Specifications | Beltronics Sti r Plus Radar Detector User Manual

S T E A L T H
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BELTRONICS
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester OH
45069 USA
N O R T H
A M E R I C A
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Model: STi-R Plus
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Owner’s Manual
S A F E T Y
D E T E C T O R
Congratulations
Your new STiR Plus is the most advanced
custom installed camera location system
ever. In addition, your StiR Plus can be
upgraded to a full radar and laser detector
with a simple software update from our
website.
The STiR Plus features:
• State of the art onboard Defender
database for locating red light and
speed cameras
• Ability to download database
updates using your PC and the
Beltronics website
• Exclusive detector capability
(optional) including X, K,
SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning
System messages
If the detector feature is activated, you’ll
enjoy these exclusive features:
• TotalShield™ Technology makes the
STiR Plus totally undetectable by any
radar detector detector (RDD)
• Twin-antenna design with dual LNA
(low noise amplifier) receivers
provide the best long-range
performance against all radar bands
Quick Reference
• Exclusive AutoLock feature
identifies each signal and
automatically eliminates false
alarms
• Easy-to-use Settings lets you
customize up to 10 features
• All the performance you’d expect
from Beltronics
The radar feature can also be deactivated
at any time by simply pressing the VOL
and SENS buttons for (5) five seconds. To
re-activate, simply use the detector tools
again.
If you’ve used a detector before, a review
of the Quick Reference Guide on pages 4
and 5, and the Settings 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 STiR Plus’s outstanding
performance and innovative features.
Please drive safely.
FCC Note: Modifications not expressly
approved by the manufacturer could
void the user’s FCC granted authority
to operate the equipment.
STiR Plus Quick Reference
An example:
Here is how you would turn STiR Plus’s
AutoMute feature off:
There are 10 user-selectable options so
you can customize your STiR Plus for your
own Settings.
The buttons labeled VOL and BRT are
also used to enter Settings, REVIEW your
current settings, and to CHANGE any
settings. The abbreviations PGM, RVW, and
CHG are located on the lower part of the
controller.
1 Enter Settings by holding both the VOL
and BRT buttons down for 2 seconds. The
STiR Plus will display Settings,
accompanied by a voice announcement.
2 Then hold the VOL button down. The
STiR Plus will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot ( Pilot ), GPS ( GPS ),
AutoLock ( aLock), SpeedCheck ( sChk),
Meter ( Meter), then AutoMute ( aMute ).
How to use EZ-Settings
1 To enter Settings, press and hold
both VOL and BRT buttons down for 2
seconds. A voice announces “Settings,”
and will display the word Settings.
3 Release the VOL button when the STiR
Plus shows the AutoMute item.
Since the factory setting is for AutoMute to
be on, STiR Plus will display aMute ON,
accompanied by a voice announcement.
If you accidentally don’t release the
button in time, and the STiR Plus goes to the
next category, hold the VOL button down
again, and scroll through the categories
again until aMute is displayed.
2 Then press the VOL button to
review the current settings. You can
either tap the button to change from
setting to setting, or hold the button to
scroll through all the options.
3 Press the BRT button to change any
setting. You can either tap the button to
change from setting to setting, or hold the
button down to scroll through all the
options.
4 Press the BRT button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To leave Settings, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button,
or momentarily press the PWR button.
The unit will display Complete,
accompanied by a voice announcement.
5 To complete this change, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button, or
press the PWR button. The STiR Plus will
display Complete, accompanied by a
voice announcement and return to its
normal operation.
Factory Default Settings
To reset the STiR Plus to its original
factory settings, press and hold the VOL
and SENS buttons while turning the
power on. The STiR Plus’s display will
provide a Reset accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
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Settings Details 
Quick Reference
Table of Contents
STiR Plus Quick Reference
Press the VOL button
to go from one category
to the next
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
GPS
AUTOLOCK
Press the BRT/CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
HWY * Full word: Highway, AutoScn, etc.
H
Letter: H, A, C, Cnx
V
Vehicle voltage
SPD
Vehicle speed
GPS ON * GPS On
GPS OFF GPS Off
aLock ON * AutoLock On
aLock OFF AutoLock Off
SPEED CHECK
sChk ON * Speed Check On
sChk OFF Speed Check Off
METER
Meter STD * Bar-graph Meter
Meter THT
Threat Display
Meter TEC
Tech Display
Quick Reference Guide
4-5
Controls and Features
6-11
• How to use Settings
12
• Power
6
• Example of Settings
12
• Power-On Indication
6
• Overview of Settings
13
• Volume Control
6
• Details of Settings
14-16
• Mute/AutoMute
6-7
Technical Details
17-25
Settings
12-16
• Sensitivity
7
• Specifications
17
• Marking Locations
8
• Interpreting Alerts
• Safety Camera Data
9
• How Radar Works
20
• AutoLock / AutoUnLock
9
• How TSR Works
20
18-19
• Locking Out False Alarms
9
• How “POP” Works
21
aMute ON * AutoMute On
aMute OFF AutoMute Off
• Audible Alerts
9
• How Laser Works
21
UNITS
Units ENG * Units English
Units MET Units Metric
• Voice Announcements
10
• How TotalShield™ Works
22
VOICE
Voice ON * Voice Alerts On
Voice OFF
Voice Alerts Off
• Display Brightness
10
• How GPS Works
22
Bands DFT * Factory Default Settings
Bands MOD Factory Default Settings Modified
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• How TrueLock Works
23
• ThreatDisplay
11
• How AutoLock Works
23
AUTOMUTE
When KaSW is off,
BANDS
each Ka segment can be turned on or off
Ka1 (33.392 - 33.704) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka2 (33.704 - 33.896) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka3 (33.886 - 34.198) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka4 (34.184 - 34.592) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka5 (34.592 - 34.808) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka6 (34.806 - 35.166) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka7 (34.143 - 35.383) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka8 (35.378 - 35.618) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka9 (35.595 - 35.835) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka10 (35.830 - 35.998) ON or OFF (default is off)
MARKERS
Turn bands ON or OFF by
pressing the MUTE button
X
K
KaSW
POP
SWS
LSR
RDR
TSR
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
RECV or BLCK or OFF (default is RECV)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
* Factory Default Settings
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24-25
Service
26-33
• Troubleshooting
Mark DFT * Factory Default Settings
Mark MOD One or more bands have been changed
rCam
sCam
aCam
Trap
Othr
• How Safety Radar Works
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
• Service
28
• Warranty
29
• Registration
3
26-27
31-32
Quick Reference Guide
Power Button
Press and hold to manually turn the STiR
Plus on or off. If installed properly, the
system will turn on or off automatically
with the ignition.
Control Module
Sensitivity Button (SENS)
The “SENS” button selects the STiR Plus’s
sensitivity. The choices are Highway (full
sensitivity), AutoScan (based on the speed
of the vehicle), City (reduced X and Kband sensitivity) and City No X, (same as
City but without X-band). In general, we
recommend AutoScan. Page 7
Volume Button (VOL)
Press and hold the VOL button on the
controller to adjust the alert volume level.
The audio will ramp up to increase, down
to decrease, accompanied by a bar-graph
on the display.
To change the direction of the audio
ramping (down instead of up or vice
versa) simply release the VOL button
quickly press and hold it again to change
its direction.
NOTE: Your preferred audio level
will be stored in memory, even after
the detector is turned off.
Mute Button (Mute)
Briefly press this button to silence the
audio for a specific alert. (The audio will
alert you to the next encounter.) Pages 6-7
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Mark Location Button (MRK)
The “MRK” button allows you to mark a
specific location and label it for future
reference. Once marked, the STiR Plus will
provide an alert before you reach this area
again. This can be extremely useful when
there are known speed traps or safety
cameras in a particular location. Page 8
Display Module
Display Brightness (BRT)
The “BRT” button selects your preferred
brightness level. The factory default
setting is Auto (automatic), which will
adjust the display brightness based on the
ambient light in the vehicle. See the
Settings section for details.
MatrixDisplay
The STiR Plus’s alphanumeric display
consists of 280 individual LEDs, to provide
an intuitive ultra-bright display of
signal strength and text messages. The
STiR Plus’s display will show Highway,
Autoscan, City or CityNoX as its power-on
indication. If you prefer, you can choose
other power-on indications. Pages 12-15
During an alert, the display will
indicate the radar or laser band, and a
precise bar-graph of signal strength.
Page 14
Note: In the Dark Mode the
display will not light during an alert.
GPS Signal Indicator
The GPS icon indicates reception of GPS
satellite signals and will rotate when
a false alert is being rejected.
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Controls and Features
Power
The STiR Plus is typically wired to a
switched supply at the vehicle’s fuse box.
This allows the detector to turn on/off
with the ignition. If you prefer, the power
button can be used to manually turn the
STiR Plus on or off.
Mute
The MUTE button, located in the center of
the STiR Plus’s controller, has several
functions:
1. Mute the audio during a single alert.
To do this, briefly press the MUTE button
during the alert. After that radar
encounter has passed, the Mute will
disengage, and the audio will return to
your preset level.
2. Lockout false alarms using TrueLock.
To do this, simply press the Mute button
(3) three consecutive times during the
false alert. The first time the audio will
mute as stated above. The second time the
mute button is pressed; the display will
read “Lockout?” To confirm and lockout
that signal, press the mute button a third
time.
NOTE: Visually scan the area to
ensure no real threat exists before
locking out any signals.
Once a signal has been locked out, the
satellite icon on the display will rotate,
giving you a visual indication that it is
detecting that signal, but no alert will be
given.
3. Unlock a signal. To do this, simply
press (do not hold) the Mute button while
the icon is rotating. An “Unlock” message
will be displayed. Press the mute button
again to confirm and unlock that signal.
Power-On Indication
Once your STiR Plus’s is installed, the
system will turn on with the ignition.
Once the start-up sequence is complete,
the display will show “Highway”,
“AutoScn”, “City” or “City NoX” to indicate
which sensitivity mode it is in.
If you prefer, you can select alternate
power-on displays. See the Settings
section for details.
Volume Control
Press and hold the VOL button on the
controller to adjust the alert volume level.
The audio will ramp up and down,
accompanied by a bar-graph on the display.
Once your desired level is reached, simply
release the button. This audio level will be
stored in memory, even after the detector
is turned off.
NOTE: To change the direction of
the audio ramping (e.g. down instead
of up) simply release the VOL button
quickly and press and hold again.
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Sensitivity Button (SENS)
The “SENS” button selects the STi-R’s
sensitivity mode. We recommend
AutoScan mode for most driving.
When optional Laser Blockers are
connected:
4. Disengage “Laser Blockers”. To do this,
simply double-tap the mute button during
a laser alert once you’ve adjusted your
speed. This will put the Laser Shifters into
a “receive only” mode for approximately
(1) one minute. Once this time has passed,
the Shifters will automatically return to
the “shifting” mode.
NOTE: Blockers must be turned on
in Settings. See Settings section for
details.
5. Once the vehicle is under 25 mph,
press and hold to disable the Shifters for
an extended period of time. Once the
vehicle reaches 25 mph, the Shifters will
reset and return to Shift mode.
Highway (Highway Mode)
In this setting, the STi-R will detect all
signals at maximum range.
AutoScn (AutoScan Mode)
In this setting the STi-R’s internal
computer continuously analyzes all
incoming signals and intelligently filters
out unwanted X and K-band false alarms
from automatic door openers and motion
sensors. Full sensitivity is maintained on
all other bands.
City STD (City Mode)
In this setting, X and K-band sensitivity is
further reduced to eliminate unwanted
false alarms in congested urban areas.
AutoMute
Your STiR Plus has our patented AutoMute
feature. After the STiR Plus 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.
If you prefer, you can turn AutoMute
off. See the Settings section for details.
City NoX (City Mode with NoX)
In this setting, K-band sensitivity is the
same as City STD, however, X-band is
completely turned off.
WARNING: Do not use the STi-R City
NoX mode unless you are
absolutely certain that there are no
traffic radar guns using X-band in
your area.
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Controls and Features
Mark Locations
The Mark Location feature allows you to
mark any location for future reference.
Once marked, the STiR Plus will provide
an alert, accompanied by the label you
assigned to it, on the display.
There are (4) different labels you can
use when marking a location: Speed Trap
(“SPDTRAP”), Speed Camera
(“SPEEDCAM”), red light camera
(“REDLIGHT”) and other (“OTHER”).
To mark a location, simply press the
“MRK” button. The display will show
“MARK?”, accompanied by a voice message.
Press the “MRK” button again, and the
labels appear, starting with “SPDTRAP”. If
this is not the label you want to use,
simply press the “MUTE” button to scroll
through the other options. Once you
reached the label you want, simply press
the “MRK” button once more to confirm.
The word “MARKED” will appear on the
display, accompanied by a voice prompt
confirming you have marked and labeled
this location.
Once marked, the STiR Plus will
provide an alert before you reach this area
the next time.
NOTE: You must drive out of the
marked area before the mark location
alert will work.
The warning distance for each label is:
Speed Trap =
.3 miles, or approximately 1,584 feet.
Speed Camera =
500’ when traveling below 55mph,
or 1000’ above 55mph
Average Speed Cameras =
500’ when traveling below 55mph,
or 1000’ above 55mph
Red Light Camera =
250 feet
Other =
500’ when traveling below 55mph,
or 1000’ above 55mph
NOTE:
GPS must be on in Settings.
Example of a Mark Location labeled “Other.”
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Safety Camera
Your STiR Plus comes pre-loaded with
safety camera locations in its memory. To
The first time you press the Mute
button, the audio will mute. The second
time the display will show “Lockout?”
accompanied by a voice prompt asking if
you want to lockout this signal. The third
time you press the Mute button, the
location and frequency of that signal is
stored in memory. The display will show
“Stored” to acknowledge the information
has been captured.
turn these on or off, see the “Markers”
section in Settings.
AutoLock/Auto UnLock
(X and K-bands only)
AutoLock constantly analyzes all incoming
signals as you drive. If the same signal is
detected at the same location
approximately (3) three times, the STiR
Plus will automatically lock it out as a false
alarm. Once this signal has been locked
out, no alert will be given at this location
unless it’s a new or different signal.
Once a signal has been locked out and
stored in memory, the STiR Plus will also
automatically unlock a signal if it is not
present the next time you pass that
location. This reduces the chances of
locking out a real threat.
Audible Alerts
For Radar signals:
The STiR Plus uses a Geiger-counterlike 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.
Locking Out False Alarms
To lock out a known false alarm, (X and Kband radar, and Laser) simply press the
Mute button on the controller (3) three
times during the false alert.
NOTE: It is important to visually
look around to make certain no
traffic radar is present before locking
out a signal.
X-band = beep
K-band = brap
Ka-band = double-brap
POP = full double-chirp
Laser = rapid fire beeping
SWS = double buzz
At low speeds, (below 20 mph) radar alerts
will be reduced to a double-tone based on
the band received (e.g. double brap for kband).
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Controls and Features
Display Brightness
The STiR Plus’s display brightness is
automatically adjusted by a sensor located
behind the display lens. (factory default)
If you prefer, you can select one of the
following fixed levels of brightness
including Minimum, Medium, Maximum
or Full Dark by pressing the “BRT” button
located on the controller.
For Laser signals:
Since laser signals are a possible
threat no matter how weak, the STiR Plus
alerts you to these bands at full signal
strength.
For POP signals:
Since POP signals are extremely fast K
or Ka bursts, and a possible threat no
matter how weak, the STiR Plus alerts you
to these bands at full signal strength.
Signal Strength Meter
The STiR Plus’s standard bar-graph meter
only displays information on a single radar
signal. If there are multiple signals present,
the STiR Plus’s internal computer
determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar-graph meter.
When the STiR Plus detects radar, it
displays the band (X, K, Ka), and a precise
bar-graph of the signal strength. When the
STiR Plus detects a laser signal, the display
will show “LASER.” When it detects a POP
signal, the display will show “POP.”
For Safety signals:
The STiR Plus will alert you to these
signals with a double-beep tone, and a
corresponding text message. A complete
listing of the text messages
is on page 25.
Marked Locations
The STiR Plus will alert you to marked
locations with a double-beep tone, and a
corresponding text message. A complete
list of mark location labels are on page 8.
NOTE: If you are operating the
STiR Plus in the Dark mode, the
display will not display anything
when a signal is detected. However,
the back light on the Mute button,
located on the controller, will flash to
give you a visual alert.
Voice Alerts
The STiR Plus provides digital voice
announcements (factory default) for alerts,
feedback for button selections, and
Settings.
If you prefer, you can turn off the
voice feature in Settings. See the Settings
section for details.
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ThreatDisplay
Your STiR Plus’s ThreatDisplay option is an
advanced display for experienced detector
users. Please use the STiR Plus for a few
weeks to get familiar with its other
features before using this meter type.
To use the ThreatDisplay instead of
the standard bar-graph signal strength
meter, you must select ThreatDisplay in
the STiR Plus’s Settings (see pages 12-15).
The STiR Plus’s ThreatDisplay Display
simultaneously tracks multiple radar
signals and their relative signal strength.
This 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 ThreatDisplay Display is actually
a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows
what band each signal is and its signal
strength.
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
Tech Display
The STiR Plus’s Tech Display option is for
the experienced detector user. In this
mode, the STiR Plus will display the actual
numeric
frequency of the radar signal being
received.
K 24.150
Tech Display shows one K-band
signal at 24.150 gigahertz.
Even long-time detector users will
require a significant amount of time to get
familiar with this new level of information
about detected signals.
Ka9 K2 X1
Above is the Threat Display if the
STi-R was detecting a strong Ka-band, a
weak K-band, and a weak X-band signal.
A few more examples will help you
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Overview of Settings
How to use Settings
An example
Here is how you would turn the AutoMute
feature off.
There are 10 user-selectable options you
can customize on your STiR Plus. The
buttons labeled VOL and BRT on the
controller are used to enter Settings. Once
you enter Settings, the VOL button is used
to REVIEW your current choices, and BRT
button is used to CHANGE settings. See
Pages 14-16 for more detail.
1 Enter Settings by holding both the VOL
and BRT buttons down for 2 seconds. The
STiR Plus will display the word Settings,
accompanied by a voice announcement.
2 Then hold the VOL/RVW button down.
The STiR Plus will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot, GPS, aLock, sChk,
Meter, then aMute.
How to use Settings
1 To enter Settings, press and hold
both the VOL and BRT buttons down
for 2 seconds. (The unit will display the
word Settings, accompanied by a voice
announcement).
3 Release the VOL/RVW button when the
STiR Plus shows the AutoMute item. Since
the factory setting for AutoMute is on, the
display will show aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don’t release the VOL/
RVW button in time, and STiR Plus goes to the
next category, simply hold the VOL /RVW
button down again, the STiR Plus will scroll
through all of the categories.)
2 Press the VOL 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 BRT 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 BRT/CHG button to change
from aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To exit Settings, simply wait 8
seconds without pressing any button,
or press the PWR button ( ). (The unit
will display Complete, accompanied by a
voice announcement).
5 To exit Settings, simply wait 8 seconds
without pressing any button, or press the
PWR button ( ). The STiR Plus will display
Complete, accompanied by a voice
announcement.
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Press the VOL button
to go from one category
to the next
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
GPS
* Factory Default Settings
To reset STiR Plus to its
original factory settings,
press and hold the “VOL”
and “SENS” buttons while
turning the power on.
The STiR Plus’s display
will provide a Reset
message, accompanied
by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
When KaSW is off,
each Ka segment can be turned on or off
Ka1 (33.392 - 33.704) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka2 (33.704 - 33.896) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka3 (33.886 - 34.198) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka4 (34.184 - 34.592) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka5 (34.592 - 34.808) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka6 (34.806 - 35.166) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka7 (34.143 - 35.383) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka8 (35.378 - 35.618) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka9 (35.595 - 35.835) ON or OFF (default is off)
Ka10 (35.830 - 35.998) ON or OFF (default is off)
AUTOLOCK
Press the BRT/CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
HWY * Full word: Highway, AutoScn, etc.
H
Letter: H, A, C, Cnx
V
Vehicle voltage
SPD
Vehicle speed
GPS ON * GPS On
GPS OFF
GPS Off
aLock ON * AutoLock On
aLock OFF
AutoLock Off
SPEED CHECK
sChk ON * Speed Check On
sChk OFF
Speed Check Off
METER
Meter STD * Bar-graph Meter
Meter THT
Threat Display
Meter TEC
Tech Display
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON * AutoMute On
aMute OFF
AutoMute Off
UNITS
Units ENG * Units English
Units MET
Units Metric
VOICE
Voice ON * Voice Alerts On
Voice OFF
Voice Alerts Off
BANDS
Bands DFT * Factory Default Settings
Bands MOD
Factory Default Settings Modified
Turn bands ON or OFF by
pressing the MUTE button
X
K
KaSW
POP
SWS
LSR
RDR
TSR
MARKERS
Mark DFT * Factory Default Settings
Mark MOD
One or more bands have been modified
rCam
sCam
aCam
Trap
Othr
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ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
RECV or BLCK or OFF (default is RECV)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is OFF)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
ON or OFF (default is ON)
Details of Settings
GPS On (GPS receiver on)
sChk On (Speed Check is on)
Speed Check
AutoMute
In this setting, all GPS related features are
on. (factory default)
In this setting, your current vehicle speed
is displayed, then the meter you’ve
selected. (factory default)
In this setting, the STiR Plus’s audio alerts
will initially be set to the volume you set,
but after a few seconds, the STiR Plus will
automatically reduce the volume level, to
keep you informed, but not annoyed.
(factory default)
GPS
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Pilot HWY (Full word)
In this setting, the STiR Plus will display
“Highway,” “AutoScn,” “City,” or “CityNox”
as its power-on indication. (factory
default)
GPS Off (GPS receiver off)
In this setting, all GPS features are off.
Pilot H (Letter)
Auto Lock
In this setting, the STiR Plus will display
“H” for Highway, “A” for AutoScan, “C” for
City, and “Cnx” for City NoX.
aLock On (AutoLock is on)
In this setting, the STiR Plus will
constantly analyze all incoming radar
signals and lock out false alarms
automatically over time. (factory default)
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, the STiR Plus will display
“H” for Highway, “A” for AutoScan, “C” for
City, and “Cnx” for City NoX,
accompanied by the vehicle’s voltage.
aLock Off (AutoLock is off)
In this setting, any false alerts will need to
be locked out manually using the Mute
button.
NOTE: A high or low voltage
warning is given any time the vehicle’s
voltage drops below 10.5 volts, or goes
above 16.5 volts. This feature is always
on, regardless of the Pilot setting.
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
sChk Off (Speed Check is off)
In this setting, speed alert is off.
aMute OFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, the STiR Plus’s audio
alerts will remain at the volume you set for
the duration of the encounter.
Signal Strength Meter
Meter STD (Standard meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the band
of the signal received, and a bar-graph
showing the relative signal strength.
(factory default)
Units
Units ENG (units are in English)
In this setting, all speed and distance
related functions are displayed in English
units. (factory default)
Meter THT (ThreatDisplay)
In this setting, the meter will
simultaneously track multiple radar
signals, including relative signal strength
for each.
Units MET (units are in Metric)
In this setting, all speed and distance
related functions are displayed in Metric
units.
Meter TEC (Tech Display meter)
In this setting, the meter will display the
actual numeric frequency of the radar
signal received.
Pilot SPD (Vehicle speed)
In this setting, the STiR Plus will display
“H” for Highway, “A” for AutoScan, “C” for
City, and “Cnx” for City NoX,
accompanied by the vehicle’s voltage.
NOTE: The Tech Display feature is
explained in more detail on page 11.
NOTE: When you are using the
Dark mode, the display will not
display anything. Only the power-on
indication on the controller will
illuminate.
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Details of Settings
Specifications
Voice
Markers
Features and Specifications
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS
messages (if programmed) will be
announced using a digital voice.
In this setting, all fixed location reporting,
including safety cameras, red light
cameras and speed traps are reported.
Voice Off (Voice announcements off)
In this setting, only the distinct audio tone
will be heard when a radar, Laser, or SWS
message is detected.
In this setting, only the Markers you’ve
selected will be reported.
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, ±33nm
Radar Receiver
• Dual-Horn Antenna Casting
• Superheterodyne, dual LNA’s
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
Display Type
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph,ThreatDisplay™ or
Tech Display™
• Automatic, plus 4 levels of fixed
brightness including full Dark
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
Voice On (Voice announcements on)
MarkDFT
MarkMOD
Optional Laser Blockers
Your STiR Plus is compatible with our
optional Laser Blocker system. The system
includes a total of (3) Laser Blockers, (2
front, 1 rear). These transceivers will
automatically receive and block incoming
laser signals. See Settings once these are
connected.
Bands
BandsDFT
In this setting, the factory default settings
for radar and laser are monitored.
This is the factory setting, and it is
highly recommended that you use your
STiR Plus in this mode.
BandsMOD
In this setting, STiR Plus will warn you
with an audible alert, and associated text
message stating which band has changed
from the original factory setting (e.g. “SWS
ON”). This warning is displayed during
the start up sequence.
Settings
• Pilot
• GPS
• AutoLock
• Speed Check
• Meter
• AutoMute
• Unitsw
• Voice Alerts
• Bands
• Markers
Sensitivity Control
• Highway
• AutoScan
• City and City NoX
Additional Patented Technology
• AutoLock™
• Mute/AutoMute™/SmartMute™
• TotalShield™ Technology
WARNING: Do not turn off any
bands unless you are absolutely
certain there are no traffic radar
guns using that specific band in your
area.
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Interpreting Alerts
Although the STiR Plus has a
comprehensive warning system and this
Manual is as complete as we can make it,
only experience will teach you what to
expect from your STiR Plus 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 affects
the radar alerts you receive.
The following examples will give you
an introduction to understanding the STiR
Plus’s warning system for radar, laser and
safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The STiR Plus alerts intermittently. Rate and
strength of alerts may be consistent or vary
wildly.
A patrol car is travelling 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.
Alert
Explanation
The STiR Plus alerts intermittently. Rate and
strength of signal increases with each alert.
The STiR Plus begins to sound slowly, then
the rate of alert increases until the alert
becomes a solid tone. The Signal Meter
ramps accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
A patrol car is approaching from the other
direction, sampling traffic with instant-on
radar. Such alerts should be taken seriously.
The STiR Plus gives an X-band alert
intermittently.
The STiR Plus 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.
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.
The STiR Plus 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.
The STiR Plus 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.
The STiR Plus alerts slowly for awhile and
then abruptly jumps to a strong alert.
You are approaching a radar unit concealed
by a hill or an obstructed curve.
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CAUTION: Since the characteristics of these alerts may be similar to
some of the preceding examples,
over-confidence 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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How Radar Works
How TSR Works
How Radar Works
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.
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X, and K-band radar, your
STiR Plus will occasionally receive nonpolice 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 STiR Plus’s radar detection
abilities are fully operational.
How TSR 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 set up as an
option and can be activated through the
Programming section. We suggest you
turn TSR on if you are experiencing
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How POP Works
How Laser Works
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.
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.
extreme false alerts in your area. If not,
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.
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).
NOTE: According to the operator’s
manual from the radar gun
manufacturer, tickets should not be
issued in POP mode.
How Laser (Lidar) Works
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.
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How TotalShield™ Works
How GPS Works
How GPS Works
The Global Positioning
System (GPS) is made up of
twenty four orbiting satellites and was
developed by the U.S. military. There are
at least four satellites visible at any given
time every day.
A GPS receiver is designed to locate
and receive data from four of these
satellites. This data includes the distance
to your location from each of the satellites.
Once the distance from each satellite is
known, the receiver can calculate and
pinpoint your exact location.
How TotalShield Works
Beltronics’s TotalShield Technology keeps
RF signals from radiating from the
detector. Unlike
other radar and laser
detectors, which
merely move their
RF signals (local oscillators) to another
frequency (which will be detectable by
future detector-detectors), this
revolutionary design keeps you unseen by
current radar detector-detectors,
including VG-2 and Spectre. This unique
design will also keep you unseen from any
future radar detector detectors as well.
Although the STiR Plus is a completely
undetectable radar, laser and safety
detector, driving techniques and
reactions to alerts can still draw unwanted
attention. Here are a few examples:
1. Hitting the brakes immediately when
the STiR Plus provides an alert can
broadcast use of a detector.
2. Traveling at night with a glow from a
radar detector’s display visible from
outside your vehicle can also draw
unwanted attention. The STiR Plus offers
adjustable brightness, including a full dark
mode which will provide audio alerts, but
no visual indication.
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How TrueLock Works
How AutoLock Works
How TrueLock Works
TrueLock uses exact position and the
actual frequency of a signal to eliminate it
as a false alarm. Once a signal is locked out,
a box is created (approximately a 1⁄2 mile
radius) around that location to lock it out
from all directions.
NOTE: Thoroughly look around
and make sure that no real radar is
being used to monitor your speed
before you manually lock out a signal.
Automatic door openers use more
than one source, so TrueLock will
automatically lock out other X and K-band
sources in close proximity of the first to
captures these.
If you accidentally lock out a real
threat, (visually see the officer) simply
press and hold the Mute button to unlock
it from STiR Plus’s memory.
How AutoLock Works
AutoLock uses TrueLock to lock out false
alerts, however signals are locked out
automatically over time vs. manually using
the Mute button.
As you drive, STiR Plus records
location and frequency for each signal
detected. If that same signal (by
frequency) is in the same location
approximately three (3) times, AutoLock
will automatically lock it out as a false
alarm. A “stored” message will be
displayed, accompanied by a low-level
alert.
How Auto UnLock Works
Auto UnLock automatically unlocks stored
TrueLock signals if they are not present in
the same location. This is particularly
useful if you accidently lock out a true
threat, or if an officer is parked in a
shopping mall with automatic door
openers.
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How Safety Radar Works
How SWS Works
There are two separate
Safety Radar systems in
limited use today: Safety Alert and Safety
Warning System (SWS). Both systems use
modified K-band radar signals.
From the factory, your STiR Plus is
programmed with safety radar decoding
OFF. If Safety Radar is used in your area,
your STiR Plus will display these signals as
K-band radar signals instead of safety radar
unless you use the Settings to turn STiR
Plus’s safety radar decoding ON.
The Safety Alert safety radar system
has three possible alerts:
• Safety Vehicle
• Road Hazard
• Train Nearby
The SWS safety radar system has 64
possible messages (60 currently allocated).
The SWS messages your STiR Plus can
display are listed on the facing page.
NOTE: Some of the safety
messages have been condensed, so
each message can be displayed on one
or two screens on STiR Plus’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 and should
not be surprised to encounter emergency
vehicles, road hazards and railroad
crossings that are unequipped with these
transmitters and, therefore, fail to provide
a signal. As Safety transmitters become
more prevalent (the number of operating
transmitters is growing every day), these
Safety radar signals will become more
common.
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
26
27
28
29
30
31
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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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33
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
64
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
Explanation of Displays
• STiR Plus 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. You can manually
lock this out using TrueLock, or allow AutoLock to do
it over time.
Check
Receiver
Wiring
There is a problem with the front receiver (it could be an unplugged
connection, damaged wiring, or a problem within the front receiver
itself). STiR Plus will continue to display this message, and will not
operate until the problem has been repaired.
• STiR Plus does not seem
sensitive to radar or laser.
• STiR Plus may be in AutoScn or City Nox mode.
CNX
Sensitivity control is in City No X-band. (page 7)
H
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode. (page 14)
• STiR Plus did not alert when a
police car was in view.
• VASCAR, (Visual Average Speed Computer And
Recorder) a stopwatch method of speed detection,
may be in use.
PilotHWY
One of the many options in Settings (pages 12-16)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 24-25)
• STiR Plus only beeped twice
during a radar encounter.
• This is normal. Full alerts are minimized when
traveling below 20 mph.
Caution
STiR Plus has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet
strong enough to decode the specific safety message (pages 24-25)
• STiR Plus’ audible alerts are
less loud after the first few
alerts.
• STiR Plus is in AutoMute Mode. See page 4 for
details.
Receiver
Error
STiR Plus has failed to calibrate. Contact your Dealer for repair.
• STiR Plus’s power-on
sequence reoccurs while you
are driving.
• A loose power connection can cause STiR Plus to be
briefly disconnected, and will retrigger the power-on
sequence.
GPS N/A
Not able to receiver GPS signal. Check GPS antenna connection.
• Your 14-year old son has
changed all of your Settings.
• You can return all of the Settings to their factory
defaults by holding down the SENS and VOL buttons
while you turn STiR Plus on.
• STiR Plus will not turn on.
• Check that the PWR button is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check all connections.
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Service
Warranty
Register
Service Procedure
If Your STiR Plus ever needs service,
please follow these simple steps:
online:
1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
www.
2 Contact your installing dealer. They
will evaluate your unit and arrange repairs
if necessary.
beltronics.com
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Beltronics One Year
Limited Warranty
What this warranty covers: Beltronics
warrants your Product against all defects
in materials and workmanship.
For how long: One (1) year from the date
of the original purchase.
What we will do: Beltronics, at our
discretion, will either repair or replace
your Product free of charge.
What we will not do: Beltronics will not
pay shipping charges that you incur for
sending your product to us.
What you must do to maintain this
warranty: Show original proof of purchase
from an authorized Beltronics dealer.
Warranty Exclusions: Warranty does not
apply to your product under any of the following conditions: 1. The serial number
has been removed or modified. 2. Your
product has been subjected to misuse or
damage (including water damage, physical
abuse, and/or improper installation). 3.
Your pro-duct 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 non-authorized resellers. 5. You are
not the original purchaser of the radar
detector from an authorized dealer or did
not receive it as a gift from the original
purchaser of the radar detector from an
authorized dealer.
To obtain service: 1. Contact Beltronics
(1-800-341-2288) 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 ACQUIRING THE PRODUCT “AS IS”
AND “WHERE IS,” WITHOUT
REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY.
Beltronics SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS
ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO
THOSE CONCERNING THE MERCHANTABILITY AND SUITABILITY OF THE
PRODUCT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Beltronics SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR
CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR
INCIDENTAL DAMAGES INCLUDING,
WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES
ARISING OUT OF THE USE, MISUSE OR
MOUNTING OF THE PRODUCT.
The above limitations or exclusions shall
be limited to the extent they violate the
laws of any particular state. Beltronics is
not responsible for products lost in shipment between the owner and our service
center.
Other legal rights: This Warranty gives
you specific rights. You may have other
legal rights, which vary, from state to state.
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