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Nice idea, but . . .
on January 13, 2012
I ordered this item for my 4th grade classroom. The analog part shows minutes past the hour in a small size along with the usual large numbers--a nice feature for kids still learning to read an analog clock. The digital display is nice, and the temperature readout is especially handy. It is very easy to read.
Here's the problem: make sure you can mount the clock in a place that will definitely receive the radio time-set signal. My classroom is in a portable, and the clock could not receive the signal anywhere in the room, not even when I set it in the window. I brought the clock home and set it in a second-story window. From there it could receive the time-set signal. So, I took it back to school. However, the clock tried to reestablish contact with the mother ship periodically and, from what I could tell, ran down the battery searching for a signal in a place where it just isn't going to be successful.
Can you set the clock manually? Not easily! There's just one button on the back. Here is what the instructions say to do to set the time manually: "1) Remove the battery and press the Manual set button 10 times; 2) Insert 1 new AA alkaline battery; 3)Press and hold the Manual set button until the second hand of the clock moves to the 12 position; 4) Release the Manual Set button and again press and hold the Manual Set button; [are you memorizing this?]The minute and hour hands will fast-forward while the button is held; 5)Keep holding the Manual Set button until the time is set as required; 6) Release the button. About 3 seconds later, the second hands will start to move and the clock is no running with manual time." I am not going to remember that when I need it! I'd have to pull out the instruction book every time.
I finally ordered a standard quartz, non-atomic clock for the classroom. It's working like a charm. I brought the LaCrosse home so that I could use it, but now the second hand is acting up. It appears to get stuck at 42 seconds past the hour. The minute and hour hands continue to keep accurate time, but the second hand is frozen. I am disappointed overall with this clock.