Whistler LASER-RADAR DETECTOR User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL

FUZION

LASER/RADAR DETECTOR

THE WHISTLER GROUP, INC. CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

13016 N. Walton Blvd.

Bentonville, AR 72712

TEL: 479.273.6012 FX: 479.273.2927

P/N 260020 © The Whistler Group, Inc. 2006

www.whistlergroup.com

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,

Whistler has developed a complete and comprehensive laser-radarsolution for “TUNERS”. This unit allowslaser-radarprotection that complements other automotive gauges installed in the vehicle.

Not only does this unit provide a stealthy installation but also delivers very powerful protection from the newest laser-radarguns – especially POP™ Mode detection! Along with POP™ Mode this unit also offers:

PROGRAMMABLE BLUE BACKLIT LCD TEXT DISPLAY

Create your own custom 10 character text display. The easy to read blue display shows alert and detector status.

BATTERY VOLT METER

Displays the battery voltage.

TEMPERATURE METER

Provides outside temperature with freezing alert.

CONTROL PANEL DESIGNED TO FIT 2 1/16” GAUGE MOUNTS

This allows use of after market housings to further customize this unit.

Even though this unit is packed full of features, it’s 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.

Enjoy your new Whistler and please drive safely.

Sincerely,

The Whistler Group, Inc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Model Features Summary

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

4 - 15

Power On And Self-Test

FUZION Display

Programmable Text Display

Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

Backlight Settings

City Modes

Stay Alert

Option Select Mode

Teach Mode

Aux Out

Memory/Beep Confirmation

Auto Level Adjustment

Auto Quiet Mode

Pulse Protection®

Quiet Mode

Radar Alerts...............................................................................

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

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

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• Alert Priority

 

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

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Care & Maintenance ................................................................

19

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

20

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

21

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

22

• FCC Information

 

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

23 - 25

Radar Facts

POPMode

Total Band Protection

Laser Facts

Other Speed Detection Systems

Radar ‘Detector’ Detectors

Warranty Information

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

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Notes .........................................................................................

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WHISTLER FEATURES

Whistler FUZION

Power/Volume Button

Voice Module

Quiet/Menu Button

B/L Button City Button

Laser Antenna

Radar Antenna

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

Radar Antenna - Compact, high-efficiencyantenna

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

Laser Module – Provides front / rear laser protection

Voice Module – Provides voice and warning tones

Note: Specifications and appearance may change without notice.

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WHISTLER FEATURES—OPERATION

Programmable Blue Backlit Text Display - Create your own custom 10 character text display. The easy to read provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation.

Outside Temperature & Battery Voltmeter - Monitors the outside air temperature and displays the battery voltage.

Total Band™ Protection - Provides Complete Band Coverage of all Laser and Radar Bands, VG-2and Safety Radar Bands

Stay Alert - Whistler’s exclusive Stay Alert™ feature tests your alertness on long trips.

Selectable Bands - allows for the user to turn off bands not used in that specific driving area.

Alert PriorityIf more than one signal is received at the same time, the most important alert is displayed.

Quiet/Menu Button - Pressing QUIET before a signal is detected engages Auto Quiet Mode which automatically reduces the optional 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 12)

Power/Volume Control - Turns unit on/off and adjusts the base audio level for the tone option. Volume is adjusted on the voice module.

OPERATION

Power On And Self-Test

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

• Press P/V or apply Power. Display shows:

FUZION’s Display

The LCD display shows the detected signals as well as battery voltage, air temperature and AUX out selection. See example:

Battery Voltage

Temperature

Voice Output

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OPERATION

NOTE: The features listed above can be programmed ON or OFF in Option Select Mode. If one or more are programmed OFF, that area will be blank. See example of all programmed OFF below:

Currently the laser-radarinformation is centered in the display, but these can be programmed in Option Select Mode to have either the battery voltage or air temperature displayed center stage.

Highway

Temperature

Battery Voltage

OPERATION

Ice Warning Mode:

When temperature drops to 32˚F display shows:

Displays “Freezing”

then “Temp”

Ice Warning Mode

Unit then gives a unique warning tone and the backlight will flash. 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.

Programmable Text Display

This model has the ability to modify the standard laser/radar detector’s display. “WHISTLER”, “HIGHWAY”, “CITY”, “CITY 1”, and “CITY 2” can be changed to display your name, or any combination of 10 characters. For example, “HIGHWAY” can be changed to “GO 4 IT”. Note: A space is counted as a character.

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

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OPERATION

To modify the text:

Press and hold the Quiet button to enter Option Select mode (see page 12 ). Once “USER TEXT” is displayed press and hold the Quiet button until the display shows “__ WHISTLER ” with a cursor under the first of 10 changeable characters.

Note: The cursor indicates that this is the first letter ready to be changed.

"Ex"..... P/V Long press .........

Exit Option Mode and save all changes.

"Se"..... B/L Long press .........

Select a capital letter, small letter, number and a

 

 

special character. (A,a,9,! ect)

"Sc"...... City Long press .......

continuous Scroll to next letter.

"NO"...

Quiet long press .....

go to NextOption Mode item (Main Radar)

 

 

and save all changes.

"Cu"..... P/V Short press .......

Cursor is advance to next character (position)

"-".........

B/L Short press ........

scroll to previous letter.

"+".......

City Short press .......

scroll to next letter.

"NT"....

Quiet Short press ...

go to Next optionText word.

Long Press Menu

Short Press Menu

OPERATION

Engaging/Disengaging VG-2

See option select mode to turn this feature on/off.

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

Backlight Settings

The backlighting (B/L) can be programmed to be illuminated all the time, only when alarming, or choices in-between.The options are selectable by pressing the B/L button on the unit. The options are:

OFF - OFF = Backlight is off during normal operation and off when the unit alarms.

OFF - DIM = Backlight is off during normal operation and dim when the unit alarms.

OFF - BRT = Backlight is off during normal operation and bright when the unit alarms.

DIM - OFF = Backlight is dim during normal operation and off when the unit alarms.

DIM - BRT = Backlight is dim during normal operation and bright when the unit alarms.

BRT - BRT = Backlight remains on during normal operation as well as when the unit alarms

The backlight will turn on, if selected, while the unit alarms and remain on for 3 seconds after the unit stops alarming. When any button is pressed the backlight will illuminate at the dim setting and remain on for 3 seconds afterwards. The backlight will also illuminate while in Option Select Mode.

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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. Generally X band is used for these devices.

Press City to engage City.

Press City a second time to engage City 1.

Press City a second time to engage City 1.

Press City a third time to engage City 2.

Press City a fourth time to cancel City 2 Mode and return the unit to Highway Mode.

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.

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 and the B/L flashes: to show alertness, the driver must press either the B/L, City or Quiet button within3-5seconds. If the button is pressed within3-5seconds, the cycle is repeated.

If the button was not pressed within 3-5seconds, the alarms sounds, B/L flashes 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.

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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, B/L=yes, City (C)=no, Quiet (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 Shows:

2 Change Press

Option Shows:

 

 

For 2 seconds

User Text

 

See page 8 for total

 

 

 

 

 

Description

 

 

2nd time

MAIN-RADAR

B/L or C

Main-Temp

 

 

 

 

 

Main-Batt

 

 

3rd time

Tone 3

B/L or C

Tone1, Tone 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th time

TEST YES

B/L = YES

X, K, Ka Audio tones

 

 

 

 

C = NO

1 beep during power up

 

 

5th time

TEMP ˚F

B/L or C

Changes Temp Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th time

TEMP YES

B/L = YES

Temp ON

 

 

 

 

C = NO

Temp OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th time

BATT YES

B/L = YES

Battery Voltage ON

 

 

 

 

C = NO

Battery Voltage OFF

 

 

8th time

POP ON

B/L = ON

Turns POPMode ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns POPMode OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th time

SR OFF

B/L = ON

Turns Safety Radar ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Safety Radar OFF

 

 

10th time

X BAND ON

B/L = ON

Turns X Band ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns X Band OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

11th time

K BAND ON

B/L = ON

Turns K Band ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns K Band OFF

 

 

12th time

Ka BAND ON

B/L = ON

Turns Ka Band ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Ka Band OFF

 

 

13th time

Laser ON

B/L = ON

Turns Laser ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Laser OFF

 

 

14th time

Voice ON

B/L = ON

Real Voice® ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Real Voice® OFF

 

 

15th time

Tone OFF

B/L = ON

Turns Tone ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns Tone OFF

 

 

16th time

LED OFF

B/L = ON

Turns LED ON

 

 

 

 

C = OFF

Turns LED OFF

 

 

*Factory settings.

 

 

 

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

Teach Mode

Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal

Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release.

Display shows:

Press Power to exit.

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OPERATION

Aux Out

Three options can be used with this unit; LED output, Tone output and Voice output (included).

LED - The LED will flash to indicated signal detection. The faster the flash rate, the stronger or closer the laser/radar signal will be. This replaces the normal audio found in other detectors. The bright LED will catch your attention as an audio alert may not. NOTE: when this option is selected, volume level will not be displayed on the screen.

Tone - The Tone output provides a signal to an optional audio module. This module will provide audio for laser/radar signals. Use and installation

instructions will be included with this option. Volume to this module can be adjusted using the P/V button.

Voice - Voice option is defaulted to ON in option mode. The Voice Module not only provides voice announcements of bands received, it also provides audio alerts for laser/radar signals that are detected. Use and installation instructions will be included with this option.

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 (Tone Option)

The audio levels can be adjusted high to low, or low to high, in eight steps: (0) is no audio level, (7) the highest.

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

OPERATION

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.

Auto Level Adjustment (Voice Option - Std)

Adjust the desired volume using the voice module’s built-incontrol.

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 Voice Module.

Quiet Mode

Quiet Mode cancels the optional 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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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,

or the flash of the LED,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 shows:

SAFETY RADAR-LASERALERTS

Safety Warning System™ Text

Example: Poor Road Surface:

Note: Not all areas have SWS™ 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.

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