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what is the best radar detector/jammer

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Initial post: Feb 10, 2011 12:16:46 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 10, 2011 12:49:28 AM PST
Valentine is great if you do a lot of highway driving.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 1:31:19 AM PST
Nick Dolson says:
ok how bout in town driving

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 9:47:18 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 10, 2011 12:18:03 PM PST
steven says:
Passport Escort is the best Value/ Quality. Consistently ranks among the best. I have had my detector go off with the police more than a mile behind me, also avoided a car crash by detecting the police turning around over a blind hill in the country. Laser will always win though!

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 9:08:16 PM PST
Sparky says:
My opinion is the Valentine1. You can often find a good deal on one via ebay. New ones are pricey. But, like most things, you get what you pay for. Of course, as already mentioned, staying closer to the speed limit costs you less in gas and tickets.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 9:59:26 PM PST
Coder Myers says:
The problem with a Valentine One is that the new ones are pricey for what you get, and the used ones have outdated software in them. I use an Escort Passport SRX, which has the radar receiver mounted down in the bumper, and the display in a discreet location low in my dash. It also has laser jammers front and rear, which reduce the range at which you can be clocked with lidar. I also use Veil anti laser coating on my plate covers and headlights, which further reduces the lidar range. I can tell that it works because the laser detector will go off 3 times as the officer tries to get my speed with lidar, and it doesn't punch through until I'm closer to him. The FCC says you can't use a radar jammer, so if there's no other traffic around, you can never be completely sure that there's not a highway patrolman sitting with his radar system off, waiting for you to blast past.
I find that the combination of a good radar system like an Escort, Beltronics, or a new V1, plus laser jammers and stealth measures, plus keeping your speed within about 10mph of the limit if there's nobody else around to hide behind, will keep your tickets to a minimum. That said, I wouldn't recommend pushing your luck in any towns or cities. There's too many drunk/stoned/mentally challenged drivers that will pull out in front of you as they're texting someone and thinking about how they could possibly drive any slower and more erratically.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 10:08:04 PM PST
Sparky says:
Agree, Coder. Sounds like you have definitely done your homework! I'm simply partial to the Valentine1. The other thing that can get you is what is above you in the sky. Also, just wish somebody would come out with a advance warning deer detector!

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 2:38:50 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2011 8:09:29 AM PST
Old Grouch says:
I agree with the Valentine and Escort recommendations, but want to warn you about "jammers". The only "jammer" that I still see advertised at all anymore is made by Rocky Mountain Radar, and they only manufacture one grade of equipment, and that grade is JUNK. With 31 years of driving trucks under my belt, I've owned many detectors and always tried to stay up with tests of them, and Rocky mountain products always came out at the bottom, if they even worked at all. The "jammer" part of their units NEVER worked, despite their claims and guarantee to pay your ticket if you got caught. Personally, I finally figured out some years ago that the best and cheapest "jammer" was my cruise control. I didn't need the detector,I didn't need to pay any more speeding tickets and lawyers, and I saved fuel!

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 10:58:06 AM PST
Nick Dolson says:
thanks everyone for ur advice on everything, i hope to hear more

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2011 6:54:17 PM PST
VALINTINE by far the best money can buy.......

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2011 2:10:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2011 2:13:48 AM PST
Yeah but when you are driving down the highway and the cop shoots laser right at you, guess what your caught!!!

Otherwise it is a great detector but still falses on burglar alarm Microwave detectors. But the good thing is that if you drive the same road every day the detector should false in the same spot, if not BEWARE!!!

I sold mine after The laser incident, I asked Valentine about that and they agreed laser is a hard one to catch even on their detectors, beware!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 10:41:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2011 12:05:26 PM PST
Joe Average says:
I see the value of having a radar detector but if I feel the need to drive faster than the limit I do so by pacing a "rabbit" - i.e. waiting for a speeder to run past me at 80 mph and following him at a 1/2 mile or more back. Then I wait for him to get a ticket or if I have a radar detector - for my detector to show me that he just got tagged.

I rarely drive that hard anymore. I set my cruise at 72 mph (a sweet spot in my CUV, quieter and more fuel efficient) and roll on. People pass me and I don't care. If I run 80 mph for a hundred of miles in a 70 mph zone I'm only going to win a few minutes on the other end.

That said I would still like to have a detector and my GPS shows speed cameras so I can check my speed when I realize I am in an area where radar is used to raise local revenue more than making us safe.

I haven't had a speeding ticket in 15 years. Last one was while I was using a radar detector. Was chasing a group of "rabbits" running about 80 mph through rolling hills. I was too far back and they got off the highway at an exit while they were obscured from me by a hill. Before I realized this I came over the hill and a VA trooper had instant-on radar that nailed me. I pulled over, he didn't even have to chase me, and I hid my detector before he got to my car. Also got a warning from the detector I had back then that a trooper going north (I was going south) tagged me. He sped up to cut through the median a ways behind me and I immediately exited for a soda. Saw him blast past the exit I had stopped at for a drink. Saved my rear again that detector. Was only running 10 mph over.

My method of chasing "rabbits" however has saved me about 6 other times when I was running 65 mph in a 55 zone that I frequent. This speed zone is used for revenue generation by a small county in my opinion. Not much of a town there. Road is straight enough and flat enough to run 90 mph if a suicidal deer doesn't jump out in front of you. Remote area too.

In each of those six times I saw the other car(s) get pulled over and then I puttered by at the speed limit.

Got passed by a jammer once in VA. My detector started chirping as he got closer and then less as he passed me. I always wondered how safe it would be to sit that close to a radar emitter (RF caused cancer?) and whether the radar gun would be jammed effectively.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2011 7:07:48 AM PST
Austin says:
I had a Rocky Mountain Radar for about 5 years and never got pulled over when i had it on. Before that i several tickets. It had its problems but the jammer and detector worked, the volume control went out after about a year and a half so sometimes the sound worked sometimes not because bad design by using volume and on off in one. i had several cops pull out behind me but wouldnt pull me over bc they couldnt get my speed until i slowed down. that was about 8 years ago and they had good ratings on that particular one at that time. dont know about now.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 4:22:16 AM PST
Using radar jammers (if available) are felony law violations. No company sells them in the open market and would cost way too much, If you were to be running your own radar in the same band as the cops K or Ka (with a license) would cause the cops radar to not operate and would come up with a code (usually showning they were being jammed) they could site you with obstruction of justice, or in California violating their law on anything preventing them from clocking you. Passive jammers are not effective at all. I use a Valentine one radar detector and hope they're aren't using instant on mode, and a LIDATEK laser jammer. You could go cheaper but its the best available in my humble opinion, I've had Escort, Bel, Micro Fox, and a bunch more...Valentine has been my favorite, I've not gotten a single ticket except for the instant on. Radar picture takers are another matter entirely, the use very low power and I don't have any experience with them. You have got to find out what the threat is and look for blogs that cover that area to get hardware that covers the threat. I hear there's an app for V1 and smart phones that real time tracks radar and give alerts like some radar detectors with GPS.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 4:28:08 AM PST
Some Laser jammers do work, but be aware of the state laws that govern their use. Ca its illegal, but Nv & Or is legal last time I checked.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 8:26:54 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 16, 2011 11:36:10 AM PST
Mike says:
I'm a cop in Missouri, and I'm going to put in my two cents. Yeah, yeah, go ahead and hate if you choose to do so. Regarding radar detectors, I'll be honest: They don't work... For the most part. The Stalker radar unit I have in my patrol car is the latest model and its capabilities are amazing. I have a front and rear antenna, and it switches between moving and stationary mode automatically. It has a range of almost a mile. From the time I get a visual estimate of someone's speed, actiavate my radar, and get a speed on the vehicle, there is no way anyone has enough time to physically slow down after their radar detector goes off. Radar detectors have come a long way, though. I said they work "for the most part" because obviously if an officer is lazy and leaves the radar antenna on, a radar detector is sensitive enough to warn the motorist before the officer can get a visual estimate and an exact speed on antenna. The new radar detectors can detect lasers (also called LIDAR), but as some people have mentioned already, if you see that you've been hit with a laser, its too late.

I appreciate the fact that some people have realized that slowing down a little bit is the best way to avoid tickets, lawyers, fines, etc. Granted, there are worse things in the world than speeding, but when an officer sees a radar detector it usually doesn't go well for the violator. Personally, I don't care either way, but there is no point to them other than to circumvent the law: to go fast and not get caught. People tell me, "Well it tells me when emergency vehicles are nearby, so I can be aware of them," and, "I use the compass." REALLY?

All things considered, in my opinion, they don't work. And they sure as heck aren't worth the "serial speeder" category you are put in when you get stopped.

Maybe its cruel, but I love seeing brake lights come on when I turn my radar antenna on. Never gets old... Please slow down, speed kills. No one leaves their house thinking they will wreck, and I see too many people killed as a result of excessive speed.

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Posted on Feb 18, 2011 10:45:16 PM PST
MCS says:
Thanks officer thats insightful.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 9:50:44 PM PST
Sparky says:
Mike. Question. Do you know if there is any truth to the claim that the radar producers are also involved with producing the radar detectors? I've heard that it is a money making scheme. Design a radar, then a detector. Then, come up with a better radar. Then, a better radar detector...and on and on. BTW, my son lives in Missouri and just loves it. He is living in Poplar Bluff. My wife grew up in the "boot heel" area. Always eat at Lamberts in Sikeston every time I visit my son.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 6:14:03 AM PST
M P C says:
Mike, I cannot think of much worse than pulling up on a wreck and seeing a child mother father or son dead or dying. Others drive away or past and you have to deal with it,over and over again. God bless you. I get it all legalities aside.
I am a driver who clocks in approx. 50,000 mile a year, so if I can get a few more miles in a day,week, or month, then quicker I get a little more free from the seat time.
I would have to say this, I have seen many speeders, myself included,drive unsafe at different times. It is not right or legal but done anyway.
To the speeders, myself included, if you are in speeding traffic(most cars speeding) a radar detector will help you not be the one the officer picks to pull over, if you slow down.
If you are a lone driver (safest situation for others) and speeding and go over the next hill or around the bend at high speed your radar detector will not save you if you are 10 plus miles over the limit in most cases.
If one is going to speed then I would recommend this, keep your tires properly inflated and breaks in good to great conditions.
I use beltronics and have had great luck and no tickets since 2004 just a bit over 400,000 miles so far.
I always slow down to just over the speed limit over hills and around curves I cannot see, then make up the speed/distance in areas where you can see.
Bottom line is this, there are areas where on can drive over the speed limit up to the speed rating on your tires without much harm. An officer is just enforcing the law and does not want to see you dead or mangled. We the pedestrian driver wants to get from point A to B as quickly and I hope safely as possible. If we use our eyes, ears, and brains one can find a balance and slow down when an officer is detected and respect what they are trying to do. Again balance is he key.
I liked Joe average explination on the subject as well as Mike's perspective. Thanks and drive safe and fast at times when conditions are right.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 7:20:41 AM PST
Have not had a ticket since 1972, three weeks after the national speed limit went to 55 from 70 MPH. I drive 5 or so over the limit and the police never even look at me. But I really like it when that guy to whom traffic laws dont apply, goes by at 15 to 20 over the limit and gets busted, I love it. On a recent I-70 trip from Kansas City to Columbia.Mo and back, I drove 67 MPH I only passed three 3 vehicles. My gas mileage increased by 5 MPG over driving this same route at 72 MPH with similar head and cross wind conditions. It does pay to slow down. And as we head to $4+ gas any day now, the savings will be even greater than the $5 I saved on that tank. YMMV
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