I have an "Ascot" wall clock which is 'radio-controlled'; i.e. it picks up its time signal via radio. The clock was purchased from Aldi, and for this reason, it picks up its signal from Germany which is fine, but they are 1 hour ahead of us.The sticker on the back of the clock advises that I should set the time zone to "-1 hour" for the correct time in England (so far, so good, but)... "See instructions manual page 1 and 2". I bought the clock a few years ago, and I cannot find the manual!The buttons on the back of the clock are, from left to right:Set/ZoneAlarmMode+/(receiver icon)-/tempI have tried a few combinations, but cannot figure it out. I have manually set the clock back one hour, but of course, it corrects itself every time the radio signal is received.Does anyone, by any chance have a manual for this clock, or for any "Ascot" branded, radio-controlled clock?Incidentally, I did originally have the time displaying correctly (or perhaps it was provided with a battery and already set correctly), but the battery expired, hence the problem arising now.Thanks.SF
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The buttons on the back of the clock are, from left to right:Set/ZoneAlarmMode+/(receiver icon)-/tempI have tried a few combinations, but cannot figure it out. I have manually set the clock back one hour, but of course, it corrects itself every time the radio signal is received.I don't have one and I couldn't find instructions on how to do this with a google search.However, when you need to set the time for something like this, I would start by pressing the Mode button. If the display flashes in any of the modes, then this is likely to be the one where you change settings.If nothing happens when you press the Mode button briefly, holding the button down for 5-10 seconds. Sometimes this will then put it into a configuration mode.If that doesn't work, then try pressing combinations of buttons. Then hold one of the buttons for 5-10 seconds and press the other buttons. The final stage is to repeat: "Come on, start, will you!? Start, you vicious bastard! Come on! Oh my God! I'm warning you — if you don't start… (scream with rage) I'll count to three. One…two…three! Right! That's it! You've tried it on just once too often! Right! Well, don't say I haven't warned you! I've laid it on the line to you time and time again! Right! Well…this is it! I'm going to give you a damn good thrashing!"At this point you can pound the device with a large, blunt object. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78b67l_yxUc has a demonstration of this approach.
Thanks.It's not the mode button unfortunately, and I can't find an on-line manual either.SF
Hi SFI could find no email contact for Aldi, but I have for a company called Krippl who, it would seem, are/were the manufacturers of the Ascot brand. Their website now only seems to show a brand called Twins however.Contact details here:http://www.produktservice.info/shop/index.aspx?view=37Website homepage here:http://www.krippl-watches.com/I hope you will be able to contact them and get some useful information from them (such as an electronic copy of the manual).Ronnie
Hi SFI have an Ascot "FunkWetterStation" - a barometer/hygrometer/sunrise/sunset thing, which has a radio-controlled clock. Whilst it'll have more buttons and settings than yours, the radio-controlled clock bit works the same way.Every time the batteries ran out it used to take me a day or two to figure out how to set the time correctly for 'here', as opposed to for Germany... until I hit on the cunning plan of making a note of it :-)Hold down the 'Set/Zone' button until the time/date display (or some part of it) starts flashing.Assuming it really does work the same as mine, it will go through year, month and day first. Use the +/- keys to adjust whatever's flashing to whatever it should be.Press 'Set/Zone' to advance to the next thing to be set.When the hour is flashing, set the time to +1 hour of 'now' - ie, set it to the time Germany.Minutes will be next, followed by time format (12/24 hr).Then the time zone setting should be flashing. Set it to -1.When it's back to the non-flashing time/date display, the time should be showing +1 of whatever it is here.Press the 'Set/Zone' button so that 'Zone' displays - the time will now be correct for here - ie, -1hr of Germany.When BST starts, press 'Set/Time' so that 'Zone' isn't displaying - the time will then be correct for BST (because it will be +1 of whatever it was showing before). Set 'Zone' on again when BST ends.I do have the manual, which is entirely in German. But if you'd like a scan of the relevant pages for setting the time just ask.CheersTarantula
Thanks all.I thought I had figured it out just prior to Tarantula posting his message; once I had been through the options to set hour, minute, day, etc, there was a flashing zero (although there was no indication as to what it did), and when I pressed the "-" button, it changed to -1, and I was hopeful, but it hadn't solve the problem!Tarantula was spot on with the Zone button which 'activated' the -1, so thanks.I didn't need to set the time at all, as that was updated automatically when I pressed the "receive" button.I have now put a sticker on the back of the clock for the next time I forget; it's a long time between battery changes!SF
When BST starts, press 'Set/Time' so that 'Zone' isn't displaying - the time will then be correct for BST (because it will be +1 of whatever it was showing before).Set 'Zone' on again when BST ends.So this is a radio-controlled clock that doesn't automatically adjust for summer time? Almost defeats the object for me!
So this is a radio-controlled clock that doesn't automatically adjust for summer time? Almost defeats the object for me! It won't adjust for British Summer Time because it is a German-made clock rather than a British one.Ronnie
Well, I have a German made radio controlled clock, and that adjust to our summer time. As far as I know the radio signal comes from Germany.So, either we and them have the same summer time, or, well, give up...
Hi fourtwentyfourWell, I have a German made radio controlled clock, and that adjust to our summer time. As far as I know the radio signal comes from Germany.Come to think of it, it may well automatically adjust - the end of BST 2009 is now too long ago to remember if it did or not. Will have to wait until 28 March to find out.So, either we and them have the same summer time, or, well, give up...We do. The Ninth EC directive on summer-time arrangements - Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 January 2001 - harmonized the dates in member states.See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Summer_TimeregardsTarantula
We do. The Ninth EC directive on summer-time arrangements - Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 January 2001 - harmonized the dates in member states.And it's not just the date that is harmonised, the GMT/UTC time is too, so the change is simultaneous throughout.
I have the same problem Did you get help If so please passdetails to me.JL
I have had this issue and every time I change batteries it takes me ages to work out what to do. In the end it's easy - just use the mode button to get all of the times, dates etc set up and the zone as -1. Repeated use of mode gets you back to the steady display but notice that the word ZONE needs to be displayed as well (to the left of the time on my unit). If it is not displayed give a brief press to the mode/zone button and it should show - once done everything is now set and working. Hope this helps.
If anyone is looking for a manual for the Ascot/Aldi Radio Controlled LCD Wall Clock it can be downloaded in pdf form here:-https://www.produktservice.info/25072518/2011/manual.pdf
Yes, it certainly is a manual for an Ascot/Aldi Radio Controlled LCD Wall Clock, however, for clarity it is for a model sold in the UK during July/August 2011, and is a different model to that referred to earlier. ;-)I have both, now.