Beltronics PRO RX65 Radar Detector User Manual

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West Chester, Ohio
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121RX65-0REV
Owner's Manual
Congratulations
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 RX65’s outstanding performance and
innovative features.
Please drive safely.
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FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved by
the manufacturer could void the user’s FCC
granted authority to operate the equipment.
The BELRX65 is the most advanced radar,
laser and safety detector ever designed by
Beltronics.
The BEL RX65 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 RX65 introduces a
new level of revolutionary performance and
innovative features.
• Superior long-range radar and laser
detection, including new “POP”
mode alert
• Advanced Programming lets you
customize 7 features
• AutoScan mode drastically reduces
false alarms, plus Highway and City
settings
• Ultra-bright alphanumeric Display
with 280 LEDs
• Exclusive Threat Display tracks and
displays multiple radar signals,
including signal strength.
• Tech Display provides actual
numeric radar frequency for any
radar signal
• New Programmable Bands (on/off),
including International and North
American settings.
• Detects and decodes Safety Warning
System messages
• Includes new coiled SmartPlug
Quick Reference Card
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There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your RX65 for your own
preferences.
The buttons labeled CITY and BRT are
also used to enter the Program Mode,
REVIEW your current program settings, and
to CHANGE any settings as desired. The
words PROGRAM, RVW and CHG are
located on the top of the detector, and are
highlighted in graphics.
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both CITY and BRT buttons down
for 2 seconds. (The unit will beep twice,
and will display the word “Program”).
2 Then press the RVW button to review
the current settings. (You can either tap
the button to change from item to item, or
hold the button to scroll through the items).
3 Press the CHG button to change any
setting. (You can either tap the button to
change from setting to setting, or hold the
button to scroll through all the options).
4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait
8 seconds without pressing any button,
or press the PWR button. (The unit will
display Complete, beep, and return to
normal operation).
Factory Default Settings
To reset RX65 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY” and
“BRT” buttons while turning the power
on. RX65’s display will provide a “Reset”
message, accompanied by an audible
alert, acknowledging the reset.
An example
Here is how you would turn RX65’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for 2
seconds. RX65 will beep twice and display
Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
RX65 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 RX65
shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
RX65 will display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the RX65 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after RX65 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 RX65 will
display Complete, beep, and return to
normal operation.
Programming Details Quick Reference Card
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Table of Contents
BEL Pro RX65 Quick Reference Card
Press the RVW button
to go from one category
to the next
VOICE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BANDS
HWY
H
V
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
THT
TEC
ON
OFF
STD
LoX
NoX
ALL
MOD
* Full word: Highway or AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* All bands enabled
One or more bands has been modified
* Factory Default Settings
X
K
Ka
POP
Ku
LSR
SWS
ON
ON
USA
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
Intl or OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME/MUTE button
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POWER-ON SEQUENCE
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Voice
Voice
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
City
City
City
Bands
Bands
4-5
Programming
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
12
• Power Connection
6
• Example of Programming
12
• Mounting Location
6
• Overview of Programming
13
• Windshield Mount
7
• Details of Programming
Controls and Features
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Quick Reference Guide
2
8-11
Technical Details
12-16
14-16
17-23
• Power and Volume Control
8
• Specifications
17
• Voice
8
• Interpreting Alerts
18-19
• Power-on indication
8
• How Radar Works
20
• AutoMute
8
• How “POP” Works
20
• Mute
8
• How Laser Works
21
• Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
8
• How Safety Radar Works
• Brightness and Dark Mode
9
Service
• Audible Alerts
9
• Troubleshooting
22-23
24-28
24-25
• Power Connector
10
• Service
26
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• Registration
28
• Threat Display
11
• Warranty and Accessories
29
• Tech Display
11
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Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your RX65,
just follow these simple steps
1
QuickMount Slot
Insert RX65’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 RX65 on the windshield
using the supplied windshield mount.
3
Press the PWR button, located top left,
to turn RX65 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.
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your RX65 should have a
clear view of the road ahead. For best
performance, do not mount the RX65
directly behind windshield wipers
or tinted areas. Page 6
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the
vehicle.
Earphone Jack
Accepts standard 3.5mm earphone.
Brightness Button
Press to adjust display brightness. There are
three brightness settings, plus Dark Mode.
In the Dark Mode, the power-on
indication will be changed to a dim “AD,”
“HD,” or “CD” (indicating AutoScan, Dark,
Highway Dark, or City Dark). In the Dark
Mode, RX65’s meter will not display during
an alert, only the audio will alert you.
Page 9
Power Button
Press the PWR button to turn the RX65 on
or off. Page 8
Please read the manual to fully understand
RX65’s operation and features.
AutoMute
RX65’s patented AutoMute automatically
reduces the volume level of the audio alert
after a brief period. Page 8. If you prefer,
you can turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Programming
RX65 is ready to go, just plug it in and turn
it on. But you can also easily change 8
features for your preferences. Page 12-16
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Power Jack
Plug the SmartPlug into this connector.
Pages 6
Alphanumeric Matrix Display
RX65’s display will show Highway,
AutoScan, or City as its power-on indication.
If you prefer, you can choose other poweron indications. Page 12-14
During an alert, the display will indicate
radar band, and a precise bar graph of signal
strength. Page 10
Note: In the Dark Mode the display will
not light during an alert. Page 9
The display can also show Safety Radar
text messages. Page 22-23
Volume / Mute Button
Press and hold to adjust the volume level.
Briefly press this button (above the
display) to silence the audio for a specific
alert. Page 8
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Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
Windshield QuickMount
To power RX65, plug the small end of the
SmartPlug, (telephone-type connector) into
the modular jack on RX65’s right side, and
plug the lighter plug adapter into your
vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory socket.
WARNING: BELTRONICS cannot anticipate
the many ways the RX65 can be mounted.
It is important that you mount RX65 where
it will not impair your view nor present a
hazard in case of an accident.
RX65’s QuickMount windshield bracket is
designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
RX65 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 SmartPlug’s lighter
plug adapter. Of course, your lighter socket
must be clean and properly connected for
proper operation.
Where to mount RX65
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
• Using the Windshield QuickMount, mount
your RX65 level, and high enough on your
front windshield to provide a clear view of
the road from the front and rear.
• Mount RX65 away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
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.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details on
our optional Direct-wire SmartPlug.
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.
1 Depress the QuickMount button on the
top of RX65 (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.
To ensure that the suction cups adhere to
the windshield firmly, be sure to keep both
your windshield and the suction cups clean.
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily remove
the RX65 by pressing the adjustment button
and sliding it off the mount. Again, be sure
to position the bracket where it won’t
present a hazard in the event of an accident.
Additional mounts are available.
2 To adjust RX65 on your windshield,
use the QuickMount adjustment button
located on the top of the RX65, and slide
RX65 forward or backward to obtain a level
horizontal position.
When installed and adjusted properly, the
back top edge of the RX65 should rest
solidly against your windshield.
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Controls and Features
Power On/Off
If you prefer, you can turn the
AutoMute feature off. See the Programming
section for details.
To turn the RX65 on, press the PWR button
on the left side of the top case. When you
turn the RX65 on, it goes through a
sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
RX65 for a shorter power-on sequence. See
the Programming section for details.
Volume / Mute Button
Voice
The RX65 has our Digital Voice feature,
which provides a digital voice
announcement of the band being detecting.
If you prefer, you can turn the Digital
Voice feature off in programming. See
Programming section for details.
Power-on indication
After RX65’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.
AutoMute
Your RX65 has our patented AutoMute
feature. After RX65 alerts you to a radar
encounter at the volume you have selected,
the AutoMute feature will automatically
reduce the volume to a lower level. This
keeps you informed without the annoyance
of a continuous full-volume alert.
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Audible Alerts
You can also select conventional
Highway and City modes. When driving in
urban areas where annoying X-band
intrusion alarms and door openers are
common, City mode can be engaged to
lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band
alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained on all
other bands. You can customize RX65’s City
mode sensitivity. See the Programming
section for details.
To adjust the alert tone volume, press and
hold the Volume/Mute bar located on the
top case.
The Mute button, located on RX65’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.
Brightness Button
Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
Dark Mode
The City button selects RX65’s sensitivity
mode. We recommend the AutoScan mode
for most driving.
RX65’s AutoScan mode provides longrange warning, with minimum false alarms.
In this mode, RX65’s internal computer
continuously analyzes all incoming signals
and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity.
When you select the Dark mode with the
BRT switch, RX65 changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
BRT AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A,
H, or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or
City, and the D indicates Dark.)
When RX65 is in the Dark mode, the
display will not show visual alerts when
RX65 detects signals. Only the audible alert
will tell you of detected signals.
For Radar signals:
RX65 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
Ku-band = high pitched buzzing tone
RX65’s BRT button selects the brightness of
RX65’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, RX65 alerts you to all
laser signals with a full laser alert.
For Safety signals:
RX65 will alert you to these signals
with a double-buzz tone (and digital voice if
programmed) with a corresponding text
message. A complete listing of the text
messages is on page 23.
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Controls and Features
Power Connector
Signal Strength Meter
Threat Display
RX65’s power jack uses a telephone-type
connector. This new 6-pin connector only
works with the included coiled SmartPlug,
or the optional Direct-wire SmartPlug.
The coiled SmartPlug is a special power
cord that has a power-on indicator (which
only lights up when the RX65 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 RX65 in
the Dark mode, and use the SmartPlug for
your visual alerts. Other drivers won't know
you have a detector.
An optional Direct-wire SmartPlug 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 RX65.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-341-2288.
RX65’s alphanumeric display consists of
280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive
ultra-bright display of signal strength and
text messages.
RX65’s standard bar-graph signal
strength meter only displays information on
a single radar signal. If there are multiple
signals present, RX65’s internal computer
determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
When RX65 detects radar, it displays
the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar
graph of the signal strength. When RX65
detects a laser signal, the display will show
“Laser.”
NOTE: If you are operating RX65 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 SmartPlug.
RX65’s Threat Display option is an
advanced display for experienced detector
users. Please use RX65 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 RX65’s
Programming (see pages 12-15).
RX65’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.
A few more examples will help you
better see how the Threat Display works.
K9 X1
Here Threat Display shows a strong
K-band signal, and a weak X-band signal.
Ka1 X9
Here Threat Display shows a weak
Ka-band signal, and a strong X-band
signal.
Threat Display Details
The band designators (X, K, Ka) will
stay on the display for a few seconds after
the signal has passed. This allows you to see
what the unit detected, even on very brief
signals.
Tech Display
BEL RX65’s new Tech Display option is also
for the experienced detector user. In this
mode, RX65 will display the actual numeric
frequency of the radar signal being
received.
Ka9 K2 X1
Above is the Threat Display if the
RX65 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 RX65 will
also be in Threat Display: an X with a
decaying numeric signal.
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K 24.150
Tech Display shows one K-band signal
at 24.150 gigahertz.
Note: Even long-time detector users
will require a significant amount of time to
get familiar with this new level of
information about detected signals.
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Programming
Overview of Programming
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your RX65 for your own
preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and
BRT are also used to enter the Program
Mode, REVIEW your current program
settings, and to CHANGE any settings as
desired. The words PROGRAM, RVW, and
CHG are located on the top of the detector,
and are highlighted in colored graphics.
Pages 14-16 explain each option in more
detail.
An example
Here is how you would turn RX65’s
AutoMute feature off.
Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The RX65 will beep twice and
display Program.
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Pilot HWY
Pilot H
Pilot V
* Full word: Highway or AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
VOICE
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
Meter STD
Meter THT
Meter TEC
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
BANDS
Bands ALL
Bands MOD
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
RX65 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot (Pilot), then Voice
(Voice), then Power-on sequence
(PwrOn), then Signal strength meter
(Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold the CITY and BRT buttons for 2
seconds. (The unit will beep twice, and
will display the word “Program”).
3 Release the RVW button when RX65
shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory
setting is for AutoMute to be on, RX65 will
display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the RX65 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after RX65 scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again
at the top of the list.)
2 Then press the RVW button to
review the current settings. (You can
either tap the button to change from item to
item, or hold the button to scroll through
the items).
3 Press the CHG button to change
any setting. (You can either tap the button
to change from setting to setting, or hold
the button to scroll through all the options).
4 Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To leave the Program Mode, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any
button. (The unit will display Complete,
beep 4 times, and return to normal
operation).
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any button.
The RX65 will display Complete, beep 4
times, and return to normal operation.
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* Factory Default Settings
To reset RX65 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY”
and “BRT” buttons while turning
the power on. The RX65’s display
will provide a “Reset” message,
accompanied by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* All bands enabled
One or more bands are disabled
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME/MUTE button
X
K
Ka
POP
Ku
LSR
SWS
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ON
ON
USA
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
Int or OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
Details of Programming
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Voice
Signal Strength Meter
City Mode Sensitivity
Note: When you are using the Dark mode,
the display will only show HD, AD, or CD,
(Highway-Dark, AutoScan-Dark, or CityDark).
Voice On (Voice alerts on)
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS (if
programmed on) alerts will be
accompanied by a digital voice.
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)
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting, RX65 will display “Highway,”
“City,” or “Auto” as its power-on indication.
(factory default)
Voice Off (Voice alerts off)
In this setting, only the audio tones will be
heard during an alert or SWS message.
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, when you put RX65 in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly
reduced, to reduce annoyance from X-band
intrusion alarms and motion sensors.
(factory default)
Pilot H (Letter)
In this setting, RX65 will display “H” for
Highway, “C” for City, and “A” for
AutoScan.
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the
RX65, it will display “BEL RX65,” “Laser,”
“Ka-band,” “K-band,” “X-band,” “Safety,”
and any changes to factory settings. (factory
default)
Power-on Sequence
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, RX65 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 RX55 will only provide a
brief audible tone, and will display any nonfactory settings.
MeterTHT (Threat Display)
In this setting, the meter simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals, including
relative signal strength for each.
Note: The Threat Display feature is
explained in more detail on pages 10-11.
City LoX (Low X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put RX65 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 RX65 in the
City mode, it will not respond to any X band
signals. WARNING: Only choose this
setting if you are absolutely certain that
there are no X band traffic radar units
where you drive.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
In this setting, RX65’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after a
few seconds, the RX65 will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you
informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
NOTE: These settings only apply when
RX65 is operated in City mode. X-band
sensitivity is not affected when used in
“AutoScan,” or “Highway” modes.
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, RX65’s audio alerts will
remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
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Details of Programming
Technical Details
Bands
Features and Specifications
BandsALL
In this setting all radar, laser, and SWS
frequencies are monitored. This is the
factory setting, and it is highly
recommended that you use your RX65 in
this mode.
Operating Bands
• X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
• K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
• Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
• Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth
BandsMOD
In this setting, RX65 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).
Sensitivity Control
• Highway, AutoScan and City
Auto Calibration Circuitry
VG2 Immunity
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Patented Technology
RX65 is covered by one or more of the
following US patents.
6,587,068 6,400,305 6,249,218 6,069,580
5,668,554 5,600,132 5,587,916 5,559,508
5,365,055 5,347,120 5,446,923 5,402,087
5,305,007 5,206,500 5,164,729 5,134,406
5,111,207 5,079,553 5,049,885 5,049,884
4,961,074 4,954,828 4,952,937 4,952,936
4,939,521 4,896,855 4,887,753 4,862,175
4,750,215 4,686,499 4,631,542 4,630,054
4,625,210 4,613,989 4,604,529 4,583,057
4,581,769 4,571,593 4,313,216 D314,178
D313,365 D310,167 D308,837 D296,771
D288,418 D253,752
RX65 is also covered by one or more of the
following Canadian patents:
1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602 1,187,586
Other patents pending. Additional patents
may be listed inside the product.
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Diodes
WARNING: Only modify bands if you
are absolutely certain that there are no
traffic radar units using that specific
band in your area.
Display
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph, Threat Display, or Tech Display
• 3 Levels of Brightness, plus Dark Mode
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• SmartPlug (included)
Programmable Features
• Power-On Indication
• Voice Alerts
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Radar / Laser Bands
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Alert
Explanation
RX65 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.
RX65 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength
of alerts may be consistent or vary wildly.
A patrol car is traveling in front of you with a
radar source aimed forward. Because signals
are sometimes reflected off of large objects
and sometimes not, the alerts may seem
inconsistent.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
RX65 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.
RX65 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.
RX65 gives an X-band, or K-band alert
intermittently.
RX65 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!
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.
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.
RX65 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.
Although the RX65 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 RX65 and how to interpret what
it tells you. The specific type of radar being
used, the type of transmission (continuous
or instant-on) and the location of the radar
source affect the radar alerts you receive.
The following examples will give you
an introduction to understanding the
RX65’s warning system for radar, laser and
safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The RX65 begins to sound slowly, then the
rate of alert increases. The Signal Meter ramps
accordingly.
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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
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X-Band radar, your RX65 will
occasionally receive non-police radar
signals. Since these X-Band transmitters are
usually contained inside of a building, or
aimed toward the ground, they will
generally produce much weaker readings
than will a true radar encounter. As you
become familiar with the sources of these
pseudo alarms in your daily driving, they
will serve as confirmation that your RX65’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.
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.
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
How Safety Radar Works
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.
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 RX65 can display are listed on the
facing page.
From the factory, your RX65 is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
SWS is used in your area, your RX65 will
display the safety messages associated with
the signal. If you wish to detect this system,
use the Programming feature to turn RX65’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
RX65’s eight-character display.
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SWS Text Messages
Highway Construction or Maintenance
1 Work Zone Ahead
2 Road Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
3 Bridge Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
4 Highway Work Crews Ahead
5 Utility Work Crews Ahead
6 All Traffic Follow Detour Ahead
7 All Trucks Follow Detour Ahead
8 All Traffic Exit Ahead
9 Right Lane Closed Ahead
10 Center Lane Closed Ahead
11 Left Lane Closed Ahead
12 For future use
Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
13 Stationary Police Vehicle Ahead
14 Train Approaching/At Crossing
15 Low Overpass Ahead
16 Drawbridge Up
17 Observe Drawbridge Weight Limit
18 Rock Slide Area Ahead
19 School Zone Ahead
20 Road Narrows Ahead
21 Sharp Curve Ahead
22 Pedestrian Crossing Ahead
23 Deer/Moose Crossing
24 Blind/Deaf Child Area
25 Steep Grade Ahead/Truck Use Low Gear
26 Accident Ahead
27 Poor Road Surface Ahead
28 School Bus Loading/Unloading
29 No Passing Zone
30 Dangerous Intersection Ahead
31 Stationary Emergency Vehicle Ahead
32 For future use
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Weather Related Hazards
33 High Wind Ahead
34 Severe Weather Ahead
35 Heavy Fog Ahead
36 High Water/Flooding Ahead
37 Ice On Bridge Ahead
38 Ice On Road Ahead
39 Blowing Dust Ahead
40 Blowing Sand Ahead
41 Blinding Snow Whiteout Ahead
42 For future use
Travel Information/Convenience
43 Rest Area Ahead
44 Rest Area With Service Ahead
45 24 Hour Fuel Service Ahead
46 Inspection Station Open
47 Inspection Station Closed
48 Reduced Speed Area Ahead
49 Speed Limit Enforced
50 Hazardous Materials Exit Ahead
51 Congestion Ahead/Expect Delay
52 Expect 10 Minute Delay
53 Expect 20 Minute Delay
54 Expect 30 Minute Delay
55 Expect 1 Hour Delay
56 Traffic Alert/Tune AM Radio
57 Pay Toll Ahead
58 Trucks Exit Right
59 Trucks Exit Left
60 For future use
Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles
61 Emergency Vehicle In Transit
62 Police In Pursuit
63 Oversize Vehicle In Transit
64 Slow Moving Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Problem
Solution
RX65 beeps briefly at the same
location every day, but no radar
source is in sight.
• An X-band motion sensor or intrusion alarm is located within
range of your route. With time, you will learn predictable
patterns of these signals.
RX65 will not turn on.
• Check that the power is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try RX65 in another vehicle.
RX65 does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block RX65’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.
• RX65 may be in City Mode.
RX65 feels very warm.
• It is normal for RX65 to feel warm.
RX65 did not alert when a police
car was in view.
Explanation of Displays
• VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) a
stopwatch method of speed detection, may be in use.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
AD
Sensitivity control is in Auto mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
HD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
RX65 did not provide a Safety signal
while within range of an emergency
vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
No display
RX65 is in the Dark mode, and is programmed for Dark All (page 9, 16)
RX65’s display is not working.
• Press the BRT button to deactivate Dark Mode.
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
RX65’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• RX65 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
RX65 bounces or sags on windshield.
• RX65 is not making contact with the windshield to provide
stability. While holding down RX65’s QuickMount button,
slide RX65 toward the windshield so that the back top edge
makes firm contact.
Caution
RX65 has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 22-23)
X5, or K5,
or KA9 etc.
RX65 has been programmed in the Threat Display mode (page 10-11)
VG2
RX65 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
RX65’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
RX65 to be briefly disconnected.
Your 14-year old son has changed all
7 of the Programming options.
You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the CITY and BRT buttons while
you turn RX65 on.
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Primary reason for purchasing this BELTRONICS product____________________________________
4.
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3.
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Product Purchased________________________ Model___________ Serial Number___________
2.
For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your RX65 postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your
RX65.
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Customer Service Department
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5442 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
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Ship RX65 and Power Cord To:
Address______________________________________________________________________
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Enclose the following information with your
RX65:
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing.
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2 Call us at 1-800-341-2288. We may be
able to solve your problem over the phone.
If the problem requires that you send your
RX65 to the factory for repair, we will
provide you with a Service Order Number,
which must be included on the outside of
your shipping box.
online:
If you did not purchase your detector directly from BELTRONICS, please fill out this section and return to us,
1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
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If you purchased your detector directly from BELTRONICS, you do not need to fill this out.
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 RX65 repaired at
the price quoted), your RX65 will be
returned, without repair. Payment can be
made by check, money order, or credit
card.
BELTRONICS PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your RX65 ever needs service, please
follow these simple steps:
Service Procedure
Service
Warranty and Accessories
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ATTN CUSTOMER SERVICE
BELTRONICS INC
5442 WEST CHESTER RD
WEST CHESTER OH 45069-9789
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BELTRONICS One Year Limited Warranty
Accessories
BELTRONICS warrants your RX65 against all
defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of one (1) year from the date of the
original purchase, subject to the following
terms and conditions:
The sole responsibility of BELTRONICS
under this Warranty is limited to either
repair or, at the option of BELTRONICS,
replacement of the RX65 detector. There
are no expressed or implied warranties,
including those of fitness for a particular
purpose or merchantability, which extend
beyond the face hereof. Some states do not
allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitations may
not apply to you.
BELTRONICS is not liable for any
incidental or consequential damages arising
from the use, misuse, or mounting of the
RX65. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above
limitation or exclusion may not apply to
you.
This Warranty gives you specific rights.
You may have other legal rights which vary
from state to state. This Warranty does not
apply if the serial number on the housing of
the RX65 has been removed, or if your
RX65 has been subjected to physical abuse,
improper installation, or modification.
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for BEL Pro RX65.
Standard Coiled SmartPlug
$29.95
Direct-wire SmartPlug
$29.95
Accessory Kit
$19.95
Visor Clip
$4.00
Aluminum Travel Case
$19.95
See all of our products and accessories at
www.beltronicspro.com
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