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Reviews Categories | Ham Shack Clocks | La Crosse Technologies Model c89201 Multi-color Atomic Alarm Clo Help


Reviews Summary for La Crosse Technologies Model c89201 Multi-color Atomic Alarm Clo
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $18
Description: Multi-color Atomic Alarm Clock with additional functions
Product is in production.
More info: http://lacrossetechnology.com/c89201/index.php
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W6LBV Rating: 5/5 Nov 9, 2014 07:56 Send this review to a friend
Nuking the time  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The La Crosse Technologies Model c89201 Multi-color Atomic Alarm Clock seems to be a new product in the LCT catalog. It has no reviews yet on Amazon.com. I ran across the clock unexpectedly at my local Costco warehouse and decided that it would be a very good replacement for an old and failing clock radio on my bedroom night stand (I no longer need the radio function).

The c89201 is a small, attractive little package which does several functions rather well. It is a radio-controlled digital clock, including time, day, date, and moon phase, which is synched to WWVB in Colorado at 60 kHz. It has a useful alarm/snooze function, and it also displays room interior temperature and humidity. Finally, although this is certainly not required for timekeeping, it has a powered USB port, usable for recharging mobile telephones and similar devices.

The clock operates from a supplied “wall wart” power supply, with two AAA batteries (included) as backup.

The most important part of the clock is its display. This is a multi-segmented, multi-color LCD screen with very good to excellent readability and appearance. The hour and minute digits on the screen are a full 1.5 inches tall. Three brightness levels of screen backlighting are available, making the time easily visible either from across the room, or in a dark bedroom.

The set-up procedure for the clock is similar to those for other “atomic clocks,” and the scheme ran quickly and smoothly through the various choices. I then had the clock scan for the WWVB signal. It did not synch during daylight hours but did do so quickly after dark. However, I live in a high electrical noise area. The clock is programmed to resynch with Colorado each night at fixed times. A screen symbol indicates its current state of synch.

So far, the only “nits” I have found with the clock are that it does not have a set-up option that allows display of UTC (useful for QSO logging), and the fact that the little control buttons on the top of the bezel can be easily pushed by accident during handling.

This time piece could be a very nice addition for the ham shack operating bench, and I may buy another one for just this purpose.
 


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