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Cobra ESD 9110 Radar Detectors. What do the different sounds and displays mean?

Posted on 12 November 2008 by admin

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BobbyBoy asked:

For this particular radar detector, I need to know the different sound alerts and what they mean. And the different visual signals and what they mean. Thanks to anyone who can help.


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Why does my radar detector go off when I get near a school bus?

Posted on 10 October 2008 by admin

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ese_wolfie asked:

If I pass a school on the road, my radar detector starts to go crazy. Do they have some sort of radar emitting device specifically designed to make those with radar detectors go for their first instinct and slow down when it chirps? Or is it some sort of GPS (or something else) that they have,and having radar detectors go off is merely an attractive coincedence?

Just wondering. Thanks.


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3 Tips To Buying The Right Radar Detector

Posted on 19 September 2008 by admin

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Brandon Hopkins asked:

There are many radar detectors on the market right now. Each one of them claims to have a single best feature. Some detect from the longest distance, while others claim to detect the most radar bands. Others claim to have the highest degree of accuracy and can tell the distance and direction of the radar gun.

With all these different features on the market, which one is right for you? What model of radar detector should you buy? How do you know it will actually work in your state? Is it legal in your state? These and other pressing questions are frequently asked. Here are 3 ways to know you are buying the right radar detector.

1. It detects the right bands for you state.

Some states use different types of radar guns, and unless your radar detector can pick up their signal, it isn’t any use. There is a whole slew of different bands of radar guns, X, K, Ka, POP3 K, POP3 Ka, Laser, etc.

First you need to find out which bands that your states uses. Then you need to find a radar detector that can pick up those bands. Not every radar detector can pick up every band.

2. Find the model you want.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews for nearly ever radar detector ever made on the internet. Now that you know what bands you need to detect, you need to find the right mix of price and features. Some people don’t mind paying $500 for a radar detector, some people want to pay under 100 bucks. Obiviously the more you spend, the more features you will get. And the amount you spend will usually determine the range that your radar detector can detect to.

There are many different websites that will allow you to compare different radar detector models. Once you have found the right model for your needs, find the right price. This usually involves going to a few comparison sites, and searching for that model of radar detector.

3. Make your purchase and install.

Some radar detector installations are as simple as plugging your radar detector into your cigarette lighter socket. Others are more complex and need to have wiring run throughout your car or truck. Depending on the complexity of the product, and your knowledge, you may or may not need to have your radar detector professionally installed. A great place to get a radar detector installed is a car audio store. These shops are experienced with running wire throughout cars, and have probably installed many radar detectors.

Keep in mind that radar detectors are illegal in some states, you should check with local law enforcement before purchasing and installing a radar detector.

A radar detector doesn’t make you invincible to radar guns, and it doesnt’t mean that you won’t get a ticket. You should always obey the speed limit.


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Radar Detectors

Posted on 14 June 2008 by admin

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Dhiraj Bandurkar asked:

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For most of the drivers in the United States, radar detectors are common electronic devices that are widely used in the cars to determine if the speed is monitored by the police radar unit. The interesting part is that studies claim that the vehicles using radar detectors have a reduced threat of accidents whereas the police believes that vehicles using radar detectors have a greater risk of accidents. That it why, use off the radar detectors is illegal in some parts of the United States and most parts of Canada and other countries such as Australia. So before you want to buy a radar detector it is better to check with the legal guidelines on the use of it, that are prevailing in your state.

Lets understand how a radar detector works. In most of the cases, the radar unit bounces a radio wave off a moving vehicle with help of a radar gun that in turn determines the speed of the vehicle. With the change in the technology, the new speed detection devices used by the radar units are based on pulsed laser light, which is commonly referred to as LIDAR, rather than using the radio waves. Similarly the modern radar detectors have been upgraded to alert to the infrared light emitted by such LIDAR guns. But the new radar detectors are not always effective to detect the LIDAR detection. This is mostly so as the output beam produced by the LIDAR guns is very focused. While radar’s radio waves can expand to 85 feet across at 1000 feet from their source, LIDAR’s light beam expands to only about 6 feet making it very difficult to detect them. And that is why most of the time, the driver is caught unaware of the beams and they commit mistakes.

So many of the new age radar detector fail while detecting the focused beams produced by the LIDAR. They do not scramble or absorb the many or all of their products do not affect radar and laser signals in any way. And if by any chance these products do transmit any type of radar scrambling pulses, then they are completely illegal and can invite legal action against the motorist. So actually, actively transmitting on an FCC licensed frequency without a license is a violation of FCC regulations and a felony. LIDAR jammers are legal in most states and are regulated, much like police LIDAR guns; by the FDA as Class I laser devices.

There are many companies in the manufacturing of radar detectors. The popular of them are Escort, Cobra, Whistlers etc. When buying a radar detector, ensure that you are buying a model that has been approved by the concerned authorities. Also look for the advanced features and go in for product comparisons wherein you can read the product reviews and also check with the pricing of the radar detectors.


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Do radar detectors really work?

Posted on 07 April 2008 by admin

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one_hourphoto asked:

I just bought a Cobra radar detector that seems to work but im not really sure if it could prevent me from getting a ticket. It was priced at $50.00


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