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Resetting to daylight savings time.

My Lacrosse Atomic clock never resets itself to daylight savings time.
So I remove the battery, press the MT button for a while, let go, and the hands start spinning, stopping either at 12, at 4 or at 8. I repeat taking out the battery, wait a while, put the battery back in, press the MT button for 15 seconds, and sometimes it will reset itself then.
I bought the clock to avoid these actions. Any solutions?
Frustrated in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The clock is searching for a strong enough radio signal from NIST station WWVB. When it can't lock on it, it gives up, moves the dial four hours, and goes to sleep to wait for better reception. Put the clock in a window facing towards Boulder, CO, overnight. (Radio propagation is better after dark.)

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