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Owner’s Manual
Beltronics
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH
45069 USA
USA 800.341.2288
www.beltronics.com
©2012 Beltronics
Designed in USA • Manufactured In Canada
Features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice.
Model: ProSeries 300
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Congratulations
The BEL Pro300 is the most advanced radar,
laser and safety detector ever designed by
Beltronics.
The BEL Pro300 includes full X, K,
SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System
radar capability, front and rear laser
detection, digital signal processing (DSP)
for superior range and reduced false
alarms, our patented Mute and AutoMute,
audible and visual band alerts, and all the
performance you’d expect from Beltronics.
In addition, the BEL Pro300 introduces
a new level of revolutionary performance
and innovative features.
• Superior long-range radar and laser
detection, including new “POP”
mode alert
• Advanced Programming lets you
customize 7 features
• AutoScan mode drastically reduces
false alarms, plus Highway and City
settings
• Ultra-bright alphanumeric Display
with 280 LEDs
• Exclusive Threat Display tracks and
displays multiple radar signals,
including signal strength.
• Tech Display provides actual
numeric radar frequency for any
radar signal
Quick Reference
Register
online: Beltronics.com
Receive a FREE Travel Case when you
register your Pro300 on our
website at Beltronics.com
• New Programmable Bands (on/off),
including International and North
American settings.
• Detects and decodes Safety Warning
System messages
• Includes coiled SmartCord
If you’ve used a radar detector before,
a review of the Quick Reference Guide on
pages 4 and 5, and the Programming
information on pages 12 and 13 will briefly
explain the new features.
If this is your first detector, please read
the manual in detail to get the most out of
your Pro300’s outstanding performance
and innovative features.
Please drive safely.
FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved
by the manufacturer could void the
user’s FCC granted authority to operate
the equipment.
There are 7 user-selectable options so you can
customize your Pro300 for your own preferences.
The buttons labeled CITY and BRT are also used
to enter the Program Mode, REVIEW your current
program settings, and to CHANGE any settings as
desired.The words PROGRAM, RVW and CHG are
located on the top of the detector, and are highlighted
in graphics.
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and hold both
CITY and BRT buttons down for 2 seconds.
The unit will beep twice, and will display the word
Program.
2 Then press the RVW button to review the
current settings.You can either tap the button to
change from item to item, or hold the button to scroll
through the items.
3 Press the CHG button to change any setting.
You can either tap the button to change from setting
to setting, or hold the button to scroll through all the
options.
4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait 8 seconds
without pressing any button, or press the PWR
button. The unit will display Complete, beep, and
return to normal operation.
An example
Here is how you would turn Pro300’s AutoMute feature
off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for 2 seconds.
Pro300 will beep twice and display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The Pro300 will
scroll through the categories, starting with Pilot
(Pilot), then Voice (Voice), then Power-on sequence
(PwrOn), then Signal strength meter (Meter), and
then AutoMute (aMute).
3 Release the RVW button when Pro300 shows
the AutoMute item. Since the factory setting is for
AutoMute to be on, Pro300 will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the RVW button in
time, and the Pro300 goes to the next category, hold
the RVW button down again, and after Pro300 scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again at the top
of the list.
4 Press the CHG button to change from aMute ON to
aMute OFF.
5 To complete the Programming, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button, or press the PWR
button. The Pro300 will display Complete, beep, and
return to normal operation.
Factory Default Settings
To reset Pro300 to its original factory settings, press
and hold the “CITY” and “BRT” buttons while turning
the powetr on. Pro300’s display will provide a
Reset message, accompanied by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
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Programming Details 
Quick Reference
Press the RVW button
to go from one category
to the next
Table of Contents
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
Quick Reference Guide
4-5
Programming
12-16
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
12
• Power Connection
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• Example of Programming
12
• Mounting Location
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• Overview of Programming
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• Windshield Mount
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• Details of Programming
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Pilot HWY
Pilot H
Pilot V
* Full word:AutoScan or City or Highway
Letter:A or C or H
Vehicle voltage
VOICE
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
• Power and Volume Control
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• Specifications
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
• Voice
8
• Interpreting Alerts
18-19
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
Meter STD
Meter THT
Meter TEC
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
• Power-on indication
8
• How Radar Works
20
• AutoMute
8
• How “POP”Works
20
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
• Mute
8
• How Laser Works
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CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
• Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
8
• How “TSR”Works
22
• Brightness and Dark Mode
9
• How Safety Radar Works
• Audible Alerts
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Service
BANDS
Bands ALL
Bands MOD
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* Default bands
One or more bands has been modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME•MUTE button
* Factory Default Settings
X ON
K ON
TSR ON
Ka USA*
POP ON
LSR ON
SWS ON
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OFF (Default is ON)
OFF (Default is ON)
OFF (Default is ON)
Intl or OFF
OFF (Default is OFF)
OFF (Default is ON)
OFF (Default is OFF)
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Controls and Features
8-11
Technical Details
14-16
17-23
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• Power Connector
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• Troubleshooting
• Signal Strength Meter
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• Service
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• Threat Display
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• Warranty and Accessories
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• Tech Display
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Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your Pro300,
just follow these simple steps
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QuickMount Slot
Insert Pro300’s adjustable Windshield
mount into this slot. Page 7
Plug the small end of the power cord
into the side jack of the detector, and
plug the large end of the power cord
into your car’s lighter socket.
QuickMount Button
Press the button, and slide the Windshield
mount into one of its four locking positions.
Page 7
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Mount your Pro300 on the windshield
using the supplied windshield mount.
3
Press the PWR button, located top left,
to turn Pro300 on.
City Button
Switches between AutoScan, City and
Highway, settings. In general, we
recommend AutoScan. Page 8
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Press and hold the Volume/Mute
button to adjust the volume.
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your Pro300 should have
a clear view of the road ahead. For best
performance, do not mount the Pro300
directly behind windshield wipers
or tinted areas. Page 6
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the
vehicle.
Earphone Jack
Accepts standard 3.5mm MONO earphone.
Brightness Button
Press to adjust display brightness.There are
three brightness settings, plus Dark Mode.
In the Dark Mode, the power-on
indication will be changed to a dim “AD,”
“HD,” or “CD” (indicating AutoScan, Dark,
Highway Dark, or City Dark). In the Dark
Mode, Pro300’s meter will not display
during an alert, only the audio will alert
you. Page 9
Power Button
Press the PWR button to turn the Pro300
on or off. Page 8
Please read the manual to fully understand
Pro300’s operation and features.
AutoMute
Pro300’s patented AutoMute automatically
reduces the volume level of the audio alert
after a brief period. Page 8. If you prefer,
you can turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Programming
Pro300 is ready to go, just plug it in and
turn it on. But you can also easily change 8
features for your preferences. Page 12-16
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Power Jack
Plug the SmartCord into this connector.
Pages 6
Alphanumeric Matrix Display
Pro300’s display will show Highway,
AutoScan, or City as its power-on indication.
If you prefer, you can choose other poweron indications. Page 12-14
During an alert, the display will
indicate radar band, and a precise bar graph
of signal strength. Page 10
NOTE: In the Dark Mode the display
will not light during an alert. Page 9
The display can also show Safety Radar
text messages. Page 22-23
Volume / Mute Button
Press and hold to adjust the volume level.
Briefly press this button (above the
display) to silence the audio for a specific
alert. Page 8
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Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
To power Pro300, plug the small end of the
SmartCord, (telephone-type connector)
into the modular jack on Pro300’s right
side, and plug the lighter plug adapter into
your vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory
socket.
WARNING: Beltronics cannot anticipate the
many ways the Pro300 can be mounted.
It is important that you mount Pro300
where it will not impair your view nor
present a hazard in case of an accident.
NOTE: Depending on your vehicle, the
lighter socket power may either be
continuously on, or it may be switched on
and off with your ignition switch.
Caution!
A few vehicles (including some Porsches)
have windshields with a soft anti-lacerative
coating on the inside surface. Use of
suction cups will permanently mar this
coating. Consult your dealership or the
vehicle owner’s manual to determine if
your windshield has this coating.
Pro300’s QuickMount windshield bracket
is designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
• Using the Windshield QuickMount,
mount your Pro300 level, and high enough
on your front windshield to provide a clear
view of the road from the front and rear.
1 Depress the QuickMount button on
the top of Pro300 (by the word
BELTRONICS) and slide the QuickMount
bracket into the slot until it is locked into
the position which best fits the angle of
your windshield (there are four settings
available). For extremely horizontal
or extremely sloped windshields,
the QuickMount bracket can
be bent.
• Mount Pro300 away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
To ensure that the suction cups
adhere to the windshield firmly, be sure to
keep both your windshield and the suction
cups clean.
Where to mount Pro300
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
Pro300 operates on 12 volts DC negative
ground only.The lighter plug provided is a
standard size and will work in most
vehicles. However, some vehicles may
require the optional European sleeve
to ensure a snug fit. If so, simply call our
service department to order one.This
sleeve slides over the SmartCord’s lighter
plug adapter. Of course, your lighter socket
must be clean and properly connected for
proper operation.
Windshield QuickMount
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily
remove the Pro300 by pressing the
adjustment button and sliding it off the
mount.Again, be sure to position the
bracket where it won’t present a hazard in
the event of an accident.Additional mounts
are available.
2 To adjust Pro300 on your windshield,
use the QuickMount adjustment button
located on the top of the Pro300, and slide
Pro300 forward or backward to obtain a
level horizontal position.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details.
When installed and adjusted properly, the
back top edge of the Pro300 should rest
solidly against your windshield.
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Controls and Features
Power On/Off
If you prefer, you can turn the
AutoMute feature off. See the Programming
section for details.
To turn the Pro300 on, press the PWR
button on the left side of the top case.
When you turn the Pro300 on, it goes
through a sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
Pro300 for a shorter power-on sequence.
See the Programming section for details.
Volume / Mute Button
To adjust the alert tone volume, press and
hold the Volume/Mute bar located on the
top case.
The Mute button, located on Pro300’s
top case, allows you to silence the audio
alert during a radar encounter.
To mute the audio for a single specific
signal, briefly press the Volume/Mute
button.After that radar encounter has
passed, the mute will automatically reset
and the audio will alert you to the next
encounter.
Voice
The Pro300 has our Digital Voice
feature, which provides a digital voice
announcement of the band being detecting.
If you prefer, you can turn the Digital
Voice feature off in programming. See
Programming section for details.
Power-on indication
Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
After Pro300’s start-up sequence is
complete, the alphanumeric display will
show Highway, City, or AutoScan to indicate
which sensitivity mode is selected.
If you prefer, you can select alternate
power-on displays. See the Programming
section for details.
The City button selects Pro300’s sensitivity
mode.We recommend the AutoScan mode
for most driving.
Pro300’s AutoScan mode provides
long-range warning, with minimum false
alarms. In this mode, Pro300’s internal
computer continuously analyzes all
incoming signals and intelligently adjusts
the sensitivity.
AutoMute
Your Pro300 has our patented AutoMute
feature.After Pro300 alerts you to a radar
encounter at the volume you have selected,
the AutoMute feature will automatically
reduce the volume to a lower level.This
keeps you informed without the annoyance
of a continuous full-volume alert.
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Audible Alerts
You can also select conventional
Highway and City modes.When driving in
urban areas where annoying X-band
intrusion alarms and door openers are
common, City mode can be engaged to
lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band
alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained on all
other bands.You can customize Pro300’s
City mode sensitivity. See the Programming
section for details.
For Radar signals:
Pro300 uses a Geiger-counter-like
sound to indicate the signal strength and
type of radar signal being encountered.
When you encounter radar, a distinct
audible alert will sound and occur faster as
the signal gets stronger.This allows you to
judge the distance from the signal source
without taking your eyes from the road.
Each band has a distinct tone for easy
identification.
X-band = chirping tone
K-band = buzzing tone
Ka-band = double-chirp tone
Brightness Button
Pro300’s BRT button selects the brightness
of Pro300’s display.There are four settings:
Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark.
Press the BRT button to select your
preferred brightness.
For Laser signals:
Since laser signals are a possible threat
no matter how weak, Pro300 alerts you to
all laser signals with a full laser alert.
Dark Mode
When you select the Dark mode with the
BRT switch, Pro300 changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
BRT AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A, H,
or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or City,
and the D indicates Dark.)
When Pro300 is in the Dark mode, the
display will not show visual alerts when
Pro300 detects signals. Only the audible
alert will tell you of detected signals.
For Safety signals:
Pro300 will alert you to these signals
with a double-buzz tone (and digital voice
if programmed) with a corresponding text
message.A complete listing of the text
messages is on page 23.
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Controls and Features
Power Connector
Signal Strength Meter
Pro300’s power jack uses a telephone-type
connector.This new 6-pin connector only
works with the included coiled SmartCord,
or the optional Direct-wire SmartCord.
The coiled SmartCord is a special
power cord that has a power-on indicator
(which only lights up when the Pro300 is
turned on), a bright alert light that warns
of radar or laser, and a convenient mute
button right on the plug. It’s perfect for any
car where reaching the detector’s mute
button on the windshield is a stretch.
For discreet night driving, put Pro300
in the Dark mode, and use the SmartCord
for your visual alerts. Other drivers won't
know you have a detector.
An optional Direct-wire SmartCord
is also available.This version includes a
small display module, which can be wired
directly into your electrical system, with
a 10 foot straight cord to route to your
Pro300.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-341-2288.
Pro300’s alphanumeric display consists of
280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive
ultra-bright display of signal strength and
text messages.
Pro300’s standard bar-graph signal
strength meter only displays information
on a single radar signal. If there are multiple
signals present, Pro300’s internal computer
determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
When Pro300 detects radar, it displays
the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar
graph of the signal strength.When Pro300
detects a laser signal, the display will show
“Laser.”
NOTE: If you are operating Pro300 in
the Dark mode, the display will not light
when a signal is detected – only the audio
alert will be heard, and the flashing alert
lamp on the SmartCord.
Threat Display
A few more examples will help you
better see how the Threat Display works.
Pro300’s Threat Display option is an
advanced display for experienced detector
users. Please use Pro300 for a few weeks to
get familiar with its other features before
using Threat Display.
To use the Threat Display instead of
the bar graph signal strength meter, you
must select Threat Display in Pro300’s
Programming (see pages 12-15).
Pro300’s Threat Display simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals and their
relative signal strength.
Threat Display can help you
spot a change in your normal driving
environment; for example, a traffic radar
unit being operated in an area where there
are normally other signals present.
The Threat Display is actually a
miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what
band each signal is and its signal strength.
K9 X1
Here Threat Display shows a strong
K-band signal, and a weak X-band signal.
Ka1 X9
Here Threat Display shows a weak
Ka-band signal, and a strong X-band
signal.
Threat Display Details
The band designators (X, K, Ka) will
stay on the display for a few seconds after
the signal has passed.This allows you to see
what the unit detected, even on very brief
signals.
Tech Display
BEL Pro300’s new Tech Display option is
also for the experienced detector user. In
this mode, Pro300 will display the actual
numeric frequency of the radar signal
being received.
Ka9 K2 X1
Above is the Threat Display if the
Pro300 was detecting a strong Ka-band, a
weak K-band, and a weak X-band signal.
NOTE: If you use Threat Display,
the brief signal shown in the power-on
sequence when you turn on your Pro300
will also be in Threat Display: an X with a
decaying numeric signal.
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K 24.150
Tech Display shows one K-band
signal at 24.150 gigahertz.
NOTE: Even long-time detector users
will require a significant amount of time to
get familiar with this new level of
information about detected signals.
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Programming
Overview of Programming
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your Pro300 for your own
preferences.The buttons labeled CITY and
BRT are also used to enter the Program
Mode, REVIEW your current program
settings, and to CHANGE any settings as
desired.The words PROGRAM, RVW, and
CHG are located on the top of the detector,
and are highlighted in colored graphics.
Pages 14-16 explain each option in more
detail.
An example
Here is how you would turn Pro300’s
AutoMute feature off.
Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The Pro300 will beep twice and
display Program.
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Pilot HWY
Pilot H
Pilot V
* Full word: Highway, AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
VOICE
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
Meter STD
Meter THT
Meter TEC
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
BANDS
Bands ALL
Bands MOD
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
Pro300 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot (Pilot), then Voice
(Voice), then Power-on sequence
(PwrOn), then Signal strength meter
(Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold the CITY and BRT buttons for 2
seconds. The unit will beep twice, and will
display the word Program.
3 Release the RVW button when Pro300
shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory
setting is for AutoMute to be on, Pro300
will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the Pro300 goes
to the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after Pro300 scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again
at the top of the list.
2 Then press the RVW button to
review the current settings.You can
either tap the button to change from item
to item, or hold the button to scroll through
the items.
3 Press the CHG button to change
any setting. You can either tap the button
to change from setting to setting, or hold
the button to scroll through all the options.
4 Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To leave the Program Mode,
simply wait 8 seconds without
pressing any button. The unit will display
Complete, beep 4 times, and return to
normal operation.
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any
button. The Pro300 will display Complete,
beep 4 times, and return to normal
operation.
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* Factory Default Settings
To reset Pro300 to its original
factory settings, press and hold
the “CITY” and “BRT” buttons
while turning the power on.The
Pro300’s display will provide a
Reset message, accompanied by
an audible alert, acknowledging
the reset.
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* Default bands
One or more bands are disabled
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME/MUTE button
X
K
Ka
POP
LSR
SWS
TSR
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ON
ON
USA
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
Intl or OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF (Default is ON)
Details of Programming
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Voice
NOTE:When you are using the Dark mode,
the display will only show HD,AD, or CD,
(Highway-Dark,AutoScan-Dark, or CityDark).
Voice On (Voice alerts on)
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS (if
programmed on) alerts will be
accompanied by a digital voice.
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting, Pro300 will display
“Highway,”“City,” or “Auto” as its power-on
indication. (factory default)
Voice Off (Voice alerts off)
In this setting, only the audio tones will be
heard during an alert or SWS message.
Pilot H (Letter)
In this setting, Pro300 will display “H” for
Highway,“C” for City, and “A” for AutoScan.
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the
Pro300, it will display “Pro300,”“Laser,”“Kaband,”“K-band,”“X-band,”“Safety,” and any
changes to factory settings. (factory default)
Power-on Sequence
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, Pro300 will continually
display “H” for Highway,“C” for City, and
“A” for AutoScan, and the vehicle’s voltage.
If the vehicle’s voltage drops below 10.5
volts, a low voltage warning is displayed,
followed by an audible alert.A high voltage
warning is also given if the voltage goes
above 16.0 volts.The high-voltage warning
is also followed by an audible alert.
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
In this setting, the Pro300 will only provide
a brief audible tone, and will display any
non-factory settings.
Signal Strength Meter
City Mode Sensitivity
MeterSTD (Standard meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the band
of the received signal, and a bar graph
shows the relative signal strength. (factory
default)
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, when you put Pro300 in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly
reduced, to reduce annoyance from Xband intrusion alarms and motion sensors.
(factory default)
MeterTHT (Threat Display)
In this setting, the meter simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals, including
relative signal strength for each.
NOTE:The Threat Display feature is
explained in more detail on pages 10-11.
City LoX (Low X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put Pro300 in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is reduced
more than the standard setting.This will
reduce X band alarms from other sources
even further, but also significantly reduces
range to X band traffic radar.
MeterTEC (Tech Display meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the actual
numeric frequency of the radar signal
received.
NOTE:The Tech Display feature is
explained in more detail on page 11.
City NoX (No X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put Pro300 in
the City mode, it will not respond to any
X band signals. WARNING: Only choose
this setting if you are absolutely
certain that there are no X band traffic
radar units where you drive.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
In this setting, Pro300’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after a
few seconds, the Pro300 will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you
informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
NOTE:These settings only apply when
Pro300 is operated in City mode. X-band
sensitivity is not affected when used in
“AutoScan,” or “Highway” modes.
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, Pro300’s audio alerts
will remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
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Details of Programming
Technical Details
Bands
Features and Specifications
BandsALL
In this setting all radar, laser, and SWS
frequencies are monitored.This is the
factory setting, and it is highly
recommended that you use your Pro300 in
this mode.
Operating Bands
• X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
• K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
• Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
• Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth
Sensitivity Control
• Highway, AutoScan and City
Auto Calibration Circuitry
VG2 Immunity
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
BandsMOD
In this setting, Pro300 will warn you
with an audible alert, and associated text
message stating which band is turned off
(i.e.“SWS OFF”).This warning is displayed
during the start up sequence (standard or
fast).
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Diodes
WARNING: Only modify bands if you
are absolutely certain that there are no
traffic radar units using that specific
band in your area.
Display
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph,Threat Display,
or Tech Display
• 3 Levels of Brightness,
plus Dark Mode
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• SmartCord (included)
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Programmable Features
• Power-On Indication
• Voice Alerts
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Radar / Laser Bands
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Although the Pro300 has a comprehensive
warning system and this handbook is as
complete as we can make it, only experience
will teach you what to expect from your
Pro300 and how to interpret what it tells
you.The specific type of radar being used,
the type of transmission (continuous or
instant-on) and the location of the radar
source affect the radar alerts you receive.
The following examples will give you
an introduction to understanding the
Pro300’s warning system for radar, laser and
safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The Pro300 begins to sound slowly, then the
rate of alert increases.The Signal Meter ramps
accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
Pro300 emits short alerts for a few seconds
and then falls silent only to briefly alert and
fall silent again.
An instant-on radar source is being used
ahead of you and out of your view.
Pro300 suddenly sounds a continuous
tone for the appropriate band received.All
segments in the Signal Strength Meter are lit.
An instant-on radar source or laser source is
being used nearby.This kind of alert requires
immediate attention!
A brief laser alert.
Laser is being used in the area. Because laser
is inherently difficult to detect, any laser alert
may indicate a source very close by.
Pro300 receives weak signals.These signals
may be a little stronger as you pass large,
roadside objects.The signals increase in
frequency.
Alert
Explanation
Pro300 alerts slowly for a while and then
abruptly jumps to a strong alert.
You are approaching a radar unit concealed
by a hill or an obstructed curve.
Pro300 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength
of alerts may be consistent or vary wildly.
A patrol car is traveling in front of you with a
radar source aimed forward. Because signals
are sometimes reflected off of large objects
and sometimes not, the alerts may seem
inconsistent.
Pro300 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength
of signal increases with each alert.
A patrol car is approaching from the other
direction, sampling traffic with instant-on
radar. Such alerts should be taken seriously.
Pro300 gives an X-band, or K-band alert
intermittently.
You are driving through an area populated
with radar motion sensors (door openers,
burglar alarms, etc.). Since these transmitters
are usually contained inside buildings or
aimed toward OR away from you, they are
typically not as strong or lasting as a real radar
encounter.
CAUTION: Since the characteristics of
these alerts may be similar to some of
the preceding examples,
overconfidence in an unfamiliar area
can be dangerous. Likewise, if an alert
in a commonly traveled area is suddenly
stronger or on a different band than
usual, speed radar may be set up nearby.
A moving patrol car with continuous radar is
overtaking you from behind. Because these
signals are reflected (reflections are increased
by large objects), they may or may not
eventually melt into a solid point even when
the patrol car is directly behind you.
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Technical Details
How Radar Works
Radar range also depends on the
power of the radar equipment itself.
The strength of the radar unit’s beam
diminishes with distance.The farther the
radar has to travel, the less energy it has for
speed detection.
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X-Band radar, your Pro300
will occasionally receive non-police radar
signals. Since these X-Band transmitters are
usually contained inside of a building, or
aimed toward the ground, they will
generally produce much weaker readings
than will a true radar encounter.As you
become familiar with the sources of
these pseudo alarms in your daily driving,
they will serve as confirmation that your
Pro300’s radar detection abilities are fully
operational.
Traffic radar, which consists of microwaves,
travels in straight lines and is easily
reflected by objects such as cars, trucks,
even guardrails and overpasses. Radar
works by directing its microwave beam
down the road.As your vehicle travels into
range, the microwave beam bounces off
your car, and the radar antenna looks for
the reflections. Using the Doppler Principle,
the radar equipment then calculates your
speed by comparing the frequency of
the reflection of your car to the original
frequency of the beam sent out.
Traffic radar has limitations, the most
significant of these being that it typically
can monitor only one target at a time. If
there is more than one vehicle within
range, it is up to the radar operator to
decide which target is producing the
strongest reflection. Since the strength of
the reflection is affected by both the size
of the vehicle and its proximity to the
antenna, it is difficult for the radar operator
to determine if the signal is from a sports
car nearby or a semi-truck several hundred
feet away.
How “POP” Works
“POP” mode is a relatively new feature for
radar gun manufacturers. It works by
transmitting an extremely short burst,
within the allocated band, to identify
speeding vehicles in traffic. Once the target
is identified, or “POPPED,” the gun is then
turned to its normal operating mode to
provide a vehicle tracking history, (required
by law).
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How Laser (Lidar) Works
There are limitations to LIDAR equipment. LIDAR is much more sensitive to
weather conditions than RADAR, and a
LIDAR gun’s range will be decreased by
anything affecting visibility such as rain,
fog, or smoke.A LIDAR gun cannot operate
through glass and it must be stationary in
order to get an accurate reading. Because
LIDAR must have a clear line of sight and
is subject to cosine error (an inaccuracy,
which increases as the angle between the
gun and the vehicle, increases) police
typically use LIDAR equipment parallel to
the road or from an overpass. LIDAR can be
used day or night.
Laser speed detection is actually LIDAR
(Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR
guns project a beam of invisible infrared
light.The signal is a series of very short
infrared light energy pulses, which move,
in a straight line, reflecting off your car and
returning to the gun. LIDAR uses these light
pulses to measure the distance to a vehicle.
Speed is then calculated by measuring how
quickly these pulses are reflected given the
known speed of light.
LIDAR (or laser) is a newer technology
and is not as widespread as conventional
radar, therefore, you may not encounter
laser on a daily basis.And unlike radar
detection, laser detection is not prone to
false alarms. Because LIDAR transmits a
much narrower beam than does radar, it is
much more accurate in its ability to distinguish between targets and is also more
difficult to detect. AS A RESULT, EVEN
THE BRIEFEST LASER ALERT SHOULD
BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
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Technical Details
TSR Traffic Sensor Rejection
How Safety Radar Works
Your radar detector includes a new
optional boost in anti-falsing software to
eliminate excessive alerts from erroneous X
and K-band sources. One example of this is
traffic flow monitoring systems.These
systems, which are becoming more widely
used in several countries, generate K-band
signals to measure the flow of traffic on a
given road. Unfortunately most detectors
see this as a real threat and will
alert you to it unnecessarily. Our
new proprietary software (TSR),
intelligently sorts, ranks and rejects this
type of false alarm automatically.The result
is ultimate protection without excessive
false alarms.
The TSR software is turned on by
default in the Programming section of your
detector. If you believe this type of system
isn’t used in your area, you can simply turn
it off. Otherwise, your detector is ready to
start protecting you right out of the box.
If you have any questions about this
new feature, please give us a call or visit our
website for more details.
Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a
modified K-band radar signal.The SWS safety
radar system has 64 possible messages (60
currently allocated).The SWS messages
your Pro300 can display are listed on the
facing page.
From the factory, your Pro300 is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
SWS is used in your area, your Pro300 will
display the safety messages associated with
the signal. If you wish to detect this system,
use the Programming feature to turn
Pro300’s SWS decoding ON.
NOTE: Some of the safety messages
have been condensed, so that each message
can be displayed on one or two screens on
Pro300’s eight-character display.
Since Safety radar technology is
relatively new, and the number of
transmitters in operation is not yet
widespread, you will not receive Safety
signals on a daily basis. Do not be surprised
if you encounter emergency vehicles, road
hazards and railroad crossings that are
unequipped with these transmitters.As
Safety transmitters become more prevalent
(the number of operating transmitters
is growing every day), these Safety radar
signals will become more common.
For more information and details
about SWS safety radar, visit their web site
at www.safetyradar.com.
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SWS Text Messages
Highway Construction or Maintenance
1 Work Zone Ahead
2 Road Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
3 Bridge Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
4 Highway Work Crews Ahead
5 Utility Work Crews Ahead
6 All Traffic Follow Detour Ahead
7 All Trucks Follow Detour Ahead
8 All Traffic Exit Ahead
9 Right Lane Closed Ahead
10 Center Lane Closed Ahead
11 Left Lane Closed Ahead
12 For future use
Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
13 Stationary Police Vehicle Ahead
14 Train Approaching/At Crossing
15 Low Overpass Ahead
16 Drawbridge Up
17 Observe Drawbridge Weight Limit
18 Rock Slide Area Ahead
19 School Zone Ahead
20 Road Narrows Ahead
21 Sharp Curve Ahead
22 Pedestrian Crossing Ahead
23 Deer/Moose Crossing
24 Blind/Deaf Child Area
25 Steep Grade Ahead/Truck Use Low Gear
26 Accident Ahead
27 Poor Road Surface Ahead
28 School Bus Loading/Unloading
29 No Passing Zone
30 Dangerous Intersection Ahead
31 Stationary Emergency Vehicle Ahead
32 For future use
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Weather Related Hazards
33 High Wind Ahead
34 Severe Weather Ahead
35 Heavy Fog Ahead
36 High Water/Flooding Ahead
37 Ice On Bridge Ahead
38 Ice On Road Ahead
39 Blowing Dust Ahead
40 Blowing Sand Ahead
41 Blinding Snow Whiteout Ahead
42 For future use
Travel Information/Convenience
43 Rest Area Ahead
44 Rest Area With Service Ahead
45 24 Hour Fuel Service Ahead
46 Inspection Station Open
47 Inspection Station Closed
48 Reduced Speed Area Ahead
49 Speed Limit Enforced
50 Hazardous Materials Exit Ahead
51 Congestion Ahead/Expect Delay
52 Expect 10 Minute Delay
53 Expect 20 Minute Delay
54 Expect 30 Minute Delay
55 Expect 1 Hour Delay
56 Traffic Alert/Tune AM Radio
57 Pay Toll Ahead
58 Trucks Exit Right
59 Trucks Exit Left
60 For future use
Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles
61 Emergency Vehicle In Transit
62 Police In Pursuit
63 Oversize Vehicle In Transit
64 Slow Moving Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Pro300 does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block Pro300’s
radar antenna and that the laser lens is not behind tinted areas.
• Determine if your vehicle has an Instaclear®, ElectriClear®
or solar reflective windshield which may deflect radar or laser
signals.
• Pro300 may be in City Mode.
Pro300 beeps briefly at the same
location every day, but no radar
source is in sight.
• An X-band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is located
within range of your route.With time, you will learn
predictable patterns of these signals.
Problem
Solution
Pro300 feels very warm.
• It is normal for Pro300 to feel warm.
Pro300 will not turn on.
• Check that the power is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try Pro300 in another vehicle.
Explanation of Displays
Pro300 did not alert when a police
car was in view.
• VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) a
stopwatch method of speed detection, may be in use.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
AD
Sensitivity control is in Auto mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
HD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
Pro300 did not provide a Safety
signal while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
No display
Pro300 is in the Dark mode, and is programmed for Dark All (page 9)
Pro300’s display is not working.
• Press the BRT button to deactivate Dark Mode.
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
Pro300’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• Pro300 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
Pro300 bounces or sags on
windshield.
• Pro300 is not making contact with the windshield to
provide stability.While holding down Pro300’s QuickMount
button, slide Pro300 toward the windshield so that the back
top edge makes firm contact.
Caution
Pro300 has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 22-23)
X5, or K5,
or KA9 etc.
Pro300 has been programmed in the Threat Display mode (page 10-11)
VG2
Pro300 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
Pro300’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
Pro300 to be briefly disconnected.
Your 14-year old son has changed
all 7 of the Programming options.
You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the CITY and BRT buttons while
you turn Pro300 on.
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Service
Warranty and Accessories
Service Procedure
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your Pro300 ever needs service, please
follow these simple steps:
For out of warranty repairs, include
prepayment in the amount you were
quoted by the Beltronics Customer Service
Representative. If the detector has been
damaged, abused or modified, the repair
cost will be calculated on a parts and labor
basis. If it exceeds the basic repair charge,
you will be contacted with a quotation.
If the additional payment is not received
within 30 days (or if you notify us that you
choose not to have your Pro300 repaired
at the price quoted), your Pro300 will be
returned, without repair. Payment can be
made by check, money order, or credit card.
1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
2 Call us at 1-800-341-2288.We may be
able to solve your problem over the phone.
If the problem requires that you send your
Pro300 to the factory for repair, we will
provide you with a Service Order Number,
which must be included on the outside of
your shipping box.
Ship Pro300 and Power Cord To:
Enclose the following information with
your Pro300:
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing.
BELTRONICS
Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your Pro300 postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your
Pro300.
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BELTRONICS One Year Limited Warranty
What this warranty covers: BELTRONICS
warrants your Product against all defects in materials and workmanship.
For how long: One (1) year from the date of the
original purchase.
What we will do: BELTRONICS, at our discretion,
will either repair or replace your Product free of
charge.
What we will not do: BELTRONICS will not pay
shipping charges that you incur for sending your
product to us.
What you must do to maintain this warranty:
Show original proof of purchase from an authorized BELTRONICS dealer.
Warranty Exclusions: Warranty does not apply to
your product under any of the following conditions:
1.The serial number has been removed or modified.
2.Your product has been subjected to misuse or
damage (including water damage, physical abuse,
and/or improper installation). 3.Your product has
been modified in any way. 4.You do not supply
original proof-of purchase or your receipt or proofof-purchase is from a non-authorized dealer or
internet auction site including E-bay, U-bid, or other
non-authorized seller or resellers. 5.You are not the
original purchaser of the radar detector from an
authorized dealer or did not receive it as a gift from
the original purchaser of the radar detector from an
authorized dealer.
To obtain service: 1. Contact BELTRONICS (1-800341-2288) to obtain a Return Authorization number.
2. Properly pack your product and include: your
name, complete return address, written description
of the problem with your product, daytime
telephone number, and a copy of the original
purchase receipt. 3. Label the outside of the
package clearly with your Return Authorization
number. Ship the product pre-paid (insured, for
your protection) to: Beltronics Inc, 5442 West
Chester Rd.,West Chester, OH 45069.
LIMITATION OF WARRANTY: EXCEPT AS
EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN,YOU ARE
ACQUIRING THE PRODUCT “AS IS”AND “WHERE
IS,”WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY.
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BELTRONICS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY
REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE CONCERNING
THE MERCHANTABILITY AND SUITABILITY OF
THE PRODUCT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
BELTRONICS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR
CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL
DAMAGES INCLUDING,WITHOUT LIMITATION,
DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE, MISUSE OR
MOUNTING OF THE PRODUCT.The above
limitations or exclusions shall be limited to the
extent they violate the laws of any particular state.
BELTRONICS is not responsible for products lost
in shipment between the owner and our service
center.
Other legal rights: This Warranty gives you
specific rights.You may have other legal rights,
which vary, from state to state.
BELTRONICS Extended Service Plan
BELTRONICS offers an optional extended
service plan. Contact BELTRONICS for
details (1-800-341-2288).
Accessories
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for BEL Pro300:
Standard Coiled SmartCord
$29.95
Direct-wire SmartCord
$29.95
Detector Accessory Kit
$14.95
Zippered Travel Case
$14.95
Windshield Single Cup Mount $14.95
Windshield Suction Cups Mount $9.95
Visor Clip Mount
$7.95
See all of our products and accessories at
www.beltronicspro.com
Features, specifications and prices are
subject to change without notice.
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