I just discovered this forum today and so far I am very impressed with the amount and quality of the information. I have come across Radar Roy's website in the past and done some very light research into laser jammers, but not too much until recently. I am now more interested in the subject after finally giving in and paying a ticket which I got back in 2006 (it's a long story, kind of interesting too).
So, the main point of this post I guess is to just ask for some personal suggestions, on what you would do in my situation. I currently have an Escort 8500 (old), and that is all. It has served me well over the past 5-6 years. I never been pulled over with it, and I drive fairly fast (the ticket was while driving a 15 person passenger van, no detector, at night, literally in the middle of nowhere Maine). That has been my only form of protection so far. But I am looking into some other options, it is only a matter of time before I get caught on the highway by LIDAR.
I am currently driving a black 1997 Saab 900. It will (very) soon be replaced with a 2002 BMW 530i, also black. I will be living in Boston, but traveling a lot to the metrowest and ski areas in Maine, NH, VT.
OK, 3 main points to focus on:
1) Radar. The 8500 has been good to me so far, is there any reason to upgrade? I'd rather not spend the money on a new 9500, but if I could get something back for the 8500 (on ebay it looks like you can still sell a used one for as much as 200) AND the 9500 is a huge improvement, I would consider it.
2) Laser. I have been reading a lot about laser jammers today. I probably need more time, but some guidance would help...what is right for me? I am not looking to spend 600+ on the LI. I am interested to see how the new ZR4 turns out. Any idea when that will be? I have read good things about Veil, and am pretty set on getting the Veil G4 + Laser Shield combo when that comes out (soon? anyone know a date?). That seems like a no-brainer, right? Or is the $100 better spent by getting a better laser jammer?
3) Any other good sources I should be reading? As I said I found Roy's site, so I read about all the tests and the GOL (when is the next GOL 2008?).
Thats it for now. Thanks for the great site and all the information. I look forward to seeing what you guys have to say.
ps...I put this in the laser jammer forum because that is what I am most interested in learning about/buying in the near future. I didn't a place for this type of recommendation thread (that would be a good category to add for newcomers), so if it should be somewhere else, sorry.