Ok, here is a recap from the Speed Measurement Laboratories testing that we just came back from
Ku band radar guns: The new Ku band radar gun that was going to be tested was put off till June. Carl Fors was unable to provide any new information on the new gun because of a confidentiality agreement he has with the manufacture, but this is what is known:
The exact frequency of the gun will be 13.450
After the initial testing in June, the manufacture will apply for FCC type acceptance.
New “Brand Y” radar detector (cannot revel the company at this time)
This is a protype concealed radar detector. During testing, it was not detected by the Spectre II/III. When I contacted the engineer about, he was amazed that it was not detected by the Spectre, as it was not designed to do this. This unit has not received FCC type acceptance yet, and it is unknown if the final production unit will be able to do defeat the Spectre.
New Steal Eye PNI radar detector: A new POP cordless radar detector that will be available in May.
The units range was acceptable and it did receive POP when the mode was activated while the unit was plugged in for power. The unit was not tested in cordless mode, so it is unknown at this time if the unit will still receive POP while cordless.
The case design has a slanted front, similar to the Escort 8500 and also an earphone jack.
Scorpion Radar Jammer: The Scorpion radar jammer was tested again. This is the first active radar jammer that jams on Ka, K and X band. Punch through on Ka band on all the guns, was just under 1000 feet and it did jam instant on. The retail price of this unit will be $1600.00. I will not be selling these units (don’t want to wind up the federal pen) but Lance will give any of our customers a $100.00 discount. A coupon code will be provided later this week, once the details are worked out.
Croatian Laser Jammer: Tested were two protype active laser jammers. These units use Laser Diodes and are more powerful then the current models sold in the USA. The units jammed 85% of the time during the test. It seemed that the diodes may had been overheating, causing the 15% failure rate. The manufacture will be attending the June 2005 Radar Detector Shoot out with a re-designed unit for testing.
RMR C450: Rocky Mountain’s C450 radar detector scrambler was tested. The range on K band was just over .5 of a mile and it did not jam (or scramble) any radar or laser gun. A video was done during the testing, which will appear on a new informational radar/laser jammer website that is currently under construction.
Directional Radar Guns: New directional “long range” radar guns from Stalker and Decatur were tested. These guns are designed to capture a vehicle either coming toward or moving away from the officer, ignoring other vehicles moving in the other direction.
As an example, I was able to lock onto a vehicle that was moving away from my location, that was over a mile away, while I had an approaching vehicle less then a quarter mile away.
The radar is also “Zonal” meaning that you could program it to capture vehicles in a pre-defined area. These guns are much smaller then the typical hand held units, and have removable hand grips, allowing the unit to be dash mounted. During the testing, the operator was able to lock on vehicles over 2 miles away! (However, remember the case law regarding this, the target vehicle must be within 1000 feet to make proper vehicle identification)
Radar Gun/Tuning fork calibrator: Federal Standards call for radar guns and their tuning forks to be tested and calibrated once a year. Currently, a department would have to send in their units to the manufacture or a licensed engineer to perform these tests. A new portable radar gun/tuning fork calibration tester was tested. Thi