Radio Shack Talking 360 User Manual

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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.

Features

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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

A Quick Look

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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