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G'day all,

Forgive my ignorance in advanced.

Is the Valentine One (and others) supposed to detect radar from speed cameras/mobile car speed cameras?

In other words, is it supposed to let you know when your coming up to a (police) mobile speed camera or what is it's function?

I ask this as I can not find a simple answer to this, only that it *detects radar*.

Cheers guys! =]
 

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Sorry to repeat what you found, but that's exactly right. It detects radar. Radar is just simple EM waves of a particular frequency, no magic involved.

If the speed camera uses radar, it will detect it. If it uses trip wires or magnetic induction loops or LIDAR or a monkey standing on its head jumping up and down estimating your speed, it won't, because that's not an EM wave running on that frequency.
 

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Sorry to repeat what you found, but that's exactly right. It detects radar. Radar is just simple EM waves of a particular frequency, no magic involved.

If the speed camera uses radar, it will detect it. If it uses trip wires or magnetic induction loops or LIDAR or a monkey standing on its head jumping up and down estimating your speed, it won't, because that's not an EM wave running on that frequency.
That actually clears it up for me, I'm aware of how the detectors work, but nowhere in my findings did anyone mention that speed cameras use radar.

Now it may be stupid to not assume this but that's why I was simply double checking, so thanks a bunch =]
 

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Well, most of them use radar here, BUT, it is possible to use the other things listed (except the monkey......although it might do better than half the cops out there). So, if it uses something other than radar, you won't get an alert obviously.
 

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im not sure if it would be in your best interest to spend 250+ on a radar detector. i heard that law enforcement is moving away from radar, and more towards light-R (forgive my spelling) and if this is indeed true, then the radar detector simply wont help... IMO my .02 cents. but good luck! valentines are top of the line. :thumbup:
 

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HOwever there are a few of the top end ($400+) units that offer Lidar detection too. I believe the V1 does, as do the Escort and Beltronics best ones. (I know my Beltronics STi Driver does it quite satisfactorily).
 

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The benefit of mine is that the cops can't detect it. It gives off no emmisions. It's range is only slightly less then either the Escort or the V1.
 

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if you're willing to spend that much, might as well go with a jammer. hahaha just make sure you dont get caught.
 

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(So far) there is absolutely no legislation on Laser Jammers anywhere in Canada, because they can't tell people that they can't shine light from their vehicles. Radar Jammers are illegal though as they go against Federal Law by interfering with radio waves.
 

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Well I know Escort makes a radar/ jammer thats completely stealth, but its like 1300 :lmao:
 

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I've had Army buddies with their Electronics Warfare systems unable to detect my STi Driver. I can't picture anything better than that.
 

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And the instant on radar/laser units won't give you much notice anyway. Just enough to let you know you are caught. If you are going 10 mph or less over you might have a chance to slow down. Any faster and you are caught anyway. Drive the speed limit and save yourself some time and money!
 

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Two things, both semi-related:

High frequency emissions will screw up a radar gun, in the worst way. Take a tig torch, put a small piece of tig rod (we used stainless steel) in place of the tungsten, turn on the hi-freq, pull the trigger and watch the cops face when he sees his radar screen jump up to 250 mph. Obviously you can't carry an entire tig machine around with you, but if you know of any speed traps that operate close to a weld shop, you can have some fun.

Second, there's a small town about 40 miles east of me that has a population of less than 1,000, yet they collect over $200,000 dollars annually on fines collected from speeding tickets. They've written over 5,000 tickets in a little over three years, or about five speeding tickets a day, every day. The little town is less than a quarter mile long, and has one road. If you read this article, you'll see that they don't report a great deal of these tickets to the state - meaning they keep all of the money.

http://wvgazette.com/News/watchdog/201008140354

Radar detectors apparently do little good here.
 
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