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    Default What kind of detector?

    Here in Norway we have a few of these automated photo boxes placed along our high ways. And many of them are online.

    I know there are several detectors, that can see those that are online, and you are able to program the once that are not online. Do you know what I mean? So if a box i "live" and you come to it, you will be notified.

    I have no clue at all as to these radar detectors, and maybe you can give me some kind of tutorial?
    I would like to know what to look for and what to watch out for.

    All replies are appriciated.

    Leif-Harald

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    Welcome to the forum,

    It really depends what do you mean by Online...are they connected to a network and the police watches them all the time like the traffic cameras??

    or you simple mean that some of them are working and some are not???

    If the photo camera in your area uses RADAR...then you can get a radar detector (are they legal in Norway???)

    What detector...Well it really depends on your driving habbits and taste. If you want the top detector Go with: Valentine1 or Escort or Bel...all three are very good. I personally own an V1 and I am very happy with it. There something else you should know...is there KU-band used in Norway if so get the V1...why you ask...well because it scans KU used in Europe.

    For all other detectors have a look at Radar Roy's web site...you can buy them directly from there.

    My suggestion to you is dont go for a detector cheaper then 100$...ot you will just get the false sense of security.

    And remeber, not a single detector will help you if you drive like maniac...

    "Get an Detector and then know how to use it"

    p.s: of you have any other question ask...dont be shy :wink:

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    Shy? Me?

    Nope.

    I dont know if the photo boxes are radars or what they are.
    But by online I have heard they are sending the images to the right people so they dont have to go and manually collect them.
    It is not like a traffic cam. They only take photos when you speed.

    And offline? Many boxes are empty is what I ment.

    Not go below $100 you say

    Can I get your oppinnion on these:

    Whistler 1765
    Whistler 1745
    Whistler 1750
    Whistler 1785
    Whistler 1670 LD
    COBRA ESD 9210
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN DLS-312
    COBRA 11-BAND ESD9870
    None of these cost that much. Are they just garbage?

    And as to what system are used by police in Norway or if they are legal, I have no idea. Some say they are legal to sell and buy but not use. So if you are caught with one, you loose if and get fined.
    But I know that the VG-2 and SWS are not used over here. Yet. It may come.

    Thanks again
    Laffe

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    I have first-hand experience with the COBRA ESD9210.

    If you are just looking for a basic radar detedtor to let you know when radar is being used in the general area, then this is a good "bang for the buck" detector. It has decent range with K & Ka, for sure. The only times I have been caught off-guard using the COBRA are times when Instant-On was utilized against me. Besides those times, it was a fully sufficient unit. I had no experiences with Laser. If this can be bought for under $100, & you just want something simple, then this may be your radar detector.

    Hope that helped.

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    if you want a good bang for the buck, look at the cobra xrs 9600 series

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    Yes I can get the COBRA ESD9210 for under 100usd. closer to 80usd

    Laffe

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffe
    Yes I can get the COBRA ESD9210 for under 100usd. closer to 80usd

    Laffe
    I'd stay away from the ESD series. I had a couple of them and the K-Band range was dangerously short. The XRS series is somewhat better, but you're still better looking at other brands.

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    any of the above listed anything to go for?
    or is it garbage everything?

    Laffe

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    My advice is go for a Bel detector..they have models very close to 100$.

    if not get the Cobra...I have a lot of friends using Cobra's here and they are happy with them.

    Whistler I dont know...my first detector was a whislter 1630 for about 50$ back then...did serve me well back then....is still have it...once there was a cop on the road spreading constant-on radar....I had both detectors with me...so I decided lets test them....I have to say that the V1 went off something like 10times the distance of the whistler...DONT get me wrong here...I am not trying to compare a 50$ detector with 400$one...but bassicly is like that: you get what you paid for! keep that in mind.

    So far I owned and still own a Whistler 1630, Bel 916 and V1...all three served me well for what they costed me :wink:

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    Any major difference in those 2 cobra's?

    I have just found out that the norwegian photo boxes are not active.
    And that the norwegian police only uses K and KA bands

    And one thing puzzles me a bit.
    What does the detectors do?
    Do I have time to slow down?
    Or does it scramble the signals?


    Laffe

 

 

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