Summary of Contents for Sony ICF-SC1 Operating Instructions (primary manual)
S O N Y PLL Synthesized Scanning Receiver ICF-SC1/ICF-SC1PC Operating Instructions 01998 by Sony Corporation 3-861-713-11 (1)
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. Owner’s record The model and serial numbers are located at the bottom of the receiver. Record them in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. Serial No.
Welcome! Welcome to the world of scanning reception. Here are some of the capabilities and features you will discover with the new I’LL Synthesized Scanning Receiver. I’LL (Phase Locked Loop) synthesized scanning receiver with a frequency range of 25 - 1300 MHz (excluding cellular phone frequencies).
Preparation Power sources ... 5 Using the receiver on batteries ... 5 Using the receiver on AC power ... 6 Using the receiver on a car battery ... 6 Attaching/detaching the antenna ... 7 Attaching/detaching the belt holder..7 Using the earphone ...
Using the receiver on AC power Plug in the supplied AC power adaptor in to the DC IN 6V jack. to a wall outlet Notes *Do not twist or crumple the AC power adaptor cord forcefully. Do not place any heavy object on the cord. *To disconnect the AC power cord, pull it out by the plug, not the cord.
Attaching/detaching the antenna Fit the supplied helical antenna so that the projection on the connector of the main unit fits the slot on the antenna. Hold the antenna by the connector and turn it clockwise until the connector clicks. To detach the antenna Turn the antenna counterclockwise to release the lock of the connector.
Using the earphone To listen through the earphone, plug in the earphone to the 0 jack as shown in the illustration. -NOTICE Be sure to adjust VOL (volume) to a moderate level before turning on the power or plugging in the earphone.
>Reception Various ways of reception The scanning receiver offers a variety of scanning and tuning options. Refer to the pages in the parenthesis for details. Scanning Mode Band Scanning (page 10) scans one of the predefined frequency bands Memory Scanning (page 13) scans the frequencies you have preset in the memory Programmable Scanning (page 15)
Receiving in the Scanning Mode Band Scanning The receiver divides its frequency range (25.0 MHz to 1300.0 MHz) into 17 bands. Band Scanning scans one of these bands step by step. Set the SQL control to MIN. Press POWER to turn the receiver on. Turn VOL to adjust the volume.
Note The frequency steps and the detection modes in the list are the default for each band. You can adjust the frequency step and the detection mode when you are in Manual Mode. You cannot adjust them when you are in Scanning Mode. To resume scanning manually during scanning pause Press + or -.
NOTICE If you wish to listen to transmission continuously (such as when listening to FM broadcast, TV sound, or ,Weather broadcast, etc.), be sure to set SQL to MIN so that the squelch does not close when the signal gets weak.
Memory Scanning Memory Scanning scans the frequencies you have preset in the memory. (To preset a station in the memory, see page 22). Choose one or more target pages to run Memory Scanning. Set the SQL control to MIN. Press POWER to turn the receiver on. 3 Recall any preset channel (see “Recalling a preset channel”, page 23).
*When the current target page has no occupied channel (i.e., the page has no channel with a preset frequency), the display will be as follows In this case, first add a valid target page if this is the only target page, then, discard this page from the target page.
Programmable Scanning Programmable Scanning scans a frequency range you have defined step by step. You can also specify the frequency step and the detection mode. Defining the frequency range Define the range by specifying the lower and the upper limits of the range. The preset channels for the upper and lower limits are located after channel 30 of page 10.
Running Programmable Scanning Hold down ENTER and press SCAN lightly (i.e., less than 1 second). Scanning will start from the lower limit frequency. Adjust the SQL control (see page 11). Once you have defined a scanning range, you do not need to define it again as long as you are scanning the same frequency range.
Service Scanning Service Scanning scans one of the 9 pre-programmed Public Service Bands of your choice. A button is assigned to each of the bands for instant access. Pre-programmed Service Band WX (NOAA WEATHER broadcast) POLICE FIRE/EMG (Fire and emergency) MARINE AIR(V) (Aircraft[VHF]) AIR(U) (AircraftIUHFl)
*When the receiver pauses scanning at a NOAA WEATHER broadcast channel, it will not resume scanning automatically, since all NOAA WEATHER channels transmit continuously. To resume scanning manually, press + or -. *The NOAA WEATHER broadcast may be difficult to receive in some areas.
Intelligent Memory Scanning When the receiver receives a station continuously for 5 seconds or longer, the frequency is memorized automatically in the Intelligent Memory. The Intelligent Memory holds the 10 most recently received frequencies. Intelligent Memory Scanning scans the frequencies in the Intelligent Memory.
Direct Tuning If you know the frequency of a station, tune in directly by inputting the frequency digits on the number keys. Set the SQL control to MIN. Press POWER to turn the receiver on If you are in the Scanning Mode, press SCAN to enter the Manual Mode.
Manual Tuning Tune in by adjusting the frequency step by step with the +/-keys. Set the SQL control to MIN. Press POWER to turn the receiver on. If you are in the Scanning Mode, press SCAN to enter the Manual Mode. B will disappear from the display.
Preset Tuning The receiver has 10 preset pages, each with 30 channels; thus the receiver can memorize a total of 300 frequencies, Presetting stations in the memory When you preset a frequency to a channel, the frequency step, detection mode and the DELAY setting for each frequency is memorized as well.
. ..then press EXE (without releasing ENTER). P A G E DELAY Channel 26 has been entered and presetting is complete. The display returns to the reception display. To cancel presetting input Release ENTER. page *To change the also use the +/-keys when the number is flashing in the display (i.e.;...
Example: recalling preset channel 26 on page 5. Press PAGE. The page number will flash in the display. Press 5, then EXE. P A G E B!Ef DELAY The page number has been entered. “PAGE” and “5” will stop flashing in the display. A preset channel will appear in the display (in this case, Press PRESET.
Notes *If you recall a page or a preset channel when you are in the Scanning Mode, the receiver goes into the Manual Mode and the N indication will disappear. *If a page number or a preset channel number is left flashing for 5 seconds or longer, the number will be entered (without having to press EXE).
Priority Scanning Specify a priority frequency of your choice to the priority channel. With Priority Scanning, the receiver checks the priority channel every 5 seconds and switches to this channel if there is reception. If reception is broken, the receiver will return to previous status. You can run Priority Scanning during any scanning or tuning modes.
*All tuning key operation becomes ineffective when receiving the priority channel with Priority Scanning (except for that using + or -). To switch to other scanning or tuning modes, exit Priority Scanning first by pressing PRI/DELAY. *Though the frequency step setting is memorized for the priority channel, it has no effect on Priority Scanning.
bother useful functions SKIP function You can designate any frequency as a SKIP-frequency (up to 100). The receiver will skip this frequency during scanning. Designate any unwanted frequency (interference signals, etc.) as a SKIP-frequency. Designating a SKIP-frequency If you are in the Scanning Mode, press SCAN to enter the Manual Mode.
To erase all SKIP memory at once Press EXE, -, and SKIP simultaneously. “dEL ALL SKIP” will flash in the display. Hold the buttons down for 3 seconds or longer. The flashing will stop and all the SKIP memory is erased. The receiver will automatically enter the Band Scanning mode in the lowest band.
Adjusting scanning pause time DELAY DELAY is turned on by default. DELAY is indicated in the display, and scanning will not restart unless there is a reception break of 2 seconds. This is convenient, for example, when receiving a 2-way transmission, where there is a short break between the transmission.
Adjusting frequency step and detection mode You can adjust the frequency step and the detection mode when you are in the Manual Mode. Adjusting the frequency step If you are in the Scanning Mode, press SCAN to enter the Manual Mode. Press STEP.
Key protection Press LIGHT/* for 1 second or longer. “h” will light in the display and all keystrokes will be neutralized. Use this feature to avoid operation by inadvertent keystrokes. To cancel key protection Press LIGHT/h again for 1 second or longer. Turning on the light Press LIGHT/h lightly (less than 1 second).
Troubleshooting Should any problem persist after these tests, consult your nearest Sony dealer. The power does not turn on. The batteries are exhausted. -+ Replace all batteries with new ones. The batteries are inserted with incorrect polarity, or the AC power cord or the car battery cord is not connected properly.
Will not pause scanning on a certain frequency. It is designated a SKIP frequency (page 28). Cannot keep the receiver on scanning pause. Priority Scanning is active and the receiver received the priority channel (page 26). Scanning pause time is set to the 5-second pause mode (page 30).
When the case becomes soiled, clean it with a soft cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution. Never use abrasive cleansers or chemical solvents, as they may mar the case. If you have any questions or problems concerning your scanning receiver, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. At room temperature, the...
Connects to the serial port (RS232C) on a personal computer using the supplied cable (refer to the Operating Instructions of the PC control software Sony Scanning Receiver Controller for more details). 0 (earphone) jack Screw holes to attach belt holder...
Display DELAY indication Appears when the receiver is in the 2-second delay mode. M indication Appears when there is reception (i.e., when the squelch is open). PAGE indication INTE (Intelligent Memory) indication Page number/Intelligent )+ 1 8 ! indication Appears when you have input a frequency that is outside the frequency range of this receiver.