LA CROSSE TECHNOLOGY - Frequently Asked Questions

WS-9520

Remember for your WS-9520U Projection Weather Station to work properly it 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 330 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 and Date Set Up Information
     
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 correctly
     

 

  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 and begin to flash. (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 0 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.

     
Section 3 - Weather Station beeps periodically
     
Question 1   Alarm is set
     

 

 

In the date portion of the display either ((1)) with a bell icon or ((2)) with a bell icon may be showing. This means that the corresponding alarm 1 or alarm 2 is turned on. To turn off an alarm, press the corresponding button and the alarm number will no longer be displayed next to the date.

In order to set an alarm, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the alarm button (either alarm 1 or alarm 2) for about 5 seconds until the alarm time flashes in the date display.

2. Press the HOUR/IN button to advance the hour and the MIN/OUT button to advance the minute, being sure to keep track of AM and PM if in 12hr mode.

3. Press the alarm button once more to set the alarm. Either ALARM 1 or ALARM 2 should be displayed in the date portion of the display depending on which alarm was set.

 
Section 4 - Forecast icon shows incorrect conditions
     
Question 1   Icon displays a tendency
     

 

 

The weather forecasting feature is estimated to be 75% accurate. The weather forecast is based solely upon the change of air pressure over time; creating a necessity to disregard all weather forecasting for about 24 hours after the unit has been set-up, reset, or moved from one altitude to another (i.e. from one floor of a building to another floor). In areas where the weather is not affected by the change of air pressure, this feature will be less accurate. To adjust forecast settings see section 2B.

There are 3 possible weather icons that will be displayed:

Sunny—indicates that the weather is expected to improve (not that the weather will be sunny).
Sun with Clouds—indicates that the weather is expected to be fair (not that the weather will be sunny with clouds).
Clouds with Rain—indicates that the weather is expected to get worse (not that the weather will be rainy).

The weather icons change when the unit detects a change in air pressure. The icons change in order, from “sunny” to “partly sunny” to “rainy” or the reverse. It will not change from “sunny” directly to “rainy”, although it is possible for the change to occur quickly. If the symbols do not change then the weather has not changed, or the change has been slow and gradual.

 
Section 5 - Humidity display reads --.-
     
Question 1   Humidity may be too low or too high
     

 

  During the winter months, indoor humidity may drop below 20% in a large portion of the USA due to home heating. This may be represented as -- because it is below the effective range of this weather station. Humidity may also display as -- if the actual humidity is 95% or above.
     
Section 6 - Projection does not display
     
Question 1   AC adapter may not be connected properly
     

 

  The projection will be continuously displayed if the clock is plugged in with the AC adapter. If the projection is not displayed first verify that the AC adapter is plugged in and properly connected to the clock. When the connections are checked, place your hand about 2 inches from the projection lens. A red dot should appear on your hand. If the projection does not appear contact us by email at support@lacrossetechnology.com or by phone at 1-888-211-1923.

NOTE: The projection will only appear on the wall or ceiling when the room is quite dark.
 
Section 7 - Projection / display shows incorrect data
     
Question 1   Display mode needs to be set
     

 

  If the projection is displaying incorrectly (upside down or sideways) press and release the button that looks like an arrow until the correct projection is displayed. The information displayed by the projection can also be selected. The default is time only, but it can also display temperature only or time and temperature alternating. To change projection mode press the DISPL button.
     
Section 8 - 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 9 - Display is blank
     
Question 1   Batteries may be dead
     

 

  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.