Radio Shack 12-519 User Manual

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User's Guide
All-Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn
Thank you for purchasing your All-Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio with
Skywarn from RadioShack. Please read this user's guide before installing, setting
up, and using your new weather radio.

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    12-519 User’s Guide All-Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn Thank you for purchasing your All-Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn from RadioShack. Please read this user’s guide before installing, setting up, and using your new weather radio.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Package Contents ... 3 Features ... 3 Setup ... 4 Understanding Your Radio ... 4 Power your Radio ... 6 Install Backup Batteries ... 6 Use the Antenna ... 7 Basic Operation ... 8 Set the Clock ... 8 Set the Alarm...

  • Page 3: Package Contents, Features

    Package Contents • Radio • BNC-to-Phono Adapter • User’s Guide Features • Multifunctional design: alarm clock, radio, and weather radio • Receive FM, AM, seven NOAA weather channels, and Skywarn reports. • Digital SAME technology. • Programmed with all U.S. states and counties. • Sixteen alert volume levels. • Separate daytime and night time alert volume settings. • Different color LEDs indicate if the alert is a warning (red), watch (orange), or advisory (yellow). • Alert reminder lets you know if you’ve missed an incoming transmission. • Alert notifications display as text and can sound as tone or tone with voice. • Auxiliary input enables you to play an MP3 player or other device through the radio speakers. • Dual alarm clock can be set for two people to wake up at different times. • Choose an alarm to wake you up: FM, AM, or alarm tone. • Battery indicators. • 60-hour battery backup. • Recharges Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. • Bilingual display: English or Spanish.

  • Page 4: Setup, Understanding Your Radio

    Setup Understanding Your Radio Telescopic Antenna Adjust to receive best signal reception. SNOOZE Pause the alarm for 15 minutes. Alert Indicators ADVISORY/WATCH/WARNING • F lashes for 60 seconds when the alert begins, then lights for the duration of the alert. • A lternating flashes indicate loss of weather signal. Right Panel ALERT ON/OFF Turn audible alerts on or off. ALARM1 SET/ON/OFF, ALARM2 SET/ON/OFF Turn the alarm on /off or set alarm. Back Panel DC 12V Connect the AC adapter. ALERT OUT Connect to a compatible external...

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    CLOCK Press and hold to set the clock. M1 – M5 Listen to an Radio station external audio memory source. locations. appears. Note: The power source must supply 12V DC and deliver at least 400mA. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the DC 12V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage the radio or adapter.

  • Page 6: Power Your Radio, Install Backup Batteries

    Power your Radio Connect the supplied AC adapter to the DC 12 V jack and plug in to a standard household outlet. Install Backup Batteries 1. Open the battery compartment cover. 2. Slide the RCH/ALK switch to RCH for rechargeable or ALK for alkaline backup batteries. . Install six AA alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (neither supplied). Insert batteries as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –) marked inside. Notes: • flashes when the rechargeable batteries are charging, will appear when charging is finished. Charging can take up to 30 hours. •...

  • Page 7: Use The Antenna

    Use the Antenna Telescopic Antenna External Antenna For better reception, you can install an external antenna to your radio. 1. Pull out the installed telescopic antenna. 2. If needed, connect the supplied BNC-to-phono adapter to the phono/RCA plug from your antenna. . Connect the external antenna (Follow the installation instructions that came with your external antenna.) BNC-to-Phono Adapter Phono/RCA plug...

  • Page 8: Basic Operation, Set The Clock, Set The Alarm, When The Alarm Sounds, Using The Radio

    Basic Operation Set the Clock 1. If necessary, press CLOCK to switch to clock mode. 2. Briefly hold CLOCK until the hour digits flash. . Use ,,, to set the hour, minute and AM/PM. . After setting clock , press CLOCK or SELECT to confirm and exit. Set the Alarm 1. Slide ALARM 1 or ALARM 2 to SET. 2. Press ,,,  to set the alarm hour, minute, and alarm source (buzzer loudness / / or FM / AM). . After setting the alarm, slide ALARM 1 or ALARM 2 to ON/OFF to confirm and exit.

  • Page 9: Set Radio Station Memory, Using The Weather Radio

    Set Radio Station Memory 1. Press AM or FM to toggle between AM1, AM2, FM1 or FM2. The selected band indicator appears on the left side of the display. 2. Press  or  to find a station. . Briefly hold a memory button (M1–M5) until the selected memory indicator – ) appears on the right side of the display. You can store up to five channels each for AM1, AM2, FM1, and FM2. . To listen to a preset station, press AM or FM to toggle between AM1, AM2, FM1 or FM2, then press one of memory buttons M1–M5. Using the Weather Radio Press WX to listen to the weather radio. The radio will select the last channel used. Manual Scan – Press WX, then press  or . Auto Scan – Press WX and then briefly hold  or  until the channels start to change. The radio stops when it finds the channel with strongest signal strength. Notes: • All seven NOAA weather channels are preprogrammed on your radio. If the radio cannot find a signal, it will keep scanning.

  • Page 10: Set Weather Channel Memory, Viewing Weather Alerts, Receiving Alerts For Specific Areas

    Set Weather Channel Memory While the radio is on the desired channel, press and hold M1 to M5 until the selected memory indicator ( channels. To listen to a channel from memory, press M1–M5 while in weather radio mode. Viewing Weather Alerts You can view the last four different weather alerts received by the radio. When an alert is received, the alert description scrolls across the display. If multiple alerts are received, press  or  to view them in order. The first description is always the newest and descriptions are shown in chronological order. Example: Flash Flood Watch 0:15 Hurricane Watch 1:15 Receiving Alerts for Specific Areas When an emergency event happens, the National Weather Service (NWS) broadcasts a SAME code indicating the affected region along with the alert signal. You can program your weather radio to alert you for events in up to ten regions. 1. Press MENU, then press  or  to scroll to 2. Press  or  to select . Press SELECT to choose Location #1. . Press SELECT to choose 5. Press  or  to choose your state and press SELECT.

  • Page 11: Using Skywarn, Programming Skywarn Channels Into Memory

    Skywarn About Skywarn Many areas of the country have amateur radio repeaters that have been designated as “Skywarn” repeaters. During times of severe weather, these repeaters are used to relay reports of severe weather directly to meteorologists at a local National Weather Service forecast office. Using the Skywarn feature in your radio, you can easily jump to your local Skywarn frequency and monitor these reports, in many cases hearing about severe weather in your area instantly as it occurs. Note: If you tune to a Skywarn frequency when the Skywarn net is not active, you may hear nothing, or you may hear amateur radio operators talking on a local repeater system. Programming Skywarn Channels into Memory Before using the Skywarn function, you must store Skywarn channels into the memory. Visit to find the Skywarn frequencies used in your area. You can store up to 20 Skywarn frequencies into memory. Press Skywarn to enter the Skywarn mode, the radio will select the last channel used. 1. Press Program and use  or  to scroll to the desired channel number (1-20). 2. Use the number keys to enter a 6-digit frequency. . Press Enter to confirm. Using Skywarn To listen to a stored channel: Press Manual and use  or  to find desired channel. Press Enter to confirm. Or, press Scan to auto scan the stored Skywarn channels.

  • Page 12: Advanced Operation, Changing Radio Settings

    Advanced Operation Changing Radio Settings 1. Press MENU then press  or  to scroll through the features menu. A feature and one of its options appears. 2. Press  or  to view the feature’s options. . Press SELECT at the feature you want. An asterisk (*) appears next to the selected feature. . Press MENU to exit or return to a previous level. Feature Select • Auto Channel (strongest signal strength) automatically after power on. • Manual radio channel after power on. Alert Mode • Tone for 5 minutes. Pressing any key stops the alert. • Voice sound for 10 seconds, then an audio broadcast for 5 minutes. Alert If no key is pressed when the radio receives an alert, the Reminder radio will sound a reminder message every 30 seconds until the effective alert time expires.

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    Feature Signal When a weather channel is not detected and there is no key Reminder pressed, the radio will sound a reminder message. • – turns on the signal reminder. • – turns off the signal reminder. When the signal reminder sounds, you can press any button to mute it. Notes: • If the signal is lost, WARNING and ADVISORY alert indicators flash alternately, and WATCH indicator lights. • Press any button to mute signal loss reminder alert. If a signal is detected but lost within 10 minutes, then the reminder won’t sound.

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    Feature Set Alert You can turn off audio alert for specific alert events. Press  or  to scroll through the events and press SELECT to turn the alert tone on or off. See “NWS Alert Descriptions” on page 16 for a list of alert events. Note: Some events cannot be turned off. Select either Language Alert Vol-Day • Press  or  to adjust volume level for the hours between 6 AM to 10 PM. * Alert Vol- • Press  or  to adjust volume level for the hours Night between 10 PM to 6 AM.* Backlight Select from three brightness levels: Note: If the radio is powered by the AC adapter, the backlight will stay on all the time.

  • Page 15: Turning Audible Alerts On Or Off, Connecting An External Alert, Restoring Factory Default Settings

    Turning Audible Alerts On or Off • To enable audible alerts, slide ALERT ON/OFF to ON. • To disable audible alerts, slide ALERT ON/OFF to OFF. Notes: • You must slide ALERT ON/OFF to OFF while your radio is powered on, or the change will not take effect. This prevents accidentally switching off alerts. •...

  • Page 16: Additional Information, Nws Alert Descriptions

    Additional Information NWS Alert Descriptions Event Code Administrative message Avalanche Watch Avalanche Warning Biological Hazard Warning Boil Water Warning Blizzard Warning Child Abduction Emergency Civil Danger Warning Civil Emergency Message Coastal Flood Watch Coastal Flood Warning Chemical Hazard Warning Contaminated Water Warning Dam Watch Dam Break Warning Contagious Disease Warning Practice/Demo Dust Storm Warning Emergency Action Notification Emergency Action Termination Earthquake Warning Immediate Evacuation Evacuation Watch Food Contamination Warning Flash Flood Watch Flash Flood Statement Flash Flood Warning Flood Watch Flood Statement Level Default Advisory Watch Warning Warning Warning...

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    Event Code Flood Warning Fire Warning Flash Freeze Warning Freeze Warning Hurricane Statement Hazardous Materials Warning Hurricane Watch Hurricane Warning High Wind Watch High Wind Warning Iceberg Warning Industrial Fire Warning Local Area Emergency Law Enforcement Warning Land Slide Warning National Audible Test National Information Center Network Notification Message National Periodic Test National Silent Test Nuclear Power Plant Warning Power Outage Advisory Radiological Hazard Warning Required Monthly Test Required Weekly Test Special Marine Warning Special Weather Statement Shelter In-Place Warning Severe Thunderstorm Watch Severe Thunderstorm Warning Severe Weather Statement Tornado Watch Level Default Warning Warning Warning Warning Advisory Warning Watch...

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    Event Code 911 Telephone Outage Emergency Tornado Warning Tropical Storm Watch Tropical Storm Warning Tsunami Watch Tsunami Warning Transmitter Backup On Transmitter Carrier Off Transmitter Carrier On Transmitter Primary On Volcano Warning Wild Fire Watch Wild Fire Warning Winter Storm Watch Winter Storm Warning Unrecognized Watch Unrecognized Emergency Unrecognized Statement Unrecognized Warning Notes: * Alert is enabled permanently and cannot be selected or disabled. † Test alerts you can use to ensure your local broadcasts are being received.

  • Page 19: Frequently Asked Questions (faqs)

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What are FIPS codes and SAME signals? The National Weather Service (NWS) precedes each weather alert with a digitally encoded SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) signal, then a 1050 Hz tone. The SAME signal includes a FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) code and an event code that corresponds with the type of alert being sent. The FIPS code format is: Subdivisions State 01-50 (0=entire area) (00=all states) Example: 048439 (0=All; 48=Texas; 439=Tarrant County) To obtain the FIPS codes for your area, contact your local RadioShack store or call the NWS toll free at 1-888-NWR-SAME (1-888-697-7263). You can also visit the NWS website: Note: Your weather radio comes pre-programmed with FIPS codes sorted by state and county. Do not change your FIPS code unless you have confirmed with the NWS.

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    How do I test my radio? The NWS broadcast test alerts every week on Wednesday between 11 AM and 1 PM. To find out the specific test schedule in your area, contact your local NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) or the NWS (National Weather Service). These offices are listed in most telephone books or online at These test alerts are off by default. To change your alert settings see “Set Alerts” on page 14. Important: Clear reception of a weather broadcast signal does not guarantee an emergency alert will trigger your radio’s alert function. The alert function will only be triggered by an emergency alert when you program the weather radio with the FIPS code for your area.

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    Why can’t I receive the test signal from NOAA? By default your weather alert radio does not receive test alerts. For information about turning on test alerts, see “Set Alerts” on page 14. When programming alerts, keep in mind that although NOAA is a national organization, test alerts are sent locally. Some local services send test signals out once a month instead of once a week. Other local services do not send out any test alerts other than seasonal alerts (hurricane, tornado, etc.). Check with your local weather service to find out their testing frequency. If you are on the right frequency and a signal was sent, you might need to try a different location for the radio, such as near a window and away from any other audio equipment, or you may need an external antenna. Should the radio pick up a weather broadcast all of the time? The weather service broadcasts constantly. If you cannot pick up any weather broadcasts, check the NWS website at to be sure you are on the right frequency. If you are on the correct frequency and do not get a signal, try moving your weather radio. If you are in a metal building or in a weak signal area, you may need to use an external antenna. See “Connect Antenna” on page 7 for more information. What is SKYWARN? SKYWARN is a nationwide program, sponsored by the National Weather Service, which consists of specifically trained volunteers by the NWS to observe...

  • Page 22: Specifications, Care, Service And Repair

    Specifications Weather Radio Bands Channel 1 ...162.400 MHz Channel 2 ...162.425 MHz Channel 3 ...162.450 MHz Channel 4 ...162.475 MHz Channel 5 ...162.500 MHz Channel 6 ...162.525 MHz Channel 7 ...162.550 MHz Skywarn Bands VHF Band ...144.390 – 148.000 MHz UHF Band ...441.000 – 452.000 MHz Radio Frequency Range AM Band ..530 – 1710 kHz FM Band ... 87.5 – 108.1 MHz Receiver Sensitivity Weather Radio Band ...0.3 µV Skywarn Band ..………0.3 uV AM Band ..2200 uV/m FM Band ...6 uV FIPS codes sensitivity ...0.3 µV Others Audio Output Power ...2 x 200 mW Dimensions (W×H×D) ...8.7 x 2.6 x 5.8 inches (220 x 66 x 147 mm) Weight (without batteries) ...

  • Page 23: Fcc Information

    • R eorient or relocate the receiving antenna. • I ncrease the separation between the equipment and receiver. • C onnect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. • C onsult your local RadioShack store or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you stop using your equipment. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by RadioShack may cause interference and void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Product Model Responsible Party Phone All-Hazards Weather Alert Clock Radio with Skywarn 12-519 RadioShack 300 RadioShack Cir. Fort Worth, TX 76102 817-415-3200...

  • Page 24: Limited Warranty

    Should a problem occur that is covered by this warranty, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store in the U.S. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) repair the product without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with the same or a comparable product; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period. RADIOSHACK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS NOT STATED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED BY LAW, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND, IF APPLICABLE, THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SHALL EXPIRE ON THE EXPIRATION OF THE STATED WARRANTY PERIOD. EXCEPT AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, RADIOSHACK SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PURCHASER OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE AND ANY LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT AND ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RADIOSHACK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some States do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from State to State. You may contact RadioShack at: RadioShack Customer Relations 300 RadioShack Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Protect the environment by recyclying your used electronics. Go to to find an electronic recycling center near you. ©2009. RadioShack Corporation. All rights reserved. RadioShack and are trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation. 04/08 AO0357ABA1 Printed 07A09 in China 12-519...

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