Radio Shack Micro-43 Owner's manual

Radio Shack Micro-43 Owner's manual
Cat. No. 43-476
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
TRC-300
Voice Activated
Microcassette Tele-Recorder
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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.
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This symbol is intended to
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literature accompanying this
product.
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FEATURES
Your RadioShack TRC-300 Voice Activated Microcassette Tele-Recorder is perfect
for your home or office. It records telephone calls you make or receive from a
telephone. You can also use it as a convenient tape recorder to record other events
such as lectures, interviews, and meetings.
The recorder includes these features:
Connects Directly to the Telephone —
to let you easily record and play back telephone conversations.
Two Tape Speeds — let you record and
play back tape at a slower speed which
provides twice the recording/playback time
or at normal speed for maximum sound
quality.
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Voice Activated Recording (VOX) —
records only when it receives sound, to
eliminate blank sections on the tape and
save battery power.
Play/Record Auto-Stop — stops the tape
movement when the recorder reaches the
end of the tape during recording or playback.
Manual Recording — lets you record dictation or conversations at the touch of a
button.
Pause Switch — lets you easily stop and
restart the tape to avoid recording unwanted sound.
Tape Counter — lets you note specific
points in a tape for later reference.
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Built-In Microphone — lets you record
without connecting an external microphone.
Cue/Review Function — lets you advance or rewind the tape during play to find
a specific section on the tape.
Three Power Options — you can power
the recorder from standard AC power, two
AA batteries (not supplied), or a vehicle’s
battery using an optional adapter.
Earphone Jack — lets you connect an
earphone with a 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) plug for
private listening.
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Automatic Level Control — automatically
adjusts the recording level.
Note: You need at least one 30-minute microcassette tape. If you use a leaderless
incoming message tape, recording starts
immediately. You also need either two AA
batteries or an AC or DC adapter.
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Important: Every state has different regulations governing the recording of conversations over the telephone. Be sure to
check your local, state and federal laws before using this product to record any telephone conversation in order to determine
that your use is in compliance with such
laws or guidelines.
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CONTENTS
Control Locations ........................... 10
Preparation ..................................... 12
Installation ...................................... 19
Connecting to A Phone 19
Using an Earphone 21
Operation ........................................ 24
Loading a Cassette Tape 24
Recording 25
Playing a Tape 34
Care ................................................. 38
Tape Tips 39
Specifications .................................. 44
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CONTROL LOCATIONS
VOLUME
VOX OFF/ON
MIC (Microphone Jack)
EAR (Earphone Jack)
Microphone
TEL-PLAY/
NOR./TELREC
Tape
Compartment
Battery
Strength
Indicator
DC 3V IN
TapeCounter &
RESET
HANDSET IN
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Speaker
PAUSE ON
REC
REW/REVIEW
FAST-F/CUE
PLAY
STOP/EJ
Recording
Speed
Battery
Compartment
HANDSET
OUT
Battery
Lifting
Ribbon
Battery
Compartment
Cover
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PREPARATION
Connecting Power
Using AC Power
You can operate your recorder from AC
power using an optional AC adapter, such
as Cat. No. 273-1654B.
Caution: You must use a Class
2 power source that supplies 3
volts DC and delivers at least
300 mA. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the TRC-300’s DC
3V jack. The recommended adapter meets
these specifications. Using an adapter that
does not meet these specifications could
damage the recorder or the adapter.
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Follow these steps to connect your recorder to AC power.
1. Set the AC adapter’s voltage switch to
3V.
2. Insert the 3.4 mm outer diameter/1.3
mm inner diameter adapter plug into
the adapter’s socket to read TIP+.
3. Insert the plug into the recorder’s DC
3V jack.
4. Plug the adapter into a standard AC
outlet.
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Using Battery Power
You can power your recorder with two AA
batteries (not supplied). For the best performance and longest life, we recommend
RadioShack alkaline batteries.
Caution: Do not mix old and new batteries, or different types of batteries (standard
or alkaline). Follow these steps to install
the batteries.
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1. Press the battery compartment
cover’s tab and slide the cover in the
direction of the arrow.
2. Insert the batteries into the compartment, as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –) marked inside.
3. Replace the cover.
Replace the batteries when the BATTERY
indicator dims or does not light.
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Warning: Dispose of old batteries
promptly and properly. Do not burn or
bury them.
Caution: If you do not plan to use the
recorder with batteries for a few
weeks, remove the batteries. Batteries
can leak chemicals that can destroy
electronic parts.
Using Vehicle Battery Power
You can power your recorder from a vehicle’s battery using a DC adapter (not supplied), available at your local RadioShack
store.
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Cautions:
• You must use a power
source that supplies 3 volts
DC and delivers at least 300
mA. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the TRC300's DC 3V jack. The recommended
adapter meets these specifications.
Using an adapter that does not meet
these specifications could damage the
TRC-300 or the adapter.
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• Always plug the adapter into the
recorder before plugging it into the
cigarette-lighter socket. Unplug the
adapter from the cigarette-lighter
socket before unplugging it from the
recorder.
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Follow these steps to power the recorder
from your vehicle’s battery.
1. Set the adapter’s voltage switch to 3V.
2. Insert the 3.4 mm outer diameter/1.3
mm inner diameter adapter into the
adapter’s socket to read TIP+.
3. Insert the adapter’s barrel plug into
the recorder’s DC 3V jack. Insert the
adapter’s large plug into the vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter or 12VDC socket
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INSTALLATION
You can connect the recorder directly to a
single line, a multi-line, or a digital telephone system using a telephone that is
connected to that line. To avoid damage to
the recorder, select a location that is out of
the way of normal activity.
CONNECTING TO A
PHONE
Use the supplied handset cord to connect
the recorder to the same phone you plan to
talk on. This lets you record the phone
conversations on that phone.
Follow these steps to connect your recorder to a telephone.
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1. Disconnect the handset and its coiled
cord from the handset jack on your
phone.
2. Plug the end of the handset cord into
the recorder’s HANDSET IN jack.
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3. Plug one end of the supplied short
coiled cord into the recorder’s HANDSET OUT jack. Plug the other end of
the short coiled cord into the telephone’s handset jack
USING AN EARPHONE
To connect an earphone (not supplied), insert the earphone’s 1/8-inch (3.5–mm) plug
into the EAR jack on the back of the recorder. You can find a wide selection of
earphones at your local RadioShack store.
Note: Connecting an earphone disconnects the recorder’s internal speaker.
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Listening Safely
To protect your hearing, follow these
guidelines when you use an earphone.
• Do not listen at extremely high volume
levels. Extended high-volume listening
can lead to permanent hearing loss.
• Set the volume to its lowest level
before you begin listening. After you
put on the earphone, adjust the volume to a comfortable listening level.
• Do not increase the volume once you
have established a comfortable listening level. Over time, your ears adapt to
the volume level, so a volume level
that does not cause discomfort might
still damage your hearing.
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Traffic Safety
• Do not wear an earphone or headphones while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle. This can create
a traffic hazard and could be illegal in
some areas.
• Even though some earphones/headphones let you hear some outside
sounds when listening at normal volume levels, they still can present a
traffic hazard.
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OPERATION
LOADING A CASSETTE
TAPE
1. Turn the microcassette’s supply hub
with a pencil to take up any tape slack.
Avoid touching the tape.
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2. Press STOP/EJ to open the cassette
compartment door. Insert the microcassette into the compartment with
the side you want to use facing up
against the cover and the full reel on
the left.
3. Close the door.
RECORDING
Notes:
• MC-60 (1-hour) and MC-90 (11/2hours) microcassettes are available
at your local RadioShack store. We
suggest that you do not use MC120 tapes as they are very thin and
prone to stretching resulting in poor
audio quality.
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• Replace any tape at least once a
year, or more often if it is used
heavily.
• Do not change the tape speed
while recording.
Voice Activated Telephone
Recording (VOX)
1. Load a microcassette tape and set
VOX to ON.
2. Set TEL-PLAY/NOR./TEL-REC to TELREC
3. Set TAPE SPEED to the desired
recording speed. Set it to 1.2cm to
double the tape’s recording time, or to
2.4cm for higher quality sound.
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4. Press REC. Both REC and PLAY lock
down, and recording begins.
Caution: Do not force down the REC
button when an erase protection tab is
removed or you will damage the
recorder. (See “Preventing Accidental
Erasure” on Page 41.)
5. Adjust VOLUME until the telephone
conversation’s sound level activates
the recorder.
Notes:
• The VOLUME setting determines
the sound level that activates the
VOX circuit and starts recording. At
higher settings, a softer sound
starts VOX recording. At lower settings, a louder sound starts VOX
recording.
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• The built-in automatic level control
automatically sets the recording
level once recording starts.
• When you use the VOX feature,
recording begins when the recorder
picks up sound and stops a few
seconds after the sound stops.
6. Recording stops when the tape
reaches the end of the cassette. To
stop it sooner, press STOP/EJ.
Voice Activated Recording
Using the Internal Microphone
1. Load a tape and set VOX to ON.
2. Set TEL-PLAY/NOR/TEL-REC to NOR.
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3. Set TAPE SPEED to the desired
recording speed.
4. Press REC to begin recording.
5. Adjust VOLUME until the sound source
starts the recorder.
Notes:
• The built-in automatic level control
automatically sets the recording
level once recording starts.
• When the recorder detects no
sound for up to 6 seconds, the
recorder stops recording until it
picks up sound again.
6. Recording stops when the tape
reaches the end of the cassette. To
stop it sooner, press STOP/EJ.
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Manual Telephone Recording
1. Load a tape and set VOX to OFF.
2. Set TEL-PLAY/NOR./TEL-REC to TELREC.
3. Set TAPE SPEED to the desired
recording speed. Set it to 1.2cm to
double the tape’s recording time, or to
2.4cm for higher quality sound.
4. Press REC. Both REC and PLAY lock
down. When you press REC down,
recording starts and continues until
you press STOP/EJ.
Caution: Do not force down the REC
button when an erase protection tab is
removed or you will damage the
recorder. (See “Preventing Accidental
Erasure” on Page 41.)
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5. Rotate VOLUME to adjust the recording volume.
Note: To temporarily stop recording,
slide PAUSE to ON. To resume recording, slide PAUSE in the opposite direction.
6. Recording stops when the tape
reaches the end of the cassette. To
stop it sooner, press STOP/EJ.
Manual Recording Using the
Internal Microphone
1. Load a microcassette tape and set
VOX to OFF.
2. Set TEL-PLAY/NOR/TEL-REC to NOR.
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3. Set TAPE SPEED to the desired
recording speed.
4. Press REC to begin recording.
5. Adjust VOLUME between the minimum
and mid-range positions for dictation
and between the mid-range and maximum positions for recording conferences.
Notes:
• To temporarily stop recording, slide
PAUSE to ON. To resume recording,
slide in the opposite direction.
• Place the recorder as close as possible to the sound source. Avoid a
position so that large objects are
between the sound source and the
recorder mic.
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6. Press STOP/EJ to stop recording.
Recording with an External
Microphone
You can use an external microphone to
make high-quality recordings. Plug an optional external microphone, available at
your local RadioShack store, into the MIC
jack. The built-in microphone automatically
disconnects. Then see “Recording” starting on Page 25.
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PLAYING A TAPE
Playing a Phone
Conversation Tape
1. Load the tape and set TEL-PLAY/NOR/
TEL-REC to TEL-PLAY.
2. Set TAPE SPEED to the speed used to
record the microcassette tape.
3. Press PLAY. Playback only through the
handset begins.
Notes:
• To playback through the speaker,
set TEL-PLAY/NOR/TEL-REC to NOR
or TEL-REC.
• To temporarily stop play, slide
PAUSE to ON. Move PAUSE in the
opposite direction to resume play.
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• To go directly from playback to
recording, press REC then move
TEL-PLAY/NOR./TEL-REC to TELREC. Tape play stops and recording
starts immediately.
4. Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable listening level.
5. To play the other side of the tape,
press STOP/EJ, remove and turn over
the tape, and re-insert it. Then press
PLAY again.
6. Press STOP/EJ to stop playback.
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Playing a Prerecorded Tape
1. Load a prerecorded tape then set TELPLAY/NOR/TEL-REC to NOR or TELPLAY.
2. Follow steps 2–6 under “Playing a
Phone
Conversation
Tape”
on
Page 34.
Using Fast-Forward and Rewind
With the tape stopped, slide REW/REVIEW
FAST F/CUE toward FAST F/CUE to wind the
tape rapidly forward or toward REW/REVIEW to wind the tape backward.
When the microcassette tape reaches the
end, press STOP/EJ to release FAST F/CUE
or REW/REVIEW.
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To quickly locate desired sections of a
tape during play, slide the switch towards
FAST F/CUE or REW/REVIEW to hear playback as the tape fast-forwards or rewinds.
When you release the switch, normal play
resumes. Note the counter position(s) at
any point(s) you might want to return to later.
Using the Tape Counter
You can use the tape counter to note different locations on your tape during recording or playback. Before playing or
recording a tape, rewind the tape completely and press RESET to set the
counter to 000. As the tape moves, the
counter advances.
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CARE
To enjoy your RadioShack TRC-300 Voice
Activated Microcassette Tele-Recorder for
a long time:
• Keep the TRC-300 dry. If it gets wet,
wipe it dry immediately.
• Use and store the TRC-300 only in
normal temperature environments.
• Handle the TRC-300 gently and carefully. Don't drop it.
• Keep the TRC-300 away from dust
and dirt.
• Wipe the TRC-300 with a damp cloth
occasionally to keep it looking new.
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Modifying or tampering with the TRC-300's
internal components can cause a malfunction and invalidate its warranty. If your
TRC-300 is not performing as it should,
take it to your local RadioShack store for
assistance.
TAPE TIPS
Restoring Tape Tension and
Sound Quality
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.
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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.
Erasing Tapes
To record over a cassette tape, simply
record as usual. The cassette deck
records over the previous recording.
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You can quickly erase both sides of a cassette tape using a bulk tape eraser (Cat.
No. 44-232).
Note: If you use metal or high-bias type
tape, the recorded sound might not be
erased properly.
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 accidental erasure of a tape recording, use a screwdriver to remove one
or both of the cassette tape’s erase-protection tabs. This prevents REC from being
pressed.
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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.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a bulk eraser from
erasing a cassette tape.
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 recorder’s performance.
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Use the following cleaning procedure after
about every 20 hours of operation.
1. Remove the batteries and disconnect
any other power source.
2. Open the cassette compartment door.
3. Use a pointed object to gently push
the erase protection tab sensor to the
left, then press REC to expose the
tape-handling parts.
4. Use a swab dipped in tape head
cleaning solution or denatured alcohol
to gently clean the tape-handling
parts. For easier cleaning, use an
microcassette cleaner kit which
includes a special cleaning cassette.
5. When you finish cleaning, press
STOP/EJ and close the compartment.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Tape System ................................. 2 Track
Monaural Microcassette
Tape Speed ...... 2.4 cm/sec or 1.2 cm/sec
Recording Time (Total Both Sides)
MC-60 .................. 60 min @ 2.4 cm/sec
120 min @ 1.2 cm/sec
MC-90 ................. 90 min @ 2.4 cm/sec
180 min @ 1.2 cm/sec
Wow & Flutter ........................... Less than
0.3% @ 2.4 cm/sec
Erase System ............ Permanent Magnet
Record System ........................... DC Bias
Power Requirements ... 2 AA Batteries, or
AC 120V, 60Hz
(with optional AC adapter), or
3 VDC (with optional DC adapter)
Battery Life
Alkaline Batteries ..................... 12 Hours
Dimensions (HWD) ... 51/2 × 11/2 × 2 Inches
(140 × 38 × 51 mm)
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Weight............................................ 5.8 oz.
(164 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units
might vary. Specifications are subject to
change and improvement without notice.
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NOTES
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Limited One-Year Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing
defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one
(1) year 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 the limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts or the exclusion of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply
to you.(Continued)
(Continued) 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;
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(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.
RadioShack Customer Relations, 200 Taylor St.,
6th Floor, Fort Worth, TX 76102
We Service What We Sell
08A99
04/99
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