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What models of radar detectors are being found in Pilots, and subsequent on-the-road experiences ?
 

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Ironic?

I have a Passport 5000 with the green LCD display. I don't usually have it running for around town but have used it on trips. After 5 years it still seems to pick the traps. Of course after 2 kids for some reason my foot isn't as heavy at the top end as it used to be.

I used it on my trip to Myrtle Beach this summer (except for Virginia, laws) and found it to still be in working order.
 

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I currently use a Valentine 1 in my BMW. It has saved my a$$ a few times. It not only tells you what band it detects, but also the direction from which the radar is coming. In my opinion, the best radar detector available. Somewhat expensive though, ~ $450
Good luck choosing one,
Jason
 

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I have a radioshack

When it was installed in my old Mazda, I still got one ticket in 2000. It was meanly my fault cause I was so green at the time. However, it failed to report the laser that the cop used to shot me.

Now, I am largely depending on common sense. The radioshack is only a backup.

I think the Valentine should be standard in BMW, it is, however, an overkill for pilot though. :D
 

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I feel naked without my Valentine1. I've had several and it is the best by far. Going to install it today using power from the day/night mirror cable I hope.
 

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So is mine

I'm using my Valinetine1 in my Pilot too,it really works great.Matter of fact,it's way better than any type of Cobra brand.
 

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What is your local enforcement's band use?

If you are using Valentine 1,what kind of laser bands your local police show on your radars?Mine is Ka,and everytime it picks up this,it's for sure there is a bear.
 

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New police radar guns sold in the past few years are generally using Ka-band. Older radar guns operating in X-band are still in service here and there. X-Band is shared by a number of other users, such as door openers, and security systems. Drive by any busy strip shopping center, etc, and one's radar detector will indicate X-Band emitters. The Ka-Band frequency assignment is pretty much used only by the newer police radar guns. Thus when your radar detector indicates that you are being painted by Ka-Band radar it is a high probability that the signal is in fact coming from a police radar gun. Busy Interstates have plenty of
less-than-obvious law enforcement vehicles on duty, and they are almost certainly using Ka-band. Increasingly there are also road construction sites and traffic advisory signs that use Ka-band to trigger your detector as a driver road condition warning. Be aware that totally illegal police " radar jammers " are being sold at some truck stops, Internet, and mail order. These devices also trigger radar detectors. Users of the illegal devices can sometimes be found on the Interstates.

Laser requires that the operator points the laser gun exactly on the target vehicle. Usually the front license plate area. There is a trade-off between operator skill and number of potential targets.
Laser tends to be found in urban target rich road environments
and less so on the open road.

There are a variety of equipment ( bursty low power guns ) and operational techniques used in police radar to minimize civilian radar detector effectiveness. Thus good driving habits, common road sense, traffic awareness, a keen eye for potential laser/radar gun platform sites, and a reliable radar detector, are the best defenses out there on the roads for Pilots. We also monitor CB trucker radio frequencies when on the Interstates.
Truckers being the forward defense screen, reporting on the CB when a law enforcement vehicle is spotted.

Radar detectors have been in use here constantly for over 25 years, including homemade ones. The Valentine One is probably the most reliable radar detector currently available in the commercial market. Its features surpass all others. Radar detectors ( mainly Passports ) are used in all our other vehicles. But the Pilot never leaves the driveway without the Valentine switched on. The Pilot has over 10K miles on it ( many on high police radar activity roads, such as I-95, I-75, I-4 etc ), all with the Valentine in service. The Valentine nominally sits on a Sticky Pad located on the dash above the radio. It is easy to pick the detector up and place it in the storage area. Sometimes it is re-located up on the windshield behind the rearview mirror. Pilot height gives the Valentine a good long range detection capability ( radar being line-of-sight + some multi-pathing and so radar detector height above ground is critical as to range ).

Those Pilots residing in non-radar detector free zones ( Canada, VA, MA, and others ) may find the above of only academic interest.
 

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I agree the Valentine is great!! Wish I had one.

In those states that do not allow radar detectors, most of them today come with the "undetectable" feature which does not let the police know you have one, unless of course they see it visually. This feature is great except that when the radar detector finds a radar detector detector, it shuts off leaving you vulnerable. Bel has a radar detector with a feature (Shadow technology I think) that allows the radar detector to function normally while staying invisible to police. :31: I'm not sure the Valentine has that or not. I read this some time ago, so everyone probably knows this, and on top of that the technology probably changed too. :rolleyes:

Some manufacturers also offer radar systems to install into your car. It has a sensor up front and one in the rear. It can be configured so the display is hidden from plain site as well. I've been in VA before, but I just hid mine out of site.. saved me a couple times..:22:
 

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Passport 8500. I've used Cincinnati Microwave radar detectors in many different models since the first superhetrodyne unit (the Escort) in 1979. Saved my butt on a regular basis...

Detector test details
 

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Bel 980

I've used the Bel 980 and been very happy with its performance. It has stealth capabilities (undetectable), x, k, and ka bands and laser detection. It also has a city mode that filters out weak signals from automatic door openers and the like so as not to set off excessive false alarms. A worthwhile investment, IMHO.

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Ditto

Bel 980 here too. A bit more expensive than average, but then again has paid itself off REAL quickly.

- Ben
 

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Any insight on any in-dash unit available? I've heard several negative things regarding these units. I'm willing to get the best detector I can but, my wife will not allow gaudy wires hanging off the dash, etc.
 

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Mike & Margaret said:
Any insight on any in-dash unit available? I've heard several negative things regarding these units. I'm willing to get the best detector I can but, my wife will not allow gaudy wires hanging off the dash, etc.
I mounted my Valintine 1 using the suction cups just a little below the rear view mirror. The power cable is routed through the Day/Night mirror channel, behind the headliner and down to the fuse panel . Just a very small amount of wire showing at the unit.

I have seen a couple of pictures were the detector is sitting on the dash. Higher is better so it can see unimpeded as far down the road as possible, but not so high its not looking through the tint at the top of the windshield.
 

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Mike & Margaret said:
Any insight on any in-dash unit available? I've heard several negative things regarding these units. I'm willing to get the best detector I can but, my wife will not allow gaudy wires hanging off the dash, etc.
I use an older Bel 780 I bought the longer non coiled power cable. I put mine to the driver side left corner and hid the wiring behind the door edge molding.
As far as which detector to get the Valentine 1 is far and away the best detector on the market. As soon as mine dies I'm getting a V1 (I'd get it now but I can't justify the $400).
FYI Sinar, MA allows radar detector use.
 

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Most magazines have to keep advertisers happy and usually pass around the "winner" status - this organization has no obligations to anyone - read their charter...

RadarTest.com
 

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Thanx for all the good info guys!!

I used to drive an S2000, and belonged to the S2k and SCCA clubs here in Houston. Drivers of porsches, vipers, etc., are really into radar detectors and their capabilities. We'd chat alot about the effectiveness of various radar detectors. Anecdotally, the conclusion was that the Valentine 1 was the best. Never met a valentine owner that didn't love it. However, it was also apparent that other manufacturers were "catching up".

I also would reiterate the previous posts, that K and Ka radars are the major threats and laser is a growing threat. Make sure that you focus on this when buying a detector.

For myself i have an escort (didn't want to part with the extra $$). I find that it works just fine. :rolleyes:
 
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