| Originally posted by Rooz@Jan 17 2005, 07:46 PM |
But I mean, why not just get a v1 radar dector from valentine?
Here is the link: http://www.valentine1.com/
V1 will tell you about the presence of radar signals and laser signals that hit its antennae. Radar has a lot of scatter and a wide beam so the sensitivity is quite good. Laser, however, is a much narrower beam and is harder to detect because the laser cone is only a couple of feet across at something like 1/4 or 1/2 a mile. Since most radar/laser detectors are mounted high on the windshield (to maximize sensitivity to radar) they are actually quite far away from the two primary targets for laser operators -- the front license plates and the front headlights. Thus, it is entirely possible for you to be nabbed with laser without your detector even knowing about it.
Secondly, laser is so much more precise and accurate, and scatter is so minimal that by the time you detect a laser signal, you're hit and the game is over.
That is why active laser countermeasures are the only effective way of combating this growing problem. Yes, they work. No question about that.
I am organizing a group buy on the Blinder X-Treme unit at: http://groupbuy.m-powered.com/viewtopic.php?t=6
if you're interested in trying one out pretty inexpensively.
I, personally, have Lidatek LE30's on two of my vehicles and they have worked flawlessly to date. That being said, I came across a couple of tests that pegged the Blinder unit as even more effective, so I wanted to give one a try and in the process got the opportunity to pass along a great deal to other enthusiasts.
(This is not my line of work, so I'm going to give it a whirl for about a month and if I get the minimum required to make it worthwhile, then I'll go ahead and process the order -- otherwise, I'll just bag it).
I know that the Lidatek, the Blinder, and the Escort units have been shown to work in tests. Some others have been shown to be next to completely ineffective at jamming laser, so buyer beware and do your homework. I have put some links in my post at the other site to get you started on your adventure.
P.S. They are NOT illegal in MOST states as asserted above. They are illegal in several, though, so keep that in mind. Again, information in the above link.