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How to Set Up & Configure Your Radenso DS1

Radenso DS1 angleThe Radenso DS1 (purchase here) comes with a bunch of settings and options to let you customize the detector.

Let’s go over how to use the detector including what the buttons on the detector do and how to tweak your settings to optimize its performance and false alert filtering.

Note 1: This guide is current as of firmware 1.05 and will be regularly updated as new updates are released.

Note 2: You can also reference the DS1 manual which is an excellent resource and has a bunch of great info too.

Radenso DS1 Interface & Operation

Starting off, let’s get familiar with the detector’s interface.

Radenso DS1

Buttons

Mute Button:

  • Single press during an alert: Mute the signal
  • Double press during an alert: Manually lock out the alert (use for stationary false radar sources like speed signs and shopping center door openers)
  • 1 sec press during RLC/speed cam alert: Delete the RLC / speedcam alert
  • Long press when no alert: Mark current location to get notified every time you pass

Menu Button:

  • Single press: Enter the detector’s settings menu
    • Short press in menu: Select this option
    • Long press in a submenu: Go back up to the previous menu

– Button:

  • Press: Volume Down
  • Press in menu: Go back up the menu to the previous option

+ Button:

  • Press: Volume Up
  • Press in menu: Go down the menu to the next option

Power Button:

  • Press: Turn detector on or off

User Pref.

These are some basic detector options. The default* option will be marked with an *.

Mode

  • Auto*: Enables some additional automatic false alert filtering
    • K band at 50% Sensitivity when below 50 MPH
    • K band at 65% Sensitivity when above 50 MPH
    • K Notch, mutes and grays out Honda/Acura BSM falses at 24.199 +/- 5 MHz
  • Custom: Disables the above filtering so you can manually control K band sensitivity.

Note 1: If you want maximum K band range, be sure to switch to Custom Mode since Auto Mode limits you to 65% sensitivity max.

Note 2: K Notch is only available in Auto Mode. There is currently no standalone option for K Notch otherwise. Hopefully this changes in a future update.

Voice

Announces signal info when an alert pops up. Does not disable the voice in the menu.

  • On*
  • Off

Freq Display

  • On
  • Off*

Low Speed Mute

Mutes X & K band signals when traveling below the preset speed. MRCD, Ka, & Laser alerts will alert regardless of this setting.

  • Off
  • 5-45 in 5 MPH increments (default 15)

OverSpd Warn

Get notified if you travel above this preset speed.

  • Off*
  • 65 – 105 in 5 MPH increments

Band On/Off

Laser

  • On*
  • Off

Ka

  • On*
  • Off

Note: Ka needs to be On to use Ka Segmentation.

MRCD/CT

  • On
  • Off*

K

  • On*
  • Off

X

  • On
  • Off*

POP Ka

This controls 67 ms Ka band POP detection.

  • On
  • Off*

POP K

This controls 67 ms K band POP detection.

  • On
  • Off*

Band Setting

Ka Sens

  • 100 – 50 in 10% increments (default 100)

K Sens

  • 100 – 50 in 10% increments (default 100)

Note: I assume this is primarily for if you’re running the detector in Custom Mode. I don’t yet know if this takes effect if you’re running Auto Mode and thus reduces your K band sensitivity beyond what Auto Mode does already.

X Sens

  • 100 – 50 in 10% increments (default 100)

Ka Wide/Narrow/Segment

  • Wide*: 33.399 – 35.700 GHz
  • Narrow: Scan predefined segments for 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5
    • 33.8 GHz +/- 99 MHz
    • 34.7 GHz -100/+150 MHz (34.6 GHz – 34.85 GHz)
    • 35.5 GHz +/- 99 MHz
  • Segment

K Narrow/Wide

  • Wide*: 23.900 – 24.250 GHz
  • Narrow: 24.080 – 24.200 GHz
  • NZ K Narrow: 24.000 – 24.100 GHz (Only shows up when set to Aus&NZ in the Units section)

Note: The manual says that the detector is capable of scanning down to 24.000. That’s a typo. It goes down to 23.900.

Ka Seg Setting

Controls which freq. ranges the detector scans for and alerts to on Ka band. You can turn each segment on or off.

  • Ka Seg1: 33.399 – 33.705
  • Ka Seg2: 33.705 – 33.903 GHz (33.8)
  • Ka Seg3: 33.903 – 34.191 GHz
  • Ka Seg4: 34.191 – 34.587 GHz
  • Ka Seg5: 34.587 – 34.803 GHz (34.7)
  • Ka Seg6: 34.803 – 35.163 GHz
  • Ka Seg7: 35.163 – 35.379 GHz
  • Ka Seg8: 35.379 – 35.613 GHz (35.5)
  • Ka Seg9: 35.613 – 35.701 GHz

Note: Be sure to leave Ka on (not off like some other detectors) in order to choose which segments should be used.

Ka Filter

Helps filter out false alerts on Ka band.

  • On*
  • Off

K Filter

Filter out false alerts on K band including BSM falses.

  • On*
  • Off

TSF Filter

The traffic sensor filter helps cut out false alerts from K band traffic sensors that run along some highways. If you encounter periodic blasts on K band on the highway (not from nearby cars with blind spot monitoring radar), you can turn this on.

  • On
  • Off*

Note: TSF does reduce K band range.

Display

Brightness

  • Auto*: Gets brighter during the day and dimmer at night, relies on an ambient light sensor
  • Bright
  • Dim
  • Dimmer

Display Color

  • Red*
  • Blue
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Amber

Radenso DS1 multicolor display in white, amber, green, purple

You can also control individual band colors below:

Laser Color

  • Red
  • Blue*
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Amber

Ka Color

  • Red*
  • Blue
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Amber

MRCD/CT Color

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple*
  • Green
  • Amber

K Color

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Amber*

X Color

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Green*
  • Amber

Idle Mode

Display shown when detector is working but not detecting any signals.

  • Scan: Scanning bar goes back and forth across the screen.
  • Time*: Displays the current time.
  • Smart Dark: Displays a blinking dot in the lower right corner to mitigate burn in and confirm that the detector is still powered on. Visually alerts normally when an alert pops up.
  • Dark: Display remains dark both at idle and during an alert. You’ll see a blinking dot in the lower right corner to verify that the detector is still powered on.

Sub Mode

Additional info shown in the top left of the screen during idle.

  • Speed
  • Compass
  • Spd&Compass*
  • Altitude
  • Off

Tone

Choose which audio tone plays for different types of alerts. Here’s a demo of the 10 different audio tones:

Laser

  • 1 – 10 (default 1)

Ka

  • 1 – 10 (default 3)

MRCD/CT

  • 1 – 10 (default 5)

K

  • 1 – 10 (default 4)

X

  • 1 – 10 (default 2)

GPS

GPS

  • On*
  • Off

GPS Signal announce

Announce when your detector acquires a GPS lock.

  • On*
  • Off

Auto lockout

Automatically learn and lock out stationary false alerts that you pass by regularly including shopping center door openers and speed signs on the side of the road.

  • On*
  • Off

Here are some technical notes:

  • Auto lockouts apply to X band & K band, +/- 10 MHz.
  • Signals will be locked out after 3 passes.
  • The DS1 requires at least 8 hours between passes in order for each pass to count as a new sighting.
  • Your lockout radius is approx. 450m when entering a lockout zone and approx. 500m when exiting a lockout zone.

Auto lock area

Set a limit to how far away from home your auto lockouts will work.

  • No limit
  • 50MI – 200MI in 50 mile increments (default is 50 MI)

Note: I have no idea why you’d want to limit this. Personally I’d still want autolockouts to work if I travel to a new city or state and stay there for more than a few days.

Pin Home

Mark your current location as your home location. Then use the “Auto lock area” above to choose how far away your auto lockouts will continue to work.

  • Pin Home Set

RL CAM

Get alerted to red light cameras.

  • On*
  • Off

SPD CAM

Get alerted to fixed speed cameras.

  • On*
  • Off

RL&SPD CAM

Get alerted to integrated red light and speed camera systems.

  • On*
  • Off

GPS Alert Dist

  • Auto: Alert distance changes with speed, where faster speeds give you longer alert distances of 200 – 520m, varying between 25 – 65 MPH in 10 MPH increments.
  • Short: 250m
  • Medium: 350m
  • Long: 450m

RLC Auto Mute

Mute redlight cameras when traveling above a preset speed, useful when you’re driving on the highway and you pass a redlight camera on a nearby surface street.

  • Off*
  • 55 – 70 in 5 MPH increments

Delete All UserPTS?

Delete all manually created user points.

  • Delete?

Delete All Lockouts?

Delete your manual GPS lockouts.

  • Delete?

Delete All AutoLock?

Delete your automatic GPS lockouts.

  • Delete?

Unit

Region

These are presets that automatically set your detector to MPH/KPH and adjust your default time zone. Choosing the Aus&NZ option also enables a new NZ-specific K band segmentation option. You can also control these settings below.

  • US
  • CANADA
  • AUS&NZ

GMT

  • -12, -11, -10, -9, -8*, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

DST

  • On*
  • Off

Time

  • 12Hr*
  • 24Hr

Unit

  • English*
  • Metric

Auto Power

Automatically power off your detector after you’ve been parked for a period of time. Useful in case your power source is always on and doesn’t turn off with your vehicle’s ignition.

  • Off*
  • 15Min
  • 30Min

Auto Mute

Automatically reduce the detector volume after an initial full volume alert.

  • On
  • Off*

Auto Mute Start

Choose with the auto mute kicks in.

  • 1sec
  • 2sec
  • 3sec*

Auto Mute Vol

Adjust how quiet the detector gets once it reduces the volume. Lower = quieter.

  • 50%*
  • 40%
  • 30%
  • 20%
  • 10%
  • 0%

Factory Reset

Resets your detector’s settings back to factory default.

  • Reset?

Note: This does not clear your user marks and GPS lockouts.

FW Ver

Display the current firmware version.

  • 1.05

DB Ver

Display the date of the current GPS redlight/speedcam database.

  • 21.08.06

General Recommended DS1 Settings

If you’re new to the DS1, here are some settings that would be good for most drivers. Different settings are best for different people so consider these settings to be a starting point to drive with and later customize further based on your personal needs and preferences.

User Pref

  • Mode: Auto
  • Voice: On
  • Freq Display: On
  • Low Speed Mute: 35
  • OverSpd Warn: Off

Band On/Off

  • Laser: On
  • Ka: On
  • MRCD/CT: Off
  • K: On
  • X: Off
  • POP Ka: Off
  • POP K: Off

Band Setting

  • Ka Sens: 100%
  • K Sens: 50%
  • X Sens: 50%
  • Ka Segment
  • K Narrow
  • Ka Seg Setting
    • Ka Seg1: Off
    • Ka Seg2: On
    • Ka Seg3: Off
    • Ka Seg4: On
    • Ka Seg5: On
    • Ka Seg6: On
    • Ka Seg7: Off
    • Ka Seg8: On
    • Ka Seg9: Off
  • Ka Filter: Off
  • K Filter: On
  • TSF Filter: Off

Display

  • Brightness: Auto
  • Display Color: Red
  • Laser Color: Blue
  • Ka Color: Red
  • MRCD/CT Color: Purple
  • K Color: Amber
  • X Color: Green
  • Idle Mode: Time
  • Sub Mode: Spd&Compass

Tone

  • Laser: 5
  • Ka: 3
  • MRCD/CT: 5
  • K: 4
  • X: 2

GPS

  • GPS: On
  • GPS Signal Announce: Off
  • Auto lockout: On
  • Auto lock area: No limit
  • Pin Home
  • RL Cam: On
  • Spd Cam: On
  • RL&Spd Cam: On
  • GPS Alert Dist: Auto
  • RLC Auto Mute: 55

Unit

  • Region: Select as appropriate
  • GMT: Select as appropriate
  • DST: On
  • Time: 12Hr
  • Unit: Select as appropriate
  • Auto Power: 30Min
  • Auto Mute: On
  • Auto Mute Start: 3sec
  • Auto Mute Vol: 50%

Vortex’s Personal DS1 Settings

Here are the settings I run on my DS1. I see mostly Ka band here. K band is rare, so I filter it pretty aggressively. I have X Band and MRCD disabled since they’re not in use in my area.

User Pref

  • Mode: Auto
  • Voice: Off
  • Freq Display: On
  • Low Speed Mute: 35
  • OverSpd Warn: Off

Band On/Off

  • Laser: On
  • Ka: On
  • MRCD/CT: Off
  • K: On
  • X: Off
  • POP Ka: Off
  • POP K: Off

Band Setting

  • Ka Sens: 100%
  • K Sens: 50%
  • X Sens: 50%
  • Ka Segment
  • K Narrow
  • Ka Seg Setting
    • Ka Seg1: Off
    • Ka Seg2: On
    • Ka Seg3: Off
    • Ka Seg4: On
    • Ka Seg5: On
    • Ka Seg6: On
    • Ka Seg7: On
    • Ka Seg8: On
    • Ka Seg9: Off
  • Ka Filter: Off
  • K Filter: On
  • TSF Filter: On

Display

  • Brightness: Auto
  • Display Color: Red
  • Laser Color: Blue
  • Ka Color: Red
  • MRCD/CT Color: Purple
  • K Color: Amber
  • X Color: Green
  • Idle Mode: Time
  • Sub Mode: Spd&Compass

Tone

  • Laser: 5
  • Ka: 3
  • MRCD/CT: 5
  • K: 4
  • X: 2

GPS

  • GPS: On
  • GPS Signal Announce: Off
  • Auto lockout: On
  • Auto lock area: No limit
  • Pin Home
  • RL Cam: On
  • Spd Cam: On
  • RL&Spd Cam: On
  • GPS Alert Dist: Auto
  • RLC Auto Mute: 55

Unit

  • Region: US
  • GMT: -8
  • DST: On
  • Time: 12Hr
  • Unit: English
  • Auto Power: 30Min
  • Auto Mute: On
  • Auto Mute Start: 3sec
  • Auto Mute Vol: 50%

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3 comments

    • Jamie on September 1, 2021 at 10:32 am
    • Reply

    Any update on GPS Alert Dist?

    1. Yep, info now added on that

    • DAVID Scott on September 9, 2021 at 6:31 pm
    • Reply

    Noticed that on a number occasions the ka alert showed a much higher number of alerts even though there appeared to be only one source any thoughts on this??

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