Sony Corporation © 2001
Printed in China
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose
the unit to rain or
4 BAND RADIO ICF-36
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of uninsulated
"dangerous voltage" within the
product's enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a
risk of electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
The graphical symbols are on the bottom
For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance,
and keep this manual for future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance and in the operating
instructions, and adhere to them.
Water and Moisture
Do not use powerline operated appliances near water - for example, near a bathtub, washbowl,
kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
Do not place the appliance near or over a radiator or heat register, or where it is exposed to direct
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the appliance, and to protect it from overheating, these slots and openings must never be
blocked or covered.
-Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth or other materials.
-Never block the slots and openings by placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar
-Never place the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
Do not place the appliance on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The appliance may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious damage to the appliance. Use only a cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by Sony.
-An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.
Wall or Ceiling Mounting
If your appliance can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, mount it only as recommended by Sony.
This appliance should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of electrical power supplied to your home, consult your dealer or local
power company. For those appliances designed to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer
to the operating instructions.
Grounding or Polarization
This appliance is equipped with a polarized AC power cord plug (a plug having one blade wider than
the other), or with a three-wire grounding type plug (a plug having a third pin for grounding). Follow
the instructions below:
-For the appliance with a polarized AC power cord plug:
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
-For the appliance with a three-wire grounding type AC plug:
This plug will only fit into a grounding-type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat
the safety purpose of the grounding plug.
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or convenience receptacles beyond their capacity, since
this can result in fire or electric shock.
When not in use
Unplug the power cord of the appliance from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by grasping the plug. Never pull the plug out by the cord.
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits
from the appliance.
For added protection for this appliance during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and
unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable
system. This will prevent damage to the appliance due to lightning and powerline surges.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the appliance through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the appliance.
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet before cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water for cleaning the exterior of the appliance.
Clean the appliance only as recommended by Sony.
Do not use attachments not recommended by Sony, as they may cause hazards.
Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outdoor antenna or cable system is installed, follow the precautions below.
An outdoor antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can come in contact with such power lines or circuits.
WHEN INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR ANTENNA SYSTEM, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN
TO KEEP FROM CONTACTING SUCH POWER LINES OR CIRCUITS AS CONTACT WITH THEM
IS ALMOST INVARIABLY FATAL.
Be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and
built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code provides information with respect
to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an
antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection
to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
Antenna Grounding According to the National
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the
-When the power cord or plug is damage or frayed.
-If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the appliance.
-If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
-The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.
-This indicates a need for service.
-If the appliance does not operate normally when following the operating instructions, adjust only
those controls that are specified in the operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive work
by a qualified technician to restore the appliance to normal operation.
-If the appliance has been subject to excessive shock by being dropped, or the cabinet has been
Do not attempt to service the appliance yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by Sony that have the same characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the appliance, ask the service technician to perform
routine safety checks (as specified by Sony) to determine that the appliance is in safe operating
Antenna Discharge Unit
(NEC Section 810-20)
(NEC Section 810-20)
Antenna Lead-in Wire
Power Service Grounding Electrode System
(NEC Art 250 Part H)
If you have any questions about this product, you may call:
Sony Direct Response Center 1-(800)-222-7669 or write to:
Sony Direct Response Center 12451 Gateway Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33913
Declaration of Conformity
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656 U.S.A.
Telephone Number: 201-930-6972
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
· Operate the unit only on 6 V DC or 120 V AC,
60 Hz. For battery operation, use four size AA
(R6) batteries.For AC operation, use the
equipped AC power cord.
· To disconnect the power cord, pull it out by the
plug, not the cord.
· The unit is not disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long as it is connected
to the wall outlet, even if the unit itself has
been turned off.
· The nameplate indicating operating voltage,
etc. is located on the rear exterior.
· Do not leave the unit in a location near heat
sources, or in a place subject to direct sunlight,
excessive dust, or mechanical shock.
· Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
unit, disconnect the AC power cord or remove
the batteries, and have the unit checked by
qualified personnel before operating it any
· In vehicles or in buildings, radio reception may
be difficult or noisy. Try listening near a
· Since a strong magnet is used for the speaker,
keep personal credit cards using magnetic
coding or spring- wound watches away from
· When the casing becomes soiled, clean it with a
soft cloth dampened with mild detergent
solution. Never use abrasive cleansers or
chemical solvents, as they may mar the casing.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
TVH(high): channels 713
TVL(low): channels 26
WEATHER: 162.4162.55 MHz
FM: 87.5108 MHz
AM: 5301 710 kHz
Approx. 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.) dia., 4
400 mW (at 10 % harmonic distortion)
(earphone) jack (ø 3.5 mm minijack)
120 V AC, 60 Hz with the equipped AC
6 V DC with four size AA(R6) batteries
× 133 × 68.5 mm (w/h/d)
× 5 1/4 × 2 23/32 in.) incl. projecting
parts with the carrying handle pushed in.
Approx. 848 g (29.9 oz.)
Design and specifications are subject to change
Before You Begin
Thank you for choosing the Sony 4 band radio!
This unit will give you many hours of reliable
service and listening pleasure.
Before operating your unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for
· Good sound and high sensitivity
· Tuning indicator for easy tuning
· Tone control switch
· 2 Watt Power AC/DC Operation
You can use this unit with four size AA (R6)
batteries or the house current. The AC power
cord is in the battery compartment.
Batteries (See Fig. A)
1 Open the lid of the battery
2 Insert four sizeAA (R6) batteries (not
supplied) with correct polarity.
3 Close the lid.
Battery life (Approx. hours)
size AA (R6)
When the sound becomes weak or distorted,
replace all the batteries with new ones.
Notes on batteries
· Insert the batteries with correct polarity.
· Do not charge the dry batteries.
· Do not use different types of batteries at the
· When you replace the batteries, replace all with
· When the unit is not being used for a long
period of time, remove the batteries to avoid
damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
· If a battery leakage occurs, wipe the battery
compartment with a soft cloth before inserting
(See Fig. B)
1 Open the lid of the battery
compartment and set the AC power
cord into the groove properly.
2 Close the lid.
3 Plug into a wall outlet.
To attach the battery compartment
lid if it is accidentally detached
(See Fig. C)
1 Put in one side of the lid as illustrated.
2 Push the other side to attach.
Playing the Radio
1 Slide POWER to ON to turn on the
2 Select TVH, TVL, FM or AM, and tune in
to a station using TUNE.
TUNE (tuning) indicator lights up when
a station is tuned in.
3 Adjust the volume using VOL.
4 Adjust the tone to your preference
To obtain clear treble, set to "HIGH".
To reinforce bass, set to "LOW".
· To turn off the radio, set POWER to OFF.
· To listen with an earphone (not supplied)
connect the earphone to the v (earphone) jack.
The speaker is deactivated when an earphone
To improve Receiving condition
(See Fig. D)
TV/WEATHER/FM: Extend the telescopic
antenna and adjust the length and angle for the
Adjust the direction of the
antenna, holding the bottom
of it. The antenna can be
damaged when you move the
antenna with excessive force.
AM: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum
reception. A ferrite bar antenna is built into the
Size AA (R6)
AC power cord