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LA CROSSE TECHNOLOGY - Frequently Asked Questions

WS-7014

To function properly, the weather station must be started correctly using good quality alkaline batteries and the time must be set.
     

Section 1 - Outdoor temperature displays as --.-

     
Question 1   Weather station not started properly
     
   

In order to establish proper communication between the display and outdoor transmitter it is important that they be set up as follows:

  1. Bring both units inside and have the units 3-5 feet apart with nothing in-between them.
  2. Remove the batteries from both units.
  3. Press one of the buttons on the display at least 20 times to clear all memory. Verify that the display is blank before proceeding.
  4. Using a good quality alkaline battery place them back into the remote sensor; making sure they are installed according to the diagrams in the battery compartment. Next, taking care not to press any buttons, reinstall the batteries in the display according to the diagram in the battery compartment.
  5. Do not press any buttons for at least 15 minutes after installing the batteries. (Let them establish a good connection.)
  6. An outdoor temperature should be showing on your display. You can now put your outdoor sensor back outside.
     
Question 2   Outdoor Transmitter not placed properly
     
   

In order to get an accurate reading and to prolong the life of your sensor we recommend that you have it in a sheltered area out of the sun and direct rain. Fog and Mist will not affect the sensor, but a soaking in water may. If your sensor becomes soaked, removed the batteries and allow it to try overnight; then restart the station (see section 1A). You can mount it outside under an eve of your house or any other suitable place that will keep it out of the sun and rain. Do not wrap the sensor in plastic or seal it in a plastic bag.

The maximum transmission range is 80 feet in a straight line (line of sight). Exterior walls and obstructions will reduce transmission range by as much as 25-30 feet while interior walls and similar obstructions will reduce transmission range by as much as 15-20 feet. (An obstruction would include anything that is between the line of sight like a roof, walls, floors, ceilings, trees, etc.) For best signal reception the transmission range should be greater than the line of sight distance between the transmitter and receiver. Certain building materials as well as electrical interference may also affect signal reception.

If further assistance is required please contact us via email at support@lacrossetechnology.com or by phone at 1-888-211-1923

     

Section 2 - Time does not display properly

     
Question 1   WWVB signal has not been received
     
   
  1. If you have not yet installed the batteries or plugged in the weather station and it shows a time, remove the scratch-guard from the LCD panel.
  2. This weather station receives a signal from Ft. Collins, Colorado (WWVB) to set it to atomic time. Sometimes, due to adverse weather or atmospheric conditions you will not be able to receive a signal immediately. The best way to get a signal is to put your weather station in a window facing Colorado until you see the tower icon appear.
  3. If your time is off by an increment of 1 hour, change your time zone to match your location.
     
Question 2   Display has not been set up properly
     
   

In order to set up the display, follow these steps:
NOTE: Do not set the time or press any other buttons until the display has communicated with the outdoor transmitter for at least 10 minutes.

  1. Press and hold the SET button for 5 seconds. LCD and a number from 0-7 will be flashing. To increase the contrast of the LCD display press and release the CH/+ button. Press and release the SET button once.
  2. The time zone will be flashing. To change time zones, press and release the CH/+ button. When the correct time zone is selected, press and release the SET button.
  3. Daylight Savings Time (DST) will show with ON or OFF flashing. Most states use DST, so this should be on. However if your location does not use DST, use the CH/+ button to turn it off. Press and release the SET button.
  4. Radio Controlled Time (RCC) will show with ON or OFF flashing. WWVB reception can be toggled with the CH/+ button. (default is ON) Press and release the SET button.
  5. A 12h or 24h will appear on the top line. (12h for AM/PM, 24h for military time) To change between 12h and 24h, press and release the CH/+ button. When your choice is shown on the display, press and release the SET button once.
  6. The hour will now be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button until the correct hour is shown. WATCH the AM/PM.

    NOTE: When in the 12h mode, there is only a “PM” display, which appears under the word TIME. During the “AM“ hours this area will be blank. When the correct hour is shown, press and release the SET button once.
  7. The minutes will now be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button until the correct minutes are displayed. Press and release the SET button once.
  8. The year will be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button until you have set the correct year. Press and release the SET button.
  9. The month will be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button until you have set the correct month. Press and release the SET button.
  10. The date will be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button until you have set the correct date. Press and release the SET button.
    NOTE: When the date is set, the correct day of the week will be displayed automatically.
  11. Snooze duration will now be flashing. Press and release the CH/+ button to change the snooze duration, choosing OFF will disable this function. When your choice is shown on the display, press and release the SET button.
  12. Degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius will now be flashing. To change between Fahrenheit and Celsius press and release the CH/+ button. When your choice is shown on the display, press and release the SET button once.
  13. The forecast sensitivity will be flashing. Press the CH/+ button to select one of the three settings. “1” is the lowest setting, designated for areas with a relatively constant air pressure; “2” is the mid-range setting; “3” is the highest setting, designated for areas with significant air pressure changes. Press and release the SET button and you are done.
     
Question 3   Change the way the date is displayed
     
    This particular weather station has only one mode of displaying the date.
     
Question 4   The date is displayed backwards
     
    When the clock is set to military time (24 hour), it will also show the date in the military fashion as well.
     
Question 5   Manually set the time, date, and other features
     
   
  1. Press and hold the SET button for 5 seconds
  2. 12h or or 24h will appear on the top line
    (12h for AM/PM, 24h for military time)
  3. To change between 12h and 24h, press and release the CH button
  4. Once your choice is shown on the display, press and release the SET button once.
  5. The time zone will be flashing. Press and release the CH button until correct time zone is displayed. Press and release the SET button
  6. DST will show with a 1 or 0 flashing to the right. Select 1 and press and release the SET button.
  7. The hour will be flashing
  8. Press and release the CH button until the correct hour is shown. WATCH the AM/PM

    NOTE: When in the 12h mode, there is only a "PM" display, which appears under the word TIME. During the "AM" hours this area will be blank. When the correct hour is shown, press and release the SET button once.
  9. The minutes will now be flashing
  10. Press and release the CH button until the correct minutes are displayed. Press and release the SET button once.
  11. The day of the week will be flashing.
  12. Press and release the CH button until the correct minutes are displayed. Press and release the SET button once
  13. The day of the week will be flashing. Press and release the CH button to select the correct day. Press and release the SET button
  14. The month will be flashing. Press and release the CH button until you have set the correct month. Press and release the SET button.
  15. The date will be flashing. Press and release the CH button until you have set the correct date. Press and release the SET button
  16. The year will be flashing. Press and release the CH button until you have set the correct year. Press and release the SET button.
  17. Degrees °F will now be flashing. To change between °F and °C, press and release the CH button. When you have your choice shown on the display, press and release the SET button.
  18. LCD and a number from 0-7 will be flashing. To increase the contrast of the LCD display, press and release the CH button. Press and release the SET button and you are done.
     

Section 3 - Humidity display reads --.-

     
Question 1   Humidity may be too low or too high
     
   

During the winter months, humidity will drop below 20% in a large portion of the USA. This may be represented as -- because it is below the effective range of this weather station. The range of accuracy for humidity is plus or minus 7%.

     

Section 4 - How to reset MIN & MAX temperature

     
Question 1   To record MIN & MAX temperatures over a different time period
     
   

To reset the indoor MIN and MAX temperatures press and hold the HOUR/IN button for 5 seconds. To reset the outdoor MIN and MAX temperatures press and hold the MIN/OUT button for 5 seconds. The temperatures will then reset to the current temperatures.

     

Section 5 - Display is blank

     
Question 1   Batteries may need to be replaced
     
   

Check the polarity on your batteries to make sure they are installed according to the diagrams in the battery compartment. Also make sure that you are using a new good quality alkaline battery. If the display is still blank after following these steps please contact us via email at support@lacrossetechnology.com or by phone at 1-888-211-1923