Radio Shack XoKoKa Superwide Owner`s manual

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Owner’s Manual
X•K•Ka Superwide
Radar/Laser Detector
Please read before using this equipment.
Cat. No. 22-1664
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FEATURES
Your RadioShack X•K•Ka Superwide Radar/Laser
Detector receives all X-, K-, and Ka-band traffic radar
signals and also detects both the instant-on and laser
systems many police departments now use to measure
vehicle speed. When it detects a signal, your easy-tomount detector alerts you with a light and/or a tone,
which increase in speed as the signal gets stronger.
Your detector’s safety alert feature gives you advance
warning of potential road hazards by detecting signals
from transmitters that broadcast special safety alerts.
Your detector also has FAST® (False Alert Suppression
Technology) circuitry that helps prevent false alarms
caused by signals from other radar detectors, without
reducing your detector’s sensitivity to traffic radar signals.
Note: Some areas have laws regulating the use of
radar detectors. Check with your local law enforcement
agency about the laws in your area.
We recommend you record your detector’s serial number here. The serial number is located on the detector’s
bottom panel.
Serial Number: ______________________________
 1996 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
Safety Alert is a trademark of Cobra Electronics.
FAST is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
InstaClear is a registered trademark used by Ford Motor Company.
ElectriClear is a registered trademark used by Libbey, Owens, Ford,
and Delco-Remy.
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Your detector has many useful features, including:
X-, K-, Ka-Band, and Laser Signal Detection —
warns you when the detector detects signals from traffic radar or laser devices. Different tones sound (for
each radar signal type) and different indicators flash
(for radar or laser devices), to let you know the type of
signal received.
City/Highway Modes — let you reduce the detector’s
sensitivity to weak X-, K-, and Ka-band signals, without
affecting the detector’s sensitivity to laser signals while
you are in the city.
Safety Alert Signal Detection — warns you when the
detector detects signals broadcast by safety alert transmitters. Some public safety and government agencies
install these transmitters in some emergency vehicles
and near some known road hazards and construction
areas, to provide advance warning of potentially hazardous situations.
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Your detector includes the following items:
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Hook-and-loop tape
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Sun visor clip
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Power cord
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CONTENTS
A Look at the Detector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mounting Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Hook-and-Loop Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Visor Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Windshield Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Connecting Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Turning the Detector On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Selecting the City and Highway Modes . . . . . . . 13
Receiving and Identifying Radar, Laser,
and Safety Alert Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Replacing the Fuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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A LOOK AT THE DETECTOR
OFF/VOLUME Control — turns the detector on and off
and lets you adjust the volume.
POWER Indicator — lights when you connect the
detector to power and turn it on.
R (Radar) Indicator — flashes when the detector
detects X-, K-, or Ka-band radar signals.
L (Laser) Indicator — flashes when the detector detects
a traffic laser signal.
CITY/HAZARD Indicator — lights when the detector is
in the city mode and flashes when it detects a safety
alert signal.
CITY/HIGHWAY Button — switches between the city
and highway modes.
DC 12V Jack — the power cable plugs in here.
Laser Detection Lens — receives incoming laser signals.
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INSTALLATION
MOUNTING GUIDELINES
For the best performance, select a location for the
detector where it has a direct view of the road. The
detector’s radar antenna and laser detection lens are at
the opposite end from the display and controls.
Follow these guidelines when you select a mounting
location.
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Choose a location that does not block the driver’s
vision.
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Mount the detector in a level position.
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Since signals are blocked by metal surfaces, the
detector’s view of the road must not be blocked.
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Some vehicles have InstaClear® or ElectriClear®
defogging windshields, which have metal coatings
that block signals. General Motor’s APV vans have
a solar shield that keeps the vehicle cooler during
the summer. This shield also blocks signals. A
detector installed in a vehicle with any of these features will probably not detect a signal.
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Since window tinting reduces the received strength
of laser signals, you should not mount the detector
behind any tinted glass.
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Do not mount the detector where the driver or a
passenger might hit it in a sudden stop or accident.
Caution: Whichever mounting method you choose,
place the detector out of view when you leave the vehicle. This keeps the detector out of sight of thieves and
prevents exposing it to extremely high temperatures,
which can temporarily impair your detector’s performance.
Hook-and-Loop Mounting
For some dashboards, the hook-and-loop tape supplied with your detector might be best for mounting.
Follow these steps to use the hook-and-loop tape.
1. Use a damp cloth to thoroughly clean the bottom of
the detector and the dashboard. Let both surfaces
dry completely.
Note: The tape’s adhesive might not stick to a surface treated with vinyl cleaner or protectant.
2. Peel off the tape’s paper backing and apply the tape
to the bottom of your detector.
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Notes:
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If you are mounting the detector on a curved
dashboard, you might need to cut the hook-andloop tape in half and use one strip on each side
of the bottom of the detector.
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Do not place the hook-and-loop tape over the
detector’s serial number.
3. Remove the paper backing from the other side of
the tape and press your detector onto the dashboard.
Visor Mounting
The supplied sun visor clip lets you quickly mount the
detector on your vehicle’s sun visor.
Warning: Do not mount the detector on a visor if this
places the detector near the driver’s or a passenger’s
head.
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Follow these steps to use the sun visor clip.
1. Slide the sun visor clip into the slot on top of the
detector.
2. Clip the detector over the back of your vehicle’s sun
visor so you can see the detector’s display.
If you later want to use another method of mounting the
detector, remove the sun visor clip by simply pulling it
out of the detector.
Windshield Mounting
You can mount the detector on your vehicle’s windshield using a windshield radar detector mount such as
RadioShack Cat. No. 270-034 (not supplied). Follow
the instructions provided with the mount to mount the
detector on your windshield.
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CONNECTING POWER
Plug the supplied power cord’s barrel plug into the DC
12V jack on the side of the detector, then plug the
power cord’s cigarette lighter plug into your vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter socket.
Caution: Before plugging the power cord’s cigarette
lighter plug into your vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket,
make sure the knurled ring on the plug is screwed firmly
onto the plug. See “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 18 for
more information about the cigarette lighter plug.
Note: If the detector does not operate when you turn it
on, unplug the power cord from your vehicle’s cigarettelighter socket and carefully check the socket for debris.
Also, check the fuse in the power cord and your vehicle’s
fuse block (see “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 18).
Caution: Unplug the power cord from your vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket when you turn off the ignition. This
prevents your vehicle’s battery from being drained if you
leave the detector on when you turn off the ignition.
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OPERATION
TURNING THE DETECTOR
ON AND OFF
To turn on the detector, turn OFF/VOLUME away from
you until it clicks.
The detector sounds a distinctive tone for each band as
a self test. Then all indicators turn off, except the
POWER indicator.
To turn off the detector, turn OFF/VOLUME toward you
until it clicks and all indicators turn off.
ADJUSTING THE VOLUME
Turn OFF/VOLUME away from you to increase the
detector’s volume. Turn OFF/VOLUME toward you to
reduce it.
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SELECTING THE CITY AND
HIGHWAY MODES
Your detector has two operating modes: city and highway. In the city mode, the detector requires a stronger
X-, K-, or Ka-band signal before it sounds or displays
an alert. This eliminates responses to most false sources, such as automatic door openers and alarm systems.
Note: The city mode has no effect on laser alerts.
The highway mode provides maximum sensitivity for
open-road driving.
To select the city mode, press CITY/HIGHWAY until the
CITY/HAZARD indicator turns on.
To select the highway mode, press CITY/HIGHWAY until
the CITY/HAZARD indicator turns off.
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RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING
RADAR, LASER, AND SAFETY
ALERT SIGNALS
When your detector senses a radar, laser, or safety
alert signal, it responds with both audible and visual
alarms. The detector notifies you of the type of signal
by using different audio alarms for each radar type and
a different visual alarm for either a radar or laser
device. The detector also indicates the signal strength
by increasing the rate at which it flashes the indicator
and sounds the tone.
When your detector senses a safety alert transmission,
the CITY/HAZARD indicator flashes and the detector
sounds a unique audio alarm.
When your detector senses a traffic laser, the L indicator turns on and the detector sounds a continuous alert.
When your detector senses instant-on radar, it sounds
three beeps three times in 2 seconds. Then the detector sounds continuous beeps until you pass the radar
source.
Note: The instant-on radar detection circuit operates in
both the city and highway modes.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have problems operating your detector, the suggestions in this section might help. If you cannot solve
the problem after trying these suggestions, take your
detector to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
If the detector does not turn on:
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Be sure all power connections are secure.
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Check the fuse that controls power to your vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter socket. See your vehicle’s owner’s
manual.
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Check the fuse in the power cord’s cigarette-lighter
plug. See “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 18.
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The cigarette-lighter socket might be dirty. Clean it
with fine emery cloth to ensure a good, clean connection.
Caution: Do not place any metal object other than
the cigarette lighter or a cigarette-lighter plug in the
cigarette-lighter socket. Doing so could blow a fuse
in your vehicle or cause the metal object to become
very hot.
If the detector gives a false alert when you use
vehicle accessories such as power windows,
motorized mirrors, brakes, and so on:
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Check the vehicle’s electrical system for loose connections, including the main battery cable and alternator connections.
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Install a filter capacitor (1000 µf, 35 volts, such as
Cat. No. 272-1032) on the back of the cigarettelighter socket, across the power connections.
If the detector performs the self-test, but does not
respond to radar signals when you see a police car:
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A police car might not be equipped with radar (see
the separate booklet Questions and Answers About
Vehicle Speed Detection).
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Police might be using VASCAR-type speed detection (see the separate booklet Questions and
Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection).
If the detector has poor laser detection range:
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Be sure the laser detection lens is not blocked.
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Be sure the detector is properly mounted. See
“Mounting Guidelines” on Page 7.
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Use lens-cleaning solution to clean the laser detection lens.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your RadioShack X•K•Ka Superwide Radar/Laser
Detector is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care
for the detector so you can enjoy it for years.
Keep the detector dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry
immediately. Liquids can contain minerals
that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Handle the detector gently and carefully.
Dropping it can damage circuit boards and
cases, and can cause the detector to work improperly.
Keep the detector away from dust and dirt,
which can cause premature wear of parts.
CLEANER
Wipe the detector with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new. Do not use harsh
chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean it.
Modifying or tampering with the detector’s internal
components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty. If your detector is not operating as it
should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
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REPLACING THE FUSE
If the detector stops operating, follow these steps to
check the fuse in the power cord’s cigarette-lighter plug
and replace the fuse, if necessary.
1. Carefully turn the knurled ring on the cigarettelighter plug counterclockwise to unscrew it.
Caution: If you must use pliers to loosen the ring,
be careful not to crush the ring or the metal tip
inside the ring.
2. Carefully remove the ring and tip from the cigarettelighter plug, then remove the old fuse.
Note: Take care not to lose the ring or tip, or the
spring inside the plug.
3. Check the fuse. If it has blown, replace it with a 2amp, 11/4 × 1/4, fast-acting fuse (Cat. No. 270-1007).
Caution: Using a fuse that does not meet these ratings or defeating the fuse protection can damage
your detector, the power cable, or the vehicle’s electrical system.
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4. Replace the metal tip inside the ring, then place the
fuse inside the cigarette-lighter plug and screw the
ring back onto the plug. Make sure the tip is visible
when you reassemble the cigarette-lighter plug.
Caution: Never use pliers or other tools to retighten
the ring on the cigarette-lighter plug.
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RadioShack Limited Warranty
This product is warranted against defects for 1 year from date of
purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. Within this period,
we will repair it without charge for parts and labor. Simply bring
your RadioShack sales slip as proof of purchase date to any
RadioShack store. Warranty does not cover transportation
costs. Nor does it cover a product subjected to misuse or accidental damage.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO
EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE
WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN.
Some states do not permit limitation or exclusion of implied warranties; therefore, the aforesaid limitation(s) or exclusion(s) may
not apply to the purchaser.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
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