Beltronics 950 Operating instructions

Beltronics 950 Operating instructions
Advanced PROTECTION System
with Shadow Technology
BEL 980 &
BEL 950
Operating instructions for models 980 & 950
Thank you for purchasing a bel 980 or bel 950
Radar/Laser/Safety detector with the Advanced Protection System™
and Shadow Technology® II. bel 980 and bel 950 build on the
company’s long history of technology firsts with advancements
that usher in a new era in Radar/Laser/Safety Detection.
Remember, owning a Radar detector does not give you a license to
speed. Alerts from a Radar detector serve as an effective reminder to
check your speed. Laws vary throughout North America governing the
use of a Radar detector. It is your responsibility to follow these laws.
software upgradable – an industry first
Your bel unit contains technology which provides the
highest capability to be reprogrammed as the threat of new Police
traffic Radar monitoring technologies emerge. Please ensure that
you promptly mail in the enclosed Consumer Information card.
This will ensure you are notified about new, approved traffic
monitoring technologies and will be provided details of service cost
and where to send your unit for software upgrade.
shadow technology ® ii
bel 980 and bel 950 contain Shadow Technology® II making them
undetectable to the Interceptor vg-2 or any other Radar Detector
Detector (rdd). Only Shadow Technology® II has been consistently
proven undetectable to the vg-2.
selectable features
These features may be selected depending upon your driving
environment. (See page 9 for the operation of Selectable Features.)
City X or City All (available on bel 980 only)
X/K/Ka Band on or off (available on bel 980 only)
Auto-Mute on or off
Radar/Laser Digital Voice Prompts or “tones”
Safety Warning System® on or off
Safety Warning System® with Digital Voice on or off
Audio/Visual Scroll Rate (fast or slow)
table of contents
Profile of Features l page 4
Description of Features l page 5
Power-Up Test Sequence/Start-up Mode l page 5
Tutorial Mode l page 6
Set and Forget Memory l page 6
Reset to Factory Settings l page 7
Voltage Warning l page 7
drk (Bright/Dim/Dark) Button l page 7
aud (Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button l page 7
cty (City/Highway) Button l page 8
Selectable Features l page 9
Entering Selectable Features Mode l page 11
Installation l page 11
General Guidelines l page 11
Understanding Radar, Laser and sws™ l page 14
Interpretation of Alerts l page 15
Radar Alerts l page 15
Instant-On/Pulsed Radar Alert l page 18
Typical False Alert (Radar) l page 18
Laser Alerts l page 18
Safety Warning System® (sws™) Alerts l page 19
Performance Verification l page 
Conditions That Affect Radar Alerts l page 
Conditions That Affect Laser Alerts l page 21
Troubleshooting l page 21
Consumer Warranty l page 22
Service l page 23
Warranty Service l page 23
Post-Warranty Service l page 23
Accessories l page 23
profile of features
Advanced Protec
with Shadow Tech tion System
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BEL 980
Ka 9
pwr (Power/Start-Up Mode) Button: pressing and holding
pwr will turn the unit on. Press the pwr a second time to
scroll through the three start-up mode options: NORMAL,
MODS (Modifications), Q-START (Quick Start) plus
Text Message Display: communicates all mode selections
confirms Radar band and signal strength, presence of Laser
and sws™ messages received.
drk (Bright/Dim/Dark) Button: provides bright, dark and
fully adjustable dim settings of the Text Display for discreet
night travel. Audio alerts are not affected.
aud (Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button: provides manual
muting of all Radar and sws™ alerts. Pressing and holding the
aud button will change the audio level.
cty (City/Highway) Button: choose between Highway mode
or for urban/suburban travel, City X or City All modes.
Antenna Opening: Radar and sws™ signals are received by
a patented diecast antenna with integrated transition to
microstrip mixer.
Laser Optical Sensors: collect Laser signals from in front and
Audio Alert Speaker: all audible alerts and Digital Voice
Messages are emitted from this location.
Power Jack: using the straight or coiled cord,
bel 980 or bel 950 operate in any vehicle with a 13.8 volt dc
negative ground system (10.5 volt to 16 volt range).
Note: Model 980 is the same as Model 950 except for the
addition of these features: Signal Strength Digit, City All Mode,
X/K/Ka Band On/Off, 9 audio level settings, Travel Case,
4' straight power cord and 2 year warranty.
description of features
Power-Up Test Sequence/Start-up Mode
Each time your detector is turned on, bel 980 or bel 950
will perform a power-up test sequence based upon the Start-Up
mode selected. There are three Start-Up modes of operation
plus a Tutorial mode. Release the pwr button at your chosen
Note—Pressing pwr at any time during start-up will bypass
the sequence.
NORMAL (Factory pre-set Mode)
Presents Audio and Text Messages for Laser, Ka, K, X and
Safety Warning System® (sws™). After this sequence, the
status of Selectable Features is displayed:
“CITY X” or “CITYALL”; “X/K/KA o n /o f f ”; “Am u t e o n ,
“Am u t e o f f ”; “R/LVo i c e , “R/L t o n e ” ; “SWS o n ”,
“SWS o f f ”; “SWSv o i c e ”, “SWSt o n e ”; “SCROLfa s t ”,
“SCROLs l o w ”. Unit is now ready for operation.
Note: City X,City All and X/K/Ka On/off do not appear on model 950
MODS (Modifications Mode)
Presents Audio and Text Messages for Laser,Ka,K,X and Safety
Warning System® (sws™),followed by the presentation of Selectable
Features as chosen by the user.Unit is ready for operation.
Q-START (Quick-Start Mode)
Unit will bypass any form of a power-up test sequence and
will display “CITY” or “HIGHWAY” depending upon the mode
previously selected. Unit is ready for operation.
The Tutorial Mode allows you to become more familiar with
all audible and visual alerts. The message “TUTORIAL”
appears in the display followed by the audio and corresponding
Text Message for “LASER”, “Ka AUDIO”, “K AUDIO”, “X
AUDIO”, sample Radar alert (K band signal ramping from
ALERTS”. Three sample sws™ messages are then presented in
the display along with the corresponding Digital Voice Message:
While sample messages are playing you can access the
complete list of sws™ messages by pressing the cty button to
move forward in the list.“MSG 1” will appear in the display
confirming your selection (to move backward in the list, press
the drk button). Pressing the aud button allows you to listen
to the sws™ message while viewing it in the display. Press the
cty button again to step to the next message; press the aud
button to review, and so on. This allows you to review all
60 messages.
To exit Tutorial Mode, press the pwr button and your unit
will be on and ready to receive signals.
Set and Forget Memory
Any time bel 980 or bel 950 are turned off or unplugged from
the cigarette lighter socket, all feature settings you have selected
are retained in the unit’s memory. Set and Forget Memory
eliminates the need to reset your preferred feature settings
each time your unit is turned off and then back on.
Reset to Factory Settings
You can reset your unit to factory settings for Start-Up mode,
volume, drk, aud, cty and Selectable Features. To reset, press
and hold the cty button until the display shows “RESET”.
Two “beeps”will sound and your unit will cycle through the
Normal Start-Up Mode.
Voltage Warning
Your bel 980 or bel 950 continually check your vehicle’s voltage
to ensure proper performance of your detector. The unit’s
operating range is 10.5 to 16.0 volts. If voltage falls below 10.5
volts, display will show “LOW VOLT” until condition is rectified.
drk (Bright/Dim/Dark) Button
The drk button allows selection of a bright, fully adjustable
dim mode or dark mode. The unit is factory preset to full
bright display. To engage dim mode, press and hold the drk
button. The display will cycle through various levels of dim
illumination. Release the button at your chosen level. To
engage dark mode, press the drk button a second time. A
single “beep” coupled with the brief illumination of “DARK”
on the display confirms your selection. You’ll notice an “H”
(Highway mode) or “C” (City mode) remains dim to confirm
your unit is receiving power. To return to a full bright setting,
press the drk button a third time; two “beeps” confirm this
selection. Use of the drk button does not affect audio alerts.
Important—if you press the the drk button and do not receive
audible confirmation, the audio level has been set too low.
aud (Auto-Mute/Volume Control) Button
Manual Muting of Audio Alerts (Radar and sws™)
Whether Auto-Mute is selected on or off in Selectable
Features, the audio alerts can be completely muted by
pressing the aud button during an alert. The display will
briefly show “Qu i e t .” No audible alert will be heard for
approximately 12 seconds. If the signal is still present after 12
seconds, the unit will remain in manual mute mode.
Note—because Laser alerts are not lengthy or sustained,
muting is not required (see page )
Volume Control
Press and hold the aud button to engage the volume control.
The Audio level has 9 settings for bel 980 and 5 settings for
bel 950. Release the aud button when you have reached your
desired audio setting.
cty (City/Highway) Button
The cty mode has been designed to effectively reduce
unwanted audio alerts caused by intrusion alarms, door
openers, and other devices which share X band with police
Radar—without reducing sensitivity. Signals from non-police
Radar sources are frequently encountered in urban and suburban areas, making use of this mode ideal in these areas.
Pressing the cty button once engages the cty mode which is
confirmed by “CITY” in the display coupled with a single audio
“beep”. Pressing the cty button a second time returns you to
highway mode; “HIGHWAY” will appear in the display coupled
with two“beeps”. Once engaged, weak X band signals
encountered will produce no audible alert until the signal
strength reaches a preset level. However, visual alerts are
processed the instant an X band signal is detected, keeping
you quietly informed. Since most “false” X band signals are
weak, the use of the cty mode allows you to drive out of their
range before they reach the preset level and trigger a full
audio alert. In contrast, signals from X band traffic Radar are
generally stronger and will exceed the preset level, causing a
full X band audio alert. Activating the cty mode will not
change Super Wideband Ka, K or instant-on X band Radar
alert patterns.
Note—the cty mode does not change the presentation of alerts
for Laser or sws™.
City All (bel 980 only)
City All mode is a Selectable Feature of the bel 980 (see
Selectable Features page 9). This feature provides an alternate
approach for improving selectivity on X, K and Super
Wideband Ka and is ideal for use in areas with a high level of
microwave transmissions which can cause falsing on all
Radar bands.
While in City All mode, bel 980 will provide an initial short
X, K, or Ka audio alert coupled with visual confirmation of the
band detected and signal strength in the display. No further
audible alert is provided until the signal strength reaches a
preset level. When no audio alert is provided, the visual alert
keeps you quietly informed.
Note—Once “CTY X” or “CTY ALL” is chosen in Selectable
Features the cty button must to be pressed to engage your
selectable features
The following features may be selected, depending upon your
driving environment.
City X or City All (available on bel 980 only)
X/K/Ka Band on or off (available on bel 980 only)
Auto Mute on or off
Radar/Laser Digital Voice Prompts or “beeps”
Safety Warning System® on or off
Safety Warning System® Digital Voice on or off
Audio/Visual Scroll Rate (fast or slow)
City X or City All (available on bel 980 only)
When “CTY X ” is selected, your unit provides standard X
Band selectivity, which is suitable for most urban areas. City
All provides an increased level of selectivity on all Bands and
is designed for use in high density microwave areas. Factory
setting is “CTY X ”.
Note—once “CTY X” or “CTY ALL” is chosen in
Selectable Features, the cty button must be pressed to engage
your selection.
X/K/Ka Band On or Off (bel 980 only)
Select “X o n /X o f f ”,“K o n /K o f f ” or “Ka o n /Ka o f f ”
depending upon your driving environment and
selectivity requirements. This mode is especially useful
where falsing may occur and disabling the offending band
may be required. Factory setting is on for all three Bands.
Auto-Mute On/Off
With “A m u t e o n ”, unit will provide several X, K, Super
Wideband Ka audio alerts followed by the Digital Voice
announcement of the signal detected.After the Digital Voice
announcement, a “clicking” tone keeps you quietly informed
for as long as the signal is present. This clicking become more
rapid as the strength of the Radar signal increases.“A m u t e o n ”
enables you to conveniently monitor extended encounters
without having to manually mute or adjust the volume
With “A m u t e o f f ,” unit will provide a continuous series of
X, K, Super Wideband Ka audio alerts and Digital Voice
announcement of the signal detected. Digital Voice prompts
are provided once after the initial audio alert. This standard
setting is often preferred when background noise in a vehicle
is loud. Factory setting is “A m u t e o f f . ”
Note—because of their urgency, Laser alerts are not affected.
Radar/Laser Digital Voice Prompts
With “V o i c e o n ”, unit will provide Digital Voice prompts
followed by “beeps” when X/K/Ka and Laser signals are
detected. With “V o i c e o f f ”, unit will sound unique audio
tones only. Factory setting is “V o i c e o n ”.
Safety Warning System® (sws™)
With “S W S o n ”, unit will provide a Message when signals from
sws™ transmitters are detected. Factory setting is “S W S o n ”.
Safety Warning System® (sws™) with Digital Voice Messages
When “SWSv o i c e ” is selected, unit will provide Digital Voice
 announcements when sws transmitters are detected. Factory
setting is “SWSv o i c e ”. When “SWSt o n e ” is selected, Digital
Voice is replaced by "tone/clicking” only. Factory setting is
“SWSv o i c e ”.
Audio/Visual Scroll Rate
When “SCRLs l o w ” is selected, unit will provide a slow cycling
of audio/visual messages.When “SCRLf a s t ” is selected, unit
will provide a fast cycling of audio/visual messages. Factory
setting is “SCRLs l o w . ”
Entering Selectable Features Mode
1. With the unit off, press and hold the pwr and cty buttons
simultaneously. The word “FEATURES” will appear in the
display and a short audible “beep” will sound indicating you
are now in the Selectable Features Mode.
2. Immediately after the “beep”, the display will show the status
of the first Selectable Feature (City X or City All).
3. Press the aud button to make your selection. Press the cty
button to move to the next Selectable Feature. (To move
backward in the list, press the drk button.) Repeat the process
until you have made your selection for each Selectable Feature.
4. Press the pwr button to exit Selectable Features mode. Two
“beeps” confirm that you have exited this mode and either
“HI GHWAY” or “CITY” will be presented in the display, based
on your previous selection. Your unit is ready for operation.
General Guidelines
Do not mount your unit directly behind windshield wipers or
mirrored sunscreens which block Radar and Laser signals
and substantially reduce warning range. Unlike “after market”
mirrored sun-screens, regular tinted glass does not affect
Radar reception. Radar signals are also reflected by “heated
windshields” known as Instaclear® and ElectriClear® available
Instaclear is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.
ElectriClear is a registered Trademark of Libbey, Owens, Ford, and Delco-Remy.
as an option on some vehicles. This type of windshield makes
any dash, visor or windshield mounted detector ineffective.
(If in doubt, check with an appropriate dealership to see if
this applies to your vehicle.) To achieve optimum performance,
regardless of which mounting position you choose, follow
the basic steps on the following page.
Consider occupant safety when selecting a mounting location.
Choose a location where the unit will not be hazardous in
case of an accident.
For optimum detection, position your unit with a clear,
unobstructed view of the road from the front and rear.
Do not allow the unit to make contact with the windshield.
This will eliminate unnecessary vibration.
Avoid placing your unit in direct sunlight. During the summer,
interior temperatures of an enclosed vehicle can sometimes
reach temperatures that will cause premature aging of the unit.
Your detector is not waterproof; exposure to water may cause
damage and your warranty will be void.
Dash Mounting
You can mount your unit to a level area of your vehicle’s dash
using the hook and loop fastener or the four, non-skid dash
mounting pads provided.
Windshield Bracket Assembly
The visor clip is fully
assembled. To assemble the
windshield bracket, follow the
Windshield Mounting
1. Remove the mounting bracket
Windshield Bracket Assembly
cover on top of the unit by
pressing on the raised dots and
pushing outward. Store the cover in a safe place.
Clean the selected windshield area, position the suction-cup
mount on the windshield, and press firmly on each suction
cup to secure it in place.
Use a screwdriver or a small coin to adjust the angle of the
suction-cup mount until the base plate is level.
Slide detector onto base plate until it snaps into place.
Note—some vehicles have a plastic coating on the inside of the
windshield designed to protect occupants in case of an accident.
Use of the windshield bracket on this type of windshield can
permanently mark the surface. Check with your dealer if you
are unsure whether your vehicle is equipped with this type of
Visor Mounting
1. Remove the mounting bracket cover by pressing on the
raised dots and pushing outward. Store the cover in a
safe place.
2. Slide the visor clip onto the top of the detector until it snaps
into place. Clip the detector to the edge of the sun visor nearest
the windshield.
Fuse Replacement
1. If the fuse has blown, remove the tip from the lighter plug
followed by the old fuse. Replace the fuse with a 1-amp, 3AG
fuse. Defeating the fuse protection can damage your unit or
your vehicle’s electrical system and will void your warranty.
Note—the tip is in two pieces; be careful not to lose either piece
or the spring inside the holder. (See diagram above).
understanding radar, laser and sws ™
Three Radar Frequencies
Three microwave frequencies have been allocated by the fcc
(Federal Communications Commission) and are used for
traffic Radar. They are:
X band: 10.525 ghz
K band: 24.150 ghz
Super Wideband Ka: 33.4 ghz to 36.0 ghz
Both X and K bands are well known to motorists who have
traveled with Radar detectors. Introduced first was X band
Radar which became common during the 1960s. In the mid
1970s the lower powered, more difficult to detect K band Radar
was introduced. In 1987, fcc approval was given for Radar
equipment using a third frequency, Ka. In response to this,
beltronics introduced the first Radar detectors capable of
detecting X, K and Ka band signals. In late 1990, fcc approval
was given to Wideband Ka: 34.2 ghz to 35.2 ghz. Once again,
bel responded with Wideband Ka detection. Today, the
bel 980 and bel 950 detect the complete Super Wideband Ka
frequency allotted for police monitoring—33.4 ghz to 36.0 ghz.
Total Tracking Laser™ (ttl™)
Unlike Radar signals, which are highly reflective, Laser signals
have very poor reflective characteristics. Many of today’s
Laser detectors do not have the high sensitivity necessary to
detect Laser within a large “field of view”. bel 980 and
bel 950 incorporate bel’s number one rated Laser detection.
Twin Laser ports detect energy far outside the main Laser
beam—including off-axis signals—providing the largest
achievable 360° “field of view.” The alerts provided by your
unit are the same whether signals are received from the
front or rear.
Safety Warning System® (sws™)—What is it?
The Radio Association Defending Airwave Rights, Inc.
(r.a.d.a.r.) conceived and developed the Safety Warning
System®. The concept behind this system is to warn motorists
of potential road hazards by employing Safety Warning System®
transmitters in areas such as construction zones, accident
sites and detours. These sws™ transmitters operate within
the 24 ghz portion of the K band frequency, and broadcast
uniquely coded signals that are detected by your unit.
interpretation of alerts
Radar Alerts
The alerts provided by your unit are affected both by the type
of transmission (continuous wave or instant-on), and the
position of the Radar source. Generally, when you drive closer
to a Radar source, the intensity of the received signal increases,
resulting in the increase of the number of bar graph segments
as well as numerical digit 1–9 (bel 980 only) and a
corresponding increase in the audio alert rate. Described
below are five common types of Radar encounters and the
alerts you will typically receive.
1. Stationary or moving Radar, straight ahead aimed in your
Since Radar signals travel in a straight line, this Radar
encounter potentially offers maximum warning range. Once
the signal is received, the initial warning consists of an X, K or
Super Wideband Ka audio alert coupled with simultaneous
identification of the Radar band (X, K or Ka) and signal
strength in the Text Display. The number of bar graph segments
displayed depends upon the strength of the signal received. As
the strength of the Radar signal increases, the audio alert
becomes more rapid and the bar graph will display the
maximum number of five segments (bel 980 will also display
the digit “9”) indicating maximum signal strength. Assuming
the Radar signal remains uninterrupted, the audible and
visual alerts will clearly indicate a “weak” signal becoming
stronger as you drive closer to the Radar source. Remember,
when the police Radar source is moving toward you, the Radar
signal strength will increase much more rapidly than if you
are approaching a stationary source.
Stationary Radar aimed around a corner
Under this circumstance, reaction time is considerably
reduced. Since the Radar signals are transmitted across your
line of travel, there is generally no signal available to receive
until you are relatively close to the source. Once an alert is
received, expect the strength of the signal to increase very
quickly. Advanced warning in this situation may be reduced.
Stationary Radar concealed by the crest of a hill aimed in your
Radar signals travel in a straight line and do not pass through
earth. Consequently, police Radar aimed at the crest of a steep
hill cannot be received until you are at or near the top.
Warning time may be minimal (as in situation #2) since a
strong signal is not present until you are near the crest of the
hill. At this point, you may be nearly in the police officer’s line
of sight. When cresting a hill, a weak initial alert followed very
quickly by a full alert is typical. This alert pattern requires
prompt attention.
Moving Radar behind you, traveling in the same direction.
Police Radar signals transmitted from behind your vehicle
can be received when reflected by objects in front of you
such as large signs, bridges and trucks.As you drive, the size
and configuration of these objects are constantly changing
causing the strength of any reflected Radar signal received to
vary. A strong, uninterrupted alert indicates the patrol car is
close behind.
Instant-On/Pulsed Radar
This type of signal appears suddenly when a Radar unit is
“triggered”. The instant-on alert consists of an intense, three
second audio “burst”, coupled with the type of band detected
and flashing of the signal strength bar graph in the display.
Instant-on/pulsed alert to Ka band (bel 980)
Ka 9 Instant-on/pulsed alert to Ka band (bel 950)
Typical False Alert (Radar)
Ideally, a Radar detector should only alert in the presence of
police Radar. However, because other devices share X band
with police Radar, false alerts sometimes occur. Generally, a
false signal produces only a short audio and visual alert. Since
they are most often weak, it is possible to drive out of the
signal’s range very quickly and receive only a brief alert.
Although many times the probable source of the false signal
can be identified (supermarket, bank, commercial building,
etc.), caution is advised until the source can be confirmed.
The X band alert pattern caused by a non-police source can
look like the initial alert produced by actual police Radar.
For this reason appropriate action is required any time an
alert is received.
Laser Alerts
When Laser is detected, the display will flash “LASER”
coupled with a distinct Laser audio alert. If a vehicle is a long
distance from the source of Laser pulses, fewer pulses will
generally be received. The closer the vehicle is to the source of
Laser pulses, the greater the likelihood of receiving a steady
stream of Laser pulses. The reason for this is the aiming
stability of the Laser gun and the fact that it is difficult to hold
the gun absolutely still. Any movement of the gun results in
motion of the beam at the target. The further the target, the
greater the displacement of the beam and the shorter the dwell
time of the beam at the target point. Therefore, there is the
 possibility of receiving only a few Laser pulses. Due to these
characteristics, all Laser alerts should be taken seriously.
Safety Warning System® (sws™) Alerts
With the Safety Warning System® feature on and an sws™
transmitter in use, your detector will provide a unique, 2 second
sws™ tone coupled with a Safety Warning System® category
word (i.e.“Ha z d Zo n e ” indicating Highway Hazard Zone
Advisory) to quickly orient you to the type of situation
ahead. This introductory message is followed by a specific Text
Message (i.e.“SHARP CURVE AHEAD ”) and Digital Voice
Message which is repeated twice. After the Digital Voice, the
unit will continue to present the message and provide the
“clicking” tone for as long as an sws™ signal is detected. If two
separate sws™ messages are received, each message is
presented twice before the “clicking” resumes.
You can replay the last sws™ message received by pressing
the drk button within 30 seconds of receiving an sws™ alert.
Both Digital Voice and Text Message are replayed.
If you have selected “SWSt o n e ” (Digital Voice off), your
unit will show just the Text Message (see Selectable Features,
page 9).
Note—the end of a multiple word sws™ message is indicated by
an asterisk.
Abbreviated sws™ Category Words
“H w y Wo r k ”
confirms Highway Construction/Maintenance
(messages 1–11)
“Ha z d Zo n e ”
confirms Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
(messages 13–31)
“We a t h e r ”
confirms Weather Related Hazards
(messages 33–41)
“ Tr a v I n f o ”
confirms Travel Information/Convenience
(messages 43–59)
“ Mo v i n g ”
confirms Emergency/Slow Moving Vehicles in transit
(messages 61–64)
“Me s s a g e Un k n o w n ”
confirms incomplete or unknown messages
Note—for a complete listing of the five Safety Warning System®
categories and corresponding messages, please refer to the Safety
Warning System® Alert Card enclosed with your manual.
performance verification
Conditions that Affect Radar Alerts
If you feel your unit is not alerting properly, keep in mind that
there are many conditions that influence the intensity or
duration of an alert:
1. The police are using instant-on/pulsed Radar, in which case
no signal is transmitted until visual contact has been made
with your vehicle. For detection of this signal, you must rely
on reflected signals from Radar directed at traffic traveling
ahead of you.
2. The police Radar unit is positioned perpendicular to the
road, around a curve, or just over the crest of a hill thus
significantly reducing the reception range.
3. The highway traffic between your vehicle and the police Radar
source is heavy. This blocks/reflects transmitted signals. The
presence of several large trucks between you and the police
Radar unit could also significantly reduce reception.
4. Rain or humid weather conditions can absorb transmitted
signals before they reach your vehicle, again reducing detection
5. The police Radar unit is not properly tuned and is transmitting
outside the fcc allocated X, K or Super Wideband Ka frequency
Conditions that Affect Laser Alerts
If you feel your unit is not properly alerting to the presence of
Laser signals, keep in mind that rain, fog, high humidity and
traffic conditions can affect the range that the Laser beam can
be detected.
Solutions for Common Problems
If your unit is not operating properly, please refer to the
outline below.
Possible Cause
Corrective Procedure
Unit not
receiving power
Plug not properly inserted
Reinsert plug and rotate
Fuse in power cord is
Replace with 1 amp
250 Volt 3ag fuse (see page 14)
“Poor detection
Erratic or frequent
Lighter socket not clean
and negatively grounded
Consult your dealer or a
professional mechanic
Fuse or electrical wiring
for lighter socket defective
Consult your dealer or a
professional mechanic
Antenna/lens opening
partially blocked
Reposition unit with
unobstructed view of
road ahead and behind.
Radar signals unable to
pass through windshield
Determine whether
your vehicle has a
“heated windshield”
known as Instaclear®
or ElectriClear®, or
is covered with a
metallic sun screen.
High concentration of
non-police X band sources
Use cty mode
or cty all
Review section in this
manual on Performance
Partial or no display
Dim or dark mode engaged
Disengage dim or
dark mode
If you experience a problem with your unit that is not covered
in this outline please call, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
est, for assistance:
1-800-341-2288 usa
1-800-268-3994 canada
consumer warranty
2-year Warranty–bel 980
1-year Warranty–bel 950
This warranty covers all defects in materials and workmanship.
This warranty does not apply if the unit has been subject to
physical abuse, improper installation, modification, or if the
housing or serial number of the unit has been removed.
The enforceability of this warranty is limited to the original
consumer purchaser and is not transferable to, or enforceable
by, any subsequent owner.
In the event of a defect, malfunction or other failure to conform
to this warranty, BELTRONICS will, at its sole discretion, repair
or replace the unit at no charge. You are responsible for all
shipping costs in connection with warranty service pursuant
to this warranty.
This warranty commences on the date of retail purchase and
shall be effective for a period of two years for bel 980 and
one year for bel 950.
There are no express warranties covering the unit other than
those set forth in this warranty. All implied warranties are
limited to the period of this warranty and no warranties,
expressed or implied, extend beyond this period. Some states
do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
BELTRONICS will in no event be liable for any consequential,
incidental, indirect or special damages (including, but not
limited to, lost profits) arising out of or in connection with
the use, misuse, or function of the unit. Some states do not
allow the exclusion of limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not
apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
You must provide a copy of a dated sales receipt for your unit
in order to receive service under warranty.
Warranty Service
If you feel your detector is not functioning properly please
review this manual, particularly the section on Performance
Verification. If you still feel service is required, please follow
the instructions below.
1. To obtain service during the warranty period, please call the
appropriate number below to obtain an RA number and
shipping instructions. Remember to return your detector
postage paid, insured and in suitable packaging.
1-800-341-2288 usa
1-800-268-3994 can
2. For your own protection, obtain a proof of delivery receipt.
Shipping costs are your responsibility.
3. Enclose with your unit the following information:
(a) Your name, complete return address and written
description of the problem. (No p. o. box please.)
(b) A telephone number where you can be reached during
regular business hours.
(c) A copy of your dated sales receipt.
Post-Warranty Service
The following arrangements apply if the warranty period has
expired or you are not able to provide a copy of your dated
sales receipt indicating purchase within the last twelve or
twenty-four months.
1. Return your unit to the appropriate address under Warranty
Service and follow steps 1 through 3(b) outlined in that section.
2. Enclose with your unit $85 us or $115 Canadian to cover
inspection and postage return. Prices subject to change
without notice.
If you require any additional accessories, replacement
accessories or any accessory which is not included with your
unit, call to order or for more information, Monday to Friday,
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1-800-341-2288 usa
1-800-268-3994 canada
list of accessories
model cost
number usa
Suction Cup Kit (2)
Straight Power Cord (4')
Coiled Power Cord (6')
Power Cord Fuses (2)
Hook & Loop Fastener
Visor Bracket
Windshield Bracket
4 Non-Skid Dash
Mounting Pads
Protective Travel Case
Owner’s Manual
$ 3.95
$ 9.95
$ 11.95
$ 3.95
$ 2.95
$ 9.95
$ 11.95
$ 4.95
$ 11.95
$ 16.95
$ 5.95
$ 3.95
$ 11.95
$ 16.95
$ 2.95
$ 13.95
$ 3.95
$ 19.95
Prices subject to change without notice.
Head Office
2422 Dunwin Drive
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5L 1J9
Tel: (905) 828-1002 Fax: (905) 828-2951
This product is subject to one or more of the following patents:
u.s.p. #4,571,593
Other Patents Pending
Safety Warning System l.c.–Patents Pending
,Fundamental Mixer Technology, fmt and Shadow Technology are registered
trademarks of BELTRONICS. bel 980 and bel 950, Total Tracking Laser and ttl are
trademarks of BELTRONICS. Safety Warning System® is a registered trademark of
Safety Warning System® l.c. SWS is a trademark of Safety Warning System® l.c.
Printed in Canada
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