Radio Shack DX-396 Owner's Manual

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Cat. No. 20-226
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AM/SW/FM Stereo PLL Portable Receiver


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    Cat. No. 20-226 OWNER’S MANUAL Please read before using this equipment. DX-396 AM/SW/FM Stereo PLL Portable Receiver...

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    FEATURES Your lightweight and compact Ra- dioShack DX-396 AM/SW/FM-Stereo PLL Portable Receiver lets you choose from a wide variety of broadcasts on FM, AM, and SW (shortwave) bands. The 12 international SW bands let you tune in to the news and other programs...

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    Three Power Options — let you power the receiver with internal batteries (not supplied), standard household AC pow- er (using an optional AC adapter), or DC vehicle battery power (using an optional DC adapter). Memory Backup — keeps the pro- grammed stations in your receiver’s memory for about 30 seconds without batteries.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Preparation ... 5 Connecting Power ... 5 Using Internal Battery Power ... 5 Using AC Power ... 5 Using Vehicle Battery Power ... 6 Setting the Time ... 7 Choosing the Time Format ... 7 Setting the Primary Clock ... 7 Setting the Secondary Clock ...

  • Page 5: Preparation, Connecting Power, Using Internal Battery Power, Using Ac Power

    PREPARATION CONNECTING POWER You can power your receiver from: • Internal battery power (two alkaline C batteries, not supplied). • Standard household AC power (with an optional AC adapter). • Vehicle battery power (with an optional DC adapter). Using Internal Battery Power To use battery power, you need two C batteries (not supplied).

  • Page 6: Using Vehicle Battery Power

    Cautions: You must use a Class 2 power source that supplies 3V DC and delivers at least 300 mA. Its center tip must be set to positive and its plug must fit the re- ceiver's jack. Using an adapt- DC 3V that does specifications could damage the re-...

  • Page 7: Setting The Time, Choosing The Time Format, Setting The Primary Clock

    Follow these steps to power your receiv- er from your vehicle’s battery power. 1. Set the adapter’s voltage switch to 2. Connect the Adaptaplug to the adapter’s cord with TIP set to +POS. 3. Insert the adapter's barrel plug into the receiver’s DC 3V connects the internal batteries.

  • Page 8: Setting The Secondary Clock, Setting The Am/fm Tuning Increment

    • When the receiver is off, the display always shows local time. When the receiver is turned on, the time disap- pears radio appears. To see the time when the receiver is on, press again to return to the radio CLOCK frequency display.

  • Page 9: Using Stereo Headphones, Listening Safely, Traffic Safety, Using The Folding Stand

    USING STEREO HEADPHONES For private listening, connect optional stereo headphones into the receiver's -inch jack. Your local RadioShack store offers a wide selection of stereo head- phones. Note: The built-in speaker disconnects when you plug in headphones. Listening Safely To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use headphones.

  • Page 10: Operation, Listening To The Receiver, Selecting The Band, Selecting The International Radio Frequency Band

    OPERATION LISTENING TO THE RECEIVER Warning: To prevent possible ear injury and hearing loss, set VOLUME mum before you turn on the receiver. Af- ter you turn on the receiver, set to a comfortable listening level. Follow these steps to listen to the re- ceiver.

  • Page 11: Tuning To A Radio Station

    2. Press SW SELECT for 10 seconds. 3. While flashes, press the desired band key ( 120m The receiver tunes to the lowest fre- quency in the selected band. Tuning to a Radio Station You can tune to a station using the man- ual, search, direct access, preset, or scan tuning methods.

  • Page 12: Using The Sensitivity Switch, Using The Antenna, Storing Station Frequencies

    Using the Sensitivity Switch If you are listening to a strong FM, AM, or SW station , and the sound is distort- ed, set the sensitivity switch to This decreases the receiver’s sensitivity which reduces distortion from strong sig- nals and prevents reception of weak and noisy signals which are more common.

  • Page 13: Erasing Stored Frequencies, Listening Hints, International Broadcast Frequencies

    ERASING STORED FREQUENCIES Your shortwave receiver permanently keeps programmed stations stored in memory. However, you can erase all or single stored frequencies from the mem- ory buttons. To clear all the memory buttons , you must reset the receiver. Note: Resetting the receiver clears the current clock settings.

  • Page 14: Time Standard Frequencies, Frequency Conversion

    **The 41-meter band is shared by ham operators in the United States and inter- national stations. TIME STANDARD FREQUENCIES The following frequencies announce the exact time of day at specified intervals for the United States. 2.500 MHz 5.000 MHz Fort Collins, 10.000 MHz Colorado: 15.000 MHz...

  • Page 15: Special Features, Using The Key Lock, Using The Alarm, Setting The Alarm Time

    SPECIAL FEATURES USING THE KEY LOCK The lock feature prevents you from acci- dentally turning the receiver on or off, changing the band or frequency, or changing other front-panel controls. You can still adjust VOLUME sensitivity switch. To lock the controls, set appears on the display.

  • Page 16: Using The Sleep Timer

    To turn off the alarm so it will not sound again the next day, press BUZZER STANDBY when the alarm is turned off. USING THE SLEEP TIMER The sleep timer sets the radio to turn off after 90, 60, 30 or 15 minutes so you can fall asleep as you listen to the radio.

  • Page 17: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Your receiver should give you years of trouble-free service if you follow the care in- structions given in this manual. If you do have problems, the chart below might help you solve them. Problem No display or incorrect display. No sound.

  • Page 18: The Fcc Wants You To Know

    • Reorient the DX-396 receiver’s antenna. • Move your DX-396 receiver away from the television or radio receiver. • Connect your DX-396 receiver to an outlet that is on a different electrical circuit from the television or radio receiver. • Contact your local RadioShack store for assistance.

  • Page 19: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Frequency Range (with frequency step switch set to AM 10 kHz FM 200 kHz): FM...87.5-108.0 MHz AM ... 530-1710 kHz SW ... 2300-21850 kHz ( . . . set to AM 9 kHz FM 100 kHz): FM...87.5-108.0 MHz AM ... 531-1710 kHz SW ...

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    Limited Ninety-Day Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workman- ship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack company- owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES...

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