Alpha Cable Remote

Alpha Cable Remote
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of an Electronic Message Center. The Message Center’s
EZ KEY II operation provides you with simple message entry and a wide variety of message
features.
EZ KEY II is straight-forward and flexible. In fact, if you use the AUTOMODE, you can
program your Message Center in just four simple steps. The AUTOMODE displays your
message in several pre-programmed ways or modes. Then, as you become more familiar with
the basic operations, you can use more sophisticated features such as creating your own
graphics, forming multiple files, setting ON/OFF time periods, and different display modes.
Please take a few moments to read this manual and experiment with the EZ KEY II operations.
Then start programming your own messages. If you need assistance, contact your sales
representative.
Thank you for purchasing an Electronic Message Center!
Contents
1
Beginner Programming
EZ KEY II Startup ..............................................................................................
Keyboard Operation ..........................................................................................
Understanding the Cursor ...................................................................................
Beginning Programming......................................................................................
Correcting Programming Mistakes while Entering Messages .....................................
Correcting Programming Mistakes after Messages are Running .................................
Using Automode ................................................................................................
Manual Mode Selection ......................................................................................
Changing Modes ...............................................................................................
Display Modes ..................................................................................................
The Special Key .................................................................................................
The Special Key Modes .......................................................................................
2
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
12
13
14
Intermediate Programming
Revising and Editing Messages ............................................................................
Editing Keys ..................................................................................................
Message Enhancement Options ............................................................................
Enhancement Keys ..........................................................................................
Trailing Mode Message Enhancements ..................................................................
Setting the Master Time and Day ..........................................................................
Displaying the Time in Your Message ....................................................................
Setting the Master Date ......................................................................................
Displaying the Date in Your Message ....................................................................
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18
19
19
20
22
23
24
25
Contents
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Advanced Programming
Text Files and Multiple Files ...............................................................................
Viewing and Editing Existing Text Files .................................................................
Displaying a Single Existing File ..........................................................................
Programming the Run Sequence of Your Files .........................................................
Checking Your Run Sequence Order ......................................................................
Deleting Text Files from the Message Center’s Memory ............................................
Assigning Time Slots to Individual Text Files ..........................................................
Programming Multiple Files to Run at Pre-Programmed Time Slots ............................
Drawing Pictures with DOTS ...............................................................................
DOTS Keys ....................................................................................................
Creating Multiple DOTS Files ..............................................................................
Viewing and Editing Existing DOTS Files ..............................................................
Displaying a DOTS File ......................................................................................
Using DOTS Files with Text Files .........................................................................
Deleting Existing DOTS Files ..............................................................................
Clearing the Memory .........................................................................................
International Characters .....................................................................................
Self Test Program ..............................................................................................
Message Retention ............................................................................................
TroubleShooting ................................................................................................
Index
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Beginner Programming
EZ KEY II Startup
Connect your Electronic Message Center to the power supply (transformer) and then plug the
power supply (transformer) into a standard electrical outlet. If applicable, insert the 14 pin
connector plug (on the attached keyboard cord) into the slot on the message center. Your
Electronic Message Center is now ready to operate.
Beginning on page 2, you will find keyboard operation tips. Step-by-step instructions for
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced programming techniques begin on page 4. Programming
notes and tips accompany each section. Please read chapter one, Beginner Programming, to
obtain a basic understanding of Electronic Message Center operations.
Standard electrical outlet
PROGRAMMER
Keyboard cord (attached)
A
F
K
P
U
/
0
B
C
D
E
CAPS LOCK
&
2
3
G
H
I
J
WIDE
>
4
5
L
M
N
O
$
<
Q
R
%
9
W
X
SPEED
SHIFT
*
SPACE
SELECT
WIPE
ROLL
DELETE
BACK
INSERT
ADV
7
T
S
V
,
slot for 14 pin connector plug
THE MESSAGE CENTER
6
:
Z
SPECIAL
1
CURSOR
8
Y
_
?
TIME
ROTATE
'
!
FLASH
HOLD
Keyboard
Power supply (transformer)
APPEND
RUN
PROG
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Keyboard Operation
Refer to the accompanying illustration to familiarize
yourself with the keyboard functions. Please note
that most keys have two functions and some have
three. The most commonly used characters are
placed on the main keys and the other characters are
located above them. Not all available functions
appear on the printed keyboard.
The keyboard operates similar to a typewriter
keyboard. If the character directly above the main
key is desired, press and hold down the SHIFT key
(lower left hand corner) and press the main character
key. If the character on the main key is desired,
simply press the key. No SHIFT key is needed.
The CAPS LOCK key only works with the 26 main
letters. It does not work with the number keys or
other key options.
PROGRAMMER
A
F
K
P
U
/
0
B
C
D
E
CAPS LOCK
&
2
3
G
H
I
J
WIDE
>
4
5
L
M
N
O
$
<
6
7
Q
R
S
T
:
%
9
8
V
W
X
Y
,
Z
SPECIAL
SHIFT
1
CURSOR
*
SPACE
_
?
'
!
FLASH
SPEED
WIPE
TIME
SELECT
ROLL
ROTATE
DELETE
BACK
INSERT
ADV
HOLD
APPEND
RUN
PROG
After all your desired messages have been entered
into the Message Center and the messages are running, the keyboard can be detached. Without
the keyboard, the messages cannot be altered thus providing you with an easy message security
system.
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Understanding the Cursor
A reference to cursor is made throughout the documentation. A cursor appears at the beginning
of a message in the Programming mode and the upper left corner when programming DOTS
pictures. Activated (lit) LED’s (single or multiple depending on sign and function), indicate
the cursor.
File
name
Cursor
A ]
When editing your message in the Programming mode, an invisible cursor allows you to make
changes at the farthest right hand position. References within this manual to position your cursor
for editing means the changes must be made at this farthest right hand position. See Revising and
Editing Messages on page 17 for additional information.
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Beginning Programming
To program your first message, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
H
Using the keyboard, type
carriage return ( SPECIAL and then
PROG
E
L
L
O
and a
) to create two lines. Then type
W
O
R
L
D
. [AUT] HELLO E WORLD is
displayed. [AUT] refers to AUTOMODE. See page 8 for additional information
about using Automode.
. END MESSAGE HERE ? Y/N or, END HERE ? Y/N is displayed.
Step 3.
Press
Step 4.
or RUN . The message is displayed with the words HELLO and
WORLD alternating through the various different formats. Note that the message is
automatically centered.
Press
RUN
Y
HELLO
Beginning Programming,
continued on next page
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Beginning Programming, continued
☞
NOTE
The message prompts may vary depending on the Message Center you
are using. Some prompts may be abbreviated such as DEL for DELETE on both
the sign and in this documentation.
For most examples in this manual, you will start the example by creating a new
file in the Programming mode. However, some examples use messages you
previously programmed or have you combine several earlier sections.
The prompt END MESSAGE HERE? Y/N or, END HERE? Y/N allows you to
Y
end the message by pressing
for YES or continue the message by
N
pressing
for NO.
Remember, if you change a file (message) while in the Programming mode,
you MUST go to the end of the file first before pressing RUN . This will
prevent loss of your message. To advance to the end of a file, press APPEND
Y
( SHIFT and PROG ) Then press RUN and
, or press
RUN
twice.
If you do not specify a filename, your entry is automatically saved as File A , the
default file, if you press RUN
twice. New entries not specified as a different
file, automatically copy over the previous message in the default file, File A . See
Text Files and Multiple Files on page 27 for more information.
The filename, when displayed, appears in the left hand corner of the screen.
To start over at any time during the steps in this manual, go to PROG TEXT FILE
A by pressing PROG at least once and possibly twice. PROG TEXT FILE A is
displayed.
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Correcting Programming
Mistakes while Entering Messages
Correcting programming mistakes is easy. For example, if you wanted to enter the word HELLO
but you accidentally typed HEELO, you would use the SHIFT and ADV
keys to activate the
BACK
SHIFT
SHIFT
key. The
key functions just like a typewriter
key. To practice
correcting a mistake, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Step 2.
Press
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
H
Using the keyboard, type
is displayed.
Press BACK ( SHIFT and
Press BACK ( SHIFT and
Press BACK ( SHIFT and
E
E
L
O
.
[AUT] HEELO
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Step
Step
Step
Step
7.
8.
9.
10.
ADV
ADV
ADV
). [AUT] HEEL is displayed.
). [AUT] HEE is displayed.
). [AUT] HE is displayed.
L
L
. [AUT] HEL is displayed. (By pressing
you replace
Press
the incorrect E.)
Press ADV . [AUT] HELL is displayed.
Press ADV . [AUT] HELLO is displayed.
Press RUN . END MESSAGE HERE Y/N or, END HERE? Y/N is displayed.
Y
Press
or RUN . The message is displayed.
HELLO
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Correcting Programming
Mistakes after Messages are Running
Correcting programming mistakes after your message is running is also easy. Using the example
from the previous section, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Step 7.
Step 8.
Step 9.
Step 10.
Step 11.
Repeat steps 1 - 2 and 9 - 10 from the previous section. HEELO is displayed.
Press PROG . PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Press ADV . The cursor is displayed at the far right of your screen. A] (filename)
appears at the far left.
Press ADV . [AUT] is displayed.
Press ADV . [AUT] H is displayed.
Press ADV . [AUT] HE is displayed.
L
L
. [AUT] HEL is displayed. (By pressing
you replace
Press
the incorrect E.)
Press ADV . [AUT] HELL is displayed.
Press ADV . [AUT] HELLO is displayed.
PROG
Press APPEND ( SHIFT and
), if needed, to advance to the end of
the message.
Press RUN
twice. The message is displayed.
HELLO
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Using Automode
Automode is an automatic display mode that requires no programming. If you do not program a
mode, your Message Center randomly displays your messages in more than 15 different modes.
To use Automode, follow these simple steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
Using the keyboard, type
PROG
A
U
T
[AUT] AUTOMODE
Step 3.
Press
RUN
O
M
O
D
E
.
is displayed.
twice. The message is displayed in Automode.
AUTOMODE
☞
NOTE
To learn more about selecting specific modes including Automode, see pages 12
and 14-15.
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Manual Mode Selection
A manual mode is the mode you select to display your message. For example, Roll, Rotate and
Flash are three of the many available modes. If you do not program a mode, your message is
automatically displayed in Automode. To program a specific mode, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
. [HLD] is displayed. [HLD] is an abbreviation for HOLD. [HLD]
Press
indicates the current mode selection. [HLD] will not appear within the message
when displayed.
Step 3.
Using the keyboard, type
PROG
HOLD
M
Y
SPACE
S
S
A
G
E
.
is displayed.
Press RUN
twice. The message is displayed. However, because you selected
HOLD, the message stays on the screen.
M
E
[HLD] MY MESSAGE
Step 4.
MY MESSAGE
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Changing Modes
To return your file to the Automode function from a specific mode, or change to other modes,
follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
. The cursor is displayed at the far right of your screen. A] (filename)
Press
appears at the far left.
Step 3.
If you want to use Automode, you’ll need to replace the [HLD] HOLD mode.
Because the HOLD mode abbreviation is 3 characters and in this example it appears
at the beginning of the message, you can simply select a new mode such as Roll or
Flash. For example, select Flash ( SHIFT and HOLD ). [FLS] is displayed. See
pages 12 and 14-15 for specific descriptions of available modes. See page 18 for
information about the editing keys.
Step 4.
Remember, if you change a file, you must go to the end of the file before pressing
RUN
. Press APPEND ( SHIFT and PROG ), to advance to the end of
the message.
PROG
ADV
Changing Modes,
continued on next page
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Changing Modes, continued
Step 5.
Press
RUN
twice. The message is displayed in the Flashing mode.
MY MESSAGE
☞
NOTE
If the mode you are changing appears within a message (not at the beginning),
use the ADV
or BACK ( SHIFT and ADV
) keys to position your
editing point at the farthest right hand side of the sign.
If the mode or message you are entering contains more characters than the item
you are changing, press INSERT before entering the new item or press INSERT
to re-enter the missing part of your message. For example, use INSERT if you
replace the FLASH mode [FLS] with the SPECIAL 4 mode [SPC] 4. Note that
[SPC] 4 contains four characters and [FLS] contains 3 characters.
To change a mode, simply repeat the above steps and enter a different mode.
Additional modes are explained on pages 12 and 14-15.
Remember, if you change a file, you MUST go to the end of the file. To advance
to the end of a file, press APPEND ( SHIFT and PROG ). Then press RUN
Y
RUN
and
, or press RUN
twice. The file will end wherever
is
pressed.
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Display Modes
The Message Center has many different display modes. The following is a list of basic modes
and a description of what they do. To change modes see Changing Modes on pages 10-11. To
change the speed of the modes see Message Enhancements Options on page 19. Remember to
use the SHIFT key as needed.
Mode
Display
Flash
Makes the message flash. [FLS]
Hold
Roll Up
Roll Down
Roll Left
Roll Right
Roll In
Roll Out
Holds the message for several seconds. [HLD]
Rolls the previous message off the display
while rolling the new message on. After
pressing ROLL , any of the six roll directions
(up, down, left, right, in, out) can be selected
by pressing SELECT . An arrow indicates the
direction the message will roll. [RL ]
Rotate
Rotates the message from right to left horizontally
across the display. In many cases, the Rotate mode
will also need a Trailing mode of Rotate. See page 20
for additional information. [ROT]
Wipes a new message over the current
message. After pressing WIPE , any of
the six wipe directions can be chosen by
pressing SELECT . An arrow indicates
the direction the message will wipe. [WI ]
Wipe Up
Wipe Down
Wipe Left
Wipe Right
Wipe In
Wipe Out
☞
NOTE
Other display modes are available by using the SPECIAL key. For more
information, see pages 14-15. Remember, to change a mode, follow the steps
in Changing Modes on pages 10-11.
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The Special Key
The SPECIAL key is used to display additional characters and character parameters not shown
on the keyboard. To practice using the SPECIAL key and the additional effects, use these keys
when selecting modes for your messages. To make mode changes, see Changing Modes on
pages 10-11. Remember to use the SHIFT key as needed.
Keys
Description
Half Space
SPECIAL
and then
Creates a half space in a message.
SPACE
Carriage Return
SPECIAL
and then
¢ symbol
SPECIAL
and then
Creates a carriage return. This starts a new line
for all modes except Rotate. For example, use a
carriage return to display your messages in multiple
lines or to display one word at a time.
Creates a ¢ symbol in a message.
$
Date
SPECIAL
and then
D
Inserts the date into the Message
Centers message.
The Special Key,
continued on next page
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The Special Key Modes
To use these modes you press the SPECIAL key and then the appropriate key, as in the previously
mentioned modes. Remember to use the SHIFT key when pressing a number key. Use these
keys when selecting modes for your messages. To make mode changes, see Changing Modes on
pages 10-11. Also, remember all mode abbreviations are either 3 or 4 characters, [AUT] [SPC]ø.
Use the INSERT and DELETE keys to adjust the mode spacing, as needed, within your message.
Abbreviations appear in the individual mode descriptions. Remember to use the SHIFT key
as needed.
Mode and Keys
Automode
SPECIAL
and then
Display Description
A
Twinkle
SPECIAL
Turns on the Automode function. The
Message Center automatically selects modes for the
message. [AUT]
Creates an oscillating twinkling effect. [SPC]ø
and then
Sparkle On
SPECIAL
and then
O
1
Sparkles a new message over the current message. The
message holds on the screen if the entire message can be
displayed at one time and no additional message follows.
[SPC]1
Snow
SPECIAL
and then
2
Writes a new message over the current message
with a snowing effect. [SPC]2
The Special Key,
continued on next page
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The Special Key Modes, continued
Remember to use the
SHIFT
key as needed.
Mode and Keys
Display Description
Interlock
SPECIAL
and then
3
and then
4
Switch
SPECIAL
Slide Across
SPECIAL
and then
5
Alternates rows of dots and interlocks the message
into the center of the display from each side. [SPC]3
Slides the characters of the message off the display
in different directions. The first character slides
up, the next down, etc. [SPC]4
Slides the message onto and across the display
from the right to the left, one character at a time.
[SPC]5
Spray On
SPECIAL
and then
Starburst On
SPECIAL
and then
6
7
Scroll
SPECIAL
and then
ROTATE
Sprays the message onto and across the display
from the right to the left. [SPC]6
Explodes the message in starbursts onto the
display. [SPC]7
Continuously moves the message to the top of the
display. [SCR]
You have completed the EZ KEY II Beginner Programming section. To learn about the Message
Center’s advanced features, continue with the next section.
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Intermediate Programming
Revising and Editing Messages
The Electronic Message Center has several editing keys to aid in making revisions to your
message. Note that all changes made to your message must take place at the far right of the
screen. To edit a message, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
(Although in the previous examples you have worked with only one file, if you
later create multiple files and need to edit a file other than file “A”, you would
press SELECT . PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed. Continue to press SELECT until
the filename of the desired file appears. For example, PROG TEXT FILE B. Then
continue with the next step . See Text Files and Multiple Files on page 27, and
Viewing and Editing Existing Files on page 29 for more information. )
Step 2.
Press ADV . A] is displayed at the left of the screen and | is displayed on the right
of the screen. A] represents the filename, and | represents the cursor.
Step 3.
Press ADV . Depending on your sign and the previously stored message, the
mode selected, such as [FLS], is displayed.
Step 4.
and type
Step 5.
Step 6.
until you reach the part of your message that you want to
Continue to press ADV
edit. For example, if you wanted to insert the word TEST before the word MESSAGE
(previous one-line example), position your cursor before the second M, press INSERT
SPACE
T
E
S
T
SPACE
.
Press APPEND ( SHIFT and PROG ) to advance to the end of the message.
Press RUN
twice. The revised message is displayed.
MY TEST MESSAGE
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Revising and Editing Messages, continued
To make additional revisions use the following keys:
Editing Keys
Description
Insert
Inserts all entries after the last character on the right.
One letter, one word, a mode or as much information
as you need can be inserted. To avoid writing over any
part of your message, leave insert activated until you are
finished editing. Press INSERT again to cancel the
insert function. Also use INSERT when replacing a 3
character mode with a 4 character mode such as [AUT]
for [SPC]4. Remember to use SPACE as needed.
INSERT
Delete
SHIFT
and
INSERT
and
PROG
Removes the last character or mode on the right.
Also use to delete the extra character when replacing
a 4 character mode with a 3 character mode such as
[SPC]4 for [AUT].
Append
SHIFT
Auto-Advance
SPECIAL
and then
Auto-Back
SPECIAL
and then
☞
Advances to the end of the message when you are in
the file Programming mode or displays the default
filename.
ADV
BACK
Automatically advances your message until you
press any key ( except SHIFT ) to stop. Then use
ADV
and BACK to locate the exact position of
the desired change.
Automatically backspaces your message until you
press any key to stop.
NOTE
Auto-Advance and Auto-Back always begin or end at the current position in
the message. If no key is pressed, it stops at the beginning or end of the message.
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Message Enhancement Options
Time, Date, Character Width, Upper/Lowercase Letters,
and Display Speed
The following keys are useful for making additional edits and message enhancements.
Remember you must be in the Programming mode when you make changes. Also, make sure
to use INSERT when making an enhancement change in the middle of a message. Remember,
you must go to the end of the file first before pressing RUN . See Revising and Editing
Messages on pages 17-18 to review the steps for editing a message.
Enhancement Keys
Description
Time
Displays the time of day within a message.
(To set the master time/day clock, see page 22.)
Displays the date within a message.
(To set the master date, see page 24.)
Produces wide characters. [WID] is displayed.
To return to regular characters, press the same
keys again.
SHIFT
and
ROTATE
Date
SPECIAL
and then
Wide
SHIFT
and
Caps Lock
SHIFT
and
L
G
Display Speed
SHIFT
and SELECT
D
Shifts between upper and lowercase letters.
No reference to the CAPS LOCK being on/off
appears in the Programming mode.
Displays [SP] for display speed. Press SELECT
to change speed. [SP1 ] is the slowest speed and
[SP5 ] is the fastest. If no speed is chosen, the
display speed automatically defaults to [SP4 ].
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Trailing Mode Message Enhancements
The Trailing mode is a mode that is entered at the end of or a section of a message if a particular
effect is desired. No character keys follow the mode unless you are starting a new section of your
message. The Trailing mode affects the message that was entered before it. All modes can be
used as a Trailing mode except the following: Condensed Rotate, Scroll, Slide, Snow and Spray.
To practice a Trailing mode message enhancement, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Step 2.
Press
Press
Step 3.
Using the keyboard, type
[HLD] HELLO is displayed.
Step 4.
Press
PROG
HOLD
ROTATE
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
. [HLD] is displayed.
H
E
L
L
O
.
. [ROT] is displayed.
Trailing Mode Message Enhancements,
continued on next page
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Trailing Mode Message Enhancements, continued
Step 5.
Press RUN
twice. The word HELLO is displayed on the screen for several
seconds, and then rotates off to the left.
HELLO
HELLO
ELLO
☞
NOTE
You may substitute any other mode for steps 3 and 4 if desired. See pages 12
and 14-15 for a review of the available modes. However, note that not all special
modes can be used as Trailing modes.
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Setting the Master Time and Day
The Message Center, once programmed, continuously remembers the time unless it is unplugged
or interrupted by a loss of power. However, models equipped with battery-backed clocks
continue to keep time even after the loss of power. To set the internal time, (not display), follow
these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Step 3.
Press
Press
BACK
Step 4.
Press ADV . SET TIME USING D, H & M appears for a few seconds. Then the
currently programmed day and time is displayed. (If the power has been interrupted,
the day or time displayed may be incorrect.)
Step 5.
Press
D
until the DAY desired is displayed.
Step 6.
Press
H
until the HOUR desired is displayed.
Step 7.
Press
M
until the MINUTES desired is displayed.
Step 8.
Press
PROG
Step 9.
Press
RUN
☞
BACK
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
(
(
SHIFT
SHIFT
and
and
ADV
ADV
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
). SET TIME is displayed.
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
twice to display the message you programmed previously.
NOTE
To convert the currently displayed time to display military time, press SELECT
H
while you are in the time Programming mode. Then press
to adjust the
hours. Press SELECT again to return the display time to the normal mode.
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Displaying the Time in Your Message
Displaying the time anywhere within your message is simple. However, you must be in the text
file or Programming mode when placing the time. To insert the time in your message, follow
these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
ADV
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Press INSERT to avoid writing over a previous entry. INSERT is displayed.
Press TIME ( SHIFT and ROTATE ) and SPACE .
PROG
Press APPEND ( SHIFT and
), if needed, to advance to the end of
the message.
Step 6.
Press
RUN
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
until [ HLD] is displayed.
twice. The message, with the time, is displayed.
2:37 PM HELLO
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Setting the Master Date
The Message Center, once programmed, continuously remembers the date unless it is unplugged
or interrupted by a loss of power. To set the internal date, (not display the date), follow these
steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Press
Press
Press
BACK
Step 4.
Press ADV . SET DATE USING D, M & Y appears for a few seconds. Then the
currently programmed date is displayed. If the power has been interrupted, the date
displayed may be incorrect.
Step 5.
Press
D
until the DATE desired is displayed.
Step 6.
Press
M
until the MONTH desired is displayed.
Step 7.
Press
Y
until the YEAR desired is displayed.
Step 8.
Press
PROG
Step 9.
Press
RUN
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BACK
BACK
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
(
(
(
SHIFT
SHIFT
SHIFT
and
and
and
ADV
ADV
ADV
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
). SET TIME is displayed.
). SET DATE is displayed.
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
twice to display the message you programmed previously.
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Displaying the Date in Your Message
Displaying the date anywhere within your message is simple. However, you must be in the text
file or Programming mode when placing the date. To insert the date in your message, follow
these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
ADV
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Press INSERT to avoid writing over a previous entry. INSERT is displayed.
D
Press SPECIAL and then
.
Press APPEND ( SHIFT and PROG ), if needed, to advance to the end of
the message.
Step 6.
Press
RUN
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
until [ HLD] is displayed.
twice. The date is displayed within the message.
APRIL 5, 1991
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Advanced Programming 3
Text Files and Multiple Files
EZ KEY II is capable of creating separate text files and storing multiple files. However, each
message file must be assigned a single character name, such as “B” or “1”. Most keys can be
O
?
used as a filename except the control keys such as PROG and SELECT , plus
,
,
CAPS LOCK ,
CURSOR
WIDE
and
. A maximum of 150 files (75 text files and 75 DOTS files) can
be stored internally in each Message Center at one time. You can then run each file separately,
together and/or according to the time of day. To create a file, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Step 2.
Press
Press
Step 3.
Because you have previously been programming in file “A”, type in a single
character filename, such as “B” to create a new file and to avoid writing over the
information already stored in file “A”. Remember, filenames can be only one
character in length. At the left of the display, B ] indicates the filename you are
currently programming.
PROG
SELECT
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed.
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Text Files and Multiple Files , continued
Step 4.
Using the keyboard, type
F
Step 5.
Press
I
RUN
L
N
E
E
W
SPACE
. [AUT] NEW FILE is displayed.
twice. The message stored in file “B” is displayed.
NEW FILE
☞
NOTE
To create additional text files, repeat the steps above for each new file.
Remember, each file must have a different one character name or you will
erase an existing file.
When PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed, this refers to the default file or File A .
You cannot delete the default file (file A). However, if you do not specify a
filename, your entry is automatically saved as File A when you press RUN
twice. New entries not specified as a different file automatically copy over the
previous message in the default file, file A.
If you press RUN
twice after creating a new or editing an existing file, the
file you just worked with will be the only file displayed. To run a sequence of
files, see page 31 for more information.
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Viewing and Editing Existing Text Files
To view or edit existing text files, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed.
SELECT
Press
. PROG TEXT FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is displayed. A filename is
displayed each time you press SELECT . The filenames are displayed in the order that
they were originally programmed.
Press
Press
PROG
SELECT
Step 4.
Repeat step 3 as needed. The Message Center will sequence through all existing
filenames. If no files other than the default file exist, PROG TEXT FILE A
is displayed. If you do not want to edit a file, go to step 8.
Step 5.
If you want to edit a selected file, press ADV to display the file in the
Programming mode. A] is displayed at the left of the screen and | is displayed on
the right of the screen. A] represents the filename, and | represents the cursor.
Step 6.
until you reach the part of your message that you want to
Continue to press ADV
edit. Make your edits. Remember, to use INSERT and DELETE as needed. Also, all
edits must be made at the farthest right hand position of the sign.
Step 7.
Remember to press APPEND ( SHIFT and PROG ) to advance to the end of the
message before the next step. See Revising and Editing Messages on page 17 for
more information.
Step 8.
Press
☞
RUN
twice. The previously programmed file(s) are displayed.
NOTE
Remember, when PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed, this refers to the default file
or File A . You cannot delete the default file (file A). However, if you do not
specify a filename, your entry is automatically saved as File A when you press
RUN
twice. New entries not specified as a different file automatically copy
over the previous message in the default file.
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Displaying a Single Existing File
To display a single existing file on your Message Center, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
. RUN or TIM is displayed at the far left. You do not need to program
Press
a specific run time for this example, thus you should use RUN. Press SELECT to
switch between RUN and TIM, if necessary.
Step 3.
Using the keyboard, type the one character filename of the message you want to
display. For example, type “B”. The FILENAME is displayed to the far right of RUN.
Remember, to display a specific file, you must have created the file previously. Files
that do not exist cannot be programmed into the RUN command.
Step 4.
Press RUN . The file you selected in step 3 is the only message displayed. If you
want to display a single file at a specific time, see page 34 for more information.
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PROG
RUN
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Programming the Run Sequence of Your Files
To display a file or multiple files, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
. RUN or TIM is displayed at the far left. If you do not need to
Press
program specific run times for individual files, use RUN. However, if you do want
to program specific times, use TIM. Press SELECT to switch between RUN and
TIM. Note, when you use TIM, you must also program the specific run times for
each file. For this example, use RUN. See page 36 for more information about preprogrammed time slots.
Step 3.
Using the keyboard, type the one letter filename of the message you want to display
first. For example, type “B”. The FILENAME is displayed to the far right of RUN.
Then type “A” after “B”. “A” represents your second message. Your display order
should now read RUN BA. Remember, to run multiple files, you must have
created the files previously. Files that do not exist cannot be programmed into the
RUN command.
Step 4.
Repeat step 3 until you have all your files entered in the desired order.
Step 5.
Press
PROG
RUN
☞
RUN
. All the files that you entered are displayed in the order programmed.
NOTE
To change the display order of your files without losing the files from memory,
just reprogram the run sequence.
No other information may be entered while you are in the run sequence.
To advance or backspace within the run sequence, use ADV
or BACK
SHIFT
ADV
APPEND
SHIFT
PROG
(
and
and
) or
(
).
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Checking Your Run Sequence Order
To check the display order of your files, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
. RUN or TIM is displayed at the far left. If you do not need to
Press
program specific run times for individual files, use RUN. However, if you do want to
program specific times, use TIM. Press SELECT to switch between RUN and TIM.
To just check the run sequence, you should use RUN. Press and hold ADV
until
no additional filenames are displayed. Then release ADV .
Step 3.
Step 4.
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PROG
RUN
Press
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RUN
once. All the files you entered are displayed in the order programmed.
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Deleting Text Files from the
Message Center’s Memory
To delete a text file or multiple files, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 2.
Press
SELECT
. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed.
Step 3.
Press
SELECT
. PROG TEXT FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is displayed.
Step 4.
Repeat step 3 until the desired filename is displayed.
Step 5.
Press DELETE (
Y/N is displayed.
Step 6.
Press
SHIFT
and
INSERT
). DEL TEXT FILE B, C, etc.? (filename)
to delete the file. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed. If you press
to cancel the delete request, PROG TEXT FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is
displayed.
Press SELECT to continue deleting files or press RUN
twice to redisplay the
message sequence. Files you delete will not be displayed, even if they have been
entered into a run sequence.
Y
N
Step 7.
☞
NOTE
When PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed, the A always refers to the default file.
You cannot delete the default file (file A).
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Assigning Time Slots to Individual Text Files
To assign a specific period of time a message should be displayed, such as the time of day or the
day itself, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 2.
Press
SELECT
. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed.
Step 3.
Press SELECT . PROG TEXT FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is displayed if the file has
been previously created.
Step 4.
Repeat step 3 until the desired filename is displayed.
Step 5.
Press
Step 6.
D
(day) to select a desired ON time. For example, by
Continue to press
D
pressing
until TEXT B ON MON is displayed, you set the ON time day(s) for
Monday. The available ON days are as follows:
TIME
( SHIFT and ROTATE ). TEXT FILE B, C, etc. (filename)
ON ALWAYS is displayed unless the ON ALWAYS has been changed previously.
( ON ALWAYS is the default time.)
ON ALWAYS
ON NEVER
ON DAILY
Step 7.
ON MON
ON TUE
ON WED
ON THU
ON FRI
ON SAT
ON SUN
ON MO - FR
ON WKEND
H
Press
(hour) to select the hour that you want your display to start. Note, the
Message Center’s internal clock is a 24 hour clock. The A.M. and P.M. selections are
not available. For example, if you want to start your display at midnight, select 0:00,
1:00 for 1:00 am, 13:00 for 1:00 pm and so on.
D
(day) to
If you want to have your sign on ALL DAY for a specific day, press
H
select a day. Then, press
until ALL DAY appears (after 23:00). You can
also use ON DAILY (from step 7) above with ALL DAY.
Assigning Time Slots to Individual Text Files,
continued on next page
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Assigning Time Slots to Individual Text Files, continued
Step 8.
Step 9.
M
Press
(minute) to change the minutes. Note, minutes can only be
programmed in 10 minute intervals such as 5:10, 5:20, 5:30, 5:40 and 5:50.
D
H
M
To set an OFF time, press SELECT . Then use
and
to set
,
the desired time. Remember, to set an OFF time, you must have set an ON time for
the same file. The available OFF days are as follows:
OFF MON
OFF TUE
OFF WED
OFF THU
OFF FRI
OFF SAT
OFF SUN
If the ON DAY is set to MON - FRI, WKEND or DAILY you cannot set a different OFF
DAY. These selections will turn off automatically after their assigned time slot is
over. Additionally, you cannot set an OFF DAY for ALWAYS or NEVER.
Step 10.
Repeat steps 1 - 9 for each file needing a time slot.
Step 11.
Press PROG
displayed.
twice to exit the time slot Programming mode. PROG TEXT FILE A is
Step 12.
Press
twice to redisplay the message sequence.
☞
RUN
NOTE
Remember to enter the filename in your run sequence to display the file. See
page 31-32 for more information or page 36 if you are using multiple files at
pre-programmed time slots.
The same keys are used to set the OFF and ON times.
If you do not assign an ON time, the Message Center assigns ON ALWAYS as the
run time. The ON ALWAYS mode starts the Message Center at the time assigned
and runs continuously thereafter.
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Programming Multiple Files to
Run at Pre-Programmed Time Slots
To program the Electronic Message Center to run multiple text files in the order and time slots
you want them displayed, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Make sure you have previously assigned time slots to the appropriate text files.
If needed, see page 34 for information about assigning time slots to files.
Step 2.
Press
Step 3.
Press RUN . RUN or TIM is displayed at the far left. Because you have
programmed your files to run at specific times, use TIM. Press SELECT to switch
between RUN and TIM, if needed.
Step 4.
Using the keyboard, type the filenames of the files you want to display.
For example, TIM BC.
Step 5.
Repeat step 4 until the preferred files have been entered in the desired order.
When you use the TIM command, the sign reads the assigned display time of each
individual file.
Step 6.
Press RUN . All the files you entered are displayed in the order programmed
at the assigned time slot.
☞
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
NOTE
You will not be able to assign a run time to a file that has not been created.
Examples of files and time slots include:
TEXT A ON ALWAYS, TEXT B ON DAILY 14:00, and TEXT C ON MO - FR 2:00.
To display DOTS files at a specific time, they must be incorporated in a text file.
See Using DOTS Files within Text Files on page 45 for more information.
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Drawing Pictures with DOTS
The Message Center has the capability of storing pictures drawn with the DOTS option. To create
a DOTS picture file, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
Step 3.
Press
SELECT
Step 4.
or any other letter to establish a name for the DOTS file. (Or press
to automatically store the picture in the DOTS default file, file A.) A
FLASHING DOT (the cursor) is displayed in the upper left corner of the display.
Remember, DOTS files are in a separate category within the Message Center’s
internal memory, thus you can have a DOTS file and a TEXT file with the same one
character name, such as “C” or “1”.
Press
(
SHIFT
and
ADV
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
. PROG DOTS FILE ? is displayed.
X
ADV
☞
NOTE
The size of a DOTS picture can be varied. However, the size must be changed
before you begin drawing your DOTS. See page 40 for more information about
changing the DOT picture size.
Drawing Pictures with DOTS,
continued on next page
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Drawing Pictures with DOTS, continued
Step 5.
Use the following keys to create a DOTS picture. The arrow on each key in the
following illustration represents the direction the cursor moves when the key is
A
pressed. Several of the keys have the same function. For example, either
or
D
could be used to move the cursor UP. However, when inserting or deleting a
SHIFT
DOT, you would use either INSERT or
depending on the function.
See the next page for additional key information. Then continue with Step 6 on
page 41.
Drawing Pictures with DOTS,
continued on next page
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Drawing Pictures with DOTS, continued
Infrared and Plug-In Keyboard
INSERT
F
K
C
E
J
N
SHIFT
alternated with
A
,
,
P
,
,
or
D
,
,
H
,
,
M
,
,
O
,
.
Draws new DOTS or removes existing DOTS in the
directions as listed on the previous page. Move the
cursor by pressing the appropriate direction key. Then
press INSERT to add or delete a single DOT . You
must continue to alternate between the direction key and
the INSERT key to add or delete each individual dot.
See below for information about drawing solid lines.
Press and hold the direction key and the
the same time to draw or delete a line.
SHIFT
key at
On the plug-in keyboard only, as an added alternative,
INSERT
you can also press and hold the direction key and the
key at
the same time to draw a line.
INSERT
Drawing Pictures with DOTS,
continued on next page
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Drawing Pictures with DOTS, continued
Function Keys
Z
Asks you if you want to CLEAR DOTS ? To clear the
Y
N
entire DOTS picture, press
for YES or
to cancel the CLEAR DOTS ? option.
!
Changes the DOTS picture drawing area by moving the
starting point in from the left by one dot increments, thus
making the
drawing area (and DOTS picture) smaller.
Remember to change the size before
starting your DOTS
picture.
Changes the DOTS picture drawing area by moving the
starting point back to the left by one dot increments, thus
returning the
drawing area (and DOTS picture) to a larger
size. Remember to change the size
before starting your
DOTS picture.
?
Drawing Pictures with DOTS,
continued on next page
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Drawing Pictures with DOTS, continued
Step 6.
Press
RUN
Step 7.
Press
RUN
Step 8.
Press
ADV
Step 9.
Press
PROG
☞
. END MESSAGE HERE ? Y/N, or END HERE ? Y/N is displayed.
or
Y
. PROG DOTS FILE X is displayed.
. The DOTS picture is displayed.
until PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
NOTE
The DOTS picture drawing area cannot be made larger than the display nor smaller
than five dots wide.
?
!
The
keys work only when the flashing cursor is in the
and
upper left corner of the display.
?
!
The
keys change the size of the DOTS picture drawing
and
area and erase all previous file contents. To avoid DOTS file programming
problems, select the DOTS drawing area before programming begins.
The cursor blinks faster when it passes over or stops on a DOT that has already
been turned on. This feature helps you identify the DOTS that have already been
activated.
When drawing DOTS pictures on Message Centers, you should not use more than
50% of the LEDs or the incandescent lamps at one time. Using more than the
suggested 50% will cause your message center to reset.
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Creating Multiple DOTS Files
To create multiple DOTS files, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
Step 3.
Press
SELECT
Step 4.
Using the keyboard, type a filename such as “F”. A FLASHING DOT is displayed in
the upper left corner of the display.
Step 5.
Create a DOTS picture by following the steps in the previous section. The DOTS
picture is displayed.
Step 6.
Press
RUN
Step 7.
Press
RUN
Step 8.
Press
ADV
Step 9.
Repeat steps 1 - 8 for each DOTS file created.
Step 10.
When you have completed your DOTS picture, press
PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 11.
Press
☞
RUN
(
SHIFT
and
ADV
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
. PROG DOTS FILE ? is displayed.
. END MESSAGE HERE ? Y/N, or END HERE ? Y/N is displayed.
or
Y
for YES. PROG DOTS FILE F (filename) is displayed.
. The DOTS picture is displayed.
PROG
until
twice. The previous message is displayed.
NOTE
Be sure to give each DOTS file a different name or you will copy over an existing
file.
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Viewing and Editing Existing DOTS Files
To view an existing DOTS file, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
Step 3.
Press
SELECT
. PROG DOTS FILE ? is displayed.
Step 4.
Press
SELECT
. PROG DOTS FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is displayed.
Step 5.
Repeat step 4 as needed. The Message Center will display all the
existing filenames in the order they were originally programmed. If no files exist,
PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
Step 6.
Press
Step 7.
ADV
(
SHIFT
and
ADV
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
. The DOTS FILE B, C, (filename) is displayed.
If desired, use the steps in Drawing Pictures with DOTS on pages 37 - 41, to edit your
DOTS picture.
Step 8.
To edit another DOTS picture, press
and then repeat steps 4 - 7.
Step 9.
When you have completed viewing or editing your DOTS pictures, press
until PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 10.
Press
RUN
PROG
until PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed
PROG
twice. The previous message is displayed.
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Displaying a DOTS File
The Message Center can be programmed to display a DOTS file on the screen. To display a
DOTS file, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
Step 2.
If you do not want to write over the current file A, press SELECT until
PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed. Then type a filename such as “D”. [D] appears.
Step 3.
Select the desired MODE. The [ MODE] is displayed.
Step 4.
Press
SPECIAL
Step 5.
Press
P
Step 6.
Press SELECT until the desired DOTS filename appears. [ MODE] [DOT] FILENAME B,
C, etc. is displayed.
Step 7.
Press
RUN
Step 8.
Press
RUN
or
Step 9.
Press
PROG
once to return to PROG TEXT FILE A.
☞
PROG
. SPECIAL is displayed.
. [ MODE] [DOT] A is displayed.
. END MESSAGE HERE ? Y/N, or END HERE ? Y/N is displayed.
Y
for YES. The DOTS FILE is displayed.
NOTE
Remember, to display or assign a time slot to a DOTS file, the file must be placed
into a text file as in the steps above.
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Using DOTS Files with Text Files
To put DOTS files into text files, make sure the DOTS file has been previously created, then
follow these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 2.
Press
SELECT
. PROG TEXT FILE ? is displayed.
Step 3.
To select a previously programmed file, press SELECT . PROG TEXT FILE B, C, etc.
(filename) is displayed. Or, to create a new file, type a new filename such as “T” and
then type your message. If you create a new file, a MODE must precede any DOTS
file entry. See Text Files and Multiple Files on page 27 for more information.
Step 4.
If you have created a new file, select the desired MODE. The [ MODE] is displayed.
If you selected a previously programmed file, press
is displayed at the far left.
ADV
. C] (filename selected)
Step 5.
ADV
or
Decide on the location of the DOTS file within the TEXT file, by pressing
BACK
( SHIFT and ADV ), to position the insertion point at the far right of the
screen.
Step 6.
If you are placing the DOTS file within the text, press
part of your file is displayed.
Step 7.
Press
SPECIAL
Step 8.
Press
P
Step 9.
Press
SELECT
INSERT
. INSERT and possibly
. SPECIAL is displayed.
. [ DOT] A is displayed.
until the desired DOTS filename is displayed, such as [ DOT] B.
Using DOTS Files within Text Files,
continued on next page
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Using DOTS Files within Text Files, continued
Step 10.
Step 11.
Press INSERT
Press APPEND
message.
again to cancel the insert mode.
PROG
( SHIFT and
), if needed, to advance to the end of the
Step 12.
Press
twice. The message is displayed.
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Deleting Existing DOTS Files
To delete DOTS files from memory, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
Step 3.
Press
SELECT
. PROG DOTS FILE ? is displayed.
Step 4.
Press
SELECT
. PROG DOTS FILE B, C, etc. (filename) is displayed.
Step 5.
Press DELETE
is displayed.
(
Step 6.
Press
to delete a file or
Y
(
SHIFT
SHIFT
and
and
). PROG DOTS FILE A is displayed.
ADV
). DEL DOTS FILE (filename) ? Y/N
INSERT
N
to cancel the delete request. PROG DOTS
FILE ? is displayed.
☞
NOTE
Remember, DOTS FILE A cannot be deleted. DOTS FILE A is the default file.
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Clearing the Memory
To clear the entire memory of your Message Center, follow these steps:
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
Step 3.
Press ADV . WARNING! is displayed momentarily. Then CLEAR ALL? Y/N is
Y
displayed. Press
for YES if you want to clear everything in memory. If you
N
press
for NO, PROG TEXT FILE A is redisplayed.
Step 4.
Y
for YES, the memory is automatically cleared and PROG TEXT
By pressing
FILE A is redisplayed.
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(
SHIFT
and
ADV
) until CLEAR MEMORY is displayed.
3
International Characters
International characters are included in the EZ KEY II program. To display a character from
the International Character Set shown below, press the corresponding keyboard character key
and then press SELECT until the desired International Character is displayed. The available
characters are as follows:
A
a
A
Ä Å
a æ â ä
Æ
à å
á ª
C
c
E
e
i
N
n
O
o
C
c
E
e
i
N
n
O
o
ç
ç
É
é ê
ë è
î ï ì í
Ñ
ñ
Ö
ô ö ò ó
º °
U
u
y
$
?
U Ü
u
ü û ù ú
y ÿ
$ ¢ £ ¥ Pt ƒ
? ¿
!
!
¡
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Self Test Program
The Message Center can perform a self test program to determine if all columns of LEDs or
incandescent lamps are functioning properly. The test program also provides you with a quick
and easy way to clear the Message Center of all information currently stored in memory. To use
the test program, follow these steps:
Step 1.
Press
PROG
Step 2.
Press
BACK
(
Step 3.
Press
ADV
until the DAY and TIME is displayed.
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
SHIFT
and
ADV
) until SET TIME is displayed.
The Message Center’s memory will be cleared of any previously stored
messages when you run the Self Test Program. However, if you press
R
immediately after entering TEST the memory will not be cleared.
The test will continue until you press PROG .
Step 4.
T
E
S
T
Using the keyboard type
. Remember to press
R
immediately after TEST to save the memory, if desired. A number of
diagnostics are displayed repeatedly until the test is discontinued.
Step 5.
Press
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PROG
to cancel the test program.
3
Message Retention
All Electronic Message Centers, including those without a battery-backed
clock, will retain files for approximately one month after a power
interruption without access to power. However, to ensure sufficient
charging time, the Electronic Message Center must be plugged into a
power source for at least eight hours prior to a power interruption. If the
unit is plugged into a power source for only a short time, the unit’s
message retention time will be shorter.
When power is restored to the unit, the previously stored messages will be
displayed automatically. However, the master clocks on models without
battery-backed clocks must be reset. Units with battery-backed clocks will
not be affected. Units with battery-backed clocks will retain the time when
power is lost. See Setting the Master Time and Day on page 22 for more
information.
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Troubleshooting
If a problem occurs during operation of your Message Center, consult the following list of
common problems for a solution. If you continue to experience difficulties with your display,
please contact your sales representative.
Problem
The desired file(s) do not appear on the Message Center.
Possible Solutions
1. Press
PROG
to see if PROG TEXT FILE A appears.
2. Make sure that the Message Center is plugged into a live outlet.
3. Make sure that the AC Adapter is securely inserted into the Message Center.
4. Make sure that a message has been entered into the Message Center.
5. In case of a power failure, especially electrical storms, unplug the Message Center and let it
sit for a few seconds. Then replug the unit.
6. Make sure that file run times are on and that the filename is in the run sequence table.
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Problem
Keyboard does not operate properly.
Possible Solutions
1.
Make sure that the keyboard connector is securely inserted into the Message Center. It
should be inserted approximately 1/8 of an inch. Note, the connector can be inserted in
only one direction. The small raised portion located on the middle of the connector should
fit easily into the slot on your unit. (Keyboard connector is not applicable to the 790i
Incandescent Message Center.)
2.
Make sure that you pressed PROG prior to entering information into the Message Center.
If multiple files have been programmed, ADV
must be pressed when the desired filename
is displayed.
Problem
Part of a mode appears in your message when displayed or the mode does not operate properly.
Possible Solution
Remember, all mode abbreviations are either 3 or 4 characters. Use the INSERT and DELETE
keys to adjust the mode spacing, as needed within your message. See page 18 for more
information.
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Problem
All or part of a message has been lost.
Possible Solutions
1. After making a revision, make sure that you always advance to the end of a message file
before pressing RUN
twice. To advance to the end of a message file press APPEND
PROG
( SHIFT and
).
2. If you do not specify a filename, your entry is automatically saved as File A. If you make a
second entry after the first and do not specify a different filename, the second message is
automatically copied over the first message in file A, the default file.
3. Make sure to use
INSERT
when inserting a new mode or text to an existing message.
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Problem
You would like to run a blank screen to the Electronic Message Center.
Possible Solution
Step 1. Press
PROG
Step 2. Press
HOLD
. PROG TEXT FILE A is displayed.
and then
SPACE
.
Step 3. Press RUN
twice. The display runs a blank screen. If you want the space to be
stored in a particular filename, make sure to save it in an unused file.
Problem
The Message Center resets when displaying or drawing DOTS pictures.
Possible Solution
You cannot use more than 50% of the LEDs or Incandescent lamps at one time. See page 41
for more information.
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Index
A
Append option
Assigning, time slots
to individual files
Auto-Advance option
Auto-Back option
Automode
plug-in keyboards
18
34-35
18
18
8, 14
C
Caps Lock option
Carriage Return, creating
Characters, International
Clearing Memory
Combining
DOTS files and text files
Cursor
understanding
19
13
49
48
45
38-39
E
Editing
DOTS files
messages
with revision keys
Enhancements
keys
trailing modes
Existing Text Files, viewing
Existing DOTS Files, viewing
43
17-18
18
19
20-21
29
43
F
Flash mode
12
3
H
D
Date, setting the master
Day, setting the master
Delete option
Deleting
DOTS files from memory
text files from memory
Displaying
Date
DOTS Files
Single Exisiting Files
Time
DOTS Files
deleting from memory
displaying
editing
multiple
viewing
using with text files
DOTS
drawing
keys
function keys
24
22
18
47
33
25
44
30
23
47
44
43
42
43
45
37-41
38-40
40
Half Space, creating
Hold mode
Hour, setting the master
13
12
22
I
Interlock mode
Insert option
International Characters
15
18
49
K
Keyboard Operation
Keys
moving DOT cursor
direction, DOT
function, DOT
modes
special
2
38-39
38-39
40
12, 14-15
13-15
Index
M
Memory
clearing
deleting DOTS files from
deleting text files from
Message
Enhancement options
Retention
Messages
editing
revising
Military Time, setting
Minutes, setting the master
Modes
Automode
changing
Flash
Hold
Interlock
manual selection
Roll
Rotate
Scroll
Slide Across
Snow
Special Key
Sparkle On
Spray On
Starburst On
Switch
Trailing
Twinkle
Wipe
Multiple
DOTS Files, creating
Text Files, creating
48
47
33
19
51
17-18
17-18
22
22
8, 14
10-11
12
12
15
9
12
12
15
15
14
13-15
14
15
15
15
20-21
14
12
42
27
O
Options
Message Enhancements
Mode
Special Key
19
12, 14-15
13-15
P
Programming
beginning
correcting entry mistakes
correcting running messages
multiple files and
pre-programmed time slots
run sequence
4
6
7
36
31
R
Revising messages
Revision Keys
Append
Auto Advance
Auto Back
Caps Lock
Date
Delete
editing
enhancements
Insert
Speed
Time
Wide characters
Roll mode
Rotate mode
Run Sequence
checking
programming
17-18
18
18
18
19
19
18
18
19
18
19
19
19
12
12
32
31
S
Scroll mode
Self Test Program
Slide Across mode
Snow mode
Sparkle On mode
Special Keys
Speed option
Spray On mode
15
50
15
14
14
13-15
19
15
Index
Starburst On
Startup, general
Switch mode
15
1
15
T
Text Files, using with DOTS files
Time
assigning slots
to individual files
displaying
military
option
pre-programmed slots
setting
setting the master day
setting the master hour
setting the master minutes
Trailing Modes, using
Twinkle mode
45
34-35
23
22
19
36
22
22
22
22
20-21
14
V
Viewing
existing DOTS files
existing text files
43
29
W
Wide Characters option
Wipe mode
19
12
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