Radio Shack VG-2 Guard User Manual

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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. 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.

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

VOLUM E/OFF

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

Place the tape on the bottom of the detector

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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 thecigarette-lighterplug.

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’scigarette-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 ON THE DETECTOR

To turn on the detector,

 

rotate VOLUME/OFFto-

 

ward VOLUME until it

VOLUME/OFF

clicks. The detector will

sound a tone, and will

greet you with its real voice alert — “Welcome! Buckle your seat belt.” H appears on the single digit display to indicate the detector is in highway mode (see “Selecting the City and Highway Modes” on Page 15).

To turn off the detector, rotate VOLUME/OFF towardOFF until it clicks and all of the indicators turn off.

ADJUSTING THE VOLUME

Rotate VOLUME/OFF towardVOLUME to increase the detector's volume, rotate it towardOFF to reduce the volume.

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TUTORIAL MODE

Your detector has the tutorial mode to demonstrate all of its alert indicators. In the tutorial mode, you can check the status of all the indicators and the single digit display.

Starting the Tutorial Mode

To start the tutorial mode, turn on the detector while holding down DIM andCITY. The tutorial mode starts when the detector sounds 3 beeps andt appears on the single digit display.

Selecting the Demonstration for Each Alert

To select the demonstration for each alert, press DIM. The detector displays each alert indicator along with its corresponding audio alert. The detector demonstrates the alerts in the order of 1 to 8 as shown below.

1.

X-BandAlert

5.

Emergency Vehicle Alert

2.

K-BandAlert

6.

Road Hazard Alert

3.

Ka-BandAlert

7.

Rail Road Alert

4.

Laser Alert

8.

VG-2Alert

When the demonstration finishes, t appears again on the single digit display.

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Finishing the Tutorial Mode

To finish the tutorial mode, press CITY at any time except when the voice alarm is operating.

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 laser/radar signals can bounce off surrounding structures.

The city mode has no effect on laser alerts or instanton radar.

The highway mode provides maximum sensitivity for open-roaddriving. The unit ispre-setto highway mode andH appears on the single digit display when you turn it on.

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To select the city mode, press CITY. The voice alert says, “city mode,” andC appears on the single digit display.

Note: If you set the display brightness to dark mode, the single digit display shows only-.To showC orH, set the display brightness to bright or dim mode. (See “Selecting Display Brightness.”)

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

Selecting Display Brightness

You can select from three levels of brightness for your radar detector: bright, dim, and dark.

Each time you turn on the detector, the display is pre-setto full brightness. PressingDIM once reduces the display's brightness by half, and the voice alert says, “dim.” When you pressDIM a second time,- appears on the single digit display and the voice alert says, “dark.” While the display is set to dark, X, K/Ka,VG-2,and SA indicators do not light during an alert. PressingDIM a third time returns the display to full brightness and the voice alarm says, “bright.”

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Muting the Audio Alert

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

Note: Laser alert signals are not affected by pressing

MUTE.

Selecting VG-2Mode

VG-2mode ispre-setto off. To turn onVG-2,hold downMUTE until the voice alarm says,“VG-2on.” To turnVG-2off, hold downMUTE until the voice alarm says,“VG-2off.”

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RECEIVING AND IDENTIFYING RADAR, LASER, AND SAFETY ALERT SIGNALS

When your detector senses a radar signal, X or K/Ka appear on the display depending on which band is detected; it sounds an alert tone for the type of band detected; and the single digit display shows the signal strength in numeric form.

X

K/Ka

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

When your detector senses a laser signal, L flashes on the single digit display and the detector sounds the laser alert tone.

L

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For radar signal detection, if the signal strength number goes higher than 3, the voice alert says, “X- band detected,” “K-band detected,” or “Ka-band detected,” respectively.

X

When your detector senses a safety alert signal, SA appears on the display; E (emergency band), h (road hazard alert), or r (railroad warning) flashes on the single digit display; and the corresponding voice alert says, “Caution, emergency vehicle,” “Caution, road hazard,” or “Caution, moving train” depending on the type of signal received.

When VG-2is detected,

VG-2 appears on the display; theVG-2alert tone sounds; and the voice alert says,“VG-2detected.”

SA

VG-2

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TROUBLESHOOTING

If you have problems operating your detector, the suggestions in this section might help. If you cannot solve the problem after trying these suggestions, take your detector to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

Problem

Suggestion

 

 

 

 

The detector does not

Be sure all power connections are

turn on.

secure.

 

 

 

The cigarette-lightersocket might

 

be dirty. Clean it with fine emery

 

cloth to ensure a good, clean con-

 

nection.

 

 

 

Check the fuse in the power cord's

 

cigarette lighter plug. See

 

“Replacing the Fuse” on Page 23.

 

 

 

Check the fuse that controls

 

power to your vehicle's cigarette-

 

lighter socket. See your vehicle's

 

owner's manual.

 

 

Caution: Do not place any metal object other than the cigarette lighter orcigarette-lighterplug in thecigarette-lightersocket. Doing so could blow a fuse in your vehicle or cause the metal object to become very hot.

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