Radio Shack STAY ALERT 22-1679 User Manual

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Owner’s Manual

Stay Alert

X•K•Ka Superwide Radar/

Laser Detector

Please read before using this equipment.

Cat. No. 22-1679

FEATURES

Your RadioShack Stay Alert X•K•Ka Superwide Radar/Laser Detector can alert you to all known police traffic radar and laser systems. It receives X-,K-,andKa-bandradar signals and also detects both theinstant-onand laser systems many police departments 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 Warning System alerts.

Your detector has many useful features, including:

Stay Alert — tests your awareness behind the wheel by ringing every30–60seconds and asking if you are alert.

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

VG-2 Protection — makes your detector invisible to theVG-2radar-detectordetector when it sensesVG-2operation.

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

360° Detection — detects laser signals from both the front and the rear of your vehicle.

1997 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a registered trademark used by Tandy Corporation. FAST is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

Safety Warning System and SWS are trademarks of Safety Warning System LLC.

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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City/Highway Modes — let you minimize alerts when you are in areas that have false radar sources.

FAST (False Alert Suppression Technology) — helps prevent false alarms caused by non-traffic radar sources.

Auto Quiet — lets you set the radar detector to give you a fullvolume alert for about 5 seconds, then reduce its alert to minimum volume.

Dim/Dark Modes — let you dim the display for nighttime operation, or have the radar detector go completely dark whenever it detects traffic radar signals.

Your radar/laser detector includes the following items:

Power Cord

Windshield Bracket with Suction Cups

Hook and Loop Fastener

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

Serial Number: _________________________________

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

One or more of the following patents apply: 4,315,261; 5,146,227; 5,379,456. Other patents pending.

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CONTENTS

A Quick Look . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Mounting Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Hook-and-LoopTape Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Windshield Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Connecting Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Turning the Detector On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Adjusting the Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Muting Alerts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Using Auto Quiet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Selecting the City and Highway Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Dimming the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Setting the VG-2Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Receiving and Identifying Alert Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Using Stay Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Replacing the Fuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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A QUICK LOOK

1Power Jack — the power cable plugs in here.

2Rear Laser Detection Lens — receives incoming laser signals from the rear.

3Speaker — sounds distinct warnings.

4MUTE Button — press before a radar/laser signal is detected to reduce the level of audio alerts that sound when there is a signal. Press after a signal is detected to silence the alert, while still showing visual alerts to keep you informed.

5High Visibility Alphanumeric Display — provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected and signal strength, and indicates the selected operating modes.

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6CITY Button — reduces false alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.

7DARK Button — changes the display to dim or dark, and turns theVG-2option on or off.

8PWR/VOL (Power/Volume) Control— turns the detector on and off and lets you adjust the volume.

9Bracket Release Button — lets you quickly remove the detector’s bracket.

10Front Laser Detection Lens — receives incoming laser signals from the front.

11Radar Detection Antenna — receives incoming radar signals.

12Mounting Bracket Slot — holds the windshield mounting bracket.

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INSTALLATION

MOUNTING GUIDELINES

Follow these guidelines when selecting a location.

Choose a location that does not block the driver’s view of the road.

Mount the detector in a level position with a clear view to both the front and rear.

The detector’s view of the road must not be blocked by any metal object.

Some vehicles have InstaClear or ElectriClear defogging windshields, which have metal coatings that block signals. General Motor’s APV vans have a solar shield that keeps the vehicle cooler during the summer, but also blocks signals. A detector installed in a vehicle with any of these features will probably not detect a signal.

Since window tinting reduces the received strength of laser signals, you should not mount the detector behind any tinted glass.

Do not mount the detector where the driver or a passenger might hit it in a sudden stop or accident.

Caution: Whichever mounting method you choose, place the detector out of view when you leave the vehicle. This keeps the detector out of sight of thieves and prevents exposing it to extremely high temperatures, which can temporarily impair performance.

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HOOK-AND-LOOPTAPE MOUNTING

For some dashboards, the hook-and-looptape included with your detector might be best for mounting. Follow these steps to use thehook-and-looptape.

1.Use a damp cloth to clean the bottom of the detector and the dashboard. Let both surfaces dry.

Note: The tape’s adhesive might not stick to a surface treated with vinyl cleaner or protectant.

2.Remove the tape’s backing and stick the tape to the bottom of the detector.

Note: Do not place thehook-and-looptape over the detector’s serial number.

Serial

Number

On a curved dashboard, cut the supplied strip in half and use one strip on each side of the bottom of the detector.

3.Remove the backing from the other side of the tape and press the detector onto the dashboard.

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WINDSHIELD MOUNTING

The supplied suction-cupwindshield bracket lets you easily mount the detector on the windshield.

Caution: Do not use the bracket in a vehicle that has a plastic coating on the windshield designed to protect passengers during an accident. If you use the bracket on this type of windshield, you might permanently mar the windshield’s surface.

1.Align the groove in each suction cup with the slots in the windshield bracket and slide the suction cups out until they lock into place.

2.Clean the selected windshield area, position the bracket on the windshield, and press firmly on each suction cup to secure it in place.

3.Slide the detector onto the base plate until it snaps into place.

illus of suction cup installation in windshield bracket

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To level the detector, press the

 

bracket release button to remove the

illus of bracket

detector from the bracket. Then bend

release button

the bracket.

location

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