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Radio controlled clock won't set

I have a large wall clock that started losing time. We replaced the battery. The clock started and won't stop. The hands go around and around without setting the time. We've set it outside facing Ft. Collins, CO at night. We've pushed the reset button. We've tried different batteries. It had worked fine for a couple of years with no problem in the same place. We purchased it at ACE hardware. It's an indoor/outdoor, with temp & humidity gauges. There is no brand on the face. The manual says Living Accents.

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  • okaday Feb 15, 2008

    We've left it running for probably 24 hours at least once, certainly all day several times. It's odd that it ran with no problem for a long time and now it won't set. We've tried for weeks to get it to work again.

  • okaday Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks for your reply. It's been running non-stop since I sent this in yesterday. Can the clock's receiver be replaced? Or is it usually just better to replace the clock? I guess I'll let it run till the battery runs out. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    replaced battery - no help
    changed time zone - always one hour ahead of what it should be
    worked fine for over one year - then just went to wrong time
    can not manually set - just goes all the way round and resets at one hour ahead again.
    held reset button - no change
    location: Indianapolis, IN now ET always



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    Palmbeach May 11, 2010

    Hi

    How long did you leave it with the hands going around?

    I have found that occasionally they will do this for hours before finally settling down. I don't really know why as they usually just turn a couple of times until they point to the correct time. I can only imagine that it may be picking up some electro-magnetic interference, a noise power line or something. It could even be a temporary problem at the transmitter site. Radio clocks do not receive a time constant all the time, they just receive one second pulses. Once the time has set, if the transmitter shuts down the clock will still keep reasonable time, of course it will not be exact and may lose time just the same as a quartz would. As soon as you disconnect then reconnect the battery, of course it will keep trying to find a time constant and will therefore the hands just keep turning until it does. Check that the battery contacts are clean and not tarnished. Then just leave it turning, even all night if you have to, it will probably work eventually.

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It sounds like its working but its setting daylight savings time mine has an option to turnoff .that's makes scents if it always 1 hour off exactly.

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I have a radio controlled clock made by Acctim that has set itself two hours and twenty minuets behind time, I have pressed the reset button a number of times, but it always resets itself back at two hours, and twenty minuets behind time

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I'm sorry to hear that.

It sounds like no pulse signal is being received by the clock then. This can only mean the transmitter site has a long term problem, which is unlikely. Or your clock's receiver is faulty. Sorry, cannot offer any other suggestion. You could just leave it running, it may pick up a pulse eventually and get back on track. I guess there is nothing to lose in trying, except a couple of batteries.
Take care now!

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    Palmbeach Feb 16, 2008

    Hi again,

    A specialist could test and replace the receiver. But unless the clock is of particular sentimental value, it may be more ecnomical to replace it.



    It may be possible to dismantle another working clock and use the electronics from it with the face and hands from your old clock. This would be real enthusiasts territory though.

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