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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CONNECTING POWER

Caution:

Use only the supplied power cord. If your power cord is lost or damaged, you can order a replacement cord from your local RadioShack store.

Before plugging the power cord’s cigarette-lighterplug into your vehicle’scigarette-lightersocket, make sure the plug’s tip is screwed firmly onto the plug. See “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 23 for more information about the cigarettelighter plug.

Unplug the power cord’s cigarette-lighterplug from your vehicle’scigarette-lightersocket when you turn off the ignition. This prevents your vehicle’s battery from being drained if you leave the detector on when you turn off the ignition.

Plug the supplied power cord’s barrel plug into the detector’s power jack. Then plug the cord’s cigarette-lighterplug into your vehicle’scigarette-lightersocket.

Note: If the detector does not operate when you turn it on, remove thecigarette-lighterplug from your vehicle’s socket and check the socket for ashes and other debris. Also check the fuse in thecigarette-lighterplug and your vehicle’s fuse block (see “Replacing the Fuse” on Page 23).

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OPERATION

TURNING THE DETECTOR ON AND OFF

To turn on the detector, turn PWR/VOL clockwise.

The detector sounds a distinctive alert and displays the indicators for each alert type as a self test, in this order:

Alert Type

Audible Alert

Visual Alert

 

 

 

 

X

Low steady

X

9

 

 

 

 

K

High trill

K

9

 

 

 

 

Ka

Medium warble

Ka

9

 

 

 

 

Safety

Low-high

SAFETY

 

 

 

 

 

Laser

High-low

LASER

 

 

 

 

 

VG-2

None

HIGHWAY

 

 

 

 

 

To turn off the detector, turn PWR/VOL counterclockwise.

See “Receiving and Identifying Alert Signals” on Page 15 for more information about alerts.

ADJUSTING THE VOLUME

To increase the detector’s volume, turn PWR/VOL clockwise. To decrease the volume, turnPWR/VOL counterclockwise.

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MUTING ALERTS

While a radar, laser, or safety warning alert is sounding, you can press MUTE to temporarily silence the detector for the current alert and any new alert that it receives within 20 seconds. Visual alerts are not affected.

USING AUTO QUIET

Auto Quiet reduces the selected audio level to a clicking alert about 5 seconds after it detects a radar signal. The clicking alert sounds at the minimum level for any new signal received within 20 seconds. VG-2or laser alerts are not affected.

To turn on Auto Quiet, press MUTE when the detector is not sounding an alert. The detector displaysAUTO thenQUIET.

To turn off Auto Quiet, press MUTE when the detector is not sounding an alert.

SELECTING THE CITY AND

HIGHWAY MODES

Your detector’s CITY and CITY 1 modes are designed to reduce annoying false alerts triggered by automatic door openers, intrusion alarms, and other devices that share frequencies with police radar. In the CITY 1 mode, only X-bandsensitivity is lowered.

Note: The city modes have no effect on laser orVG-2operation.

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To select the CITY mode, press CITY once. The detector displaysCITY. If the detector receives a weak speed/safety radar signal in the CITY mode, it beeps twice, then remains quiet unless the signal becomes very strong. If the signal strength increases, the detector again beeps twice.

To select the CITY 1 mode, press CITY twice. The detector displaysCITY 1.

To cancel the city modes, press CITY a third time. The detector displaysHIGHWAY. The highway mode provides maximum alert response foropen-roaddriving.

DIMMING THE DISPLAY

To dim the display, press DARK once. The detector displaysDIM, then the display dims.

To make the display black out, press DARK again. The detector displaysDARK, then blacks out. The display dims when it is not detecting a signal, and blacks out entirely while it is receiving a signal and for 20 seconds after the signal.

Press DARK a third time to restore the display to full brightness.

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SETTING THE VG-2OPTION

VG-2is a system used by some law enforcement agencies to detect the use of radar detectors in vehicles. TheVG-2system detects the weak radio signals used in radar detectors. Your radar detector can sense aVG-2system and shift its operating frequencies out of the range detected byVG-2,making your radar detector essentially invisible to this system.

To turn on the VG-2option, hold downDARK for 2 seconds. The detector displaysVG2 ON.

Press DARK again to turn off theVG-2option. The detector displaysVG2 OFF.

Notes:

Your detector does not detect speed radar when VG-2has been detected.

If you want to use the VG-2option, you must turn it on when you turn the detector on.

RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING ALERT SIGNALS

Your detector gives different audible and visual alerts for each signal. In addition, the alert tone pulse rate increases with signal strength and the detector displays a digit from 1 to 9 to indicate the signal strength (1 is weakest and 9 is strongest).

When your detector senses instant-onradar, it sounds an intense,3-secondtone and displaysPULSE.

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Safety Radar Alerts

Your radar detector detects all safety radar including the new Safety Warning System. This system provides advanced warning of hazards and lets you respond appropriately to potentially dangerous conditions.

Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning System transmitters. Your radar detector only alerts you to hazards if the area you are in has transmitters sending signals.

When your radar detector encounters safety radar, it sounds a distinctive tone and displays the signal strength. In addition, your radar detector displays CAUTION and informs you of the type of hazard by displaying one of 60 defined messages.

Display

Road Hazard Detected

 

 

WORK ZONE

Work Zone Ahead

 

 

ROAD CLOSED DETOUR

Road Closed Ahead/Follow Detour

 

 

BRIDGE CLOSED DETOUR

Bridge Closed Ahead/Follow Detour

 

 

HIGHWAY WORK CREWS

Highway Work Crews Ahead

 

 

UTILITY WORK CREWS

Utility Work Crews Ahead

 

 

FOLLOW DETOUR

All Traffic Follow Detour Ahead

 

 

TRUCKS FOLLOW DETOUR

All Trucks Follow Detour Ahead

 

 

EXIT AHEAD

All Traffic Exit Ahead

 

 

RIGHT LANE CLOSED

Right Lane Closed Ahead

 

 

CENTER LANE CLOSED

Center Lane Closed Ahead

 

 

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Display

Road Hazard Detected

 

 

LEFT LANE CLOSED

Left Lane Closed Ahead

 

 

STANDING POLICE VEHICLE

Stationary Police Vehicle Ahead

 

 

TRAIN AT CROSSING

Train Approaching/At Crossing

 

 

LOW OVERPASS

Low Overpass Ahead

 

 

DRAW BRIDGE

Drawbridge Up

 

 

BRIDGE WEIGHT LIMIT

Observe Bridge Weight Limit

 

 

ROCK SLIDE AREA

Rock Slide Area Ahead

 

 

SCHOOL ZONE

School Zone Ahead

 

 

ROAD NARROWS

Road Narrows Ahead

 

 

SHARP CURVE

Sharp Curve Ahead

 

 

PEDEST CROSSING

Pedestrian Crossing Ahead

 

 

DEER CROSSING

Deer/Moose Crossing

 

 

BLIND DEAF CHILD

Blind/Deaf Child Area

 

 

STEEP GRADE LOW GEAR

Steep Grade Ahead/Truck Use Low

 

Gear

 

 

ACCIDENT

Accident Ahead

 

 

POOR ROAD SURFACE

Poor Road Surface Ahead

 

 

SCHOOL BUS LOADING

School Bus Loading/Unloading

 

 

NO PASSING ZONE

No Passing Zone

 

 

DANGER INTERSEC

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

 

 

STANDING EMERGENCY

Stationary Emergency Vehicle

VEHICLE

Ahead

 

 

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Display

Road Hazard Detected

 

 

HIGH WIND

High Wind Ahead

 

 

SEVERE WEATHER

Severe Weather Ahead

 

 

HEAVY FOG

Heavy Fog Ahead

 

 

WATER FLOODING

High Water/Flooding Ahead

 

 

ICE ON BRIDGE

Ice On Bridge Ahead

 

 

ICE ON ROAD

Ice On Road Ahead

 

 

BLOWING DUST

Blowing Dust Ahead

 

 

BLOWING SAND

Blowing Sand Ahead

 

 

BLOWING SNOW

Blowing Snow White Out Ahead

 

 

REST AREA

Rest Area Ahead

 

 

REST SERVICE AHEAD

Rest Area With Service Ahead

 

 

24 HOUR FUEL SERVICE

24 Hour Fuel Service Ahead

 

 

INSPECT STATION OPEN

Inspection Station Open

 

 

INSPECT STATION CLOSED

Inspection Station Closed

 

 

REDUCED SPEED AREA

Reduced Speed Area Ahead

 

 

SPEED LIMIT ENFORCED

Speed Limit Enforced

 

 

HAZARD’S MATERLS EXIT

Hazardous Materials Exit Ahead

 

 

CONGESTD TRAFFIC DELAY

Congestion Ahead/Expect Delay

 

 

EXPECT 10 MIN DELAY

Expect 10 Minute Delay

 

 

EXPECT 20 MIN DELAY

Expect 20 Minute Delay

 

 

EXPECT 30 MIN DELAY

Expect 30 Minute Delay

 

 

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Display

Road Hazard Detected

 

 

EXPECT 1 HOUR DELAY

Expect 1 Hour Delay

 

 

TRAFFIC ALERT TUNE AM

Traffic Alert/Tune AM Radio

RADIO

 

 

 

PAY TOLL

Pay Toll Ahead

 

 

TRUCKS EXIT RIGHT

Trucks Exit Right

 

 

TRUCKS EXIT LEFT

Trucks Exit Left

 

 

EMERGENCY VEHICLE

Emergency Vehicle in Transit

 

 

POLICE PURSUIT

Police in Pursuit

 

 

OVERSIZE VEHICLE

Oversize Vehicle in Transit

 

 

SLOW MOVING VEHICLE

Slow Moving Vehicle

 

 

CAUTION

General Warning For An Unspecified

 

Hazard

 

 

Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

When your radar detector detects a laser signal from ahead or behind, the laser audio sounds and the radar detector displays LASER for as long as the signal is present (for a minimum of 3 seconds).

Any laser alert, regardless of duration, requires immediate action! If you are the targeted vehicle, a laser gun can often determine your speed within seconds after you receive an alert. However, if you are traveling near or behind the targeted vehicle and receive an alert, you should have time to respond.

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USING STAY ALERT

Stay Alert helps you test your alertness behind the wheel by sounding beeps and asking if you are alert.

Warning: Stay Alert is not intended as a substitute for adequate rest. You should not operate a motor vehicle if you are drowsy. During extended periods of vehicle operation, you should take frequent breaks. Improper reliance on the Stay Alert feature might result in vehicle damage, personal injury, or death.Never operate a vehicle if you are drowsy.

1.Hold down CITY for 2 seconds until the detector displaysRU ALERT, then rings.

2.When the detector rings, press DARK,CITY, orMUTE within3–5seconds.

If you press DARK,CITY, orMUTE within3–5seconds, the detector rings again every30–60seconds.

If you do not press a button within 3–5seconds, an alarm sounds and the detector displaysGET REST.

3.To turn off Stay Alert, turn off the detector.

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