Escort SR7 Radar Detector User Manual

PASSPORT SR7 is designed in the USA by
Escort Incorporated
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Sales/Service 800-964-3143
Fax 513-870-8509
www.escortradar.com
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SUPERCHARGED RADAR/LASER DETECTION SYSTEM
©2002 Escort Inc. Escort , Passport , AFR , SmartShield , AutoSensitivity , MuteDisplay ,
SpecDisplay™, and ExpertMeter™ are trademarks of Escort Inc. SWS is a trademark of SWS, L.C.
Features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice.
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Owner’s Manual
Congratulations and Important Warning
Quick Reference Card
If you’ve used a radar detector before, a
review of the Quick Reference Guide on
page 4, and the EZ-Programming information
on pages 10 and 11 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 new Passport’s performance and
features.
Please drive safely.
Congratulations
Your new Passport SR7 is the most
advanced custom-installed radar/laser
detector available.
The Passport SR7 includes long-range
X, K, and SuperWide Ka radar capability,
improved Digital Signal Processing for
superior range and reduced false alarms, our
patented Mute and AutoMute, audible and
visual band alerts, and all the performance
you’d expect from Escort.
In addition, your new Passport SR7
introduces a new level of Radar/Laser
defense including:
• Supercharged radar performance, for
superior K, and Ka-band sensitivity
• Advanced EZ-Programming lets you
instantly set up to 9 customized features
• Exclusive AutoSensitivity™ mode
drastically reduces false alarms, plus
Highway and City settings
• Ultra-bright alphanumeric display uses 280
LEDs for crystal clear information
• Exclusive ExpertMeter™ tracks and
displays up to 8 radar signals
• New SpecDisplay provides numeric
frequency for any radar signal
• Detects and decodes up to 64 Safety
Warning Systems signals
• Exclusive vertical display option provides
maximum installation flexibility
• Standard remote mute button provides
one-touch mute, and volume adjustment
• Optional Laser Shifter™ ZR3 compatible
Passport SR7 Quick Reference Card
IMPORTANT INSTALLATION WARNING
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Your new Passport must be installed by a
professional. Car Audio specialists and many
car dealers can install Passport for you.
Attempting to install the Passport SR7
without expertise in automotive electronic
installations can cause personal injury
during the installation, or can damage your
Passport or your vehicle. If your vehicle is
damaged during installation, its safety
systems may be compromised, which could
cause personal injury or property damage.
FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved by
the manufacturer could void the user’s FCC
granted authority to operate the equipment.
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There are 9 user-selectable options so you
can customize your Passport SR7 for your
own preferences.
The buttons labeled CITY and MUTE are
also used to enter the Program Mode,
REVIEW your current program settings, and
to CHANGE any settings as desired. The
words PROGRAM, REVIEW, and CHANGE
are located on the front of the display, and
are highlighted in gold graphics.
How to use EZ-Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both buttons down for 2 seconds.
(The unit will beep twice, and will display
the word “Program”).
2 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 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).
4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait
8 seconds without pressing any button.
(The unit will display Complete, beep 4
times, and return to normal operation).
Factory Default Settings
To reset Passport to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY” and
“MUTE” buttons while turning the power
on. Passport’s display will provide a
“Reset” message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
An example
For example, here is how you would turn
Passport’s AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and MUTE buttons down for
2 seconds. Passport will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Press and hold the REVIEW button.
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).
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.)
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.
EZ-Programming Details Quick Reference Card
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Table of Contents
DISPLAY
* Standard display
Vertical display
* Full word: Highway or Auto or City
HWY
H
H.>
+
+.>
+>
V
Letter: H or A or C
Letter with scanning dot
Symbol: + or • or -Symbol with scanning dot
Scanning symbol
Vehicle voltage
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
Meter STD
Meter EXP
Meter SPC
* Standard signal strength meter
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AUTOMUTE
AUDIOTONES
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BRIGHTNESS
ExpertMeter
SpecDisplay
AutoMute off
Tone STD
Tone LOUD
* Standard tones
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Loud tones
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* Brightness adjusts automatically
AUTO
MIN
MED
MAX
DARK
Minimum brightness when turned on
Medium brightness when turned on
Maximum brightness when turned on
Dark Mode when Passport turned on
* All bands enabled
Bands ALL
Bands MOD
* Factory Default Settings
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• How to use EZ-Programming
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• Important Warning
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• Example of Programming
9
4
• Overview of Programming
10
• Details of Programming
5-8
ON
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF (or SHFT with ZR3)
OFF
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9-13
11-13
• Power and Volume Control
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Technical Details
• Power-On Indication
5
• Interpreting Alerts
14-15
• AutoMute
5
• How Radar Works
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• Mute
5
• How Laser Works
17
• Remote Mute / Volume
5
• How Safety Radar Works
• Auto / Highway / City Switch
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• Display Brightness
6
• Audible Alerts
6
• Signal Strength Meter
7
• ExpertMeter
7
• SpecDisplay
8
• Optional Laser Shifters™
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Service
One or more bands has been modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the mute button
X
K
Ka
LSR
SWS
• Congratulations
• Troubleshooting
BANDS
Fast power-on sequence
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Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
PILOT LIGHT
(Power-on indication)
EZ-Programming
Controls and Features
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
Disp STD
Disp VERT
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• Quick Reference Guide
Passport SR7 Quick Reference Card
Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
Introduction
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18-19
20-25
20-21
• Service
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• Warranty
22
• Specifications
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Quick Reference Guide
Power/Volume Control
Rotate the thumbwheel to turn Passport on
and set the volume. (We recommend wiring
the SR7 to a switched circuit so that it will
turn on/off with your vehicles ignition).
City Button
Switches sensitivity modes between
Highway, AutoSensitivity, and City settings.
In general, we recommend the
AutoSensitivity mode. Page 6.
Controls and Features
Power and volume control
To mute the audio for a single specific
signal, briefly press the Mute Button or the
installed Remote Mute Button. After that
radar encounter has passed, the mute will
automatically reset and the audio will alert
you to the next encounter.
To turn Passport on and adjust the alert
tone volume level, rotate the thumbwheel
on Passport’s Display/Controller. Turn the
control to the left 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.
Remote Mute/Volume Adjust
The Remote Mute Button, (standard with
the SR7) can also be used to change the
volume level without accessing the Display
Controller. To change the volume level with
the Remote Mute Button, simply press and
hold. An audible
tone will be
generated, and
the display will
provide a bar
graph for the
volume level. Once
the desired volume level is reached,
simply release the Remote Mute
Button. This volume setting will be
stored in memory.
When the optional Laser Shifter
ZR3 is installed, (see EZ-Programming
section) the Remote Mute button can be
used to manually stop “shifting” once you
have corrected your speed. Simply press the
Remote Mute Button twice during the
“Laser Shifting” message, and the Shifter’s
will cease to transmit. The Shifter’s will
automatically reset within one minute. A
reset message will be displayed to verify and
acknowledge the reset.
Power-on indication
Matrix Display
Passport’s display will show “Highway,”
“Auto,” or “City” as its standard power-on
indication. Page 5. If you prefer, you can
choose other power-on indications. Pages
9-13.
During an alert, the display will indicate
the radar band, and a precise bar graph for
the signal strength. Page 7.
You can program Passport for
ExpertMeter, which displays up to 8 radar
signals at once, or choose SpecDisplay
mode, which provides the actual numeric
radar frequency. Pages 7-8.
The display can also show Safety Radar
text messages. Pages 18-19.
EZ-Programming
Passport is ready to go – just turn it on. But
you can easily change 9 features for your
preferences. Press both buttons to enter the
Program Mode, then easily Review or
Change your settings. Pages 9-13.
Mute Button
Briefly press this button on the display
controller, or the standard remote mute
button, to silence the audio for a specific
alert. (The audio will alert you to the next
encounter.) Page 5.
AutoMute
Passport’s patented AutoMute automatically
reduces the volume level of the audio alert.
Page 5. If you prefer, you can turn
AutoMute off. Page 9.
After Passport’s start-up sequence is
complete, the matrix display will show
“Highway,” “City,” or “Auto” to show
which sensitivity 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 your selected volume level, 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.
Mute
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The Mute Button, located on Passport’s
front panel, or the installed Remote Mute
Button, allows you to totally silence the
audio alert during a radar encounter.
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Controls and Features
Highway / Auto / City Switch
Dark Mode
The “City” button selects Passport's sensitivity. We recommend the “Auto”
(AutoSensitivity) mode for most driving.
Passport’s exclusive 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 – eliminating the
majority of false alarms.
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 EZProgramming section for details.
If you set Passport to its Dark Mode using its
EZ-Programming, 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 indicates 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.
See the EZ-Programming section for
more details.
Audible Alerts
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.
Display Brightness
Passport’s display brightness is automatically
adjusted to suit ambient light conditions in
your vehicle. (The light sensor is located
between the City and Mute buttons on the
display controller and may dim the display
momentarily when accessing one or both of
these buttons).
If you prefer, you can program your
Passport for a fixed brightness level
(Maximum, Medium, Minimum, or Dark).
See the EZ-Programming section for details.
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Controls and Features
For Safety signals:
If you have turned on the SWS 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 19.
If you haven’t programmed your
Passport to decode these safety signals (see
pages 9, 13, 19), it will still detect them as Kband radar 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||||
Above is the ExpertMeter Display if
Passport was detecting 2 strong Ka-band,
2 strong K-band, and 4 strong X-band
signals.
Signal Strength Meter
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
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.
ExpertMeter
Passport’s exclusive ExpertMeter option is
an advanced display for experienced
detector users. Please use Passport for a few
weeks to get fully familiar with its other
features before using ExpertMeter.
To use the ExpertMeter instead of the
standard bar graph signal strength meter,
you must select ExpertMeter in Passport’s
EZ-Programming (see pages 9-13).
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.
K| X|||
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 strong
K-band signal, and three X-band signals, 2
strong and 1 weak.
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Controls and Features
KA|
X|||
How to customize Passport with EZ-Programming
X 10.525
Here ExpertMeter shows 1 weak Kaband signal, and 3 weak X-band signals.
Display shows an X-band signal at
10.525 GHz
X
Note: Even long-time detector users will
require a significant amount of time to
get familiar with this new level of
information.
On very weak signals, there will not
be a vertical line at all. This shows a very
weak X-band signal.
Optional
ZR3 Laser Shifter™ Configuration
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.
However, the vertical lines representing
individual signals continuously change
(several times a second) to give you a
continuous view of the signal strength of all
radar signals present.
Your Passport SR7 is fully compatible with
Escort’s ZR3 Laser Shifter. Once added, the
integrated Shifters add a new level of laser
defense to your SR7 remote – making it the
ultimate defense against laser guns.
Once the Laser Shifter’s have been
connected to Passport’s Interface, the
internal computer will automatically make
changes to the “Bands” programming
options. Under the “Laser” option, the
Shifters can now be programmed to
receive only, or “Shift” (default once
connected), an incoming laser signal. Also,
during the start-up sequence, the SR7 will
acknowledge the new configuration.
During a laser alert, the display will
show “Front” “Lsr Shft” when a signal is
received from the front, or “Rear” “Lsr Shft”
when a signal is received from the rear. This
message will be accompanied by the normal
Laser alert tone.
For more information on the Laser
Shifter ZR3, consult your 12-volt retailer.
SpecDisplay
Passport’s new SpecDisplay option is also
designed for the advanced detector user. In
this mode, Passport will display the actual
numeric radar frequency being received.
K 24.150
Display shows a K-band signal at
24.150 GHz
Ka34.700
Display shows a Ka-band signal at
34.700 GHz
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There are 9 user-selectable options so you
can customize your Passport for your own
preferences. The buttons that are normally
used for CITY and MUTE are used to enter
the Program Mode, to REVIEW your current
program settings, and to CHANGE any
settings as desired. Pages 11-13 explain each
option in more detail.
An example
For example, here’s how you would turn
Passport’s AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both buttons down for 2 seconds. Passport
will beep twice and display Program.
2 Press and hold the REVIEW button.
Passport will scroll through the categories,
starting with Display Disp , then Pilot
Light Pilot , then Power-on sequence
PwrOn , then Signal strength meter
Meter , then AutoMute aMute .
How to use EZ-Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press both
buttons and hold for 2 seconds.
(Passport will beep twice and display
“Program.” (Brightness is at maximum
during programming.)
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.)
2 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 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).
4 To leave the Program Mode, simply wait
8 seconds without pressing any button.
(The unit will display “Complete,” beep 4
times, and return to normal operation.)
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 all of the factory
defaults, press and hold the CITY and MUTE
buttons 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
DISPLAY
PILOT LIGHT
(Power-on indication)
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
AUDIOTONES
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BRIGHTNESS
BANDS
*Passport’s Factory Default Settings
To reset Passport to its original
factory settings, press and hold
the “CITY” and “MUTE” buttons
while turning the power on.
Passport’s display will provide a
“Reset” message, accompanied
by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
Disp
Disp
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
Tone
Tone
City
City
City
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Brt
Bands
Bands
* Standard display
STD
VERT
HWY
H
H.>
+
+.>
+>
V
STD
FST
STD
EXP
SPC
ON
OFF
STD
LOUD
STD
LoX
NoX
AUTO
MIN
MED
MAX
DARK
ALL
MOD
Vertical display
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Display
Pilot H.> (Letter with scanning dot)
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.
Disp STD (Display standard)
This is the standard setting for use when
Passport’s Display is mounted horizontally.
* 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
Vehicle voltage
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
ExpertMeter
SpecDisplay
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Standard tones
Loud tones
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X-band sensitivity in City Mode
No X-band sensitivity in City Mode
* Brightness adjusts automatically
Minimum brightness
Medium brightness
Maximum brightness
Dark Mode
* All bands enabled
One or more bands has been modified
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by holding
down the Mute button
X
K
Ka
LSR
SWS
Details of EZ-Programming Options
ON
ON
ON
ON
ON
or
or
or
or
or
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF (or SHFT with optional ZR3)
OFF
Pilot+ (Symbol)
In this setting, Passport will display “+” for
Highway, “.” for Auto, and “–” for City.
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.
DispVERT (Display vertical)
This setting is used when
Passport’s Display is mounted
vertically, for example mounted
on the side of a center console. In
this setting, Passport’s Display is
mounted vertically.
Pilot+> (Scanning symbol)
In this setting, Passport will display “+” for
Highway, “.” for Auto, and “–” for City. Each
will continuously scroll across the display.
Pilot Light (Power-on indication)
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
Note: When you are using the Dark mode,
the display will only show HD, AD, or CD,
(Highway-Dark, Auto-Dark, or City-Dark).
In this setting, Passport will display “H” for
Highway, “C” for City, and “A” for Auto,
and the vehicle’s voltage. If the vehicle’s
voltage drops below 10.5 volts, a low
voltage warning will be displayed, followed
by an audible alert. A high voltage warning
is also given when the vehicle’s voltage
goes above 16.5 volts.
PilotHWY (Full description)
In this setting, Passport will display
“Highway,” “City,” or “Auto” as its poweron indication. (factory default)
Pilot H (Letter)
In this setting, Passport will display “H” for
Highway, “C” for City, or “A” for Auto.
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Details of EZ-Programming Options
Details of EZ-Programming Options
Power-on Sequence
Signal Strength Meter
City Mode Sensitivity
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
MeterSTD (Standard meter)
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on
Passport, it will display “Passport,” “SR7,”
“LASER,” “Ka-band,” “K-band,” “X-band,”
followed by a brief X-band alert. It then
confirms communications to the front radar
receiver, and front and rear laser receivers.
If a communications error occurs, the
appropriate error message will be displayed.
(see page 21 for error messages)
The meter displays the band, and bar graph
showing signal strength. (factory default)
In this setting, when you put Passport in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly
reduced, to minimize annoyance from
X-band intrusion alarms and motion sensors.
(factory default)
MeterEXP (ExpertMeter)
The meter simultaneously tracks up to 2
Ka-band, 2 K-band, and 4 X-band signals.
MeterSPC (SpecDisplay)
The meter displays the actual numeric
frequency of the radar signal being received.
Note: See more details on pages 7-8.
Note: If there is a problem with the front
laser receiver or wiring after the initial
start-up sequence, Passport will briefly
display “LsrF ERR.” If there is a problem
with the rear laser receiver or wiring after
the initial start-up sequence, Passport will
briefly display “LsrR N/A.”
In both cases, Passport will continue
to receive radar signals, but will not
receive laser signals. If there is a problem
with the front radar receiver or wiring
after the initial start-up sequence, Passport
will display “Front N/A,” and will then
continue to display “Check,” “Receiver,”
“Wiring.” Passport will not operate in this
condition. Please contact your installer if
this occurs.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute 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)
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, Passport’s audio alerts
will remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
Audio Tones
Tone STD (Standard tones)
This setting uses more pleasing tones.
(factory default)
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
This setting shortens Passport’s start up
sequence to single beep, eliminating the words
“Passport,” “SR7,” “LASER.” “Ka-band,” “Kband,” “X-band,” from the start-up sequence.
ToneLOUD (Loud tones)
Brt MIN (Minimum)
Sets display to minimum brightness.
Brt MED (Medium)
Sets display to medium brightness.
Brt MAX (Maximum)
Sets display to maximum brightness.
City LoX (Low X-band sensitivity)
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.
Brt DARK (Dark)
In this setting, Passport will only display a
very dim HD, AD, or CD for the power-on
indication, and will not show any visual
alerts when signals are detected.
City NoX (No X-band sensitivity)
BandsALL
Bands
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.
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS
frequencies are monitored. This is the
factory default setting, and it is highly
recommended that you use your Passport in
this mode.
Note: These settings only apply when
Passport is operated in City mode. X-band
sensitivity is not affected when used in
“Auto” or “Highway” modes.
In this setting, Passport will warn you with
an audible alert and a text message, that one
or more bands have been turned off in
programming (i.e. “SWS OFF”). This
warning is displayed during the start-up
sequence (standard or fast).
BandsMOD
Brightness
Brt AUTO (Auto)
Display brightness automatically adjusted to
suit the ambient lighting in your vehicle.
WARNING: Do not disable a radar or
laser band unless you are certain it is
not used for speed measurement in
your area.
This setting uses tones that are more piercing,
and easier to hear in a louder vehicle.
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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 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.
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 blend into a solid tone even
when the patrol car is directly behind you.
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Interpreting Alerts
Alert
Explanation
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.
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
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 Radar Works
Radar range also depends on the power
of the radar equipment itself. The strength
of the radar unit's beam diminishes with
distance. The farther the radar has to travel,
the less energy it has for speed detection.
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same frequency
as 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.
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.
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How Laser Works
How Laser (Lidar) Works
There are limitations to LIDAR
equipment. LIDAR is much more sensitive
to weather conditions than RADAR, and a
LIDAR gun’s range will be decreased by
anything affecting visibility such as rain, fog,
or smoke. A LIDAR gun cannot operate
through glass and it must be stationary in
order to get an accurate reading.
Because LIDAR must have a clear line
of sight and is subject to cosine error (an
inaccuracy which increases as the angle
between the gun and the vehicle increases)
police typically use LIDAR equipment
parallel to the road or from an overpass.
LIDAR can be used day or night.
Laser speed detection is actually LIDAR
(Light Detection And Ranging). LIDAR guns
project a beam of invisible infrared light.
The signal is a series of very short infrared
light energy pulses which move in a straight
line, reflecting off your car and returning to
the gun. LIDAR uses these light pulses to
measure the distance to a vehicle. Speed is
then calculated by measuring how quickly
these pulses are reflected given the known
speed of light.
LIDAR (or laser) is a newer technology
and is not as widespread as conventional
radar; therefore, you may not encounter
laser on a daily basis. And unlike radar
detection, laser detection is not prone to
“false” alarms. Because LIDAR transmits a
much narrower beam than does radar, it is
much more accurate in its ability to
distinguish between targets and is also more
difficult to detect. As a result, even the
briefest laser alert should be taken
seriously.
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How Safety Radar Works
How Safety Warning Systems Works
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.
Safety Warning Systems, or SWS, is a
modified K-band radar signal used to transmit
important driving related information.
From the factory, your Passport is
programmed with SWS turned ON. If SWS is
not used in your area, you can simply turn
SWS reception OFF by using Passport’s
EZ-Programming feature.
The SWS system has 64 possible
messages (60 allocated). The SWS messages
your Passport can decode and display are
listed on the facing page.
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SWS Safety Radar Text Messages
SWS Text Messages
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
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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
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40
41
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50
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60
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Closed
Closed
Highway
Utility
Detour
Closed
Closed
Closed
Use
Overpass
Wt Limit
Area
Zone
Narrows
Curve
Crossing
Deaf Kid
LowGear
Surface
ScholBus
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
Trucks
Trucks
Future
Emerg
Police
Oversize
SloMovng
Weather
Blowing
Blowing
Snow
Use
w/servic
Open
Closed
Speed
Enforced
Exit
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
Delay
TunRadio
Toll
ExitRght
ExitLeft
Use
Veh Mvng
Pursuit
Vehicle
Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Explanation of Displays
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.
LsrF ERR
Passport does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Passport may be in City Mode.
• Radar band(s) are turned off in programming.
There is a problem with the front Laser Receiver. There could be an unplugged
connection, damaged wiring, or a problem with the front Laser Receiver. After
Passport alerts you to this, it will then resume operation with the front radar receiver
and rear laser only.
LsrR N/A
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.
There is a problem with the rear Laser Receiver. It could be an unplugged connection,
damaged wiring, or a problem within the rear Laser Receiver itself. After Passport alerts
you to this, it will then resume operation with the front radar and Laser Receiver only.
Passport did not provide a Safety
signal while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
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. Passport will continue
to display this message, and will not operate until the problem has been repaired.
Passport’s audible alerts are less
loud after the first few alerts.
• Passport is in AutoMute Mode. See page 5 for details.
HD
AD
CD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark Mode (page 13)
Sensitivity control is in Auto mode, display is in Dark Mode (page 13)
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark Mode (page 13)
Passport’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection can cause Passport to be briefly
disconnected, and will retrigger the power-on sequence.
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 9-13)
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (page 19)
Your 14-year old son has changed all
9 of the EZ-Programming options.
• You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the City and Mute buttons while you
turn Passport on.
X|,or K|,
or KA|,etc.
Passport has been programmed in the ExpertMeter Mode (pages 7-8)
Passport will not turn on.
• Check that volume control is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check all connections.
Self Cal
Passport is running a self-calibration test.
Rcvr ERR
Passport’s radar receiver has failed to calibrate. Contact your Dealer for repair.
• It is normal for Passport to feel warm.
ShiftOFF
Optional Laser Shifters were manually shut off during a laser alert.
Comm ERR
Serial communications between the interface and the display have been interrupted.
Contact your dealer for repair.
Passport’s Display feels warm.
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Accessories
1.
Replacement parts are available from your
installing dealer.
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will evaluate your unit and arrange
repairs if necessary.
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this manual. It may have a solution to your
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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.
This warranty does not cover installation,
removal or reinstallation charges. ESCORT is
not liable for any incidental or consequential
damages arising from the use, misuse,
installation, 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.
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ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
If your Passport ever needs service,
please follow these steps:
Service Procedure
Service
Specifications
Features and Specifications
Sensitivity Control
• AutoSensitivity
• Highway
• City
Operating Bands
• 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
Auto Calibration Circuity
Complete VG2 Immunity
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
• 4-bit High-Resolution A-to-D Converter
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Dimensions (Inches)
• Display/Controller: 4.2 x 1.4 x .55
• Radar Receiver: 3.75 x 3.15 x 1.75
• Front Laser Receiver: 4.65 x 1.8 x 0.8
• Rear Laser Receiver: 6.0 x 1.0 x .65
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes (3F, 3R)
Patented Technology
Passport is covered by one or more of the
following US patents.
6,400,305 6,249,218 6,069,580 5,600,132
5,587,916 5,668,554 5,559,508 5,365,055
5,347,120 5,446,923 5,402,087 5,305,007
5,206,500 5,164,729 5,134,406 5,111,207
5,079,553 5,049,885 5,049,884 4,961,074
4,954,828 4,952,937 4,952,936 4,939,521
4,896,855 4,887,753 4,862,175 4,750,215
4,686,499 4,631,542 4,630,054 4,625,210
4,613,989 4,604,529 4,583,057 4,581,769
4,571,593 4,313,216 D314,178 D313,365
D310,167 D308,837 D296,771 D288,418
D253,752
Passport is also covered by one or more of
the following Canadian patents:
1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602 1,187,586
Other patents pending.
Display Type
• Text/Matrix 280 AlGaAs LED
• Bar Graph or ExpertMeter
• Automatic Brightness Control
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
Programmable Features
• Display (Horizontal or Vertical)
• Power-On Indication
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• Audio Tones
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Display Brightness
• Bands
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