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Why You Need A Good Radar Detector

Why You Need A Good Radar Detector


Why You Need A Good Radar Detector

by Charles Thomas

If you've ever had the joy of riding along, radar detector online, only to be pulled over by a hidden cop, then there is some news that you might have an interest in hearing. Many of the radar detectors on the market today are not as functional as they claim. In fact, many of them absolutely do not work under real, working conditions. This is due in large part to the development of new radar guns which the police have been only too happy to put into use.

The newer radar guns use a cutting edge radar technology that is called digital signal processing, or DSP. This new technique makes new guns so fast that they are always faster than your twitch reflex of hitting the brakes. By setting them at standby and waiting for a car to come into range, a policemen can lock on and measure the speed of a vehicle in less than four tenths of a second. You don't have to be a fortune teller to know who's going to get a ticket in that situation.

The new radar guns also have the advantage of using a very high bandwidth frequency, Ka band frequency. This frequency is so much higher than previous frequencies that todays radar detector are at a huge disadvantage in even detecting the radar.

Your radar detector is set to scan the entire bandwidth spectrum in order to try to detect a radar gun. This process can be lengthy and does not adequately detect all of the vast ranges that the police radar gun can be set at. Ultimately this makes your radar detector virtually useless to you.

What's more, instead of having to measure the speed of each car individually, modern radar guns have a program which allows them to measure the speed of the fastest moving vehicle in their range. That means that even if you are hiding behind a semi he he he truck, the police will be able to find your speed. Tough luck, eh?

There is more bad news for you if you always tend to drive fast. As the old X band radar guns go out of use and are replaced by the latest model radar guns, the radar detectors will become less and less effective.

So, now you will have to do some homework and check out the ratings available that treat radar detectors. Depending on your particular situation you may want to look for a detector that is rated highly for hi way driving. Or if you do most of your commuting in the city, then you may want a detector that has a well designed filter that will cut down on false alarms but not greatly lose range of detection.

The reality is that radar guns will keep improving and the detectors will have to keep pace with such improvements. All this means is that no matter what type of detector you choose now, it will soon become inefficient and you will have to change it. No radar detector can last you for ever in these times of continuous technological evolution.

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