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Manual hey jack i saw that you have downloaded the manual to the vector weather radio. any chance you can point me in the right direction? i can't seem to locate it. thanks suzanne

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  • raygunclan Aug 19, 2008

    thanks so much!
    as we are preparing for what we thought was going to be hurricane fay, but luckily is tropical storm fay, i really needed to get my weather radio working. although the directions were so crazy (maybe its my a.d.d., but i would be ready for the next step after reading the directions and it would have reset the phone. i ended up writing down the "jist" of the directions to help me out instead of o.d.ing on ritalin.) i was able to get it programmed. i will say, though, that i had to keep it in its charging cradle as the unit would run out of "juice". 
    oh well, it does have a hand crank on the back and i have 3 kids that would jump at the chance to crank it... for about 30 seconds.
    thanks for the help! it is very appreciated!
    suzanne

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Hi, not sure why the manual I uploaded doesn't show up anywhere so here it is in 2 posts (too large for 1 post)

Stormtracker Vector Model: VEC438 Classified: UNOFFICIAL USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Programing Instructions
To Program Alert:
Turn the radio on and then press:
1. Menu button (may have to hold it a few seconds) and Alert should show in the Display.
2. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button which will display one of the following: Voice/Siren/or Off.
3. Then use the Menu button to select between Voice/Siren/or Off.
3. After making your selection, press the Memory button to the left of the Menu button. This completes the programming of the alert function.
Example: If "Siren" is displayed on the LCD screen and you push the Memory button to the left of the Menu button, when a weather alert is broadcast the siren tone will sound and the appropriate yellow or red light will activate. If "OFF" is displayed on the LCD screen and the Memory button is pushed, the alert will not activiate.

To Program County
Turn the radio on and then press:
1. Menu button (may have to hold it a few seconds) and when ALERT appears, tap Menu button to scroll to County.
2. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button which will display one of the following: All/Multiple/or Single
3. Then use the Menu button to select between All/Multiple/or Single (You'll need to know the S.A.M.E. codes for the area you want to listen to, otherwise select ALL and you will recieve "All" Statements, Watches & Warnings without having to select a specific County).
4. After making your selection, press the Memory button to the left of the Menu button if ALL was selected or Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button if you chose Multiple or Single (You'll see CODE01 on the display) If you chose Multiple use the Menu button to choose which Code Position to enter (01-10) then press the Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button. Enter the first digit of the S.A.M.E. code then press the Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button to move to the next digit of the S.A.M.E. code. Repeat this for all digits of the S.A.M.E. code. Then press the Memory button to the left of the Menu button to lock in that code. Press the Menu button to select the next code position to enter. Then press the Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button, then the Menu button to select the digit of the next S.A.M.E. code to be entered. Repeat these steps as necessary to enter in all the S.A.M.E. codes you wish to enter, each time pressing the Memory button to the left of the Menu to lock in each code position. When completed entering in all S.A.M.E. codes press the Memory key again to lock in all codes and return to normal operation. This completes the programming of the County Code function.
Example:
COUNTY SAME # NWR TRANSMITTER FREQ. CALL SIGN WATTS
Fulton 013121 Atlanta 162.550 KEC80 500
Colquitt 013071 Pelham 162.550 WXK53 1000
Colquitt 013071 Valdosta 162.500 WWH31 1000
NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies
162.400 MHz (WX2)
162.425 MHz (WX4)
162.450 MHz (WX5)
162.475 MHz (WX3)
162.500 MHz (WX6)
162.525 MHz (WX7)
162.550 MHz (WX1)
Channel numbers, e.g. (WX1, WX2) etc. have no special significance but are often designated this way in consumer equipment. Other channel numbering schemes are also prevalent. Best to just tune to the strongest sounding station in your area, this radio does not display frequiencies, only channel numbers.
NOAA Weather Broadcasts
Channel Frequency
1 162.550
2 162.400
3 162.475
4 162.425
5 162.450
6 162.500
7 162.525
A link to get the S.A.M.E. codes for your listening area: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/indexnw.htm

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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    Jack Ewer Aug 18, 2008

    continued(Part 2)



    To Program Channel

    Turn the radio on and then press:
    1. Menu button (may have to hold it a few seconds) and when ALERT appears, tap Menu button to scroll to Channel
    2. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button which will display the following: CH("and one of the numbers" 1-7) (the current channel number will flash)
    3. Then use the Menu button to select the desired channel number.
    4. After making your selection, press the Memory button to the left of the Menu button. This completes the programming of the Channel function.

    To Program Time/Date

    Turn the radio on and then press:
    1. Menu button (may have to hold it a few seconds) and when ALERT appears, tap Menu button to scroll to Time
    2.Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button which will display the following: Clock
    3. Press the Menu button to select Clock or Date
    4. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button to set whichever you chose, Time or Date.
    5. Use the Menu button to change the current flashing item in display.
    6. To toggle to the next item(year, month, day, hour or minutes) use the Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button
    7. Continue selecting item to be set with the Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button and using the Menu button to change the flashing item to the correct setting.
    8. After all items on a display screen are set appropriately then press the Memory Key to lock in settings. This completes the programming of the Time/Date function.

    To Program Alarm

    Turn the radio on and then press:
    1. Menu button (may have to hold it a few seconds) and when ALERT appears, tap Menu button to scroll to Alarm
    2.Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button which will display one of the following: ON or OFF
    3. Press the Menu button to select ON or OFF
    4. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button again and you will see the Alarm Time.
    5. Use the Menu button to set the Hour (paying attention to the AM or PM at the bottom of the screen).
    6. Press Channel/Snooze button to the right of the Menu button and the Minutes will flash.
    7. Use the Menu button to set the Minutes
    8. Press Memory button to the left of the Menu button to lock in settings. This completes the programming of the Alarm function.


    *Note from Author: I compiled this information after many attempts of web searching to find an original owners manual. When I went to http://www.vectormfg.com ,I was rerouted to Black & Decker site. Guess they like buying 'problems'. A search of their site yeilded nothing. I also read several places on the web that there was a recall on this model mainly due to the docking station not charging the OEM batterys which by the way are also a problem apparently(Some user are reported to replace them with a set of 4 AAA rechargables. You'll need to solder some jumper wires on a few terminals as there are no contacts in the radio for them. I take no responsibility if you attempt this and make a boo-boo). Another thing I read was there may be some units with S.A.M.E. codes that don't work properly. (Not sure if this couldn't be a programming issue as my Vecto VEC438 works well. I do have a few other type units that refuse to go off no matter what setting and how big of an antenna you put on 'em) that's a different story though........ All in all I think it's a pretty good little radio if the price is right. Oh yeah, one other note is that mine seems to reset the Alarm function to ON everytime I push the main power button and turn it off. Is this normal? hmmmmmmmm Hope this helps greenphantom61@yahoo.com

    I'd like to give credit to this link as well for starting me on my journey, thanks fixya : http://www.fixya.com/support/t156105-pow...

    "Wall Wart" Power Supply = 9VDC 500mhA with a type "H" plug at the radio end +Positive is Center (available at the local radio"rat" shack, next to the food isle?)

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Here's a link to the manual:

http://www.dewaltservicenet.com/documents/English/Instruction%20Manual/Vector/VEC438.pdf

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