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If you slide the <weather> switch from "on" (red) to off, the WX radio will no longer be in standby mode and therefore will not monitor for or sound any transmitted alerts (this defeats the whole purpose of having a WX alert radio, doesn't it?). Instead, use the "defeat siren" feature to silence all but the most essent… see more If you slide the <weather> switch from "on" (red) to off, the WX radio will no longer be in standby mode and therefore will not monitor for or sound any transmitted alerts (this defeats the whole purpose of having a WX alert radio, doesn't it?). Instead, use the "defeat siren" feature to silence all but the most essential alerts. Also, set the alert feature to "voice" mode so that the siren and radio shut themselves off in short time whenever an alert IS issued. see less If you slide the <weather> switch from "on" (red) to off, the WX radio will no longer be in standby mode and therefore will not monitor for or sound any transmitted alerts (this defeats the whole purpose of having a WX alert radio, doesn't it?). Instead, use the "defeat siren" feature to silence all but the most essential alerts. Also, set the alert feature to "voice" mode so that the siren and radio shut themselves off in short time whenever an alert IS issued.
By H. Mintz on September 8, 2014
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It wil give you the alert or warning a couple of times and then shut off or you can shut it off manually. The alert or warning light will remain on. Hope this helps.
By Herbert Moore on September 16, 2013
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I believe that You must be tuned to a radio station that transmits a RBDS signals to obtain time etc. updates. Did you lose electrical power? are the back-up batteries installed?
pull the power source and see if the batteries power the unit. And lastly, check your set up on page 13 of the manual. I hope this was of som… see more
I believe that You must be tuned to a radio station that transmits a RBDS signals to obtain time etc. updates. Did you lose electrical power? are the back-up batteries installed?
pull the power source and see if the batteries power the unit. And lastly, check your set up on page 13 of the manual. I hope this was of some assistance.
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I believe that You must be tuned to a radio station that transmits a RBDS signals to obtain time etc. updates. Did you lose electrical power? are the back-up batteries installed?
pull the power source and see if the batteries power the unit. And lastly, check your set up on page 13 of the manual. I hope this was of some assistance.
RWM

By Randall W. Matthews on January 16, 2014
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No, I do not think that this can be done. I checked the manual and I could not find anyway of extending the length of the emergency message other than physically tapping the "Weather" button after the message ends. I did this once when I woke up from a deep sleep and wanted to make sure that I really heard and underst… see more No, I do not think that this can be done. I checked the manual and I could not find anyway of extending the length of the emergency message other than physically tapping the "Weather" button after the message ends. I did this once when I woke up from a deep sleep and wanted to make sure that I really heard and understood the emergency message.
There are some other things that you can try:
1- Turn the radio volume up very high before going to bed. This should wake you as long as the radio is in the same room as you are.
2- Use the "Siren" option. It has 4 volume options. The highest option should blast you out of bed.
3- Share your bed/room with a light sleeper. Depending on your situation, this last option may have unpredictable side effects. see less
No, I do not think that this can be done. I checked the manual and I could not find anyway of extending the length of the emergency message other than physically tapping the "Weather" button after the message ends. I did this once when I woke up from a deep sleep and wanted to make sure that I really heard and understood the emergency message.
There are some other things that you can try:
1- Turn the radio volume up very high before going to bed. This should wake you as long as the radio is in the same room as you are.
2- Use the "Siren" option. It has 4 volume options. The highest option should blast you out of bed.
3- Share your bed/room with a light sleeper. Depending on your situation, this last option may have unpredictable side effects.

By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2014
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It depends on how strong your batteries are and how long you're away. I imagine the batteries will last several months if the unit is turned off, but I've not experimented with that. When I leave my cabin I just take it with me -- it's handy to pack and I like having it in both homes. By coincidence I use the same w… see more It depends on how strong your batteries are and how long you're away. I imagine the batteries will last several months if the unit is turned off, but I've not experimented with that. When I leave my cabin I just take it with me -- it's handy to pack and I like having it in both homes. By coincidence I use the same weather channel in both my homes, so no reprogramming is required when I go from one to the other. If you'd rather leave it in the cabin and the batteries die, it's not very hard to reprogram; maybe write down the channel you use so you don't forget while you're gone. Be sure you turn off the weather function -- that will drain your batteries even if there aren't any weather alerts. see less It depends on how strong your batteries are and how long you're away. I imagine the batteries will last several months if the unit is turned off, but I've not experimented with that. When I leave my cabin I just take it with me -- it's handy to pack and I like having it in both homes. By coincidence I use the same weather channel in both my homes, so no reprogramming is required when I go from one to the other. If you'd rather leave it in the cabin and the batteries die, it's not very hard to reprogram; maybe write down the channel you use so you don't forget while you're gone. Be sure you turn off the weather function -- that will drain your batteries even if there aren't any weather alerts.
By Reno Gulch on February 11, 2013
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The brightness of the display is adjustable. If the radio is lower than your bed yes. The display is not vertical.
By A. Wildrick on September 10, 2013
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Yes it does. That's how I use mine. Use batteries as back up.
By Joseph M. Armato on April 20, 2015
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The advisory, watch, and warning, LEDs can be tested by pushing the menu button. Then use the down arrow to highlight the menu item called siren test. Use the select button to enter the siren test mode. The volume +/- buttons will test the sirens (advisory, watch, warning) and associated LEDs.
By John R Krause on March 3, 2014
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Missy N., YES, you can look at the display and see the time without pushing any buttons. However, unlike the Midland radio that this competes with, the Sangean CL-100 does not have a button to push to turn on the backlight, but rather has backlight settings that you access through the MENU. First you select "Brightness… see more Missy N., YES, you can look at the display and see the time without pushing any buttons. However, unlike the Midland radio that this competes with, the Sangean CL-100 does not have a button to push to turn on the backlight, but rather has backlight settings that you access through the MENU. First you select "Brightness," and press VOL UP/DOWN to set up between the 4 levels of backlight brightness: "Off," "little brightness," "average brightness" and "highest brightness." Once you select the option you want, you push the "Select" button. If you select the "Off" option, the backlight with stay off and you will not be able to see the screen in the dark. My wife and I found that the "little brightness" option works best for us because the light is bright enough to read the screen and serve as a nightlight so that I can find my glasses (when placed near the radio) at night without turning on a light. Keep in mind that this, as well as many other radios, do not place back-lit screens in positions that are easy to read while lying in bed. Although the wake-up alarm features of this radio are very good, you should have another illuminated clock to look at if you intend to wake up frequently to check the time. In our opinion, the Sangean CL-100 is the best table-top weather radio that you can purchase at any price, but not all features are perfect for everyone. Read both positive and negative reviews on Amazon.com before deciding. Good Luck! see less Missy N., YES, you can look at the display and see the time without pushing any buttons. However, unlike the Midland radio that this competes with, the Sangean CL-100 does not have a button to push to turn on the backlight, but rather has backlight settings that you access through the MENU. First you select "Brightness," and press VOL UP/DOWN to set up between the 4 levels of backlight brightness: "Off," "little brightness," "average brightness" and "highest brightness." Once you select the option you want, you push the "Select" button. If you select the "Off" option, the backlight with stay off and you will not be able to see the screen in the dark. My wife and I found that the "little brightness" option works best for us because the light is bright enough to read the screen and serve as a nightlight so that I can find my glasses (when placed near the radio) at night without turning on a light. Keep in mind that this, as well as many other radios, do not place back-lit screens in positions that are easy to read while lying in bed. Although the wake-up alarm features of this radio are very good, you should have another illuminated clock to look at if you intend to wake up frequently to check the time. In our opinion, the Sangean CL-100 is the best table-top weather radio that you can purchase at any price, but not all features are perfect for everyone. Read both positive and negative reviews on Amazon.com before deciding. Good Luck!
By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2013
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yes it does
By Tri State Camera SELLER on October 13, 2015