Question about Brookstone Audio Players & Recorders
Never had problem with this clock resetting after a power outage until now. I recently had 5 to 6 power outages within a few hours time - maybe this "confused" my "SmartSet clock"??? For whatever reason it did not reset properly (everything is wrong, year, month, day, and time zone); thus the need for a manual. I am wondering if replacing the battery might help. Need manual for Brookstone model# AC101A, SKU# 568469, please? thanks.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The problem is most likely the frequency of the A/C power there. In the US our power runs at 60 cycles p/second and the alarm clock uses this to set the time. Sounds like India is running 50 cycles like Europe does. Most likely there is a jumper in the clock because the Ckt board on mine shows a 50/60 hertz setting but with out the board schematics I wouldn't have a clue how to fix it. Sorry not to help more...
Posted on Dec 29, 2007
The Daylight Saving dates appear to be hard-coded per the manual:
• Start of Daylight Saving Time:
At 1:59.59 AM on the first Sunday in April, the clock will automatically advance to 3:00 AM.
• End of Daylight Saving Time:
At 2:59.59 AM on the last Sunday in October, the clock will automatically reset to 2:00 AM.
So the easiest thing to do is to change your time zone up or down one for the period between the new DST date and the old -- or you can buy a new SmartSet for about $15. The newer ones do not have the same problem.
Posted on Mar 09, 2008
Press and hold the "Mode" button for a few seconds until the display flashes. The briefly press the Mode button to cycle through each setting. When you get to the "Zone" setting, press the up button to advance the time zone. Press the mode button repeatedly to finish cycling through the settings.
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
-Press SELECT once and time number should flash.
-Press and hold SELECT and it will enter settings mode for the clock.
-At the bottom of the screen next to the moon phase you should now see PST time zone.
-UP and DOWN keys will change the time zone.
-Press SELECT and other clock settings can be changed.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
SOURCE: Starck clock wrong time zone
-Make sure clock is in radio sync mode. This is in the manual so won't repeat here.
-Press & release SELECT. Clock time numbers should flash
-Press & hold SELECT. It should enter clock settings mode
-Bottom of screen next to moon phase you should see the current time zone. PST after reset
-UP & DOWN will move through time zones.
-Press & release SELECT when done.
-Each time SELECT is pressed will move to a new setting like 12/24 hour etc.
-Press SELECT until clock numbers stop blinking or leave it alone to return to normal mode
-This should also work on the other Oregon Scientific Starck models.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
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To set up your clock simply install one fresh AA, LR6 ALKALINE battery. Due to the nature of long wave radio signals it is normally not possible to receive a signal during the day so it is best to install the battery late in the evening. Select your time zone by pressing one of the four time zone buttons PT-Pacific Time, MT-Mountain Time, CT-Central Time, ET-Eastern Time. The time zone buttons may be pressed any time after installing the batteries. If multiple buttons are pressed the clock will set to the time zone selected last. If no time zone is selected the clock will default to Pacific Time. Another time zone can be selected during or after the clock has set itself. Your clock can only set itself to one of the four time zones stated above. For time zones outside of PT, MT, CT or ET you must manually set the time using the Manual Time set button on the back of the movement.
When the battery is installed the second hand will advance eight seconds (two seconds per step x four steps). The clock is now searching for a signal. For the initial setting it is recommended to stand the clock in an upright position near a window. Within five minutes the clock will either receive the WWVB signal and set itself to the exact time, or it will determine that the signal is not receivable at its current location and time of day. If a signal is not receivable it will fast-forward the hands to the 4, 8, or 12 o'clock position and search for WWVB each
hour until a signal is received. If the time is manually set the clock will continue to periodically search for a signal and automatically reset the hands when the signal is received.
Select a location to place your radio controlled clock where it will be at least six feet away from a TV, computer, air conditioner or other household electrical appliances. The optimal location is near a window. Windows facing Colorado providing the best signal. The WWVB time signal will easily penetrate Masonry and wood framed buildings. WWVB will penetrate almost every residential building and most steel buildings if they have adequate windows. It is not possible, however, for WWVB to penetrate most indoor shopping malls and rooms in the center of large office buildings that do not have windows. In buildings that WWVB cannot penetrate you may set the time using the manual time set button. When the clock is exposed to the WWVB signal it will automatically set the hands to the exact time.
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