Heads Up Display (HUD)
for the Valentine One Radar Detector
with a Remote Audio Adapter
The mounts we use are a block of black delron, machined to desired shape and drilled for the LEDs to be inserted from behind. The LEDs are then wired as shown above in the schematic. After testing confirms its functionality, we then wrap the delron with wide masking tape leaving a large overlap area on the side with the wiring. Mix & back-fill this rear wiring space inside the tape dam with epoxy, let set, & paint flat black.
The mount design must point the LEDs at your eyes in your normal riding position, and be positioned high enough to be in your field of vision when riding.
The rear mono output on the V1 remote audio adapter can drive approximately +/-11V which can power a string of 5 LEDs in series. Because the output voltage swings positive & negative during an alarm signal, it can drive two strings, with one reversed for the negative portion of the signal. With the "volume" controls at full, all ten LEDs will flash bright enough to get your attention in bright sunny conditions. CAUTION: The volume control must be reduced at night as the LEDs are TOO BRIGHT and can momentarily blind the rider/driver's view of the road ahead when an alarm goes off.
Instead of hearing the variable-rate beeps/squawks based on the signal strength of the incoming radar, the LED will now flash at this same rate. Full signal strength, which produced a continuous squawk from a speaker, now produces a continuous FLASH of the LEDs!
My LED source: <http://www.gilway.com>.
The original HUD for the Maxon RD25 Detector.
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