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So I have an R3 on its way via ebay to NZ (btw many thanks to those forum members who offered to help re purchasing) and I now want to build a warning system that displays light and sound. I figured a bluetooth transmitter pairing with my Sena headset would do for the sound part, but there is some doubt that I would hear it as the bike bangs and rattles along, plus wind noise as well. I have read plenty of threads where people say visual warning is superior and vice versa so I figured why not try both?

The problem to solve is getting an LED to light up preferably modulated to indicate strength. I could buy something but there is an appeal to building my own. My riding buddies have the h.a.r.d system but being tight I cant bring myself to pay almost as much for that unit as I did for the RD. Having a look its just a bluetooth tx/rx system with a light on a stalk. Can anyone here point me in the right direction to get the circuit diagrams, parts, either an arduino or of the shelf bluetooth units that could work? Failing that just a simple non bt system that uses the signal from the audio out to drive a few LED's

I am not totally impracticable but haven't done electronics since I started working life as a phone tech 45 years ago!
 

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Well if you buy the uniden hardwire kit you can crack it open and desolder whats in there and make extensions for it. I used some tiny speaker wire I had laying around to extend the mute button out 6’. Other members have done things like also run extensions on the LEDs to the headliner. The Uniden kit is about $30 on Amazon.

Hopefully that helps if you can’t figure out the varying intensity style you are hoping for, I’m not electrically inclined at all so I couldn’t help you.

As far as details go, the button is just shorting power to ground and the LEDs are all the same way. The detector takes care of everything and the LEDs and button just go to ground. What you might also not know is that there is a power LED that is on when the detector is on (not just when it has power) and that the alert LED blinks with a varying speed based on signal strength.
 
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Thanks, thats a simple solution. So I could have two alerts- one through the bt-sena connection and the other via the hardwire kit.
 

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Yeah the thing is I think there are only three modes for the alert. No alert, slow blink, fast blink. I can go check if you’re interested.
 

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That would also tend to indicate that a couple of pins in the rj11 provide a signal so perhaps a neater solution could be to tap into those directly to fire the LED?
 

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Thanks, so have I got this right; the activity light is always on but blinks on alert?
 

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Thanks, so have I got this right; the activity light is always on but blinks on alert?
Correct. Its a way of telling you the detector is turned on and running if you can't see the screen or have the screen off.

You can invert that easily if you don't want that.
 

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definitely want that inverted as you need the instant reaction that a warning light gives. How do you invert it, in the other thread it suggested building another circuit with transistor etc.
 

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definitely want that inverted as you need the instant reaction that a warning light gives. How do you invert it, in the other thread it suggested building another circuit with transistor etc.
Transistor exactly. That's the cheapest and easiest solution that isn't ghetto
 

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Just roll the dice like I do! Haha seriously I need to put a detector back on mine :(
 

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I found that visual alerts were too easily missed, even in the helmet itself. Sunstrike makes it impossible to see it, and if it's very bright you might need a dimmer for night use.
I use a B/T set up to my helmet and can easily hear all alerts and announcements with ear plugs in and at high speed.
My helmet isn't the quietest either.
Best to see what suits you.
 

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Sounds like you're wanting an Led volume meter or graphic equaliser type setup. So when it alerts, it just shows volume visually?
If so, and you're handy with a soldering iron, I'm sure you'll find a cheap hobby kit somewhere. I gather you would line out/headphone jack out of the rd, into the volume meter, and any volume should light the led volume meter up. If you have it turned up to full volume, the Led should light right up.
Bit more basic than some of the suggestions above but similar principle if an indication is what you want. Would be instant as soon as volume is sent to it.
 
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Thought Id update the thread, sometime ago my R-3 had audio issues as I was looking for a way to get the visual alerts so tried a bluetooth transmitter as an option. Worked great to my Sena setup until I inadvertently put it on receive (it had the option of tx or rx) Long story short it toasted my audio chip. Ended up selling the unit and have now got an R7 in lieu of the V1G2 with bluetooth since production is stalled. Squirrelmaster very kindly drew a circuit that took the data that went to the smartcord which has allowed me to get bright flashing LED's in my face. I cant give my experience yet as I am still fitting it to the bike but its been a mission to get this right! My preference is for an audio solution and I'm working away on one with a bluetooth transmitter on its way that uses the handsfree protocol that allows radar warnings to override phone or intercom connections.
 

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Thought Id update the thread, sometime ago my R-3 had audio issues as I was looking for a way to get the visual alerts so tried a bluetooth transmitter as an option. Worked great to my Sena setup until I inadvertently put it on receive (it had the option of tx or rx) Long story short it toasted my audio chip. Ended up selling the unit and have now got an R7 in lieu of the V1G2 with bluetooth since production is stalled. Squirrelmaster very kindly drew a circuit that took the data that went to the smartcord which has allowed me to get bright flashing LED's in my face. I cant give my experience yet as I am still fitting it to the bike but its been a mission to get this right! My preference is for an audio solution and I'm working away on one with a bluetooth transmitter on its way that uses the handsfree protocol that allows radar warnings to override phone or intercom connections.


I have a question for you, can you see the display of the R7 in sunlight? I use a R3 with a Radar Screamer so I have no problem hearing alerts but the screen is totally useless in sunlight.
 

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Just wondering... Has anyone tried, (or is anyone placed to try) connecting the Adaptiv TPX Visual Alert to a different brand detector?
Unless there's more to it than meets the eye, I would have though it would just need a 2.5mm -> 3.5mm plug adaptor...
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I have a question for you, can you see the display of the R7 in sunlight? I use a R3 with a Radar Screamer so I have no problem hearing alerts but the screen is totally useless in sunlight.
its not good but it's not the worst either, you definitely need warning lights or a buzzer of some sort to enhance the alerts. That said the R7 is loud enough on its own if you bike has a fairing and you dont plan on exceeding the limit by too much (read wind noise)
 

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Just wondering... Has anyone tried, (or is anyone placed to try) connecting the Adaptiv TPX Visual Alert to a different brand detector?
Unless there's more to it than meets the eye, I would have though it would just need a 2.5mm -> 3.5mm plug adaptor... View attachment 172620
I have that light on my Ducati XDiavel for my parking sensors, but I have not tried to convert it for my R3 detector. I use Bluetooth to send the sound from the R3 to my helmet. Most of the time, I black out my R3 lights (especially at night) with only the control buttons lit to let me know it is on. I have R3 detectors on all five of my motorcycles.
 

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Just wondering... Has anyone tried, (or is anyone placed to try) connecting the Adaptiv TPX Visual Alert to a different brand detector?
Unless there's more to it than meets the eye, I would have though it would just need a 2.5mm -> 3.5mm plug adaptor... View attachment 172620
Well, I gave it a go... And can confirm it doesn’t work with my Uniden R7. :tiphat:
 

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I have that light on my Ducati XDiavel for my parking sensors, but I have not tried to convert it for my R3 detector. I use Bluetooth to send the sound from the R3 to my helmet. Most of the time, I black out my R3 lights (especially at night) with only the control buttons lit to let me know it is on. I have R3 detectors on all five of my motorcycles.
what BT adapter/earpiece do you use on the R3?
 

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