RIDGID R8408 Operator's Manual

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Your job-site radio/race scanner has been engineered and manufactured to our high standards for dependability, ease of
operation, and operator safety. When properly cared for, it will give you years of rugged, trouble-free performance.
To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the operator's manual before using this product.
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    When properly cared for, it will give you years of rugged, trouble-free performance. WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the operator’s manual before using this product. Thank you for buying a RIDGID ® SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE OPERATOR’S MANUAL...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS  Introduction ...  General Safety Rules ...3  Specific Safety Rules ...4  Symbols ...5  Electrical ...6  Features ... 7-9  Assembly ...0  Operation ... 0-  Maintenance ...  Warranty ...5  Customer Service Information ... Back Page INTRODUCTION This product has many features for making its use more pleasant and enjoyable.

  • Page 3: General Safety Rules

     Use battery only with charger listed. MODEL BATTERY PACK (12 V) 30500 305400 (14.4 V) 3054008 305400 R8408 (18 V) 3054007 (18 V) 3038300 (R84008) (24 V) 3037700 (R85008)  Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug.

  • Page 4: Specific Safety Rules

    SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES SERVICE  Product service must be performed only by qualified repair personnel. Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel may result in a risk of injury.  When servicing a product, use only identical replacement parts. Follow instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual.

  • Page 5: Symbols

    To avoid serious personal injury, do not attempt to use this product until you read thoroughly and understand completely the operator’s manual. If you do not understand the warnings and instructions in the operator’s manual, do not use this product. Call RIDGID assistance. customer service for ®...

  • Page 6: Electrical

    ELECTRICAL DOUBLE INSULATION Double insulation is a concept in safety in electric products, which eliminates the need for the usual three-wire grounded power cord. All exposed metal parts are isolated from the internal metal motor components with protecting insulation. Double insulated products do not need to be grounded. WARNING: The double insulated system is intended to protect the user from shock resulting from a break in the...

  • Page 7: Features

     Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Power Requirements 0 VAC through cord or  V DC, 4.4 V DC, 8 V DC, and 4 V DC RIDGID slide-mount batteries 3 AA (.5 V DC) batteries for memory/clock backup Power Outputs  Automotive-type power receptacle,  V DC,  Amp Max.

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    FEATURES PROTECTIvE CORD STEEL ROLL WRAP CAGE 12 v DC 1-AMP RECEPTACLE NON-SKID FEET KNOW YOUR JOB-SITE RADIO/ RACE SCANNER See Figures 1 - 2. The safe use of this product requires an understanding of the information on the product and in this operator’s manual as well as a knowledge of the project you are attempting.

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    FEATURES DIGITAL KEYPAD Use the digital keypad for direct input of a desired frequency. With digital tuning, you can preset up to ten of your favorite stations (in each mode) and store them in memory. FOLD-DOWN ROTATABLE FLEXIBLE ANTENNA The antenna rotates to help improve reception. The flexible design prevents damage from bending.

  • Page 10: Assembly, Operation

    ASSEMBLY UNPACKING This product has been shipped completely assembled.  Carefully remove the product and any accessories from the box. Make sure that all items listed in the packing list are included.  Inspect the product carefully to make sure no breakage or damage occurred during shipping.

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    CHARGER AND BATTERY PACKS SOLD SEPARATELY This product will accept RIDGID 4 V and RIDGID 8 V lithium-ion battery packs and RIDGID 8 V, 4.4 V, and  V nickel-cadmium battery packs. NOTE: Do not attempt to use the 9.6 V RIDGID slide-mount battery pack with the job-site radio, as it will not power the unit.

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    TO INSTALL/REMOVE BATTERY PACK See Figure 4. The radio’s battery port will accept RIDGID  V, 4.4 V and 8 V NiCd battery packs and 8 V and 4 V Li-ion battery packs. The 8 V Li-ion battery pack is shown.

  • Page 13: Adjusting The Volume

    OPERATION WIRE-STYLE FM ANTENNA (OPTIONAL) SCREW See Figure 6. The radio has a connection point for a standard wire-style WIRE-STYLE antenna for improving indoor FM reception. ANTENNA For best results, use a simple -meter (39.4 in.) length of  AWG stranded or solid copper wire. If the wire is insulated, strip one end to expose at least / in of the conductor.

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    OPERATION MODE SELECTION See Figure 8. Press the MODE button above the display until the desired mode is selected. There are five modes:  FM mode  AM mode  RACE mode - For listening to race-affiliated frequencies  AUX : For the 30-PIN iPod connection in the door ...

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    OPERATION DIRECT TUNE See Figure 11. You can select a desired AM, FM or RACE frequency by pressing the numbered buttons on the keypad to the right of the LCD.  Press the Direct Tune button.  Enter the desired frequency, using the numbered buttons. You do not have to enter the decimal point.

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    OPERATION STEREO/MONO See Figure 13. Press the STEREO/MONO button located above the LCD display to select between stereo mode or mono mode. This control functions in FM mode only. ST will be displayed when the radio is in stereo mode and only if the selected FM station is broadcasting in FM stereo.

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    OPERATION RACE SPECIFIC FEATURES The RACE scanner will receive racing transmissions only when it is in close proximity (within ½ mile) of an active race. Occasional “blips” may also be received from other devices that may share the same frequency band. BEFORE THE RACE Each driver’s team has multiple frequencies available for use during a race.

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    OPERATION CLEARING RACE PRESETS See Figure 18. To clear a preset RACE channel from memory:  With RACE mode selected, press the keypad button for the memory location you wish to clear.  Press and hold the Backspace/Clear button for three seconds.

  • Page 19: Squelch Control

    OPERATION SKIPPING FREQUENCIES AND PRESETS See Figure 20. The skip feature can be used to skip up to five preset race frequencies (PRESET SCAN MODE) or up to twenty race frequencies when scanning the entire race band (NORMAL SCAN MODE). To skip any desired frequency: ...

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    OPERATION USING AN iPod WITH THE JOB-SITE RADIO/ RACE SCANNER See Figures 22 - 24. FOR DOCKABLE iPods (with 30-pin connector):  Select AUX 1 MODE.  Open the drop-down compartment door by pulling up on the latch handle.  Orient the iPod face up as shown and slide the unit under the retainer strap.

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    OPERATION FOR NON-DOCKING iPods, OTHER MP3 PLAYERS, AND CD PLAYERS:  Select AUX 2 MODE.  Open the drop-down compartment door by pulling up on the latch handle.  Make sure the iPod/MP3 player will fit inside the compartment provided. NOTE: CD players will not fit.

  • Page 22: General Maintenance

    Only the parts shown on the parts list are intended to be repaired or replaced by the customer. All other parts should be replaced at a RIDGID authorized service center. BATTERY PACK REMOVAL AND PREPARATION FOR RECYCLING To preserve natural resources, please recycle or dispose of batteries properly.

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    TRACKSIDE PLANNER Use this chart to record the drivers, car numbers, and frequencies you wish to tune in to or save in memory as a preset during a race and take it along with you. RACE LOCATION/DATE: RACE LOCATION/DATE: Driver/Car No. Frequency Preset Driver/Car No.

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    TRACKSIDE PLANNER RACE LOCATION/DATE: RACE LOCATION/DATE: Driver/Car No. Frequency Preset Driver/Car No. Frequency Preset...

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    //04 and after. This product is manufactured by One World Technologies, Inc. The trademark is licensed from RIDGID, Inc. All warranty communications should be directed to One World Technologies, Inc., attn: RIDGID Hand Held and Stationary Power Tool Technical Service at (toll free) -866-539-70.

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    R8408 Customer Service Information: For parts or service, contact your nearest RIDGID authorized service center. Be sure to provide all relevant information when you call or visit. For the location of the authorized service center nearest you, please call -866-539-70 or visit us online at www.ridgid.com.

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  • Dan Jennings Apr 12, 2015 08:43:

    Radio won't stop beeping when on and display doesn't work anymore. Two years and this radio seems to be breaking down. Has never been exposed to moisture or been dropped. It sits in my work truck, strapped to front seat or out camping. I need help.