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Thank you for purchasing this SpeedTrac X sport radar. The SpeedTrac X sport radar is one of the most exciting and innovative electronic products on the market today and represents the latest technology innovations.
WARNING: USE ONLY THE SPEEDTRAC X AC ADAPTER. USE OF ANY OTHER ADAPTERS (DO NOT USE A SPEEDCHEK ADAPTER) WILL LIKELY RESULT IN SEVERE DAMAGE TO YOUR SPEEDTRAC X AND VOID THE WARRANTY.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION : Please read the General Safety Guidelines, and Safe Use Recommendations.
CONTROL PANEL FUNCTIONS & OTHER FEATURES
3-DIGIT LED DISPLAY:
Speeds are displayed for approximately 2-3 seconds before automatically clearing. Note that while the SpeedTrac X sports radar is displaying a speed, you must wait until the display clears to obtain the next speed reading. The bright LED display allows daytime outdoor visibility; however for the best viewing, try to position your unit in shade or partial shade, when using it outdoors in very bright light.
By pressing ON, an indicator light beside the MPH button will flash. The flashing light indicated that your SpeedTrac X sports radar is ready to detect and display an object’s speed in MPH. Press the ON/OFF button again to turn the unit OFF.
AUTO SHUT OFF DISABLE:
To disable the Auto Shut Off and leave your unit continually ON for longer periods, at the same time, press both of the MPH and Km/H buttons. This mode of operation is indicated by a double flash of either the MPH or Km/H unit’s indicator light (Auto Shut Off mode is a single flash.). To change back to Auto Shut Off mode, either turn the unit OFF, or press both the MPH and Km/H again. The next time you turn the unit back ON, the Auto Shut Off function is once again activated. It is recommended that you use the optional Power Supply and not batteries, if using the Auto Shut Off Disable function.
PRO-MODE (or “low speed cutoff”):
Targets traveling slower than 35MPH (56 Km/H) are ignored. This is useful for activities where you do not want to accidentally measure slower speed movements when the target is moving quickly, as in measuring golf club head speeds. To activate PRO-MODE operation press both MPH and Recall at the same time, the lower half of the “1” digit (left most digit) flashes along with either the MPH or the Km/H indicator light.
By pushing the “RECALL” button, the sports radar recalls the most recent speed displayed. You can recall the “last” reading any number of times. However, a particular reading will be “lost” once the next speed is registered.
MPH and Km/H:
SpeedTrac X can show speeds in either miles-per-hour (MPH) or kilometers-per-hour (Km/H). To change from the power on default MPH to Km/H, simply press the Km/H button. The unit’s indicator lamps show the current unit of measurement. You can also switch back and forth using “RECALL” to auto convert speeds captured in MPH and display them in Km/H (press “Km/H” then “RECALL” to auto convert from MPH) and visa versa.
INDICATOR LIGHTS (Speed Unit Indicator Lights):
These indicator lights show the current mode of operation of your SpeedTrac X sports radar. Whether the speed is displayed in MPH, Km/H or if the Auto Shut-Off has been disabled.
The unit’s internal antenna is located in the top, front center of your SpeedTrac X, between the two sets of switches. Do not block or cover this area when attempting to measure the speed of targets.
CARRYING HANDLE/SUPPORT STAND:
The SpeedTrac X sports radar’s handle is designed for three operation positions: Closed for easy storage, locked at set angle to function as a stand and straight up for carrying and hanging the unit.
Tripod mount is located on the bottom of the SpeedTrac X unit. Optional Tripod is Part Number 52006.
You can power your SpeedTrac X sports radar with four (4) “C” cell batteries (not included). For longer life, higher quality alkaline batteries are strongly recommended. To install batteries, remove battery compartment cover at the back of the unit. Insert the batteries making sure the plus/minus (+/-) sides match the indicators in the battery compartment. Replace batteries when the unit displays “LO”. If you do not plan to use your SpeedTrac X sports radar for extended periods of time, remove batteries to prevent potential damage caused by leakage and/or corrosion. CAUTION: Use of rechargeable batteries can harm your SpeedTrac X and will void your warranty.
DC POWER JACK:
You can also power your SpeedTrac X sports radar from an AC power source (household-type, wall source electricity) by connecting an optional, custom SpeedTrac X AC wall adapter (available from EMG Companies, Inc. – see enclosed order form) to the connector jack located on the side of the SpeedTrac X unit. CAUTION: Use of any other AC adapter (including a “SpeedChek” AC adapter) may result in erratic performance or will DAMAGE your SpeedTrac X sports radar and VOID your warranty. Use extreme care.
HOW THE SPEEDTRAC X WORKS
The SpeedTrac X sports radar utilizes X-Band DRO Doppler Shift radar technology to clock speeds. The internally located antenna, when activated, sends out a radio frequency (RF) signal at a specific frequency. The signal projects from the unit like a flashlight beam, decreasing in strength with distance. If a moving object, like a thrown ball, enters the device’s transmitted signal, the frequency of the reflected signal of the ball is changed or shifted This frequency change is proportional to the ball’s speed, and the SpeedTrac X sports radar’s internal circuits instantly process the return signal to display speed in your choice of either MPH or Km/H.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar’s projected signal is able to pass, unaffected through certain materials, such as netting, wire mesh fencing, tarps or backdrops, and Plexiglas. This allows you to put a protective barrier between the moving target object and your SpeedTrac X sports radar, without affecting speed measuring performance (a recommended precautionary procedure.)
The SpeedTrac X sports radar displays the speed at which a target object moves in line with the unit’s projected signal. A target passing at an angle through the signal will result in a displayed speed that is lower than the target’s true speed. As an example of the magnitude of error potential, a 10º entry angle reduces the actual speed by about 2%. Objects traveling at 90º (perpendicular) to the signal may be ignored by the SpeedTrac X (no speed displayed). SPEEDTRAC X SET-UP
FOR MAXIMUM ACCURACY AND REPEATABILITY
Maximum accuracy and repeatability is obtained when the SpeedTrac X sports radar is positioned behind a net into which objects are thrown or struck into with the SpeedTrac being used as the “target”. Also, of importance is that the net in front of the SpeedTrac X sports radar prevents the SpeedTrac from being struck by the thrown or struck object. Using the SpeedTrac in this manner allows speed measurement accuracies comparable to the highest priced radar guns (+/- 1 MPH).
GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
SELECT A SAFE, OPEN AREA TO USE YOUR SPEEDTRAC X SPORTS RADAR, AND TAKE ALL THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS SO THAT PEOPLE AND/OR PROPERTY OR YOUR SPEEDTRAC X SPORTS RADAR UNIT WILL NOT BE HIT.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar must be positioned directly in line with (or facing) the direction of the target level. The device is designed to measure and display the speed of objects* approaching the unit, and coming within approximately 30 ft. (9m) from the front face of the unit, moving away from the unit, (similar distances to above), passing over (or under if suspended) the unit, and coming within approximately 4 ft. (1.2m) from the top of the unit; or passing beside either side of the unit within approximately 4 ft. (1.2m) from the unit.
*Distances shown above are approximations and distances may vary slightly depending on size and characteristics of target.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar has a very low power output level; and therefore, unlike professional sports radar guns, it is not designed to clock objects from long ranges. For example, although ideal for practicing and coaching, the SpeedTrac X sports radar is not intended to be used in an actual game situation.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar is intended for interactive sports training, coaching, or friendly competition for people of almost any age or skill level. It can also provide hours of fun in “backyard” or “street level” sporting activities. Your SpeedTrac X sports radar can be a valuable performance enhancing tool for almost any sport where speed is an important factor. The following lists just a few of the many sports in which the SpeedTrac X sports radar can be used to help improve your skills.
BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND CRICKET:
The SpeedTrac X sports radar is ideal for practicing and improving throwing speed. Place your unit on the ground or floor about 25 ft. (7.62m) in front of the pitcher/bowler. Placing the unit close to the pitcher/bowler, rather than the target area, will result in higher “out of the hand” speeds. When used at closer distances it is best to activate the Pro Mode to avoid ghosting and the possible reading of arm, leg or body movement speeds. The radar can detect a ball regardless of its direction of travel. Therefore, two people can play “catch” and the SpeedTrac X sports radar will display the speed on both players’ throws without having to reposition the unit. However, the person throwing from the backside will show a slower speed, as ball speed naturally diminishes over the distance it travels.
The average speed of a fastball thrown by a professional pitcher is 87 MPH (145 Km/H), with top recorded speeds in the 100-105 MPH (160-170 Km/h) area. Professional curveballs and change-up's are typically in the area of 72 MPH (115 Km/H). The SpeedTrac X sports radar will also clock bat swing speed. Using the PRO-MODE of operation, place the unit facing the batter (ideally at about waist level) and out of reach of the bat swing extension. Swing through and bat speed will be displayed as it crosses the (imaginary) impact area.
TENNIS AND OTHER RACQUET SPORTS:
The SpeedTrac X sports radar is ideal for clocking and improving the speed of serves or other type’s of shots. For practicing tennis serves, place your unit facing the server the slightly forward of the net in the serving court. The SpeedTrac X sports radar will display the speed as the ball approaches the net.
A typical first serve speed from a leading tennis pro is in the range of 110-130 MPH (175-210 Km/H).
SOCCER AND HOCKEY:
Place your SpeedTrac X sports radar behind the net facing the shooter. Note that if a goalie is in the net the antenna will be blocked and speeds will not be displayed. Shooting practice for “speed training” is most recommended without goalie participation.
The average slap shot speed fired by a pro hockey player is about 85-90 MPH (135-145 Km/H), with a few top players able to top 100 MPH (160 Km/H).
CYCLING, RUNNING & SKATING:
When you cycle, run, ski or skate towards, and pass beside the SpeedTrac X sports radar within about 4 ft. (1.2 m), your speed will be displayed. Note that you must be moving at speeds of at least 9 MPH (14 Km/H). In these types of activities, if operating alone, you may not see the speed as you pass. Once you return to the unit, simply press the RECALL to re-display your speed.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar can be used to measure club head speed to develop consistent swing tempo and help increase distance. When measuring club speed, remember that the device is designed to only detect an object if the display is clear. Therefore, to clock downswing club head speed, switch to the PRO-MODE of operation to block out measurement of the backswing. Place the unit either behind or in front of you and facing the impact area. Be sure that your unit is out of reach of the club swing path, and also the path of the struck ball if hitting a golf ball.
A golf PRO’s downswing club head speed will often exceed 100 MPH (160 Km/H). To clock golf ball speeds immediately after impact, position your SpeedTrac X sports radar, with the unit slightly in front and to the side of the impact area, facing in the same direction as the flight path of the ball; or, place the unit safely behind a practice net directly facing the impact area (highly recommended).
THE MANUFACTURER STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING:
CARE & MAINTENANCE
The SpeedTrac X sports radar is a high precision piece of electronics. We recommend that you handle your unit with care and:
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION
The SpeedTrac X sports radar is a form of a radio transmitter. When it is turned ON, the unit’s internal antenna sends out a very low level radio frequency (RF) signal at a specific frequency. In addition to the low energy level and as the user is not required to be in close proximity to the unit, any exposure to RF energy is virtually eliminated when operating the SpeedTrac X sports radar. The device also features an “Auto Power Shut-Off” function that turns the unit off following five minutes of inactivity to reduce unnecessary RF output.
EXPOSURE TO RADIO FREQUENCY ENERGY:
In 1991, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and in 1992, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), updated the 1982 ANSI Standard for safety levels with respect to human exposure to RF energy. Over 120 scientists, engineers, and physicians from universities, government health agencies, and industry, after reviewing the available body of research, developed this updated Standard. In March 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed the adoption of this updated Standard.
The design of your unit complies with this updated Standard. The device outputs RF energy at levels that are far below the RF energy output from everyday consumer products and appliances, such as TV’s, computers and cellular phones.
The SpeedTrac X sports radar meets the standards and recommendations for the protection of public exposure to RF electromagnet energy established by governmental bodies and other qualified organizations, such as the following:
ELECTRONIC DEVICES INTERACTION:
Most modern electric equipment is shielded from RF energy; however, some equipment may not be properly shielded. Although highly unlikely, RF energy from the SpeedTrac X sports radar may cause the malfunction of improperly shielded electronic equipment.
Consult the manufacturer of any personal medical devices (such as pacemakers, hearing aids, etc.) to determine if they are adequately shielded from external RF energy.
Turn the unit OFF in health care facilities when any regulations posted in the areas instruct you to do so. Hospitals or health care facilities may be using remote RF monitoring equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and with RSS-210 of the Industry Canada. 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.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Limited Warranty: 1-year factory warranty on parts and labor for consumer (end user) use. Commercial, rental or other non-consumer use is a 30-day warranty. In either case shipping charges are not covered.
EMG Companies, Inc. warrants to the original North American (non-North American warranties must be presented to that country’s authorized distributor) purchaser of the SpeedTrac X sports radar, that the product will be free of defects in materials or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. If a unit is defective due to materials or workmanship your SpeedTrac X sports radar unit will either be repaired or replaced (at our option) without charge to the purchaser after unit has been received and inspected positively confirming the warranty claim legitimacy. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND MAIL-IN THE ATTACHED WARRANTY REGISTRATION INFORMATION WITHIN TEN (10) DAYS OF THE DATE OF PURCHASE TO QUALIFY FOR THIS WARRANTY. Be sure to indicate on the warranty card the date of purchase and from where it was purchased.
Units returned without proper warranty registration as described above, or units returned after the warranty has expired, will be repaired or replaced (at our option) for a nominal charge.
EMG COMPANIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT FOR ANY OTHER INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL COSTS, EXPENSES OR DAMAGES INCURRED BY THE PURCHASER. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMTED IN DURATION TO THE PERIOD INDICATED ABOVE AND BEGINNING ON THE ORIGINAL DATE OF PURCHASE. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE, OR FROM PROVINCE TO PROVINCE, SO OTHE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ACCIDENT, UNREASONABLE USE, NEGLIGENCE, IMPROPER SERVICE AND/OR ANY OTHER CAUSES NOT ARISING OUT OF DEFECTS IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP. IF, DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD, YOU CHOOSE TO OBTAIN REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT, PLEASE MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW.
Units returned without proper warranty registration as described above or failure to provide required information or units returned after the warranty has expired, will be repaired or replaced (at our option) for a nominal charge.
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