Escort 7500 Radar Detector User Manual

PASSPORT 7500 Radar • Laser • Safety Detector
Quick Reference Guide
2-3
Installation
4-5
• Power Connection
4
• Mounting Location
4
• Windshield Mount
5
EZ Programming
• How to use EZ Programming
10
• Example of Programming
10
• Overview of Programming
11
• Details of Programming
Controls and Features
Technical Details
6-9
10-14
• Specifications
12-14
15-21
15
• Power and volume control
6
• Power-on indication
6
• AutoMute
6
• Mute
6
• Auto / Highway / City Switch
6
• Dim / Dark Switch
7
Service
• Dark Mode
7
• Troubleshooting
• Audible Alerts
7
• Service
24
• Signal Strength Meter
8
• Warranty
25
• Accessories
25
• Interpreting Alerts
• How Radar Works
18
• How Laser Works
19
• How Safety Radar Works
• ExpertMeter
8-9
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16-17
20-21
22-25
22-23
Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your Passport,
just follow these simple steps
1
2
3
EasyMount Slot
Insert Passport’s adjustable Windshield
mount into this slot. Pg 4-5
Plug the small end of the power cord
into the side jack, and plug the large
end of the power cord into your car’s
lighter socket.
EasyMount Button
Press and slide the Windshield mount
to one of its four positions. Pg 5
Mount your Passport on the windshield
using the windshield mount.
AutoMute
Passport’s patented AutoMute automatically reduces the volume level of
the audio alert. Pg 6. If you prefer, you
can turn AutoMute off. Pg 10
Rotate the volume thumbwheel on
Passport’s left side to turn Passport
on and adjust the volume.
Please read the manual to fully understand
Passport’s operation and features.
Power Jack
Plug power cord or optional SmartCord
into this connector. Pg 4, 8, 25
Power/Volume Control
Rotate the thumbwheel to turn Passport
on and set the volume.
City Button
Switches between AutoSensitivity,
City, and Highway settings. In general,
we recommend the Auto mode. Pg 6
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Quick Reference Guide
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The back of your Passport should have
a clear view of the road ahead. For
best performance, do not mount Passport directly behind windshield wipers
or tinted areas. Pg 4
EZ Programming
Passport is ready to go– just plug it in
and turn it on. But you can also easily
change 10 features for your preferences. Press both top buttons to enter
the Program Mode, then easily Review
or Change your settings. Pg 10-14
Mute Button
Briefly press this button (next to the
display) to silence the audio for
a specific alert. (The audio will alert
you to the next encounter.) Pg 6
Matrix Display
Passport’s display will show “Highway”,
“Auto,” or “City” as its power-on indication. Pg 6. If you prefer, you can choose
other power-on indications. Pg 10-12
During an alert, the display will indicate radar band, and a precise bar
graph of signal strength. Pg 8
Note: in the Dark Mode the display
will not light during an alert. Pg 7
You can program Passport for the
ExpertMeter, which displays up to 8
radar signals at once. Pg 9
The display can also show Safety
Radar text messages. Pg 20-21
Dim Button
Press to adjust display brightness. There
are three brightness settings, plus Dark
Mode. Pg 7
In the Dark Mode, the power-on
indication will be changed to AD, HD,
or CD (indicating Auto, Highway, or
City Dark). In the Dark Mode, Passport’s
meter will not display during an alert,
only the audio will alert you. Pg 7
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Power Connection and Mounting Location
Power Connection
Mounting Location
To power Passport, plug the small end of
the supplied coiled power cord into the
telephone-type power jack on Passport's
left side, and plug the lighter adapter into
your vehicle's lighter socket or accessory
socket.
WARNING: ESCORT cannot anticipate the
many ways Passport can be mounted. It is
important that you mount Passport where
it will not impair your view nor present a
hazard in case of an accident.
Where to mount Passport
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
Passport operates on 12 volts DC negative
ground only. The lighter plug provided is
standard size and will work in most vehicles. Of course, your lighter socket must
be clean and properly connected for proper
operation.
•
Using the Windshield Mount, mount
Passport relatively level and a few inches
above the dashboard– high enough on your
front windshield to provide a clear view of
the road from the front and rear.
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.
•
Mount Passport away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
Passport’s standard lighter adapter has an
integral fuseholder. If it is ever necessary to
replace the fuse, simply unscrew the tip of
the lighter plug and replace the fuse with
an identical 2 amp fuse.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details on
our new optional SmartCord MuteDisplay
cord. Both a plug-in version and a directwire version are available.
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Windshield Mount
Windshield Mount
Passport’s EasyMount windshield bracket
is designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
3 Mount Passport on your windshield.
Using the EasyMount adjustment button,
slide Passport forward or backward to a
horizontal position.
1 Insert each suction cup into large end
of bracket hole and rotate cup outward,
locking into place. A spare set of suction
cups is included for your convenience.
Save them for future use.
To ensure that the suction cups adhere to
the windshield firmly, be sure to keep both
your windshield and the suction cups clean.
When adjusted properly to minimize bouncing, the back top edge of Passport should
rest solidly against your windshield.
2 Depress the adjustment button on the
top of Passport (by the word “ESCORT”)
and slide the EasyMount bracket into the
slot until mount 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 EasyMount bracket
can be bent.
Caution!
A few vehicles (including some Porsche
944's) have windshields with a soft “antilacerative” coating on the inside surface.
Use of suction cups will permanently mar
this coating. Consult your dealership or the
vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine if
your windshield has this coating.
User’s Tip
You can leave the EasyMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily remove Passport by pressing the adjustment
button and sliding Passport off the mount.
Again, be sure to position the bracket where
it won’t present a hazard in the event of an
accident.
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Controls and Features
Power and volume control
Mute
To turn Passport on and adjust the alert
tone volume level, rotate the thumbwheel
on Passport's left side. Turn the control
away from you to increase the audio volume. When you turn Passport on, it goes
through a sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
Passport for a shorter power-on sequence.
See the EZ Programming section for details.
The Mute button, located on Passport’s
front panel, allows you to totally silence
the audio alert during a radar encounter.
To mute the audio for a single specific
signal, briefly press the Mute Button. After
that radar encounter has passed, the mute
will automatically reset and the audio will
alert you to the next encounter.
Auto / Highway / City Switch
Power-on indication
The City button selects Passport’s sensitivity mode. We recommend the “Auto”
(AutoSensitivity) mode for most driving.
Passport’s new AutoSensitivity mode
provides long-range warning, with minimum false alarms. In this mode, Passport’s
internal computer continuously analyzes
all incoming signals and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity circuits.
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 Passport’s City mode
sensitivity. See the EZ Programming section for details.
After Passport's start-up sequence is complete, the matrix display will show “Highway”, “City”, or “Auto” to show which
operation mode is selected.
If you prefer, you can select alternate
power-on displays. See the EZ Programming section for details.
AutoMute
Your Passport has our patented AutoMute
feature. After Passport alerts you to a radar
encounter at the full volume, it automatically mutes 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 the
AutoMute feature off. See the EZ Programming section for details.
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Controls and Features
Dim / Dark Switch
Audible Alerts
Passport’s Dim button selects the brightness of Passport’s display. There are four
settings:Maximum,Medium,Minimum,and
Dark. Press the Dim button to select your
preferred brightness.
Each time you turn Passport on, it
automatically selects the brightness setting
you last used.
If you prefer, you can have Passport
always turn on at a specific brightness. See
the EZ Programming section for details.
For Radar signals:
Passport 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. When the signal is
very strong, the Audible Alerts will blend
into a solid tone. 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 = beep tone, K-band
= raspy brap tone, Ka-band = double-brap
tone.
For Laser signals:
Since Laser signals are a possible threat
no matter how weak, Passport alerts you to
all laser signals with a full laser alert.
For Safety signals:
If you have turned on the SWS and
Safety Alert detection in Passport’s programming, Passport 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 21.
If you haven’t programmed your Passport to decode the safety signals (see pages
10, 14, 21), it will still display them as
strong K-band radar signals.
Dark Mode
When you select the Dark mode with the
Dim switch, Passport changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
dim “AD”, “HD”, or “CD”. (In this display,
the A, H, or C indicates Auto, Highway, or
City, and the D indicating Dark.)
When Passport is in the Dark Mode,
the display will not show visual alerts when
Passport detects signals. Only the audible
alert will tell you of detected signals.
If you prefer, you can have Passport’s
display totally dark when you are in the
Dark mode. (This is particularly useful when
you have the optional SmartCord
MuteDisplay; a lighter cord with power-on
light, alert light, and a mute button.) See
the EZ Programming section for details.
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Controls and Indicators
Power Connector
Signal Strength Meter
Passport’s new power jack uses a telephone-type connector. This new 4-conductor connector works with the included
coiled cord, and with our optional new
SmartCord MuteDisplay.
The SmartCord is a special power cord
that has a power-on indicator, a bright alert
light that warns of radar or laser, and a
convenient mute button right on the plug.
It’s the perfect addition for any car
where reaching the detector mute button
on the windshield is a stretch. And for
discreet night driving, put Passport in the
Dark Mode, and use the SmartCord for your
visual alerts. Other drivers won’t know you
have a detector.
Two versions are available: A
SmartCord that plugs into your lighter
socket and has a coiled cord, and a Directwire SmartCord module that you wire into
your electrical system, with an 8 foot straight
cord to route to your Passport.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-433-3487.
Passport’s new matrix display consists of
280 individual LED’s, to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength
and text messages.
When Passport detects radar, it displays the band of the radar (X, K, or Ka),
and a precise bar graph of signal strength.
When Passport detects laser, the display will show “LASER.”
NOTE: If you are operating Passport in
the Dark Mode, the display will not light
when a signal is detected- only the audio
will alert you.
ExpertMeter
Passport 7500’s new ExpertMeter option is an advanced display for experienced detector users. Please use Passport for a few weeks to get familiar with its
other features before using ExpertMeter.
To use the ExpertMeter instead of
the bar graph signal strength meter,
you must select ExpertMeter in Passport’s EZ Programming (see pg 10-12).
Passport’s standard signal strength
meter only displays information about a
single radar signal. If there are multiple
signals present, Passport’s internal computer
determines which is the most important
threat to show on the bar graph meter.
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Controls and Indicators
However, Passport’s ExpertMeter simultaneously tracks up to 8 radar signals. It
shows you detailed information on up to 2
Ka-band, 2 K-band, and 4 X-band signals.
ExpertMeter 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 ExpertMeter is actually a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what band
each signal is, its relative frequency within
the band, and its signal strength.
KA|| K|| X||||
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 strong K-band
signal, and three X-band signals, two strong
and one weak.
KA|| K|| X||||
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 weak Ka-band
signal, and three weak X-band signals.
KA|| K|| X||||
On very weak signals, there will not be a
vertical line at all. This shows a very weak
X-band signal.
KA|| K|| X||||
Above is the ExpertMeter Display if Passport
was detecting 2 strong Ka-band, 2 strong
K-band, and 4 strong X-band signals.
ExpertMeter 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.
As you can see, there are vertical lines
after each band designator. Each line shows
a signal being detected. The height of each
line shows the relative signal strength of
that signal. The position of the line shows
the relative frequency of the signal within
the band.
NOTE: If you use ExpertMeter, the
brief signal shown in the power-on sequence when you turn on your Passport
will also be in ExpertMeter: an “X” with a
single vertical line.
A few more examples will help you
better see how the ExpertMeter works.
However, the vertical lines representing individual signals continuously change
(several times a second) to give you a continuous instantaneous view of all radar signals present.
Note: even long-time detector users
will require a significant time to get
familiar with this new level of information about detected signals.
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How to customize Passport with EZ Programming
An example
For example, here’s how you would turn
Passport’s AutoMute feature off.
There are 10 user-selectable options so you
can customize your Passport 7500 for your
own preferences. The buttons that are normally used for CITY and DIM are used to
enter the Program Mode, to REVIEW your
current program settings, and to CHANGE
any settings as desired. Pages 12-14 explain
each option in more detail.
1
2
3
4
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both buttons down for 2 seconds. Passport
will beep twice and display “Program”.
2 Then hold the REVIEW button down.
Passport will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot Light (“Pilot”),
then Power-on sequence (“PwrOn”),
then Signal strength meter (“Meter”),
and then AutoMute (“aMute”).
How to use EZ Programming
To enter Program Mode, hold both top
buttons down for 2 seconds. (The unit
will beep twice, and will display “Program”).
Then press the REVIEW 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 Release the REVIEW button when Passport shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
Passport will display “aMute ON”.
(If you accidentally don’t release the
Review button in time, and Passport goes to
the next category, hold the Review button
down again, and after Passport scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again at
the top of the list.)
Press the CHANGE 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.)
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.)
4 Press the CHANGE button to change
from “aMute ON” to “aMute OFF”
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any button. Passport will display “Complete”, beep
4 times, and return to normal operation.
(To quickly return to the all of the factory
defaults, hold the City, Dim, and Mute
buttons down while turning on the unit.)
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Overview of EZ Programming Options
Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
H
H
PILOT LIGHT
(Power-on indication)
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
HWY
H
H.>
+
+.>
+>
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* (standard power-on sequence)
Meter STD
Meter EXP
* (standard signal strength meter)
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* (automute on)
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
AUDIO TONES
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BRIGHTNESS
DARK MODE
SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM
SAFETY ALERT
* (full word: Highway or Auto or City)
(letter: H or A or C)
(letter, with scanning dot)
(symbol: + or . or – )
(symbol, with scanning dot)
(scanning symbol)
(fast power-on sequence)
(Expert Meter)
(automute off)
Tone STD
Tone LOUD
* (Standard tones)
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
* (Standard City mode sensitivity)
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
LAST
MIN
MED
MAX
DARK
Dark STD
Dark ALL
sws OFF
sws ON
sa OFF
sa ON
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(Loud tones)
(Low X band sensitivity in City Mode)
(No X band sensitivity in City Mode)
* (Last brightness used )
(Minimum brightness when turned on )
(Medium brightness when turned on)
(Maximum brightness when turned on)
(Dark Mode when Passport turned on)
* (Standard Dark: shows HD, AD, CD)
(All Dark. No display.)
* (Safety Warning System detection off)
(Safety Warning System detection on)
* (Safety Alert detection off)
(Safety Alert detection on)
*These are Passport’s factory settings
Details of EZ Programming Options
Pilot Light (power-on indication)
Power-on Sequence
Note: when you are using the Dark mode,
the display will only show HD, AD, or CD,
(Highway-Dark, Auto-Dark, or City-Dark).
PwrOnSTD (standar d)
In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, it will display "Passport 7500", "LASER", "Ka-band", "K-band", "X-band", followed by a brief X-band alert. (factory default)
PilotHWY (full descr iption)
In this setting, Passpor t will displa y
"Highw ay," "City ," or "A uto" as its po weron indication. (factor y default)
PwrOnFST (fast po wer-on)
In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, it will display a brief X-band alert.
Pilot H (letter)
In this setting, Passpor t will displa y "H"
for Highw ay, "C" f or City, and "A" f or Auto.
Signal Strength Meter
Pilot H.> (Letter with scanning dot)
MeterSTD (standar d meter)
In this setting, Passport will display "H"
for Highway, "C" for City, and "A" for
Auto. Also, a single dot will continuously
scroll across the display.
In this setting, the meter displays the band
of the received signal, and a bar graph
showing the relative signal strength. (factory default)
Pilot+ (symbol)
In this setting, Passport will display "+" for
Highway, "." for Auto, and "-" for City.
MeterEXP (Exper t Meter)
In this setting, the meter simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals. It shows up to
2 Ka band, 2 K band, and 4 X band signals.
Pilot+.> (symbol with scanning dot)
In this setting, Passport will display "+" for
Highway, "." for Auto, and "-" for City. Also,
a single dot will continuously scroll across
the display.
Note: The ExpertMeter feature is explained in more detail on page 9.
Pilot+> (scanning symbol)
In this setting, Passport will display "+" for
Highway, "." for Auto, and "-" for City. Each
will continuously scroll across the display.
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Details of EZ Programming Options
AutoMute
City Mode Sensitivity
aMute ON (autom ute on)
In this setting, Passport’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after
a few seconds, Passport will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
City STD (Standar d)
aMuteOFF (autom ute of f)
City LoX (Lo w X band sensitivity)
With AutoMute off, Passport’s audio alerts
will remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
In this setting, when you put Passport 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.
In this setting, when you put Passport in
the City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly reduced, to reduce annoyance from
X-band intrusion alarms and motion sensors. (factory default)
Audio Tones
Tone STD (Standar d tones)
This setting uses more pleasing tones. (factory default)
City NoX (No X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put Passport in
the City mode, Passport 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.
ToneLOUD (Loud tones)
This setting uses tones that are more piercing, and easier to hear in a louder vehicle.
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Details of EZ Programming Options
Brightness
Dark Mode
Brt LAST (Last)
In this setting, when y ou tur n on P asspor t, the displa y will be the last br ightness you had selected dur ing oper ation
with the dim button. (factor y default)
Dark STD (standar d)
In this setting, when you select the dark
mode, the only display will be a very dim
HD, AD, or CD, indicating Highway-Dark,
Auto-Dark, or City-Dark). (factory default)
Brt MIN (Minim um)
DarkALL (all)
In this setting, when you select the dark
mode, Passport's display will be totally
dark, without even displaying any poweron indication. This is recommended only
when using Passport's optional SmartCord
so you will have a visual indication to
confirm that Passport is operational.
In this setting, each time y ou tur n on
Passpor t, the displa y will be at the lo west
brightness.
Brt MED (medium)
In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be at the medium
brightness.
Brt MAX (maxim um)
Safety Warning System
In this setting, each time y ou tur n on
Passpor t, the displa y will be at the
maxim um br ightness.
sws OFF (safety war ning system
detection of f) (factor y default)
Brt DARK (Dar k)
sws ON (safety war ning system
detection on)
In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be in the dark mode.
This is recommended only when using
Passport's optional remote display so you
still have a visual indication to confirm that
Passport is operational.
Safety Alert
sa OFF (safety aler t detection of f)
(factory default)
sa ON (safety aler t detection on)
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Specifications
Features and Specifications
Programmable Features
Operating Bands
• Power-On Indication
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• Audio Tones
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Display Brightness
• Dark Mode
• Safety Warning System Alerts
• Safety Pilot Alerts
• X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
• K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
• Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
• Laser 900nm, 33 MHz bandwidth
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
• 4-bit high-resolution A-to-D converter
Sensitivity Control
• AutoSensitivity ™, Highway, and City
Laser Detection
Dimensions
1.1 x 2.8 x 5.0 Inches
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• 5 Laser Sensor Diodes
Patented Technology
Display Type
Passport is covered by one or more of the
following Escort Inc. US patents. Additional
patents may be listed inside the product.
• HP AlGaAs 280 LED Matrix/Text
• Bar Graph or ExpertMeter ™
• 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode
5,668,554
5,305,007
5,111,207
4,954,828
4,862,175
4,613,989
4,313,216
D308,837
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• SmartCord MuteDisplay ™ Compatible
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5,559,508
5,206,500
5,079,553
4,952,937
4,750,215
4,604,529
D314,178
D296,771
5,365,055
5,164,729
5,049,885
4,896,855
4,686,499
4,583,057
D313,365
D288,418
5,347,120
5,134,406
5,049,884
4,887,753
4,631,542
4,581,769
D310,167
D253,752
Interpreting Alerts
Although Passport 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 Passport and how to interpret
what it “tells” you. The radar alerts you
receive are affected by the specific type
of radar being used, the type of transmission (continuous or instant-on) and the
location of the radar source.
The following examples will give
you an introduction to understanding
Passport ’s warning system for radar, laser and safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
Passport begins to sound slowly, then the rate
of alerts increases until the alert becomes a
solid tone. The Signal Meter ramps accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
Passport 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.
Passport 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.
Passport 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.
Passport 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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Interpreting Alerts
Alert
Explanation
Passport 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.
Passport 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.
Passport gives an X-band alert intermittently.
You are driving through an area populated
with radar motion sensors (door openers,
burglar alarms, etc.) Since these transmitters
are usually contained inside buildings or aimed
toward OR away from you, they are typically
not as strong or lasting as a real radar
encounter.
CAUTION: Since the characteristics of these
alerts may be similar to some of the preceding
examples, overconfidence in an unfamiliar
area can be dangerous. Likewise, if an alert in
a commonly travelled 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 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-Band radar, your Passport will occasionally receive non-police radar signals.
Since these X-Band transmitters are usually
contained inside of buildings 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 Passport’s radar detection abilities are fully operational.
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How Laser Works
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.
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.
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How Safety Radar Works
How Safety Radar 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 Passport is programmed with safety radar decoding OFF.
If Safety Radar is used in your area, your
Passport will display these signals as K
band radar signals instead of safety radar
unless you use the EZ Programming to turn
Passport’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 Passport 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
Passport’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.
For more information and details about
SWS safety radar, visit their web site at
www.swslc.com.
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SWS Safety Radar Text Messages
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
32
WorkZone
Road
Bridge
WorkCrew
WorkCrew
Detour
Truck
MustExit
Rtlane
CntrLane
LeftLane
Future
Police
Train
Low
BridgeUp
Bridge
RockSlid
School
Road
Sharp
Croswalk
Deer
Blind or
SteepUse
Accident
PoorRoad
Loading
DontPass
Dangrous
Emergncy
Future
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
Closed
Closed
Highway
Utility
Detour
Closed
Closed
Closed
use
Overpass
Wt Limit
Area
Zone
Narrows
Curve
Crossing
Deaf Kid
LowGear
Surface
SchooBus
Intrsect
Vehicle
use
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HighWind
Severe
HeavyFog
Flooding
BridgIce
RoadIce
Dust
Sand
Blinding
Future
RestArea
RestArea
24hrFuel
Insp Stn
Insp Stn
Reduced
Speed
HazMatls
Expect
10 Min
20 Min
30 Min
1 Hour
Traffic
Pay Toll
Trucks
Trucks
Future
EmergVeh
Police
Oversize
SloMovng
Weather
Blowing
Blowing
Snow
use
w/servic
Open
Closed
Speed
Enforced
Exit
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
TunRadio
ExitRght
ExitLeft
use
Moving
Pursuit
Vehicle
Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Passport 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.
Passport does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that Passport’s radar antenna is not blocked by
windshield wipers 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.
• Passport may be in City Mode.
Passport 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.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
Passport did not provide a Safety
signal while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your
area.
Passport’s display is not working.
• Press the Dim button to deactivate Dark Mode.
Passport’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• Passport is in AutoMute Mode. See page 6 for details.
Passport bounces or sags on
windshield.
• Passport is not making contact with the windshield to
provide stability. While holding down Passport’s EasyMount
button, slide Passport further back toward the windshield so
that the back top edge makes firm contact.
Passport’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can
cause Passport to be briefly disconnected.
Your 14-year old son has changed all
10 of the EZ Programming options.
• You can return all of the programming options to the
factory defaults by holding down the City, Dim, and Mute
buttons while you turn Passport on.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Passport will not turn on.
•
•
•
•
•
Passport feels very warm.
• It is normal for Passport to feel warm.
Check that both ends of the cord are properly connected.
Check that volume control is ON.
Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional
Try Passport in another vehicle.
Explanation of Displays
AD
Sensitivity control is in Automode, display is in Dark Mode (page 7)
HD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark Mode (page 7)
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark Mode (page 7)
No display
Passport is in the Dark Mode, and is programmed for All Dark (page 7,14)
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 10-14)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 20-21)
Caution
Passport has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 20-21)
X|
Passport has been programmed in the ExpertMeter Mode (page 8,9)
or
or
K|
KA|
etc.
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Service
Service Procedure
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If Your Passport ever needs service,
please follow these simple steps:
For out of warranty repairs, include prepayment in the amount you were quoted
by the Escort 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 Passport repaired at the price
quoted), your Passport will be returned,
without repair. Payment can be made by
check, money order or credit card.
1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
2 Call us at 1-800-543-1608. We may be
able to solve your problem over the phone.
If the problem requires that you send your
Passport 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.
Mail Passport and Power Cord To:
Enclose The Following Information
With Your Passport :
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing.
ESCORT
Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your Passport postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery and
keep the receipt until the return of your
Passport .
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Warranty and Accessories
ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
Accessories
ESCORT warrants your Passport 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 ESCORT
under this Warranty is limited to either
repair or, at the option of ESCORT, replacement of the Passport 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.
• ESCORT is not liable for any incidental
or consequential damages arising from the
use, misuse, or mounting of the Passport .
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 Passport has been removed, or if your
Passport has been subjected to physical
abuse, improper installation, or modification.
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for Passport 7500.
Replacement coiled cord
$14.00
Soft Carrying Case
$12.00
SmartCord MuteDisplay
$29.95
A special power cord that has a power-on
indicator, a bright alert light that warns of
radar or laser, and a convenient mute button right on the plug.
It’s the perfect addition for any car
where reaching the detector mute button
on the windshield is a stretch. And for
discreet night driving, put Passport in the
Dark Mode, and use the SmartCord for your
visual alerts. Other cars won’t know you
have a detector.
Two versions are available: A
SmartCord that plugs into your lighter
socket and has a coiled cord (shown), and
a Direct-wire SmartCord module that you
wire into your electrical system, with an 8
foot straight cord to route to your Passport.
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