OK. Before people start shrieking that "a detector does you no good without a jammer" let me say: Thank you for that input, now dummy up.
I've learned from reading this forum and the GOL site that a windshield mounted laser detector is about as useful as a hearing aid at a mime show. Cops aim for your front license and headlights and the beam is only a foot or so wide within a few hundred feet.
So... I'm going to try rolling my own forward mounted laser detector. I'm sure someone here has tried this. I've got a Honda S2000 that has a sizable intake for the radiator with a little shelf half way up in it that would be a perfect location for 3 detectors - one in the middle and 2 near the lights.
Looking at previous posts and reading the patents it looks like there's not a lot to it. I'm going to use an Osram SHF203FA or Vishay BPV10 IR photodiode. They both have enough bandwidth to swallow a 30 nsec pulse. Then an analog devices AD8015 Op-Amp (gain-bandwidth: 240MHz) configured as a transimpedance amp, another amp with more gain, an AC coupled fast comparator (LT1016 unless someone knows one that's faster), a pulse stretcher, and a buzzer. I don't think I'll even need a microcontroller though I might try one just for the experience or if I get a lot of false alarms. As I said, it doesn't look like there's much to it.
Have I missed anything? Words of warning/advice ?
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