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Whistler PRO-3600 Owner`s manual
OWNER’S MANUAL
PRO-3600
LASER/RADAR DETECTOR
THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC.
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
3604 NW Frontage Rd.
Bentonville, AR 72712
TEL: 479.273.6012 FX: 479.273.2927
P/N 202902, © The Whistler Group, Inc. 2010
www.whistlergroup.com
www.whistlergroup.com
INTRODUCTION
If you have questions concerning the
operation of this Whistler product please call:
CuSTOmer SeRVICE
1-800-531-0004
Monday - Friday • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT
or visit our website
www.whistlergroup.com
Please keep the receipt in a safe place.
You may register your product online at
www.whistlergroup.com. For warranty
verification purposes, a copy of your dated
store receipt must still accompany any unit
sent in for warranty work. If the unit is
returned without a dated store receipt an
out of warranty service charge applies.
Note: Your warranty period begins at the
time of purchase. The warranty is validated
only by the dated store receipt! Now is the
time to record the serial number of the unit
in the space provided in the warranty section
of the manual.
Dear Whistler Customer,
Whistler has utilized its high performance antenna design and
incorporated it into a totally new remote installed Laser/Radar
detector! This model not only packs features common with
Whistler’s high end models such as Ka Max Mode, RSID, LSID,
4 Filter modes and Real Voice but it was designed up front to
be expandable for future accessories.
The Pro-3600 maintains the easy to install nature of previous
remote units and many of their unique features, such as:
Multi-Directional Text Display, Compact Display Module,
Outside Temperature, Battery Voltmeter and Flexible
Mounting options. New features include its modular design
for expandability and an Alert LED that can double as a faux
auto security alarm indicator.
The optional GPS module (model number: RLC-360) provides
you with unique features not found on units without GPS such
as: Compass Headings, Clock, Vehicle Speed, Max Speed,
Trip Time and Miles, known Red Light/Speed Camera
Locations, Automatic Auto Quiet and Filter Modes with
Speed, Adjustable Over Speed Warning and more.
The Pro-3600 is loaded with user friendly features. To utilize
your unit to its full potential, we recommend reading this
entire manual or visit our FAQ page on our web site
www.whistlergroup.com.
Enjoy your new Whistler and please drive safely.
Sincerely,
The Whistler Group, Inc.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Model Features Summary................................................ 4 - 5
Operation ......................................................................... 6 - 22
• Power On and Self-Test
• Memory/Beep Confirmation
• Auto Level Adjustment
• Auto Quiet/Quiet Modes
• City/City 1/City2 Modes
• Highway Mode
• Selectable Signal Strength Meter
• Understanding the Display
• Temperature Display
• Dim/Dimmer/Dark Modes
• Horizontal/Vertical Viewing
• Vehicle Battery Saver Mode
• Filter Mode
• Ka Max Mode
• Radar Signature ID (RSID)
• Laser Signature ID (LSID)
• Adjustable Laser
• Red Light/Speed Camera Detection
• Safety Warning System SWS
• Alert Priority
• Integrated Real Voice
• Option Select Mode
• Teach/Tutorial Mode
• POP™ Mode
• Stay Alert™
• Voice Port
• LED Port
• USB Port
• DISP Port
• RADAR1 Port
• RADAR 2 Port
• AUX Ports
• Laser Port
• GPS Port
• Setting Saver
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Radar, Laser and SWS Alerts ...................................... 23 - 24
• Radar Alerts
• Pulse Protection®
• Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts
• Laser Audio/Visual Alerts
• Alert Priority
• Reset Features
• Care and Maintenance
Troubleshooting Guide ................................................ 25 - 26
FCC Information ................................................................... 26
Are Detectors Legal? ........................................................... 27
Speed Monitoring Technologies ................................ 27 - 30
• POP™ Mode
• Laser Facts
• Laser Tips
• Radar Facts
• Other Speed Detection Systems
• Radar Detector Detectors
Warranty Information................................................... 31 - 34
Specifications ......................................................................... 34
Accessories ............................................................................. 35
WHISTLER FEATURES
WHISTLER FEATURES
Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendly design provides a new
level of operating convenience and expandability.
Voice Module
Special features include:
• Voice Module – Provides distinct audio and voice
warnings for X, K, Ka band radar, safety warning
system, Compass N, S, E, W prompts, and laser.
Module also adjusts the maximum audio level.
Control Panel
Laser/Radar Antenna
• Laser-Radar Antenna - Compact, high performance
antenna receives laser as well as radar signals. Pro-3600
detects the Laser Atlanta Steath Mode laser gun!
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Control Panel - Provides distinct visual confirmation of
signals detected, signal strength, and indicates
engaged modes of operation. The display can also be
mounted 3 different ways and displayed correctly.
Four buttons allow access to the unit’s features.
Temperature
Probe
Interface Box (iBox) – Central module provides power
and communication to all modules.
Interface Cable
Reset Button
Alert/Security LED – Provides additional visual
notification of alerts. When selected in Option Select
Mode, this LED doubles as a faux security flashing LED.
Note:
Specifications and appearance may change without notice.
Interface Box
Alert/Security LED
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OPERATION
OPERATION
Power On and Self-Test
Each time your Whistler detector is turned on, an automatic
self-test sequence confirms that the speaker and visual
displays are functional.
• Press PWR or apply Power. Display shows:
Auto Quiet Mode
Auto Quiet mode reduces the selected audio level
approximately 5 seconds after a radar or safety radar signal
is detected. The alert for any new signal within 20 seconds
will resume at the lower level. Auto Quiet mode does not
affect laser alerts.
• Press Quiet (before a signal is detected) to engage
Auto Quiet mode.
WHISTLER, X-band, K-band, Ka-band, LASER NORM, SR
OFF, VOICE ON, POP OFF, B SVR 6, FILTER, HIGHWAY
To turn the unit off:
• Press and release PWR briefly and the display will
show a 5 second count down before powering off. If
you pressed the power button by mistake, press the
PWR button again during this 5 second period will
cancel power down.
• If the unit is powered by a switched 12 volt source the
unit will turn off when the ignition key is removed.
Memory/Beep Confirmation
All features selected (except Stay Alert and Quiet) are
retained in memory. Each time a button is pressed one beep
confirms feature “on”, two beeps confirm feature “off”.
•
Once the Auto Quiet mode is engaged, you may
cancel the audio alarm by pressing Quiet.
• Press Quiet (when the unit is not alarming) to cancel
Auto Quiet mode.
Note: Speed selectable Auto Quiet is available with the
optional RLC-360 GPS module.
Audio Level Adjustment
To change the audio level:
• Move Volume control on the voice module back to
increase audio level.
• Move Volume control on the voice module forward to
decrease audio level.
Quiet Mode
Quiet mode cancels audio during an alert and any new alert
within 20 seconds. After 20 seconds of no radar signal
detected, the audio alerts are restored.
• Press Quiet to cancel the audio.
• Press Quiet a second time during an alert to restore
the standard audio alert pattern.
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OPERATION
OPERATION
City/City 1/City 2 Modes
Whistler’s City Modes are designed to reduce the annoyance
of automatic door openers, intrusion alarms and other
devices which share frequencies with police radar. Generally,
X band is used for these devices.
• Press City to cancel Highway Mode and engage City
Mode.
Highway Mode
Highway mode provides full audio warnings any time radar (X,
K, Ka, and Safety Radar) or laser signals are detected, and is
recommended for open road driving. For more information on
City and Highway modes, please visit our F.A.Q. page on our
website: www.whistlergroup.com
Compass/Temp/Volt/Speed
Normal
then
• Press City again to enter City 1 Mode.
then
• Press City again to enter City 2 Mode.
then
Selectable Signal Strength Display
There are two settings available in Option Mode that effect how
a received radar signal strength is displayed. The “RMP STD”
(ramp standard) option uses our standard signal progression
from level 1 to 9. The “RMP FST” (ramp fast) option increases
the progression from level 1 to 9. RMP FST increases the
response of the signal strength meter for all bands.
• Press City a fourth time to cancel City 2 Mode and
returns the unit to Highway Mode.
then
In City Mode, weak speed/safety radar signals give an initial
alarm of two beeps, and then remain quiet until the signal
becomes very strong. When the signal strength increases,
two additional beeps are provided. City 1 and City 2 Modes
operate the same as Highway Mode, but in City 1 Mode, only
the X band is lowered. In City 2 Mode, X-band is not
detected.
1 = weak signal, 9 = strong signal
Caution: Some towns/small cities may still be using X band
radar. City Modes do not change the audio alert for laser.
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OPERATION
OPERATION
Understanding the Display
The Pro-3600’s display can be set up to show Heading* and Mode
of Operation (Highway and City modes). In-between the Heading
and Mode of Operation one of the following can be displayed;
Temperature, Voltage or Clock*.
Temperature Display
The unit can be programmed to display either Fahrenheit or
Celsius. See Option Select Mode. Display shows:
Heading
to
Mode of Operation
Selecting the Default Feature to be displayed
Press and hold the Dark button for four seconds or until 2 beeps
are heard. The display will change from Temperature to Voltage.
Pressing and holding the Dark button again for four seconds will
change the display to show the Clock. Repeat and Temperature
is once again selected.
Momentarily Display Features
Press and hold the Dark button for 2 seconds or until 1 beep is
heard and the unit will scroll and display the following for 3
seconds each: Temperature, Voltage, Clock and Vehicle Speed*
and then return to the default feature. Note: When unit is
displaying the vehicle speed the radar antenna is turned off!
• Ice Warning Mode: When temperature drops to 32 F display
shows:
Unit then gives a unique warning tone. This will happen again if
the temperature rises to 35 degrees or above then falls below 32
degrees.
When either Hi T or Lo T is displayed the limits of the temperature
sensor have been reached. Note: Temperature may rise while
vehicle is stopped and idling, this is normal.
Error Messages
Flashing character will be displayed in place of the Heading,
Clock or Speed when the GPS module is acquiring a signal.
Display showing “NO F”, “NO : ”, “NO V” indicates that
Temperature, Clock and Voltmeter have been turned off in
Option Mode.
*Heading, Clock and Speed are available with the optional RLC360 GPS module.
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OPERATION
Dim/Dimmer/Dark Modes
Dim/Dimmer/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button to reduce
illumination to a Dim setting.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button a second time
engages Dimmer Mode. The display illumination is further
reduced.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button a third time
engages Dark Mode. In Dark Mode, the display goes dark
for as long as a signal is being detected and for 20
seconds after, then the display returns to the dimmer
setting. Dim Modes can be engaged during an alert.
OPERATION
Horizontal/Vertical Viewing
The display can be mounted in 3 different ways:
•
Horizontally
•
Upside Down
•
Vertically
• Briefly press and release the Dark button a forth time to
restore full illumination to the display.
See Option Select Mode on page 19-20 to change display
viewing.
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OPERATION
OPERATION
Vehicle Battery Saver Mode - Security Mode
Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off the
detector if the unit has constant power.
Four Filter Modes
There are times when a radar detector in another vehicle, can
emit a frequency which can cause your detector to falsely
alarm. The Whistler Filter Mode options provide additional
signal processing to minimize the occurrences of these false
alarms. Filter mode provides normal processing. Filter 1,
Filter 2, and Filter 3 modes provide additional signal analysis
before alarming.
The timer is reset:
1. Each time the detector is turned off
2. The power cord is disconnected or power is removed
to the unit.
3. Any button is pressed before the timer has expired.
The detector will alert you with an audible and visual
warning before it shuts off. This auto off function can
be programmed for the following: Off, 1, 3, or 6 hours.
During this warning you can reset the timer by
pressing any button. If the unit has automatically
turned itself off, press the Power button to turn the
unit back on.
Security Mode
When the unit is powered off by the Vehicle Battery Saver
Mode or by pressing the power button, the Security LED will
begin to flash if the security LED option is turned on. This
simulates a vehicle alarm system.
Refer to “Option Select Mode” for instructions for changing
the Vehicle Battery Saver/Security Mode settings.
Filter Mode is the factory default setting and should provide
adequate filtering for most conditions. If you experience
excessive alerts due to radar detectors in other vehicles, try
Filter 1, Filter 2, and then Filter 3 modes. Filter Mode analysis
occurs in Highway Mode and all City Modes. See Option
Selection Mode to change the filter settings.
Note: Speed selectable Filter is available with the optional
GPS module.
Ka Max Mode
Ka Max Mode provides enhanced Ka sensitivity - increased
detection. This mode can be selected with or without RSID.
See Option Select Mode for changing Ka options.
Whistler has two new exciting features that will assist the
driving enthusiast to further identify threats from Laser and Ka
band radar guns.
Radar Signature ID (RSID) with Voice Prompts
Identify the difference between the likelihood of a Ka threat vs.
the likelihood of a Ka false from another source (possible radar
detector).
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OPERATION
OPERATION
The Ka RSID feature will educate you to the common Ka speed
radar guns by displaying and announcing the nominal police
radar frequencies of 33.8GHz / 34.0GHz / 34.3GHz / 34.7GHz /
35.5GHz. The Ka alerts that do not fall into the common Ka
speed radar windows will be reported only as Ka.
Adjustable Laser Receiver
If these alerts are bothersome, you may wish to turn on the
LSID feature and make note of the PPS rate for these
occurrences.
Note: This product is not a frequency counter. The unit will
categorize the received Ka signal and select the appropriate
information. Treat every Ka alert with caution.
Laser Signature ID (LSID)
Identify the Laser gun’s pulse rate or PPS (Pulses per Second)
that is transmitted by the speed laser gun. LSID may also be
used to identify other forms of laser sources such as LACC
(Laser Assisted Cruise Control) systems found in some high end
vehicles. If the Laser PPS information displayed is due to
another source such as local airports or LACC, LSID allows you
to Lock Out this rate from giving you the continuous audio alert
during this and any new encounter of the same rate. To lock out
a PPS, press the Quiet button during the Laser alert. This will
place an * on the screen beside the PPS rate and Lock Out this
signature ID. Any new encounter with the same Laser Signature
ID will provide the display information and two quick beeps.
Note: Common Laser PPS rates used in the USA are 100 / 125
/ 130 / 200 / 238 / 380Hz. Currently other Laser PPS rates used
outside the USA include 600Hz.
Caution: Do not lock out a PPS rate if it is close to known speed
laser guns.
The laser validation windows are separated into 4 groupings
allowing for customization to eliminate and/or make less
frequent the number of laser alerts from these non police
sources such as airports, laser assisted cruise control systems
and more.
An example of this may be to shorten the first window from
.05-1.0 to .05-.90, the second window can be adjusted from
1.0-2.0 to 1.2-2.0. You now have ignored any laser that has
an average PPS rate between 900Hz and 1200Hz. Validation
will occur from 50Hz to 900Hz, and resume from 1200Hz to
2000Hz.
adjustable begining
adjustable ending
.05-1.0Y
1 of the 4 Laser Windows
If laser within a group is not used in your country, you may
shut off that group (change the selection from Y to N while
in Option Select Mode) by pressing the PWR and DARK
button at the same time then releasing.
Red Light/Speed Camera Detection
The Pro-3600 is capable of alerting to these locations with
the optional RLC-360 GPS module and Veri-Light Database.
TM
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OPERATION
SWS™
Safety Warning System™ In communities where transmitters
are located, the Safety Warning System™ displays over 60
text messages. When an SWS signal is detected the audio
alert is Geiger counter-like.
Safety Warning System Text Message
Example: Poor - Road - Surface.
OPERATION
Option Select Mode
Press and hold the Quiet button to enter Option Select
Mode. Upon entering Menu mode, pressing the Quiet
button will step thru in an ascending order while pressing the
City button will step thru in a decending order.
Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning System™
transmitters.
Alert Priority
When two or more signals are received at the same time, the
alert priority is:
1. Laser
2. Speed Radar
3. Safety Radar
Example: If X band is alerting, then suddenly a laser signal is
detected, the laser warning will override the X band alert.
Integrated Real Voice®
Real Voice® will be used to articulate the following:
1. Band Identification
2. Safety Warning System™ categories
NOTE: Voice message may not replicate the text message.
3. Feature Selection
4. Optional GPS Red Light/Speed Camera information
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OPERATION
Note: GPS features are for use with the Optional Whistler
RLC-360 GPS module.
Press and hold Quiet anytime to exit. Option mode will
automatically exit if no buttons are pressed within 20
seconds.
OPERATION
Teach/Tutorial Mode
Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.
• Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release.
Display shows:
POP™ Mode Alerts
Because POP™ Mode radar utilizes the same K or Ka band
frequencies, POP™ Mode Alerts will initially be displayed as POP K
or POP Ka then switch to band and signal strength.
Stay Alert Feature
The Stay Alert Feature is designed to test a driver’s alertness.
To engage (when the unit is not alarming):
• Press and hold the City button for approximately 2 seconds.
Release the button during or immediately after the alert is
given. Display shows:
Within 30-60 seconds, two beeps are sounded; to show alertness, the
driver must press either the City, Menu, or Quiet buttons within 3-5
seconds. If a button is pressed within 3-5 seconds, the cycle is
repeated. Before unit alerts, press PWR to exit this feature. If a button
is not pressed within 3-5 seconds, an alarm sounds and the display
shows:
• Press the DARK button to exit during the Get Rest message.
WARNING!!! Stay Alert is NOT intended as a substitute for adequate
rest. You should NOT operate a vehicle if you are drowsy. During
extended periods of vehicle operation, you should take frequent
breaks. Improper reliance on the Stay Alert feature may result in
vehicle damage, personal injury or death. NEVER OPERATE A
VEHICLE IF YOU ARE DROWSY.
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OPERATION
VOICE Port
This port allows use of the Whistler Voice Module. Any other device may
damage the unit and void your warranty.
LED Port
This port provides additional visual alert as well as simulated security alarm
flashing LED when the unit is powered off by the power button.
USB Port
This port allows product updates to be installed via a USB flash drive (not
included) connected to the supplied USB cable.
DISP Port
This port is for the unit’s display module.
RADAR1 Port
This port is for the Front laser/radar antenna module.
RADAR2 Port
This port is for the optional Rear laser/radar antenna module.
When using the optional rear laser/radar antenna, it is recommended that POP
be turned off.
AUX 1, AUX 2, AUX 3 Ports
These ports allow the use of additional optional modules such as the laser
receiver for enhanced coverage. NOTE: Front laser is built into the radar unit.
Check www.whistlergroup.com for available modules.
GPS Port
This port is for the optional RLC-360 GPS antenna.
IMPORTANT: Specific modules need to be connected to their
proper port. Before connecting power to the unit double check that
the correct module is plugged into its correct port.
Setting Saver
Setting Saver saves your personalized settings so that when the
detector is turned off and then on again, you do not have to
re-enter them.
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RADAR/LASER ALERTS
LASER/RADAR ALERTS
Speed Radar Audio/Visual Alerts When X, K or Ka is
detected, the band ID and signal strength are displayed.
The audio alert is continuous and has a Geiger counter-like
pattern. The faster the beep, the closer or stronger the
radar source.
Laser Audio/Visual Alerts
When a laser signal is detected the word “Laser” and bar
graph is displayed, the audio alert is continuous for a
minimum of 3 seconds.
Example:
An asterisk is displayed when the optional laser antenna
receives a signal.
Example:
Pulse Protection®
Pulse (or instant-on) radar is more of a threat than
conventional radar because it remains “off” until activated
to measure the speed of a targeted vehicle. When a pulse
type transmission is detected, your Whistler detector
sounds an urgent 3-second audio warning and the display
shows:
After the 3-second pulse alert, the standard alert pattern
continues for as long as the signal is present.
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RADAR/LASER ALERTS - RESET FEATURES
TROUBLESHOOTING
It is important to respond promptly to a pulse alert, since
warning time may be minimal.
Care and Maintenance
Do not spray water, cleaners or polishes directly onto the
unit. The spray may penetrate through the openings and
damage the unit. Also, do not use any abrasive cleaners on
the unit’s exterior.
Reset Features
All user features can be reset to factory settings.
• Remove Power from the unit.
• Press and hold the Power and Quiet buttons.
• Restore Power to the unit.
• Wait for 2 beeps.
• Release the Power and Quiet buttons.
• Or press the reset button on the iBox.
Unit is now reset to the following features and settings.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
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9.
10.
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12.
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15.
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20.
Temperature display ON
City/Highway to Highway.
Dim/Dimmer/Dark Mode
to full illumination of display.
Auto Quiet Mode OFF.
Filter.
Voice ON.
All Bands ON
Laser NORM
Lsr window reset and .05 -1.0 is Y
Vehicle Battery Saver ON/6hrs.
POP™ Mode OFF.
Safety OFF.
Full Power Up sequence.
Default TONE 3.
Volt YES.
TEMP F.
Display to Normal orientation.
Ramp up STD.
LED BLNK
Seat Belt YES
21. LED Green
22. Security LED YES
23. GPS NO
OPTIONAL GPS RELATED FEATURES
24. DST NO
25. Local -5 (Eastern)
26. Clock YES
27. Alarm OFF
28. REST OFF
29. Compass YES
30. Compass Voice NO
31. SPEED MPH
32. Over SPD 80
33. Auto Quiet SPD 0
34. Auto Filter SPD 0
35. High Speed: Cleared
36. Odometer: Cleared
37. Estimated Trip Time: Cleared
38. Alarm Radius: 400
39. Delete Radius: 400
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Your Whistler detector is expertly engineered and designed
to exacting quality standards to provide you with reliable,
trouble-free operation. If your unit has been correctly
installed following the guidelines in this manual, but is not
operating optimally, please refer to the troubleshooting
guide below.
PROBLEM: No display or audio.
• Check fuse in power cable, replace if necessary.
• Check fuse in fuse box, replace if necessary.
• Make sure power cable is properly grounded.
PROBLEM: Unit alarms when vehicle equipment or
electrical accessories (brakes, power mirrors/windows,
directionals, horn, etc.)
• Check conditions of vehicle’s electrical system, including
battery and alternator.
PROBLEM: Audio alerts are not loud enough.
• Cancel Auto Quiet Mode or City Mode.
• Check audio level setting.
• Check the voice module’s volume control.
• Check Speed Selective Auto Quiet Setting if GPS
module is connected.
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TROUBLESHOOTING - FCC INFO
SPEED MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES
PROBLEM: Display shows an error code. Codes are listed in the
ARE DETECTORS LEGAL?
In Most States YES. Laser-Radar detectors are legal in every
state (except Virginia and Washington, D.C., which have local
regulations restricting the use of radar receivers in any
vehicle) when used in automobiles or light trucks (under 10,000
lbs.).
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a
regulation, effective January, 1994 which prohibits radar and
laser detector use in vehicles over 10,000 lbs. Prior to the FHWA
regulation, laws existed in New York restricting the use of radar
detectors in trucks over 18,000 lbs. and in Illinois in trucks over
26,000 lbs.
installation manual.
• Warning communicates a problem at the Interface Box.
• Check connections in the Interface Box.
• Perform “reset features.”
• See dealer/installer.
If a T error occurs:
• Press P/V to turn off unit.
• Check connections in the Interface Box.
• See dealer/installer.
NOTE: This T error occurs only at Power Up.
If difficulties occur which cannot be solved by information in
this Troubleshooting Guide, please call Whistler Customer
Service at 1-800-531-0004 or visit our F.A.Q. page at
www.whistlergroup.com, before returning your unit for
service.
FCC INFORMATION
FCC ID: HSXWH20 This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device many not cause harmful
interference, (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
POP™ Mode
POP™ Mode is a feature on some newer radar guns operating
on K and Ka bands. When the gun is in POP™ Mode and
activated, a brief burst of energy, less that 1/15 of a second, is
transmitted and the vehicle’s speed is quickly acquired. A
detector without POP™ Mode detection capability cannot
respond to this brief transmission.
Important: FCC requirements state that changes or
modifications not expressly approved by Whistler could void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Laser Facts
It’s well documented that many radar guns cannot reliably
provide the speed of a targeted vehicle that is traveling in a
group of vehicles. In contrast, a laser gun can target a specific
vehicle out of a line of traffic and determine its speed. The
advantage of laser over radar in terms of target identification is
the result of the laser gun’s narrow beam. A radar gun’s
transmission can cover more than a four-lane highway at a
distance of 1,000 feet, compared with a laser gun’s transmission
which covers about 3 feet at the same distance.
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SPEED MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES
SPEED MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES
For best protection, keep these points in mind:
• Because the vehicle’s license plate or headlights are the
laser gun’s primary targets, mounting the Whistler
detector on the dashboard can improve laser detection at
short range.
• Do not follow closely behind any vehicle you cannot see
through. If you can’t see past a vehicle ahead of you,
chances are your detector can’t either.
• The receiving range of your laser detector will not be the
same as a radar detector. Laser guns are most often used
at short range. Whistler Laser-Radar detectors receive all
current laser guns which operate at a laser wavelength of
905 +/- 50nm.
Radar Facts - Continued
Currently, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
permits operation of traffic radar guns at X Band (10.500 10.550 GHz), K Band (24.050 - 24.250 GHz), and Ka Band
(33.400 - 36.000 GHz).
Note: Your radar detector is designed to alarm if an officer
is transmitting on any one of the above radar bands.
Laser Tips
If you are the targeted vehicle, a laser gun can often
determine your speed within a few seconds after you receive
an alert. In this situation, there is generally no time to safely
adjust your speed. However, if you are traveling near or
behind the targeted vehicle and receive an alert, response
time should be sufficient. Any laser alert, regardless of
duration, requires immediate action.
Radar Facts
A radar gun operates by transmitting radio waves at certain
frequencies which reflect off objects and are picked up by
the radar gun’s receiving section. When a radar beam reflects
off a moving target, a measurable frequency shift occurs. The
radar unit converts this shift into miles per hour to determine
your vehicle’s speed.
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Other Speed Detection Systems
Several techniques other than radar or laser are used to
measure vehicle speeds. When these methods are being
used, no detector can provide a warning.
These techniques include:
• Pacing - A patrol car drives behind you and
matches your driving speed.
• Vascar/Aircraft - The police measure the time it takes
your vehicle to travel a known distance.
Radar Detector Detectors: VG-2, Spectre
The Interceptor VG-2 or simply VG-2, is one type of
microwave receiver used by Police to detect signals radiated
by the local oscillator of a radar detector. Because its
purpose is to identify persons driving with radar detectors,
these devices are known as a “radar detector detector”
(RDD). An RDD is the primary tool used by the police to
identify radar detector equipped vehicles. If caught in a
state or country where detectors are illegal (see page 27),
drivers risk losing their radar detector and receiving a fine. In
addition, instant-on radar is almost always used in
combination with an RDD, leaving unsuspecting motorists
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Radar Detector Detectors: VG-2, Spectre - Continued
vulnerable to receive two tickets; one potential for speeding,
and the other for possession of a detector.
Note: The newest tool Police have to detect radar detectors
is called Spectre. Spectre can detect the majority of
undetectable (VG-2) laser/radar detectors on the market.
It is the responsibility of the individual radar detector
user to know and understand the laws in your area
regarding the legality of the use of radar detectors.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Consumer Warranty
This Whistler Laser-Radar detector is warranted to the
original purchaser for a period of five years from the date
of original purchase against all defects in materials and
workmanship. This limited warranty is void if the unit is
abused, modified, installed improperly, or if the housing
and/or serial numbers have been removed. There are no
express warranties covering this product other than those
set forth in this warranty. All express or implied warranties
for this product are limited to the above time. Whistler is
not liable for damages arising from the use, misuse, or
operation of this product. Note: This warranty does not
include installation or reinstallation charges.
Service Under Warranty
During the warranty period, defective units will be repaired
without charge to the purchaser when returned with a
dated store receipt to the address below. Units returned
without a dated store receipt will be handled as described
in section “Service Out of Warranty.”
Due to the specialized equipment necessary for testing a
Laser-Radar receiver, there are no authorized service
stations for Whistler brand detectors other than Whistler.
When returning a unit for service, please follow these
instructions:
1. Ship the unit in the original carton or in a suitable sturdy
equivalent, fully insured, with return receipt requested to:
Whistler Repair Dept.
551 N. 13th St.
Rogers, AR. 72756
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
WARRANTY/SPECIFICATIONS
Please allow 3 weeks turnaround time. Important: Whistler
will not assume responsibility for loss or damage incurred in
shipping. Therefore, please ship your unit insured with return
receipt requested. CODs will not be accepted!
Service Out of Warranty
Units will be repaired at “out of warranty” service rates when:
2. Include with your unit the following clearly printed
information:
• Your name and street address (for shipping via UPS), a
daytime telephone number and an email address, if
applicable.
• A detailed description of the problem (e.g., “Unit
performs self-test but does not respond `to radar”).
• A copy of your dated store receipt or bill of sale.
3. Be certain your unit is returned with its serial number. For
reference, please write your unit’s serial number in the
following space:
Laser/Radar Antenna s/n ______________________
Control Panel s/n_____________________________
iBox s/n____________________________________
Units without serial numbers are not covered under
warranty.
IMPORTANT: To validate that your unit is within the
warranty period, make sure you keep a copy of your dated
store receipt. You may register your warranty online at
www.whistlergroup.com, however, for warranty verification
purposes, a copy of your dated store receipt must
accompany any unit sent in for warranty work.
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The unit’s original warranty has expired.
A dated store receipt is not supplied.
The unit has been returned without its serial number.
The unit has been abused, modified, installed
improperly, or had its housing removed.
The minimum out of warranty service fee for your Whistler
detector is $95.00 (U.S.). If you require out of warranty
service, please return your unit as outlined in the section
“Service Under Warranty” along with a certified check or
money order for $95.00. Payment may also be made by
MasterCard, VISA, or American Express; personal checks are
not accepted. In the event repairs cannot be covered by the
minimum $95.00 service fee, you will be contacted by a
Whistler technical service specialist who will outline options
available to you. If you elect not to have your unit repaired, it
will be returned to you along with your certified check or
money order.
Important: When returning your unit for service, be certain
to include a daytime telephone number and an email
address (if applicable).
Note: This warranty does not include installation or
reinstallation charges.
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ACCESSORIES
WARRANTY/SPECIFICATIONS
Customer Service
If you have questions concerning the operation of your
Whistler detector, or require service during or after the
warranty period, please call Customer Service at:
1-800-531-0004
Representatives are available to answer your questions
Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT) or visit the
F.A.Q.’s at www.whistlergroup.com.
The following accessories can be ordered directly from Whistler by
calling 1-800-531-0004 or visit our online store at
www.whistlergroup.com
Order Code
Description
Price
RLC-360
GPS Module w/USB cable
$ 129.95
SWRA-36
Rear Laser/Radar Antenna
$ 139.95
LRM-360
Laser Antenna
$ 39.95
SPECIFICATIONS
Radar Frequencies:
10.500 - 10.550 GHz (X Band)
24.050 - 24.250 GHz (K Band)
33.400 - 36.000 GHz (Ka Superwideband)
Shipping and handling (per order) $5.00.
Laser Wavelength: 905 +/- 50 Nanometers (nm)
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Operating Temperature Range:
-10 C to +70 C (+14 F to +158 F)
Power Requirements:
Operational 12 to 15 volts DC, 300mA nominal (4 amp
fuse) Vehicle Battery Saver, 30mA nominal.
NOTE: Nominal power requirement will increase when
optional modules are installed.
One or more U.S. patents may apply: #5,146,227,
#5,379,456, #5,666,120, #5,990,821 #7,215,276
POP™ Mode is a trademark of MPH Industries, Inc.
SWS™ is a trademark of Safety Warning System L.C.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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