XRS 9840 - Cobra Electronics Corporation

Introduction
Important Information and
Customer Assistance
Important Information
Federal Laws Governing the Use of Radar Detectors
It is not against federal law to receive radar transmissions with your Cobra radar/
laser detector. The Communications Act of 1924 guarantees your right to receive
radio transmissions on any frequency. Local laws that contravene this Act, while
illegal, may be enforced by your local law enforcement officials until and unless
they are prohibited from doing so by federal court action.
Operating Instructions
The Cobra line of quality products includes:
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Safety Alert
Use of this product is not intended to, and does not, ensure that motorists or
passengers will not be involved in traffic accidents. It is only intended to alert
the motorist that an emergency vehicle equipped with a Cobra Safety Alert
transmitter is within range as defined by that product. Please call local fire
and police departments to learn if coverage exists in your area.
Safe Driving
Motorists, as well as operators of emergency or service vehicles, are expected to
exercise all due caution while using this product, and to obey all applicable traffic laws.
Security of Your Vehicle
Before leaving your vehicle, always remember to conceal your radar detector
in order to reduce the possibility of break-in and theft.
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12 BAND™
ULTRA PERFORMANCE
DIGITAL RADAR/LASER
DETECTOR WITH XTREME
RANGE SUPERHETERODYNE®
TECHNOLOGY
XRS 9840
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Customer Assistance Operators English and Spanish. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time
Mon. through Fri. (except holidays) 773-889-3087 (phone).
Questions English and Spanish. Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).
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Version H
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6500 West Cortland Street
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Introduction
Introduction
Controls, Indicators,
Connections and Display
Introduction
Controls, Indicators, Connections and Display
Windshield Bracket
Release Button
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Windshield Bracket
Mounting Slot
LaserEye
For 360° detection of
laser and strobe signals.
Auxiliary Audio
Jack
Speaker
Menu/Save Button
Press once to enter
Program mode. Press
again to save settings.
On-Off/Volume Control
Allows user to adjust the volume
of the tone and voice alerts.
Mute Button
For manual mute of audio
alerts and to select/adjust
options while programming.
ExtremeBright DataGrafixTM Display
Blue sunlight-readable, extremely
bright display provides intuitive graphical
interaction and alert screens.
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Customer Assistance
Product Features
City Button
For changing between Highway and
City modes and to move forward
through options while programming.
13.2V
Xtreme Range
Superheterodyne Technology
With super-fast sweep circuitry,
XRS provides extra detection range
and the best possible advance warning
to even the fastest radar guns
Ultra Performance
Provides advanced warning with
extra detection range
Detection and Separate Alerts
For radar signals (X, K, Ka and Ku bands,
with signal strength indicated), laser
signals, Safety Alert signals, Strobe Alert
signals, VG-2 signals, Spectre 1 signals
8-Point Compass
Displays direction of travel
LaserEye
For 360° detection of laser and
strobe signals
Instant-On Ready
Detects radar guns with “instant-on”
(very fast) speed monitoring capabilities
Pop Detection
Detects the latest super-fast radar guns
of the instant-on or single-pulse type
Voice or Tone Alert
With adjustable volume
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ExtremeBright DataGrafix Display
With easy-to-read graphical user interface
IntelliShield Highway/City Modes
Reduces falsing in urban areas with
Highway mode and three levels
of City mode settings
Accessories Order Info
Ordering From U.S.A.
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Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.
Congratulations! You’ve made a smart choice by purchasing an ultra high
performance digital radar/laser detector from Cobra. Just look at some of
the sophisticated features and capabilities your new unit includes:
12V DC
Power Jack
Dim Button
Adjusts the display brightness
and scrolls through option
settings while programming.
Product Features
For Credit Card Orders
Call 773-889-3087 [Press one from the main menu] 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time,
Monday through Friday.
Safety Alert
Traffic warning system distinguishes
important safety alerts from other
K band signals
Strobe Alert
Emergency vehicle warning system
Manual Mute or Auto Mute
A mute function of audio alerts
IntelliMute
A mute function which automatically reduces
false alerts by sensing engine RPMs
SmartPower
A timed power saving function that
saves your car’s battery
EasySet Programming
User-friendly mode selection and
setting with visual guidance
Car Battery Voltage Display
Car battery voltage can be shown
continuously on the display
Car Battery Low Voltage Warning
Provides an alert when the car battery
voltage drops below 11.9 volts
Auxiliary Audio Jack
For external speaker connection
Mounting
Mounts easily on windshield or dashboard
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6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 U.S.A.
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Item #
Description
420-030-N-001
420-026-N-001
545-159-N-001
CLP-2B
Straight 12V Power Cord
Coiled 12V Power Cord
Windshield Mounting Bracket
Dual Port Power Adapter
WARNING
Modifications or parts substitutions not approved by
Cobra Electronics Corporation may violate FCC Rules
and void your authority to operate this equipment.
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Introduction
Contents
Introduction
Important Information . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . A1
Controls, Indicators,
Connections and Display . . . . . . A2
Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Your Detector
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Power On/Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Standby Screen Icons . . . . . . . . . 7
Display Brightness Control . . . . . . . 7
Display Timeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
IntelliShield Highway/City Modes . 8
Muting an Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Auxiliary Audio Jack . . . . . . . . . . 9
EasySet Programming . . . . . . . . . . 10
Program Flow Diagrams . . . . . . . . 12
Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
User Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
City Mode Default . . . . . . . . . 14
IntelliMute Mode . . . . . . . . . . 14
Set IntelliMute . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Auto Mute Mode . . . . . . . . . . 16
Voice or Tone Mode . . . . . . . . 16
Compass Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Set Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
SmartPower Mode . . . . . . . . . 18
Customizable Display Colors . . 18
Dim Mode Default . . . . . . . . . 18
Car Battery Voltage
Display Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Car Battery Low
Voltage Warning . . . . . . . . . 19
Restore Factory Settings . . . . 19
Settings (Continued)
Alert Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Pop Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
X Band Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
K Band Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Ku Band Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
VG-2 Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
VG-2 Audio Mode . . . . . . . . . 20
Spectre 1 Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Spectre 1 Audio Mode . . . . . . 21
Safety Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Signals Detected . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Audio Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Visual Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Instant-On Detection . . . . . . . . . 25
Pop Detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Responding to Alerts . . . . . . . . . 25
Understanding Radar and Laser . . 26
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Warranty
Limited 1-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . 30
Customer Assistance
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Trademark Acknowledgement . . . . 32
Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Accessories Order Info . . . . . . . . . 37
Appendix – Menu Guides
User Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Alert Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
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Introduction
Overview
Your Detector
Installation
This manual describes the simple steps for mounting, setting up and using your
detector. It also provides helpful information about how radar and laser guns are
used and how you can interpret the alerts you receive.
Installation
Where to Mount Your Unit
Before you begin your installation, please read the Important Information section
on page A1 and use the descriptions and feature lists on pages A2 and A3 to
become familiar with your new detector.
You will get optimum performance from your detector if you mount it at a
point approximately in the center of the vehicle, as low as possible on the
front windshield without obstructing the unit’s view of the road either to
the front or rear. You can also mount it directly on the dashboard.
About Your Detector
Display
Windshield Mounting
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Dashboard Mounting
This detector’s innovative new display provides more, easier-to-use information
than any technology to date. Using an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
screen, the display offers large graphical alerts to signals as they are detected.
Do not be alarmed by the nearly blank display you see when you first turn the
unit on. The detector will function and alerts will appear as signals are detected.
You can also elect to turn on the built-in Compass, IntelliMute and Car Voltage,
so that they appear during normal operation. The initial and startup screens are
shown on page 6.
The unit’s lens must not be blocked and the LaserEye should have a clear view
out the back window to allow 360° detection.
The LaserEye Should Have a Clear View
Programming
EasySet Programming lets you conveniently customize the operation of your
detector by changing the settings. You may want to start using the detector
with the factory settings and then make changes after you are more familiar
with the unit.
About This Manual
Please take a moment to learn about some special features of this manual.
Modular Descriptions
Once the detector is in use, this manual can be used as a ready reference to
individual topics as needed. Each topic is completely covered in its section and
cross-references to related topics are included where appropriate.
Appendix
The appendix pages 34–36 provide quick reference charts on the programming
features of your detector.
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Radar and laser signals pass through glass but not through other materials
and objects. Objects that can block or weaken incoming signals include:
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Windshield wiper blades
■
Mirrored sun screens
■
Dark tinting at the top of the windshield
■
Heated windshields currently available on some vehicles
(Instaclear for Ford, Electriclear for GM). Consult your dealer
to see if you have this option.
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Your Detector
Installation
Windshield Mounting
1. Attach the rubber
cups to the bracket.
2. Make sure the rubber cups and your windshield are clean.
3. Push the bracket firmly
onto the windshield.
4. Attach the detector to the
bracket. Check that the unit
is parallel to the road's
surface.
5. To adjust the angle if
necessary, gently push or
pull on the bracket to bend
it. DO NOT use the detector
to bend the bracket.
6. Plug the power cord
into the detector.
7. Plug the cigarette lighter
adapter on the power
cord into your vehicle’s
cigarette lighter.
8. You can temporarily remove the detector whenever you
wish by depressing the bracket release button and sliding
it off the bracket.
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Your Detector
Installation
Dashboard Mounting
1. Place the detector on the dashboard to find a location
where the unit has a clear view of the road and is
parallel to the road's surface. The angle CANNOT be
adjusted after mounting.
2. Remove the paper backing
from one side of the hookand-loop fastener.
3. Attach the pad to the
dashboard at your chosen
location and remove the
other paper backing.
4. Attach the detector to the
hook-and-loop fastener.
You can remove and
reattach the unit as
often as you like.
5. Plug the power cord
into the detector.
6. Plug the cigarette lighter
adapter on the power
cord into your vehicle’s
cigarette lighter.
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Your Detector
Getting Started
Your Detector
Power On/Off
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Getting Started
Standby Screen Icons
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Your detector uses the following icons to indicate modes and functions when set:
City Mode
Highway Mode
Battery Voltage
Compass
On-Off/Volume Control
Rotate clockwise (away from you)
13.2V
To Turn on the Unit and Adjust the Audio Volume
Rotate the On-Off/Volume
control clockwise (away
from you).
Unit will cycle through
Power On / Self Test and
display the Standby screen
when complete. Standby
screen will show City or
Highway icon. Car Battery
Voltage, Compass, and
IntelliMute will also show if
turned on (see note).
Display changes to Display
Timeout after 30 seconds
(factory default).
Tone
Visual Display
Testing, then
three beeps
Voice
User and Alert Settings
Sample Screen
13.2V
System Ready
None
Voice Alert
13.2V
None
None
NOTE
In some vehicles, power is supplied to the cigarette lighter even while the ignition is off.
If this is the case with your vehicle and you have turned the SmartPower off, you should
turn off or unplug your detector when parking for lengthy periods. Cobra recommends
leaving SmartPower at the factory setting, which is on. See page 18.
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IntelliMute Below
Activation Point
Testing, then
three beeps
NOTE
When the system is first turned on from new, only the City or Highway icon will show on
the screen because the Show Compass and IntelliMute functions are set to off at the
factory. See pages 14 and 16 to turn these functions on.
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IntelliMute Above
Activation Point
NOTE
For example, the sample screen indicates that IntelliMute is active, the Compass
is calibrated, your system is set to Highway mode and your vehicle’s battery
voltage is charged to 13.2 volts.
Display Brightness Control
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Your detector has a Bright display mode (for daytime driving)
and three levels of the Dim display mode:
■ Dim for dusk driving.
NOTE
At the dark setting the
■ Dimmer for night driving.
display will show a small dot
■ Dark to prevent all visual alerts from displaying.
moving back and forth
The factory setting is Dim. This level can be changed
in programming mode (see page 10.)
toward the bottom of the
screen to indicate the unit
is turned on.
You can toggle between Bright and Dim modes
by pressing the Dimbutton.
Dim Button
Press and release
NOTE
When you change to Dim mode, the unit will enter
whichever dim default mode is set at the time.
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Your Detector
Getting Started
Your Detector
Display Timeout Mode
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Your detector has a Display Timeout mode to prolong
the life of your screen. Touch any button to exit Display
Timeout and recall the Standby screen.
The factory default is for Display Timeout to engage
from the Standby screen after 30 seconds. You can
change the time interval or deactivate Display Timeout
in programming mode (see page 10).
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Your detector is equipped with IntelliShield false signal rejection technology
which consists of a Highway mode and three different levels of City modes:
City X, City X Beep Off and City X+K.
Highway mode provides full response to all signals detected. The City modes
reduce false alerts while you are driving in or near urban areas where there
are many sources for conflicting X or K band signals such as microwave
towers and automatic door openers. The factory setting is Highway. The
factory City mode default setting is City X; it can be changed in programming
mode (see page 10).
Muting an Alert
Your detector allows you to quickly turn off an Audio Alert by momentarily
pressing the Mute button. If you press the Mute button a second time
during the alert, the Audio Alert will be turned back on. After the current alert
is gone, the next alert will be heard.
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MuteButton
Press and release
NOTE
In Display Timeout mode, the display will show a small dot
moving slowly back and forth to indicate the unit is turned on.
IntelliShield Highway/City Modes
Getting Started
Two other features are incorporated in your detector to automatically mute or
reduce the volume of alerts. See pages 14 and 16 for Intellimute and Auto
Mute modes.
Auxiliary Audio Jack
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The Auxiliary Audio Jack can be used to connect external speakers in
environments with high ambient noise levels. The internal speaker will be
disconnected. (This uses a mini stereo audio connector.)
You can toggle between Highway and City modes by pressing the Citybutton.
CityButton
Press and release
Auxiliary
Audio Jack
NOTE
When you change to City mode, the unit will enter
whichever city default mode is set at the time.
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Your Detector
EasySet Programming
Your Detector
To use EasySet program mode:
EasySet Programming
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EasySet Programming gives you quick and easy access to all the settings on
your detector. It is used to program both:
■
User Settings (see pages 14 and 15)
User Programming Menu Guide (see pages 34 and 35).
■
Alert Settings (see page 20)
Alert Programming Menu Guide (see page 36).
EasySet Programming
Refer also to the Program Flow Diagrams for User Settings and Alert Settings
programming to easily navigate to the setting you want to change (see pages 12
and 13). All settings are stored in memory when the power is turned off and will be
recalled when the power is turned back on.
NOTE
You cannot enter Program mode during an alert. The unit will not detect
signals while in Program mode. During programming, if no buttons are
pressed for 15 seconds, the unit will automatically exit Program mode
and save the most recent settings.
EasySet Programming Buttons:
1. Press the Menu/Save button to reach the opening program screen.
2. Choose whether you want to change:
a. User Settings — press the Dimbutton to enter the User Setting loop
(see page 12)
b. Alert Settings — press the Citybutton to enter the Alert Setting loop
(see page 13)
3. Press the Cityor Dimbuttons to step forward or backward through
the chosen settings loop until the desired option is reached.
NOTE
Press and release the button to move one option.
4. Press the Mutebutton to toggle the option on or off or to step through
its multiple choices.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to move to and set the next desired option(s).
6. Press the Menu/Save button when finished to save the settings
and exit EasySet program mode. Or, simply wait 15 seconds without
pressing any buttons.
NOTE
If power is turned off while in Program mode, option settings are saved to those
in effect before Program mode was entered.
Menu/Save Button
Press to reach the
opening program screen.
Dim Button
Press to move to
desired setting.
Mute Button
Press to choose an
option within the setting.
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City Button
Press to move to
desired setting.
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Your Detector
Program Flow Diagrams
Your Detector
User Settings Programming
User Programming allows you to adjust the unit’s display and sounds to
your preferences. The User Settings can be selected using the Dimand
Citybuttons by scrolling through the settings as shown in the program
flow diagram below. The User Programming Menu Guide on page 34 is a
handy reference showing the tone, visual display and voice prompts that
accompany each setting. After selecting a setting, use the Mutebutton to
choose an option within the setting.
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NOTE
When you choose User Settings (page 11, step 2a), the system displays whichever
setting was last changed.
Setting Selection Buttons:
City Button
Press to move to
desired setting.
Dim Button
Press to move to
desired setting.
Mute Button
Press to choose an
option within the setting.
Program Flow Diagrams
Alert Settings Programming
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Alert Programming allows you to selectively turn on or off detection of some
signals. The Alert Settings can be selected using the Dimand Citybuttons
by scrolling through the settings as shown in the program flow diagram below.
The Alert Programming Menu Guide on page 36 is a handy reference showing
the tone, visual display and voice prompts that accompany each setting. After
selecting a setting, use the Mutebutton to choose an option within the setting.
NOTE
When you choose Alert Settings (page 11, Step 2b), the system displays whichever
setting was last changed.
K Band
Detection
X Band
Detection
Ku Band
Detection
VG-2
Audio
Not shown
setting if VG 2
is OFF.
VG-2
Detection
Spectre 1
Audio
Pop Detection
Not shown
if Spectre 1
is OFF.
Restore Factory
Settings
City Mode
(Default)
IntelliMute
Safety Alert
Spectre 1
Detection
Warn Low
Car Voltage
Auto Mute
Not shown
if Intellimute
is OFF.
Set
IntelliMute
Not shown if
Show Compass
is OFF.
Set
Compass
Car Voltage
Alert Type
(Voice/Tone)
This detector allows you to customize its operation by changing settings in
the User Programming and the Alert Programming modes. (See page 11 for
entering the EasySet Programming mode.) Also, refer to the Appendix (pages
34–36) while programming. These show the lists of User and Alert settings.
Features of the programmable settings are described on the following pages.
Display
(Brightness)
Display
Timeout
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SmartPower
Show
Compass
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Your Detector
Settings
User Settings
IntelliShield City Mode Default
Your Detector
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City Mode Default makes three levels of Audio Alert suppression available
when you toggle from Highway to City mode (see page 8). The factory setting
is City X.
City X sounds a single beep when an x band signal is first detected.
The alert then sounds when signal strength reaches level 3.
City X+K combines the City X mode with prevention of K band audio
alerts until the signal strength reaches level 2.
City X Beep Off blocks all X band audio alerts until the signal strength
reaches level 3.
IntelliMute Mode
IntelliMute is a unique feature that allows you to avoid alerts you don’t need to
hear because you are stopped or moving slowly. By sensing the “revs” (RPMs)
of your engine, IntelliMute knows when you are at low speed and automatically
mutes alerts (except for strobe signals from emergency vehicles). It works with
all City and Auto Mute modes.
Before IntelliMute will work, you must set an activation point for your engine’s
revs (see page 15). Whenever the revs are below that point, IntelliMute will
begin muting. The activation point will be stored in memory and recalled each
time the power is turned on. The factory setting is IntelliMute off.
An IntelliMute icon will appear in the display when IntelliMute is on and activation
is set. Whenever engine revs are below the activation point, the arrow points
down. When revs are above the activation point the arrow points up.
Above
Activation Point
Below
Activation Point
Settings
NOTE
IntelliMute may not work with some vehicles because it cannot sense the
engine’s revs. In such cases, you can reduce unwanted audio alerts by using
Auto Mute and City mode when appropriate.
NOTE
The rev point must be reset if you use your detector in a different vehicle.
NOTE
When initially choosing your IntelliMute activation point, a setting of approximately
300 to 600 RPMs above idle is recommended. You can reset the activation point
at any time to fit your individual preferences and driving style.
CAUTION
Do not attempt to set the rev point while driving. Your vehicle should be parked
and idling to avoid a collision during the process.
Set IntelliMute
After the detector is installed in your vehicle and the unit is turned on,
advance through the User Settings Programming to the Set IntelliMute
setup screen where the activation point can be set.
Setting the activation point progresses from the setup screen shown
on the User Programming Menu Guide (see page 34). From that screen:
1. Press the Mutebutton to begin the setting process.
2. Press and hold the vehicle accelerator at the desired engine RPMs.
3. Press the Mutebutton to complete the setting process.
The system will store the engine RPM setting and provide a completion
message on the display as well as a tone or voice message.
NOTE
If the unit is unable to sense usable pulses within three seconds or if you do not
set a rev point within 30 seconds of beginning the setup, IntelliMute will indicate
an error. If you do not try again within five seconds, it will automatically turn off.
The unit will provide corresponding messages for these conditions.
If, for any reason, the unit stops sensing your engine’s revs, IntelliMute will
indicate an error and automatically turn off.
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Once an activation point has been set, you can easily change it by going
directly to Set IntelliMute in User Settings Programming and repeating the
three-step setup process.
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Your Detector
Settings
Your Detector
Auto Mute Mode
When Auto Mute is on, it automatically reduces the audio volume of all alerts
after they have sounded for four seconds. The signals will remain muted for
as long as the signal is detected. When Auto Mute is off, the alerts will sound
at full volume for as long as the signal is detected. The factory setting for
Auto Mute is on.
Voice or Tone Mode
You can set your detector to sound alerts and confirm program settings with
either a Voice or a Tone Alert. Voice Alert provides voice messages in addition
to tones. Tone Alert provides tones only. The factory setting is Voice Alert.
Compass Mode
Your detector includes an internal 8-point Compass that
can continuously display your current direction of travel:
N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, or NW.
W
WARNING
Before calibrating the Compass, go to a large parking lot
or other safe, low-traffic area.
NOTE
When the instructions direct you to drive in two circles, make two complete
loops (in either direction) from any starting orientation at any convenient speed.
The loops need not be perfect and can be circles, small squares, four threepoint turns, or any pattern that makes at least two complete turns within two
minutes of starting the maneuver.
Calibrating the Compass progresses from the Calibrate Compass screen shown
on the User Programming Menu Guide (see page 34). From that screen:
NE
8-Point
Compass
SW
E
SE
S
A Compass icon and directional heading will appear in the display when
the Compass is on and calibrated.
The Compass will remain accurately calibrated as long as your detector is
mounted in the same place in your vehicle. If you change the location where
the unit is mounted or move it to another vehicle, you must recalibrate the
Compass. You should also recalibrate the Compass if you suspect it is
providing inaccurate directions.
The Compass temporarily may not provide accurate readings if you are
inside a building or enclosure, or are close to a large metal tractor/trailer,
truck, or train. Once you are away from such a location, the Compass will
work correctly again.
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Set Compass
After the detector is installed in your vehicle and Compass is turned on
(see page 34), the system will automatically advance to the Set Compass
calibration screen from which the calibration can be performed.
N
NW
Before the Compass will work, it must be
calibrated (see page 17). Calibration allows
the Compass electronics to measure and
store information about the magnetic fields
generated by your vehicle so direction
indications will be accurate. The factory
setting is Compass off.
Settings
1. Press the Mutebutton to advance to the Compass screen.
2. Drive your vehicle in two circles.
3. Press the Mutebutton to complete the setting process.
The system will store the calibration data and provide a completion message
on the display as well as a tone or voice message.
NOTE
If you do not press the Mutebutton within two minutes after beginning the
Set Compass process, Compass calibration will automatically terminate. The
unit will provide a corresponding message.
Once the initial calibration is complete, you can go to Set Compass in
User Settings Programming and recalibrate the Compass as needed by
repeating the three-step calibration process.
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Your Detector
Settings
Your Detector
Settings
SmartPower Mode
Car Battery Voltage Display Mode
Your detector includes the SmartPower feature that, when turned on,
will put the unit into Standby mode (low power) 15 minutes after the
car’s engine has been turned off.
Your detector can sense your vehicle’s electrical system voltage
(Car Battery Voltage) and show it on the display during normal
operation of the unit. The factory setting is Car Battery Voltage on.
Before SmartPower enters Standby mode, you will hear three beeps and
SmartPower will flash on the display. To return the unit to normal Power
mode and exit Standby mode, start the car, press any button or turn the
unit off and then on again. The factory setting is SmartPower on.
Car Battery Low Voltage Warning
SmartPower
Entering Standby
Mode (Flashing)
In addition to displaying system voltage, your detector can provide a
warning that battery voltage is low so that timely steps can be taken to
correct the problem. The Car Battery Low alert is triggered when the
voltage drops below 11.9 volts. Following the alert, the unit enters
SmartPower mode to avoid further draining your car battery (see page 18).
The factory setting is Car Battery Low off.
Restore Factory Settings
Display Timeout
From the Restore Factory Settings screen, you can quickly and
conveniently restore your detector to its original settings. Confirmation
messages are provided during the process.
Display timeout determines how long the Standby screen is illuminated
before switching the unit to Dark. The factory default is 30 seconds.
You can set the time interval to 15 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, three
minutes, or Always On (see User Settings Programming described on page 12).
Dim Mode Default (Display Brightness)
You can set the default level for the Dim mode (Dim, Dimmer or Dark)
as discussed in the Display Brightness Control section on page 7.
The factory setting is Dim.
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Your Detector
Settings
Alert Settings
Pop Alert
Your Detector
•
When Pop Detect mode is on, Pop radar signals will be detected and an alert
will be given. During the alert, the unit will continue to detect other signals.
The factory setting is Pop Detect off.
X Band Alert
When X Band Detect mode is on, X Band radar signals will be detected and
an alert will be given. During the alert, the unit will continue to detect other
signals. The factory setting is X Band Detect on.
K Band Alert
When K Band Detect mode is on, K Band radar signals will be detected and
an alert will be given. During the alert, the unit will continue to detect other
signals. The factory setting is K Band Detect on.
Ku Band Alert
When Ku Band Detect mode is on, Ku Band radar signals will be detected and
an alert will be given. During the alert, the unit will continue to detect other
signals. The factory setting is Ku Band Detect off.
VG-2 Alert
The detector is undetectable by VG-2 detection devices and can alert you when
such a device is in use near your vehicle. When VG-2 Detect mode is on, VG-2
signals will be detected and an alert will be given. During the alert, the unit will
continue to detect other signals. The factory setting is VG-2 Detect off.
VG-2 Audio Mode
When VG-2 Audio mode is on, alerts will be sounded as well as being
displayed on the screen. This setting is only available if VG-2 Alert is on.
The factory setting is VG-2 Audio off.
Detection
Spectre 1 Audio Mode
When Spectre 1 Audio mode is on, alerts will be sounded as well as being
displayed on the screen. This setting is only available if Spectre 1 Alert is on.
The factory setting is Spectre 1 Audio off.
Safety Alert
When Safety Alert mode is on, Safety Alert radar signals will be detected and
an alert will be given. During the alert, the unit will continue to detect other
signals. The factory setting is Safety Alert on.
Detection
Signals Detected
•
The tables on the following pages show the types of Signals your
detector will detect, as well as the visual alerts it provides for
each of them.
Audio Alerts
A distinctly different Alert tone is used for each type of signal detected
(including separate tones for each laser signal). For X, K, Ka and Ku band
radar signals, the tones will repeat faster as you approach the signal
source. The repeat rate of the tones gives you useful information about
the signal detected. See responding to alerts on page 25.
Visual Display
An indication of the type of signal detected will appear in the OLED Data
Display. During X, K, Ka and Ku alerts, you will also see the numbers from
one to five, indicating the strength of the signal detected.
Spectre 1 Alert
The detector is undetectable by Spectre 1 detection devices and can alert you
when such a device is in use near your vehicle. When Spectre 1 Detect mode
is on, Spectre 1 signals will be detected and an alert will be given. During the
alert, the unit will continue to detect other signals. The factory setting is
Spectre 1 Detect off.
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Your Detector
Detection
Your Detector
Detection
Laser Signals and Visual Displays
Signal Strength Chart
Type of Signal
Signal
Strength = 1
Signal
Strength = 2
Signal
Strength = 3
Signal
Strength = 4
(Weakest Signal)
Signal
Strength = 5
(Strongest Signal)
Visual Display Voice
LTI 20-20*
Laser Alert
LTI Ultra-Lyte*
Laser Alert
Kustom Signals
ProLaser*
Laser Alert
Kustom Signals
ProLaser III*
Laser Alert
Radar Signals and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
X Band Radar
Visual Display Voice
X Alert
K Band Radar
K Alert
Ka Band Radar
Ka Alert
* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of these signals.
NOTE
Beep rate changes with different laser alerts.
Ku Band Radar
Ku Alert
Strobe Alert Signals and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
Pop Radar Mode
Pop Alert
3M Opticom or
Tomar*
Visual Display Voice
Emergency Vehicle
Approaching
* Your detector provides 360˚ detection of these signals.
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Your Detector
Detection
Your Detector
Instant-On Detection
Safety Alert Signals and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
Visual Display Voice
Emergency Vehicles
Emergency Vehicle
Approaching
Road Hazards
Detection
Road Hazard Ahead
Your detector is designed to detect Instant-On speed monitoring signals,
which can suddenly appear at full strength.
NOTE
You should take appropriate action immediately whenever
an instant-on alert is given.
Pop Detection
Your detector is designed to detect single pulse mode radars. These radars
are designed to have a low probability of detection. You should note that
these radar guns have a much shorter range while in this mode.
Trains
Train Approaching
NOTE
There are different tones for each Safety Alert.
VG-2 and Spectre 1 Alert Signals and Visual Displays
Type of Signal
VG-2 Alert
Spectre 1
Visual Display Voice
VG-2 Alert
Spectre Alert
NOTE
There are different tones for each alert.
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Responding to Alerts
Description
Interpretation
Recommended
Response
Tone repeats slowly at first,
then speeds up rapidly.
Probably police radar.
FULL ALERT
Tone sounds one
time only.
Probably a false alarm,
but possibly pulsed radar,
Spectre 1 or VG-2 nearby.
Exercise caution
Tone instantly begins
repeating rapidly.
Radar, Spectre 1 or VG-2 nearby
has been activated suddenly.
FULL ALERT
Pop mode tone.
Pop mode gun very close.
FULL ALERT
Tone repeats slowly as you
approach a hill or bridge, then
speeds up sharply as you
reach it.
Probably police
radar beyond the
hill or bridge.
FULL ALERT
Tone repeats slowly
for a short period.
Probably a false alarm.
Exercise caution
Any type of laser alert.
Laser alerts are
never false alarms.
FULL ALERT
Any Safety Alert
or Strobe Alert.
You are nearing an emergency
vehicle, railroad crossing, or
road hazard (construction,
accident, etc.).
Exercise caution
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Your Detector
Understanding Radar and Laser
Understanding Radar and Laser
Radar Speed Monitoring Systems
Your Detector
•
Three band frequencies have been approved by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) for use by speed monitoring radar equipment:
X band
K band
Ka band
10.525 GHz
24.150 GHz
33.400 – 36.00 GHz
Your detector detects signals in all three radar bands, plus Ku band (13.435 GHz),
which is an approved frequency used in parts of Europe and Asia.
VG-2 and Spectre 1
VG-2 and Spectre 1 are “detector detectors” that work by detecting low-level
signals emitted by most radar detectors. Your detector does not emit signals
that can be detected by VG-2 or Spectre 1, but does detect VG-2 and Spectre 1
signals and will alert you when a device is in use near your vehicle, if you
so choose.
Safety Alert Traffic Warning System
FCC-approved Safety Alert transmitters emit microwave radar signals that
indicate the presence of a safety-related concern. Depending on the frequency
of the signal emitted, it can indicate a speeding emergency vehicle or train,
or a stationary road hazard.
Because these microwave signals are within the K band frequency, most
conventional radar detectors will detect Safety Alert signals as standard
K band radar. Your detector, however, is designed to differentiate between
standard K band and Safety Alert signals, and give separate alerts for each.
Safety Alert technology is relatively new. Safety Alert transmitters can
be found in limited numbers in all 50 states, but the number is growing.
Depending on your location, you may not receive these alerts regularly
and may often encounter emergency vehicles, trains and road hazards
without being alerted. As the number of transmitters increases,
these alerts will become more common.
When you receive such an alert, please watch for emergency vehicles ahead
of you, on cross streets and behind you. If you see an emergency vehicle
approaching, please pull over to the right side of the road and allow it to pass.
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Strobe Alert
Special strobes mounted on the light bars of authorized emergency
vehicles (fire trucks, police cars, ambulances) automatically change traffic
signals as the vehicle approaches an intersection. These strobes and the
special strobe detectors located on the traffic signals, introduced fairly
recently by 3M and Tomar, are already in use in more than 1000 cities
nationwide. Cobra’s exclusive Strobe Alert detector will detect these
special strobes and give an emergency vehicle alert.
When you receive such an alert, please watch for an approaching
emergency vehicle and pull over to allow it to pass. To inquire about
coverage in your area, contact your local fire and police departments.
LIDAR (Laser)
The correct name for the technology that most people refer to as
laser is actually LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.
LIDAR operates much like radar. Its signal spreads out like a radar
signal, though not as widely. Unlike radar, LIDAR must have a clear
line of sight to its target vehicle throughout the entire measurement
interval. Obstructions such as sign posts, utility poles, tree branches,
etc., will prevent valid speed measurement.
Some common questions about LIDAR include:
■ Does weather have any affect on LIDAR?
Yes. Rain, snow, smoke, fog, or airborne dust particles will reduce the
effective range of LIDAR and can, if dense enough, prevent its operation.
■
Can LIDAR operate through glass?
Yes. Newer LIDAR guns can obtain readings through most types of glass.
However, the laser pulse also can be received through glass to trigger
an alarm by your detector.
■
Can LIDAR operate while in motion?
No. Because LIDAR operates by line of sight, the person using it cannot
drive the vehicle, aim and operate the gun all at the same time.
■
Is LIDAR legal to use?
Yes. It is legal in all 50 states.
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Your Detector
Maintenance
Your Detector
Specifications
Pop Radar Guns
Specifications
The Pop mode Radar Gun is a single pulse Doppler radar that is a feature
of a K and Ka (Bee III Ka radar gun) band Instant-On radar gun. It uses a
single short time pulse to measure the target vehicle’s speed. Despite the fact
that the short, single pulse makes the unit very sensitive to officer hand and
vehicle movement and reduces the range of the gun in Pop mode to 50% of
its range in Continuous Wave mode, this feature is added in an attempt to
make the radar gun invisible to Radar Detectors.
Band and Frequencies
Although your detector can sense Pop signals beyond the effective range
of Pop radar guns, there will be a signal to sense only if a gun is triggered.
In addition, the Pop mode receiver section is more prone to false alerts
because of its extra sensitivity. This is especially so in urban areas. As a
result, you should consider using the Pop Detect mode only in highway
and rural situations. Cobra Electronics has included a user selectable on
or off Pop Detect mode.
Maintenance
Maintenance of Your Radar Detector
Your detector is designed and built to give you years of trouble-free
performance without the need for service. No routine Maintenance
is required.
If your unit does not appear to be operating properly,
please follow these troubleshooting steps:
■
Make sure the power cord is properly connected.
■
Make sure the socket of your vehicle’s cigarette lighter
is clean and free of corrosion.
■
Make sure the power cord’s cigarette lighter adapter
is firmly seated in your cigarette lighter.
■
Check the power cord fuse. (Unscrew the ribbed end cap of
the cigarette lighter adapter and examine the fuse. If required,
replace it with a 2-amp fuse only.)
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•
•
Band
Frequencies
X Band
10.525
± 0.050
GHz
K Band
24.125
± 0.125
GHz
Safety Alert
Traffic Warning
System
24.070
± 0.010
GHz
24.110
± 0.010
GHz
24.190
± 0.010
GHz
GHz
24.230
± 0.010
Ka Band
34.700
± 1.300
GHz
Ku Band
13.435
± 0.050
GHz
VG-2
11.500
± 0.250
GHz
Spectre 1
13.300
± 0.200
GHz
Laser
910
± 50
nm
Strobe
700
± 300
nm
This radar detector is covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents:
5,497,148; 5,594,432; 5,612,685; 6,078,279; 6,094,148; 6,621,447.
Additional patents may be listed inside the product or pending.
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Warranty
Warranty
Limited 1-Year Warranty
For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.
Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra 12 Band Radar/Laser
Detectors, and the component parts thereof, will be free of defects in
workmanship and materials for period of one year from the date of first
consumer purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer
purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective 12 Band
Radar/Laser Detectors, products or component parts upon delivery to the
Cobra Factory Service Department, accompanied by proof of the date of first
consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for
warranty service, but the return charges will be at Cobra’s expense, if the
product is repaired or replaced under warranty.
This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights
which vary from state to state.
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply:
Customer Assistance
•
Product Service
Product Service
•
For any questions about operating or installing this new Cobra product, or if
parts are missing…PLEASE CALL COBRA FIRST…do not return this
product to the store. See customer assistance on page A1.
If this product should require factory service, please call Cobra before
sending the product. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on any
repair. If Cobra asks that the product be sent to its factory, the following
must be furnished to have the product serviced and returned:
1. For Warranty Repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as
a mechanical reproduction or carbon of a sales receipt. Make sure the
date of purchase and product model number are clearly readable. If the
originals are sent, they cannot be returned;
2. Send the entire product;
3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the product. Include
a typed or clearly printed name and address of where the product is
to be returned, with phone number (required for shipment).
1. To any product damaged by accident.
4. Pack product securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible,
use the original packing material;
2. In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result
of unauthorized alterations or repairs.
5. Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as
United Parcel Service (UPS) or Priority Mail to avoid loss in transit to:
3. If the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed.
4. If the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for
a particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty.
Cobra shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages;
including, without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost of
installation.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
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Cobra Factory Service
Cobra Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 U.S.A.;
6. If the product is in warranty, upon receipt of the product it will
either be repaired or exchanged depending on the model. Please
allow approximately 3 – 4 weeks before contacting Cobra for status.
If the product is out of warranty, a letter will automatically be sent
with information as to the repair charge or replacement charge.
For any questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.
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Customer Assistance
Trademark Acknowledgement
Trademark Acknowledgement
Customer Assistance
•
Cobra®, DigiView®, EasySet®, Extra Sensory Detection®, IntelliMute®,
IntelliShield®, LaserEye®, Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra®, Safety Alert®
Traffic Warning System, Strobe Alert®, VG-2 Alert®, Xtreme Range
Superheterodyne® and the snake design are registered trademarks
of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.
Accessories
Optional Accessories
•
You can find quality Cobra products and accessories at your local Cobra
dealer, or in the U.S.A., you can order directly from Cobra. See order info
on page 37.
Cobra Electronics Corporation™, 12 Band™, ExtremeBright DataGrafix™,
IntelliLink™, Revolution™ Series, SmartPower™, Spectre Alert™, SuperXtreme Range Superheterodyne™, S-XRS™, UltraBright™, and Voice Alert™
are trademarks of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.
Opticom™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation. Instaclear® for Ford is a
registered trademark of Ford Motor Company, Inc. Electriclear® for GM is
a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation. 20-20™ and UltraLyte™ are trademarks of Laser Technology, Inc. ProLaser™ and ProLaser III™
are trademarks of Kustom Signals, Inc. Bee III™ and Pop™ are a trademarks
of MPH Industries. Spectre™ is a trademark of Stalcar. Interceptor VG-2™ is
a trademark of TechniSonic Industries LTD. Tomar® is a registered trademark
of TOMAR Electronics, Inc.
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Straight 12V DC Power Cord
Windshield Mounting Bracket
Includes plug and fuse
Item # 420-030-N-001
Includes suction cups
Item # 545-159-N-001
Coiled 12V DC Power Cord
Dual Port Power Adapter
Includes plug and fuse
Item # 420-026-N-001
Includes adjustable plug
(up to 90˚) and fuse
Item # CLP-2B
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Appendix
Appendix
Appendix
Introduction
User Programming Menu Guide
Mode
Tone
Visual
Display
Set
Two
IntelliShield beeps
City mode
default
One
Page 14
beep
One
beep
User Programming Menu Guide (continued)
Visual
Display
Voice
Mode
Tone
Two
beeps
Auto
Mute
On
One
beep
Auto
Mute
Off
Set
SmartPower
mode
Set Voice
or Tone
mode
None
Voice
Alert
Page 16
None
Voice
Mode
Tone
City X
Set
AutoMute
mode
City
X, K
Page 16
City X
Beep
Off
Intelli
Mute
Off
Tone
Alert
Set
IntelliMute
mode
Two
beeps
Page 15
One
beep
Intelli
Mute
On
Set
Compass
mode
Two
beeps
Compass
Off
Two
beeps
Set
Engine
Revs
Page 17
One
beep
Compass
On
Set
IntelliMute
setup*
Page 15
* Not shown if IntelliMute is off. Complete
instructions for IntelliMute setup are shown
on the referenced page.
Set
Two
Compass** beeps
NOTE
Factory defaults are highlighted in
light gray. See referenced pages for
more information on the modes
Page 18
Visual
Display
Mode
Tone
Two
beeps
Smart
Power
On
Two
beeps
Display
Car Voltage Off
One
beep
Smart
Power
Off
Set car
battery
voltage
display
mode
One
beep
Page 19
Display
Car Voltage On
Set battery Two
low car
beeps
voltage
warning
Car
Voltage
Warning
Off
Page 19
One
beep
Car
Voltage
Warning
On
Restore
factory
settings
Two
beeps
Restore
Factory
Settings
DISPLAY
TIMEOUT
One
beep
ADJUST
TIMEOUT
Page 18
None
15 SEC
None
15 SEC
One
beep
ADJUST
TIMEOUT
None
30 SEC
One
beep
ADJUST
ADJUST
TIMEOUT
TIMEOUT
None
** Not shown if Compass is off. Complete
One
beep
ADJUST
TIMEOUT
One
beep
3 MIN
ADJUST
T
ADJUST
TIMEOUT
Voice
Page 19
15
SEC
1 MIN
Set
Compass
Visual
Display
Voice
Set Display One
Timeout
beep
Interval
Page 17
instructions for calibrating the Compass
are shown on the referenced page and
on the separate insert.
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Appendix
None
None
NOTE
Factory defaults are highlighted in
light gray. See referenced pages for
more information on the modes.
ALWAYS ON
Set Display One
Dim mode beep
default
Dimmer
Page 18
Dark
One
beep
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Appendix
Appendix
Alert Programming Menu Guide
Visual
Display
Visual
Display
Voice
Mode
Tone
Two
beeps
Pop Off
Set VG-2
Audio
mode*
Two
beeps
VG-2
Audio On
One
beep
Pop On
Page 20
One
beep
VG-2
Audio Off
Set X Band One
Detect
beep
mode
One
Page 20
beep
X On
Set
Spectre 1
Detect
mode
Two
beeps
Spectre
On
One
beep
Spectre
Off
Set K Band Two
detect
beeps
mode
One
Page 20
beep
K On
Two
beeps
Spectre
Audio On
One
beep
Spectre
Audio Off
Mode
Tone
Set Pop
Detect
mode
Page 20
X Off
Page 20
K Off
Set
Spectre 1
Audio
mode**
Page 21
Set Ku
Band
Detect
mode
Two
beeps
Ku On
One
beep
Ku Off
Set VG-2
Detect
mode
Two
beeps
VG-2
On
Page 20
One
beep
VG-2
Off
Page 20
Set Safety Two
Alert mode beeps
Safety
Alert On
Page 21
One
beep
NOTE
Factory defaults are highlighted in
light gray. See referenced pages for
more information on the modes.
Voice
Safety
Alert Off
* Not shown if VG-2 Detect is off.
** Not shown if Spectre 1 Detect is off.
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