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OWNER’S MANUAL

3500

WIRELESS LASER/RADAR DETECTOR

THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

13016 N. Walton Blvd.

Bentonville, AR 72712

TEL: 479.273.6012 FX: 479.273.2927

www.whistlergroup.com

P/N 202803, © The Whistler Group, Inc. 2005

www.whistlergroup.com

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 only by 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 the change in technology and customer's needs. Whistler introduces the 3500 to provide you convenience and "Technology for the Way You Live."

The Whistler 3500 is an easy to install, wireless laser-radardetector that features the new POP™ Mode Detection Capability, and aTri-Directionaldisplay. TheTri-DirectionalDisplay allows you the option to install the control panel in 3 different orientations: horizontal, vertical, or upside down.

The Whistler 3500 provides Total Band™ Protection, combined with the convenience of wireless technology, that allows the ultimate in performance and convenience. With POP™ Mode Detection Capability, the fully featured Whistler 3500 can react fast enough to detect new radar technology.

To fully utilize your unit to its potential, we recommend reading the entire manual or visit our FAQ page on our web site at www.whistlergroup.com.

Enjoy your new Whistler and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

The Whistler Group, Inc.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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

 

• Horizontal/Vertical Viewing

 

• Stay Alert

 

• Integrated Real Voice Option

 

• Option Select Mode

 

• Teach/Tutorial Mode

 

• Voice Module Port

 

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

15 - 18

• Radar Alerts

 

• Pulse Protection®

 

• Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

 

VG-2Audio/Visual Alerts

 

• Alert Priority

 

• Reset Features

 

• Care and Maintenance

 

Communication Breakdown ....................................................

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

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

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• FCC Information

 

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

22 - 23

• Radar Facts

 

• POPMode

 

• Total Band Protection

 

• Laser Facts

 

• Other Speed Detection Systems

 

• Radar Detector Detectors

 

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

24 - 26

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

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

28 - 29

WHISTLER FEATURES

Whistler 3500

Power/Volume Button

Speaker

(Optional) Voice Module

Dark Button

 

City Button

Quiet/Menu Button

 

Laser Module

Radar Antenna

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

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

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

Laser Module - High gain optical lens provides increased sensitivity and field of view for leading-edgelaser detection.

Note: Specifications and appearance may change without notice.

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WHISTLER FEATURES

City/City 1/City 2 Mode – Reduces the annoyance of false alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.

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 QUIET for 2 seconds allows you to enter Option Select Mode (see page 13).

Power/Volume Control - Turnsuniton/offandadjustsaudiolevel.

Text Display - Provides distinct visual confirmation

of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation. The display can also be mounted 3 different ways (see page 11 for more information).

Dim/Dark Mode– Reduces the illumination of the display. Press and hold this button to momentarily display temperature/voltage.

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 shows:

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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 eight steps: (0) is no audio level, (7) 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. For example:

Press and hold P/V and the volume will go to the max level (7), then proceed to lower the volume to level (0). Continuing to hold the P/V button will repeat the volume steps above.

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 shows:

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 Mode cancels the 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:

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

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/off.

Note: Selecting “POP OFF” turns VG-2ON.

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. Generally X band is used for these devices.

• Press City to engage City. Display shows:

or

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

or

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

or

Pressing City a fourth time cancels City 2 Mode and returns the unit to Highway Mode. Display shows:

or

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. City 1 & 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.

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 City2modesandtheunitreceives 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 shows:

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

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 indicate the outside temperature reading.

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

to

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:

to

OPERATION

Horizontal/Vertical Viewing

The display can be mounted in 3 different orientations:

Horizontally

Upside Down

Vertically

See Option Select Mode on page 13 to change display viewing.

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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 shows:

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 is not pressed within 3-5seconds, an alarm sounds and the display shows:

• 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 andVG-2Mode. When selecting options, Dark (D)=yes, City (C)=no, Quiet (Q)=next selection. Any one of these must be pressed within 20 seconds or option mode will automatically be exited. To enter:

 

Press Q:

*Display

To Change,

 

Option:

 

 

 

Shows:

Press:

 

 

 

 

For 2 Seconds

TONE 3

D or C

 

Tone1, Tone 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd time

TEST YES

D = YES

 

X, K, Ka Audio tones

 

 

 

 

C = NO

 

1 beep during

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Up

 

 

3rd time

TEMP ˚F

D or C

 

Changes Temp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading

 

 

4th time

TEMP NO

D = YES

 

Temp ON

 

 

 

 

C = NO

 

Temp OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th time

BATT NO

D = YES

 

Battery Voltage ON

 

 

 

 

C = NO

 

Battery Voltage OFF

 

 

6th time

POP ON

D = YES

 

Turns POPMode ON

 

 

 

 

C = NO

 

Turns POPMode OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th time

SR OFF

D = ON

 

Turns Safety Radar ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

 

Turns Safety Radar OFF

 

 

8th time

X ON

D = ON

 

Turns X Band ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

 

Turns X Band OFF

 

 

9th time

K ON

D = ON

 

Turns K Band ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

 

Turns K Band OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OPERATION

10th time

Ka ON

D = ON

Turns Ka Band ON

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Ka Band OFF

 

 

 

 

11th time

Laser ON

D = ON

Turns Laser ON

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Laser OFF

12th time

Voice OFF

D = ON

Real Voice® ON

 

 

C = OFF

Real Voice® OFF

 

 

 

 

13th time

DSP NOR

D or C

Normal

 

 

 

Vertical

 

 

 

Reversed

*Factory settings.

 

 

 

Press and hold P/V to exit. NOTE: Turning POPMode off, turns onVG-2.

Teach/Tutorial Mode

Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.

Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release. Display shows:

Press P/V to exit.

Voice Module Port

Allows you to use an optional Whistler Voice Module. (See accessory page for ordering and 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.

RADAR ALERT

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:

1 = weak signal, 9 = strong signal

Pulse Protection®

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

After 3 seconds the standard alert pattern resumes.

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SAFETY RADAR ALERTS

Safety Warning System™ Text

Example: Poor Road Surface:

Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning System™ transmitters.

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 counter-like.

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.

LASER/VG-2ALERTS

VG-2Audio/Visual Alerts

Note: You must turn POP feature OFF 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.

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. During aVG-2Alert X, K, and Ka band signals cannot be received. Having a laser/radar detector does not make you invisible or immune to laser/radar guns. As in the case with detectinginstant-onradar, there are some circumstances that theVG-2may detect you laser/radar detector before the laser/radar can detect theVG-2signal in time to hide. (Reference page 23 for Radar Detector Detector information.)

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 a VG-2signal is detected, theVG-2warning will override the X band alert.

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