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Cat. No. 12-1626
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
ACR-326
Atomic Clock Radio
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FEATURES
Your Optimus Atomic Clock Radio combines a simple design with advanced
technology. It automatically updates the
clock setting by receiving a 60 kHz longwave radio signal from station WWVB
which broadcasts the time according to
the U.S. government’s atomic clock in
Boulder, Colorado. The clock checks this
continuous signal several times each
day, giving you the most accurate time
possible. Its features include:
Backlit Display — lets you see the display in low light situations.
World Times Display — lets you see
the current time for the United States
time zones and up to 24 world cities.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or shock
NASA (National Aeronautics and
Space Administration) and Military
Time Accuracy — the Colorado radio
signal provides an exact standard for
your home or business.
WWVB External Antenna — receives
the atomic clock signal with no installation.
Sleep Timer — lets you set the radio to
play as you fall asleep, then automatically turn off.
Snooze Bar — lets you temporarily turn
off the alarm or radio for about 9 minutes
so you can get a few extra minutes of
sleep.
hazard, do not expose this product to rain or
moisture.
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 product’s enclosure that might
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do
not open the product’s case.
Display Shows Home Time, World
Times, Date, and Calendar — to provide you with accurate, complete information.
3" Speaker — provides excellent radio
fidelity.
AM/FM Radio — lets you wake to programs on your favorite broadcast station.
!
This symbol is intended to inform
you that important operating and
maintenance instructions are
included in the literature accompanying this product.
Dual Alarm — lets you set a separate
daily alarm for weekdays and weekends
(for example).
© 1999 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
Optimus and RadioShack are registered trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.
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PREPARATION
CONNECTING AC POWER/
SETTING YOUR LOCAL
TIME ZONE
Plug the clock radio’s power cord into a
standard AC outlet. As soon as you connect AC power, all display segments
briefly appear, then the following appear:
• LAX (indicating the time zone for
Los Angeles) flashes for about 15
seconds and
flashes. While LAX
flashes, set your local time zone at
this point by selecting a city in your
time zone from the chart on Page 8,
repeatedly pressing UP or DOWN
until that city appears, then pressing
MODE once to store your selection.
INSTALLING A BACKUP
BATTERY
To keep the clock running for up to 8
hours during an AC power failure, install
a 9-volt battery (not supplied) in the battery compartment. For the longest life,
we recommend a RadioShack alkaline
battery.
Caution: Use only a fresh battery of the
required size and recommended type.
Note: To prevent unnecessary drain on
the battery, plug in the power cord then
install the battery.
Follow these steps to install a back-up
battery.
Note: If LAX stops flashing before
you press UP or DOWN, unplug the
clock radio, wait about 30 seconds,
then plug the clock radio back in and
repeat the above procedure.
• -:-- and 00 appear and
flashes
every two seconds. The seconds
start to count up from 00 to 59
while the radio searches for a good
WWVB signal. See “Automatic
Time/Date Setting” on Page 6 and
“Checking the Signal Status” on
Page 7
Caution: The clock radio’s AC power
cord is equipped with a polarized plug to
prevent electric shock. One blade on the
cord’s plug is wider than the other and
the plug only fits an outlet one way. If you
can not easily insert the plug, turn it over
and try again. Do not force it.
1. Slide the battery compartment cover
in the direction of the arrow and
remove it.
2. Snap the battery onto the connector
in the compartment and place the
battery in the compartment.
3. Replace the cover.
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When
appears, check or replace the
backup battery. When you connect a
new battery,
disappears. Press
SNOOZE to reset the backup battery
monitor if the
does not disappear
with a new battery installed. Under normal conditions, a battery lasts about 6
months.
Warning: Always dispose of an old battery promptly and properly. Do not burn
or bury it.
Caution: Always remove an old or weak
battery. Batteries can leak chemicals
that can destroy electronic parts.
Notes:
• The display does not light when the
ACR-326 is operating only on battery power.
• A prolonged power failure can drain
the battery. If the display flashes
after an AC power failure, the battery is too low to run the clock.
Replace the battery and reset the
clock.
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A QUICK LOOK AT THE CONTROLS
Control Panel Switches
MODE
RX
DISPLAY
DOWN
DAILY-WEEKDAY
Antenna Bar
ALARM ON/OFF
UP
SNOOZE
SLEEP
FM 88
94 100
106 108
MHz
x10kHz
BATTERY
SENTINEL
ATOMIC CLOCK RADIO
Radio Tuning Dial
Display
Alarm, Radio, Operation
(Left Side View)
TUNING Control
VOLUME Control
FM/AM Switch
(Right Side View)
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PREPARATION
AUTOMATIC TIME/DATE
SETTING
The ACR-326 checks the WWVB time
signal four times a day, at midnight, 6
AM, noon, and 6 PM. When the clock receives a good signal, it automatically
sets the time and date. You can obtain
more information about WWVB on the
World Wide Web at:
www.bldrdoc.gov/timefreq/wwvstatus.htm
You can also set the ACR-326 manually.
See “Manually Setting the Clock” on
Page 8.
Setting Up the Antenna
To ensure good reception, fully extend
the antenna bar’s cable away from the
clock and as near a window as possible.
After you have found the best location for
reception, attach the antenna bar to a
window or to a wall using the appropriate
hardware or double-sided tape (neither
supplied).
Note: Do not place the clock near a TV,
high power cable, or metal table, because these items could interfere with radio signal reception.
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Auto-Setting the Clock
Once you have plugged the clock into a
standard AC outlet and have positioned
the clock to receive a strong signal,
flashes
-:-- and 00 appear and
every two seconds. Seconds should start
to count up from 00 to 59 in one complete
cycle without stopping or resetting. If the
signal is poor, counting stops or starts
over.
Reposition the antenna until a complete
count-up cycle finishes, then secure the
antenna to the selected location. See
“Setting Up the Antenna”.
If the clock receives a strong radio signal, the clock’s time and date are set automatically.
appears steadily. This
process takes from 2 to 5 minutes.
Note: On very cloudy and stormy days,
the signal might not be strong enough to
reset the clock. If the signal is interrupted,-:-- appears and you should manually
set the clock (see “Manually Setting the
Clock” on Page 8).
To turn off automatic time setting, repeatedly press RX until the antenna symbol disappears.
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Checking the Signal Status
Daylight Savings Time (DST)
The following chart shows the symbols
for the current or last update to the radio
reception.
The WWVB radio signal adjusts for daylight saving time so the time displayed on
the clock is accurate, regardless of the
time of year. When the signal contains
DST information,
appears.
Not Flashing
Within the last 6
hours, the signal
reception was poor
and the clock settings were not set
or updated.
The clock is now
receiving a WWVB
signal.
Flashing
Not Flashing
Within the last 6
hours the signal
reception was
strong enough to
automatically set
the clock’s time and
date.
Hint: If you are in an area that does not
use daylight saving time, press MODE
five times then press DOWN once to set
your local time (city) to one time zone
west of where you are located. When
DST ends, reset the clock to your city’s
usual time zone.
RESETTING YOUR LOCAL
TIME ZONE
The clock radio is preset to the Pacific
Standard (LAX) time zone.
Follow these steps to select a different
local time zone if you have already set a
time zone.
Note: The time zone you set will take effect the next time the clock synchronizes
with WWVB.
1. Select a city in your time zone from
the chart at the end of this section.
Note: Time zones designated by
their UTC number indicate that no
known city exists in that part of the
globe. Typically these zones include
major sections of ocean.
2. Press MODE five times. The currently selected city flashes while the
time setting disappears.
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3. Press UP to select a city (time zone)
east of your location, or DOWN to
select a city west of your location.
You See
–1H
City
GMT –1
UT
Difference
–1
4. Press MODE twice to store your setting and resume normal operation.
To select a second (world) time zone,
see “Setting the World Times” on
Page 9.
You See
UT
Difference
LON
London
0
MUN
Munich
+1
CAI
Cairo
+2
MOW
Moscow
+3
DXB
Dubai
+4
KHI
Karachi
+5
DAC
Dhaka
+6
BKK
Bangkok
+7
HKG
Hong Kong
+8
TYO
Tokyo
+9
SYD
Sydney
+10
NOU
Noumea
+11
WLG
Wellington
+12
-11
GMT -11
–11
HNL
Honolulu
(HST)
–10
ANC
Anchorage
(AST)
–9
Los Angeles
(PST)
–8
DEN
Denver (MST)
–7
CHI
Chicago (CST)
–6
NYC
New York (EST)
–5
CCS
Caracas
–4
RIO
Rio De Janeiro
–3
–2H
GMT –2
–2
LAX
(default)
8
City
MANUALLY SETTING THE
CLOCK
You can manually set the time and calendar (month, day, year, and day of the
week). The radio signal automatically updates the clock the next time the clock receives it.
Follow these steps to manually set the
time and the calendar.
1. Press MODE. The displayed hours
and minutes flash while the seconds
continue to count.
2. Repeatedly press UP or DOWN to
change the time in 1 minute increments. Hold down UP or DOWN to
change the time in 10 minute increments.
Note: If you do not press any button
within 15 seconds throughout this
process, the clock stores any settings changed to that point and
returns to normal operation.
3. Press MODE to store the time setting. The month, date, day of the
week, and year flash.
4. Repeatedly press UP or DOWN to
change the calendar date in 1 day
increments. Hold down UP or DOWN
to change the date in 10 day increments.
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Note: Changing the date automatically changes the month, the day of
the week, and the year. The calendar automatically adjusts for a leap
year, also.
5. Press MODE to store the setting.
“Resetting Your Local Time Zone”
on Page 7.
3. Press UP to select a city (time zone)
east of your location. Press DOWN
to select a city west of your location.
4. Press MODE to store your selection.
SETTING THE WORLD
TIMES
For the purpose of timekeeping, the
globe is divided into 24 time zones. The
zone where Greenwich, England is located is considered the starting zone
(represented by 12:00 in the chart on
Page 15). The time in every other zone
is set based on the time in Greenwich,
England; therefore, the times were described as “Greenwich Mean Time”
(GMT).
For clarity, the “GMT” reference was recently changed to “UTC,” which stands
for Universal Time Coordinate. The radio station WWVB transmits the time
based on the starting UTC time zone
(12:00). By setting your local city, you
program the clock a certain number of
hours ahead or behind the UTC starting
point. The clock’s initial setting of LAX
(for example) is –8 hours with respect to
the UTC.
Follow these steps to set a second
(world) time zone.
1. Press MODE six times. The time
appears and another city (in a different time zone) appears.
2. Select a city that is in the desired
world time zone from the chart in
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OPERATION
SELECTING THE DISPLAY
FORMAT
The Atomic Clock has four different display formats. To select the desired display, hold down (or repeatedly press)
DISPLAY until the clock displays the desired format.
Select This
Format
The Clock Shows
5. Rotate VOLUME to the desired
sound level.
6. To turn off the radio, slide ALARM/
AUTO/OFF/ON to OFF.
USING THE ALARMS
- -
The local time and
day of the week.
Setting the Alarms
D-
The local time, day of
the week, then the
month, date, and
year.
You can set two independent alarms to
sound each day of the week (Monday to
Sunday) or from Monday to Friday.
-W
The local time, day of
the week, then the
selected world time
zone.
DW
The local time, day of
the week, then the
month, date, and
year, followed by the
selected world time
zone.
1. Press MODE three times to set
Alarm-1 or four times to set Alarm-2.
AL1 or AL2 appears to confirm the
selected alarm. The time and the
days of the week flash.
USING THE RADIO
1. Fully extend the AC power cord
which also serves as the FM
antenna.
2. Slide ALARM/AUTO/OFF/ON to ON.
3. Slide AM/FM to the desired band.
4. Rotate TUNING to the desired station.
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Note: The AM antenna is built-in. To
improve the AM reception, rotate the
clock radio.
2. Press UP or DOWN to change the
alarm time setting in 1 minute increments, or hold down UP or DOWN to
change the time in 10 minute increments.
3. Press DAILY/WEEKDAY to have the
alarm sound either Sunday through
Saturday (daily) or only Monday
through Friday (weekday). Either Su
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa or Mo Tu
We Th Fr appear at the top of the
display to confirm your selection.
4. Repeatedly press MODE until the
normal time display appears, or simply wait about 15 seconds. The
clock stores the setting then
resumes operation.
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Using the Alarms
USING THE SLEEP TIMER
1. Repeatedly press MODE until the
desired alarm’s display (AL1 or
AL2) appears, then press ALARM
ON/OFF to set the selected alarm to
sound.
or
appears to confirm
that one or both alarms are set to
sound.
You can set the radio to play for up to 1
hour and 59 minutes then automatically
turn off. You can use this feature to have
the radio play as you go to sleep.
2. Repeatedly press MODE until the
normal time display appears or wait
15 seconds. The clock stores the
setting and resumes normal operation.
1. Set ALARM/AUTO/OFF/ON to the
desired setting (ALARM, AUTO, or
OFF).
3. To wake to the alarm sound, slide
ALARM/AUTO/OFF/ON to ALARM. At
the preset time, the alarm sounds
for up to 60 minutes then it turns off.
To stop it sooner, press ALARM ON/
OFF or slide ALARM/AUTO/OFF/ON
to OFF.
3. To change the sleep timer’s duration
to less than 1 hour, repeatedly press
DOWN. To set the sleep timer for up
to 1 hour and 59 minutes, repeatedly press UP.
4. To wake to the radio, slide ALARM/
AUTO/OFF/ON to AUTO. At the preset alarm time, the radio automatically turns on for up to 60 minutes.
To turn off the radio sooner, press
ALARM ON/OFF or slide ALARM/
AUTO/OFF/ON to OFF.
• If you do not press UP or DOWN
within 3 seconds, the sleep timer
is set to 1 hour. Press SLEEP
again to change the setting.
Using Snooze
To temporarily silence the alarm (or the
radio), press SNOOZE. This silences the
alarm (or the radio) for about 9 minutes.
You can press SNOOZE as many times
as you like.
Follow these steps to set the sleep timer.
2. Press SLEEP.
and 1:00
appear, and the radio turns on.
Notes:
• If the clock reaches a preset
alarm time while the sleep timer is
counting down, the alarm cancels the balance of the sleep
timer setting.
4. To turn off the radio before the set
sleep time has elapsed, press
SNOOZE. To cancel the sleep timer
at any time, slide ALARM/AUTO/OFF/
ON to ON.
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RESETTING THE CLOCK
On rare occasions, your clock might not
work properly or it might lock up. If that
happens, follow these steps to reset the
clock. If you still encounter difficulties,
take it to your local RadioShack store for
assistance.
1. Disconnect the AC power cord and
remove the back-up battery.
2. Reconnect the clock radio to AC
power and reinstall the battery.
THE FCC WANTS YOU TO
KNOW
Your clock radio might cause TV or radio
interference even when it is operating
properly. To determine whether your
clock radio is causing the interference,
turn off your clock radio. If the interference goes away, your clock radio is
causing it. Try to eliminate the interference by:
• moving your clock radio away from
the TV or radio
• connecting your clock radio to an
outlet that is on a different electrical
circuit from the TV or radio
• contacting your local RadioShack
store for help
If you cannot eliminate the interference,
the FCC requires that you stop using the
clock radio.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Atomic Clock Radio is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The
following suggestions will help you care for your clock radio so you can enjoy it for
years.
Keep the clock radio dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids
might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Use and store the clock radio only in normal temperature environments.
Temperature extremes can shorten the life of electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic parts.
Keep the clock radio away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature wear of parts.
Handle the clock radio gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the clock radio to work improperly.
Use only a fresh battery of the required size and recommended type.
Batteries can leak chemicals that damage your clock radio’s electronic
parts.
Wipe the clock radio with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking
new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean the clock radio.
Modifying or tampering with the Atomic Clock Radio’s internal components can
cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it. If your clock radio is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Bands ........................................................................................... AM: 530–1710 kHz
FM: 88–108 MHz
Power Output ............................................................................. 360 mW (maximum)
Speaker ........................................................................................... 3 Inches (7.6 cm)
Ferrite Dynamic-Type 8 ohms
Power Requirements .......................................................... 120V AC, 60 Hz, 8 Watts
DC 9V (Battery Backup)
Dimensions (HWD): ............................................................. 213/16 × 77/8 × 71/16 inches
(72 × 200 × 180 mm)
Weight ......................................................................................................... 2 lbs 5 oz
(1058 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary. Specifications are subject to
change and improvement without notice.
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UTC TIME ZONE CHART
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Limited Ninety-Day Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack companyowned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES
CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE
OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT,
SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to
you.
In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack
sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and
labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase
price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of
warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the
original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the
expiration of the warranty period.
This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse,
accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or
maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs
other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as
fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs
of product removal, installation, set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
state to state.
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