Sony ICF-C218BLACK Operating instructions

Sony ICF-C218BLACK Operating instructions
FM/AM Clock Radio
Operating Instructions
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To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the ventilation
of the apparatus with newspapers, tablecloths,
curtains, etc. And do not place lighted candles on the
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing, and do
not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on
the apparatus.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such
as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
Do not expose the batteries (battery pack or batteries
installed) to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the
like for a long time.
As the main plug is used to disconnect the unit from
the mains, connect the unit to an easily accessible AC
outlet. Should you notice an abnormality in the unit,
disconnect the main plug from the AC outlet
The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned off.
Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
The nameplate and important information concerning
safety are located on the bottom exterior.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same type.
© 2006 Sony Corporation
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s enclosure that
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute
a risk of electric shock to persons.
Printed in China
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
This equipment has 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 generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, 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 try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
—Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
—Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
—Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
—Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
Replace the battery for the clock backup with a Sony
CR2032 lithium battery. Use of another battery may
present a risk of fire or explosion.
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge,
disassemble or dispose of in fire.
Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from
Important Safety Instructions
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding
type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong are
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does
not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
This unit includes a preinstalled Sony Lithium battery (CR2032) as back-up power source for the clock, which is preset
to EST/EDT (Eastern Standard Time/Daylight Time) at the factory. And this battery is considered part of the product.
10)Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the
11)Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
12)Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has
been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.
For the state of california, USA only
Perchlorate Material –special handling may apply, See
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery contains
Single alarm FM/AM Clock radio.
Various types of alarms — radio and buzzer.
Automatic time set — When you plug the clock in
for the first time, the current time will be shown in
the display.
Automatic Daylight Saving Time/Summer time
Date button to display month, day and year.
Battery backup to keep the clock during a power
interruption with a CR2032 battery installed.
Extendable snooze — snooze time can be extended
from 10 to 60 minutes in maximum every time you
Should any problem occur with the unit, make the
following simple checks to determine whether or not
servicing is required.
If the problem persists, consult your nearest Sony
The clock flashes “AM 12:00” due to a power
The battery is low. Replace the battery. Remove the
old battery and install a new one.
The radio or buzzer alarm does not sound at the
preset alarm time.
Has the desired radio or buzzer alarm been
activated? (i.e., Does the ALARM indicator light
The radio alarm is activated but no sound comes
on at the preset alarm time.
Has VOLUME been adjusted?
Operate the unit on the power sources specified in
To disconnect the power cord (mains lead), pull it
out by the plug, not the cord.
Do not leave the unit in a location near a heat
source, such as a radiator or airduct, or in a place
subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust, mechanical
vibration, or shock.
Allow adequate air circulation to prevent internal
heat build-up. Do not place the unit on a surface (a
rug, blanket, etc.) or near materials (a curtain) that
might block the ventilation holes.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit,
unplug the unit and have it checked by a qualified
personnel before operating it any further.
To clean the casing, use a soft cloth dampened with
a mild detergent solution.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
Time display
12-hour System
Frequency range
87.5 – 108 MHz
530 – 1 710 kHz
Approx. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 inches) dia., 8 Ω
Power output
150 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements
120 V AC, 60 Hz
For power backup: 3 V DC, one CR2032 battery
Approx. 155 × 64.5 × 150 mm (w/h/d)
(6 1/8 × 2 5/8 × 6 inches) incl. projecting parts and
Approx. 495.2 g (1 lb 1.5 oz) incl. CR2032 battery
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
3 Press TIME ZONE repeatedly until the
desired number appears.
The display returns to the clock about 4 seconds
after the operation is complete.
AC power cord
During the shipment and your first use, a clock error
may occur. In this case, refer to “Setting the clock and
date” to set the correct time.
When daylight saving time
(summer time) begins
The following models employ the Automatic Daylight
Saving Time/Summer Time adjustment. The DST
indicator in the display appears in the display at the
beginning of the daylight saving time (summer time),
and disappears at the end of it.
Daylight saving time begins at: 2:00 AM on the
second Sunday of March.
Standard time begins at: 2:00 AM on the first
Sunday of November.
Playing the radio
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
2 Adjust volume using VOLUME.
3 Select BAND.
4 Tune in to a station using TUNING.
To turn off the radio
Improving the
The AC power cord functions as an FM antenna.
Extend the AC power cord fully to increase
reception sensitivity.
To cancel the Automatic DST/
Summer Time adjustment and to
set DST display manually
The Automatic DST/Summer Time adjustment can be
Press and hold DST for more than 3 seconds
while the clock is displayed.
* There is a tactile dot beside
VOLUME to show the direction to
turn up the volume.
Battery compartment
Setting the clock and
To change the setting manually, follow the procedure
from step 1.
1 Press CLOCK for more than 2 seconds.
You will hear a beep and the year will start to flash
in the display.
About the backup
To keep good time, as backup power source, this unit
has one CR2032 battery inside of the unit in addition
to the house current.
The battery keeps the clock in the event of a power
Knowing when to replace the
When the battery becomes weak, “” indicator
appears in the display.
In the event of a power interruption when the battery
is weak, current time and alarm functions will be
Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium
battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of
fire or explosion.
Installing and replacing the
backup battery
1 Keep the AC plug connected to the AC
outlet, remove the screw that secures the
battery compartment at the bottom of the
unit using a screwdriver, and remove the
battery compartment. (See Fig. -)
2 Insert a new battery in the battery
compartment with the  side facing up.
To remove the battery from the battery
compartment, push it out from the side marked
PUSH. (See Fig. -)
3 Insert the battery compartment back into
the unit and secure it with the screw. (See Fig. -)
4 When you are replacing the battery, press
RADIO ON to turn “” indicator off in the
If you replace the battery, do not disconnect AC plug
from AC outlet.
Otherwise, current time and alarm will be initialized.
Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep the lithium
battery out of the reach of children. Should the
battery be swallowed, immediately consult a doctor.
Wipe the battery with a dry cloth to assure a good
Be sure to observe the correct polarity when
installing the battery.
Do not hold the battery with metallic tweezers,
otherwise a short-circuit may occur.
Do not expose the battery to excessive heat such as
direct sunlight, fire or the like.
Battery Warning
When the unit will be left unplugged for a long time,
remove the battery to avoid undue battery discharge
and damage to the unit from battery leakage.
Setting the clock for the
first time
This unit is preset to the current date and time at the
factory, and is powered by the back up battery. All you
need to do the first time is just plug it in and select
your time zone.
1 Plug in the unit.
“month and date” (about 1 second)  “year”
(about 1 second)  “the current EST/EDT
(Eastern Standard/Daylight Time)” appears in the
2 Press TIME ZONE.
Area number “2” appears in the display.
If you live in the Eastern Time zone, you do not
need to adjust the area setting.
Area number
Time zone
Atlantic Standard/Daylight Time
Eastern Standard/Daylight Time
Central Standard/Daylight Time
Mountain Standard/Daylight Time
Pacific Standard/Daylight Time
Yukon Standard/Daylight Time
Hawaiian Standard/Daylight Time
2 Press + or – until the correct year appears in
the display.
3 Press CLOCK.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 to set the month, day
and time.
Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or metal
surface, as this may lead to interference of reception.
Setting the alarm
The alarm function can be select from two alarm
sounds, RADIO or BUZZER.
Before setting the alarm, make sure to set the clock
(see “Setting the clock and date”).
The factory setting alarm time is “PM 12:00”.
To set the radio alarm, first tune in to a station and
adjust the volume (see “Playing the radio”).
To set the alarm time
1 Set ALARM MODE to the desired alarm
To display the year and date
Press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF once for the
date, and within about 3 seconds press it again
for the year.
The display shows the date or year for about 3 seconds
and then changes back to the current time.
If you connect the AC plug to AC outlet while this unit
is powered from the backup power source, the current
date and time appears in the following order. (It is
same as when the unit is powered on after the power
“month and date” (about 1 second)  “year” (about 1
second)  “current time”
To change the display to the
daylight saving time (summer
time) indication
Change the daylight saving time (summer time)
adjustment setting according to the following
procedures if you have cancelled the Automatic DST/
Summer Time adjustment.
Press DST.
DST indicator appears in the display and the time
indication changes to the daylight saving time
(summer time).
To deactivate the daylight saving time (summer time)
adjustment, press DST again.
The sound turns off but will automatically come on
again after about 10 minutes. Each time you press
SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF, the snooze time changes
as follows:
The maximum length of the snooze time is 60 minutes.
The display shows the snooze time for about 4 seconds and returns to show the current time. When
you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF after the
current time appears, the snooze time starts from 10 minutes again.
To stop the Alarm
Press RADIO OFF/ALARM RESET to turn off
the alarm.
The alarm will come on again at the same time the
next day.
If RADIO OFF/ALARM RESET is not pressed, the
alarm sounds continuously for about 60 minutes, and
then it will be stop automatically.
ALARM indicator disappears from the display.
Note on alarm in the event of a power
If the alarm set time comes in the event of a power
interruption or a power interruption occurs while the
alarm is sounding, the display will turn off and the
alarm will not sound, and the alarm status will be as
follows. If power returns within 60 minutes from the
alarm set time, the alarm will sound. If the power
interruption occurred while the Snooze function was
operating, the snooze function will continue. If the
snooze time had passed when the power interruption
occurred, the alarm will sound after power returns.
In this status, if the  indicator does not light up,
ALARM MODE functions are available. SNOOZE time
will be fixed only 10 minutes if the SNOOZE button
has been pressed.
Setting the sleep timer
You can fall asleep to the radio using the built-in sleep
timer that turns off the radio automatically after a
preset duration.
Press SLEEP.
The radio turns on. You can set the sleep timer to
durations of 90, 60, 30, or 15 minutes. Each press
changes the display as follows:
sound (RADIO or BUZZER).
The alarm time appears for a few seconds, and
then the ALARM indicator lights up in the display.
(It does not appear when the switch is set to OFF.)
2 Slide ALARM TIME SET + or – to set the
desired time.
Each slide of ALARM TIME SET + or – changes
the indication by 1 minute. If you keep sliding
ALARM TIME SET + or –, the alarm time goes
forward (or backward) by 1 minute up to 10 minutes, and then by 10 minutes increments.
While setting the alarm time, the ALARM
indicator flashes in the display.
Two short beeps sound when the display returns to
The radio will play for the duration you set, then shut
To turn off the radio before the
preset time
To use both sleep timer and alarm
After setting the time, two short beeps sound and
the clock starts from 0 seconds.
Pressing and holding + or – changes the year, month
or day rapidly.
When setting the current time, time changes rapidly
by 1 minute-increments up to 10 minutes, and then
by 10 minute-increments.
While setting the clock, you must perform each step
within 65 seconds, or the clock setting mode will be
To deactivate the Alarm
Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum reception.
A ferrite bar AM antenna is built-in to the unit.
A beep sounds, and “Aut  OFF” appears in the
display to show that the Automatic DST/Summer
Time adjustment is cancelled. The display returns to
the clock.
The change timing of Automatic DST/Summer
Time adjustment employed by the unit (see above) is
subjected to variation by circumstances and the law
in each country/region. In such a case, cancel the
Automatic DST/Summer Time adjustment and set
DST display manually as necessary. The customer
who lives in the country/region that has not
introduced the daylight saving time (summer time)
must cancel Automatic DST/Summer Time
adjustment before using the set.
To activate the Automatic DST/Summer Time
adjustment again, press and hold DST for more than
3 seconds. A beep sounds, and “Aut  On” appears
in the display to show that the Automatic DST/
Summer Time adjustment is activated. The display
returns to the clock.
To change the display to the daylight saving time
(summer time) manually, see “To change the display
to the daylight saving time (summer time)
To doze for a few more minutes
You can fall asleep to the radio and also be awakened
by the radio or buzzer alarm at the preset time.
When the alarm time setting operation is
complete, the display returns to the clock after a
few seconds and the ALARM indicator changes
from flashing to fully lit.
While ALARM MODE is set to RADIO or BUZZER,
the alarm time setting can be changed by ALARM
One slide of ALARM TIME SET displays the alarm
time for about 4 seconds. By adjusting ALARM
TIME SET while the alarm time appears in the
display, the alarm time will be changed.
The ALARM indicator flashes in the display while:
– The alarm time appears in the display.
– The alarm sounds.
– Snooze function is turned on.
The alarm time setting cannot be changed if ALARM
MODE is set to OFF. If ALARM TIME SET is
adjusted, “OFF” appears in the display for about 0.5 seconds.
CLOCK, DST, and TIME ZONE are unavailable while
the alarm sounds or snooze function is turned on.
The alarm function works as usual at the beginning
and end day of the daylight saving time (summer
time). While the Automatic DST/Summer Time
adjustment is set, as a result, if the alarm is set at a
time skipped when the daylight saving time
(summer time) begins, the alarm is skipped, or if the
alarm is set at a time overlapped when the daylight
saving time (summer time) ends, the alarm sounds
1 Set the alarm. (See “Setting the alarm”.)
2 Set the sleep timer. (See “Setting the sleep
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