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Owner’s Manual
ESCORT Inc.
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester OH 45069-2950
Customer Service:
800.543.1608
ESCORTRadar.com
©2008 ESCORT Inc.
Manufactured and Printed in Canada.
ESCORT C65
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Quick Reference Card
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ESCORT C65 Quick Reference Card
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your C65 for your own
preferences.
The buttons labeled CITY and BRT are
also used to enter the Program Mode,
REVIEW your current program settings,
and to CHANGE any settings as desired.
The words PROGRAM, RVW and CHG are
located on the top of the detector, and are
highlighted in graphics.
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The ESCORT C65 is the most advanced
radar, laser and safety detector ever
designed by ESCORT.
The ESCORT C65 includes full X,
K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning
System radar capability, front and rear
laser detection, digital signal processing
(DSP) for superior range and reduced false
alarms, our patented Mute and AutoMute,
audible and visual band alerts, and all
the performance you’d expect from
ESCORT.
In addition, the ESCORT C65
introduces a new level of revolutionary
performance and innovative features.
• Superior long-range radar and laser
detection, including new “POP”
mode alert
• Advanced Programming lets you
customize 7 features
• AutoScan mode drastically reduces
false alarms, plus Highway and City
settings
• Ultra-bright alphanumeric Display
with 280 LEDs
• Exclusive Threat Display tracks and
displays multiple radar signals,
including signal strength.
• Tech Display provides actual
numeric radar frequency for any
radar signal
• New Programmable Bands (on/off),
including International and North
American settings.
• Detects and decodes Safety
Warning
System messages
• Includes new coiled SmartCord
If you’ve used a radar detector before,
a review of the Quick Reference Guide on
pages 4 and 5, and the Programming
information on pages 12 and 13 will
briefly explain the new features.
If this is your first detector, please
read the manual in detail to get the
most out of your C65’s outstanding
performance and innovative features.
Please drive safely.
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold both CITY and BRT buttons down
for 2 seconds. The unit will beep twice,
and will display the word Program.
2 Then press the RVW button to review
the current settings.You can either tap
the button to change from item to item, or
hold the button to scroll through the items.
3 Press the CHG button to change any
setting. You can either tap the button to
change from setting to setting, or hold the
button to scroll through all the options.
4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait
8 seconds without pressing any
button, or press the PWR button. The
unit will display Complete, beep, and
return to normal operation.
FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved by
the manufacturer could void the user’s
FCC granted authority to operate the
equipment.
1
Factory Default Settings
To reset C65 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY” and
“BRT” buttons while turning the power
on. The C65’s display will provide a
Reset message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
An example
Here is how you would turn C65’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for 2
seconds. C65 will beep twice and display
Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
C65 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot ( Pilot), then Voice
( Voice), then Power-on sequence
( PwrOn), then Signal strength meter
( Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute).
3 Release the RVW button when C65
shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
C65 will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the C65 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after C65 scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again
at the top of the list.
4 Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any
button, or press the PWR button. The C65
will display Complete, beep, and return
to normal operation.
Programming Details 
Table of Contents
Quick Reference Card
Quick Reference Guide
4-5
Programming
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
12
• Power Connection
6
• Example of Programming
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• Mounting Location
6
• Overview of Programming
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ESCORT C65 Quick Reference Card
• Windshield Mount
7
• Details of Programming
Press the RVW button
to go from one category
to the next
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
VOICE
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
AUTOMUTE
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
BANDS
Pilot
Pilot
Pilot
Voice
Voice
PwrOn
PwrOn
Meter
Meter
Meter
aMute
aMute
City
City
City
Bands
Bands
HWY
H
V
ON
OFF
STD
FST
STD
THT
TEC
ON
OFF
STD
LoX
NoX
ALL
MOD
* Full word: Highway or AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* All bands enabled
One or more bands has been modified
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POWER-ON SEQUENCE
Controls and Features
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME/MUTE button
* Factory Default Settings
X
K
Ka
POP
Ku
LSR
SWS
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
USA or Intl or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
ON or OFF
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Technical Details
12-16
14-16
17-23
• Power and Volume Control
8
• Specifications
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• Voice
8
• Interpreting Alerts
18-19
• Power-on indication
8
• How Radar Works
20
• AutoMute
8
• How “POP”Works
20
• Mute
8
• How Laser Works
21
• Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
8
• How Safety Radar Works
• Brightness and Dark Mode
9
Service
• Audible Alerts
9
• Troubleshooting
22-23
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• Power Connector
10
• Service
26
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• Registration
28
• Threat Display
11
• Warranty and Accessories
29
• Tech Display
11
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Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your C65,
just follow these simple steps
1
QuickMount Slot
Insert C65’s adjustable Windshield mount
into this slot. Page 7
Plug the small end of the power cord
into the side jack of the detector, and
plug the large end of the power cord
into your car’s lighter socket.
QuickMount Button
Press the button, and slide the Windshield
mount into one of its four locking
positions. Page 7
2
Mount your C65 on the windshield
using the supplied windshield mount.
3
Press the PWR button, located top
left, to turn C65 on.
City Button
Switches between AutoScan, City and
Highway, settings. In general, we
recommend AutoScan. Page 8
4
Press and hold the Volume/Mute
button to adjust the volume.
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your C65 should have a
clear view of the road ahead. For best
performance, do not mount the C65
directly behind windshield wipers
or tinted areas. Page 6
Rear Laser Port
Receives laser signals from behind the
vehicle.
Earphone Jack
Accepts standard 3.5mm earphone.
Brightness Button
Press to adjust display brightness. There
are three brightness settings, plus Dark
Mode.
In the Dark Mode, the power-on
indication will be changed to a dim “AD,”
“HD,” or “CD” (indicating AutoScan, Dark,
Highway Dark, or City Dark). In the Dark
Mode, C65’s meter will not display during
an alert, only the audio will alert you.
Page 9
Power Button
Press the PWR button to turn the C65 on
or off. Page 8
Please read the manual to fully understand
C65’s operation and features.
AutoMute
C65’s patented AutoMute automatically
reduces the volume level of the audio alert
after a brief period. Page 8. If you prefer,
you can turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Programming
C65 is ready to go, just plug it in and turn it
on. But you can also easily change 7
features for your preferences. Page 12-16
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Power Jack
Plug the SmartCord into this connector.
Pages 6
Alphanumeric Matrix Display
C65’s display will show Highway,
AutoScan, or City as its power-on
indication. If you prefer, you can choose
other power-on indications. Page 12-14
During an alert, the display will
indicate radar band, and a precise bar
graph of signal strength. Page 10
Note: In the Dark Mode the display
will not light during an alert. Page 9
The display can also show Safety
Radar text messages. Page 22-23
Volume / Mute Button
Press and hold to adjust the volume level.
Briefly press this button (above the
display) to silence the audio for a specific
alert. Page 8
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Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
To power C65, plug the small end of the
SmartCord, (telephone-type connector)
into the modular jack on C65’s right side,
and plug the lighter plug adapter into your
vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory socket.
WARNING: ESCORT cannot anticipate the
many ways the C65 can be mounted.
It is important that you mount C65 where
it will not impair your view nor present a
hazard in case of an accident.
Where to mount C65
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
C65 operates on 12 volts DC negative
ground only.The lighter plug provided is a
standard size and will work in most
vehicles. However, some vehicles may
require the optional European sleeve to
ensure a snug fit. If so, simply call our
service department to order one.This
sleeve slides over the SmartCord’s lighter
plug adapter. Of course, your lighter socket
must be clean and properly connected for
proper operation.
• Using the Windshield QuickMount,
mount your C65 level, and high enough on
your front windshield to provide a clear
view of the road from the front and rear.
• Mount C65 away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
NOTE: Depending on your vehicle, the
lighter socket power may either be
continuously on, or it may be switched on
and off with your ignition switch.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details on
our optional Direct-wire SmartCord.
Windshield QuickMount
Caution!
A few vehicles (including some Porsches)
have windshields with a soft anti-lacerative
coating on the inside surface. Use of
suction cups will permanently mar this
coating. Consult your dealership or the
vehicle owner’s manual to determine if
your windshield has this coating.
C65’s QuickMount windshield bracket is
designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
1 Depress the QuickMount button on
the top of C65 (by the word ESCORT) and
slide the QuickMount bracket into the slot
until it is locked into the position which
best fits the angle of your windshield
(there are four settings available). For
extremely horizontal or extremely sloped
windshields, the QuickMount bracket can
be bent.
To ensure that the suction cups adhere to
the windshield firmly, be sure to keep
both your windshield and the suction cups
clean.
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily
remove the C65 by pressing the
adjustment button and sliding it off the
mount. Again, be sure to position the
bracket where it won’t present a hazard in
the event of an accident. Additional
mounts are available.
2 To adjust C65 on your windshield, use
the QuickMount adjustment button
located on the top of the C65, and slide
C65 forward or backward to obtain a level
horizontal position.
When installed and adjusted properly, the
back top edge of the C65 should rest
solidly against your windshield.
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Controls and Features
Power On/Off
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
Programming section for details.
To turn the C65 on, press the PWR button
on the left side of the top case. When you
turn the C65 on, it goes through a
sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
C65 for a shorter power-on sequence. See
the Programming section for details.
Volume / Mute Button
To adjust the alert tone volume, press and
hold the Volume/Mute bar located on the
top case.
The Mute button, located on C65’s top
case, allows you to silence the audio alert
during a radar encounter.
To mute the audio for a single specific
signal, briefly press the Volume/Mute
button. After that radar encounter has
passed, the mute will automatically reset
and the audio will alert you to the next
encounter.
Voice
The C65 has our Digital Voice feature,
which provides a digital voice
announcement of the band being
detecting.
If you prefer, you can turn the Digital
Voice feature off in programming. See
Programming section for details.
Power-on indication
After C65’s start-up sequence is complete,
the alphanumeric display will show
Highway, City, or AutoScan to indicate
which sensitivity mode is selected.
If you prefer, you can select alternate
power-on displays. See the Programming
section for details.
Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
The City button selects C65’s sensitivity
mode. We recommend the AutoScan mode
for most driving.
C65’s AutoScan mode provides longrange warning, with minimum false
alarms. In this mode, C65’s internal
computer continuously analyzes all
incoming signals and intelligently adjusts
the sensitivity.
AutoMute
Your C65 has our patented AutoMute
feature. After C65 alerts you to a radar
encounter at the volume you have
selected, the AutoMute feature will
automatically reduce the volume to a
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Audible Alerts
You can also select conventional
Highway and City modes. When driving in
urban areas where annoying X-band
intrusion alarms and door openers are
common, City mode can be engaged to
lower X-band sensitivity and reduce Xband alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained
on all other bands. You can customize
C65’s City mode sensitivity. See the
Programming section for details.
For Radar signals:
C65 uses a Geiger-counter-like sound
to indicate the signal strength and type of
radar signal being encountered.
When you encounter radar, a distinct
audible alert will sound and occur faster as
the signal gets stronger. This allows you to
judge the distance from the signal source
without taking your eyes from the road.
Each band has a distinct tone for easy
identification.
X-band = chirping tone
K-band = buzzing tone
Ka-band = double-chirp tone
Ku-band = high pitched buzzing tone
Brightness Button
C65’s BRT button selects the brightness of
C65’s display. There are four settings:
Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark.
Press the BRT button to select your
preferred brightness.
Dark Mode
For Laser signals:
Since laser signals are a possible threat
no matter how weak, C65 alerts you to all
laser signals with a full laser alert.
When you select the Dark mode with the
BRT switch, C65 changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
BRT AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A,
H, or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or
City, and the D indicates Dark.)
When C65 is in the Dark mode, the
display will not show visual alerts when
C65 detects signals. Only the audible alert
will tell you of detected signals.
For Safety signals:
C65 will alert you to these signals
with a double-buzz tone (and digital voice
if programmed) with a corresponding text
message. A complete listing of the text
messages is on page 23.
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Controls and Features
Power Connector
Signal Strength Meter
C65’s power jack uses a telephone-type
connector. This new 6-pin connector only
works with the included coiled
SmartCord, or the optional Direct-wire
SmartCord.
The coiled SmartCord is a special
power cord that has a power-on indicator
(which only lights up when the C65 is
turned on), a bright alert light that warns
of radar or laser, and a convenient mute
button right on the plug. It’s perfect for
any car where reaching the detector’s
mute button on the windshield is a stretch.
For discreet night driving, put C65 in
the Dark mode, a nd use the SmartCord for
your visual alerts. Other drivers won't
know you have a detector.
An optional Direct-wire SmartCord is
also available. This version includes a small
display module, which can be wired
directly into your electrical system, with a
10 foot straight cord to route to your C65.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-341-2288.
C65’s alphanumeric display consists of 280
individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive
ultra-bright display of signal strength and
text messages.
C65’s standard bar-graph signal
strength meter only displays information
on a single radar signal. If there are
multiple signals present, C65’s internal
computer determines which is the most
important threat to show on the bar-graph
meter.
When C65 detects radar, it displays
the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar
graph of the signal strength. When C65
detects a laser signal, the display will show
“Laser.”
NOTE: If you are operating C65 in the
Dark mode, the display will not light when
a signal is detected—only the audio alert
will be heard, and the flashing alert lamp
on the SmartCord.
Threat Display
A few more examples will help you
better see how the Threat Display works.
C65’s Threat Display option is an advanced
display for experienced detector users.
Please use C65 for a few weeks to get
familiar with its other features before
using Threat Display.
To use the Threat Display instead of
the bar graph signal strength meter, you
must select Threat Display in C65’s
Programming (see pages 12-16).
C65’s Threat Display simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals and their
relative signal strength.
Threat Display can help you spot a
change in your normal driving
environment; for example, a traffic radar
unit being operated in an area where there
are normally other signals present.
The Threat Display is actually a
miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows
what band each signal is and its signal
strength.
K9 X1
Here Threat Display shows a strong
K-band signal, and a weak X-band signal.
Ka1 X9
Here Threat Display shows a weak
Ka-band signal, and a strong X-band
signal.
Threat Display Details
The band designators (X, K, Ka) will
stay on the display for a few seconds after
the signal has passed. This allows you to
see what the unit detected, even on very
brief signals.
Tech Display
ESCORT C65’s new Tech Display option is
also for the experienced detector user. In
this mode, C65 will display the actual
numeric frequency of the radar signal
being received.
Ka9 K2 X1
Above is the Threat Display if the
C65 was detecting a strong Ka-band, a
weak K-band, and a weak X-band signal.
NOTE: If you use Threat Display, the
brief signal shown in the power-on
sequence when you turn on your C65 will
also be in Threat Display: an X with a
decaying numeric signal.
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K 24.150
Tech Display shows one K-band
signal at 24.150 gigahertz.
Note: Even long-time detector users
will require a significant amount of time to
get familiar with this new level of
information about detected signals.
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Programming
Overview of Programming
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your C65 for your own
preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and
BRT are also used to enter the Program
Mode, REVIEW your current program
settings, and to CHANGE any settings as
desired. The words PROGRAM, RVW, and
CHG are located on the top of the detector,
and are highlighted in colored graphics.
Pages 14-16 explain each option in more
detail.
An example
Here is how you would turn C65’s
AutoMute feature off.
Press the REVIEW button
to go from one category
to the next
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The C65 will beep twice and
display Program.
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Pilot HWY
Pilot H
Pilot V
* Full word: Highway or AutoScan or City
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
VOICE
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
Meter STD
Meter THT
Meter TEC
* Standard signal strength meter
Threat Display
Tech Display
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
BANDS
Bands ALL
Bands MOD
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
C65 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot ( Pilot), then Voice
( Voice), then Power-on sequence
( PwrOn), then Signal strength meter
( Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold the CITY and BRT buttons for 2
seconds. The unit will beep twice, and
will display the word Program.
3 Release the RVW button when C65
shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
C65 will display aMute ON.
If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the C65 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after C65 scrolls
through all categories, it will begin again
at the top of the list.
2 Then press the RVW button to
review the current settings. You can
either tap the button to change from item
to item, or hold the button to scroll
through the items.
3 Press the CHG button to change
any setting. You can either tap the button
to change from setting to setting, or hold
the button to scroll through all the
options.
4
Press the CHG button to change from
aMute ON to aMute OFF.
4 To leave the Program Mode,
simply wait 8 seconds without
pressing any button. The unit will
display Complete, beep 4 times, and
return to normal operation.
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any
button. The C65 will display Complete,
beep 4 times, and return to normal
operation.
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* Factory Default Settings
To reset C65 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY”
and “BRT” buttons while turning
the power on. The C65’s display
will provide a Reset message,
accompanied by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
Press the CHANGE button
to change your setting
within a category
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* All bands enabled
One or more bands are disabled
Turn bands “ON” or “OFF” by
pressing the VOLUME/MUTE button
X ON or
K ON or
Ka USA or
POP ON or
Ku ON or
LSR ON or
SWS ON or
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OFF
OFF
Int or OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
Details of Programming
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Voice
Signal Strength Meter
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS (if
programmed on) alerts will be
accompanied by a digital voice.
In this setting, the meter displays the band
of the received signal, and a bar graph
shows the relative signal strength. (factory
default)
Voice On (Voice alerts on)
NOTE: When you are using the Dark
mode, the display will only show HD, AD,
or CD, (Highway-Dark, AutoScan-Dark, or
City-Dark).
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting, C65 will display “Highway,”
“City,” or “Auto” as its power-on indication.
(factory default)
Voice Off (Voice alerts off)
Pilot H (Letter)
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the
C65, it will display “C65,” “Laser,” “Kaband,” “K-band,” “X-band,” “Safety,” and
any changes to factory settings. (factory
default)
In this setting, only the audio tones will be
heard during an alert or SWS message.
Power-on Sequence
In this setting, C65 will display “H” for
Highway, “C” for City, and “A” for
AutoScan.
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, C65 will continually display
“H” for Highway, “C” for City, and “A” for
AutoScan, and the vehicle’s voltage. If the
vehicle’s voltage drops below 10.5 volts, a
low voltage warning is displayed, followed
by an audible alert. A high voltage warning
is also given if the voltage goes above 16.0
volts. The high-voltage warning is also
followed by an audible alert.
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
In this setting, the C65 will only provide a
brief audible tone, and will display any
non-factory settings.
City Mode Sensitivity
MeterSTD (Standard meter)
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, when you put C65 in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is
significantly reduced, to reduce annoyance
from X-band intrusion alarms and motion
sensors. (factory default)
MeterTHT (Threat Display)
City LoX (Low X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put C65 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, the meter simultaneously
tracks multiple radar signals, including
relative signal strength for each.
NOTE: The Threat Display feature is
explained in more detail on pages 10-11.
MeterTEC (Tech Display meter)
In this setting, the meter displays the
actual numeric frequency of the radar
signal received.
Note: The Tech Display feature is
explained in more detail on page 11.
City NoX (No X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put C65 in the
City mode, it will not respond to any X
band signals. WARNING: Only choose
this setting if you are absolutely
certain that there are no X band traffic
radar units where you drive.
AutoMute
aMute ON (AutoMute on)
In this setting, C65’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after
a few seconds, the C65 will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you
informed, but not annoyed. (factory
default)
NOTE: These settings only apply when
C65 is operated in City mode. X-band
sensitivity is not affected when used in
“AutoScan,” or “Highway” modes.
aMuteOFF (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, C65’s audio alerts will
remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
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Details of Programming
Technical Details
Bands
Features and Specifications
In this setting all radar, laser, and SWS
frequencies are monitored.This is the
factory setting, and it is highly
recommended that you use your C65 in
this mode.
Operating Bands
• X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
• K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
• Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
• Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth
BandsMOD
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
BandsALL
In this setting, C65 will warn you with an
audible alert, and associated text message
stating which band is turned off (i.e.“SWS
OFF”).This warning is displayed during the
start up sequence (standard or fast).
Sensitivity Control
• Highway,AutoScan and City
Auto Calibration Circuitry
VG2 Immunity
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Patented Technology
C65 is covered by one or more of the
following:
U.S. patents
7,098,844 6,836,238 6,779,765 6,693,578
6,670,905 6,614,385 6,587,068 6,400,305
6,249,218 6,127,962 6,069,580 5,668,554
5,600,132 5,587,916 5,559,508 5,446,923
5,402,087 5,365,055 5,347,120 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
Canadian Patents
2,337,077 2,330,964 1,295,715 1,295,714
1,187,602 1,187,586
European Patents
1,145,030 1,090,456
Other patents pending.
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Diodes
WARNING: Only modify bands if you
are absolutely certain that there are no
traffic radar units using that specific
band in your area.
Display
• 280 LED Alphanumeric
• Bar Graph,Threat Display, or Tech Display
• 3 Levels of Brightness, plus Dark Mode
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• SmartCord (included)
Programmable Features
• Power-On Indication
• Voice Alerts
• Power-On Sequence
• Signal Strength Meter
• AutoMute
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Radar / Laser Bands
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Although the C65 has a comprehensive
warning system and this handbook is as
complete as we can make it, only
experience will teach y ou what to expect
from your C65 and how to interpret what it
tells you.The specific type of radar being
used, the type of transmission (continuous
or instant-on) and the location of the radar
source affect the radar alerts you receive.
The following examples will give you
an introduction to understanding the C65’s
warning system for radar, laser and safety
alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The C65 begins to sound slowly, then the
rate of alert increases.The Signal Meter ramps
accordingly.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
C65 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.
C65 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.
C65 receives weak signals.These signals may
be a little stronger as you pass large, roadside
objects.The signals increase in frequency.
A moving patrol car with continuous radar is
overtaking you from behind. Because these
signals are reflected (reflections are increased
by large objects), they may or may not
eventually melt into a solid point even when
the patrol car is directly behind you.
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Alert
Explanation
C65 alerts slowly for a while and then
abruptly jumps to a strong alert.
You are approaching a radar unit concealed
by a hill or an obstructed curve.
C65 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength of
alerts may be consistent or vary wildly.
A patrol car is traveling in front of you with a
radar source aimed forward. Because signals
are sometimes reflected off of large objects
and sometimes not, the alerts may seem
inconsistent.
C65 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.
C65 gives an X-band, or K-band alert
intermittently.
You are driving through an area populated
with radar motion sensors (door openers,
burglar alarms, etc.). Since these transmitters are usually contained inside buildings or
aimed toward OR away from you, they are
typically not as strong or lasting as a real radar
encounter.
CAUTION: Since the characteristics of these
alerts may be similar to some of the preceding
examples, overconfidence in an unfamiliar
area can be dangerous. Likewise, if an alert
in a commonly traveled area is suddenly
stronger or on a different band than usual,
speed radar may be set up nearby.
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Technical Details
How Radar Works
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X-Band radar, your C65 will
occasionally receive non-police radar
signals. Since these X-Band transmitters
are usually contained inside of a building,
or aimed toward the ground, they will
generally produce much weaker readings
than will a true radar encounter. As you
become familiar with the sources of these
pseudo alarms in your daily driving, they
will serve as confirmation that your C65’s
radar detection abilities are fully
operational.
Traffic radar, which consists of
microwaves, travels in straight lines and is
easily reflected by objects such as cars,
trucks, even guardrails and overpasses.
Radar works by directing its microwave
beam down the road. As your vehicle
travels into range, the microwave beam
bounces off your car, and the radar
antenna looks for the reflections. Using the
Doppler Principle, the radar equipment
then calculates your speed by comparing
the frequency of the reflection of your car
to the original frequency of the beam sent
out.
Traffic radar has limitations, the most
significant of these being that it typically
can monitor only one target at a time. If
there is more than one vehicle within
range, it is up to the radar operator to
decide which target is producing the
strongest reflection. Since the strength of
the reflection is affected by both the size
of the vehicle and its proximity to the
antenna, it is difficult for the radar
operator to determine if the signal is from
a sports car nearby or a semi-truck several
hundred feet away.
Radar range also depends on the
power of the radar equipment itself. The
strength of the radar unit’s beam
diminishes with distance. The farther the
radar has to travel, the less energy it has
for speed detection.
How “POP” Works
“POP” mode is a relatively new feature for
radar gun manufacturers. It works by
transmitting an extremely short burst,
within the allocated band, to identify
speeding vehicles in traffic. Once the
target is identified, or “POPPED,” the gun
is then turned to its normal operating
mode to provide a vehicle tracking history,
(required by law).
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How Laser (Lidar) Works
There are limitations to LIDAR
equipment. LIDAR is much more sensitive
to weather conditions than RADAR, and a
LIDAR gun’s range will be decreased by
anything affecting visibility such as rain,
fog, or smoke. A LIDAR gun cannot
operate through glass and it must be
stationary in order to get an accurate
reading. Because LIDAR must have a clear
line of sight and is subject to cosine error
(an inaccuracy, which increases as the
angle between the gun and the vehicle,
increases) police
typically use LIDAR equipment parallel to
the road or from an overpass. LIDAR can
be used day or night.
Laser speed detection is actually LIDAR
(Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR
guns project a beam of invisible infrared
light. The signal is a series of very short
infrared light energy pulses, which move,
in a straight line, reflecting off your car
and returning to the gun. LIDAR uses
these light pulses to measure the distance
to a vehicle. Speed is then calculated by
measuring how quickly these pulses are
reflected given the known speed of light.
LIDAR (or laser) is a newer technology
and is not as widespread as conventional
radar, therefore, you may not encounter
laser on a daily basis. And unlike radar
detection, laser detection is not prone to
false alarms. Because LIDAR transmits a
much narrower beam than does radar, it is
much more accurate in its ability to
distinguish between targets and is also
more difficult to detect. AS A RESULT,
EVEN THE BRIEFEST LASER ALERT
SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
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Technical Details
How Safety Radar Works
Since Safety radar technology is
relatively new, and the number of
transmitters in operation is not yet
widespread, you will not receive Safety
signals on a daily basis. Do not be
surprised if you encounter emergency
vehicles, road hazards and railroad
crossings that are unequipped with these
transmitters. As Safety transmitters
become more prevalent (the number of
operating transmitters is growing every
day), these Safety radar signals will
become more common.
For more information and details
about SWS safety radar, visit their web site
at www.safetyradar.com.
Safety Warning System, or SWS, uses a
modified K-band radar signal. The SWS
safety radar system has 64 possible
messages (60 currently allocated). The
SWS messages your C65 can display are
listed on the facing page.
From the factory, your C65 is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
SWS is used in your area, your C65 will
display the safety messages associated
with the signal. If you wish to detect this
system, use the Programming feature to
turn C65’s SWS decoding ON.
NOTE: Some of the safety messages
have been condensed, so that each
message can be displayed on one or two
screens on C65’s eight-character display.
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SWS Text Messages
Highway Construction or Maintenance
1 Work Zone Ahead
2 Road Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
3 Bridge Closed Ahead/Follow Detour
4 Highway Work Crews Ahead
5 Utility Work Crews Ahead
6 All Traffic Follow Detour Ahead
7 All Trucks Follow Detour Ahead
8 All Traffic Exit Ahead
9 Right Lane Closed Ahead
10 Center Lane Closed Ahead
11 Left Lane Closed Ahead
12 For future use
Highway Hazard Zone Advisory
13 Stationary Police Vehicle Ahead
14 Train Approaching/At Crossing
15 Low Overpass Ahead
16 Drawbridge Up
17 Observe Drawbridge Weight Limit
18 Rock Slide Area Ahead
19 School Zone Ahead
20 Road Narrows Ahead
21 Sharp Curve Ahead
22 Pedestrian Crossing Ahead
23 Deer/Moose Crossing
24 Blind/Deaf Child Area
25 Steep Grade Ahead/Truck Use Low Gear
26 Accident Ahead
27 Poor Road Surface Ahead
28 School Bus Loading/Unloading
29 No Passing Zone
30 Dangerous Intersection Ahead
31 Stationary Emergency Vehicle Ahead
32 For future use
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Weather Related Hazards
33 High Wind Ahead
34 Severe Weather Ahead
35 Heavy Fog Ahead
36 High Water/Flooding Ahead
37 Ice On Bridge Ahead
38 Ice On Road Ahead
39 Blowing Dust Ahead
40 Blowing Sand Ahead
41 Blinding Snow Whiteout Ahead
42 For future use
Travel Information/Convenience
43 Rest Area Ahead
44 Rest Area With Service Ahead
45 24 Hour Fuel Service Ahead
46 Inspection Station Open
47 Inspection Station Closed
48 Reduced Speed Area Ahead
49 Speed Limit Enforced
50 Hazardous Materials Exit Ahead
51 Congestion Ahead/Expect Delay
52 Expect 10 Minute Delay
53 Expect 20 Minute Delay
54 Expect 30 Minute Delay
55 Expect 1 Hour Delay
56 Traffic Alert/Tune AM Radio
57 Pay Toll Ahead
58 Trucks Exit Right
59 Trucks Exit Left
60 For future use
Fast/Slow Moving Vehicles
61 Emergency Vehicle In Transit
62 Police In Pursuit
63 Oversize Vehicle In Transit
64 Slow Moving Vehicle
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
Problem
Solution
C65 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.
Your 14-year old son has changed
all 7 of the Programming options.
You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the CITY and BRT buttons while
you turn C65 on.
C65 does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block C65’s radar
antenna and that the laser lens is not behind tinted areas.
• Determine if your vehicle has an Instaclear®, ElectriClear®
or solar reflective windshield which may deflect radar or laser
signals.
• C65 may be in City Mode.
C65 will not turn on.
• Check that the power is ON.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try C65 in another vehicle.
C65 feels very warm.
• It is normal for C65 to feel warm.
• VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) a
stopwatch method of speed detection, may be in use.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
Explanation of Displays
C65 did not alert when a police car
was in view.
AD
Sensitivity control is in Auto mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
HD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
No display
C65 is in the Dark mode, and is programmed for Dark All (page 9)
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
C65 did not provide a Safety signal
while within range of an
emergency vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
C65’s display is not working.
• Press the BRT button to deactivate Dark Mode.
C65’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• C65 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
C65 bounces or sags on windshield.
• C65 is not making contact with the windshield to provide
stability.While holding down C65’s QuickMount button, slide
C65 toward the windshield so that the back top edge makes
firm contact.
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
Caution
C65 has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 22-23)
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
C65 to be briefly disconnected.
X5, or K5,
or KA9 etc.
C65 has been programmed in the Threat Display mode (page 10-11)
VG2
C65 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
C65’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
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For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your C65 postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your
C65.
2.
ESCORT
Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5440 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
E-mail (In case we have a question)__________________________________________________
Ship C65 and Power Cord To:
Enclose the following information with
your C65:
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing.
City_________________________________________ State_____________ Zip_________
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Address__________________________________________________________________
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First Name:___________________ Middle Initial____ Last Name__________________________
2 Call us at 1-800-341-2288.We may be
able to solve your problem over the phone.
If the problem requires that you send
your C65 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.
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1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
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 If you purchased your detector directly from ESCORT, you do not need to fill this out.
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 C65 repaired
at the price quoted), your C65 will be
returned, without repair. Payment can be
made by check, money order, or credit card.
ESCORT PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your C65 ever needs service, please
follow these simple steps:
 Remove card along perforations 
Service Procedure
1.
Service
Warranty and Accessories
ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
 Remove card along perforations 
ATTN CUSTOMER SERVICE
ESCORT INC
5440 WEST CHESTER RD
WEST CHESTER OH 45069-9789
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.
ESCORT 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.
What this warranty covers: ESCORT 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: ESCORT, at our discretion, will either
repair or replace your Product free of charge.
What we will not do: ESCORT 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 ESCORT
dealer.
Warranty Exclusions: Warranty does not apply to your
product under any of the following conditions: 1. The
serial number has been removed or modified. 2. Your
product has been subjected to misuse or damage
(including water damage, physical abuse, and/or
improper installation). 3. Your product has been
modified in any way. 4. Your receipt or proof-of-purchase
is from a non-authorized dealer or internet auction site
including E-bay, U-bid, or other 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 ESCORT (800.543.1608)
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: ESCORT Inc, 5440 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. ESCORT
SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATION OR
WARRANTY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO
THOSE CONCERNING THE MERCHANTABILITY AND
SUITABILITY OF THE PRODUCT FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. ESCORT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR
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ESCORT Extended Service Plan
ESCORT offers an optional extended
service plan. Contact ESCORT for details
(800.543.1608).
Accessories
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for ESCORT C65.
Standard Coiled SmartCord
$29.95
Direct-wire SmartCord
$29.95
Accessory Kit
$19.95
See all of our products and accessories at
www.EscortRadar.com
Features, specifications and prices are
subject to change without notice.
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