I've always hated the ear-piercing alarm in my 1688. When I run it I put just enough tape over it so I can still hear it. This fall my 78 yr old dad has been running it. We had one really bad plug and wrecked a chopper belt partially because he didnt react fast enough on two occasions. Another factor is that the rad screen slows down in strong winds giving lots of false alarms. I wish the alarm had a more obvious flashing light and a less painfull audible alarm. Did the designers of these machines think we were idiots. You dont need a painful alarm to know that you have to respond immediatly! I'm wondering how hard it would be to add a light and or change the squeeling alarm to a bell or chime sound. Thanks!