I am new to the board and thought I'd introduce myself.
Like everyone here I have an interest in RD unit's. My dad had the original big box cyclops Fuzzbuster in the 70's then picked up a Whistler Spectrum in the early 80's and stuck with that for many years. I started driving in the mid 80's and picked up a few inexpensive bel and cobra unit's. I finally picked up an original Passport. In the early 90's my dad picked up a Passport 4600 and I had a 4500. So I have had my share of RD unit's and familiar with how to work with them.
I live in the Dallas area. North Ft.Worth actually. From 1993 to 2003 I lived in the city and rather close to work. So I didn't really need a radar detector. Dallas cops had more things they were concerned about than catching speeders. Regularly on the road I would pass cops at 10 miles over the speed limit. Now this attitude has changed and Dallas cops are more focused on speeders. However my problem now is much worse than Dallas cops.
I moved out to the suburbs in an area where cops have nothing better to do than to sit on the side of the road and think of ways issue tickets. To get to Dallas I drive through no less than 7 different cop districts. 5 of which consider the Highway traffic as a primary source of revenue generation.
I inheirited my dads Passport 4600. My radar detector had sat in my glove box for years. Only to be pulled out on the occasional road trip. When I moved out here I knew that I would get pulled over. I have been out here 2 years and have been pulled over 3 times(1 speeding ticket, 2 registration). I think I got pulled over 3 times over 10 years living in the city.
So I am giving thought to upgrading the RD unit I have now.
The cops out here are using a combination of K, Ka and Laser. Again they use the highways as a primary source of revenue but each city has spent quite a bit of money on their force. This area has a good tax base and no real crime so cops have nothing better to do than sit on the side of the road and issue tickets. All in the name of public safety.
I've had a chance to do a little research and review this board. Looks like great info can be had here.
What I am wondering is this. I know the easy answer is get a V1, or RX65. Those are a little out of the budget.
What is the best bang for the buck detector out there? That has the best performance for the dollar say below $150. I'm even willing to risk an EBay purchase.
Thanks for reading this and I look forward to your reply.