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    Default Detector overload

    Jimbonz or any others who are educated in this area. My question is can exposing a RD real close to a radar gun cause it to overload. I expect this can be true but my main question is can it overload it to the point of permanent damage or cause detuning, loss of sensitivity that would be permanent to the RD.

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    I don't think a radar gun puts out a strong enough signal to cause any permanent damage to a RD, but it could cause the RD to malfunction when it's that close. For example, the V1 could report multiple bogeys from the same gun. I suppose the RFI could cause the detector to lock-up or lose its settings in extreme circumstances.
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    I have only one case which was similar to the question. There were 3 door-openers farther with extremely high power output (here isn't any regulation for that) on K band and a radar on Ka band nearer to me. The detector started alert on Ka band then immediately changed to K and remained on that even if I was next to the police car or try to trigger it with my tester on Ka band.
    It seems to me an overload but I'm sure that there isn't any possible radar source which could cause permanent damage of your detector.

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    depending on what detector you have unless its able to pick up multi bogeys it just alerts to the strongest radar!

    so you could have a cop hiding in an x band false alert with a ka band radar and you still may not get the ka alert but just the x band! it will only alert to the ka band cop if it exceeded the x band signal strenght!!

    as mike says its because rd's are like telephones they answer 1 and then thats it they lock up! if you have a multi bogey then it answers all calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itisjustme
    Jimbonz or any others who are educated in this area. My question is can exposing a RD real close to a radar gun cause it to overload.
    Yes, if it is close it can cause it to "overload" the front end with signal. This is one problem with testing RD's with the gun close to the unit (POP for example).

    Quote Originally Posted by itisjustme
    I expect this can be true but my main question is can it overload it to the point of permanent damage or cause detuning, loss of sensitivity that would be permanent to the RD.
    No (at least not with the high end models) :wink:

    Jim

 

 

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