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Old 01-15-2004, 08:17 AM   #21
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This is just what I rember hearing, so just some info. When cops laser you, they look for something solid to shoot their laser at. Most cars they try for front/rear lisenceplates(depending on the way your going), so putting a detector closer to the dash is better for picking up a signal...
In theory, that sounds good. I'll start this explanation by stating my qualifications. You know I'm old, and I bought my first radar detector in 1986. Years of experience with them. I also worked for a couple years with the local cops, and now I'm a Public Safety Comissioner in Albany. I know the little details I ALSO am an R&D Laser Technician for hp. So take this as gospel:

With laser, if you get nailed on the plate (the primary target), you're hosed. Your detector can't respond fast enough. You need to pick up the scattered radiation from the car next to you or between you and the laser. To do that, you need the detector as high as possible, as the other car is blocking the bulk of the scattered radiation.

If you're running ALONE, you WILL get nailed. Try to keep a 'bait car' in front of you. Now.....because the new detectors advertise 360 'protection', they have a little pickup eye facing the rear. If you mount your detector up high, that eye can't detect out the rear, and your mid and rear pillars block part of the detection path anyway. That'* why I run dual detectors. One in front, one in the rear. High up on the windows, where they can't be seen, either. Especially with the tint.

With RADAR, you want them as high as possible for the same reason. You don't want obstructions between you and the source (gun). Get them high so you can read over the car in front of you.
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Pictured diagram must be from a pre-2000 Bonneville(my overhead console looks only somewhat like it),...but I get the picture,....easy to access the 'unit'....and easy enough to find a hot wire to tap into.Thanks for the info......that'* the way I'll go.
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With laser, if you get nailed on the plate (the primary target), you're hosed. Your detector can't respond fast enough. You need to pick up the scattered radiation from the car next to you or between you and the laser.
What he said. The strategy with a detector is to catch them scanning other cars, not you. When they scan you, it'* too late.

Somewhere out there on the net you might be able to find "Trolling for Taillights," a classic game where you get points for triggering the radar detectors in other cars...

Hey, I found it!

http://www.milk.com/random-humor/tro...aillights.html

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If you spot multiple cars equipped with radar detector, you can herd them into a cluster by zapping them each time one tries to pass another.
This copy doesn't fully identify the author, just "[email protected]," but IIRC it'* John G. DeArmour (sp?), well-known old-time Usenet curmudgeon. Enjoy...
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