Whistler PRO-3600 User Manual

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3604 NW Frontage Rd.

Bentonville, AR 72712

TEL: 479.273.6012 FX: 479.273.2927

P/N 202902, © The Whistler Group, Inc. 2010



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



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.


Dear Whistler Customer,

Whistler has utilized its high performance antenna design and incorporated it into a totally new remote installed Laser/Radar detector! This model not only packs features common with Whistler’s high end models such as Ka Max Mode, RSID, LSID, 4 Filter modes and Real Voice but it was designed up front to be expandable for future accessories.

The Pro-3600maintains the easy to install nature of previous remote units and many of their unique features, such as:Multi-DirectionalText Display, Compact Display Module, Outside Temperature, Battery Voltmeter and Flexible Mounting options. New features include its modular design for expandability and an Alert LED that can double as a faux auto security alarm indicator.

The optional GPS module (model number: RLC-360)provides you with unique features not found on units without GPS such as: Compass Headings, Clock, Vehicle Speed, Max Speed, Trip Time and Miles, known Red Light/Speed Camera Locations, Automatic Auto Quiet and Filter Modes with Speed, Adjustable Over Speed Warning and more.

The Pro-3600is loaded with user friendly features. To utilize your unit to its full 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.


The Whistler Group, Inc.


Model Features Summary

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

6 - 22

Power On and Self-Test

Memory/Beep Confirmation

Auto Level Adjustment

Auto Quiet/Quiet Modes

City/City 1/City2 Modes

Highway Mode

Selectable Signal Strength Meter

Understanding the Display

Temperature Display

Dim/Dimmer/Dark Modes

Horizontal/Vertical Viewing

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode

Filter Mode

Ka Max Mode

Radar Signature ID (RSID)

Laser Signature ID (LSID)

Adjustable Laser

Red Light/Speed Camera Detection

Safety Warning System SWS

Alert Priority

Integrated Real Voice

Option Select Mode

Teach/Tutorial Mode

POP™ Mode

Stay Alert™

Voice Port

LED Port

USB Port



RADAR 2 Port

AUX Ports

Laser Port

GPS Port

Setting Saver


Radar, Laser and SWS Alerts ......................................

23 - 24

Radar Alerts

Pulse Protection®

Safety Radar Audio/Visual Alerts

Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

Alert Priority

Reset Features

Care and Maintenance

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

25 - 26

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


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


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

27 - 30

POP™ Mode

Laser Facts

Laser Tips

Radar Facts

Other Speed Detection Systems

Radar Detector Detectors

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

31 - 34

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


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



Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendlydesign provides a new level of operating convenience and expandability.

Special features include:

Voice Module – Provides distinct audio and voice warnings for X, K, Ka band radar, safety warning system, Compass N, S, E, W prompts, and laser. Module also adjusts the maximum audio level.

Laser-RadarAntenna - Compact, high performance antenna receives laser as well as radar signals.Pro-3600detects the Laser Atlanta Steath Mode laser gun!

Control Panel - Provides distinct visual confirmation of signals detected, signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of operation. The display can also be mounted 3 different ways and displayed correctly. Four buttons allow access to the unit’s features.

Interface Box (iBox) – Central module provides power and communication to all modules.

Alert/Security LED – Provides additional visual notification of alerts. When selected in Option Select Mode, this LED doubles as a faux security flashing LED.


Specifications and appearance may change without notice.


Voice Module

Control Panel

Laser/Radar Antenna



Interface Cable

Reset Button

Interface Box

Alert/Security LED




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 PWR or apply Power. Display shows:


To turn the unit off:

Press and release PWR briefly and the display will show a 5 second count down before powering off. If you pressed the power button by mistake, press the PWR button again during this 5 second period will cancel power down.

If the unit is powered by a switched 12 volt source the unit will turn off when the ignition key is removed.

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

To change the audio level:

Move Volume control on the voice module back to increase audio level.

Move Volume control on the voice module forward to decrease audio level.


Auto Quiet Mode

Auto Quiet mode reduces the selected audio level approximately 5 seconds after a radar or safety radar signal is detected. The alert for any new signal within 20 seconds will resume at the lower level. Auto Quiet mode does not affect laser alerts.

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

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: Speed selectable Auto Quiet is available with the optional RLC-360GPS module.

Quiet Mode

Quiet mode cancels audio during an alert and any new alert within 20 seconds. After 20 seconds of no radar signal detected, the audio alerts are restored.

Press Quiet to cancel the audio.

Press Quiet a second time during an alert to restore the standard audio alert pattern.







City/City 1/City 2 Modes

Whistler’s City Modes are 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 Mode.

Normal Compass/Temp/Volt/Speed


• Press City again to enter City 1 Mode.


Press City again to enter City 2 Mode. then

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

In City Mode, weak speed/safety radar signals give an initial alarm of two beeps, and then remain quiet until 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 is lowered. In City 2 Mode, X-bandis not detected.

Caution: Some towns/small cities may still be using X band radar. City Modes do not change the audio alert for laser.

Highway Mode

Highway mode provides full audio warnings any time radar (X, K, Ka, and Safety Radar) or laser signals are detected, and is recommended for open road driving. For more information on City and Highway modes, please visit our F.A.Q. page on our website: www.whistlergroup.com

Selectable Signal Strength Display

There are two settings available in Option Mode that effect how a received radar signal strength is displayed. The “RMP STD” (ramp standard) option uses our standard signal progression from level 1 to 9. The “RMP FST” (ramp fast) option increases the progression from level 1 to 9. RMP FST increases the response of the signal strength meter for all bands.

1 = weak signal, 9 = strong signal





Understanding the Display

The Pro-3600’sdisplay can be set up to show Heading* and Mode of Operation (Highway and City modes).In-betweenthe Heading and Mode of Operation one of the following can be displayed; Temperature, Voltage or Clock*.


Mode of Operation

Temperature Display

The unit can be programmed to display either Fahrenheit or Celsius. See Option Select Mode. Display shows:


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

Selecting the Default Feature to be displayed

Press and hold the Dark button for four seconds or until 2 beeps

are heard. The display will change from Temperature to Voltage.



Pressing and holding the Dark button again for four seconds will



change the display to show the Clock. Repeat and Temperature

Unit then gives a unique warning tone. This will happen again if

is once again selected.

the temperature rises to 35 degrees or above then falls below 32

Momentarily Display Features



Press and hold the Dark button for 2 seconds or until 1 beep is




heard and the unit will scroll and display the following for 3

When either Hi T or Lo T is displayed the limits of the temperature

seconds each: Temperature, Voltage, Clock and Vehicle Speed*

sensor have been reached.


and then return to the default feature. Note: When unit is

Temperature may rise while

vehicle is stopped and idling, this is normal.

displaying the vehicle speed the radar antenna is turned off!



Error Messages

Flashing character will be displayed in place of the Heading,

Clock or Speed when the GPS module is acquiring a signal.

Display showing “NO F”, “NO : ”, “NO V” indicates that

Temperature, Clock and Voltmeter have been turned off in

Option Mode.

*Heading, Clock and Speed are available with the optional RLC360 GPS module.




Dim/Dimmer/Dark Modes

Dim/Dimmer/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display.

Briefly press and release the Dark button to reduce illumination to a Dim setting.

Briefly press and release the Dark button a second time engages Dimmer Mode. The display illumination is further reduced.

Briefly press and release the Dark button a third time engages Dark Mode. 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. Dim Modes can be engaged during an alert.

Briefly press and release the Dark button a forth time to restore full illumination to the display.


Horizontal/Vertical Viewing

The display can be mounted in 3 different ways:


Upside Down


See Option Select Mode on page 19-20to change display viewing.




Vehicle Battery Saver Mode - Security Mode

Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off the detector if the unit has constant power.

The timer is reset:

1.Each time the detector is turned off

2.The power cord is disconnected or power is removed to the unit.

3.Any button is pressed before the timer has expired. The detector will alert you with an audible and visual warning before it shuts off. This auto off function can be programmed for the following: Off, 1, 3, or 6 hours. During this warning you can reset the timer by pressing any button. If the unit has automatically turned itself off, press the Power button to turn the unit back on.

Security Mode

When the unit is powered off by the Vehicle Battery Saver Mode or by pressing the power button, the Security LED will begin to flash if the security LED option is turned on. This simulates a vehicle alarm system.

Refer to “Option Select Mode” for instructions for changing the Vehicle Battery Saver/Security Mode settings.


Four Filter Modes

There are times when a radar detector in another vehicle, can emit a frequency which can cause your detector to falsely alarm. The Whistler Filter Mode options provide additional signal processing to minimize the occurrences of these false alarms. Filter mode provides normal processing. Filter 1, Filter 2, and Filter 3 modes provide additional signal analysis before alarming.

Filter Mode is the factory default setting and should provide adequate filtering for most conditions. If you experience excessive alerts due to radar detectors in other vehicles, try Filter 1, Filter 2, and then Filter 3 modes. Filter Mode analysis occurs in Highway Mode and all City Modes. See Option Selection Mode to change the filter settings.

Note: Speed selectable Filter is available with the optional GPS module.

Ka Max Mode

Ka Max Mode provides enhanced Ka sensitivity - increased detection. This mode can be selected with or without RSID. See Option Select Mode for changing Ka options.

Whistler has two new exciting features that will assist the driving enthusiast to further identify threats from Laser and Ka band radar guns.

Radar Signature ID (RSID) with Voice Prompts

Identify the difference between the likelihood of a Ka threat vs. the likelihood of a Ka false from another source (possible radar detector).




The Ka RSID feature will educate you to the common Ka speed radar guns by displaying and announcing the nominal police radar frequencies of 33.8GHz / 34.0GHz / 34.3GHz / 34.7GHz / 35.5GHz. The Ka alerts that do not fall into the common Ka speed radar windows will be reported only as Ka.

Note: This product is not a frequency counter. The unit will categorize the received Ka signal and select the appropriate information. Treat every Ka alert with caution.

Laser Signature ID (LSID)

Identify the Laser gun’s pulse rate or PPS (Pulses per Second) that is transmitted by the speed laser gun. LSID may also be used to identify other forms of laser sources such as LACC (Laser Assisted Cruise Control) systems found in some high end vehicles. If the Laser PPS information displayed is due to another source such as local airports or LACC, LSID allows you to Lock Out this rate from giving you the continuous audio alert during this and any new encounter of the same rate. To lock out a PPS, press the Quiet button during the Laser alert. This will place an * on the screen beside the PPS rate and Lock Out this signature ID. Any new encounter with the same Laser Signature ID will provide the display information and two quick beeps. Note: Common Laser PPS rates used in the USA are 100 / 125 / 130 / 200 / 238 / 380Hz. Currently other Laser PPS rates used outside the USA include 600Hz.

Caution: Do not lock out a PPS rate if it is close to known speed laser guns.


Adjustable Laser Receiver

If these alerts are bothersome, you may wish to turn on the LSID feature and make note of the PPS rate for these occurrences.

The laser validation windows are separated into 4 groupings allowing for customization to eliminate and/or make less frequent the number of laser alerts from these non police sources such as airports, laser assisted cruise control systems and more.

An example of this may be to shorten the first window from

.05-1.0to .05-.90,the second window can be adjusted from1.0-2.0to1.2-2.0.You now have ignored any laser that has an average PPS rate between 900Hz and 1200Hz. Validation will occur from 50Hz to 900Hz, and resume from 1200Hz to 2000Hz.

adjustable begining




adjustable ending





1 of the 4 Laser Windows

If laser within a group is not used in your country, you may shut off that group (change the selection from Y to N while in Option Select Mode) by pressing the PWR and DARK button at the same time then releasing.

Red Light/Speed Camera Detection

The Pro-3600is capable of alerting to these locations with the optionalRLC-360GPS module andVeri-LightTM Database.