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Looking to get a radar/laser detector/jammer? Any suggestions?

Let me apologize ahead of time if this post offends any of you that think I'm somehow committing illegal actiivity. However, such items are legal hear in the Tri-State are. . . :cool:
 

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Valentine One or the Escort 8500 are the two best by most standards. Do a search -- we discussed them a few months ago.
 

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Just some food for thought - any radar/laser detector is only good, if the radar guns are activated constantly. If the cops decide to point the radar gun at your car,n and decide to activate it, then you are toast, regardless of what detector you use. And most coppers won't have their radar guns activated on a constant basis. The only time the detectors are usefull is when you are on the interstae, cause interstate cops are lazy.:2:
 

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Save your dough!

Jammers have never been proven to be all that effecitive to start with. But some modern radar systems will report spurious signals being transmitted to them.
It is difficult enough for a good detector to alarm you in time in the case of instant on radar, let alone active a suitable radar jammer that will be effective against a specific type radar.
I don't think there even is a jammer for Lidar. Some of these jammers actually 'do work' but unfortunately only work against radar in static conditions not typical driving situations.
The ones that require your intervention provide another driving distraction, with little promise they will save you from a ticket.
So there is always the chance the cop will know you are trying to be evasive, stop you anyway, and take extra pride in handing you a citation. I would save my money.
Purchase a good detector like an Escort or Valentine, and don't drive like having one gives you an excuse to be careless.
 

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Thank you for the advice. . . I haven't gotten a ticket in about 5 years but I notice that I've been driving faster down my usual route over the past year or so. I'm just planning for the inevitable. . .
 

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BTW, it looks like the Escort 8500 has some of the best overall reviews.
 

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laborlitigator said:
Thank you for the advice. . . I haven't gotten a ticket in about 5 years but I notice that I've been driving faster down my usual route over the past year or so. I'm just planning for the inevitable. . .
The X is very allusive when it comes to speed..beyond about 60 it doesn't feel that different. It pulls you in to that false sense of security. I have to catch myself from time to time.
 

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Val 1, But Don't Expect Ticket Immunity

I've owned a Valentine 1 since 1994 (my 4th detector), and would enthusiastically recommend it. However, there are inherent limitations to the effectiveness of radar and Lidar (laser) detectors.

I received a ticket with my Val 1 when a Sheriff's car popped over a hill ahead of me on a back road and nailed me with instant-on radar before I could react. Lidar guns emit a very tight beam with virtually no "scatter" to give you advance warning, and by the time the Lidar warning sounds you're usually dead meat.

Radar jammers all emit radio frequency energy - i.e., they're transmitters. Unless you have a license that specifically authorizes you to be transmitting whatever you're transmitting, you're risking arrest for violating FCC rules. The reviews I've read on Lidar jammers (a while ago) indicated they weren't very effective, and this was for a large driving light that had been modified to put out only wavelengths that would blind a Lidar device.

IMHO, you need to keep your attention well ahead of you AND use a capable detector if you're planning to successfully be a serious scofflaw. I think this makes us better drivers.

Good luck.

-Karl
 

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DaleB said:


The X is very allusive when it comes to speed..beyond about 60 it doesn't feel that different. It pulls you in to that false sense of security. I have to catch myself from time to time.
DaleB, I know exactly what you mean. Just as long as we catch ourselves, and not the CHP!:D
 

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crmsnidol said:
I would pick up the Bel980 based on the reviews here:

http://www.radartest.com/
Based on the test you site in this link, the highest scoring detector was the Escort Passport 8500 not the Bel 980.
 
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