote sensors are water resistant, not waterproof.
Indoor:
 Mount the Remote Sensor indoors to monitor high mold risk areas like in a crawl
space or a basement.
Indoor or Outdoor:
 Mount remote temperature sensor vertically.
 Avoid more than one wall between the remote sensor and the atomic clock.
 The maximum transmitting range in open air is over 200 feet (60 meters).
 Obstacles such as walls, windows, stucco, concrete and large metal objects can
reduce the range.
 Do not mount near electrical wires, transmitting antennas or other items that
will interfere with the signal.
 RF (radio frequency) signals do not travel well through moisture or dirt.
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MOUNT
Option 1:
 Install one mounting screw (not included) into a wall.
 Place the remote sensor onto the screw (hanging hole on the backside).
 Gently pull down to lock the screw in place.
Option 2:
 Insert the mounting screw through the front of the remote sensor and into the
wall.
 Tighten the screw to snug (do not over tighten).
Position Atomic clock
 The atomic clock has a pull out stand to sit on a desk or table or can be wall
mounted.
 Place within range of the remote sensor.
 The maximum transmitting range in open air is 200 feet (60 meters).
 Obstacles such as walls, windows, stucco, concrete and large metal objects can
reduce the range.
 Choose a location 6 feet or more from electronics such as cordless phones,
wireless gaming systems, televisions, microwaves, routers, baby monitors, etc.,
which can prevent signal reception.
 Be aware of electrical wires and plumbing within a wall. This will interfere with
RF (radio frequency) signal reception.
Distance/Resistance/Interference
Distance:
 The maximum transmitting range in open air is over 200 feet (60 meters)
between the remote sensor and the atomic clock. This range is in open air with
ideal conditions.
 Consider what is in the signal path between the atomic clock and the remote
sensor.
 Avoid placing electronics in the signal path between the atomic clock and the
remote sensor.
Resistance:
 Obstacles such as walls, floors, windows, stucco, concrete and large metal
objects can reduce the range.
 When considering the distance between the remote sensor and the atomic clock
(200 feet open air), cut that distance in half for each wall, window, tree, bush or
other obstruction in the signal path.
 Closer is better.
 Windows reflect the RF (radio frequency) signal.
 Metal absorbs the signal and reduces the range.
 Stucco has a metal mesh that absorbs the signal.
 Do not mount the remote sensor on a metal fence. This significantly reduces the
effective range.
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Interference:
 Consider items in the signal path between the remote sensor and the atomic
clock.
 Sometimes a simple relocation of the remote sensor or the atomic clock will
correct the interference.
 Windows can reflect the radio signal.
 Metal will absorb the RF (radio frequency) signal.
 Stucco has a metal mesh that absorbs signal.
 Avoid transmitting antennas: (ham radios, emergency dispatch centers, airports,
military bases, etc.)
 Electrical wires (utilities, cable, etc.)
 Vegetation is full of moisture and reduces signal.
 It is difficult for RF (radio frequency) signal to travel through a hill.
Atomic clock
Power Requirements
 2-AA alkaline batteries may be used.
12-Hour or 24-Hour time format
 Time can display in 12-hour only
Fahrenheit/Celsius
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Use the program menu to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
Moon Phase
The moon phase is based on the lunar calendar and the year, month and date set.
Most Internet moon phase calculations are based on the lunar calendar.
 Waxing indicates growing or expanding illumination and happens after a new
moon.
 Waning indicates decreasing illumination and occurs after a full moon.
 Crescent refers to the moon being less than half illuminated. Crescents can be
waning or waxing.
 Gibbous describes a moon phase when more than half is illuminated. Gibbous
can be waxing or waning.
 New Moon occurs when the moon is between the earth and sun, so the
illuminated portion of the moon is on the back side facing the sun and we cannot
see it. After a new moon, the illuminated portion will increase or wax until the
full moon occurs.
 Full Moon occurs when the earth, moon and sun are in approximate alignment,
with the moon and the sun on opposite sides of the earth. The illuminated
portion of the moon faces the earth, giving us complete visibility of one side of
the entire moon. After a full moon, the illuminated portion will decrease or wane
until the new moon occurs.
 First Quarter and Last Quarter moons occur when the moon is at a 90 degree
angle to the earth and sun. We see half of the moon illuminated and the other
half is in shadow.
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Dashes, HH.H, LL.L or stuck Indoor Temperature
Explanation: These symbols are error messages indication the indoor sensor is
outside of its readable range. For indoor readings, this is generally a power related
issue.
 Batteries may be overpowered or underpowered. Remove batteries from the
atomic clock.
 Press any button 20 times. Leave the atomic clock unpowered for 1-2 hours.
 Install fresh Alkaline batteries with correct polarity.
 If the indoor temperature is still shows dashes, HH.H or LL.L, the atomic clock
may need replacement.
Inaccurate Indoor Temperature Reading
Explanation: When the indoor temperature is inaccurate, it is often due to the
location of the display or overpowered/under powered batteries. You can test the
accuracy at you home.
Side-by-side test: Bring the remote sensor in the house and place it next to the
atomic clock for 2 hours.
 Compare indoor and remote temperature. The temperature should be within 4
degrees to be within tolerance.
 Look for heat sources such as sunlight, door or window frames or reflected heat
or cold near the atomic clock.
Set Time Alarm
Hold
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3.
4.
5.
6.
the ALARM button for 5 seconds to enter the alarm setting mode.
The alarm hour digit will flash in the time display.
Press and release the + or - buttons to select the hour.
Press and release the ALARM button to set the minutes.
The minute digits will flash.
Press and release the + or - buttons to adjust the minutes.
Confirm with the ALARM button and exit.
Activate/Deactivate time alarm
 Press and release the ALARM button once to show alarm time.
 Press and release the ALARM button to activate/deactivate the Alarm.
 The bell icon will disappear when the alarm is no longer active.
Snooze Alarm
 When the alarm sounds, press the LIGHT button to trigger snooze alarm for 10
minutes. The snooze icon will flash when the snooze feature is active.
 To stop alarm for one day, press ALARM button, while in snooze mode. The bell
icon will remain solid.
 Note: When the alarm sounds, it continues for 2 minutes and then shuts off
completely.
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Manually Set Time/Date: Program Menu
1. Hold the SETTINGS button to enter settings mode.
2. Press the + or - buttons to adjust the values.
3. Press the SETTINGS button to confirm adjustments and move to the next item.
Setting order:
1. Language (English or Español)
2. Beep ON/OFF
3. Atomic ON/OFF
4. DST ON/OFF (Daylight Saving Indicator)
5. Time Zone
7. Hour
8. Minutes
9. Year
10. Month
11. Date
12. Fahrenheit/Celsius
1. Hold the SETTINGS button for 5 seconds.
2. ENGLISH will flash.
3. Press and release the + or - buttons to select Español.
4. Confirm with the SETTINGS button and select beep ON | OFF
5. BEEP and ON will flash.
6. Press and release the + or - buttons to turn this feature OFF.
7. Confirm with the SETTINGS button and select atomic time ON | OFF.
8. ATOMIC and ON will flash.
9. Press and release the + or - buttons to turn this feature OFF.
10.Confirm with the SETTINGS button and select Time Zone.
11.ZONE-EST will flash.
12.Press and release the + or - buttons to change time zones.
13.Confirm with the SETTINGS button and select DST (Daylight Saving Time) ON |
OFF.
14.DST and ON will flash.
15.Press and release the + or - buttons to turn this feature OFF.
16.Confirm with the SETTINGS button and move to the hour.
17.The hour digit will flash.
18.Press and release the + or - buttons to select the hour.
19.Press and release the SETTINGS button to set the minutes.
20.The minute digits will flash.
21.Press and release the + or - buttons to adjust minutes.
22.Confirm with the SETTINGS button and select the year.
23.The year will flash.
24.Press and release the + or - buttons to set the year.
25.Press the SETTINGS button again to confirm and to enter the month setting.
26.The month will flash.
27.Press and release the + or - buttons to set the month.
28.Press the SETTINGS button again to confirm and enter the date setting.
29.The date will flash. (Day of the week will set automatically)
30.Press and release the + or - buttons to set the date.
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31.Confirm all calendar settings with the SETTINGS button and select
Fahrenheit/Celsius.
32.°F will flash.
33.Press and release the + or - buttons to select Celsius.
34.Confirm with the SETTINGS button and exit.
Atomic clock is dim
Explanation: Most atomic clocks have a dark background. Place the atomic clock
at eye level, to determine if it is dim. Atomic clocks that sit in the sunlight can
develop a cloudy film over time.
 This is generally a power related issue.
 Batteries may be overpowered or underpowered. Remove batteries from atomic
clock.
 Press any button 20 times. Leave the atomic clock unpowered for 1-2 hours.
 Install fresh alkaline batteries with correct polarity.
Atomic clock has distorted or frozen display
Explanation: On a brand new atomic clock, check for thin plastic film of printed
scratch guard that may be on the screen of the atomic clock. This thin piece of
plastic has printed numbers for store displays. When the batteries are installed, the
“real” numbers show behind the printed scratch guard and create distortion.
 With all power removed, the atomic clock should be blank.
 If numbers still appear, please check for scratch guard.
Power:
 Check that the batteries are installed correctly.
 This is generally a power related issue.
 Batteries may be overpowered or underpowered.
 Remove batteries from atomic clock.
 Press any button 20 times. Leave the batteries out of the display for 2 hours.
 Insert batteries into the atomic clock.
Atomic clock is blank: No letters, numbers or dashed lines
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Check that the batteries are installed correctly.
Batteries may be overpowered or underpowered.
Remove batteries from atomic clock.
Press any button 20 times. Leave the batteries out of the display for 2 hours.
Insert batteries into the atomic clock.
Atomic clock drains batteries quickly
 Test a new set of alkaline batteries. Write down the date of installation and the
voltage of the batteries.
 When the batteries fail, please note the date and voltage again. This is helpful in
determining the problem.
 Check for leaking batteries, which may damage the atomic clock.
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 Battery life is over 12 months when using reputable battery brands.
Atomic clock has missing segments
Explanation: When parts of numbers, letters, or pictures are missing on the
display, it is often power related.
 Batteries may be overpowered or underpowered. Remove batteries from atomic
clock.
 Press any button 20 times. Leave the atomic clock unpowered for 1-2 hours.
 Install fresh alkaline batteries with correct polarity.
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