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Talking 360° Laser/Radar

Detector

with VG-2Guard

Owner’s Manual

Please read before using this equipment.

ˆ Contents

 

Features .................................................................................

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

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Safety Warning System ...................................................

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

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

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Mounting Guidelines .................................................

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

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Hook-and-Loop Mounting ...............................................

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

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

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Turning On the Detector ................................................

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

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Tutorial Mode .................................................................

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Starting the Tutorial Mode ......................................

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Selecting the Demonstration for Each Alert ...........

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Finishing the Tutorial Mode ....................................

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Electronic Compass .......................................................

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Calibrating the Electronic Compass .......................

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When to Calibrate Your Detector ............................

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Operation Settings .........................................................

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

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Selecting Display Brightness ..................................

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

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Selecting VG-2 Mode .............................................

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©2002 RadioShack Corporation. All Rights Reserved. RadioShack and RadioShack.com are trademarks

used by RadioShack Corporation.

The compass technology used in this product is licensed under US patent numbers 4,851,777 and 5,239,264 from Precision Navigation, Inc.

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Receiving and Identifying Radar, Laser, and Safety Alert

Signals ..................................................................................

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SWS Categories and Messages ............................

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

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

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

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FCC Information ..................................................................

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ˆ Features

Your RadioShack Talking 360° Laser/Radar Detector can alert you to all known police traffic radar and laser systems with its distinct visual and audio alerts, including a voice alert. It receives X-,K-,andKa-bandradar signals, and 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.

Note: Before reading this Owner's Manual, read the supplied bookletQuestions and Answers About Vehicle Speed Detection to familiarize yourself with the terms and uses associated with your detector.

Your detector's features include:

Electronic Compass — provides accurate heading information with alphanumeric display and LED panel.

Voice Alert — greets you as you turn on the detector and alerts you with different vocal indicators including radar and laser detection.

360° Detection — detects laser signals from all around your vehicle.

Alphanumeric Display — appears when you turn on the detector and alerts you with various text messages including radar and laser detection.

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Features

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

X-,K-,Ka-Band,Laser, and Ultralyte Laser Signal Detection

— warns you when it detects signals from traffic radar or laser devices. Different tones and display indicators let you know the type of signal received.

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

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

City/Highway Selector and City/Highway Indicator — displays which mode is currently selected.

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

Tutorial Mode — lets you experience how the detector alerts you with its detection display and tones to the different signals the detector recognizes.

Memory Retention — retains operational settings in memory without power, so when you turn on your detector, the setting will be the same as when you turned it off.

Instant On or Pulse Radar Protection — alerts you to sudden high level and laser signals.

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Your radar/laser detector includes the following items:

coiled power cord

windshield bracket with suction cups

hook and loop tape

stand for hook and loop mounting

spare fuse

Question and Answer About Vehicle Speed Detection

Important: 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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Features

ˆ A Quick Look

Speaker

CITY

360° Laser Eye

MUTE

DIM

Display

VOLUME/OFF

LED Compass

1.360° Laser Eye — receives incoming laser signals directed at your vehicle from all directions

2.DC 12V Jack — the power cord connection

3.DIM — controls the brightness of the alphanumeric display

4.MUTE — silences the alert tone for about 20 seconds after the current signal is lost

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

6.Speaker — sounds a digital voice alert and tones let you know the types of radar and laser signals detected

7.LED Compass — indicates your heading information

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8.VOLUME/OFF — lets you turn the detector on and off and adjust the volume

9.High Visibility Alphanumeric Display — provides a distinct visual of signal detected, signal strength, and heading information, and indicates the selected operating mode

SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM

The revolutionary Safety Warning System (SWS) has won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate on the 24.05–24.25GHz band for highway safety alerting and traffic signal control purposes.

The Safety Warning System employs low-poweredtransmitters used by some emergency services and road crews to alert drivers to hazardous road conditions. The SWS can indicate many different emergency or hazardous conditions in the area (61 different messages are currently defined, with 3 additional messages for future use).

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

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A Quick Look

ˆ Installation

SELECTING A MOUNTING LOCATION

For the best performance, select a location for the detector where it has a direct view of the road. The detector's radar antenna is at the opposite end from display.

Note: Though the detector has a 360° laser and radar detection coverage, the radar detection is more sensitive to the front.

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 of your vehicle and insure its view of the road is not blocked by any metal object.

Some vehicles have InstaClear or ElectriClear defogging windshields, which have metal coatings that block signals. Some vehicles have a solar shield that block signals. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if your vehicle has these features. 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.

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

Attach the stand to the bottom of

the detector using the two tabs on the stand. Locate the tabs over the two openings on the detector’s base and press down.

Note: After attaching the stand, to remove it, press on the tab until it clicks and remove the stand.

Caution: When not in your vehicle, place your detector out of view to help discourage theft and to protect it from high temperatures.

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. For an alternative mounting method, see“Hook-and-LoopMounting” on Page 11.

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Installation

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

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

To adjust the mounting angle, remove the detector from the bracket. Then, remove the bracket from the windshield and adjust it by carefully bending it.

HOOK-AND-LOOPMOUNTING

In some vehicles, the dashboard may be the best location to mount the detector. For this mounting, use the supplied hook- and-looptape as follows:

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

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

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2. Attach the stand to the bottom of the detector.

Tape

Stand

Bottom of Detector

3.Remove the tape's paper backing and stick the tape to the bottom of stand.

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

ˆ 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 26 for more information about the cigarettelighter plug.

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Connecting Power

VOL-

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 DC 12V 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 26).

ˆ Operation

TURNING ON THE DETECTOR

To turn on the detector, rotate

UME/OFF toward VOLUMEuntil it

VOLUME/OFF

clicks. The detector sounds a tone,

and greets you with its voice alert —

“Welcome! Buckle your seat belt,” and a text message —WELCOME!.VOLUME/OFF

After self-testing,heading information andHWY appear. (See “Selecting the City and Highway Modes” on Page 17).

To turn off the detector, rotate VOLUME/OFF towardOFF until it clicks and the alphanumeric display turns off.

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ADJUSTING THE VOLUME

Rotate VOLUME/OFF to the left to increase the detector's volume. Rotate it to the right to decrease the volume.

TUTORIAL MODE

Your detector has a tutorial mode to demonstrate the alphanumeric display. Use the tutorial mode to familiarize yourself with the alphanumeric display.

Starting the Tutorial Mode

To start the tutorial mode, turn on the detector while holding down DIM andCITY. The tutorial mode starts whenTUTORIAL andMODE flash alternately.

Selecting the Demonstration for Each Alert

To select the demonstration for each alert, press DIM. The detector displays each alert along with its corresponding audio alert. The detector demonstrates and displays the alerts in the following order:

1.

X-BandAlert

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Rock Slide Area Ahead

2.

K-BandAlert

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School Zone Ahead

3.

Ka-BandAlert

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Road Narrows Ahead

4.

Laser Alert

10. Sharp Curve Ahead

5.

Ultralyte Laser Alert

11. Pedestrian Crossing Ahead

6.

VG-2Alert

 

 

 

 

 

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Finishing the Tutorial Mode

To end the tutorial mode, press MUTE at any time.

ELECTRONIC COMPASS

Your radar detector has an electronic compass that can display 8 different headings:

N, E, S, W, NE, NW, SE, SW

Note: The detector displays the electronic compass heading information until it picks up a signal. After the detector displays the signal, it returns to the electronic compass display.

Calibrating the Electronic Compass

You must calibrate the electronic compass in your area before using it. The calibration allows the electronic compass to separate the earth's magnetic field from the magnetic fields generated by external influences such as your vehicle so that the electronic compass provides accurate heading information.

Before beginning the calibration, you must install the detector in your vehicle. See “Installation” on Page 9. The calibration is best performed on a leveled section of pavement, such as an empty parking lot.

When to Calibrate Your Detector

You must calibrate when:

• It is being used for the first time.

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It is being used in a different location.

The magnetic distortion flag, DISTORT is continuously displayed.

Follow these steps to calibrate your detector.

1.Press CITY for more than 2 seconds until the voice says “Please turn your vehicle twice,” andCAL.... appears; thenTURN andTWICE flash alternately.

2.With the detector mounted in your vehicle, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right or left and continue driving in a circular motion. Then press CITY.

3.After WAIT flashes 4 times, if the calibration is complete,SUCCESS! appears and the voice says “Calibration complete.”

4.If calibration is incomplete, the display scrolls PLEASE CALIBRATE AGAIN...PRESS CITY-KEY and the voice says “Please calibrate again.”

After calibration, the heading appears.

Note: To achieve calibration, two circles must be made and it must be performed on a level surface in less than 2 minutes.

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OPERATION SETTINGS

Selecting the City and Highway Modes

Your detector has two operating modes: city and highway. In city mode, the detector requires a stronger X-,K-,orKa-bandsignal before it sounds or displays an alert.

Notes:

City mode helps prevent false alerts in tightly populated areas where radar signals can bounce off surrounding structures.

The city mode has no effect on laser alerts or instant-onradar.

The highway mode provides maximum sensitivity for open-roaddriving. The detector is preset to highway mode andHWY appears on the display when you turn it on.

To select the city mode, press CITY. The voice says “City mode,” andCTY appears on the display.

To return to the highway mode, press CITY again. The voice alert says “Highway mode,” andHWY appears on the display again.

Selecting Display Brightness

You can select from three levels of brightness for your radar detector: bright, dim, and dark. Once you set the display brightness, the detector retains the setting until you change it.

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Pressing DIM once reduces the display's brightness by half; the voice alert says “Display dim.” PressingDIM a second time reduces the display's brightness by 90%; the voice alert says “Display dark.” PressingDIM a third time returns the display to full brightness; the voice alert says “Display bright.”

Muting the Audio Alert

While the detector sounds a radar or safety alert signal, press MUTE to temporarily silence the detector. When you pressMUTE, the voice alert says “Mute on” andM appears. The detector automatically resets the mute to off 20 seconds after the radar or safety alert signal stops. Or, pressMUTE again before it resets, and the voice alert says “Mute off” andM disappears.

Note: The laser alert signal remains audible even if you press

MUTE.

Selecting VG-2Mode

VG-2mode is preset to off. To turn onVG-2,hold downMUTE until the voice alert says“VG-2on” andVG2-ON appears.

To turn VG-2off, hold downMUTE until the voice alert says“VG-2off” andVG2-OFF appears.

RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING RADAR, LASER, AND SAFETY ALERT SIGNALS

When your detector senses a radar signal, X,K, orKA appears. An alert tone for the type of band detected sounds, and the display shows the signal strength in numeric form.

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Note: The closer you get to the source of the radar, the higher the signal strength number.

When your detector senses an instant-onradar signal,INSTANT - ON appears and theinstant-onalert tone sounds.

For radar signal detection, if the signal strength number goes higher than 3, the voice alert says “X-banddetected,”“K-banddetected,” or“KA-banddetected.”

When your detector senses a laser signal, LASER flashes and the voice alert says “Laser detected.”

When your detector senses an Ultralyte laser signal, ULTRALYTE LASER scrolls and the detector says “Ultralyte laser detected.”

When VG-2is detected,VG-2 appears and the voice alert says“VG-2detected.”

When your detector senses a SWS signal, a message appears depending on which SWS signal is detected, an alert tone sounds for the type of signal detected, and the voice alert announces the message.

SWS Categories and Messages

Category 1: Highway Construction Maintenance

WORK ZONE AHEAD

ROAD CLOSED AHEAD/FOLLOW DETOUR

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Category 1: Highway Construction Maintenance

BRIDGE CLOSED AHEAD/FOLLOW DETOUR

HIGHWAY WORK CREW AHEAD

UTILITY WORK CREW AHEAD

ALL TRAFFIC FOLLOW DETOUR AHEAD

ALL TRUCKS FOLLOW DETOUR AHEAD

ALL TRAFFIC EXIT AHEAD

RIGHT LANE CLOSED AHEAD

CENTER LANE CLOSED AHEAD

LEFT LANE CLOSED AHEAD

Category 2: Highway Hazard Zone Advisory I

STATIONARY POLICE VEHICLE AHEAD

TRAIN APPROACHING/AT CROSSING

LOW OVERPASS AHEAD

DRAW BRIDGE UP

OBSERVE BRIDGE WEIGHT LIMIT

ROCK SLIDE AHEAD

SCHOOL ZONE AHEAD

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