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Voice Alert Radar Detector 22-1696

OWNER’S MANUAL Please read before using this equipment.

Thank you for purchasing a RadioShack Radar Detector with Safety Alert. Your radar detector can alert you to many traffic radar and laser systems with its distinct visual and audio alerts. It receives X-,K-,andKa-bandradar signals, and detects both theinstant-onand laser systems many law enforcement agencies use to measure vehicle speed. Plus, your detector can give you advance warning of potential road hazards by detecting signals from transmitters that broadcast Safety Alert System™ alerts.

Ô NoteÔ

Before reading this Owner’s Manual, read the supplied booklet Questions and Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection to familiarize yourself with the terms and uses associated with your detector.

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Windshield Radar Detector Bracket with

Suction Cups

Hook and

Loop Tape

Coiled Power Cord

Questions and Answers About

Vehicle Speed Detection Booklet

SAFETY ALERT SYSTEM

The Safety Alert System employs low-poweredtransmitters used by some emergency services and road crews to alert drivers to hazardous road conditions. The system can indicate stationary, moving, or railroad hazards.

The system has the potential to dramatically decrease the occurrence of traffic accidents by increasing drivers’ awareness of local road hazards. Having this safety alert compatible radar/laser detector will ensure that you are ready to benefit from this system wherever it is in use.

ARE RADAR DETECTORS LEGAL?

Federal law lets you install and use a radar detector in automobiles and light trucks under 10,000 pounds in the United States. Presently, Virginia and the District of Columbia have some laws regulating or prohibiting the use of radar detectors in all vehicles.

CONTROLS & INDICATORS

 

 

CONNECTING POWER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12V DC Jack

Speaker — sounds the

Mute — silences the

 

Plug the supplied power cord’s

 

 

 

 

 

VG-2 — lights when aVG-2signal is detected.

 

 

 

 

alert tone and voice alert.

 

barrel plug into the detector’s

 

 

 

 

digital voice alert.

City (City/Highway)

 

 

 

 

 

 

X (X-BandRadar) — appears when the detector

12V DC jack. Then plug the cord’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

360° Laser Eye — receives

 

 

switches between city

encounters an X-bandradar signal.

cigarette-lighterplug into your

 

 

 

 

 

 

and highway modes.

K/Ka (K/Ka Band Radar) — appears when the detector

vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket.

 

 

 

 

incoming laser signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

encounters either a K- or Ka-bandradar signal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

directed at your vehicle from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ô NoteÔ

 

 

 

 

all directions.

 

 

 

SA (Safety Alert) — lights when a safety alert signal is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prevent the detector from draining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detected. The following also appear on the single-digit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

your vehicle’s battery if you leave the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detector on when you turn off the

 

 

 

CAUTION

 

 

 

 

 

E (Emergency Vehicle) — flashes when the detector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ignition, unplug the power cord from

• Use only the supplied 12V DC,

 

 

 

 

 

 

encounters a signal related to an emergency vehicle

 

your vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive (+) Tip power cord. Use of

 

 

 

 

 

 

from a safety alert transmitter. The radar detector

If the detector does not operate when

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

any other power source may cause

 

 

 

 

 

 

announces “Caution, emergency vehicle”.

 

Dim — controls the

 

 

 

 

 

you turn it on, remove the cigarette-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

damage.

 

 

 

 

VG-2

 

h (Road Hazard Situation) — flashes when the

 

 

 

 

brightness of the

 

 

 

lighter plug from your vehicle’s socket

Before plugging the power cord’s

indicators

 

 

 

 

detector encounters a signal related to a stationary

 

and check the socket for debris. Also,

 

 

 

 

 

 

cigarette-lighterplug into your

 

 

 

 

road hazard from a safety alert transmitter. The radar

 

check the fuse in the detector’s plug

 

 

 

 

 

K/Ka

 

 

 

vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket,

 

 

 

 

 

detector announces “Caution, road hazard”.

 

and your vehicle’s cigarette lighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

make sure the plug’s tip is screwed

 

 

 

 

 

r (Railroad) — flashes when the detector encounters

 

fuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

firmly onto the plug.

 

VOLUME/OFF — turns the

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a signal related to a moving train from a safety alert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detector on and off and lets

 

SA

 

transmitter. The radar detector announces “Caution,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

you adjust the volume.

 

 

 

moving train”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single-DigitDisplayindicates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

city/highway mode, signal strength,

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

safety alert, and laser alert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TURNING ON THE DETECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To turn on the detector, rotate VOLUME/OFF towardVOLUME

SELECTING AMOUNTINGLOCATION

 

Adjusting the Bracket

 

 

 

until it clicks. After self-testing,the detector says “Welcome!

 

 

 

 

Buckle your seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

belt.” H appears to

 

 

 

 

For the best performance, select a location where the

 

 

If the mounted detector is not at the optimum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

indicate that the

 

 

 

 

 

 

viewing angle, you can adjust the mounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detector has a direct view of the road. The detector’s

CAUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

detector is in its

 

 

 

 

 

bracket for better viewing. Carefully bend the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

radar antenna is at the opposite end of the indicators.

Do not use the mounting

 

 

 

 

highway mode.

 

 

 

 

 

bracket to adjust it to the desired angle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bracket in a vehicle that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mounting Guidelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

has a plastic safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

To turn off the

 

 

 

 

Choose a location

Ô NoteÔ

coating on the inside of

 

 

 

 

 

 

detector, rotate

 

VOLUME/OFF

 

that does not block

the windshield designed

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME/OFF

 

 

Though the detector has a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the driver’s view of

to protect passengers

 

 

 

 

 

 

toward OFF until it

 

 

 

 

 

360° laser and radar detection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

during an accident. If you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

clicks and all the LEDs turn off.

 

 

 

range, the radar detection is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

use the bracket on this

 

DASHBOARDMOUNTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount the detector

most sensitive in the front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

type of windshield, you

 

 

 

 

ADJUSTING THE VOLUME

 

in a level position

range.

 

might permanently mar

 

In some vehicles, the dashboard may be the best location to

 

 

with a clear view of

 

 

the windshield’s surface.

 

mount the detector. Use the supplied hook-and-looptape to

 

Rotate VOLUME/OFF towardVOLUME to increase the

 

both the front and rear of your vehicle.

 

Mount the radar detector

 

mount your radar detector to the dash.

 

 

 

detector’s volume, rotate it toward OFF to reduce the volume.

• Choose a location that gives the detector a view

on the dashboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION SETTINGS

instead.

 

1. Use a damp cloth to clean the bottom of the detector and the

 

unobstructed by metal objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dashboard. Let both surfaces dry.

 

 

 

Some vehicles have InstaClear® or ElectriClear® defogging windshields, which

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTINGCITY ANDHIGHWAYMODES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

have metal coatings that block signals. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to

2. Remove the tape’s paper backing and

 

 

 

Your detector has two operating modes: City and Highway.

 

see if your vehicle has one of these features. A detector installed in a vehicle

 

 

stick the tape to the bottom of the

 

 

 

• City mode requires a

 

 

 

with one of these features might not detect a signal.

 

 

detector.

 

 

 

 

Ô NoteÔ

 

 

 

 

 

 

stronger X-bandsignal

 

• Since window tinting reduces the received strength of laser signals, you should

3. Remove the backing from the other

 

 

 

City mode helps prevent

 

 

 

before the detector

 

 

not mount the detector behind any tinted glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

false alerts in tightly

 

 

 

 

side of the tape and firmly press your

 

 

 

sounds, or visually

 

 

• Do not mount the detector where the driver or a passenger might hit it in a sudden

 

 

 

 

 

 

populated areas where laser/

 

detector onto the dashboard.

 

 

 

indicates, an alert.

 

 

radar signals can bounce off

 

stop or accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Highway mode provides

 

surrounding structures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ô Dashboard Mounting NotesÔ

 

 

 

City mode has no effect on K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maximum sensitivity for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or Ka-bandsignals or laser

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tape’s adhesive might not stick to a surface treated with vinyl

 

open-roaddriving. The

 

WINDSHIELDMOUNTING

 

 

 

 

 

alerts or instant-onradar.

 

 

 

 

cleaner or protectant.

 

 

 

detector is preset to

 

 

 

 

 

Do not place the hook-and-looptape over the detector’s serial

 

 

 

1. Clean the selected windshield area,

 

 

 

 

Highway mode when you turn it on.

 

 

 

 

number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

position the bracket on the windshield,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a curved dashboard, cut the supplied strip in half and use one

 

1. To select City mode, press City. The detector says “City

 

and press firmly on each suction cup to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strip on each side of the bottom of the detector.

 

 

 

mode” and C appears.

 

 

 

secure the bracket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to place the detector out of view when you leave the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. To return to Highway mode, press City again. The

2.

Slide the detector’s bracket slot onto

Bracket Slot

 

 

vehicle. This keeps the detector out of sight of thieves and prevents

 

 

 

exposure to extremely high temperatures, which can temporarily

 

detector says “Highway mode” andH appears.

 

the bracket until it snaps into place.

 

 

 

 

impair your detector’s performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION (continued)

SELECTING DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS

Your detector has three levels of display brightness: Bright, Dim, and Dark.

1.Press Dim once to reduce brightness to Dim (50% darker). The detector says “Dim.”

2.Press Dim again to reduce brightness to Dark (X, K/Ka,VG-2,and SA indicators do not light during an alert and - appears). The detector says “Dark.”

3.Press Dim a third time to return all indicators to Bright. The detector says “Bright.”

MUTING THE AUDIO ALERT

While the detector sounds an alert signal, press Mute to temporarily silence the detector.

The detector automatically turns Mute off 20 seconds after the alert signal stops. To return the detector to normal operation sooner, press Mute before the detector resets itself.

AUTOMUTEMODE

Your detector has Auto Mute Mode which automatically reduces the audio volume of all alerts after 4 seconds for as long as the signal is detected. If the same radar signal is encountered within 10 seconds, the detector maintains a reduced audio-volume.

TURNINGAUTOMUTEON/OFF

When the detector is in its standby mode, press Mute while there is no alert. The detector sounds one beep and the indicator on the display disappears. To turn on auto mute, pressMute again. The detector sounds two beeps and the indicator on the display appears.

SELECTINGVG-2 MODES

VG-2mode is preset to on. To turn offVG-2,hold downMute until you hear“VG-2Off.” To turn onVG-2,hold downMute until you hear“VG-2On.”

RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING SIGNALS

When your detector senses a radar signal, X orK/Ka lights depending on which band is selected. The detector sounds an alert tone corresponding to the type of radar detected and the signal strength appears as a number on the display.

Ô NoteÔ

If there is another detector in the vicinity, you might receive false signals.

Ô NoteÔ

The closer you get to the source of the radar, the higher the signal strength number increases. When your detector senses a laser signal, L flashes on the display and the detector sounds the laser alert tone.

If your detector senses an X-band,K-band,orKa-bandradar signal,

the detector says “X-banddetected,”“K-banddetected,” or“Ka-banddetected” respectively.

• If your detector senses a safety alert signal, SA

lights and E (emergency

band), h (road hazard), orr (railroad warning)

flash and the detector

says “Caution, emergency vehicle,” “Caution, road hazard,” or “Caution, moving train” respectively, depending on the type of signal received.

• If VG-2is detected,VG-2 lights andU flashes, and the detector sounds a

distinctive tone. The detector says “VG-2detected.”.

TUTORIAL MODE

Your detector has a tutorial mode to demonstrate and check the status of all of its alert indicators.

1.To enter Tutorial mode, turn on the detector while holding down Dim andCity. The detector sounds 3 beeps andt appears.

2.To select the demonstration for each alert, press Dim. The detector displays each alert with its corresponding audio alert. The detector demonstrates the alerts in the following order.

X-BandAlert

K-BandAlert

Ka-BandAlert

Pro-LaserAlert

Pro-Laser3Alert

LTI2020 Laser Alert

Ultralyte Laser Alert

Emergency Vehicle Alert

Road Hazard Alert

Railroad Alert

VG-2Alert

3. To exit Tutorial mode, press City.

THE FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult your local RadioShack store or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you stop using your radar detector.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by RadioShack may cause interference and void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

CARE

 

 

 

SERVICE AND REPAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the radar detector dry; if it gets wet, wipe it dry

If your radar detector is not performing as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for

immediately. Handle the radar detector carefully; do

assistance. To locate your nearest RadioShack, use the store locator feature on RadioShack's

not drop it. Keep the radar detector away from dust

website (www.radioshack.com), or call 1-800-TheShack(843-7422)and follow the menu

and dirt, and wipe it with a damp cloth occasionally to

options. Modifying or tampering with the radar detector's internal components can cause a

keep it looking new.

malfunction and might invalidate its warranty and void your FCC authorization to operate it.

REPLACING THE FUSE

If the detector stops operating, follow these steps to check the fuse in the power cord’s cigarette lighter plug and, if necessary, replace it with a 2 amp, 11/4 × 1/4 -inch,fast-actingfuse (supplied).

1.Carefully turn the knurled ring on the cigarette lighter plug counterclockwise to unscrew it.

Take care not to lose the ring, tip, or the spring inside the

 

plug when removing the ring.

Tip

2.Remove the ring and tip from the cigarette lighter plug, then remove the old fuse.

3.Check the fuse. If it has blown, replace it.

4.Replace the metal tip inside the ring, make sure the spring is intact, then place the fuse inside the cigarette lighter plug and screw the ring back onto the plug. Make sure the tip is visible when you reassemble the cigarette lighter plug.

Spring

 

Knurled Ring

Fuse

CAUTION

Using a fuse that does not meet the requirements listed above can damage your detector, the power cable, or the vehicle’s electrical system.

If you must use pliers to loosen the ring, be careful not to crush the ring or the metal tip inside the ring.

Never use pliers or other tools to retighten the ring on the cigarette lighter plug.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If you have problems operating your detector, the suggestions in this section might help. If you cannot solve the problem after trying these suggestions, take your detector to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

Problem

Suggestion

 

 

The detector does not turn on

Be sure all power connections are secure.

 

The cigarette lighter socket might be dirty. Clean it with fine emery cloth to ensure a good,

 

clean connection.

 

Check the fuse in the power cord’s cigarette lighter plug. See “Replacing the Fuse”.

 

Check the fuse that controls power to your vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket. See your

 

vehicle’s owner’s manual.

 

 

The detector gives a false alert when you use

Check the vehicle’s electrical system for a loose connection, including the main battery

vehicle accessories such as power windows,

cable and alternator connections.

motorized mirror, brakes, and so on

Install a filter capacitor (1000 F, 35 volts) on the back of the cigarette lighter socket, across

 

 

the power connections.

The detector performs the self-test,but does not

A police car might not be equipped with radar (see the supplied booklet, “Questions and

respond to radar signals when you see a police

Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection”).

car.

Police might be using VASCAR type speed detection (See the supplied booklet, “Questions

 

 

and Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection”).

 

 

The detector has poor laser detection range

Be sure the laser detection lens is not blocked.

 

Be sure the detector is properly mounted.

 

Use lens cleaning solution to clean the laser detection lens.

 

 

Limited One-YearWarranty

This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for one (1) year from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-ownedstores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.

In the event of a product defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period.

This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d) cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f) costs of product removal, installation, set-upservice adjustment or reinstallation.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

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