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  • 07-09-2010, 02:47 PM
    Robert Hode

    EYES are your best defense!

    Your eyes, constantly looking way down the road in front, looking behind you, and watching on-ramps, in my opinion, are your best defense against police encounters. A group of cars braking in front of you for no apparent reason is usually a sure tip-off that a trooper is on the side of the road.

    Eyes without a detector is much more effective than a detector without using eyes. Detectors should always be used as a secondary defensive tool.
  • 07-09-2010, 02:33 PM
    Robert Hode

    Re: spook..i drive from LA to SF very often and

    Huh, I've never encountered CHP using X-band (primarily in NorCal area); only Ka band. I often pick up false K-band signals on the highways due to speed sensors (you will see these on light poles; looks light a small monoscope with a solar light collector) surveying general traffic speed patterns.

    CHP is increasingly using LIDAR as well. A trooper using this will have a flat binocular instrument aiming at traffic.
  • 07-09-2010, 02:23 PM
    Robert Hode

    LIDAR & Detector Location

    I've read that radar/laser detectors should be kept low on the windshield. Radar will be picked up, high or low, since its beam has such a wide funnel. But LIDAR has a very narrow beam. Police will usually aim LIDAR at something reflective on your car, such as a license plate or headlight, and if the trooper is not sloppy with aim, the beam may not hit a detector high on the windshield.

    In more populated roadways, more and more police are using LIDAR, since they can pick-off cars with more precision.
  • 07-09-2010, 10:26 AM

    9500 has lock out feature for false alarms

    GPS. Really worth it imho.
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  • 07-28-2004, 11:23 AM

    Don't you lose sensitivity shooting through

    the tint at that level? My V1 specifically sez to avoid the tint area. passport that different?
  • 07-28-2004, 11:11 AM

    rest the bottom of the detector on the top

    of the for me :)

  • 07-28-2004, 10:49 AM

    X, you have got to be kidding!

  • 07-28-2004, 10:41 AM

    Thanks I'll try that

    The suction mount for the 8500 doesnt seem as secure as the 7500s one.

    Also it does jiggle and rattles against the windshield over bumps.
  • 07-28-2004, 08:29 AM

    Yep, that's the logic and it's very effective

    people are so used to X being falses (or they've disabled X on their detectors completely) that it's now a great choice for the cops.
  • 07-28-2004, 08:15 AM

    CT troopers are getting sneaky....

    They are dusting off old X band guns and nailing those that think they are picking up falses from passing the bank or liquor store...
  • 07-28-2004, 07:57 AM

    A suggestion ...

    I have the 8500 hardwired in the same spot. I found that by putting a small strip of velcro hook tape on the top of the unit and pressing it to the headliner (along with the suction mount) really keeps it secure.


    pretty cool eyes
  • 07-28-2004, 02:49 AM

    yeap, def. true for LA/Orang counties...

    but perhaps some of the more rural areas are still using old equipment.
  • 07-28-2004, 02:20 AM

    Had v1. Even in L mode too many false in LA

  • 07-28-2004, 12:25 AM


  • 07-28-2004, 12:11 AM

    usual reason: Fewer falses

    V1 vs 8500 trade off is cash and arrows, vs fewer false alarms.

    Both are excellent detectors with very similar range.

    The V1 costs more, and has the nifty arrows that let you know where the false alarm (or policeman) is.

    The 8500 is cheaper, and for most of us appears to produce far fewer false alarms, hence not really needing to know _where_ the cop is, just slow down since he's in the area.

    StoneWalk, Ventura California
  • 07-28-2004, 12:04 AM

    10-4 smokey

  • 07-27-2004, 11:54 PM

    I have never used V1 but have been ticket free w/

    my 8500. It has paid for itself many many times over already.
  • 07-27-2004, 11:52 PM

    tells ya how many sources its picking up.....

    the V1 shows you "2" for example and you know that two sources of ka (or whatever band) is hitting you....thus you can assume there are two cops

    The 8500 shows you two spectrums (in expert mode) to indicate the two sources.

    The V1 can track up to 6 (?) bogeys at a time, while the 8500 only can track two. I figure two is enough....heck, in most cases....1 bogey is enough

  • 07-27-2004, 11:48 PM

    whats a bogey counter?

  • 07-27-2004, 10:57 PM

    I'll take my chances...

    CHP uses Ka exclusively now, at least down here. You don't think they're screwing 12 year old radar equipment to those new $20k BMW motorcycles, do you? Or into those Camaros last year? And every Crown Vic I've seen in the last two years has the same Ka unit visible in the lower left corner of the rear window.

    Los Angeles, CA
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