Searchlight Wall Clock, retail $TBA
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Last updated 04-02-10

Paul Casey (the sysop of the now-defunct Paul's Waka Waka BBS in Seattle WA. USA) was my "bestest" friend on the entire planet. He passed away on 06-16-06 (16 Jun. 2006 if you prefer); I made a memorial website in his honour on 08-19-06 (19 Aug. 2006); now I'm adding web pages about things either he gave me or Waka Waka merchandise that I purchased from his CafePress store to my website.

I've had this for quite a few years now (and Paul had it for many more years before that!), that's why it does not look brand spanken new in the above photograph!!!

This product does not emit light of its own, so the standard review format will not be used and the product will not be assigned a rating.

This is the Searchlight wall clock.
My now-deceased best friend Paul Casey had this clock hanging on the wall in the room where he kept his BBS and most of the computers associated with it.

It is supposed to "chime" at the top of every hour with the sound of waves and seagulls, while a red LED in the "lighthouse" on the clock's face blinks. While it did this during battery installation before I started making this web page, I have yet to be able to trigger it again so that I could shoot a video of it for inclusion on this web page...O WAIT!!! I got it to "chime" and had the camera at the ready!!!

It strongly reminded him of Searchlight BBS software, which is what he ran his BBS on during the entire time it was online -- more than 16 years!!!

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use this clock, install three AA cells (see directly below), and THEN you can go check the time.

Setting this clock is quite easy...on the back of the clock, you'll see a smallish ribbed wheel. Turn it clockwise (as though tightening it) while observing the face of the clock. When the correct time is shown, stop turning the little ribbed wheel.

A keyhole slot on the back allows you to hang this clock quite readily...a thumbtack or a map pin (or "pushpin" as some people call them) is more than sufficient because this clock is not at all heavy.

To change the AA cells when necessary, place the clock face-down on a soft surface like a bed, uphostered chair, couch, etc. and look on the back for three AA cells in two open compartments. Remove them, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells into the compartments, orienting them according to the polarity legend embossed into the bottom of each compartment. Press them firmly in place, and set the clock to the correct time if necessary.

Hang the clock back where you originally removed it from, and be done with it.

The movement burned out earlier this year when I installed a lithium AA cell in the upper compartment; since this clock came from a very dear friend however, I'm extremely hesitant to dispose of it even though it is deader than a doorknob.
Now I know -- too late anyway -- that lithium cells are a rather severe no-no in this clock...but perhaps publishing this will let other owners of this clock know that it is not kosher to use them in this product.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the red LED in the "lighthouse" on the face of this clock.

YourTube video allowing you to see & hear the Searchlight Wall Clock "chiming".
The hands are deader than a doorknob, but I did get it to chime.

This clip is approximately 33.3778456499 megabytes (33,531,800 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than one hundred sixty seven (!) minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Unit was given to me by Paul Casey shortly before I left Seattle in May 2006; he had it prior to that since at least the early-1990s.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Wall clock
    No. OF LAMPS: N/A
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; hands & face protected by slightly domed plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA


    Product was not intended to be a light-emitter, so the traditional "star" rating will not be used.

Searchlight Wall Clock *

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