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It may be old technology, but honestly, the radar guns still emit the same signals that these radar detectors look for to alert you. Newer detectors may have a little better sensitivity and better anti-falsing technology, but basically there isn't much difference between one made in 1980 and one made today. (Kind of like an AM radio)
The instruction manual is not available anywhere online that I can find. Have you tried contacting Uniden for a replacement manual? Your one other source for the manual would be to create an eBay saved search with the following search terms:
Uniden has been out of the radar detector business for some time now. I would strongly suggest getting a different radar detector instead of using this older model since newer radar detector models generally have far better performance -- especially for detecting Ka band radar.
Anyway, Uniden's web site does not list an instruction manual for this particular radar detector model. Yet, take a look at the instruction manual for the most similarly numbered product model shown in the following link:
To the original poster, the officer could have used laser, vascar, or pacing to issue a speeding ticket. The officer also could have used a very quick burst of instant-on radar which Cobra brand radar detectors are notorious for not detecting. The officer also could have used a 35.5 Ka band radar gun. Cobra and other import brands of radar detectors usually have great difficulty detecting 35.5 Ka band radar.
When "X" lights up, this means that your RD is either detecting X band police radar or that it is detecting an X band microwave automatic door opener.
When "K" lights up, this means the same as above except that the radar signal is a K band radar signal.
When "Ka" lights up, then this means that your RD is detecting police Ka band radar since no automatic door openers operate on Ka band.
When "VG-2" lights up, this is supposed to mean that your RD is detecting a VG-2 radar detector detector (RDD). Police use RDDs such as the VG2 and the Spectre to indicate that a motorist is using a radar detector.