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Radar Detectors -
If you make a mousetrap to catch a hi-
Kind of like the anti-
But it is what it is… so let me help you in understanding just what's happening
as you go down the road. Even though the agencies say they're not looking for extra
revenue by setting up radar monitored sites, we know there's big money in the long
run being brought into Counties, Cities or States. But we also know that there really
is a safety factor in keeping congested areas where children pass through to go to
school a safe place to be. So being responsible and a law-
Now with all the technology for the past years concerning PRD's not much has
really changed. There is whoever competition between manufacturers that has giving
us a better and better PRD in recent years. The constraints in just what the PRD
can do is limited by the FCC, Federal regulations concerning highways and the local
State you reside in. Some States may not allow their usage in part or in whole. So,
please check your local laws and regulations first before purchasing. Otherwise with
today's technology the officer's display on their Radar Gun (RG) could say a derogatory
suggestion as you go flying by! But that would only start a smokey and the bandit
conflict. So lets discuss just what can these hi-
Obviously the more money you spend the more options and cutting edge technology you'll get. So if you can afford more then three hundred dollars plus, then go right for the under dash out of sight units that can send out a signal for a short time slowing down their RG's from getting a fix on you. Thus giving you time to adjust your speed accordingly. But if you're trying to stay in a budget then read on. So what types of RG's that officers use are out there? Well, they vary from older to newer because of agency budgets, but you'll find both LASER and older radar units mixed in throughout a City or State. The Radars may be on different bands or multiple bands such as X and K with combinations of bands in between. These types have been around for along time. In past years some RG's were so powerful they have been linked to tumors found in the officers that used them. But most are low power today and LASER types do not cause these medical problems. For the users of the PRD this does not concern you since you are only receiving a signal and not transmitting one.
Now there is a phenomenon called super-
So what's the LASER gun all about? Well, this type of RG is not radio operated
but uses a LASER light beam and is as easily carried by a motor officer (Motorcycle
officer) by stowing it away in a side carrier. And then pulling it out when stationary
and aiming it right at you with LASER point accuracy. Thus allowing the officer to
distinguish you since the LASER gun can give them extreme selectivity from you verses
another vehicle and thus catching and singling you out from the crowd so to speak.
So the radio RG compared to the LASER gun may not be so selective and may cause confusion
in congested highways by not allowing a good fix on you. So yes, in a way it's a
game and does require some skill on the part of the officer to get a good clean no-
If you're in an area where revenue is highly dependent on getting you coming
and going, then remember the officer's patrol unit may have a RG pointing forward
and one pointing backward. And capable of alarming them that encroaching vehicles
are going over the speed limit from behind. So take time and drive around when you
first get a new PRD and learn just what it's saying to you. Some places in your path
will be non-
One agency actually placed radio transmitters around their City to keep motorists
guessing and forcing them to monitor their speed all the time. But the FCC put a
stop to that since it violated jamming and non-
So when selecting a unit, you may want to get as many bands as possible on your
new PRG so that it will detect all or most and have good selectivity to help in determining
false from real radar signals. Some claim all bands or fifteen or more bands in total.
That's my personal choice! Some only detect less than that, and that may or may not
be covering your area completely, and could leave you open to being caught with your
pants down so to speak. And you may take a long road trip into other States that
use different bands. So the more bands the better. And when selecting a LASER unit
make sure it's capable of 360-
A new feature available on some newer models is called GPS tagging. This feature
allows you to press a button when you are in a known radar enforced area to map that
location to memory in your PRD with a built in GPS for future pre-
So if you need a GPS to complement your PRD then Wilderness Geek carries a full line of GARMIN Navigational GPS's as well as PRD's. So when traveling long distance these two auto accessories really come in handy for getting you from point A to point B safely, on time and without unnecessary costly incidences.
Now lets talk about installing your PRD. Just remember that when mounting your PRD, it needs to set up above any obstructions like car seats or bobbing dog heads so as to get a clear clean view of any signals coming your way. Remember PRD's are in the radar bands which means line of sight only, and including LASER signals which are optical light being flashed your way. But keeping in mind your driver view should not be impaired by the PRD.
Most manufacturers will include detailed operating instruction and useful operating tips. I recommend completely reading this information before installation and operation. They have some pointers not discussed in this article. It seems every manufacturer has something to offer over the other, so do your homework before buying, and it will pay off in the end. But all offer top of the line PRD's that seem to cover all the bases.
And also remember that anything in your window is in plain sight and may attract thieves when you're parked and you're out of your car or truck. This includes GPS's. So stow away your PRD including the bracket which would tip off would be thieves that you have a goody hidden underneath the seat. And remember heat can damage electronic devices so keep that in mind when not in use. All the manufacturers of Police Radar Detectors by Cobra, Whistler, Rocky Mountain and others are updating to meet the coming needs.
By Scott Hensler 0/12/2013
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