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Vintage Radar detectors

Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:36 pm

I just bought two very old radar detectors for 1.00 for both. One is a Maxon RD-2A and the other is a Escort made by Cincinatti Microwave. The Maxon powers up but the Escort had the plug broken off so I need to either try to repair it or find a plug to fit. Now i'm just curious if anyone knows the band coverage of these units? I'm thinking K band is still widely used around my area and I know lots of automatic doors around here are X band. If I go somewhere with my brother today I'm going to try out the Maxon.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:12 pm

I'm not sure of their coverage, but the reason they were disposed of was probably that they are ineffective with LiDar units.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:27 pm

Right. I figured they wouldn't cover LiDar. I don't think LiDar is widely used except by maybe the Highway Patrol. For .50 each I think they are just neat to have on a shelf and if they pick anything up that is just a bonus. However I am still curious of the coverage though.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:37 pm

Do a model number online search. It should be out there.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:51 pm

I did that. Only found them for sale on eBay. That is why I posted here. I'll probably inquire on one of the radio groups on facebook later. I'm still tinkering with the Escort, trying to get it to power up just using another lighter cord with straight wires but the extra cord I got with them has a blown fuse. So I'm going to take a different approach at it.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:16 pm

Maybe there is an answer here...

http://www.rdforum.org/content/
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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:22 pm

Don't try it until you know if it is legal to operate. They are illegal in Virginia!

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:45 pm

They're legal here. I used to use one all the time when I was driving regularly. Although I'm sure they don't like the idea of people using them since it can prevent a potentially expensive ticket.
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Post by Motorola man on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:18 pm

Just about every detector can pick up all three bands of radar. Most law enforcement agencies use K or KA band. X band, from my experience, is rarely used. As a matter of fact, I've eliminated the X band equipment from my radar calibration kit, since I've never used it. Lidar isn't widely used around here because they are more expensive than radar.

As far as using a radar detector, I don't recommend it. First of all, most officers don't like handing out tickets, and unless you're way over the speed limit, they'll typically give you a warning. If they see a radar dectector, they typically consider that your warning & are more likely to write you a ticket. Second, radar detectors work by picking up the radar waves that are reflected off of structures or other vehicles. On the open road, with no other cars around, your detector probably won't give you any warning until it's too late. Third, newer radars can be immediately triggered by the officer. So unless the officer keeps the radar on constantly, then no warning. Fourth, as Mez said, in several states and in most commercial vehicles, detectors are illegal. So to sum it up, the benefits are usually negligible and in many cases, can be more costly if you do get caught.

A little humorous story that I heard about a related product. A truck driver was using a radar jammer, when an officer stopped him. The officer stated that he didn't couldn't tell how fast the truck was going, but the trailer was definitely speeding.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:46 pm

I figured but wasn't certain. When I had my newer detector I would pick up X band by automatic doors at stores. I was reading on that radar forum and as of 2013 people were saying X band was still widely used in certain parts of Ohio. However I believe K and KA band is more common. The local police and Highway Patrol love using radar to get speeders and will usually issue tickets if you are 10 or more over the limit. Personally I'm not concerned with getting speeding tickets since I know how to keep my speed in check.
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