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THE WHISTLER GROUP CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

13016 N. Walton Blvd.

Bentonville, AR 72712

TEL (501) 273-6012FX (501)273-2927www.whistlergroup.com

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CENTER

25 Industrial Ave.

Chelmsford, MA 01824

TEL (978) 244-1400FX (978)244-1492

CUSTOMER RETURN CENTER

1201 N. Dixieland Rd. Rogers, AR 72756

Consumer Relations Tel (800) 531-0004Email: info@whistlergroup.com

P/N 3300MAN, © WHISTLER 2000

OWNER’S MANUAL

3300

LASER/RADAR DETECTOR

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

1-800-531-0004

Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

Please keep the receipt in a safe place. If the unit is returned without a dated proof of purchase an out of warranty service charge applies. Note: Your warranty period begins at the time of purchase. The warranty is validated only by return of the Warranty Validation card.

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,

For many of us, a vehicle is more than just transportation. It can be a mobile office, communications or entertainment center, or simply an expression of our personality. Whistler products are designed to make the time you spend in your vehicle more productive, more fulfilling, safer, or just simply more fun. Our mission is to provide products that improve your driving experience.

Your new Whistler 3300 laser/radar detector detects all radar, laser and safety radar systems, plus offers Whistler’s exclusive Safe Driving System™ and optional Real Voice™ technology. The comprehensive safety system detects all safety radar including the Safety Warning System™ keeping you informed of road hazards and adverse weather. Plus, Whistler’s unique Stay Alert™ feature tests driver’s alertness on long solo trips. Whistler’s 3300 also offers a digital display with safety messages to keep you informed while you drive.

To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of the Whistler 3300 and to better understand the differences between detecting radar, laser and safety radar signals, we recommend reading this entire manual.

Enjoy the Whistler 3300 and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

THE WHISTLER GROUP

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Topic

Page

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

3 - 4

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

5 - 14

• Power On And Self-Test

 

• Memory/Beep Confirmation

 

• Auto Level Adjustment

 

• Auto Quiet/Quiet Modes

 

• Temperature/Voltage Mode

 

• Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

 

• City Modes

 

• Dim/Dark/Temperature/Voltage Modes

 

• Stay Alert

 

• Integrated Real Voice Option

 

• Option Select Mode

 

• Teach/Tutorial Mode

 

• Voice Modual Port

 

• Rear Antenna Port

 

Radar, Laser And VG-2Alerts ..........................................

15 - 19

• Radar Alerts

 

• Pulse Protection®

 

• Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

 

VG-2Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Alert Priority

 

• Reset Features

 

• Care and Maintenance

 

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

20

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

21

Speed Monitoring Technologies .....................................

22 - 23

• Radar Facts

 

• Laser Facts

 

• Other Speed Detection Systems

 

• Radar Detector Detectors

 

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

24 - 26

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

27

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

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WHISTLER FEATURES

Whistler 3300

6

1

2

3

4

5

 

Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendlydesign provides a new level of operating convenience. Special features include:

1.Power/Volume Button (P/V) - Turns unit on/off and adjusts volume up or down (press and hold for 2 seconds).

2.Dark Button - Engages Dim/Dark/Temperature/ Voltage.

3.CITY/CITY 1/CITY 2 Button - Reduces the annoyance of false alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.

4.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 and change menus.

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WHISTLER FEATURES

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

6.High Visibility LED Display - Provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation.

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OPERATION

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 P/V or apply Power. Display reads:

WHISTLER

X 9

K 9

Ka9

LASER

SR ON

VG2 OFF

HIGHWAY

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OPERATION

Memory/Beep Confirmation

All features selected (except Stay Alert and Quiet) are retained in memory. Each time a button is pressed one beep confirms feature “on”, two beeps confirm feature

“off”.

Audio Level Adjustment

The audio levels can be adjusted high to low, or low to high, in four steps: (1) is no audio level, (4) the highest.

Press and hold P/V to increase audio level.

Press and hold P/V to decrease audio level.

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

VOL1

Lowest Level 1

VOL4

Highest Level 4

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OPERATION

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.

• Press Quiet (before a signal is detected) to engage Auto Quiet. Display reads:

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.

Note: When Auto Quiet engages, it cancels the audio to the optional Voice Module.

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.

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OPERATION

Temperature/Voltage Mode

The unit can be programmed to display either the outside temperature or battery voltage along with Highway/City modes. See Option Select Mode. Display reads:

Temperature with Highway

Battery with Highway

H 73O F

H 12.8V

• Ice Warning Mode: When temperature drops to 32˚F display reads:

FREEZING

TEMP

Unit then gives a unique warning tone. This will only happen once after the unit is first turned on. When either Hi T or Lo T is displayed the limits of the temperature sensor have been reached.

Note: Temperature may rise while vehicle is stopped and idling, this is normal.

Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

See option select mode to turn this feature on.

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OPERATION

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.

• Press City to engage City. Display reads:

Normal

Temperature/Voltage

CITY or C

• Pressing City a second time engages City 1. Display reads:

CITY 1 or C1

• Pressing City a third time engages City 2. Display reads:

CITY 2 or C2

• Pressing City a fourth time cancels City, City 1, and City 2. Display reads:

HIGHWAY or H

In City Mode, weak speed/safety radar signals 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. In City 1 Mode, only the X band sensitivity is lowered. In City 2 Mode, X-bandis not detected. CAUTION: When selecting this mode, 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.

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OPERATION

Dim/Dark/Temperature/Voltage Modes

Dim/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display.

• Press Dark to reduce illumination to a Dim setting. Display reads:

DIM

• Pressing Dark a second time engages Dark Mode. Display reads:

DARK

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 Dark a third time restores full illumination to the display.

The Dark Button will allow the display to momentarily switch to the outside temperature reading.

• Press and hold Dark for 2 seconds until unit beeps once then release. Display switches:

HIGHWAY to H 73O F

If Temperature or Battery Voltage is programmed (see Option Select Mode), pressing and holding Dark for 2 seconds will momentarily switch to the other reading. Example:

H 73O Fto H 12.8V

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OPERATION

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 2 seconds. Display reads:

RU ALERT

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

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

GET REST

• Press P/V 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.

Integrated Real Voice

When selected and Optional Voice Module is connected, Real Voice will be used to articulate the following:

1.Band Identification

2.Safety Warning System™ messages

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

3. Feature Selection

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OPERATION

Option Select Mode

Entering Option Select Mode allows you to customize options such as Tone Select, Real Voice, Abbreviated Power Up Sequence test and VG-2Mode. When selecting options, Dark (D)=yes, City (C)=no, Quite (Q)=next selection. Any one of these must be pressed within 20 seconds or options mode will automatically be exited. To enter:

Press Q:

*Display

To Change,

Option:

 

Reads:

Reads:

 

For 2 Seconds

CUSTOM

D or C

Custom Mode

 

 

 

Night Mode

 

 

 

Truck Mode

2nd time

TEMP ˚F

D = ˚F

Changes Temp

 

 

C = ˚C

Reading

 

 

 

 

3rd time

TONE 3

D or C

Tone 1, 2, or 3

 

 

 

(3 different X, K, Ka

 

 

 

patterns)

 

 

 

 

4th time

TEST YES

D = YES

X, K, Ka Audio tones

 

 

C = NO

1 beep during

 

 

 

Power Up

 

 

 

 

5th time

VG2 OFF

D = ON

Turns VG-2On

 

 

C = OFF

Turns VG-2Off

 

 

 

 

6th time

SAFETY

D = ON

Turns Safety Radar On

 

ON

C = OFF

Turns Safety Radar Off

 

 

 

 

7th time

VOICE

D = ON

Real Voice On

 

OFF

C = OFF

Real Voice Off

 

 

 

 

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OPERATION

8th time

TEMP

D = YES

Temp On

 

NO

C = NO

Temp Off

 

 

 

 

9th time

BATT

D = YES

Battery Voltage

 

NO

 

On

 

 

C = NO

Battery Voltage

 

 

 

Off

 

 

 

 

*Factory settings.

Press P/V anytime to exit.

When Custom is displayed, pressing the Quiet button again instead of the P/V button allows changing of other features. If either Dark or City button is pressed it selects one of two preprogrammed selections, night or truck. Once night or truck is selected you cannot change other features in option select mode.

Night = 1. Volume Level 4

2.Auto Quiet On

3.Dark Mode

4.Highway Mode

5.SR On

6.VG2 Off

7.Test Off

8.Voice Off

Truck = 1. Volume level 4

2.VG2 On

3.Test Off

4.Highway Mode

5.SR On

6.Voice Off

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TEACH

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OPERATION

Teach/Tutorial Mode

Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.

• Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release. Display reads:

Quiet mode can also be accessed while Teach/Tutorial mode is engaged.

• Press P/V to exit.

Voice Module Port

Allows you to use a Whister Voice Module, P/N 202971 (See accessory page for ordering, option mode for programming). Any other device may damage the unit and void your warranty. When mute or auto quiet modes are engaged, the audio will be cancelled to the voice port.

Rear Antenna Port

Allows you to use only a Whister SWRA-3300rear antenna, P/N 202964. Any other device may damage the unit and void your warranty.

Remove power from console.

Plug rear antenna into Radar 2 Port.

Reapply power to console, after self-testdisplay shows:

R2 ON?

• Press Dark to accept or City to cancel.

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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. Example:

Ka Band

Detected

 

Display

Ka

9 1-9

 

Digits

 

ramp

1 = weak signal, 9 = strong signal

An asterisk is displayed when the optional rear antenna receives a signal. Example:

Ka*9

Pulse Protection®

When a pulse type signal (instant on strong signal) is detected an urgent 3 second audio warning is sounded and the display reads:

PULSE

After 3 seconds standard alert pattern continues.

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SAFETY RADAR ALERTS

In communities where transmitters are located, the Safety Warning System displays over 60 text messages. When Safety Radar is detected the audio alert is geiger counterlike.

Safety Warning System Text

Example: Poor Road Surface:

CAUTION

POOR

ROAD

SURFACE

Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning System transmitters. Visit Safety Warning Systems web page at www.safetyradar.com for SWS locations.

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LASER/VG-2ALERTS

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:

LASER

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

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.

VG2 VG2

Text message confirms detection of VG-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 23 forVG-2information.)

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.

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