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Owner’s Manual

Front/Rear Laser

XKKa Superwide Radar Detector

with VG-2Guard

Please read before using this equipment.

Cat. No. 22-1676

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack Front/Rear Laser XKKa Superwide Radar Detector receives allX-,K-,andKa-bandtraffic radar signals and also detects both theinstant-onand laser systems many police departments now use to measure vehicle speed. Plus, it can alert you to road hazards signaled by either a Safety Warning System or Safety Alert Signal. When it detects a signal, your easy-to-mountdetector alerts you with a light and a tone, which increase in speed as the signal gets stronger. The detector’sbuilt-inlaser sensors detect traffic laser signals coming from in front of and behind your vehicle.

Your detector also has FAST® (False Alert Suppression Technology) circuitry that helps prevent false alarms caused by signals from other radar detectors, without reducing your detector’s sensitivity to traffic radar signals.

Your detector’s many useful features include:

VG-2 Protection — makes your detector invisible to theVG-2radar-detectordetector when its sensesVG-2is being used.

ã 1997 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation. Safety Alert is a trademark of Cobra Electronics.

FAST is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation. InstaClear is a registered trademark used by Ford Motor Company. ElectriClear is a registered trademark used by Libbey, Owens, Ford, and Delco-Remy.

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Safety Alert Signal Detection — warns you when the detector detects signals broadcast by safety alert transmitters. Some public safety and government agencies install these transmitters in some emergency vehicles and near some known road hazards and construction areas, to provide advance warning of potentially hazardous situations.

Safety Warning System — alerts you to the presence of potential road hazards and emergency vehicles signalled by a safety radar transmission.

X-,K-,Ka-Band,and Laser Signal Detection— warns you when the detector detects signals from traffic radar or laser devices. Different tones sound and different indicators flash to let you know the type of signal received.

City/Highway Modes — let you reduce the detector’s sensitivity to weakX-,K-,andKa-bandsignals, without affecting the detector’s sensitivity to laser signals while you are in the city.

Note: Some areas have laws regulating the use of radar detectors. Check with your local law enforcement agency about the laws in your area.

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We recommend you record your detector’s serial number here. The number is on the detector’s bottom panel.

Serial Number:_______________________________

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Your detector includes the following items:

Hook-and-looptape

Bracket holder

Sun visor clip

Windshield bracket and holder

Power cord

Power cord clips (6)

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CONTENTS

A Look at the Detector ............................................

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Safety Alert and Safety Warning System ............

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Installation ..............................................................

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Selecting a Mounting Location ...........................

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Hook-and-LoopMounting ..................................

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Visor Mounting ..................................................

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Removing the Sun Visor Clip ......................

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Windshield Mounting ........................................

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Connecting Power ............................................

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Mounting the Power Cord Clips ..................

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Operation ...............................................................

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Turning the Detector On and Off ......................

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Adjusting the Volume ........................................

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Operating Settings ............................................

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Selecting the City and Highway Modes .......

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Muting the Audio Alert .................................

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Turning Off the Display ................................

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Receiving and Identifying Radar, Laser,

 

Safety Alert, Safety Warning System,

 

and VG-2Signals .............................................

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Troubleshooting ....................................................

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Care and Maintenance ..........................................

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Replacing the Fuse ...........................................

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A LOOK AT THE DETECTOR

Front Laser Detection Lenses — receive incoming laser signals directed at the front of your vehicle.

DC 12V Jack — the power cord plugs in here.

DARK Button — turns off all your detector’s indicators, except the P (Power) indicator.

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MUTE Button — silences the alert sound.

CITY (City/Highway) Button — switches between the city and highway modes.

Signal Strength Indicator — two LEDs show an accurate visual indication of the strength of the radar signals received.

S (Stationary Road Hazard Situation) Indicator — blinks when the detector detects the signal related to a stationary road hazard, either from the safety warning system or from a safety alert transmitter.

M (Emergency/Slow Moving Vehicles) Indicator — blinks when the detector detects the signal related to emergency/slow moving vehicles, either from the safety warning system or from a safety alert transmitter.

O (Rail Road) Indicator — both LEDs under S and M blink at the same time when the detector detects the signal related to a railroad, either from the safety warning system or from a safety alert transmitter.

C/SA (City/Safety Alert) Indicator — lights when the detector is in the city mode and blinks when the detector detects a safety alert signal.

K/Ka (K- and Ka-BandRadar) Indicator— blinks when the detector detects either a K- or Ka-band radar signal.

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X (X-BandRadar) Indicator— blinks when the detector detects an X-band radar signal.

L (Laser) Indicator — both LEDs under X and K/Ka light when the detector detects a traffic laser signal.

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

P (Power) Indicator — lights when you connect the detector to power and turn it on.

LASER (Rear Laser Detection Lens) — receives laser signals directed at the rear of your vehicle.

VOLUME/OFF Control — turns the detector on and off and lets you adjust the volume.

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SAFETY ALERT AND SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM

These systems are low-poweredtransmitters used by some emergency services and road crews to alert drivers to hazardous conditions. The Safety Alert system can indicate stationary, moving, or railroad hazards. Radar detectors that are Safety Alert compatible, such as this one, indicate the presence of a Safety Alert signal.

The Safety Warning System is like Safety Alert, but it operates at a higher power level and can alert you to many different emergency or hazardous conditions in the area. Your detector’s three safety indications show three major categories of Safety Warning System messages.

While neither system is currently in wide use, they have the potential to dramatically decrease the potential for traffic accidents by increasing drivers’ awareness of local road hazards. Having this radar/laser detector will ensure that you are ready to use these systems as they come into use.

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