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Day Light Savings Time

My Zenith Redi Set alarm clock (I don't have the model number) automatically changes for DST. However, Congress did not tell it that the government was changing the dates for the change, so you might wake up at the wrong time if the clock changes early.

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  • barbieboop Nov 04, 2008

    I guess I will have to buy a new clock if this day light savings issue does not have a solution.

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If you tip your clock over you will see three little buttons under. They are each labeled. Press/hold the one that says "clock" until your display blinks. Use the forward/back buttons on face of clock to re-set time, then press the little "clock" button underneath it again to keep the time you just set. It probably will beep.
When Congress's ideal day comes, re-set it the same way. Sorry, but all this will do is keep you from having to look at the wrong time for a few weeks straight.

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I finally found a manual that I hope that it will help you as much as it helped me. It took long enough. Here goes; try this site:
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Go to:
http://www.emersonelectronics.ca/emerson/en/product/details/VLJT600
or
http://www.emersonelectronics.ca/emerson/en/category/list/694

The solution appears to be common for all recent Emerson SmartSet(tm) radios (BTW it's not the clock fault, it's the law).

Remarkably Emerson foresaw this, so here we go.

Short version (may require three hands :-) )

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This should remain until either the lithium battery fails or Congress undoes its work.


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