Beltronics BEL 990 Operating instructions

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VECTOR 990 International
THE NEXT GENERATION IN DIGITAL PERFORMANCE
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Operating Instructions
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64
North American
Driver Selectable Features
International
Driver Selectable Features
Digital
Voice and Text Messages
Model V990
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CONGRATULATIONS!
Thank you for purchasing VECTOR 990 International – the
world’s only truly International Radar detector. VECTOR 990
International contains 10 Radar frequencies making it ideal for
travel anywhere in the world. VECTOR 990 International
contains 16 North American Driver Selectable Features and 20
International Driver Selectable Features, 64 Digital Voice and
Text Messages, and the best possible Radar sensitivity in the
industry. Enjoy your new detector and be sure to obey all laws
where ever you may travel.
Remember, owning a Radar detector does not give you a
license to speed. Alerts from a Radar detector serve as an
effective reminder to check your speed. Laws vary throughout
the USA and Europe governing the use of a Radar detector.
It is your responsibility to follow these laws.
SOFTWARE UPGRADABLE
VECTOR 990 International contains Flash Technology which
provides the highest capability to be reprogrammed as the
threat of new police traffic radar monitoring technologies
emerge. Please ensure that you promptly send in your
Consumer Information card. This will ensure you are notified
about new traffic monitoring technologies as they emerge.
SHADOW TECHNOLOGY® II
VECTOR 990 International contains Shadow
Technology® II making it undetectable to the
Interceptor VG-2 Radar Detector Detector.
Shadow Technology is activated at all times
– no button activity is required.
The custom Anodized Aluminum Travel
Case is designed to protect your unit
and its accessories when not in use.
Enjoy your new purchase and please
drive safely.
VECTOR 990 International provides more user Selectable Features
Includes
16detector
DriveronSelectable
Features
than
any other
the market. Selectable
Features allow you
to “customize” how alerts will be presented to you.
5 Operating Modes
11 General Features
5 Operating Modes
11 General Selectable Features
Normal Mode
1. NORMAL Mode
1. X Band (10.525 GHz)
Modifications
A lengthy power upMode
test
ON or GHz)
OFF On/Off
sequence; text messages identify X Band (10.525
Quick-Start
2. K Band (24.150 GHz)
alerts received, i.e. “X B a n d ”.
Tech Mode
2. MODIFICATIONS Mode
ON or OFF
Full Power-up
test sequence;
Voltage
Meter
Mode
K Band3.(24.125
GHz) On/Off
Super
Wideband
Ka
presents ONLY those General
Super
Wideband
Ka
(33.4-36.0)
(33.4
–
36.0
GHz)
Selectable Features which you
have altered from factory pre-set.AccuSweep™
ON or OFF
Text messages identify alerts received.
4. AccuSweep™ ON or OFF
Operating
modes are
3. QUICK START Mode
Selected
using PWR
Button
5. AutoMute ON or OFF
No test sequence;
unit immediately
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6. Radar/Laser Digital
mode:“A u t o S c a n ”,
AutoMuteVoice
On/Off
Prompts ON or OFF
“H i g h w a y ”, “Ci t y X”
Radar/Laser
Digital
Voice System™
7. Safety
Warning
“Ci t y ALL”, Text messages
Prompts On/Off
ON/OFF
identify alerts received.
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4. TECH Mode
. SafetySystem
Warning
System™
Safety 8Warning
On/Off
Full Power-up text sequence.
Digital
Voice
ON
or OFF
Safety Warning System Digital
Text messages identify band received
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.
Audio/Visual
Scroll
Rate:
Voice
or
Tone
followed by ACTUAL police traffic
FAST
or SLOW
radar or Laser frequency, i.e., Audio/Visual
Scroll
Rate
“24.150” to confirm K band. Fast/Slow
10. Inverted Display Option
5. VOLTAGE METER Mode
ON or Option
OFF
Inverted
Display
Full Power-up text sequence.
11. AutoScan™, “Highway”,
AutoScan
Text Messages identify band
“City X”or “City ALL.”
received. Between alerts, display General Features
selected by pressing
shows readout of your vehicle’s CTY button followed by the PWR
battery voltage.
Button when the unit is off.
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Operating Modes are
selected using the PWR button
(see page 5.)
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General Selectable Features are
accessed by pressing the PWR and
CTY buttons simultaneously, when
the unit is off. (see page 11.)
Note: for convenience AutoScan™
is accessed using the CTY button
(see page 9.)
Table of Contents
Profile of Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kPower-Up Test Sequence/Start-Up Mode . . . .
kTutorial Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kSet and Forget Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kReset to Factory Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kDRK (Bright/Dim/Dark) Button . . . . . . . . . . .
kAUD (Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button . . .
kCTY (City/Highway) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selectable Features (North American Mode) . . . . . . .
kTravel Mode – What is it? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
k Engaging Travel Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
k Entering Selectable Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kGeneral Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Understanding Radar, Laser and SWS™ . . . . . . . . . .
Interpretation of Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kRadar Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kInstant-On/Pulsed Radar Alert . . . . . . . . . . . .
kTypical False Alert (Radar) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kLaser Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kSafety Warning System® (SWS™) Alerts . . . . . .
Performance Verification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kConditions That Affect Radar Alerts . . . . . . . .
kConditions That Affect Laser Alerts . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kWarranty Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
kPost Warranty Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Profile of Features
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PWR (Power/Start-Up Mode) Button: pressing
and holding PWR will turn the unit on. Continuing
to press the PWR button will scroll through the five
start-up mode options: NORMAL, MODS
(Modifications), Q-START (Quick Start), TECH MODE,
VOLTAGE METER MODE plus TUTORIAL MODE.
Text Message Display: communicates all mode
selections (i.e. DIM, DARK, CITY, HIGHWAY and
AUTOMUTE) and confirms Radar band and signal
strength, presence of Laser and SWS™ messages
received.
DRK (Bright/Dim/Dark) Button: provides bright,
dark and fully adjustable dim settings of the Text
Display for discreet night travel. Audio alerts are not
affected.
CTY (City/Highway/AutoScan) Button: choose
between Autoscan™, Highway, City X or City ALL
(X/K/Ka) filtration modes.
AUD (Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button:
provides manual muting of all Radar and sws™ alerts.
Pressing and holding the AUD button will change the
audio level.
Antenna Opening: Radar and sws™ signals are
received by a patented diecast antenna with
integrated transition to microstrip mixer.
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Laser Optical Sensors: collect Laser signals from in
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Audio Alert Speaker: all audible alerts and Digital
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Voice Messages are emitted from this location.
Power Jack: using the straight or coiled cord,
VECTOR 990 operates in any vehicle with a 13.8 volt DC
negative ground system (10.5 volt to 15.5 volt range).
front and behind.
Getting Started
k Power-Up
Test Sequence/Start-Up Mode
Using the supplied straight or coiled power cord,
place the end with the “elbow” shaped jack into the
receptacle on the side of the detector; the opposite
end of the cord connects to the cigarette barrel. Plug
the cigarette barrel into your vehicle’s cigarette plug, or the
secondary receptacle if your vehicle is so equipped. Press
the PWR button to turn the unit ON. Depending upon the
Operating Mode selected, the power up test sequence and
confirmation of Radar/Laser/SWS™ alerts will be relayed to
you as follows:
k NORMAL
(Factory Pre-Set Mode)
A lengthy, power up test sequence that displays audio
and text messages for Laser, Ka, K, X and Safety
Warning System® (SWS™) followed by the status of
the General Selectable Features each time the unit is
turned on. When complete, unit is ready for
operation and will display Radar, Laser and SWS™
messages when signals are detected. Normal Mode
is recommended when first using your VECTOR 990.
k MODS
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(Modifications Mode)
Presents audio and text messages for Laser, Ka, K, X
and Safety Warning System® (SWS™), followed by
ONLY those General Selectable Features which have
been modified by the user from their Factory pre-set
state each time unit is turned on. Unit is ready for
operation and will display Radar, Laser and SWS™
messages when signals are detected.
k Q-START
(Quick-Start Mode)
Unit will bypass the power up test sequence and will
display the last selected traveling mode:“A u t o S c a n ”
(factory default) “H i g h w a y ”, “Ci t y X” or “Ci t y ALL”.
Q-Start is recommended when you are comfortable
with the detector and do not require a rundown of
sample messages. Unit is ready for operation and will
display Radar, Laser and SWS™ messages when
signals are detected.
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k TECH
MODE (Displays Frequency Received)
Presents audio and text messages followed by the
display of the ACTUAL frequency of the received
radar bandwidth and Laser. Unit is ready for
operation and will display Radar, Laser and SWS™
messages – including actual frequencies – when
signals are detected.
Sample alerts while operating in Tech Mode:
Laser Alert: “LASER 900NM”
X Band Alert: “X BAND” followed by “10.525”
K Band Alert: “K BAND” followed by “24.150”
Ka Band Alert: “Ka BAND” followed by any
frequency between 33.4 – 36.0 GHz.
k V-METER
(Voltage Meter Mode)
Presents a continuous, digital readout of your
vehicle’s battery voltage (10.5 volt to 15.5 volt range).
If voltage rises above 15.5, the display will flash
“HI VOLT” until the problem with your vehicle is
corrected. If voltage falls below 10.5 volts, display
will flash “LOW VOLT” until the problem with your
vehicle is corrected.
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Note: during continuous readout of your vehicle’s battery voltage, you’ll
notice the mode of operation you’re traveling will be illuminated in the
left hand corner of the display in abbreviated form:
Autoscan: A s
Highway: H
City X: Cx
City ALL: CA
Whichever Operating mode you select, VECTOR 990
will be in standby mode and ready to detect traffic
Radar, Laser and SWS™ signals. The display will show
“A u t o S c a n ” (factory pre-set which is suitable for ALL
driving conditions, unless you change this to “H i g h w a y ”,
“Ci t y X”, or “Ci t y ALL” (see page 9).
™
k TUTORIAL
MODE
The Tutorial Mode allows you to become more
familiar with all audible and visual alerts. The
message “TUTORIAL” appears in the display followed
by the audio and corresponding Text Message for
“LASER”, “Ka AUDIO”, “K AUDIO”, “X AUDIO”, sample
Radar alert (K band signal ramping from weak to
strong) and “SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM SAMPLE ALERTS”.
Three sample SWS™ messages are then presented in
the display along with the corresponding
Digital Voice Messages:
Note: sample radar and SWS™ messages are random.
Presentation of alerts will differ than what is printed based
on operating mode selected. Tutorial Mode will cycle
continuously until PWR is pressed to exit this mode.
Sample 1 “ACCIDENT AHEAD”
Sample 2 “HIGHWAY WORKCREW AHEAD”
Sample 3 “POL ICE IN PURSUIT”
You can access the complete list of SWS™ messages
by pressing the AUD button. “MSG 1” will appear in the
display once AUD is pressed. Pressing the AUD button
a second time will allow you to listen to the SWS™
message while viewing it in the display. (to move
forward in the list, press the CTY button; to move
backward in the list, press the DRK button). Continue
the steps above to play all 60 SWS™ messages.
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To exit Tutorial Mode, press the PWR button and
your unit will be on and ready to receive signals.
kSet
and Forget Memory
Any time VECTOR 990 is turned off or unplugged
from the cigarette lighter socket, all feature settings
you have selected are retained in the unit’s memory.
Set and Forget Memory eliminates the need to reset
your preferred feature settings each time your unit is
turned off and then back on.
kReset
to Factory Settings
You can reset your unit to factory settings (North
American Mode) for Start-Up mode, volume, DRK, AUD,
CTY and General Selectable Features. To reset, press
and hold the CTY button with the unit on until the
display shows “RESET“.Two“beeps” will sound and your
unit will cycle through the NORMAL Start-Up Mode.
kDRK
(Bright/Dim/Dark) Button
The DRK button allows selection of a bright, fully
adjustable dim or dark mode. VECTOR 990 is
factory preset to full bright display. To engage dim
mode, press and hold the DRK button. The display
will cycle through various levels of dim illumination.
Release the button at your chosen level. To engage
dark mode, press the DRK button a second time.
A single “beep” coupled with the brief illumination
of “DARK” on the display confirms your selection.
You’ll notice an “ A s ” (AutoScan™), “H” (Highway
mode), “ C x ” (City mode) or “ CA” (City ALL)
remains dim to confirm your unit is receiving power.
To return to a full bright setting, press the DRK
button a third time; two “beeps” confirm this
selection. Use of the DRK button does not affect
audio alerts.
Important—if you press the the DRK button and do not
receive audible confirmation, the audio level has been set
too low.
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k AUD
(Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button
Manual Muting of Audio Alerts
(Radar and SWS™)
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Whether Auto-Mute is selected on or off in Selectable
Features, the audio alerts can be completely muted by
pressing the AUD button during an alert. The display will
briefly show “QU I E T ”. No audible alert will be heard as
long as the signal is present. The unit will remain in manual
mute mode for approximately 12 seconds from the last
received alert.
Note—because Laser alerts are not lengthy or sustained,
muting is not required (see page 23)
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Volume Control
Press and hold the AUD button to engage the
volume control; the volume will cycle high to low.
The audio level has 9 settings for VECTOR 990.
Release the AUD button when you have reached your
desired audio setting.
k CTY
(City/Highway) Button
The CTY button has four functions:
1. AutoScan™ Mode
2. Highway Mode
3. City X Filtration Mode
4. City X/K/Ka Filtration Mode
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AutoScan™ Mode:
VECTOR 990 is factory shipped with AutoScan™
engaged. Autoscan™ is designed to automatically
adjust sensitivity to X and K Band Radar whatever
your driving environment. Whether driving in densely
populated urban areas or “wide open” rural areas,
AutoScan™ will automatically reject virtually all false
signals which are shared with traffic radar on X and K
Bands such as door openers and security systems.
AutoScan™ is a “no-fuss” means of achieving
optimum signal selectivity.
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Highway Mode:
Select Highway mode when traveling in rural or
highway environments for maximum X, K, Super
Wideband Ka sensitivity.
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City X Mode:
Select City X mode when traveling in moderate city
conditions of travel, and some level of X band
filtration is required. Once engaged, weak X band
signals encountered will produce no audible alert
until the signal strength reaches a preset level.
However, visual alerts will be processed the instant
an X band signal is detected, keeping you quietly
informed. Since most “false” X band signals are
weak, the use of the CTY mode allows you to drive
out of their range before they reach the preset level
and trigger a full audio alert.
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City All Mode (X, K, Super Wideband Ka):
This mode is ideal for use in areas where a high level
of microwave transmissions can cause falsing on all
three Radar bands. In City All mode, VECTOR 990
will provide an initial short alert coupled with visual
confirmation of the band detected and signal
strength in the display. No further audible alert is
provided until the signal strength reaches a preset
level. When no audio alert is provided, the visual
alert keeps you quietly informed.
Note: All CTY functions operate with ALL X,K and Ka
frequencies when VECTOR 990 International is
operating in Tr a v e l Mode.
Selectable Features - North American Mode
There are a total of 16 Driver Selectable Features in North
American Mode (NA m e r i c a ) which may be selected
depending upon your driving environment and preference.
X Band (10.525 GHz) ON/OFF
K Band (24.150 GHz) ON/OFF
Super Wideband Ka (33.4 – 36.0 GHz) ON/OFF
AccuSweep™ (Ka Narrow detection) ON/OFF
AutoMute ON or OFF
Radar/Laser Digital Voice Prompts ON/OFF
Safety Warning System® ON/OFF
Safety Warning System® Digital VOICE or TONE
Audio/Visual Scroll Rate FAST or SLOW
Inverted Display Option ON/OFF
AutoScan™
(accessed using CTY Button)
12. Normal Mode
(Note: 12-16 accessed using PWR Button)
13. Modifications Mode
14. Q-Start
15. Tech Mode
16. Voltage Meter Mode
Description of Selectable Features
k Features 1-3
X/K/Super Wideband Ka Band ON or OFF
Select “X o n /X o f f ”, “K o n /K o f f ” or
“Ka SWIDE o n /o f f ” depending upon your driving
environment and selectivity requirements.
This mode is especially useful where falsing may occur
and disabling the offending band may be an option .
Factory setting is ON for all three bands.
Note:Super Wideband Ka is ON when the check mark
symbol is FLASHING, Super Wideband Ka is OFF when
the underscore line is flashing.
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4 – AccuSweep™
AccuSweep™ provides you the option of scanning just
a segment of the Super Wideband Ka bandwidth.
AccuSweep™ accurately pinpoints the most prevalent
North American Ka radar frequencies in use, without
annoying harmonic falsing. Ideal for fast, accurate
Ka band detection.
k Feature
Note: If you choose Super Wideband Ka band OFF and
AccuSweep™ OFF, the next prompt will read: “NO Ka o n ”.
This is a reminder that you have turned OFF all Ka band
detection. Move backward in the list (press DRK) to active
Super Wideband Ka or AccuSweep™.
k Feature
5 – AutoMute On or Off
With “A m u t e o n ”, VECTOR 990 will provide several
X, K or Super Wideband Ka audio alerts followed
by the Digital Voice announcement of the signal
detected. After the Digital Voice announcement, a
“clicking” tone keeps you quietly informed for as long
as the signal is present. This clicking becomes more
rapid as the strength of the Radar signal increases.
“A m u t e o n ” enables you to conveniently monitor
extended encounters without having to manually
mute or adjust the volume setting.
With “A m u t e o f f ”, your unit will provide a continuous
series of X, K, Super Wideband Ka audio alerts and
Digital Voice announcements of the signal detected.
Digital Voice prompts are provided once after the
initial audio alert. This standard setting is often
preferred when background noise in a vehicle is loud.
Factory setting is “A m u t e o f f ”.
Note: because of its urgency, Laser alerts are not affected
by this mode.
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k Feature
6 – Radar/Laser Digital Voice Prompts
With “V o i c e o n ”, unit will provide Digital Voice
prompts followed by “beeps” when X/K/Ka and
Laser signals are detected. With “V o i c e o f f ”, unit
will sound unique audio tones only. Factory setting
is “V o i c e o n ”.
k Feature
7 – Safety Warning System® (SWS™)
(NAmerican Mode only)
With “SWS o n ”, unit will provide a message when
signals from SWS™ transmitters are detected.
Factory setting is “SW S o n ”.
k Feature
8 – Safety Warning System® Voice or Tone
(NAmerican Mode only)
When “SWS v o i c e ” is selected, unit will provide
Digital Voice announcements when SWS™ transmitters
are detected. Factory setting is “SW S v o i c e ”. When
“SW S t o n e ” is selected, Digital Voice is replaced by
tone/clicking only. Factory setting is “SW S v o i c e ”.
k Feature
9 – Audio/Visual Scroll Rate
When “SCR s l o w ” is selected, unit will provide a slow
cycling of audio/visual messages. When “SC R f a s t ” is
selected, unit will provide a fast cycling of
audio/visual messages. Factory setting is “SC R s l o w ”.
k Feature
10– Inverted Display Feature
When selected, VECTOR 990 can be mounted upside
down to your vehicle’s headliner using the hook and
loop fastener; the display will remain normal reading.
Upside down mounting may allow for easier access
to the unit’s buttons.
Note: Inverted display is ON when the check mark symbol
is FLASHING; inverted display is OFF when the underscore
line is flashing.
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k Travel
Mode – What is it?
VECTOR 990 International is designed to operate anywhere
you travel. Because different countries use different
frequencies to monitor traffic, BELTRONICS has designed
the ONLY detector capable of detecting ALL traffic radar
frequencies used worldwide.
All Radar bands, whether used in North America or Europe
fall under the X, K or Ka band classification. The difference
is the operating frequency, measured in Gigahertz, which the
X, K or Ka Band signal is transmitted. When in Travel Mode,
VECTOR 990 International will sound an X, K or Ka Digital
Voice Message or an X, K or Ka “tone” (whichever you have
chosen in Selectable Features) when Radar is encountered.
The Text Message Display will show the actual frequency
detected followed by the corresponding alarm –see samples
below:
9.9 ➡ X Ba n d (sample UK signal)
10.525 ➡ X Ba n d (sample North American Signal)
k Engaging
Travel Mode (for International Travel)
VECTOR 990 International is factory preset for North American
Travel. For operation outside of North America, engage Tr a v e l
Mode. To engage Tr a v e l Mode, with the unit ON, press and
hold the CTY button until the display reads: Tr a v e l .
Release the CTY Button.
With the unit set in Tr a v e l M o d e , the number of
Radar frequencies totals 10. To access these frequencies,
see Selectable Features, page 16. In addition, Tr a v e l Mode
presents the actual frequency detected followed by the regular
alarm. Based on the alert pattern received (see page 20), you
can judge which frequencies in your areas of travel you know to
be “false” and which signals are true traffic radar.
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This allows you to turn OFF any frequency which you know to
be generating false alerts. (Note: You can also turn off a frequency
if you know it is NOT used in your area of travel.)
For example, because other devices are shared with traffic
Radar (see Typical False Alerts, page 23), you may notice a
constant X band signal (9.9 GHz) alarming in a specific area
you know to be a false alert. By displaying the actual
frequency, you are then able to determine if you want to
turn that particular frequency OFF.
Tr a v e l Mode has ALL 10 Radar frequencies engaged when
shipped from the factory. A flashing check mark and
horizontal line confirm frequency is ON; a flashing,
horizontal line confirms when frequency is OFF. Depending
upon the frequencies used in your area of travel, you can
turn any of the frequencies OFF.
Note: It is important to know what frequencies are used in your
area of travel. If you encounter excessive falsing on X, K or Ka
bands when operating your unit in Travel mode, you can engage
the City All (X, K, Super Wideband Ka) mode or turn the offending
Band or Bands off in Selectable Features. (see page 11). If excessive
falsing occurs specifically on Super Wideband Ka, select the specific
Ka Narrow frequency or frequencies used in your areas of travel.
VECTOR 990 International allows you to engage one, two or three
specific Ka narrow frequencies (33.8 GHz, 34.3 GHz, 34.7 GHz)
For information on frequencies used in Europe,
call 1-800-341-2288 (USA) or 1-800-268-3994 (CAN).
Note: Ku Band alerts are not supported with Digital Voice.
A unique audio tone confirms Ku band signal detection.
k Selectable
Features Travel Mode
The menu of Selectable Features while in Tr a v e l Mode is the
SAME as in NAm e r i c a mode with the following differences:
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• 10 individual Radar frequencies appear which you can
turn ON or OFF, depending upon driving environment.
• SWS™ feature and SWS™ Voice/Tone do not appear since
the SWS™ feature is not available in Europe.
• AccuSweep™ is replaced with 3 individual Ka Narrow
frequencies which you can choose ON or OFF, depending
upon driving environment.
k Entering
Selectable Features Mode
1. With the unit OFF, press and hold the PWR and CTY
buttons simultaneously. The word “FEATURES” will appear
in the display, followed by the status of the first
Selectable Feature.
2. Press the CTY button to move to the next Selectable
Feature. To move backward in the list, press the DRK
button.
3. Press the AUD button to make your selection.
4. Press the PWR button to exit Selectable Features mode.
To confirm your unit is ready for operation, and what
mode of travel your unit is operating, the display will
read: “A u t o S c a n ”, “H i g h w a y ”, “Ci t y X” or Ci t y ALL.
Installation
k General
Guidelines
Do not mount your unit directly behind windshield
wipers or mirrored sunscreens which block Radar and
Laser signals and substantially reduce warning range.
Unlike “after market” mirrored sun-screens, regular
tinted glass does not affect Radar reception. Radar
signals are also reflected by “heated windshields” known
as Instaclear® and ElectriClear® available as an option on
some vehicles. This type of windshield makes any dash,
visor or windshield mounted detector ineffective.
(If in doubt, check with an appropriate dealership to
see if this applies to your vehicle.)
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Instaclear is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.
ElectriClear is a registered Trademark of Libbey, Owens, Ford, and Delco-Remy.
To achieve optimum performance, regardless of which
mounting position you choose, follow the basic steps
on the following page.
1.
Consider occupant safety when selecting a mounting
location. Choose a location where the unit will not be
hazardous in case of an accident.
2.
For optimum detection, position your unit with a clear,
unobstructed view of the road from the front and rear.
3.
Do not allow the unit to make contact with the
windshield. This will eliminate unnecessary vibration.
4.
Avoid placing your unit in direct sunlight. During the
summer, interior temperatures of an enclosed vehicle can
sometimes reach temperatures that will cause premature
aging of the unit.
5.
Your detector is not waterproof; exposure to water may
cause damage and your warranty will be void.
k Dash
Mounting
You can mount your unit to a level area of your vehicle’s
dash using the hook and loop fastener or the four,
non-skid dash mounting pads provided.
k Windshield
1.
Mounting
Remove the mounting cover on the top of the
detector by pressing on the raised dots and pushing
outward.
2.
Insert the “grooved” cover plate supplied until it locks
into place.
3.
Clean the desired area of the windshield, and adhere the
windshield/visor bracket by pressing on the suction cups.
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4.
Slide the detector onto the mounting bracket until it
“locks” into place.
5.
To adjust the angle of the
bracket, squeeze and hold the
circular “buttons” on the sides
of the bracket; this will allow
you to angle the bracket to
your windshield.
Note—some vehicles have a
plastic coating on the inside
of the windshield designed to
protect occupants in case of
an accident. Use of the
windshield bracket on this type of windshield can
permanently mark the surface. Check with your dealer if you
are unsure whether your vehicle is equipped with this type of
windshield.
Visor Mounting
1. Remove the two suction cups and follow steps
1, 2, 4 and 5.
2.
k
Clip the detector to the edge of the sun visor nearest
the windshield.
Fuse Replacement
If the fuse has blown, remove the tip from the lighter
plug followed by the old fuse. Replace the fuse with a
1-amp, 3AG fuse. Defeating the fuse protection can
damage your unit or your vehicle’s electrical system
and will void your warranty.
Note—the tip is in two pieces; be careful not to lose either
piece or the spring inside the holder. (See diagram below).
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Understanding Radar, Laser and SWS™
k Three
Radar Frequencies
Three microwave frequencies have been allocated by the
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and
are used for traffic Radar. They are:
•X Band: 10.525 GHz
•K Band: 24.150GHz
•Super Wideband Ka: 33.4 GHz to 36.0 GHz
Both X and K bands are well known to motorists who
have traveled with Radar detectors. Introduced first
was X band Radar which became common during the
1960s. In the mid 1970s the lower powered, more
difficult to detect K band Radar was introduced.
In 1987, FCC approval was given for Radar equipment
using a third frequency, Ka. In response to this,
BELTRONICS introduced the first Radar detectors
capable of detecting X, K and Ka Band signals.
In late 1990, FCC approval was given to Wideband
Ka: 34.2 GHz to 35.2 GHz. Once again, BEL
responded with Wideband Ka detection.
Today, VECTOR 990 detects the complete Super
Wideband Ka frequency allotted for police monitoring
–33.4 GHz to 36.0 GHz.
Tracking Laser™ (TTL™)
Unlike Radar signals, which are highly reflective,
Laser signals have very poor reflective characteristics.
Many of today’s Laser detectors do not have the high
sensitivity necessary to detect Laser within a large “field
of view”. VECTOR 990 incorporate BEL’s number one
rated Laser detection. Twin Laser ports detect energy far
outside the main Laser beam—including
off-axis signals—providing the largest achievable 360°
“field of view.” The alerts provided by your unit are
the same whether signals are received from the front
or rear.
k Total
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k
Safety Warning System® (SWS™)—What is it?
The Radio Association Defending Airwave Rights, Inc.
(R.A.D.A.R.) conceived and developed the Safety
Warning System®. The concept behind this system is
to warn motorists of potential road hazards by
employing Safety Warning System® transmitters in areas
such as construction zones, accident sites and
detours. These SWS™ transmitters operate within
the 24 GHz portion of the K band frequency, and
broadcast uniquely coded signals that are detected by
your unit.I
Interpretation of Alerts
k Radar
Alerts
The alerts provided by your unit are affected both by
the type of transmission (continuous wave or instanton), and the position of the Radar source. Generally,
when you drive closer to a Radar source, the intensity
of the received signal increases, resulting in the
increase of the number of bar graph segments as well
as numerical digit 1 - 9 and a corresponding increase
in the audio alert rate. Described below are five
common types of Radar encounters and the alerts
you will typically receive.
1.
Stationary or moving Radar,
straight ahead or aimed in your direction
Since Radar signals travel in a straight line, this
Radar encounter potentially offers maximum warning
range. Once the signal is received, the initial warning
consists of an X, K or Super Wideband Ka audio
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alert coupled with simultaneous identification of the
Radar band (X, K or Ka) and signal strength in the
Text Display. The number of bar graph segments
displayed depends upon the strength of the signal
received. As the strength of the Radar signal
increases, the audio alert becomes more rapid and
the bar graph will display the maximum number of
five segments indicating maximum signal strength.
Assuming the Radar signal remains uninterrupted,
the audible and visual alerts will clearly indicate a
“weak” signal becoming stronger as you drive closer
to the Radar source. Remember, when the police
Radar source is moving toward you, the Radar signal
strength will increase much more rapidly than if you
are approaching a stationary source.
2.
Stationary Radar aimed around a corner
Under this circumstance, reaction time is considerably
reduced. Since the Radar signals are transmitted
across your line of travel, there is generally no signal
available to receive until you are relatively close to the
source. Once an alert is received, expect the strength
of the signal to increase very quickly. Advanced
warning in this situation may be reduced.
3.
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Stationary Radar concealed
by the crest of a hill aimed in your direction
Radar signals travel in a straight line and do not pass
through earth. Consequently, police Radar aimed at
the crest of a steep hill cannot be received until you
are at or near the top. Warning time may be minimal
(as in situation #2) since a strong signal is not
present until you are near the crest of the hill.
At this point, you may be nearly in the police officer’s
line of sight. When cresting a hill, a weak initial alert
followed very quickly by a full alert is typical.
This alert pattern requires prompt attention.
4.
Moving Radar behind you,
traveling in the same direction
Police Radar signals transmitted from behind your
vehicle can be received when reflected by objects in
front of you such as large signs, bridges and trucks.
As you drive, the size and configuration of these
objects are constantly changing causing the strength
of any reflected Radar signal received to vary.
A strong, uninterrupted alert indicates the patrol car
is close behind.
kInstant-On/Pulsed
Radar
This type of signal appears suddenly when a Radar
unit is “triggered”. The instant-on alert consists of
an intense, three second audio “burst”, coupled with
the type of band detected and flashing of the signal
strength bar graph in the display.
Instant-on/pulsed alert to Ka band
Ka
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9■■■■■
k Typical
False Alert (Radar)
Ideally, a Radar detector should only alert in the
presence of police Radar. However, because other
devices share X band with police Radar, false alerts
sometimes occur. Generally, a false signal produces
only a short audio and visual alert. Since they are
most often weak, it is possible to drive out of the
signal’s range very quickly and receive only a brief
alert. Although many times the probable source of
the false signal can be identified (supermarket,
bank, commercial building, etc.), caution is advised
until the source can be confirmed. The X band alert
pattern caused by a non-police source can look like
the initial alert produced by actual police Radar. For
this reason appropriate action is required any time
an alert is received.
k Laser
Alerts
When Laser is detected, the display will flash
“L A S E R” coupled with a distinct Laser audio alert.
If a vehicle is a long distance from the source of
Laser pulses, fewer pulses will generally be received.
The closer the vehicle is to the source of Laser
pulses, the greater the likelihood of receiving a
steady stream of Laser pulses. The reason for this is
the aiming stability of the Laser gun and the fact
that it is difficult to hold the gun absolutely still.
Any movement of the gun results in motion of the
beam at the target. The further the target, the
greater the displacement of the beam and the
shorter the dwell time of the beam at the target
point. Therefore, there is the possibility of receiving
only a few Laser pulses. Due to these characteristics,
all Laser alerts should be taken seriously.
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k Safety
Warning System® (SWS™) Alerts
(North American Mode only)
With the Safety Warning System® feature ON and an
SWS™ transmitter in use, your detector will provide a
unique, 2 second SWS™ tone coupled with a Safety
Warning System® category word (i.e. “Ha z d Z o n e ”
indicating Highway Hazard Zone Advisory) to quickly
orient you to the type of situation ahead. This
introductory message is followed by a specific Text
Message (i.e. “SHARP CURVE AHEAD”) and Digital
Voice Message which is repeated twice. After the
Digital Voice, the unit will continue to present the
message and provide the “clicking“ tone for as long as
an SWS™ signal is detected. If two separate SWS™
messages are received, each message is presented
twice before the “clicking” resumes.
You can replay the last SWS™ message received by
pressing the DRK button within 30 seconds of
receiving an SWS™ alert. Both Digital Voice and Text
Message are replayed.
If you have selected “SWS t o n e ” (Digital Voice OFF),
your unit will show just the Text Message (see
Selectable Features, page 11).
Note—the end of a multiple word SWS™ message is
indicated by an asterisk.
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Abbreviated SWS™ Category Words
“H w y Wo r k ”
confirms Highway Construction/Maintenance
(messages 1–11)
“Ha
z d Zo n e ”
confirms Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
(messages 13–31)
“We a t h e r ”
confirms Weather Related Hazards
(messages 33–41)
“Tr a
v In fo ”
confirms Travel Information/Convenience
(messages 43–59)
“Mo v i n g ”
confirms Emergency/Slow Moving Vehicles in transit
(messages 61–64)
“Me s s a
g e Un k n o w n ”
confirms incomplete or unknown messages
Note—for a complete listing of the five Safety Warning
System® categories and corresponding messages, please refer
to the Safety Warning System® Alert Card enclosed with
your manual.
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Performance Verification
k Conditions
that Affect Radar Alerts
If you feel your unit is not alerting properly, keep in
mind that there are many conditions that influence
the intensity or duration of an alert:
1.
The police are using instant-on/pulsed Radar, in which
case no signal is transmitted until visual contact has
been made with your vehicle. For detection of this
signal, you must rely on reflected signals from Radar
directed at traffic traveling ahead of you.
2.
The police Radar unit is positioned perpendicular to
the road, around a curve, or just over the crest of a
hill thus significantly reducing the reception range.
3.
The highway traffic between your vehicle and the
police Radar source is heavy. This blocks/reflects
transmitted signals. The presence of several large
trucks between you and the police Radar unit could
also significantly reduce reception.
4.
Rain or humid weather conditions can absorb transmitted signals before they reach your vehicle, again
reducing detection range.
5.
The police Radar unit is not properly tuned and is
transmitting outside the fcc allocated X, K or Super
Wideband Ka frequency ranges.
k Conditions
that Affect Laser Alerts
If you feel your unit is not properly alerting to the
presence of Laser signals, keep in mind that rain, fog,
high humidity and traffic conditions can affect the
range that the Laser beam can be detected.
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Troubleshooting
Solutions for Common Problems
If your unit is not operating properly, please refer to
the outline below.
Problem
Possible Cause
Corrective Procedure
Unit not
receiving
power
Plug not
properly inserted
Reinsert plug and rotate
Fuse in power cord is
defective
“Poor
detection
range”
Erratic or
frequent
alerts
sources
Replace with 1 amp
250 Volt 3ag fuse
(see page18)
Lighter socket not clean
and negatively grounded
Consult your dealer or
a professional mechanic
Fuse or electrical
wiring for lighter
socket defective
Consult your dealer or
a professional mechanic
Antenna/lens opening
partially blocked
Reposition unit with
unobstructed view of
road ahead and behind.
Radar signals unable to
pass through windshield
Determine whether
your vehicle has a
“heated windshield”
known as Instaclear®
or ElectriClear®, or
is covered with a
metallic sun screen.
High concentration of
non-police X band
Use CTY mode
or CTY ALL mode
Review section in this
manual on Performance
Verification
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Partial or
no display
Dim or dark mode
engaged
Disengage dim or
dark mode
No Ka Band
alerts
Check to see if
Superwide Ka or
AccuSweep™ have
been turned off
Engage Superwide Ka
or AccuSweep™
If you experience a problem with your unit that is
not covered in this outline please call, Monday to
Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm EST, for assistance:
1-800-341-2288 USA 1-800-268-3994 CANADA
Limited Warranty
2-Year Warranty–VECTOR 990
1.
This warranty covers all defects in materials and
workmanship. This warranty does not apply if the unit has
been subject to physical abuse, improper installation,
modification, or if the housing or serial number of the unit
has been removed.
2.
The enforceability of this warranty is limited to the original
consumer purchaser and is not transferable to, or
enforceable by, any subsequent owner.
3.
In the event of a defect, malfunction or other failure to
conform to this warranty, BELTRONICS will, at its sole
discretion, repair or replace the unit at no charge. You are
responsible for all shipping costs in connection with
warranty service pursuant to this warranty.
4.
This warranty commences on the date of retail purchase and
shall be effective for a period of two years.
5.
There are no express warranties covering the unit other than
those set forth in this warranty. All implied warranties are
limited to the period of this warranty and no warranties,
expressed or implied, extend beyond this period. Some
states do not allow limitation on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
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6.
BELTRONICS will in no event be liable for any consequential,
incidental, indirect or special damages (including, but not
limited to, lost profits) arising out of or in connection with
the use, misuse, or function of the unit. Some states do not
allow the exclusion of limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply
to you.
7.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
8.
You must provide a copy of a dated sales receipt for your
unit in order to receive service under warranty.
Service
k Warranty Service
If you feel your detector is not functioning properly please
review this manual, particularly the section on Performance
Verification. If you still feel service is required, please follow
the instructions below.
1.
To obtain service during the warranty period, please call
the appropriate number below to obtain an RA number
and shipping instructions. Remember to return your
detector postage paid, insured and in suitable packaging.
1-800-341-2288 USA
1-800-268-3994 CAN
2.
For your own protection, obtain a proof of delivery receipt.
Shipping costs are your responsibility.
3.
Enclose with your unit the following information:
(a) Your name, complete return address and written
description of the problem. (No P. O. Box please.)
(b) A telephone number where you can be reached during
regular business hours.
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(c) A copy of your dated sales receipt.
k Post-Warranty Service
The following arrangements apply if the warranty period has
expired or you are not able to provide a copy of your dated
sales receipt indicating purchasewithin the last twenty-four
months.
1.
To return your unit, follow steps 1 through 3 (b) under
Warranty Service.
2.
Enclose with your unit $85 US or $115 Canadian to cover
inspection and postage return. Prices subject to change
without notice.
Accessories
If you require any additional accessories, replacement accessories
or any accessory which is not included with your unit, call to order
or for more information: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm est.
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1-800-341-2288 USA
1-800-268-3994 CANADA
DESCRIPTION
MODEL
NUMBER
•Suction Cup Kit (2)
DA-6
$ 2.95
$
•Straight Power Cord (12')
DA-16
$ 9.95
$ 11.95
•Coiled Power Cord (8')
DA-17
$ 11.95
$ 16.95
•Power Cord Fuses (2)
DA-19
$ 3.95
$
5.95
•Hook & Loop Fastener
DA-20
$ 2.95
$
3.95
•Visor/Windshield Bracket
DA-100
$ 12.95
$ 16.95
COST
CANADA
3.95
•4 Non-Skid Dash
Mounting Pads
DA-1000
$ 2.95
$
•Soft Travel Case
DA-62
$ 13.95
$ 19.95
•Anodized Aluminum
Travel Case
DA-102
$24.95
$ 32.95
•Owner’s Manual
V990
n/c
n/c
3.95
Prices subject to change without notice.
COST
USA