Beltronics BELV965 - Radar Detector With DSP High SENSIT Owner`s manual

Beltronics BELV965 - Radar Detector With DSP High SENSIT Owner`s manual
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Model: Vector V10
VECTOR
Beltronics
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH
45069 USA
RADAR AND LASER DETECTOR
Owner’s Manual
Congratulations
• Exclusive Threat Display tracks and
displays multiple radar signals,
including signal strength.
• Tech Display provides actual
numeric radar frequency for any
radar signal
• New Programmable Bands (on/off),
including International and North
American settings.
• Detects and decodes Safety Warning
System messages
• Includes coiled SmartCord
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Beltronics V10 Quick Reference Card
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your V10 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 PGM, RVW and CHG are
located on the top of the detector, and are
highlighted in graphics.
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 V10’s outstanding performance and
innovative features.
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The Vector V10 is the most advanced radar,
laser and safety detector ever designed by
Beltronics.
The BEL V10 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 V10 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
Quick Reference Card
Please drive safely.
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.
FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved
by the manufacturer could void the
user’s FCC granted authority to operate
the equipment.
1
Factory Default Settings
To reset your V10 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY” and
“BRT” buttons while turning the power
on.The V10’s display will provide a
Reset message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
An example
Here is how you would turn the V10’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The V10 will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. V10
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 the V10
shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
the V10 will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
Review button in time, and the V10 goes
to the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after the V10 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 V10
will display Complete, beep 4 times, and
return to normal operation.
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Quick Reference Card
Table of Contents
Quick Reference Guide
4-5
Programming
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
12
• Power Connection
6
• Example of Programming
12
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• Mounting Location
6
• Overview of Programming
13
Beltronics V10 Quick Reference Card
• Windshield Mount
7
• Details of Programming
Press the RVW button
to go from one
category to the next
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
VOICE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BANDS
Technical Details
17-23
8
• Specifications
• Power-on indication
8
• Interpreting Alerts
Voice ON * Voice alerts on
Voice OFF Voice alerts off
• Voice
8
• How Radar Works
20
PwrOn STD * Standard power-on sequence
PwrOn FST Fast power-on sequence
• AutoMute
8
• How “POP” Works
20
• Volume / Mute
8
• How Laser Works
21
• Highway / AutoScan / City Button
8
• How "TSR" Works
22
• Brightness and Dark Mode
9
• How Safety Radar Works
• Audible Alerts
9
Service
Meter STD * Standard signal strength meter
Meter THT Threat Display
Meter TEC Tech Display
aMute ON * AutoMute on
aMute OFF AutoMute off
City STD * Standard City Mode sensitivity
City LoX Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
City NoX No X band sensitivity in City Mode
Bands DFT * All bands enabled
Bands MOD One or more bands has been modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing VOLUME•MUTE button
* Factory Default Settings
8-11
14-16
• Power On / Off
Pilot HWY * Full word: Highway, AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Pilot H
Vehicle voltage
Pilot V
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POWER-ON SEQUENCE
Controls and Features
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
12-16
X
K
TSR
Ka
POP
LSR
SWS
ON or
ON or
ON or
USA* or
ON or
ON or
ON or
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)
2
• Power Connector
10
• Troubleshooting
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• Service
• Threat Display
11
• Registration
• Tech Display
11
• Warranty and Accessories
3
17
18-19
22-23
24-28
24-25
26
27-28
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Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your V10, just
follow these simple steps:
1
QuickMount Slot
Insert the V10’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
2
Mount your V10 on the windshield
using the supplied windshield mount.
3
Press the PWR button, located top left,
to turn the V10 on.
City Button
Switches between AutoScan, City and
Highway settings. In general, we
recommend AutoScan. Page 8
4
Press and hold the Volume/Mute
button to adjust the volume.
Please read the manual to fully understand
your V10’s operation and features.
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the
vehicle.
Earphone Jack
Accepts standard 3.5mm MONO earphone.
Power
Press the PWR button to turn the V10 on
or off. Page 8
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,V10’s meter will not display during
an alert, only the audio will alert you.
Page 9
Volume
Press and hold the Volume/Mute button to
adjust the alert volume level. Page 8
Power Jack
Plug the power cord into this connector.
Page 6
AutoMute
V10’s patented AutoMute automatically
reduces the volume level of the audio alert
after a brief period. If you prefer, you can
turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Programming
Your V10 is ready to go, just plug it in and
turn it on. But you can also easily change 7
features for your preferences. Pages 12-16
4
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your V10 should have
a clear view of the road ahead. For best
performance, do not mount the V10
directly behind windshield wipers
or tinted areas. Page 6
Alphanumeric Matrix Display
Your V10’s display will show Highway,
AutoScan, or City as its power-on
indication. If you prefer, you can choose
other power-on indications. Pages 12-14
During an alert, the display will
indicate radar band, and a precise bar graph
of signal strength. Page 11
NOTE: In the Dark Mode the display
will not light during an alert. Page 9
The display can also show Safety Radar
text messages. Pages 22-23
Volume and 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
5
Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
WARNING: Beltronics cannot
anticipate the many ways the V10 can
be mounted. It is important that you
mount V10 where it will not impair
your view nor present a hazard in
case of an accident.
To power V10, plug the small end of the
SmartCord, (telephone-type connector)
into the modular jack on V10’s right side,
and plug the lighter plug adapter into your
vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory socket.
V10 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.
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.
Where to mount V10
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
• Using the Windshield QuickMount,
mount your V10 level, and high enough on
your front windshield to provide a clear
view of the road from the front and rear.
• Mount V10 away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details.
Windshield QuickMount
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.
V10’s QuickMount windshield bracket is
designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
1 Depress the QuickMount button on
the top of the V10 (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.
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily remove
the V10 by pressing the adjustment button
and sliding the V10 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.
To ensure that the suction cups adhere to
the windshield firmly, be sure to keep both
your windshield and the suction cups
clean.
2 To adjust the V10 on your windshield,
use the QuickMount adjustment button
located on the top of the V10, and slide the
V10 forward or backward to obtain a level
horizontal position.
When installed and adjusted properly, the
back top edge of the V10 should rest solidly
against your windshield.
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7
Controls and Features
Power On/Off
If you prefer, you can turn the
AutoMute feature off. See the Programming
section for details.
To turn your V10 on or off, press the PWR
button located on the top.When you turn
your V10 on, it goes through a sequence of
alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
V10 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 V10’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 V10 has our Digital Voice feature,
which provides a digital voice
announcement of the band being detected.
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 V10’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 V10’s sensitivity
mode.We recommend the AutoScan mode
for most driving.
V10’s AutoScan mode provides longrange warning, with minimum false alarms.
In this mode,V10’s internal computer
continuously analyzes all incoming signals
and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity.
AutoMute
Your V10 has our patented AutoMute
feature.After the V10 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.
8
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 V10’s City
mode sensitivity. See the Programming
section for details.
For Radar signals:
V10 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
V10’s BRT button selects the brightness
of V10’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,V10 alerts you to all
laser signals with a full laser alert.
Dark Mode
When you select the Dark mode with the
BRT switch,V10 changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
dim AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A, H,
or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or City,
and the D indicates Dark.)
When V10 is in the Dark mode, the
display will not show visual alerts when it
detects signals. Only the audible alert will
tell you of detected signals.
For Safety signals:
V10 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.
9
Controls and Features
Signal Strength Meter
Power Connector
V10’s alphanumeric display consists of
280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive
ultra-bright display of signal strength and
text messages.
V10’s standard bar-graph signal
strength meter only displays information
on a single radar signal. If there are multiple
signals present,V10’s internal computer
determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
When V10 detects radar, it displays the
band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar graph
of the signal strength.When V10 detects a
laser signal, the display will show “Laser.”
NOTE: If you are operating V10
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.
V10’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 V10 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 V10 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 V10.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-341-2288
Threat Display
A few more examples will help you
better see how the Threat Display works.
V10’s Threat Display option is an advanced
display for experienced detector users.
Please use V10 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 V10’s
Programming (see pages 12-15).
V10’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
V10’s new Tech Display option is also for
the experienced detector user. In this
mode,V10 will display the actual numeric
frequency of the radar signal being
received.
Ka9 K2 X1
Above is the Threat Display if the V10
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 V10
will also be in Threat Display: an X
with a decaying numeric signal.
10
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
An example
Here is how you would turn your V10’s
AutoMute feature off.
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your V10 to 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 PGM, RVW, and CHG are
located on the top of the detector, and are
highlighted in colored graphics. Pages 1416 explain each option in more detail.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The V10 will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
V10 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot (Pilot), Voice
(Voice), Power-on sequence (PwrOn),
Signal Strength Meter (Meter), and then
AutoMute (aMute).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both the CITY and BRT buttons
down for 2 seconds. The unit will beep
twice, and will display the word Program.
3 Release the RVW button when the V10
shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory
setting is for AutoMute to be on, the V10
will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the V10 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after your V10 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, or press the PWR
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, or press the PWR button. The V10
will display Complete, beep 4 times, and
return to normal operation.
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Press the REVIEW button
to go from one
category to the next
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
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 DFT
Bands MOD
* Factory Default Settings
To reset your V10 to its original
factory settings, press and hold
the “CITY” and “BRT” buttons
while turning the power on.The
V10’s display will provide a
Reset message, accompanied
by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* All band enabled
One or more bands are disabled
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME•MUTE button
X
K
TSR
Ka
POP
LSR
SWS
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ON
ON
ON
USA*
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
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)
Details of Programming
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Voice
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting,V10 will display “Highway,”
“City,” or “AutoScan” 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,V10 will display “H” for
Highway,“C” for City, and “A” for AutoScan.
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the
V10, it will display “Bel V10,”“Laser,”“Kaband,”“K-band,”“X-band,”“Safety,” and any
changes to factory settings. (factory default)
NOTE: When you are using the
Dark mode, the display will only show
HD, AD, or CD (Highway-Dark,
AutoScan-Dark, or City-Dark).
Voice On (Voice alerts on)
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS
messages (if programmed) will be
announced using a digital voice.
Power-on Sequence
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting,V10 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 V10 will only provide a
brief audible tone, and will display any nonfactory 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 your V10 in
the City mode, X-band sensitivity is
significantly reduced, to reduce annoyance
from X-band 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 page 11.
City LoX (Low X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put your V10 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 your V10 in
the City mode,V10 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.
NOTE: These settings only apply
when the V10 is operated in City
mode. X-band sensitivity is not
affected when used in “AutoScan” or
“Highway” modes.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
In this setting,V10’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after
a few seconds, the V10 will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you
informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off,V10’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
Features and Specifications
Bands
BandsALL
In this setting, all North American radar and
laser frequencies are monitored.This is the
factory setting and it is recommended that
you use your V10 in this mode.
Programmable Features
• Power-On Indication
• Voice Alerts
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Radar / Laser Bands
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
BandsMOD
In this setting,V10 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).
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Sensitivity Control
• Highway, AutoScan and City
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.
Auto Calibration Circuitry
VG2 Immunity
Display
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph,Threat Display,
or Tech Display
• 3 Levels of Brightness,
plus Dark Mode
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• SmartCord (included)
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Although the V10 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 V10 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 your
V10’s warning system for radar, laser and
safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The V10 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.
V10 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.
V10 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.
V10 receives weak signals.These signals may
be a little stronger as you pass large, roadside
objects.The signals increase in frequency.
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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Alert
Explanation
V10 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.
V10 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength of
alerts may be inconsistent 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.
V10 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.
V10 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.
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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 radar, your V10 will
occasionally receive non-police radar
signals. Since these 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 V10’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 V10 can display are listed on the
facing page.
From the factory, your V10 is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
SWS is used in your area, your V10 will
display the safety messages associated with
the signal. If you wish to detect this system,
use the Programming feature to turn V10’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 the V10’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
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
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Highway Construction or Maintenance
Work Zone Ahead
Road Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
Bridge Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
Highway Work Crews Ahead
Utility Work Crews Ahead
All Traffic Follow Detour Ahead
All Trucks Follow Detour Ahead
All Traffic Exit Ahead
Right Lane Closed Ahead
Center Lane Closed Ahead
Left Lane Closed Ahead
For future use
Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
Stationary Police Vehicle Ahead
Train Approaching/At Crossing
Low Overpass Ahead
Drawbridge Up
Observe Drawbridge Weight Limit
Rock Slide Area Ahead
School Zone Ahead
Road Narrows Ahead
Sharp Curve Ahead
Pedestrian Crossing Ahead
Deer/Moose Crossing
Blind/Deaf Child Area
Steep Grade Ahead/Truck Use Low Gear
Accident Ahead
Poor Road Surface Ahead
School Bus Loading/Unloading
No Passing Zone
Dangerous Intersection Ahead
Stationary Emergency Vehicle Ahead
For future use
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34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
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Weather Related Hazards
High Wind Ahead
Severe Weather Ahead
Heavy Fog Ahead
High Water/Flooding Ahead
Ice On Bridge Ahead
Ice On Road Ahead
Blowing Dust Ahead
Blowing Sand Ahead
Blinding Snow Whiteout Ahead
For future use
Travel Information/Convenience
Rest Area Ahead
Rest Area With Service Ahead
24 Hour Fuel Service Ahead
Inspection Station Open
Inspection Station Closed
Reduced Speed Area Ahead
Speed Limit Enforced
Hazardous Materials Exit Ahead
Congestion Ahead/Expect Delay
Expect 10 Minute Delay
Expect 20 Minute Delay
Expect 30 Minute Delay
Expect 1 Hour Delay
Traffic Alert/Tune AM Radio
Pay Toll Ahead
Trucks Exit Right
Trucks Exit Left
For future use
Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles
Emergency Vehicle In Transit
Police In Pursuit
Oversize Vehicle In Transit
Slow Moving Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Problem
Solution
V10 beeps briefly at the same
location every day, but no radar
source is in sight.
• An X or K-band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is located
within range of your route.With time, you will learn
predictable patterns of these signals.
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 V10 on.
V10 does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block V10’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.
• V10 may be in City Mode.
V10 will not turn on.
• Check that the power is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try V10 in another vehicle.
V10 feels very warm.
• It is normal for V10 to feel warm.
• 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.
Explanation of Displays
V10 did not alert when a police car
was in view.
V10 did not provide a Safety Signal
while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
V10’s display is not working.
• Press the BRT button to deactivate Dark Mode.
V10’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• V10 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
V10 bounces or sags on windshield.
• V10 is not making contact with the windshield to provide
stability.While holding down V10’s QuickMount button, slide
V10 toward the windshield so that the back top edge makes
firm contact.
V10’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
V10 to be briefly disconnected.
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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)
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
No display
V10 is in the Dark mode, and is programmed for Dark All (page 9)
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
Caution
V10 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,
KA9 etc.
V10 has been programmed in the Threat Display mode (page 10-11)
VG2
V10 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
or
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For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your V10 postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your
V10.
Beltronics offers an optional extended
service plan. Call Beltronics for details at
1-800-341-2288
City_______________________________________ State_____________ ZIP______________
Beltronics Extended Service Plan
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Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH 45069
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Ship V10 and power cord to:
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Enclose the following information with
your V10:
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• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
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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 V10 repaired at the
price quoted), your V10 will be returned,
without repair. Payment can be made by
check, money order, or credit card.
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Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your V10 ever needs service, please
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Service
Warranty and Accessories
BELTRONICS
One Year Limited Warranty
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INCLUDING,WITHOUT LIMITATION,
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between the owner and the service center.
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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.Your receipt or proof-of-purchase
is from a non-authorized dealer or internet
auction site including E-bay, U-bid, or other nonauthorized resellers.
To obtain service: 1. Contact BELTRONICS (1800-341-2288) 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
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Accessories
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for the Beltronics V10:
Coiled SmartCord
$29.95
Direct-wire SmartCord
$29.95
Standard Coiled Power Cord
$14.95
Direct-wire Power Cord
$14.95
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.beltronics.com
Features, specifications and prices are
subject to change without notice.
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