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LACROSSE WT-3161 wall clock. Can't set to Pacific Daylight Savings. Keeps Resetting back to PST

Every day when I have time, I have to change my La CrosseWT-3161 that I bought at Cost Co with instructions on back of box, ahead an hour because it keeps readjusting itself. I figure haven't adjusted the Radio Broadcast to the new Daylight Savings time like in the upper end Mercedes who are having the same issue currently. Is there a fix or do you live with the problem for several more weeks?


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    My clock won't set to pacific day light savings time


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See Press the unmarked button for 1 second. That turns DST on and off.

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It may be a manufacturing defect. I'm an electronics tech in S. Florida and all the LaCrosse clocks (WT-3126) in our new building read an hour earlier than is correct. Complaints to the factory resulted in new clocks being sent to replace the originals...sounds like a manufacturing problem to me because the new ones (WT-3122) work fine.

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