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OWNER’S MANUAL

1783/1793 SE

LASER-RADAR

DETECTOR

The Whistler Group Corporate Headquarters

13016 N. Walton Blvd. • Bentonville, AR 72712

Tel (479) 273-6012• Fax (479)273-2927

Customer Return Center

1201 N. Dixieland Rd. • Rogers, AR 72756

Customer Service Tel (800) 531-0004

www.whistlergroup.com

P/N 203336, REV 1 © 2003 The Whistler Group, Inc.

If you have questions concerning the operation of this Whistler product please call:

CuSTOmerSeRVICE

1-800-531-0004

Monday - Friday • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT

or visit our website www.whistlergroup.com

Please keep the receipt in a safe place.

You may register your product online at www.whistlergroup.com. For warranty verification purposes, a copy of your dated store receipt must still accompany any unit sent in for warranty work. If the unit is returned without a dated store receipt an out of warranty service charge applies. Note:Your warranty period begins at the time of purchase. The warranty is validated onlyby the dated store receipt! Now is the time to record the serial number of the unit in the space provided in the warranty section of the manual.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Whistler Owner,

With the change in time also comes change in technology. Radar gun manufacturers have stepped up to the plate. The new arsenal they carry is called POPMode. This new gun is a normal K or Ka band radar gun detectable by most radar detectors made in the past 30 years, unless the gun is placed in POPMode. POPMode is a feature on some newer radar guns operating on K or Ka bands. When the gun is in POPMode and activated, a brief burst of energy, less that 1/10 of a second, is transmitted and the vehicles’s speed is quickly acquired. A detector without POPMode detection capability cannot respond to this brief transmission. This detector has the power to report this new gun where other detectors cannot! - until now!

Whistler introduces the 1783 and 1793 SE with POPMode detection! These units are the beginning in total protection. With POPMode detection, these units can react fast enough to detect this new technology. Packed with power you still have a full featured radar detector:

VOICE MEMO RECORDER digitally records your voice message (1793 SE only).

COMPASS provides points of direction.

REAL VOICE® ALERTS are given verbally through the detector so you do not have to take your eyes off the road to look at the display.

TEXT DISPLAY shows laser-radarinformation,VG-2alerts, SWS messages, and detector status.

NEW POP™ MODE CAPABILITIES

Even though these units are packed full of features, they’re still very easy to use. To fully utilize your unit to its potential, we recommend reading this entire manual or visit our FAQ page on our web site www.whistlergroup.com.

Note: Compass must be calibrated before use!

See Compass Calibration set-upsection.

Enjoy your new Whistler and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

The Whistler Group, Inc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Model Features Summary........................

3 - 4

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

5 - 6

Mounting Guidelines

Windshield Mounting

Power Connection And Fuse Replacement

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

6 - 15

Compass Calibration

Power On and Self-Test

Setting Saver

Feature Engaged Confirmation

Audio Level Adjustment

Integrated Real Voice®

Compass Mode

Auto Quiet Mode

Quiet Mode

City/City 1/ City 2 Mode

Highway Mode

Dim/Dark Mode

Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

Teach/Tutorial Mode

Option Select Mode

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode

Vehicle Battery Monitor

Stay Alert Feature

Memo Mode

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

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POPMode Alerts...................................

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Laser/Radar Alerts...................................

15 - 16

Speed Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

Pulse Protection®

VG-2Alerts..............................................

16-17

• Alert Priority

 

Reset Features.........................................

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Troubleshooting Guide............................

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

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Are Detectors Legal?...............................

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

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Speed Monitoring....................................

20 - 22

Radar Facts

POP™ Mode

Laser Facts

Other Speed Detection Systems

Warranty Information...............................

23 - 25

Specifications...........................................

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Accessories..............................................

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WHISTLER FEATURES

Feature Listing of 1783 and 1793 SE

• Digital Compass

• 3 City Modes

• Real Voice®

• Quiet Mode

• High Visibility Text Display

• Auto Quiet

• POPMode Detection

• Vehicle Battery Saver

Capabilities

• Setting Saver

• All Band

• Dim/Dark Mode

• 360° Protection

• Stay Alert

VG-2CloakingTechnology

• Tutorial Mode

• Safety Warning System

 

Selectable Bands

 

1783

1793 SE

6

12

6

 

12

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

1

 

1

 

 

9

10

 

 

10

 

9

 

 

7

8

 

 

7

11

8

11

 

1783 Accessories:

 

1793 SE Additional Features

Windshield Bracket,

• Memo Voice Recorder

Power Cord

 

• Vehicle Battery Monitor

1793 SE Accessories:

Windshield Bracket, Power

Cord, Travel Bag and Socket

Multiplier

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FEATURE DESCRIPTIONS

Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendlydesign provides a new level of operating convenience. Special features include: Note: Not all units have all features listed.

1.Bracket Release Button – Provides quick and easy release of the mounting bracket.

2.Speaker – Provides distinct audio warnings for X, K, Ka band radar, safety radar, laser and VG-2.

3.Mounting Bracket Location – Slot holds mounting bracket firmly.

4.Radar Antenna – Compact, high-efficiencyantenna receives radar signals.

5.Front Laser Antenna – High gain optical lens provides increased sensitivity and field of view for leading-edgelaser detection.

6.Rear Laser Antenna – An integrated optical wave-guideprovides superior detection of laser signals transmitted from behind.

7.City Button - Reduces the annoyance of false alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.

8.Quiet/Menu Button - Pressing QUIET before a signal is detected engages Auto Quiet Mode which automatically reduces the audio level after the initial warning to a low audio level setting. Pressing QUIET during a radar/laser encounter silences audio alerts, while allowing visual alerts to keep you informed. Pressing and holding for 2 seconds allows you to enter Option Select Mode (see page 12).

9.Power/Dim Dark - Turns unit on/off and engages Dim/Dark modes (press and hold for 2 seconds).

10.Volume Up/Down Buttons – Adjust volume up or down.

11.High Visibility Text Display – Provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation.

12.Power Jack – Provides connection for the power cord.

INSTALLATION

Mounting Guidelines

Mount the unit as low as possible near the center of the windshield.

Do not mount your unit behind wipers, ornaments, mirrored sunscreens, etc. These obstructions have metal surfaces which can affect radar and laser signals and reduce critical warning time. (Regular tinted glass does not affect reception.)

Some windshields have an Instaclearor Electricleartype coating, which affect radar signals. Consult your dealer or the owner’s manual supplied with your vehicle to determine if your windshield has this coating.

Avoid placing unit in direct contact with windshield.

To reduce the possibility of theft, conceal your unit when not in use.

Windshield Mounting

Install the two suction cups and rubber bumper onto the bracket by fitting them into their holes.

Press the suction cups onto the windshield at the location you have chosen. IMPORTANT: Some newer cars have a plastic safety coating on the inside of the windshield. The windshield bracket may leave permanent marks on this type of surface. To find out if your vehicle has this type of windshield, check the owner’s manual or ask your dealer. We recommend that you do not leave the suction cup bracket on the window in direct sunlight.

INSTALLATION

If the detector is removed, this may cause blistering of the dash in some vehicles.

Slide the detector onto the bracket until it locks into place.

If necessary, the unit may be leveled by bending the windshield bracket. Press the bracket release button and remove the detector before bending.

Power Connection

Plug the small end of the power cord into the unit’s power jack.

Plug the large end into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

NOTE: Cord fits tightly into detector. When installing the cord, expect some resistance.

Fuse Replacement

The lighter socket plug is equipped with a replaceable 2 amp 3AG fuse located behind the silver tip. To replace the fuse, carefully unscrew the tip of the plug.

IMPORTANT: Unscrew slowly. The tip contains a spring which may fly out when disassembling.

Insert the new fuse with the spring and screw on the tip. With use, screw cap on plug may loosen. Retighten occasionally.

Unscrew the tip of the lighter socket plug carefully when replacing the 2 amp fuse.

OPERATION

Compass Calibration Set-up

The unit will need to be calibrated in order for the compass to provide accurate readings. To calibrate the unit, perform the following procedure:

1.Mount the unit level in the center of the vehicle’s windshield in which it will be used. Make sure there are no other magnetic sources near the detector (i.e., speaker).

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OPERATION

Compass Calibration Set-upContinued

2.Select a large clear area (parking lot or field) without any power lines.

3.1783 only - While parked, press both volume buttons simultaneously.

1793 Only: Press and hold quiet button until display says CALMODE. Then press both volume buttons simultaneously. The display shows (scrolling):

Drive in two complete circles

4.If calibration does not automatically finish press both volume buttons simultaneously to complete calibration. The unit will beep twice and display, for example:

CAL DONE

NE 45

Note: If unit mounting is relocated in the vehicle, (i.e., visor to windshield mounting or dash mounting), or if the unit is moved to another vehicle, you must recalibrate the compass.

Power On and Self-Test

Each time your Whistler detector is turned on, an automatic self-testsequence confirms that the speaker and visual displays are functional.

• Press Power or apply Power. Display reads in order:

1.

WHISTLER

2. X-band

3. K-band4.

Ka-band

5.

LASER

6. SR ON

7. VG2 OFF 8.

B SVR ON

9. POP ON

10.HWY

11. NE 45°

 

Setting Saver

Setting Saver saves your personalized settings so that when the detector is turned off and then on again, you do not have to re-enterthem.

Feature Engaged Confirmation

Each time a button is pressed one beep confirms feature “on”, two beeps confirm feature “off”.

OPERATION

Audio Level Adjustment

The audio levels can be adjusted high to low or low to high, in seven steps.

Press Volume up to increase audio level.

Press Volume down to decrease audio level.

As audio level is adjusted, beeps are provided and the display indicates volume level.

Integrated Real Voice®

When selected, Real Voice® will be used to articulate the following:

1.Band Identification

2.Safety Warning System messages

3.Feature Selection

NOTE: In certain cases the voice message does not replicate the text message.

Compass Mode

The unit is programmed from the factory in “Combo Mode”. COMBO mode means that the unit provides both compass readings as well as detecting laser/radar signals. Through the “Option Select Mode”, either laser / radar or compass features can be turned off meaning, RADAR equals detection of all police bands and laser; Compass equals no detection of police laser/radar.

NOTE: The unit must be calibrated to provide accurate compass readings. See Compass Calibration Set-upsection on page 6 & 7.

Auto Quiet Mode

Auto Quiet reduces the selected audio level to level

(1) approximately 5 seconds after a radar or safety radar signal is detected. The alert for any new signal within 20 seconds will resume at level (1). Auto Quiet does not affect VG-2or laser alerts.

OPERATION

Auto Quiet Mode Continued

Press Quiet/Menu (before a signal is detected) to engage Auto Quiet.

Once the Auto Quiet mode is engaged, you may cancel the audio alarm by pressing Quiet.

Press Quiet (when the unit is not alarming) to cancel Auto Quiet mode.

Quiet Mode

Quiet cancels audio during an alert and any new alert within 20 seconds. After 20 seconds, approximately 2 beeps are provided on any new alert and unit then remains quiet.

Press Quiet to cancel the audio.

Press Quiet a second time during an alert to restore the standard audio alert pattern; or turn the unit off, then on.

City/City 1/City 2 Mode

Whistler’s Three Stage City Mode is designed to reduce the annoyance of automatic door openers, intrusion alarms and other devices which share frequencies with police radar. Generally X band is used for these devices.

Press City to cancel Highway mode and engage City.

Press City a second time engages City 1.

Press City a third time engages City 2.

Pressing City a fourth time cancels City Modes and returns the unit to Highway Mode.

In City Mode, weak speed/safety radar signal give an initial alarm of two beeps, and then remains quiet unless the signal becomes very strong. When the signal strength increases, two additional beeps are provided.

City 1 and CIty 2 Modes operate the same as Highway Mode, but in City 1 Mode, only the X band sensitivity is lowered. In City 2 Mode, X-bandis not detected.

OPERATION

City/City 1/City 2 Mode Continued

CAUTION: Some towns/small cities may still be using X band radar. If Auto Quiet is engaged in City 1 or City 2 modes and the unit receives a strong radar signal, the unit performs the Auto Quiet feature. City Modes do not change the audio alert for laser or VG-2.

Highway Mode

Highway mode provides full audio warnings any time radar (X, K, Ka, Safety Radar) or laser signals are detected, and is recommended for open road driving.

For more information on City and Highway mode, please visit our FAQ page on our website: www.whistlergroup.com

Dim/Dark Mode

Dim/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display.

Press and hold Power for 2 seconds to reduce illumination to a Dim setting.

Pressing and holding the power button for 2 seconds a second time engages Dark Mode. The display illumination is further reduced.

Dim or dark can be engaged during an alert. In Dark Mode, the display goes dark for as long as a signal is being detected and for 20 seconds after, then the display returns to the dimmer setting.

Pressing and holding the power button a third time restores full illumination to the display.

Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

See option select mode to turn this feature on.

Teach/Tutorial Mode

Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.

Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release.

Press Power to exit.

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OPERATION

Option Select Mode

Entering Option Select Mode allows you to customize options such as Tone Select, Compass Select, Abbreviated Power Up Sequence and VG-2Mode. When selecting options,

theor quiet must be pressed within 20 seconds or options mode will automatically be exited. To enter:

1783 Chart

Press:

Display

To Change:

Option:

Quiet

Reads:

 

 

For 2

COMBO

OR

Combo= Radar &

Seconds

 

Compass

 

 

 

 

 

Radar= Radar Only

 

 

 

Compass= Compass

 

 

 

Only

 

 

 

 

1st Time

TONE 3

= YES

Tone 1, 2, 3

 

 

= NO

(3 different X, K, Ka

 

 

 

Patterns)

2nd Time

TEST YES

= ON

X, K, Ka Audio tones

 

 

= OFF

1 beep during

 

 

 

Power Up

 

 

 

 

3rd Time

VG-2OFF

= ON

Turns VG-2On

 

 

= OFF

Turns VG-2Off

 

 

 

 

4th Time

SR ON

= ON

Turns Safety Radar

 

 

= OFF

On

 

 

 

 

5th Time

VOICE ON

= ON

Real Voice Engaged

 

 

= OFF

Real Voice

 

 

 

 

6th Time

Pop ON

= ON

Pop On

 

 

= OFF

Pop Off

7th Time

B SVR ON

= ON

Battery Saver On

 

 

= OFF

Battery Saver Off

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

1793 SE Chart

Press:

Display

To Change

Option:

Quiet

Reads:

Reads:

Press

For 2

Cal Mode

Press

Starts Compass

Seconds

 

Both

Calibration

1st Time

COMBO

OR

Combo= Radar &

 

 

 

Compass

 

 

 

Radar= Radar Only

 

 

 

Compass= Compass

 

 

 

Only

2nd Time

TONE 3

= YES

Tone 1, 2, 3

 

 

= NO

(3 different X, K, Ka

 

 

 

Patterns)

3rd Time

TEST YES

= ON

X, K, Ka Audio tones

 

 

= OFF

1 beep during

 

 

 

Power Up

4th Time

X ON

= ON

X Band On

 

 

= OFF

X Band Off

5th Time

K ON

= ON

K Band On

 

 

= OFF

K Band Off

6th Time

Ka ON

= ON

Ka Band On

 

 

= OFF

Ka Band Off

7th Time

LASER ON

= ON

Laser Band On

 

 

= OFF

Laser Band Off

8th Time

VG-2OFF

= ON

Turns VG-2On

 

 

= OFF

Turns VG-2Off

9th Time

SR ON

= ON

Turns Safety Radar On

 

 

 

 

= OFF

Turns Safety Radar Off

10th Time

VOICE ON

= ON

Real Voice Engaged

 

 

 

 

= OFF

Real Voice

 

 

 

Disengaged

11th Time

Pop ON

= ON

Pop On

 

 

 

= OFF

Pop Off

12th Time

B SVR ON

= ON

Battery Saver On

 

 

= OFF

Battery Saver Off

OPERATION

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode

The Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off your detector within 3 hours if you forget to turn it off. The timer is reset if the detector is turned off, unplugged or any button is pressed before the 3 hours have expired. The detector will alert you with an audible and visual warning before it shuts off.

During this warning you can reset the unit by pressing any button. This will reset the timer.

If the unit has automatically turned itself off, press the Power button to turn the unit back on. You can manually engage the Vehicle Battery Saver Mode by pressing and holding the City button until one beep is heard.

Refer to “Option Select Mode” for instructions for deactivating battery saver mode feature.

Vehicle Battery Monitor (1793 SE only)

The vehicle’s battery voltage can be momentarily displayed by pressing and holding both volume buttons for 3 seconds.

Stay Alert Feature

The Stay Alert Feature is designed to test a driver’s alertness. To engage (when unit is not alarming) :

Press and hold City for approximately 2 seconds.

Release button during or immediately after the alert is given. Display reads:

Within 30-60seconds two beeps are sounded; to show alertness, the driver must press either the City, Volume, or Quiet buttons within3-5seconds. If button a is pressed within3-5seconds, the cycle is repeated.

If a button was not pressed within 3-5seconds alarm sounds and the display reads:

• Press Power to exit.

WARNING!!! Stay Alert is NOT intended as a substitute for adequate rest. You should NOT operate a vehicle if you are drowsy. During extended periods of vehicle operation, you should take frequent breaks. Improper reliance on the Stay Alert feature may result in vehicle damage, personal injury or death. NEVER OPERATE A VEHICLE IF YOU ARE DROWSY.

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OPERATION

Memo Mode (1793 SE only)

Record up to nine distinct message tracks for a total of 90 seconds, one 90 second message or any combination in between.

IMPORTANT: Unit does not detect radar or laser signals during recording or while playing a memo.

WARNING!!! Memo mode is not intended to be used while you are driving. You should not use any device in a vehicle that may distract you from observing the road ahead.

To record or play a message (Memo mode):

Press both volume buttons for less than 2 seconds and release. The unit will beep once; this enters Memo mode. Display reads:

PLAYRECMEMO

Press and release the Quiet/Record button to begin a recording. Note: Recording starts as soon as the button is released. Display reads:

REC1 8

REC = record, 1 = track #, 8 = time remaining

If the recording time expires for a track, the unit will automatically switch to the next track. Press and release Quiet/Record again to stop recording. The unit will automatically stop recording once track 9 is completed.

To play a message:

Enter Memo mode and press Power/Play to listen to recorded messages.

To play a selected track, press Volume Up or Volume Down button until selected track appears on the display. Display reads:

PLY1 8

PLY = play, 1 = track #, 8 = time remaining

• Press the Power/Play button.

Messages are kept in memory and are not affected by resetting the factory features. See “Reset Features” section of the manual.

OPERATION

Memo Mode Continued

To delete a message:

Enter Memo mode and press Volume Up or Volume Down button until selected track appears on the display.

Press the Quiet/Record button twice.

To exit Memo mode:

Press both volume buttons and release. The unit will beep twice.

NOTE: Memo mode automatically exits within 20 seconds if a button is not pressed.

SWS

Safety Warning System

In communities where transmitters are located, the Safety Warning Systemdisplays over 60 text

messages. When Safety Radar is detected the audio alert is geiger counter-like.

Safety Warning System Text

Example: Poor - Road - Surface.

NOTE:

Not all areas have Safety Warning Systemtransmitters.

POPMODE ALERTS

POPMode Alerts

Because POPMode travels on regular radar bandwith, there is no particular alert for POPMode transmissions. POPMode alerts will be displayed as a regular radar alert.

LASER/RADAR ALERTS

Speed Radar Audio / Visual Alerts

When X, K or Ka is detected the band ID and signal strength is displayed. The audio alert is continuous and has a geiger counter-likepattern. The faster the beep the closer or stronger the radar source.

Laser Audio / Visual Alerts

When a laser signal is detected the word “Laser” and signal strength is displayed, the audio alert is continuous for a minimum of 3 seconds. Example:

The more “|||” the closer the laser source.

Pulse Protection®

Pulse (or instant-on)radar is more difficult to detect than conventional radar because it remains “off” until activated to measure the speed of a targeted vehicle.

When a pulse type transmission is detected, your Whistler detector sounds an urgent 3-secondaudio warning and the display shows PULSE (like the picture above. After the3-secondpulse alert, the standard alert pattern continues for as long as the signal is present.

It is important to respond promptly to a pulse alert, since warning time may be minimal.

VG-2ALERTS

VG-2Audio/Visual Alerts

NOTE: You must turn this feature on in option select mode before it will detect VG-2.

When a VG-2signal is detected, the detector “hides” its own radiated signal and becomes undetectable by theVG-2.

Every 30 seconds, the detector checks for a VG-2signal. If aVG-2signal is still present, the unit continues to hide and repeats theVG-2alert. If no signal is detected, two beeps are provided, indicating an “all clear” condition. DuringVG-2Alert X, K, and Ka band signals cannot be received (Reference page 19 & 20 forVG-2information).

VG-2ALERTS

Alert Priority

When two or more signals are received at the same time, the alert priority is:

1. Laser

2.VG-2

3.Speed Radar

4.Safety Radar

Example:

If X band is alerting, then suddenly VG-2is detected, theVG-2warning will override the X band alert.

RESET FEATURES

Reset Features

All user features can be reset to factory settings.

•Unplug Power Cord from unit. •Press and hold Power and Quiet. •Plug Power Cord into unit. •Wait for 2 beeps.

•Release Power and Quiet buttons.

Unit is now reset.

Default factory settings are:

1.Audio to level (4).

2.Display reads Highway.

3. Dim/Dark Mode to full illumination of display.

4.Auto Quiet Mode OFF.

5.VG-2Detection Mode OFF.

6.Combo ON.

7.Safety ON.

8.Vehicle Battery Saver ON.

9.Full Power Up sequence.

10.Default TONE 3.

11.All Band ON

12.POP ON

13.Unit ON or OFF.

NOTE: Must calibrate compass after resetting features.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

Your Whistler detector is expertly engineered and designed to exacting quality standards to provide you with reliable, trouble-freeoperation. If your unit has been correctly installed following the guidelines in this manual, but is not operating optimally, please refer to the troubleshooting guide below.

PROBLEM: No display or audio.

Check fuse in Whistler plug; replace if necessary with a 2 amp 3AG type.

Check fuse for lighter socket; replace if necessary.

Make sure lighter socket is clean.

PROBLEM: Unit alarms when vehicle hits bumps.

Check for loose lighter socket; tighten and clean.

Check connections at both ends of power cord. Substitute another cord to determine if cord is defective. Return defective cord to the factory.

PROBLEM: Unit alarms when using vehicle electrical accessories (brakes, power mirrors/windows,

turn signals, horn, etc.).

Vehicle’s electrical system, including battery and alternator, may have electrical noise. Install a filter capacitor (470mfd. 25 volt or larger capacitance value) on the back of the lighter socket.

PROBLEM: Unit gives laser alert when accelerating.

Possible bad or low quality distributor cap. Replace with high quality cap.

PROBLEM: Audio alerts are not loud enough.

Cancel Auto Quiet Mode or City Mode.

Check audio level setting (see page 8 & 9).

If difficulties occur which cannot be solved by information in this Troubleshooting Guide, please call Whistler Customer Service at 1-800-531-0004or visit our FAQ page atwww.whistlergroup.com/faq-detectors.asp,before returning your unit for service.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Care And Maintenance

During the summer months, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight by removing your unit from the dash when your vehicle is parked for an extended period of time. Do not spray water, cleaners, or polishes directly onto the unit. The spray may penetrate through the openings and damage the unit. Also, do not use any abrasive cleaners on the units exterior.

ARE DETECTORS LEGAL?

In Most States YES!

Laser/radar detectors are legal in every state (with the exception of Virginia and Washington, D.C., which have local regulations restricting the use of radar receivers in any vehicle) when used in automobiles or light trucks (under 10,000 lbs.).

Concerning trucks over 10,000 lbs., the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a regulation, effective January, 1994 which prohibits radar and laser detector use in these types of vehicles nationally. Prior to the FHWA regulation, laws existed in the state of New York restricting the use of radar detectors in trucks over 18,000 lbs. and in Illinois in trucks over 26,000 lbs.

FCC INFORMATION

FCC ID HSXWH11 - 1783, 1793 SE

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1)This device many not cause harmful interference, and

(2)this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

IMPORTANT

FCC requirements state that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Whistler could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

SPEED MONITORING

Radar Detector Detectors (VG-2)

The Interceptor VG-2,or simplyVG-2,is a microwave receiver used by police to detect signals radiated by the local oscillator of a radar detector. Because its purpose is to identify persons driving with radar detectors, theVG-2is known as a “radar detector detector”.

The VG-2is the primary tool used by the police to identify radar detector equipped vehicles. If caught, in a state where detectors are illegal, (see page 19), drivers risk losing their radar detector and receiving a fine. In addition,instant-onradar is almost always used in combination with aVG-2,leaving unsuspecting motorists vulnerable to receiving two tickets - one potentially for speeding, the other for possession of a detector.

Having a radar detector capable of detecting the VG-2may alert you to the presence of a speed trap. For more information on speed monitoring technologies, please visit our FAQ page on our website:

www.whistlergroup.com

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the individual radar detector owner to know and understand the laws in your area regarding the legality of the use of radar detectors.

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SPEED MONITORING

Radar Facts

A radar gun operates by transmitting radio waves at certain frequencies which reflect off objects and are then picked up by the radar gun’s receiving section. When a radar beam reflects off a moving target, a measurable frequency shift occurs. The radar unit converts this shift into miles per hour to determine your vehicle’s speed. Currently, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) permits operation of traffic radar guns at X Band (10.500 - 10.550 GHz), K Band (24.050 - 24.250 GHz), and Ka Band (33.400 - 36.000 GHz).

Note: A radar detector will not alarm if an officer is not transmitting on any one of the above radar bands.

POP™ Mode

POPMode is a feature on some newer radar guns operating on K or Ka bands. When the gun is in POPMode and activated, a brief burst of energy, less that 1/10 of a second, is transmitted and the vehicles’s speed is quickly acquired. A detector without POPMode detection capability cannot respond to this brief transmission. This detector has the power to report this new gun where other detectors cannot!

Laser Facts

It’s well documented that many radar guns cannot reliably provide the speed of a targeted vehicle that is traveling in a group of vehicles. In contrast, a laser gun can target a specific vehicle out of a line of traffic and determine its speed. The advantage of laser over radar in terms of target identification is the result of the laser gun’s narrow beam. A radar transmission can cover more than a four-lanehighway at a distance of 1,000 feet, compared with a laser transmission which covers about 3 feet at the same distance. For best protection, keep these points in mind:

SPEED MONITORING

Because you vehicle’s license plate or headlights are the laser gun’s primary targets, mounting your Whistler detector on the dashboard can improve laser detection at short range.

Do not follow closely behind any vehicle you cannot see through. If you can’t see past a vehicle ahead of you, chances are your detector won’t either.

The receiving range of your laser detector will not be the same as a radar detector. Laser guns are most often used at short range.

Whistler Laser/Radar detectors receive all current laser guns which operate at a laser wavelength of 905 +/- 10mm.

•Pro LaserI II III

•LT1 20-20

•Ultra Lyte

Laser Tips

If you are the targeted vehicle, a laser gun can often determine your speed within a few seconds after you receive an alert. In this situation there is generally no time to safely adjust your speed. However, if you are traveling near or behind the targeted vehicle and receive an alert, response time should be sufficient. Any laser alert, regardless of duration, requires immediate action!

Other Speed Detection Systems

Several techniques other than radar or laser are used to measure vehicle speeds. When these methods are being used, no detector can provide a warning. These techniques include:

Pacing - A patrol car drives behind you and matches your driving speed.

Vascar/Aircraft - The time it takes a vehicle to travel a known distance is measured.

WARRANTY INFORMATION

Consumer Warranty

This Whistler Laser/Radar detector is warranted to the original purchaser for a period of one year from the date of original purchase against all defects in materials and workmanship (3 years for the 1793 SE). This limited warranty is void if the unit is abused, modified, installed improperly, if the housing has been removed, or if the serial number is missing. There are no express warranties covering this product other than those set forth in this warranty. All express or implied warranties for this product are limited to the above time. Whistler is not liable for damages arising from the use, misuse, or operation of this product.

Service Under Warranty

During the warranty period, defective units will be repaired without charge to the purchaser when returned with a dated store receipt to the address below. Units returned without dated store receipt will be handled as described in section “Service Out Of Warranty.”

Due to the specialized equipment necessary for testing a laser/radar receiver, there are no authorized service stations for Whistler brand detectors other than Whistler.

When returning a unit for service under warranty, please follow these instructions:

1.Ship the unit in the original carton or in a suitable sturdy equivalent, fully insured, with return receipt requested to:

Whistler Repair Dept.

1201 North Dixieland Rd

Rogers, AR. 72756

Please allow 3 weeks turnaround time.

IMPORTANT: Whistler will not assume responsibility for loss or damage incurred in shipping. Therefore, please ship your unit insured with return receipt requested. CODs will not be accepted!

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WARRANTY INFORMATION

2.Include with your unit the following information, clearly printed:

Your name and street address (for shipping via UPS), a daytime telephone number and email address, if applicable.

A detailed description of the problem (e.g., “Unit performs self-testbut does not respond to radar”).

A copy of your dated store receipt or bill of sale.

3.Be certain your unit is returned with its serial number. For reference, please write your units serial number in the following space: s/n_______________.

Units without serial numbers are not covered under warranty.

IMPORTANT: To validate that your unit is within the warranty period, make sure you keep a copy of your dated store receipt. You may register your warranty online at www.whistlergroup.com, however, for warranty verification purposes, a copy of your dated store receipt must accompany any unit sent in for warranty work.

Service Out of Warranty

Units will be repaired at “out of warranty” service rates when:

The units original warranty has expired.

Dated store receipt is not supplied.

The unit has been returned without its serial number.

The unit has been abused, modified, installed improperly, or had its housing removed.

The minimum out of warranty service fee for your Whistler detector is $55.00 (U.S.). If you require out of warranty service, please return your unit as outlined in the section “Service Under Warranty” along with a certified check or money order for $55.00. Payment may also be made by MasterCard, VISA or American Express; personal checks are not accepted.

WARRANTY INFORMATION

In the event repairs cannot be covered by the minimum $55.00 service fee, you will be contacted by a Whistler technical service specialist who will outline options available to you. If you elect not to have your unit repaired, it will be returned to you along with your certified check or money order.

IMPORTANT: When returning your unit for service, be certain to include a daytime telephone number, and email address (if applicable).

Customer Service

If you have questions concerning the operation of your Whistler detector, or require service during or after

the warranty period, please call Customer Service at:

1-800-531-0004

Representatives are available to answer your questions Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CT) or visit the FAQ’s at www.whistlergroup.com

SPECIFICATIONS

1783

Dimensions:

4.65” L x 2.95” W x 1.45” H

Weight: 6.8 oz.

1793

SE Dimensions:

4.65” L x 2.95” W x 1.45” H

Weight: 6.8 oz.

Laser Wavelength:

905 ± 50 nanometers (nm)

 

Radar Frequencies:

 

 

10.500 - 10.550

GHz (X Band)

 

24.050 - 24.250

GHz (K Band )

 

33.400 - 36.000

GHz (Ka Superwideband)

 

Operating Temperature Range: -20˚C to +80˚ C(-4˚F to +176˚ F) Power Requirements:

Operational 12 to 15 volts DC, 250mA nominal Vehicle Battery Saver, 30mA nominal.

One or more U.S. patents may apply:

#5,146,227, #5,379,456, #5,666,120, #5,990,821

POP™ Mode is a trademark of MPH Industries, Inc. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

ACCESSORIES

These and other accessories can be ordered directly from Whistler by calling 1-800-531-0004or visit our online store at www.whistlergroup.com

Order

Description

Price

Code

 

 

 

202151

Windshield Bracket Kit

$

9.95

206552

Straight Power Cord (5’)

$

14.95

206553

Coiled Power Cord (7’)

$

15.95

206880

Hardwire Kit (10' )

$

9.95

 

(for wiring to fuse box)

 

 

206666

Modular Cord Package

$

17.95

 

(includes coiled and straight cords,

 

 

 

and power adapter)

 

 

159032

Package of 8 Suction Cups

$

2.95

402081

Non-SkidDash Pad

$

6.95

206660

Straight Modular Cord and

 

 

 

Socket Multiplier

$

11.95

206661

Coiled Modular Cord and

 

 

 

Socket Multiplier

$

12.95

 

 

 

 

*Modular: Interconnecting pieces cord and plug. Shipping and handling (per order) $5.00 Prices are subject to change without notice.

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