OK. So I did a test of the v2.12 software tonight. It was the only test I could perform with the equipment I had available (which I will outline later in this post). This test was RECEIVE sensitivity ONLY since I have no way to accurately measurer power output.
Blinder system used:
-Software = v2.6
-Software = v2.12
-CPU = rev 1028
-Transponders = rev 105 (mounted on my car ~18" off the ground)
-Sony Handycam (in Nightvision/IR mode) (on a tripod at the same 18" height as my Transponder heads)
-LJT1 Laser Jammer tester (URL omitted pending approval from RD.net admins)
-Blue Painters tape
-50' Tape measure
-5 Pine Cones (pine cones were wet and approx 1" in diameter)
-6 shots of Jager (Delicious x6)
-2 22oz IPA beers (Makes Riptide and Cat4 look sexy)
-5 Marlboro 100 cigarettes (I know it's gonna give me cancer)
Once I got word that the Blinder v2.12 software had hit the public channel, I decided to do some baseline measurements of my M27's performance with the v2.6 software before upgrading to v2.12. I shot IR video of my v2.6 firing using a Sony Handycam in IR mode and a LJT1 tester (taped to the top of the Sony using the Blue Painters tape to ensure consistent results) firing at 100-125-200 PPS. I used 2 Pine cones to mark the farthest distance which the v2.6 "Received" the LJT1's signal. These pine cones were placed at the base of the tripod used to hold my Sony Handycam. (I used 2 pine cones placed ~24" apart in case I kicked 1 with my foot.)
I shot a 2nd IR video of my v2.12 firing using a Sony Handycam in IR mode and a LJT1 tester firing at 100-125-200 PPS. I used 2 new Pine cones to mark the farthest distance which the v2.12 "Received" the LJT1's signal. These pine cones were placed at the base of the tripod used to hold my Sony Handycam, as I did in the 1st test. (I used 2 pine cones placed ~24" apart in case I kicked 1 with my foot.)
I used my 50' tape measure to record the distance of the v2.6 "Max Receive Distance". After that I used my tape measure + the 5th pine cone to record the distance of the v2.12 "Max Receive Distance". Here are the results:
v2.6 Max Receive Distance = ~40'
v2.12 Max Receive Distance = ~61'
Difference in sensitivity = ~+35 percent +/- 2 percent
I realize that you may read my post and initially think "Pine cones?, Jager?, beer?, LJT1 etc....WTF???" The Pine cones were merely place markers for measurements. The LJT1 is just a low power Lidar / PPS simulator that allowed me to conduct tests in a short range that I could easily measure with a tape measure. The Jager & IPA beers were just there to beat up on my liver while the Marlboro Cigs were spanking my lungs. The Sony Handycam was used so I could verify that the Blinders were receiving the LJT1's signal and firing back.
As a former Lidatek engineer and current Field Diagnostic Engineer, I take accuracy and honestly HIGHLY serious. I realize that my test of Blinder's new Firmware would solidly fall under the "Infromal" category and I don't expect anyone to use my test as an "end all / be all" of definitive tests for how Blinder's v2.12 performs. I am merely trying to get a jump start on a working dataset that other testers can build off of so that average users can make a highly informed decision as to whether or not they want to upgrade their Blinder systems to v2.12.
The car and camera were in the same location the whole time. The camera was sitting on a tripod 40' in front of the car. The only different is that my neighbor had their dining room light on in the 1st video (window to the left of the screen) and it partially illuminated the side of a tree (trunk to the right of the screen). I did my best to preserve the video quality.