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121RX55-0REV
Owner's Manual
Congratulations
If you’ve used a radar detector before, a
review of the Quick Reference Guide on
pages 4 and 5, and the Programming
information on pages 12 and 13 will briefly
explain the new features.
If this is your first detector, please read
the manual in detail to get the most out of
your RX55’s performance and features.
Please drive safely.
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BEL Pro RX55 Quick Reference Card
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FCC Note:
Modifications not expressly approved by
the manufacturer could void the user’s FCC
granted authority to operate the equipment.
Your new BEL Pro RX55 is the most
advanced radar and laser detector available.
The RX55 includes full X, K, and
SuperWide Ka radar protection, front and
rear laser detection, Digital Signal
Processing for superior range and falsing
rejection, our patented Mute and AutoMute,
audible and visual band alerts, and all the
performance you’d expect from Beltronics.
In addition, the new BEL Pro RX55
introduces a new level of performance and
innovative features.
• New long-range radar performance
• Multiple laser sensors for improved
long-range detection
• Exclusive Programming lets you
instantly set 7 features
• Exclusive AutoScan™ mode, plus
Highway and City settings
• 280 LED Text-Matrix Display for easy
to read messages
• Detects and decodes all Safety Radar
signals
• New VG-2 Alert/Auto Shutoff
• Optional SmartPlug compatible
• Optional Laser Pack compatible
Quick Reference Card
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your RX55 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.
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold the 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.
(The unit will display Complete, beep 4
times, and return to normal operation).
Factory Default Settings
To reset RX55 to its original factory
settings, press and hold the “CITY” and
“BRT” buttons while turning the power
on. The RX55’s display will provide a
“Reset” message, accompanied by an
audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
1
An example of Programming
Here is how you would turn RX55’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding both
the CITY and BRT buttons down for 2
seconds. The RX55 will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Press and hold the RVW button. The
RX55 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Power-on indication
(Pilot), then Power-on sequence
(PwrOn), Voice (VoiceOn), and then
AutoMute (aMute).
3 Release the RVW button when the RX55
shows the AutoMute item. Since the
factory setting is for AutoMute to be on,
the RX55 will display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don’t release the
RVW button in time, and the RX55 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after the RX55 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 RX55 will
display Complete, beep, and return to
normal operation.
Programming Details Quick Reference Card
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Table of Contents
BEL Pro RX55 Quick Reference Card
Press the REV button
to go from one category
to the next
VOICE
AUTOMUTE
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
VG2
(radar detector detector)
* Factory Default Settings
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
Letter: H or A or C
Vehicle voltage
Fast power-on sequence
Voice alerts off
AutoMute off
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
Programming
Installation
6-7
• How to use Programming
12
• Power Connection
6
• Example of Programming
12
• Mounting Location
6
• Overview of Programming
13
• Windshield Mount
7
• Details of Programming
8-11
Technical Details
12-16
14-16
17-23
• Power and volume control
8
• Specifications
• Power-on indication
8
• Interpreting Alerts
18-20
• Voice Alerts
8
• How Radar Works
20
• AutoMute
8
• How Laser Works
21
• Mute
8
• How Safety Radar Works
• Highway / AutoScan / City Switch
Service
8-9
17
22-23
24-27
• Brightness
9
• Troubleshooting
24-25
• Dark Mode
9
• Service
26
• Audible Alerts
9
• Registration
27
• Warranty and Accessories
29
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
SWS Off
SWS On
* SWS detection off
VG2 Off
VG2 On
* VG2 detection off
SWS
* Full word: Highway or AutoScan or City
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POWER-ON SEQUENCE
Pilot HWY
Pilot H
Pilot V
4-5
Controls and Features
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
PILOT
(Power-on indication)
Quick Reference Guide
SWS detection on
• Signal Strength Meter
10
• VG2
11
VG2 detection on
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3
Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your RX55,
just follow these simple steps
1
QuickMount Slot
Insert RX55’s adjustable Windshield mount
into this slot. Page 6-7
Plug the telephone jack end of the
power cord into the side jack of the
detector, and plug the lighter adapter
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 RX55 on the windshield
using the supplied windshield mount.
3
Press the PWR button on the top left
side to turn it on.
City Button
Switches between Highway, AutoScan and
City settings. In general, we recommend
AutoScan. Page 8
4
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens
The rear panel of your RX55 should have a
clear view of the road ahead. For best
performance, do not mount the RX55
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.
Page 9
In the Dark Mode, the power-on
indication will be changed to a dim “AD,”
“HD,” or “CD” (indicating AutoScan,
Highway, or City Dark). In the Dark Mode,
RX55’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 RX55 on
or off. Page 8
Press and hold the Mute/Volume
button to adjust the volume.
AutoMute
RX55’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 12
Please read the manual to fully understand
RX55’s operation and features.
Programming
RX55 is ready to go, just plug it in and turn
it on. But you can also easily change 7
features for your preferences. Press the
CITY and BRT buttons located on the top
case to enter the Program Mode, then easily
Review or Change your settings. Page 12-16
4
Power Jack
Plug power cord or optional SmartPlug
into this connector. Pages 6, 10, 29
Alphanumeric Matrix Display
RX55’s display will show Highway,
AutoScan, or City as its power-on indication.
If you prefer, you can choose other poweron indications. Page 12-14
During an alert, the display will indicate
radar band, and a precise bar graph of signal
strength. Page 10
Note: In the Dark Mode the display will
not light during an alert. Page 9
The display can also show Safety Radar
text messages. Page 22-23
Volume / Mute Button
Press and hold to adjust the volume level.
Briefly press this button (top front) to
silence the audio for a specific alert. (The
audio will alert you to the next encounter.)
Page 8
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Installation
Power Connection
Mounting Location
Windshield Mount
To power the RX55, plug the small end of
the supplied coiled power cord into the
telephone-type power jack on RX55’s right
side, and plug the lighter adapter into your
vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory socket.
WARNING: BELTRONICS cannot anticipate
the many ways the RX55 can be mounted.
It is important that you mount RX55 where
it will not impair your view nor present a
hazard in case of an accident.
RX55’s QuickMount windshield bracket is
designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free
mounting.
RX55 operates on 12 volts DC negative
ground only. The lighter plug provided is
standard size and will work in most
vehicles. Of course, your lighter socket
must be clean and properly connected for
proper operation.
Where to mount RX55
For optimum detection performance, we
recommend the following:
• Using the Windshield Mount, mount your
RX55 level, a few inches above the dashboard, and high enough on your front windshield to provide a clear view of the road
from the front and rear.
Note: depending on your vehicle, the
lighter socket power may either be
continuously on, or it may be switched on
and off with your ignition switch.
• Mount RX55 away from windshield
wipers, other solid objects, and heavily
tinted areas that might obstruct the radar
antenna or laser lens.
RX55’s standard lighter adapter has an
integral fuseholder. If it is ever necessary to
replace the fuse, simply unscrew the tip of
the lighter plug and replace the fuse with an
identical 2 amp fuse.
Caution!
A few vehicles (including some Porsches)
have windshields with a soft anti-lacerative
coating on the inside surface. Use of suction
cups will permanently mar this coating.
Consult your dealership or the vehicle
owner’s manual to determine if your windshield has this coating.
1 Depress the QuickMount button on the
top of RX55 (by the word BELTRONICS)
and slide the QuickMount bracket into the
slot until it is locked into the position which
best fits the angle of your windshield (there
are four settings available). For extremely
horizontal or extremely sloped windshields,
the QuickMount bracket can be bent.
To ensure that the suction cups adhere to
the windshield firmly, be sure to keep both
your windshield and the suction cups clean.
User’s Tip
You can leave the QuickMount bracket in
place on your windshield, and easily remove
the RX55 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 RX55 on your windshield,
use the QuickMount button located on the
top of the RX55, and slide RX55 forward or
backward to obtain a level horizontal
position.
When installed and adjusted properly, the
back top edge of the RX55 should rest
solidly against your windshield.
Optional power cords
See the Accessories section for details on
our optional SmartPlug.
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Controls and Features
Power On/Off
If you prefer, you can turn the
AutoMute feature off. See the Programming
section for details.
To turn the RX55 on, press the PWR button
on the left side of the top case. When you
turn the RX55 on, it goes through a
sequence of alerts.
If you prefer, you may program your
RX55 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 until display shows visual of
volume level.
The Mute button, located on RX55’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.
Power-on indication
After RX55’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.
Voice
Highway / AutoScan / City Button
The RX55 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.
The City button selects RX55’s sensitivity
mode. We recommend the AutoScan mode
for most driving.
The RX55’s AutoScan mode provides
long-range warning, with minimum false
alarms. In this mode, the RX55’s internal
computer continuously analyzes all
incoming signals and intelligently adjusts
the sensitivity circuits.
AutoMute
Your RX55 has our patented AutoMute
feature. After RX55 alerts you to a radar
encounter at the volume you have selected,
the AutoMute feature will automatically
reduce the volume to a lower level. This
keeps you informed without the annoyance
of a continuous full-volume alert.
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Audible Alerts
You can also select conventional
Highway and City modes. When driving in
urban areas where annoying X-band
intrusion alarms and door openers are
common, City mode can be engaged to
lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band
alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained on all
other bands. You can customize the RX55’s
City mode sensitivity. See the Programming
section for details.
For Radar signals:
RX55 uses a Geiger-counter-like sound
(and digital voice if programmed) 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
Brightness
The RX55’s BRT button is located on the
top right, and selects the brightness of the
display. There are four settings: Maximum,
Medium, Minimum, and Dark. Press the
BRT button to select your preferred
brightness.
For Laser signals:
Since laser signals are a possible threat
no matter how weak, RX55 alerts you to all
laser signals with a full laser alert.
Dark Mode
When you select the Dark mode with the
BRT button, RX55 changes to a very
inconspicuous power-on indication: a very
dim AD, HD, or CD. (In this display, the A,
H, or C indicates AutoScan, Highway, or
City, and the D indicates Dark.)
When RX55 is in the Dark mode, the
display will not show visual alerts when
RX55 detects signals. Only the audible alert
will tell you of detected signals.
For Safety signals:
RX55 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
VG2
RX55’s new power jack uses a telephonetype connector. This new 6-pin connector
works with the included coiled cord, and
with our optional new SmartPlug.
The SmartPlug is a special power cord
that has a power-on indicator, a bright alert
light that warns of radar or laser, and a
convenient mute button right on the plug.
It’s the perfect addition for any car
where reaching the detector mute button
on the windshield is a stretch. And for
discreet night driving, put the RX55 in the
Dark Mode, and use the SmartPlug for your
visual alerts. Other drivers won’t know you
have a detector.
Two versions are available: A SmartPlug
that plugs into your lighter socket and has a
coiled cord, and a Direct-wire SmartPlug
module that you wire into your electrical
system, with an 8 foot straight cord to route
to your RX55.
For more information or to order, call
us toll-free at 1-800-341-2288.
RX55’s alphanumeric display consists of
280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive
ultra-bright display of signal strength and
text messages.
RX55’s standard bar-graph signal
strength meter only displays information on
a single radar signal. If there are multiple
signals present, the RX55’s internal
computer determines which is the most
important threat to show on the bar-graph
meter.
When RX55 detects radar, it displays
the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar
graph of the signal strength. When RX55
detects a laser signal, the display will show
“Laser.”
NOTE: If you are operating the RX55 in
Dark mode, the display will not light when
a signal is detected – only the audio alert
will be heard.
If the VG2 band (Radar detector detector) is
turned on, VG2 units will be detected with
an audible and visual alert. Once detected,
the RX55’s internal oscillator will shut
down for a period of time, making it
undetectable. The RX55’s receiver will then
periodically turn back on to see if the VG2
unit is still present. If not, RX55 will return
to normal operation.
NOTE: With VG2 detection on, other
radar detectors could be detected as well.
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Programming
Overview of Programming
There are 7 user-selectable options so you
can customize your RX55 for your own
preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and
BRT are also used to enter the Program
Mode, REVIEW (RVW) your current
program settings, and to CHANGE (CHG)
any settings as desired. The words
PROGRAM, RVW, and CHG are located on
the top of the detector, and are highlighted
graphically. Pages 14-16 explain each
option in more detail.
An example
Here is how you would turn RX55’s
AutoMute feature off.
1 Enter the Program Mode by holding
both the CITY and BRT buttons down for
2 seconds. The RX55 will beep twice and
display Program.
2 Then hold the RVW button down. The
RX55 will scroll through the categories,
starting with Pilot (PilotHWY), then
Power-on sequence (PwrOnSTD), then
Voice (Voice On), and then AutoMute
(aMute).
How to use Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and
hold the CITY and BRT buttons down
for 2 seconds. (The unit will beep, and
display the word “Program”).
3 Release the RVW button when RX55
shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory
setting is for AutoMute to be on, RX55 will
display aMute ON.
(If you accidentally don't release the
RVW button in time, and the RX55 goes to
the next category, hold the RVW button
down again, and after RX55 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, or press the PWR button. (The
unit will display Complete, beep, and return
to normal operation).
5 To complete the Programming, simply
wait 8 seconds without pressing any button,
or press the PWR button. The RX55 will
display Complete, beep, and return to
normal operation.
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Press the RVW button
to go from one category
to the next
Press the CHG button
to change your setting
within a category
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
POWER-ON SEQUENCE
PwrOn STD
PwrOn FST
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
VOICE
Voice ON
Voice OFF
* Voice alerts on
Voice alerts off
AUTOMUTE
aMute ON
aMute OFF
* AutoMute on
AutoMute off
CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
City STD
City LoX
City NoX
SWS
SWS Off
SWS On
* SWS detection off
SWS detection on
VG2
(radar detector detector)
VG2 Off
VG2 On
* VG2 detection off
VG2 detection on
*Factory Default Settings
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode
No X band sensitivity in City Mode
To reset RX55 to its original factory settings, press and hold the “CITY” and “BRT,” buttons while turning the
power on. The RX55’s display will provide a “Reset” message, accompanied by an audible alert,
acknowledging the reset.
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Details of Programming
Pilot (Power-on indication)
Power-on Sequence
AutoMute
City Mode Sensitivity
Note: When you are using the Dark mode,
the display will only show HD, AD, or CD,
(Highway-Dark, AutoScan-Dark, or CityDark).
PwrOnSTD (Standard)
In this setting, each time you turn on the
RX55, it will display “BEL RX55,” “Laser,”
“Ka-band,” “K-band,” “X-band,” “Safety,”
and any changes to factory settings. (factory
default)
aMute On (AutoMute on)
In this setting, RX55’s audio alerts will
initially be at the volume you set, but after a
few seconds, the RX55 will automatically
reduce the volume level, to keep you
informed, but not annoyed. (factory default)
City STD (Standard)
In this setting, when you put RX55 in the
City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly
reduced, to reduce annoyance from X-band
intrusion alarms and motion sensors.
(factory default)
PwrOnFST (Fast power-on)
In this setting, the RX55 will only provide a
brief audible tone, and will display any nonfactory settings.
aMuteOff (AutoMute off)
With AutoMute off, RX55’s audio alerts will
remain at the volume you set for the
duration of the radar encounter.
City LoX (Low X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put RX55 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.
Pilot HWY (Full description)
In this setting, RX55 will display “Highway,”
“City,” or “AutoScan” as its power-on
indication. (factory default)
Pilot H (Letter)
In this setting, RX55 will display “H” for
Highway, “C” for City, and “A” for
AutoScan.
Voice
Voice On (Voice alerts on)
In this setting, all radar, laser, and SWS (if
programmed on) alerts will be
accompanied by a digital voice.
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage)
In this setting, the RX55 will provide “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 will be displayed, followed
by an audible alert. A high voltage warning
is also provided when the vehicle’s voltage
exceeds 16.0 volts.
City NoX (No X band sensitivity)
In this setting, when you put RX55 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.
Voice Off (Voice alerts off)
In this setting, only the audio tones will be
heard during an alert or SWS message.
NOTE: These settings only apply when
RX55 is operated in City mode. X-band
sensitivity is not affected when used in
“AutoScan,” or “Highway” modes.
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Details of Programming
Technical Details
Safety Warning System
VG-2 Alert
sws Off
Safety Warning System detection off.
(factory default)
VG2 Off
VG2 alert detection off. (factory default)
VG2 On
VG2 alert detection on. In this setting, RX55
will alert you to VG2 signals and
automatically shut the detector off for
approximately 15 seconds. Once the VG2
signal has passed, RX55 will automatically
return to normal operation.
NOTE: When VG2 alert is on, other
radar detectors can be detected as well.
sws On
In this setting, safety messages will be
detected in areas using this technology.
Features and Specifications
Sensitivity Control
• AutoScan™, Highway and 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 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth
Dimensions (Inches)
• 1.1 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L
Patented Technology
RX55 is covered by one or more of the
following US patents.
6,614,385 6,587,068 6,400,305 6,249,218
6,069,580 5,668,554 5,600,132 5,587,916
5,559,508 5,365,055 5,347,120 5,446,923
5,402,087 5,305,007 5,206,500 5,164,729
5,134,406 5,111,207 5,079,553 5,049,885
5,049,884 4,961,074 4,954,828 4,952,937
4,952,936 4,939,521 4,896,855 4,887,753
4,862,175 4,750,215 4,686,499 4,631,542
4,630,054 4,625,210 4,613,989 4,604,529
4,583,057 4,581,769 4,571,593 4,313,216
D314,178 D313,365 D310,167 D308,837
D296,771 D288,418 D253,752
RX55 is also covered by one or more of the
following Canadian patents:
1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602 1,187,586
Other patents pending. Additional patents
may be listed inside the product.
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
• Superheterodyne
• Scanning Frequency Discriminator
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Laser Detection
• Quantum Limited Video Receiver
• Multiple Laser Diodes
Display
• 280 LED Matrix/Text
• Bar Graph
• 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode
Power Requirement
• 12VDC, Negative Ground
• Optional SmartPlug Compatible
Programmable Features
• Pilot
• Power-On Sequence
• Voice Alerts
• AutoMute
• City Mode Sensitivity
• Safety Warning System Alerts
• VG2 Alert
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Technical Details
Interpreting Alerts
Alert
Explanation
RX55 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.
RX55 alerts intermittently. Rate and strength
of alerts may be consistent or vary wildly.
A patrol car is traveling in front of you with a
radar source aimed forward. Because signals
are sometimes reflected off of large objects
and sometimes not, the alerts may seem
inconsistent.
You are approaching a continuous radar
source aimed in your direction.
RX55 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.
RX55 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.
RX55 gives an X-band, or K-band alert
intermittently.
RX55 suddenly sounds a continuous tone for
the appropriate band received. All segments in
the Signal Strength Meter are lit.
An instant-on radar source or laser source is
being used nearby. This kind of alert requires
immediate attention!
You are driving through an area populated
with radar motion sensors (door openers,
burglar alarms, etc.). Since these transmitters
are usually contained inside buildings or aimed
toward OR away from you, they are typically
not as strong or lasting as a real radar
encounter.
A brief laser alert.
Laser is being used in the area. Because laser is
inherently difficult to detect, any laser alert
may indicate a source very close by.
RX55 receives weak signals. These signals may
be a little stronger as you pass large, roadside
objects. The signals increase in frequency.
A moving patrol car with continuous radar is
overtaking you from behind. Because these
signals are reflected (reflections are increased
by large objects), they may or may not
eventually melt into a solid point even when
the patrol car is directly behind you.
Although the RX55 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 RX55 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
RX55’s warning system for radar, laser and
safety alerts.
Alert
Explanation
The RX55 begins to sound slowly, then the
rate of alert increases. The Signal Meter ramps
accordingly.
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CAUTION: Since the characteristics of these
alerts may be similar to some of the preceding
examples, over confidence in an unfamiliar
area can be dangerous. Likewise, if an alert in
a commonly traveled area is suddenly stronger
or on a different band than usual, speed radar
may be set up nearby.
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Technical Details
How Radar Works
Because intrusion alarms and motion
sensors often operate on the same
frequency as X-Band radar, your RX55 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 RX55’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 RX55 can display are listed on the
facing page.
From the factory, your RX55 is
programmed with SWS decoding OFF. If
SWS is used in your area, your RX55 will
display the safety messages associated with
the signal. If you wish to detect this system,
use the Programming feature to turn RX55’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
RX55’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
RX55 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.
RX55 will not turn on.
• Check to make sure that the RX55 is turned on.
• Check that vehicle ignition is ON.
• Check that vehicle lighter socket is functional.
• Try RX55 in another vehicle.
RX55 does not seem sensitive to
radar or laser.
• Make sure that windshield wipers do not block RX55’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.
• RX55 may be in City Mode. (Radar signals only)
RX55 feels very warm.
• It is normal for RX55 to feel warm.
Explanation of Displays
• VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) a
stopwatch method of speed detection, may be in use.
• Officer may not have radar or laser unit turned on.
AD
Sensitivity control is in AutoScan, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
HD
Sensitivity control is in Highway mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
RX55 did not provide a Safety signal
while within range of an emergency
vehicle.
• Safety transmitters may not be commonly used in your area.
CD
Sensitivity control is in City mode, display is in Dark mode (page 9)
No display
RX55 is in the Dark mode (page 9, 16)
RX55’s display is not working.
• Press the BRT button to deactivate Dark Mode.
PilotHWY
One of the many programming messages (pages 12-16)
RX55’s audible alerts are less loud
after the first few alerts.
• RX55 is in AutoMute Mode. See page 8 for details.
WorkZone
One of the many Safety Radar messages (pages 22-23)
RX55 bounces or sags on windshield.
• RX55 is not making contact with the windshield to provide
stability. While holding down RX55’s QuickMount button,
slide RX55 toward the windshield so that the back top edge
makes firm contact.
Caution
RX55 has detected a Safety Radar Signal, but the signal isn’t yet strong
enough to decode the specific safety message (page 22-23)
VG2
RX55 has detected a VG2 unit (radar detector detector)
RX55 did not alert when a police
car was in view.
RX55’s power-on sequence
reoccurs while you are driving.
• A loose power connection or dirty lighter socket can cause
RX55 to be briefly disconnected.
Your 14-year old son has changed all
7 of the Programming options.
You can return all of the programming options to the factory
defaults by holding down the CITY and BRT buttons while
turning the power on.
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Place of Purchase__________________________________ Date_________ Price____________
3.
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Product Purchased________________________ Model___________ Serial Number___________
2.
For your own protection, we recommend
that you ship your RX55 postpaid and
insured. Insist on a proof of delivery, and
keep the receipt until the return of your
RX55.
Phone Number (In case we have a question)_____________________________________________
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Customer Service Department
Service Order Number ______________
5442 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
City_______________________________________ State_____________ ZIP______________
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Address______________________________________________________________________
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Enclose the following information with your
RX55:
• Your Service Order Number
• Your name and return address
• Your daytime telephone number
• A description of the problem you are
experiencing.
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or register online at our web address: www.beltronics.com.
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
RX55 to the factory for repair, we will
provide you with a Service Order Number,
which must be included on the outside of
your shipping box.
online:
If you did not purchase your detector directly from BELTRONICS, please fill out this section and return to us,
1 Check the troubleshooting section of
this manual. It may have a solution to your
problem.
Register
If you purchased your detector directly from BELTRONICS, you do not need to fill this out.
For out of warranty repairs, include
prepayment in the amount you were
quoted by the Beltronics Customer Service
Representative. If the detector has been
damaged, abused or modified, the repair
cost will be calculated on a parts and labor
basis. If it exceeds the basic repair charge,
you will be contacted with a quotation. If
the additional payment is not received
within 30 days (or if you notify us that you
choose not to have your RX55 repaired at
the price quoted), your RX55 will be
returned, without repair. Payment can be
made by check, money order, or credit
card.
BELTRONICS PRODUCT REGISTRATION CARD
Out Of Warranty Repairs
If your RX55 ever needs service, please
follow these simple steps:
Service Procedure
Service
Warranty and Accessories
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ATTN CUSTOMER SERVICE
BELTRONICS INC
5442 WEST CHESTER RD
WEST CHESTER OH 45069-9789
BELTRONICS One Year Limited Warranty
Accessories
BELTRONICS warrants your RX55 against all
defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of one (1) year from the date of the
original purchase, subject to the following
terms and conditions:
The sole responsibility of BELTRONICS
under this Warranty is limited to either
repair or, at the option of BELTRONICS,
replacement of the RX55 detector. There
are no expressed or implied warranties,
including those of fitness for a particular
purpose or merchantability, which extend
beyond the face hereof. Some states do not
allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitations may
not apply to you.
BELTRONICS is not liable for any
incidental or consequential damages arising
from the use, misuse, or mounting of the
RX55. 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 RX55 has been removed, or if your
RX55 has been subjected to physical abuse,
improper installation, or modification.
The following accessories and replacement
parts are available for BEL Pro RX55.
Replacement coiled cord
$14.00
Direct-wire
$10.00
Soft Carrying Case
$12.00
SmartPlug (coiled)
$29.95
SmartPlug (direct-wire)
$29.95
SmartPlug is a special power cord that has a
power-on indicator, a bright alert light that
warns of radar or laser, and a convenient
mute button right on the plug.
It’s the perfect addition for any car
where reaching the detector mute button
on the windshield is a stretch. And for
discreet night driving, put RX55 in the Dark
Mode, and use the SmartPlug for your
visual alerts. Other cars won’t know you
have a detector.
Two versions are available: A coiled
SmartPlug that plugs into your lighter
socket (shown), and a Direct-wire
SmartPlug module that you wire into your
electrical system, with an 8 foot straight
cord to route to your RX55.
See all of our products and accessories at
www.beltronicspro.com
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