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151 of 153 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2010
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
I know the owners manual and website say this item is only good for outdoors if left dry and above 41 degrees, however I can honestly dispute that.

I have had 2 of these clocks outside in my backyard since December 2005 (over 4+ years).. no issues at all. The 2 clocks outside are on a fence where it gets beat up by all the storms and hot sun... as well as this past winter, we got down to 8 degrees (yes, 8 degrees in Dallas).... the clocks are both still running great! absolutely no impact by the storms or deep cold. The other is mounted on the house where it gets beat up by the cold, sun and heavy steam from the Hot Tub... also no issues.

So regardless of what the website or owners manaual says, I can vouch that these clocks work great over many years in deep cold, strong winds, heavy storms (and yes, getting totally soaked) and direct Texas Sun.

I HIGHLY recommend these for all
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2013
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
I own four of La Crosse's so called "Radio Controlled", or "Atomic", clocks ... all four originally worked perfect, then all four failed on the same day (still indicating that they received the NIST signal, but failing to re-set the clock). I understand that the NIST transmission was upgraded on that day, but they say that no existing receivers should be effected, the original time data is still on the signal, and it was just an upgrade. I did my research on the web, and found that thousands of other La Crosse clock users had the same problem. In other words, the La Crosse engineers should have designed a system that would tolerate upgrades to the signal.

I contacted La Crosse, carefully explaining the situation, and asking if they were going to do the right thing, and provide a solution, or new working clocks. They responded with a standard form letter, suggesting that I "try changing the batteries", or "try moving the clocks to a different location". I responded explaining that I had already tried all of that, and I again carefully explained that all four clocks functioned perfectly, and all four failed on the same day (still indicating that they received the NIST signal, but failing to re-set the clock) ... this is not a battery or location issue, it's an engineering failure.

The final response from La Crosse was that my clocks are "out of warranty", so it's my problem, not theirs.

So let me ask you this ... if a company refuses to do the right thing, and replace a product with an obvious design flaw, why would anyone ever buy a product from them again?
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110 of 119 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2005
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
Great clock for indoor use. Can only be used outdoors, if kept warm and dry. All advertising states it's weatherproof. The owner's manual and manufacturer website state otherwise. Very disappointed as I purchased specifically for outdoor use.
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115 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
This item, sold as an outdoor device, can't be left outdoors if temperadture falls to 41 degrees or lower because, as the manual explains, it will not work below that tempoerature. Itis not water tight, either. Perhaps okay for a covered porch in the tropics but not useless in N. America.

Why is it being sold for outdoor use?

I have returned this item.

Actually, I give it no stars.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2007
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free PackagingVerified Purchase
I've had this clock for about a year. It worked fine throughout the winter even in -10F temperatures. In the summer, it catches some late afternoon sun, but this doesn't seem to have harmed it. The original alkaline batteries are still working.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free PackagingVerified Purchase
We purchased 5 of these to use at an outdoor event throughout the grounds. With 5 of these, it gives a good basis for the problems involved.
We followed the instructions and after the initial battery installation, they all held at 4:00 waiting for the signal. Once they received it, 3 ended up at the same time, while 2 were off by several minutes.
The clocks initially set themselves to Pacific Time and then needed to be set to Eastern.
For the 3 that ended up at the same time, let's say 7:35, when pressing the ET button on back, one ends up at 10:35 (properly) and the other 2 end up at 10:31 and 10:16. This has nothing to do with an improper signal, as these 3 had the same initial time. The control board inside is bad in multiple units.

We ended up continuing to use our old manual clocks...we were better being a minute or two off over having random clock times.

It is not a signal distance issue as we also purchased 3 digital ones and those all work fine.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2009
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This clock is terrible. Even worse, I have left several detaled voice messages (after going through voice mail hell). The clock is about 15 minutes behind the correct time. I have tried setting the time manually and moved it around to different locations. I got only one call back. They left a message that they got a call from me but no explanation regarding my problem. They obviously didnt bother to listen to my detailed MESSAGES. The manual says NEED HELP WITH SETUP BEFORE YOU RETURN THIS PRODUCT CALL 1-608 .... WHAT A JOKE. It's been several days now and I still have not received any help. I also emailed the tech support address provided; again no response. I have also discovered (IN THE MANUAL) that the clock can't get wet, etc. One of my questions, if I ever got through to them, is why they advertise the clock as an outdoor clock. Save yourself the time and aggravation. Great concept but terrible company / tech support. Voice mail hell sounds like an amatuer operation.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2005
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Standard PackagingVerified Purchase
Nice clock. All I had to do was put a AA battery in it and in about 2 hours it set itself. It's been hanging outside for about a month now in the rain and heat with no problem. Since I live in the south, this has been quite the test for a clock. No complaints here.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2006
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I purchased this particular clock because it was described as an "Outdoor" clock. Upon receipt of the clock I read the instruction book and under the section entitled "Frequently Asked Questions" is the following:

"Q. Can a La Cross Technology clock be used outdoors?

A. Yes, but only in a dry environment and in a temperature range between 41 F andd 131 F. This clock is NOT water-resistant."

Living in New England, we do get rain and snow and the temperature is frequently below 41 F. The clock has a VERY misleading description!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
Size Name: One SizeProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free PackagingVerified Purchase
I bought this clock so I could have the correct time when I am in the back yard. It does what they say. I inserted the batteries, and with-in a couple of hours the correct time was displayed. It is also nice knowing the humidity and temperature. It is big enough so I can tell what time it is when I am 40 feet or more away from the clock.
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