Whistler XTR-430 User Manual

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The Whistler Group Corporate Headquarters

3604 NW Frontage Rd. • Bentonville, AR 72712

Tel 479.273.6012 • Fax 479.273.2927

Customer Return Center

551 N 13th St. • Rogers, AR 72756

Customer Service Tel 800.531.0004


P/N 260025, © 2010 The Whistler Group, Inc.

Dear Whistler Detector Owner,

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 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.

To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of your Whistler Detector and to better understand the differences between detecting radar, laser and safety radar signals, we recommend reading this entire manual or visiting our FAQ page on our website www.whistlergroup.com

Enjoy your Whistler Detector and please drive safely. Sincerely,

The Whistler Group, Inc.

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

2 - 3

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

4 - 6

• Mounting Guidelines


• Windshield Mounting


• Power Connection and Fuse Replacement


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

7 - 14

• Power On Self Test & Volume


• Dim/Dark Mode


• Setting Saver


• Feature Engaged Confirmation


• Quiet/Auto Quiet Mode


• Audio Level Adjustment


• City/City 1/ City 2 Mode


• Highway Mode


• Teach/Tutorial Mode


• Alert Periscopes




• Vehicle Battery Saver Mode


• Option Select Mode


• Stay Alert Feature


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


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


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


• Speed Radar Audio/Visual Alerts


• Laser Audio/Visual Alerts


• Pulse Protection®


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


• Alert Priority


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


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


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


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


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


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

19 - 22

• Radar Facts


• POPMode


• Laser Facts/Tips


• Other Speed Detection Systems


• Radar Detector Detectors


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

22 - 25

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


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

















Whistler’s ergonomic and user-friendlydesign provides a new









level of operating convenience. Special features include:


























Bracket Release Button – provides quick














and easy release of the mounting bracket.













Speaker – provides distinct audio warnings












for X, K, Ka band radar, safety radar, laser and





























Mounting Bracket Location – slot holds














mounting bracket firmly.














Radar Antenna – compact, high-efficiency














antenna receives radar signals.














Front Laser – high gain optical lens provides













increased sensitivity and field of view for



























leading-edgelaser detection.













Rear Laser – an integrated optical












waveguide provides superior detection of














laser signals transmitted from behind.














City Button - reduces the annoyance of













false alerts typically encountered in urban


























driving areas.














Quiet 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.














Power / Volume Control – turns unit on/off














and adjusts audio level.














Dim / Dark Button - engages Dim/Dark modes.






Menu Button - enters Option Select Mode.













12. Text Display - provides distinct visual














confirmation of signals detected, signal



























strength, and indicates engaged modes of




























13. Low Profile Alert Periscopes - provide an




additional attention getting visual alert.













14. Power Jack - provides connection for the







power cord.









Mounting Guidelines

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

Do not mount the 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 vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine if your windshield has this coating.

Avoid placing the unit in direct contact with the windshield.

To reduce the possibility of theft, conceal the 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. (Image A)

(Image A)



IMPORTANT: Make sure the unit is level



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 vehicle’s owner’s manual or ask your dealer. We recommend that you do not leave the suction cup bracket on the windshield in direct sunlight. 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. (Image B)

(Image B)

Rubber Bumper

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



Power Cord 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.



Power On Self Test

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

• Text Display shows in order:

1. WHISTLER 2. X-band3.K-band4.Ka-band5. LASER 6. SR OFF 7. VG2 OFF 8. POP ON 9. B SVR ON 10.HIGHWAY

Dim/Dark Mode

Dim/Dark Mode reduces the illumination of the display

Press and release the Dark button to reduce illumination to a dim setting.

Press and release the Dark button a second time to engage 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 20 seconds after, then the display returns to the dimmer setting.

Press and release the Dark button a third time to restore the display to full illumination.

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”.



Quiet Mode

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

Press Quiet button to cancel the audio.

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

Auto Quiet Mode

Auto Quiet mode 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 mode does not affect laser alerts.

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

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

Audio Level Adjustment

To Change the audio level:

Rotate Power/Volume button back to increase audio level.

Rotate Power/Volume button forward to decrease audio level.



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 button to cancel Highway Mode and engage City Mode.

Press City button again to enter City 1 Mode

Press City button again to enter City 2 Mode

Press City button 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. City 1 and City 2 Modes operate the same as Highway Mode, but in City 1 Mode, X band requires a stronger signal to alert. 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 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 modes,

please visit our F.A.Q. page on our website: www.whistlergroup.com



Teach/Tutorial Mode

Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.

Press City and Quiet buttons simultaneously

Display Shows:

Press Dark button to exit..

Low Profile Alert Periscopes

Whistler’s Low Profile Alert Periscopes provide an added attention getting visual alert. The two extra LED’s flash on and off when the unit alarms to provide a unique visual alert. This alert can be programmed through the Option Select Mode to be: ON, OFF, or FLASHING during alerts..




See Option Select Mode to turn this feature on/off. When a VG-2signal is detected, theVG-2alert is sounded and the display flashes“VG-2”.After 3 seconds the audio is canceled and the display no longer flashes. This cycle is repeated if theVG-2signal is detected again.

During the period a VG-2signal is detected, a radar signal cannot be detected.However, because the VG-2 alert has confirmed that a patrol car is nearby, you are already aware of the potential for speed monitoring and can adjust your speed accordingly. Laser detection is not affected while a VG-2 signal is detected. (See page 16 for more information)



Vehicle Battery Saver Mode

The Vehicle Battery Saver Mode automatically shuts off the detector after 3 hrs. The timer is reset if the detector is turned off, unplugged or any button is pressed before the timer has expired. The detector will alert you with an audible and visual warning before it shuts off. During this warning, you can momentarily reset the timer by pressing any button. If the unit has automatically turned off, press any button to turn the unit back on.

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



Option Select Mode

Entering Option Select Mode allows you to customize options such as Tone Select, Abbreviated Power Up Sequence, and VG-2Mode. Press the Menu button to enter Option Select Mode. When selecting options, the Dark or Quiet buttons must be pressed within 20 seconds or Option Select Mode will automatically be exited.

Press and hold Menu button to exit Option Select Mode.



Stay Alert Feature

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

• Press and hold the City button for approximately 2 seconds. Release the button during or immediately after the alert is given. Display shows:

Within 30-60seconds, an alert is sounded; to show alertness, the driver must press either the City, Menu, or Quiet buttons within3-5seconds. If a 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 the Dark button to exit the Stay Alert feature.

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.

Safety Warning System

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

messages. When Safety Radar is detected, a unique audio alert sounds.

Safety Warning System Text Example: Poor - Road - Surface. Note: Not all areas have Safety Warning Systemtransmitters.


POPMode Alerts

Because POPMode radar utilizes the same

K or Ka band frequencies, POPMode Alerts will be displayed as regular 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 pattern like a geiger counter. The faster the beep, the closer or stronger the radar source.

Laser Audio/Visual Alerts

When a laser signal is detected the audio alert is continuous for a minimum of 3 seconds.

• The Display Shows:

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:

After the 3-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-2Audio/Visual Alerts

Note: You must turn this feature on 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 aVG-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 (see pg. 11).

Alert Priority

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

1. Laser 2. VG-23. Speed Radar 4. Safety Radar Example: If X band is alerting, then suddenly aVG-2signal is detected, theVG-2warning will

override the X band alert.


All user features can be reset to factory settings.

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

•Release the Quiet button.

Unit is now reset to the following features and settings.

Default factory settings are:


2. Dim/Dark Mode to full illumination of display

3.Auto Quiet Mode OFF

4.VG-2Detection Mode OFF

5.Safety Radar OFF

6.Vehicle Battery Saver ON

7.Full Power Up sequence

8.Default TONE 3


10. LED Periscopes to BLINK



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 the fuse in the plug; replace if necessary with a 2 amp, 3AG type.

Check the fuse for lighter socket; replace if necessary.

Make sure the lighter socket is clean.

PROBLEM: Unit alarms when vehicle hits bumps.

Check for a loose lighter socket; tighten and clean.

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

PROBLEM: Audio alerts are not loud enough.

Cancel Auto Quiet Mode or City Mode.

Check audio level setting. (see page 8)

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

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 unit’s exterior.


In Most States YES!

Laser-Radardetectors are legal in every state for automobiles and light trucks (under 10,000 lbs.) except Virginia and Washington, D.C., which have local regulations restricting the use of radar receivers in any vehicle.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) passed a nationwide regulation, effective January 1994, which prohibited radar and laser detector use in vehicles over 10,000 lbs.






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

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

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

Important: FCC (Federal Communications Commission)requirements state that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Whistler could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.


Radar Facts

A radar gun operates by transmitting radio waves at certain frequencies which reflect off objects and are 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 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 only alarm if an officer is transmitting on any one of the above radar bands.



POP™ Mode

POPMode is a feature on some radar guns operating on K and Ka bands. When the gun is in POPMode and activated, a brief burst of energy, less that 1/15 of a second, is transmitted and the vehicle’s speed is quickly acquired. A detector without POPMode detection capability cannot respond to this brief transmission.

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 gun’s transmission can cover more than a four-lanehighway at a distance of 1,000 feet, compared with a laser gun’s transmission which covers about 3 feet at the same distance. For best protection, keep these points in mind:

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

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

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

Whistler Laser-Radardetectors receive all current laser guns which operate at a laser wavelength of 905 +/- 10nm.

•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 police measure the time it takes your vehicle to travel a known distance.

Radar Detector Detectors: VG-2,Spectre

The Interceptor VG-2or simplyVG-2,is one type of 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, these devices are known as a “radar detector detector” (RDD).

An RDD is the primary tool used by the police to identify radar detector equipped vehicles. If caught in a state or country where detectors are illegal (see page 18), drivers risk losing their radar detector and receiving a fine. In addition, instant-onradar is almost always used in combination with an RDD, leaving unsuspecting motorists vulnerable to receive two tickets - one potential for speeding, and the other for possession of a detector.



Note: Having a radar detector capable of detecting theVG-2may alert you to the presence of a speed trap. The newest tool Police have to detect radar detectors is called Spectre. Spectre can detect the majority of undetectable(VG-2)laser/radar detectors on the market.

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


Consumer Warranty

This Whistler Laser-Radardetector 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. This limited warranty is void if the unit is abused, modified, installed improperly, or if the housing and/or serial numbers have been removed. 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 a dated store receipt will be handled as described in section

“Service Out Of Warranty.”

Due to the specialized equipment necessary for testing a Laser-Radarreceiver, there are no authorized service stations for Whistler brand detectors other than Whistler.

When returning a unit for service, 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.

551 N. 13th St.

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!

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

Your name and street address (for shipping via UPS), a daytime telephone number and an 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 unit’s 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 unit’s original warranty has expired.

A 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.

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 an 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:


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.


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:-10C to +70 C (14 F to +158 F)

Power Requirements:

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

One or more U.S. patents may apply:

#5,666,120, #7,215,276

POPMode is a trademark of MPH Industries, Inc. SWSis a trademark of Safety Warning System L.C.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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

Order #




Zippered Travel Case



Windshield Bracket Kit



Straight Power Cord (5’)



Coiled Power Cord (7’)



Hardwire Kit (10' )



(for wiring to fuse box)



Modular* Cord Package



(includes coiled and straight



cords, and power adapter)



Package of 8 Suction Cups



Non Skid Dash Pad





* Modular: Interconnecting pieces cord and plug.

Shipping and handling (per order) $5.00 . Prices are subject to change without notice.