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Owner’s Manual
Safety Warning System
X•K•Ka Superwide Radar/
Laser Detector
Please read before using this equipment.
Cat. No. 22-1681
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FEATURES
Your RadioShack Safety Warning System X•K•Ka Superwide
Radar/Laser Detector can alert you to all known police traffic
radar and laser systems. It receives X-, K-, and Ka-band radar
signals and also detects both the instant-on and laser systems
many police departments 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 Warning System alerts.
Your detector has many useful features, including:
VG-2 Protection — makes your detector invisible to the VG-2
radar-detector detector when it senses VG-2 operation.
X-, K-, Ka-Band, and Laser Signal Detection — warns you
when it detects signals from traffic radar or laser devices. Different tones sound to let you know the type of signal received.
Safety Warning System Detection — alerts you to the presence of potential road hazards and emergency vehicles signalled by a Safety Warning System transmission.
360° Detection — detects laser signals from both the front
and the rear of your vehicle.
 1997, 1998 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
FAST is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.
Safety Warning System and SWS are trademarks of
Safety Warning System LLC.
InstaClear is a registered trademark used by Ford Motor Company.
ElectriClear is a registered trademark used by Libbey, Owens, Ford,
and Delco-Remy.
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City/Highway Modes — let you minimize alerts when you are
in areas that have false radar sources.
FAST (False Alert Suppression Technology) — helps prevent false alarms caused by non-traffic radar sources.
Auto Quiet — lets you set the radar detector to give you a fullvolume alert for about 5 seconds, then reduce its alert to minimum volume.
Your radar/laser detector includes the following items:
• Coiled Power Cord
• Windshield Bracket with Suction Cups
• Hook and Loop Fastener
We recommend you record your detector’s serial number here.
The number is on the detector’s bottom panel.
Serial Number: _________________________________
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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CONTENTS
A Quick Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mounting Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Hook-and-Loop Tape Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Windshield Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Connecting Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning the Detector On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Demonstrating Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Muting Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Auto Quiet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the City and Highway Modes . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the VG-2 Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Receiving and Identifying Alert Signals . . . . . . . . . . . .
Resetting the Detector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Replacing the Fuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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A QUICK LOOK
1. Rear Laser Detection Lens — receives incoming laser
signals from the rear.
2. PWR (Power/Volume) Button — turns the detector on
and off and lets you adjust the volume.
3. MUTE Button — press before a radar/laser signal is
detected to reduce the level of audio alerts that sound
when there is a signal. Press after a signal is detected to
silence the alert, but still have visual alerts to keep you
informed.
4. CITY Button — reduces false alerts typically encountered
in urban driving areas. Also works with the MUTE button to
turn the VG-2 option on or off.
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5. Band Identifying LEDs — identify the type of radar
detected.
6. Digital Display — provides distinct visual confirmation of
signal strength and indicates the selected operating
modes.
7. Speaker — sounds distinct audio alerts.
8. Power Jack — the power cable plugs in here.
9. Bracket Release Button — lets you quickly remove the
detector’s bracket.
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10. Front Laser Detection Lens — receives incoming laser
signals from the front.
11. Radar Detection Antenna — receives incoming radar signals.
12. Mounting Bracket Slot — holds the windshield mounting
bracket.
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INSTALLATION
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.
• The detector’s view of the road must not be blocked by any
metal object.
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• Some vehicles have InstaClear or ElectriClear defogging
windshields, which have metal coatings that block signals.
General Motor’s APV vans have a solar shield that keeps
the vehicle cooler during the summer, but also blocks signals. 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: Whichever mounting method you choose, place the
detector out of view when you leave the vehicle. This keeps
the detector out of sight of thieves and prevents exposing it to
extremely high temperatures, which can temporarily impair
performance.
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HOOK-AND-LOOP TAPE MOUNTING
For some dashboards, the hook-and-loop tape included with
your detector might be best for mounting. Follow these steps to
use the hook-and-loop tape.
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 backing and stick the tape to the bottom
of the detector.
Note: Do not place the hook-and-loop tape over the detector’s serial number.
Serial Number
Hook-and-Loop
Tape
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 backing from the other side of the tape and
press the detector onto the dashboard.
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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.
1. Align the groove in each suction
cup with the slots in the windshield bracket and slide the suction cups out until they lock into
place.
illus of suction cup
installation in
windshield bracket
2. Clean the selected windshield
area, position the bracket on the
windshield, and press firmly on
each suction cup to secure it in
place.
3. Slide the detector onto the base
plate until it snaps into place.
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To level the detector, press the
bracket release button to remove the
detector from the bracket. Then bend
the bracket.
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illus of bracket
release button
location
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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 23 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 your vehicle’s battery from being drained
if you leave the detector on when you turn off the ignition.
Plug the supplied power cord’s barrel plug into the detector’s
power jack. Then plug the cord’s cigarette-lighter plug into your
vehicle’s cigarette-lighter 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 23).
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OPERATION
TURNING THE DETECTOR ON AND OFF
To turn on the detector, press PWR.
The detector sounds a distinctive alert and displays the indicators for each alert type as a self test, in this order:
Alert Type
Audible Alert
X
High trill
K
Low steady
Ka
Medium warble
Safety
None
Laser
None
VG-2
None
Visual Alert
8 and yellow LED
8 and red LED
8 and yellow/red LEDs
S. and red LED
L
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All features selected are stored in memory. Each time a button
is pressed, one beep confirms the feature is on and two beeps
confirm the feature is off.
See “Receiving and Identifying Alert Signals” on Page 15 for
more information about alerts.
To turn off the detector, press PWR.
ADJUSTING THE VOLUME
To adjust the detector’s volume, hold down PWR until the volume reaches the desired level, 1–4 (1 is the lowest level).
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DEMONSTRATING ALERTS
To familiarize yourself with the different alerts your detector
sounds, you can run a demonstration. To start the demonstration, press and release MUTE and CITY at the same time with
the detector turned on. The detector demonstrates the alerts
for X, K, Ka, safety warning, laser, and VG-2, in that order.
These audible and visual alerts sound and display:
Alert Type
Audible Alert
Visual Alert
X
K
Ka
Safety
Laser
VG-2
High trill
Low steady
Medium warble
Low ascending/descending
High-low
4-tone ascending
3 and yellow LED
5 and red LED
7 and yellow/red LEDs
S. and red LED
L
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To stop the demonstration, press PWR.
MUTING ALERTS
While a radar, laser, or safety warning alert is sounding, you
can press MUTE to temporarily silence the detector for the current alert and any new alert that it receives within 20 seconds.
Visual alerts are not affected.
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USING AUTO QUIET
Auto Quiet reduces the selected audio level to a minimum level
about 5 seconds after it detects a radar signal. The audio alert
sounds at the minimum level for any new signal received within
20 seconds. VG-2 or laser alerts are not affected.
To turn on Auto Quiet, press MUTE when the detector is not
sounding an alert. The detector briefly displays A, then returns
to H or C.
To turn off Auto Quiet, press MUTE when the detector is not
sounding an alert.
SELECTING THE CITY AND HIGHWAY
MODES
Your detector’s City mode is designed to reduce annoying false
alerts triggered by automatic door openers, intrusion alarms,
and other devices that share frequencies with police radar.
Note: City mode has no effect on laser or VG-2 operation.
To select the City mode, press CITY once. The detector displays C. If the detector receives a weak speed/safety radar signal in City mode, it beeps twice, then remains quiet unless the
signal becomes very strong. If the signal strength increases,
the detector again beeps twice.
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To cancel the City mode, press CITY a second time. The detector displays H. The highway mode provides maximum alert
response for open-road driving.
SETTING THE VG-2 OPTION
VG-2 is a system used by some law enforcement agencies to
detect the use of radar detectors in vehicles. The VG-2 system
detects the weak radio signals used in radar detectors. Your
radar detector can sense a VG-2 system and shift its operating
frequencies out of the range detected by VG-2, making your
radar detector essentially invisible to this system.
To turn on the VG-2 option, hold down MUTE for 2 seconds.
Press CITY to engage or cancel. – appears when the detection
mode is engaged. Press PWR to exit.
Notes:
• Your detector does not detect speed radar when VG-2 has
been detected.
• If you want to use the VG-2 option, you must turn it on when
you turn the detector on.
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RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING ALERT
SIGNALS
Your detector gives different audible and visual alerts for each
signal. In addition, the alert tone pulse rate increases with signal strength and the detector displays a digit from 1 to 9 to indicate the signal strength (1 is weakest and 9 is strongest).
When you detector senses instant-on radar, it sounds an
intense, 3-second tone and the detector displays P.
Safety Radar Alerts
Your radar detector detects all safety radar including the new
Safety Warning System. This system provides advanced warning of hazards and lets you respond appropriately to potentially
dangerous conditions.
Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning System transmitters.
Your radar detector only alerts you to hazards if the area you
are in has transmitters sending signals.
When your radar detector encounters safety radar, it sounds a
distinctive tone and displays the signal strength. In addition,
your radar detector displays S.
Laser Audio/Visual Alerts
When your radar detector detects a laser signal from ahead or
behind, the laser audio sounds and the radar detector displays
L for as long as the signal is present (for a minimum of 3 seconds).
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Any laser alert, regardless of duration, requires immediate
action! If you are the targeted vehicle, a laser gun can often
determine your speed within seconds after you receive an
alert. However, if you are traveling near or behind the targeted
vehicle and receive an alert, you should have time to respond.
RESETTING THE DETECTOR
The detector keeps the audio level, city/highway mode, mute
mode, auto quiet mode, VG-2 option, and on or off setting in
memory when power is removed. When you reapply power, it
returns to these same settings.
To reset the detector to its factory default settings, unplug the
detector’s power cord from the cigarette-lighter socket, hold
down PWR and MUTE, plug in the power cord, wait for it to beep
twice, then release PWR and MUTE. The detector turns off the
auto quiet and VG-2 option, returns to highway mode, and sets
the volume to its maximum level.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have problems operating your radar/laser detector, the
suggestions in this section might help. If you cannot solve the
problem after trying these suggestions, take your detector to
your local RadioShack store for assistance.
If the detector does not turn on:
• Be sure all power connections are secure.
• Check the fuse that controls power to the cigarette-lighter
socket. See your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
• Check the fuse in the cigarette-lighter plug. See “Replacing
the Fuse” on Page 20.
• The cigarette-lighter socket might be dirty. Clean it to give a
good, clean connection.
Caution: Do not place any metal object other than the cigarette lighter or a cigarette-lighter plug in the cigarette-lighter
socket. Doing so could blow a fuse in your vehicle or cause
the metal object to become very hot.
If the detector gives a false alert when the vehicle hits
bumps in the road:
• Check the power connections.
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If the detector gives a false alert when you use accessories such as power windows, motorized mirrors, brakes,
and so on:
• Check the vehicle’s electrical system, including the main
battery cable and alternator connections.
• Install a filter capacitor (1,000 µf, 35 volts, such as Cat. No.
272-1032) on the back of the cigarette-lighter socket, across
the power connections.
If the detector performs the power on self-test (see “Turning the Detector On and Off” on Page 12), but does not
respond to radar signals when you see a police car:
• A police car might not be equipped with radar, or might be
using instant-on radar and not have the radar gun triggered
(see the separate booklet Questions and Answers About
Vehicle Speed Detection).
• Police might be using VASCAR-type speed detection (see
the separate booklet Questions and Answers About Vehicle
Speed Detection).
If the detector has poor laser detection range:
• Be sure the laser detection lenses are not blocked.
• Use lens-cleaning solution to clean the laser detection
lenses and the windshield.
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REPLACING THE FUSE
If the detector stops operating, check the fuse in the DC power
cord’s cigarette-lighter plug. If it has blown, follow these steps
to replace it with a 2-Amp, 11/4 × 1/4 mm, fast-acting fuse (Cat.
No. 270-1007).
Caution: Using a fuse that does not meet these ratings or
defeating the fuse protection can damage your detector or the
vehicle’s electrical system.
1. Carefully unscrew the tip of the cigarette-lighter plug.
2. Remove the tip from the cigarette-lighter plug, then remove
the old fuse.
Note: Take care not to lose the spring inside the holder or
the metal ring.
3. Replace the fuse.
4. Press the cigarette-lighter plug’s tip down into the body,
then screw it back in.
Caution: Be sure you press the cigarette-lighter plug’s tip
down before screwing it in, or you might damage the plug.
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NOTES
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One or more of the following patents apply: 4,315,261;
5,146,227; 5,379,456. Other patents pending.
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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.
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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
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ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF
RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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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
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without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar
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will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the
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set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
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