SA-385-10 Manual

SA-385-10 Manual
Carson Manufacturing Co., Inc.
5451 North Rural Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: (888) 577-6877 Fax: (317) 254-2667
www.carsonsirens.com
SA-385-10
SIREN AMPLIFIER
INSTALLATION AND OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
Carson is a trademark of Carson Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Sound Hazard - Sound level from siren speaker (>120dBA @ 10 feet) may cause hearing damage.
Do not operate siren without adequate hearing protection for you and anyone in immediate vicinity.
(Ref. OSHA 1910.95 for occupational noise exposure guidelines)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
GENERAL DESCRIPTION.............................................................................................................................. 2
SPECIFICATIONS .......................................................................................................................................... 2
INSTALLATION............................................................................................................................................... 3
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ......................................................................................................................... 3
UNPACKING ............................................................................................................................................. 3
OPTION SWITCHES................................................................................................................................. 4
MOUNTING............................................................................................................................................... 5
ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS................................................................................................................. 5
OPERATION ................................................................................................................................................... 6
POWER ON/OFF ...................................................................................................................................... 6
ROTARY SELECTOR SWITCH ................................................................................................................ 6
SIREN BUTTON........................................................................................................................................ 6
AUXILIARY INPUT FUNCTIONS .............................................................................................................. 6
Horn Ring Cycler 2 (HRC2) .............................................................................................................. 6
PA (Public Address) .................................................................................................................................. 6
SERVICE ........................................................................................................................................................ 7
PROBLEMS .............................................................................................................................................. 7
PARTS and ACCESSORIES .................................................................................................................... 7
RETURNS ................................................................................................................................................. 8
WARRANTY .............................................................................................................................................. 8
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The SA-385 Siren Amplifier is designed for single 100W speaker use. The primary operating modes are Standby,
Wail, Yelp, and Phaser, selected by a 4-position rotary switch. A Noise Canceling PA Override and push-button
override are available in all modes. PA volume control provided on front panel. Auxiliary input is provided for
connection to horn ring circuit or switch for additional siren control. The unit features instant-on allowing the unit to
produce a tone or PA instantly when a control is activated. A DIP switch provides options such as Two-Tone,
disable tones, HRC2 operation, Auxiliary function, etc. The unit utilizes short circuit, high voltage, and reverse
polarity protection systems for maximum service life. Output indicator light on face for diagnostics.
SPECIFICATIONS
Speaker Load
Input Voltage
Input Current
Standby Current
Audio Frequency
Audio Distortion
Audio Output
Output Power
Siren Frequency
Tones / Cycle Rates
Cycle Rates
High Voltage Protection
Short Circuit Current
Operating Temp.
Controls
Connections (6-Pin Conn)
Size
Weight
Single 100W 11ohm
10 - 16 VDC (negative ground)
8 AMPS (@14 VDC - single 100W speaker)
0 mA (20mA for backlight lamp)
200Hz - 10kHz + 3db
Less than 3% (@1 kHz - 100W speaker)
40 watts (@14 VDC - 100W Speaker)
105 WATTS RMS MAX. (15 VDC - single 100W speaker)
700Hz - 1500Hz (Two-Tone and Horn = 435 & 585Hz)
Horn
Wail
Yelp
Phaser
Two-Tone
109 CPS
13 CPM
190 CPM
15 CPS
60 CPM
16 - 18 VDC will cause siren output to cease, resume at normal voltage
50 AMPS (supply circuit must be capable of supplying this for 1 second)
-15° F to +140°F
4-position rotary selector switch (Standby, Wail, Yelp, and Phaser).
Momentary push-button override switch (Manual siren control and Horn).
Front panel PA volume control.
Auxiliary input programmable for positive or negative activation.
8-position DIP switch option selector.
Positive, Negative, (2) Speaker, Backlight Lamp, Auxiliary
4-1/2" Wide, 1-15/16" High, 5-9/16" Deep
4 LBS.
NOTICE
Due to continuous product improvements, we must reserve the right to change any specifications and information,
contained in this manual at any time without notice.
Carson Manufacturing Co., Inc. makes no warranty of any kind with regard to this manual, including, but not
limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
Carson Manufacturing Co., Inc. shall not be liable for errors contained herein or for incidental or consequential
damages in connection with the furnishing, performance, or use of this manual.
See www.carsonsirens.com for latest information.
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INSTALLATION
Proper installation of the unit is essential for years of safe, reliable operation. Please read all
instruction before installing the unit. Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious damage to the unit or vehicle and may void warranties.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
For the safety of the installer, vehicle operator, passengers and the community please observe
the following safety precautions. Failure to follow all safety precautions and instructions may
result in property damage, injury or death.
Qualifications - The installer must have a firm knowledge of basic electricity, vehicle electrical
systems and emergency equipment.
Sound Hazard - Sound level from siren speaker (>120dBA @ 10 feet) may cause hearing damage.
Do not operate siren without adequate hearing protection for you and anyone in immediate vicinity.
(Ref. OSHA 1910.95 for occupational noise exposure guidelines)
Mounting - Mount the unit for easy access by the vehicle operator. DO NOT mount in air bag
deployment area. Assure clearances before drilling in vehicle. To prevent internal damage
mounting bolts must not enter case more than 1/4"
Wiring - Use wiring capable of handling the current required. Make sure all connections are tight.
Route wiring to prevent wear, overheating and interference with air bag deployment. Install and
check all wiring before connection to vehicle battery.
Testing - Test all siren functions after installation to assure proper operation. Test vehicle operation to assure no damage to vehicle.
Keep These Instructions - Keep these instructions in the vehicle or other safe place for future
reference. Advise the vehicle operator of the location.
UNPACKING
Inspect contents for shipping damage. If found alert carrier immediately.
Contact supplier immediately if any items are missing.
Contents of box should include the following items:
Qty Item
1
Amplifier Unit (SA-385-10 14)
1
Bracket, Microphone Clip with mounting screws (CP3633)
1
Bracket, ‘U’ Dash Mount (CP5037)
2
Bolts, ‘U’ Mounting Bracket (CP3966)
1
Connector, 6-P Terminal Block Plug (CP4688-06)
1
Instruction Manual (CP5042 This Manual)
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OPTION SWITCHES
An 8-position DIP switch on the remote amplifier may be changed to select various options.
ON
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Option Switches
On Side
Option Switches
Default Setting Shown (Switches OFF)
SW-1 Auxiliary Input Polarity - The auxiliary input is normally activated with positive, turn this
switch ON for negative activation.
SW-2
SW-3
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
Auxiliary Input Function
with Unit set to Standby
(Default) Produces Horn tone while activated.
Produces Phaser tone while activated.
Produces Manual siren tone.
Activates Horn Ring Cycler 2 (HRC2) function.
SW-4 Two-Tone - Turn this switch ON to replace Phaser with Two-Tone.
SW-5 Phaser Inhibit - Turn this switch ON to disable Phaser tone. Phaser replaced with Yelp.
SW-4 and 5 Siren Tone Disable - All siren tones may be disabled except Horn by turning ON
both switches. The Siren push-button switch and Auxiliary input will produce Horn tone.
SW-6 Horn Inhibit - Turn this switch ON to disable Horn tone. Horn replaced with Yelp.
SW-7 Short Manual - The manual tone normally falls and dies out when the manual switch is
released. Turn this switch ON to have the tone stop immediately.
SW-8 Horn Override - While in standby mode, the Siren push-button switch will normally activate
manual tone. Turn this switch ON to momentarily activate Horn tone.
HORN RING CYCLER 2 (HRC2) - Turn on DIP SW-2 and SW-3 to enable this feature. Also
connect the auxiliary input to the horn ring or other switch. While the siren is in standby, tap the
horn ring to bring the unit out of standby into Wail tone. Repeatedly tapping the horn ring will
cycle through Wail, Yelp, and Phaser tones. Tapping the horn ring twice quickly will stop the siren
tones and return the unit to standby. Pressing and holding the horn ring will produce Horn tone
until released. Then the siren will return to its previous siren tone or standby.
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MOUNTING
The mounting bracket supplied can be installed above or below the unit. Choose a mounting
location convenient to the operator and away from any air bag deployment areas. Inspect behind
mounting area for clearance. Assure adequate ventilation to prevent overheating. Consider wire
routing and access to connections, as well as microphone bracket placement. Install mounting
bracket to vehicle using 1/4" hardware (not supplied). If mounting in a rack or console, make sure
that mounting bolts do not enter case more than 1/4".
ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS
Electrical connections to the unit are made using a removable terminal block plug located on the
back. A label on the unit identifies each terminal function. Install the plug on the unit before
wiring. If the unit needs service the plug can be easily removed without unwiring. The power
supply of the unit must be capable of delivering peak currents up to 50 amps for adequate short
circuit protection and reliable operation. The preferred source is directly at the vehicle battery.
The unit is fused near connector.
Attach leads by stripping 3/8", inserting into plug and clamp by tightening screw. Make sure the
screw is tight and the wire can't be pulled out.
Failure to adequately tighten the screw can result in improper operation or burning the
connector and wire.
Wire Size and Termination - The diagram shows the minimum wire size used for each connection, along with recommended lead color. If the wire is longer than 10 ft. use the next larger wire
size. Use only high quality crimp connectors for installation on the vehicle.
Auxiliary Input Connection (AUX) (Optional) - A momentary input typically connected to the
horn ring of the vehicle or other switch. The auxiliary input may be activated with positive or
negative voltage. Input current is less than 10 mA.
See OPTION SWITCHES section for polarity selection.
NOTE: Permanent disconnection of the vehicle horn is NOT recommended.
Auxiliary Input
Connection Examples
Activated with
+VDC OR -VDC
Momentary
SPST
Switch
HORN RLY
+VDC
or
-VDC
To
AUX
11 ohm
100W
LMP
#22G YEL
#18G BRN
#18G BRN
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Splice
To
AUX
Backlight Lamp (Optional)
connected to dash lights
(see note below)
#16G BLK
-
#16G RED
+
BAT
Plug installed
this orientation
6-P Terminal Block Plug
(CP4688-06)
Plug into unit first for
terminal identification
15A Automotive
Type Fuse
NEG
AUX
SPK
SPK
LMP
POS
Note: Backlight Lamp will
automatically come on
when the unit is active.
May also be connected to
an ignition switch controlled
circuit. The required
current is low (20mA).
Vehicle
Horn
Note:
Vehicle horn will also
sound with siren
Vehicle
Horn
To
AUX
AUX
#22G WHT
Horn
Circuit
Added
SPDT
Switch
Factory Default
DIP SW-1 OFF for +VDC
DIP SW-1 ON for -VDC
+VDC
or
-VDC
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OPERATION
Sound Hazard - Sound level from siren speaker (>120dBA @ 10 feet) may cause hearing damage.
Do not operate siren without adequate hearing protection for you and anyone in immediate vicinity.
(Ref. OSHA 1910.95 for occupational noise exposure guidelines)
POWER ON/OFF
The unit is turned on/off automatically (instant on) with the siren, PA, or auxiliary input controls.
The Backlight will also turn on automatically. The backlight may also turn on independently with
vehicle ignition switch. See INSTALLATION section.
ROTARY SELECTOR SWITCH
A rotary switch controls the primary operating mode of the siren.
Standby - A silent mode that may be overridden anytime.
Wail - A slower changing tone used on highways.
Yelp - A rapidly changing tone used in congested areas.
Phaser - A very rapid changing tone used at intersections or very
highly congested areas. May be optionally replaced with Two-Tone
or disabled. Two-Tone is two alternating frequencies like a European Hi-Lo. See OPTION SWITCHES section.
SIREN BUTTON
This momentary push-button switch provides Manual or Horn tones.
Manual - With selector switch in Standby, siren tone rises while pressed and falls when
released until silenced. May be optionally replaced with Horn tone.
See OPTION SWITCHES section.
Horn - With selector switch out of Standby, produces a simulated air-horn tone that can
be used to supplement the normal vehicle horn. Used at intersections or in low noise
areas.
AUXILIARY INPUT FUNCTIONS
The switch or horn ring attached is intended to be momentary.
When the selector switch is in Wail, Yelp, or Phaser activating auxiliary will produce Horn tone.
With selector switch in Standby, activating auxiliary will normally produce Horn tone. Different
tones are available. See OPTION SWITCHES section.
Horn Ring Cycler 2 (HRC2) - this feature may also be added by turning on the HRC2 option.
HRC2 is only available while the unit is in Standby. Tapping the attached horn ring or other
switch, will bring the unit out of standby into Wail tone. Repeatedly tapping the horn ring will cycle
through Wail, Yelp, and Phaser tones. Tapping the horn ring twice quickly will stop the siren
tones and return the unit to standby. Pressing and holding the horn ring will produce Horn tone
until released. Then the siren will return to its previous siren tone or standby.
Selector Switch
(Mode)
Standby
Wail, Yelp, or Phaser
Siren
Switch
Manual (Default) or Horn
Horn
Auxiliary Input
(Horn Ring)
Horn (Default), Manual, Phaser, or HRC2
Horn
PA (Public Address)
The noise canceling microphone is used for public address operation and overrides any siren mode when the button on the side is pressed (PTT). Adjust the
PA Volume and hold the microphone close to your lips for proper operation.
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SERVICE
This unit is designed to provide years of reliable service under even the worst conditions. Many
times there may appear to be a problem with the unit when the true problem is in the speaker or
improper installation. The following chart shows typical symptoms and possible causes.
A blown siren fuse doesn't necessarily mean that the unit is bad. If a speaker or speaker lead is
shorted the fuse will blow before the unit is damaged. Disconnect the SPK leads and replace the
fuse. If the OUTPUT light on face of unit comes on with Yelp mode selected the amplifier is OK.
Check the speaker or leads for possible shorting.
PROBLEMS
Symptom
Possible Cause
No power or siren Bad speaker
output
Connector loose
Amplifier fuse blown
Loose connection at power source
No siren tone High Voltage Protection
PA works
Mic button stuck
All siren tones disabled
No PA
PA volume not set properly.
Distorted siren
Speaker assembly loose
sound
Intermittent Aux Input connection
Low vehicle voltage
Intermittent siren High Voltage Protection
tone
Connector loose
Bad power connection
Mic button activation
Circuit breaker in supply connection
Horn function
Siren button stuck
stuck on or
Aux input improperly connected
Manual stuck on Aux input polarity set wrong
Wrong siren tone Two-Tone option selected
Tones disabled
Some siren tones Particular siren tones disabled
not working
Check
Is the OUTPUT light on face coming on in Yelp?
Is an external fuse or circuit breaker used?
Is the backlighting coming on.
Are the negative leads connected to a good ground?
Input voltage must be less than highest rated voltage.
Does mic button release properly?
Are the option switches set properly?
Have you tried turning the PA volume control?
Is the speaker bell or tip loose?
Is the Aux Input used and wired properly?
Input voltage must be greater than lowest rated voltage.
Is the vehicle voltage regulator working properly?
Are the connections tight on the back of the unit?
Is there a loose connection on a power lead?
Is something lying on the microphone?
Is a circuit breaker used with at least a 50A rating?
Does the siren button return fully when released?
Is the auxiliary input used and wired properly?
Is the auxiliary polarity option set properly?
Check option switch settings.
Check option switch settings.
PARTS and ACCESSORIES
The following parts and accessories are available from Carson Manufacturing Company, Inc.:
Part
CP4837
CP4684
CP5041
CP4990-150
CP4852
CP5043
CP4750
Description
Button, Switch Cap Red (for push-button switch)
Control, 1K Vertical w/ Knurled Shaft (PA Volume)
Cover (not including chassis)
Fuse, 15 Amp Mini Automotive
Knob, Selector Switch
Label, SA-385-10 Front Panel
Microphone, Noise Canceling w/Connector
SR-15-1
CP4685
CP4969
CP4119
Microphone Strain Relief
Switch, Momentary Push Button (Siren)
Switch, Rotary 4-Pos. Selector
Transistor, output (replace in pairs, 2 required)
Accessory
CP3633 *
CP5037 *
CP3966 *
CP4688-06 *
CP5042 *
Description
* - standard accessory supplied with complete unit
Bracket, Microphone Clip with mounting screws
Bracket, ‘U’ Dash Mount
Bolts, ‘U’ Mounting Bracket (typically 2 ea required)
Connector, 6-pin Terminal Block Plug
Instruction Manual
See www.carsonsirens.com for additional information
or contact our Service Department at:
E-mail [email protected] or Phone (888) 577-6877
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RETURN
If you have any questions concerning this or any other Carson product,
please contact our Technical Service Department at (888) 577-6877.
Many issues can be handled over the phone. We can also be reached via
e-mail at [email protected]
If a product must be returned for any reason, please contact our Technical
Service Department to obtain a Returned Merchandise Authorization number (RMA#) before you ship the product to Carson. Please write the RMA#
clearly on the package near the mailing label. Be sure to provide a return
address, contact and phone number, along with a brief description of the
problem.
LIMITED WARRANTY
Carson Manufacturing Company, Inc. warrants this new product to be free from defects in
material and workmanship, under normal use and service, for a period of five (5) years from
the date of delivery to the first user-purchaser.
During this warranty period the obligation of Carson Manufacturing is limited to repairing or
replacing, as Carson Manufacturing may elect, any part or parts of such product which after
examination by Carson Manufacturing is determined to be defective in material and/or workmanship.
This warranty does not cover labor charges for removal or re-installation of the product.
Fuses and lamps are not covered under this warranty.
This warranty does not extend to any unit that has been subjected to abuse, misuse, improper installation or which has not been adequately maintained, nor to units which have
problems related to service or modification at any facility other than Carson Mfg.
THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL CARSON MANUFACTURING
COMPANY, INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR ANY INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY SUCH DEFECT IN MATERIALS OR
WORKMANSHIP.
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