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Model TA1 Parts List:          Optional Battery Pack Parts List:

 

1 Control Unit                                      1 Battery pack

1 Pager with belt clip                           1 120 volt charger

1 12 volt adapter                                 1 power cable (battery pack to control unit)

1 120 volt adapter

1 AAA battery for pager

CB cable adapter

Instruction manual

 

Getting Started

The unit is designed to work from 120 volts AC, 12 volts DC, or a battery pack.  Do not use substitute power supplies as they may damage the unit. 

 

Simply plug the unit in to the appropriate power source and flip the top switch of the unit to turn it on.  In a moment, the LED display comes on with the current temperature reading.  For first time use, you need to set the trigger temperature (see next section).  Read all instructions before using the unit.

 

Using the Control Unit

There is a hole in the front of the control unit just below the digital display, inside that is the ‘hidden switch’.   This switch is hidden to avoid accidentally changing the temperature trigger settings.  Use a wooden toothpick (or other similar non-metallic tip) and insert it pushing the switch just below the display.  Press this switch 3 times to get to the low temperature setting and the LED’s will display LLO.  Press this switch one more time to get to the high temperature setting and the LED’s will display LHI.  You can change the high or low limit by pressing the LOCAL or REMOTE switches to increase or decrease the trigger temperature.  When done, press the hidden switch 9 or 10 more times to return to ‘normal’ mode (10 from low temperature limit, 9 times from high temperature limit).  If you get confused, just turn off the whole unit and turn it back on to restart the programming.  Do not change any of the other settings in the unit.

 

Note that the unit can be programmed for different temperatures whenever you’d like to change it.  The unit will remember its settings forever when powered off, but it is wise to verify the setting each time when used.

 

It is important that when you turn on the unit, it cannot be alerting for high or low temperatures.  You can tell that it is doing this if the display alternates between the current temperature and either LLO (low trigger) or LHI (high trigger).  It will also begin beeping within seconds of being turned on.  If it powers on with an alert, it will not work properly.  You can correct this in one of two ways.  First, you can change the temperature triggers so that it is no longer alerting (raise or lower the trigger temperature), then turn the unit off and back on.  The second way is to wait for the unit to come inside the allowed range (for instance hold the unit in front of an air vent), and then turn the unit off and back on.

 

The unit has a second black switch just below the ON switch.  In honor of my wonderful wife who needs to find me when I wander, it has been named the “Honey get over here NOW!” switch.  When turned on, the trunk symbol on the pagers will start flashing and the unit will beep or vibrate.  It is easy to remember this symbol because if I do not get back to my wife I will end up in a trunk somewhere!  In reality, this switch is an excellent test switch.  When you power on the unit and pager, you can use this switch to test that the pager receives a signal from the pager.

 

When used in an RV, plug the control unit into a 120 volt outlet that is not run off the inverter.  If you lose power, the pager will alert you within one minute that it no longer is receiving a signal (out-of-range alert), and you will get back long before the RV starts heating up.

 

Note that in some vans such as the Honda Odyssey that the 12 volt outlets turn off either when the engine is turned off or within 10 minutes.  In these vans, you  will either need to wire in another 12 volt outlet with continuous power, or buy the battery pack option.  The battery pack comes with a charger and will run the unit for 100+ continuous hours.

 

Placement of Control Unit

Where you place the control unit in your van or RV can have a significant affect on the range of the unit.  You may need to do some experimenting to determine the best location in your vehicle, but here are some guidelines that should give you good range.

 

First, do not put the unit in a window where the sun will heat it and give you false temperature readings.  Also, do not put it against metal walls.  These include refrigerators and metallic exterior walls (such as box vans with metal walls).  In most RVs, a good place is to mount it against an exterior wall (assuming exterior walls are made of fiberglass) at eye-level height.  In vans, there are a few recommendations.  You can attach it to the back of a headrest, hang it off the rearview mirror (use window covers to reflect heat), or even put it on the dashboard.  If you have a fiberglass high-top, you can mount it against the wall up in the fiberglass section.  You always want to elevate the unit well off the floor, higher is always better. 

 

Using the Pager

Turn on the pager.  Do this by pressing and holding for a moment the red button on the pager.  It should beep at you and within 40 seconds the antenna signal on the top left corner will come on to indicate that the control unit has been powered on and is transmitting properly.  If the pager goes out of range or if the control unit looses power then the antenna signal will turn off and the unit will beep at you to indicate out-of-range.  Also, the pager will not add or remove bars as the signal gets stronger, either it is receiving a signal or not.

 

If the high or low temperature trigger occurs, the pager will vibrate or beep (you can chose either) and the hood symbol will flash.  It is easy to remember this symbol because the engine under the hood is what usually overheats.  The control unit also beeps with a temperature trigger.  If the test switch (aka “Honey get over here NOW!” switch) on the control unit is pressed, then the trunk symbol will flash and the pager will vibrate or beep.

 

You can program the pager to signal you when it is out of range or not to signal you.  Also it can be switched between vibrate and melody.  Finally, it has clock, alarm, and low battery features.  To turn off the pager press the red button and you will see the OFF icon flashing so just push the white button once.  When off, the pager shows the OFF icon.  This may seem odd but it is how it works.

 

“Normal mode” is the mode it is in when you turn it on.  If it gets into an odd mode, wait several seconds and it will automatically go back to normal mode.  The table below shows you how many times to press the red button for the various modes.  Think of the red button as the “walk through options” button, and the white button as the “select this one” button

 

Number of times to press Red Button

Results, after pressing White Button

1 (hold for more than 1 second)

Turn ON pager (no extra press needed)

1 (short pulse)

Turn OFF pager

2 (short pulses)

Chose VIBRATE alert

3 (short pulses)

Chose SOUND alert

4 (short pulses)

Change TIME

5 (short pulses)

Change ALARM

6 (short pulses)

Disable/enable OUT-OF-RANGE alert

7 (short pulses)

Back to Normal Mode

 

This paragraph puts the table above into words.  From normal mode, press the red button twice then the white button to put it in sound mode.  From normal mode, press the red button three times then the white button to put it in vibrate mode.  To change the time, press the red button 4 times then the white button.  Finally, to set the time alarm, press the red button 5 times then the white button.  To toggle the out-of-range alert, press the red button 6 times then the white button.

 

If for some reason the pager loses its “programming” and does not communicate with the controller, this is the procedure to re-program it.  Before doing this procedure, first try replacing the pager’s battery and make sure the control unit is on and has a good power supply.  Turn off the control unit and the pager.  Remove the battery from the pager.  Power on the control unit and quickly install the battery in the pager.  Press the white button on the pager and hold it for 2-3 seconds until it gives you a long beep.  Release the white button and quickly press and release it 4 times.  The time display on the pager will go to all zero’s to indicate that it is in reprogram mode.  Within 30 seconds the pager should chime a little ‘congratulations’ song to indicate that it has been programmed properly.  If it does not reprogram, try again.

 

Proper care of unit

 

There is very little you need to do to take care of your unit.  First, make sure that the pager has a good AAA battery in it.  As the battery discharges, you will find that the range of the pager can be reduces significantly.  The control unit and pager should be kept dry and stored between 20 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Also, keep the pager and power cables with the control unit to avoid losing them.

 

Warranty

 

The unit comes with a 1 year warranty.  If there are problems outside the warranty period or if the unit is damaged in a way outside normal use, contact me and I may be able to repair it for a reasonable cost.  Additional pagers and accessories are available.

 

If you have any questions regarding the use of the unit please contact us in advance so that you do not end up on a television show such as “I Did What?”.  Use common sense to protect yourself and your animals as no system is flawless.  Test this unit regularly by lowering the set temperature and verifying that the pager works properly.

 

All Dogs Corporation                                                             Model TA1

(512) 376-0003                                                                       www.DogShowVans.com

Units proudly assembled in Lockhart, Texas, USA

 

Troubleshooting, Questions and Answers

 

1.        Can I have a quick how-to for using the unit?

2.        How to turn on or off the controller or pager?

3.        How to test if it is working?

4.        How to know if you are in range?

5.        How to check the high or low temperature trigger settings?

6.        Will it remember my settings even when unplugged for weeks or months?

7.        How to change from beep to vibrate?

8.        Can the out-of-range change from beep to vibrate?

9.        Where should I put the controller in your van or RV for maximum range?

10.     My pager isn’t working with the controller, what happened?

11.     Can I get false signals from someone else’s unit?

12.     I lost my instructions, where can I get a new copy?

13.     Where can I get another pager?

14.     Can one pager work with multiple control units?

15.     My unit is paging me, but the temperature is OK.  What’s wrong?

16.     Well shucks, my unit isn’t working, can it be fixed?

17.     Oops, I messed it up.  Help!

 

1.        Can I have a quick how-to for using the unit?

This is a short summary, but you should read the instructions soon for completeness.  First, plug in the controller unit and place it somewhere high (for best range).  Turn on the pager by pressing and holding its red button.  Within 20 seconds the pager will beep at you and the antenna symbol on its top left corner will turn on, that tells you that the pager is getting the signal from the control unit.  Next, program the low and high temperature limits on the controller (see question 5 below for these details).  Now, the display should constantly show the current temperature.  You can choose beep or vibrate mode on the pager (see question 7 below for these details).  At this point, things are powered on, temperatures are programmed, and you can start using the unit.  Note that it will beep at you when you are out of range or if you lose power at the control unit.

 

2.        How to turn on or off the controller or pager?

On the pager, from ‘normal’ mode (wait 20 seconds if you have been pressing buttons and it will return to ‘normal’ mode), press the RED button once, then press the white button once.  It will show a “OFF” signal in the top right corner when off.  To turn off the controller, simply turn off the top right black switch.

 

3.        How to test if it is working?

First, plug in the control unit and turn both it and the pager on.  The display on the control unit should turn on within a second.  Within 30 seconds, the pager should beep at you (if out-of-range is enabled) and an antenna symbol on the top left corner of the pager’s display should turn on.  That tells you that the pager is receiving a signal from the control unit.  A quick test to see if the control unit will transmit a warning is done by flipping on the lower black switch on the control unit.  Within 5-10 seconds the pager should beep or vibrate with the trunk symbol flashing.  When you turn off the black switch, within a few seconds the trunk symbol will stop flashing and the pager will give a quick beep or vibrate.

 

4.        How to know if you are in range?

As long as the antenna symbol is lighted on top of your pager, it is receiving a signal and is within range of the control unit.  If you get out of range, the pager will beep at you every 30 seconds until it again receives a signal.  You can disable this out-of-range option by pressing the red button on the pager six times, then press the white button until

the unit displays OFF, then press the red button one more time.  Keep in mind, if you disable the out-of-range then you will not be notified if the control unit loses power or you lose signal.

 

5.        How to check the high or low temperature trigger settings?

Using a toothpick or other non-metal object, press the hidden button on the control unit (located just below the display) three times.  The display should show LLO (limit low).  Press the ‘remote’ button once and it will show you the current low temperature trigger, it has a range of 32 to 140 degrees.  Using the remote (increase) and local (decrease) buttons on the control unit, you can change the low temperature trigger.  If you press the hidden button one more time, it will show LHI (limit high).  Press the ‘remote’ button once to display the current high temperature setting.  Then you can change that setting by pressing remote or local.  When done, press the hidden button 9 more times to return to normal mode.  If one of the temperature limits have been triggered then the display on the control unit will alternate between the current temperature and either “LLO” or “LHI” (depending if low or high trigger has occurred).

 

6.        Will it remember my settings even when unplugged for weeks or months?

Yes, the unit remembers your set temperatures for years, even if unplugged.

 

7.        How to change from beep to vibrate?

When you turn on the pager, it will have either the beep or vibrate symbol shown to tell you what mode it is in.  To change to vibrate mode, press the red button 3 times (the vibrate symbol which looks like 3 waves will be shown), then press the white button.  You should now see the vibrate symbol and it is in vibrate mode.  To change to beep mode, press the red button 2 times (the musical note will be shown), then press the white button.  You should now see the beep symbol and it is in beeping mode.

 

8.        Can the out-of-range change from beep to vibrate?

Sorry, out-of-range can only beep or be turned off, it cannot be set to vibrate.

 

9.        Where should I put the controller in my van or RV for maximum range?

There are a couple of key factors that affect range.  One is quite simple: keep a fresh battery in your pager as weak batteries can reduce your reception range by 50% or more.  Placement of the control unit has a couple of factors that affect range.  First, you want to keep it away from any large flat metal walls and you want it higher up.  In RVs with fiberglass walls, you can Velcro the control unit to the wall and leave it there.  Don’t put the controller in a window if the sun will shine in there.  In vans,  hanging it from the rear view mirror works great as long as you have a windshield shade.  It should always be elevated well above the floor for best signal range.  One way to find the best spot is to try various spots, and ride a bicycle around your neighborhood, seeing which position gives you best range.  Note that homes in subdivisions could reduce the true range you’ll have at dog shows.

 

10.     My pager isn’t working with the controller, what happened?

First, try putting a fresh battery in your pager, and make sure it and the controller are both on.  In rare circumstances during storage, the pager can lose the stored code of your controller.  To re-train the pager, it is a simple 1-minute process.  First, have your controller plugged in but not turned on.  Remove the battery from the pager.  The next two steps need to be done within 30 seconds.  Insert the battery in the pager, then press and hold the white button on the pager for about 5 seconds until it makes a second beep sound.  Then, release and press the white button 4 times.  You can verify that you did this step correctly if the time on the pager has changed to 0:00.  Immediately turn on the control unit.  Within 30 seconds, the pager should play a ‘Congratulations’ song and its

antenna symbol should turn on.  If it does not play the song, power everything off and repeat the process.  If after multiple attempts it does not train, contact us at (512) 376-0003 for repair.  Note that the unit does have a 1 year warranty.

 

11.     Can I get false signals from someone else’s unit?

The system has over 65,000 unique codes.  Given the ½ mile range, the probability of being within range of another unit with the exact same code is extremely low.

 

12.     I lost my instructions, where can I get a new copy?

Visit the website at www.DogShowVans.com .  Click on the Temp Pager link on the left, and that page will give you a link to the most recent version of the instructions.  You can print the webpage for future reference.

 

13.     Where can I get another pager?

Contact us at sales@dogshowvans.com , or call (512) 376-0003, or see your local distributor.  You can add as many pagers as you like to your system by simply programming them to your specific code.  Even if you lose your pager, you can simply get a replacement pager.

 

14.     Can one pager work with multiple control units?

Sorry, that is not an option.  You need a pager for each control unit.

 

15.     The unit is paging me, but the temperature is OK.  What’s wrong?

Check BOTH the high and low temperature settings, it could be that they were changed by someone else traveling with you.  Also, make sure that the test switch is turned off.  Note that the test switch needs to be switched off when the controller is first turned on.  Also, it is important that the high and low limits be above and below (respectively) of the displayed temperature when the control unit is turned on.  One way to check this is if the display of the control unit is flashing LLO (limit low) or LHI (limit high) when first turned on.  If it is doing this, reprogram the high or low setting to be outside the current temperature reading, then turn off and back on the control unit.

 

16.     Well shucks, my unit isn’t working, can it be fixed?

Yes, it is possible to repair the units for much less than the cost of a new unit.  Whether the unit was dropped in a water bucket, or even if a dog decided to eat part of the controller, we can usually get it working again.  Email us (with pictures and a great story!) at sales@dogshowvans.com .

 

17.     Oops, I messed it up.  Help!

Step one: Don’t panic.

Next, let’s start with the simple things.  First, turn off both the control unit and the pager, wait ten seconds, and turn them both back on.  Make sure the test switch is switched off before you turn the unit back on.  When you turn on the unit, if the display alternates between the temperature and either LLO or LHI, then you need to reprogram the high or low trigger setting.  When the unit is turned on, the temperature reading must be between the high and lower trigger settings.

 

After that, make sure the unit has a good power supply, and put a fresh battery in the pager.  It may be that either the 12 volt or 120 volt adapters are damaged, so try changing to the other adapter.

 

It is possible that you simply reprogrammed one of the settings in the unit.  The table below shows the proper settings for the control unit, verify that they are still the same.

 

Press Hidden button this many times

Feature

Display

Proper setting

1

Chose Fahrenheit or Celsius

F C

F

2

Remote Thermocouple

REN

NO

3

Low Temperature Limit

LLO

* user set

4

High Temperature Limit

LHI

* user set

5

Outputs, Normal Open or Normal Closed

OUT

NO

6

Output for trigger 1 (symbol is top and bottom line, picture a 0 without the vertical sides)

 

OU1

_

_

7

Output for trigger 2 (symbol is top and bottom line, picture a 0 without the vertical sides)

 

OU2

_

_

8

Set output map for output 1

DL1

0

9

Set output map for output 1

DL2

0

10

Audio alarm

AUD

YES

11

Audio alarm silence timeout

SIL

0

12

Hysteresis

HYS

0

13

Return to ‘normal’ operation

 

 

 

Check the settings on your unit to compare against, and correct any changes.

 

Next, it could be that the pager has long the code from the control unit.  See question 10 above to retrain the pager for your controller.

 

If your unit is still not working properly, contact us.  It does come with a 1 year warranty, and even after that the unit may be repairable at a much lower cost than replacing the unit.

 

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All Dogs Corporation                                                                         Model TA1

(512) 376-0003                                                                                 www.DogShowVans.com

Units proudly assembled in Lockhart, Texas, USA