SML Testing June 24th 26th
This is an overview for the SML 2005 - Radar Detector Shoot Out
Last year, Ka band has become the overwhelming band used by police agencies, accounting for 70% of the state contracts for police radar guns. Only the state of NJ still uses the X band, i.e. MPH K-55. There are three Ka band frequencies used by law enforcement being 33.8, 34.7 and 35.5 with 34.7 being the most popular. The SML test this year will be placing special emphasis on radar detectors ability to detect these three frequencies.
The guns used, Stalker (34.7), Kustom (35.5) and Bee II (33.8 ). Only certified law enforcement officers will operate these guns during the test(s).
A new development is the introduction of a new radar detector detector, the VG-4. The Spectre continues to be popular. The State of Texas in their bid (405-4-24001) purchased 185 Spectres for use in enforcement of the USDOT ban on radar detectors in commercial vehicles. The State of Kansas has issued a bid for 40 RDD to be tendered by 7/1/2005. Other dense use of RDDs can be found in NJ, NY, NC, Ca., and Va. Detectors will be tested against the Spectre II, Spectre III, and the new VG-4
The manufacture of the new Ku gun (13.45) that will be used in the USA, is having problems with the sampling rates of the engineering protype and may not be available for testing. However SML does have an alternative source for another Ku gun.
The testing of the Ku gun will be performed with the new Valentine 1 and the Beltronics RX-65
Friday, June 24th
8:30am 1:00 pm: Field testing of instant on, constant on
1:00 pm 3:00 pm: Testing of VG-4, Spectre, VG-2
3:00 pm Continuance of instant on and constant on
Saturday, June 25th
8:30 11:00 am: Laser reception testing
11:00 1:00 pm: POP testing
1:00 pm 5:00 pm: Ku band testing
Sunday, June 26th
8:30 am 2:00 pm: Laser counter measure testing
2:00 pm 4:00 pm Special projects
4:00 pm 6:00 pm: Retailed source testing