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Topic # 13745 27-May-2007 15:47
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i just got few Questions about Radar Detectors do they work are they worth it? has anyone here got one. has it saved any one from geting a speeding ticket. i got a cheap one off trade me it's not too bad it picked up 2 cop cars so far i have asked people on the internet and out and about but i never get a sure answer. some people say yes they are woth it and it's saved them some money others say buy the time you pick them up they have allready picked you up and clocked you speeding so it's not worth it any ways.


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Reply # 72400 27-May-2007 16:18
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As far as im concerned you shoul not be speeding anyway, the best way to got get caught is to NOT speed.

It all comes down to expeience, sometimes it helps, but you can also get alot of false positives.


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  Reply # 72401 27-May-2007 16:29
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thanks for your replay

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  Reply # 72425 27-May-2007 21:31
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In the UK, one of the guys at my last job had one of these. It was very sensitive and there were a LOT of false positives. Every time we drove past a shop with automatic doors, it would sound a warning.

I've gotta agree with rscole86 here, I'm a fast driver (used to think nothing of doing >100mph up & down the M1) but to speed around here would be suicide. Blind bends, summits, passing situations, tiny roads, insane drivers. I don't know about the rest of the land but around Wellington I stick to the limits (wouldn't dare do otherwise).

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Reply # 72429 27-May-2007 21:59
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Even in "other" parts of NZ, the police are always catching up with ways to catch you.

They have been known to use aircraft in the Malborough area to catch speeding drivers. You cant see them, but they can see you!

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Reply # 72430 27-May-2007 21:59
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rwales: ...but to speed around here would be suicide. Blind bends, summits, passing situations, tiny roads, insane drivers.


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  Reply # 72432 27-May-2007 22:15
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Or they bring out the helicopter with the spotlight and thermal imaging!

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Reply # 72434 27-May-2007 22:19
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Fossie: Or they bring out the helicopter with the spotlight and thermal imaging!


That won't work as most bad Auckland drivers are potentially cold blooded killers behind the wheel.




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Reply # 72439 27-May-2007 23:34
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If you’re after a Radar Detector that works, I can recommend a Beltronics, I had a 995 not long ago, but the RX65 would also do the trick. The only thing with having a radar detector is you are not immunise to everything, laser and fixed speed cameras are a few examples that come to mind. While it is possible to prevent the police getting a fix on your speed with a laser jammer, fixed cameras are harder to stop.

As the guys say above, the easiest thing to-do is to not speed, allot cheaper actually. A Bel RX65 and a Blinder M40 will set you back about 2k plus install. But back to the question, do they work? Well the more expensive ones work very well, like the ones I listed above, and the only real band you need to have switched on in NZ is ‘KA’. 'K' band causes lots of false postives, more so around shopping centers.

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  Reply # 72440 27-May-2007 23:43
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Fossie: Or they bring out the helicopter with the spotlight and thermal imaging!


It's when they bring out the helicopter with the Hellfire system I really start to worry.

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  Reply # 72441 28-May-2007 00:23
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I have 3 weapons of arsenal in my car

One super-sensitive "creative electronics" radar detector, specially made for the NZ market..

False postives a plenty so I only use it on the open road and this baby picks up speed camera vans from 500+ mtrs away.
it's so sensitive, it picks up other radar detectors with a low DU DU DU beep.

One slightly modified "Microwave Door Actuator" as normall used on automatic doors, Gas-stations especially.

See that Ford Territory with that radar detector that just sped past you?
Switch this little puppy on and wath those tyres smoke!, Also fun when streams of boy racers pass you..

One "IR DET" device (Homemade project) teamed up with a Pic chip to any "signals" that might pass it's way.
This is currently a test for the "lasers" which are really just infrared speed guns. I plan to make something to chuck white/pink noise on the return path. I can spot these cop cars a mile away so it's not a big issue.

Previously I drove a matt-black 1984 MR2 AW11 which was immune to the lasers on approach, hidden headlights and the front plate was "hidden" but not enough to be illegal.

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