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360° Laser/Radar Detector
Please read before using this equipment.
Owner’s Manual
with VG-2 Guard
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ˆ Contents
Features ................................................................................. 3
A Quick Look ......................................................................... 5
Safety Alert System ......................................................... 7
Installation ............................................................................. 7
Selecting a Mounting Location ........................................ 7
Mounting Guidelines ................................................. 8
Windshield Mounting ....................................................... 9
Hook-and-Loop Mounting .............................................. 10
Connecting Power .............................................................. 11
Operation .............................................................................
Demonstrating Alerts .....................................................
Operation Settings .........................................................
Selecting the City and Highway Modes ..................
Selecting Display Brightness ..................................
Muting the Audio Alert ............................................
Receiving and Identifying Radar, Laser,
Safety Alert, and VG-2 Signals ......................................
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Troubleshooting .................................................................. 16
Care and Maintenance ........................................................ 18
Replacing the Fuse ........................................................ 19
© 2000 Tandy Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack, RadioShack.com, and FAST
are trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.
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ˆ Features
Your RadioShack 360° Laser/Radar Detector can alert you to
many traffic radar and laser systems with its distinct visual and
audio alerts. It receives X-, K-, and Ka-band radar signals, and
detects both the instant-on and laser systems many law enforcement agencies use to measure vehicle speed. Plus, your
detector can give you advance warning of potential road hazards by detecting signals from transmitters that broadcast Safety Alert System alerts.
Note: Before reading this Owner's Manual, read the supplied
booklet Questions and Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection
to familiarize yourself with the terms and uses associated with
your detector.
Your detector's features include:
360° Detection — detects laser signals from all around your vehicle.
X-, K-, Ka-Band, Laser, and Ultralyte Laser Signal Detection
— warns you when it detects signals from traffic radar or laser
devices. Different tones and display indicators let you know the
type of signal received.
Safety Alert System Detection — alerts you to the presence
of potential road hazards, approaching emergency vehicles,
and busy railroad crossings broadcast by a Safety Alert System
transmission.
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VG-2 Protection — makes your detector invisible to the VG-2
radar detector when it senses VG-2 operation.
Instant-On or Pulse Radar Protection — alerts you to sudden
high level and laser signals.
City/Highway Modes — let you minimize alerts when you are
in areas that have false radar sources.
City/Highway Indicator — lights when you select city mode.
FAST (False Alert Suppression Technology) — helps prevent false alarms caused by non-traffic radar sources.
Tutorial Mode — lets you experience how the detector alerts
you with its detection display and tones to the different signals
the detector recognizes.
Your radar/laser detector includes the following items:
• coiled power cord
• windshield bracket with suction cups
• hook and loop tape
• spare fuse
• Question and Answer About Vehicle Speed Detection
Important: Some areas have laws regulating the use of radar
detectors. Check with your local law enforcement agency about
the laws in your area.
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Features
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ˆ A Quick Look
DC 12V Jack
CITY
MUTE
VG2
C
S
O
360° Laser Eye
DIM
VOLUME/OFF
X
P
M
3
K/Ka
2
L
360° Laser Eye — receives incoming laser signals directed at
your vehicle from all directions.
VOLUME/OFF — turns the detector on and off and lets you adjust the volume.
DIM — controls the brightness of your detector's indicators.
P (Power) Indicator — lights when the detector is turned on.
X (X-Band Radar) Indicator — flashes when the detector detects an X-band radar signal.
A Quick Look
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L (Laser) Indicator — both indicators under L (X and K/Ka)
flash when the detector detects a laser signal.
K/Ka (K/Ka-Band Radar) Indicator — flashes when the detector detects either a K- or Ka-band radar signal.
2 and 3 — signal strength indicators that flash to provide an accurate visual indication of the strength of radar signals the detector receives.
M (Emergency Vehicle) Indicator — flashes when the detector detects the signal related to an emergency vehicle from a
safety alert transmitter.
O (Moving Train) Indicator — both indicators under O (M and
S) flash when the detector detects the signal related to a moving train from a safety alert transmitter.
S (Stationary Road Hazard Situation) Indicator — flashes
when the detector detects the signal related to a stationary road
hazard from a safety alert transmitter.
C (City) Indicator — lights when the detector is in the city
mode.
VG-2 Indicator — lights when a VG-2 signal is detected.
MUTE — silences the alert tone for about 20 seconds.
CITY (City/Highway) — switches between the city and highway
modes.
DC 12V Jack — provides easy power cord attachment.
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A Quick Look
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SAFETY ALERT SYSTEM
The Safety Alert System employs low-powered transmitters
used by some emergency services and road crews to alert drivers to hazardous road conditions. The system can indicate stationary, moving, or railroad hazards.
The system has the potential to dramatically decrease the occurrence of traffic accidents by increasing drivers' awareness of
local road hazards. Having this safety alert compatible laser/
radar detector will ensure that you are ready to benefit from this
system wherever it is in use.
ˆ Installation
SELECTING A MOUNTING LOCATION
For the best performance, select a location that provides the detector’s sensors a direct view of the road.
Notes:
• The detector's radar antenna is at the opposite end from
the indicators.
• Though the detector has a 360° laser and radar detection
coverage, the radar detection is more sensitive to oncoming traffic.
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Mounting Guidelines
Follow these guidelines when selecting a location.
• Choose a location that does not block the driver's view of
the road.
• Mount the detector in a level position with a clear view to
both the front and rear of your vehicle and insure its view of
the road is not blocked by any metal object.
• Some vehicles have InstaClear‚ or ElectriClear‚ defogging windshields, which have metal coatings that block signals. Some vehicles have a solar shield that block signals.
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if your vehicle
has any of these features. A detector installed in a vehicle
with any of these features will probably not detect a signal.
• Since window tinting reduces the received strength of laser
signals, you should not mount the detector behind any
tinted glass.
• Do not mount the detector where the driver or a passenger
might hit it in a sudden stop or accident.
Caution: Place the detector out of view when you leave the vehicle. This keeps the detector out of sight of thieves and prevents exposing it to extremely high temperatures, which might
temporarily impair your detector's performance.
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WINDSHIELD MOUNTING
The supplied suction-cup windshield bracket
lets you easily mount the detector on the
windshield.
Caution: Do not use the bracket in a vehicle
that has a plastic coating on the windshield
designed to protect passengers during an accident. If you use
the bracket on this type of windshield, you might permanently
mar the windshield's surface. For an alternative mounting method, see “Hook-and-Loop Mounting” on Page 10.
1. Clean the selected windshield area, position the bracket on
the windshield, and press firmly on each suction cup to
secure it in place.
2. Slide the detector onto the base plate until it snaps into
place.
To adjust the mounting angle, remove the detector from the
bracket, then the bracket from the windshield and adjust
the bracket by carefully bending it.
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HOOK-AND-LOOP MOUNTING
In some vehicles, the dashboard may be the best location to
mount the detector. For this mounting, use the supplied hookand-loop tape as follows.
1. Use a damp cloth to clean the bottom of the detector and
the dashboard. Let both surfaces dry.
Note: The tape's adhesive might not stick to a surface
treated with vinyl cleaner or protectant.
2. Remove the tape's paper backing and stick the tape to the
bottom of the detector (do not cover the serial number).
Tip: On a curved dashboard, cut the supplied strip in half
and use one strip on each side of the bottom of the detector.
3. Remove the paper backing from the other side of the tape
and press your detector onto the dashboard.
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ˆ Connecting Power
Caution:
• Use only the supplied power cord. If your power cord is lost
or damaged, you can order a replacement cord from your
local RadioShack store.
• Before plugging the power cord's cigarette-lighter plug into
your vehicle's cigarette-lighter socket, make sure the plug's
tip is screwed firmly onto the plug. See “Replacing the
Fuse” on Page 19 for more information about the cigarettelighter plug.
• Unplug the power cord's cigarette-lighter plug from your
vehicle's cigarette-lighter socket when you turn off the ignition. This prevents draining your vehicle's battery if you
leave the detector on when you turn off the ignition.
Plug the supplied power cord's barrel plug into the detector's DC
12V jack. Then plug the cord's cigarette-lighter plug into your vehicle's cigarette-light socket.
Note: If the detector does not operate when you turn it on, remove the cigarette-lighter plug from your vehicle's socket and
check the socket for ashes and other debris. Also, check the
fuse in the cigarette-lighter plug and your vehicle's fuse block
(see “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 19).
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ˆ Operation
To turn on the detector, rotate VOLUME/OFF toward VOLUME
until it clicks. After self-testing, the P (power) indicator lights.
To adjust the volume, rotate VOLUME/OFF left or right.
To turn off the detector, rotate VOLUME/OFF toward OFF until it
clicks and all indicators turn off.
DEMONSTRATING ALERTS
To familiarize yourself with your detector’s different alerts and
warning indicators or to check the alerts and warning indicators,
you can run a demonstration.
To start the demonstration, turn on the detector while holding
down DIM and CITY. The demonstration starts when the P indicator flashes.
To select the demonstration for each alert and warning
indicator, press DIM. The detector demonstrates the alerts in
the following order:
1. X-Band Alert
6. VG-2 Alert
2. K-Band Alert
7. Emergency Vehicle Alert
3. Ka-Band Alert
8. Railroad Alert
4. Laser Alert
9. Road Hazard Alert
5. Ultralyte Laser Alert
To stop the demonstration, press CITY at any time.
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Operation
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OPERATION SETTINGS
Selecting the City and Highway Modes
Your detector has two operating modes: city and highway. In
city mode, the detector requires a stronger X-, K-, or Ka-band
signal before it sounds or indicates an alert.
Notes:
• City mode helps prevent false alerts in tightly populated
areas where radar signals can bounce off surrounding
structures.
• The city mode has no effect on laser alerts or instant-on
radar.
The highway mode provides maximum sensitivity for open-road
driving. The unit is preset to highway mode when you turn it on.
To select the city mode, press CITY. The C indicator lights.
To return to the highway mode, press CITY again and the C indicator turns off.
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Selecting Display Brightness
You can select from three levels of brightness for your radar detector indicators: bright, dim, and dark. The indicator’s brightness level is always set to full brightness when you turn it on.
Press DIM once to reduce the indicators’ brightness by 70%.
Press DIM a second time to turn off all indicators except the P indicator. Press DIM a third time to return all indicators to full
brightness.
Muting the Audio Alert
While the detector sounds a radar or safety alert signal, you can
press MUTE to temporarily silence the detector. The detector
automatically resets the mute to off 20 seconds after the radar
or safety alert signal stops. Or, you can simply press MUTE
again before it resets to return the detector to normal operation.
Note: The laser alert signal remains audible even if you press
MUTE.
RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING
RADAR, LASER, SAFETY ALERT,
AND VG-2 SIGNALS
When your detector senses a radar signal, it responds with different audible and visual alarms to indicate the signal type for
X-, K-, and Ka-band signals. The detector also indicates the signal strength by increasing the rate at which it flashes the indicators and sounds the tone as you get closer to the radar source.
In addition, the 2 and 3 signal strength indicators flash to visually indicate the strength of radar signals.
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When your detector senses an Instant-On radar signal, it
sounds continuous beeps, then all indicators light.
When your detector senses a laser signal, both the X- and K/Ka
indicators flash, and the detector sounds continuous tones for
about 3 seconds.
When your detector senses a Ultralyte laser signal, the X-, K/
Ka-, 2, and 3 indicators flash in order.
When VG-2 is detected, the VG-2 indicator flashes and the detector sounds a distinctive tone. The detector does not respond
to any radar source during a VG-2 alert, and laser alerts are not
affected.
Note: If there is another detector in the vicinity, you might receive false signals.
When your detector senses a Safety Alert signal, it responds
with distinctive audible and visual alarms to indicate the alert
type for emergency vehicle (M), Rail Road Alert (O), or Road
Hazard (S).
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ˆ Troubleshooting
If you have problems operating your detector, these suggestions might help.
Problem
Suggestion
The detector does not turn
on.
Be sure all power connections are
secure.
The cigarette-lighter socket might be
dirty. Clean it with fine emery cloth to
ensure a good, clean connection.
Check the fuse in the power cord's
cigarette lighter plug. See “Replacing
the Fuse” on Page 19.
Check the fuse that controls power to
your vehicle's cigarette-lighter socket.
See your vehicle's owner's manual.
Caution: Do not place any metal object other than the cigarette
lighter or cigarette-lighter plug in the cigarette-lighter socket. Doing so
could blow a fuse in your vehicle or cause the metal object to become
very hot.
The detector gives a false
alert when you use vehicle
accessories such as power
windows, motorized mirrors, brakes, and so on.
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Check the vehicle's electrical system
for loose connections, including the
main battery cable and alternator connections.
Install a filter capacitor (1000 µF, 35
volts), on the back of the cigarettelighter socket, across the power connections.
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Problem
Suggestion
The detector performs the
self-test, but does not
respond to radar signals
when you see a police car.
A police car might not be equipped
with radar (see the supplied booklet,
Questions and Answers About Vehicle
Speed Detection).
Police might be using VASCAR-type
speed detection (see the supplied
booklet, Questions and Answers
About Vehicle Speed Detection).
The detector has poor laser
detection range.
Be sure the laser detection lens is not
blocked.
Be sure the detector is properly
mounted. See “Selecting a Mounting
Location” on Page 7.
Use lens-cleaning solution to clean the
laser detection lens.
If you cannot solve the problem after trying these suggestions,
take your detector to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
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ˆ Care and Maintenance
Your RadioShack 360° Laser/Radar Detector is an example
of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your detector so you can enjoy it
for years.
• Keep the detector dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids might contain minerals that can corrode the
electronic circuits.
• Keep the detector away from dust and dirt, which can
cause premature wear of parts.
• Handle the detector gently and carefully. Dropping it can
damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the
detector to work improperly.
• Wipe the detector with a damp cloth occasionally to keep
it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean the detector.
Modifying or tampering with the detector’s internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty. If your detector is not performing as it should, take it to
your local RadioShack store for assistance.
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REPLACING THE FUSE
If the detector stops operating, follow these steps to check the
fuse in the power cord's cigarette-lighter plug and replace it with
a 2-amp, 1 1/4 × 1/4, fast-acting fuse, if necessary.
Caution: Using a fuse that does not meet the above requirements can damage your detector, the power cable, or the vehicle's electrical system.
1. Turn the knurled ring on the
cigarette-lighter plug counterclockwise to unscrew it.
Knurled
Ring
Caution: If you must use pliers to loosen the ring, be careful not to crush the ring or the metal tip inside the ring.
2. Remove the ring and tip from
the power cord’s cigarettelighter plug, then remove the old
fuse.
Fuse
Note: Take care not to lose the ring or tip, or the spring
inside the plug.
3. Check the fuse. If it has blown, replace it.
4. Replace the metal tip inside the ring, make sure the spring
is intact, then place the fuse inside the cigarette-lighter plug
and screw the ring back onto the plug. Make sure the tip is
visible when you reassemble the cigarette-lighter plug.
Caution: Never use pliers or other tools to retighten the
ring on the cigarette-lighter plug.
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Limited One-Year Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and
workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers.
EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES
AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT
AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY
LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR
PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS
WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM
INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR
ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF
RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack
will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair
without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar
design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on
which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts
and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced
parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You
will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the
warranty period.
This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of
God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions,
improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess
voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized
Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e)
transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation,
set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
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