Yoda of Radar
Got my first look at MPH 33.8Ka
Driving from Austin to San Antonio yesterday, I got my first hit from an MPH radar gun. I found it kind of interesting that he was using I/O in broad daylight on a crowded interstate, until I saw that he was using what looked like an MPH Speedgun, a handheld unit. All of the handheld units I see in Cali are always in I/O mode. Couple of questions:
1. The frequency was 33.656GHz. That seems pretty far off from the target frequency of 33.8GHz to me. I only ever see Kustom 35.5 and Stalker 34.7 and those are never anywhere near that far off. Is this normal for MPG radar guns?
2. I saw way more city LEOs than state troopers playing around on I-35. Is this the norm for Texas?
3. CHP does not use handheld radar, but this guy was using an MPH Speedgun handheld unit. I never see squad cars using anything but dash mounted radar units unless it's laser. Would anyone else find it unusual that a patrol car was parked perpindicular to the road using a handheld radar unit and not laser?
A1: Toronto Police uses exclusevilly MPH radar units and I've always got their freq btwn 33.7xx and 33.81x, never ever outside this range, also lots of them are using brand-new MPH radar units running exactly Ka 33.800!!!
A2: I've done twice that particular portion of Texas (as well as the entire Texas), can't remember major issues at all but local people should give their personal real-life opinions on this issue...
A3: Lately, overwhelmingly all handheld guns are all laser but you never know when a police dept either has got no money for laser guns or all laser guns are already in use on the road (revenue collectors!) or maybe a cop in training getting used with a handheld gun, bottom line, everything is possible, if they get you speeding, dashboard mount or handheld, ain't matter for them, just more $$$ for the local revenue agency
The MPH Speedgun only comes in K-Band, there is no Ka band version available. In fact, there are NO handhelds that operate at 33.8 GHz at all. The only MPH Industries Ka units are "dash mount": the BEE III, Enforcer, Pythons, and BEE 36.
I don't know how to explain your encounter, but there's a few possibilities:
- perhaps tech mode was freaking out on you
- cop was using laser, and was also running a 33.8 unit in his vehicle
- cop was using laser/instant-on radar, and the signal that gave the alert was from a particularly leaky detector nearby (on the crowded interstate)
EXCELLENT INFO!!! Thank you very much Jim!
Originally Posted by jimbonzzz
Yoda of Radar
Thanks Jim. Must have been a leaky detector then. I got the hit, like an instant on hit in the 33.8ish range, assumed it was MPH, then saw the light colored gun as he was putting it down from the side. My new guess is a PL3 then. That would explain the perpindiular police car.
Interesting case scenario but also a pretty common one in banned areas where lots of time cops leave their radar units (K or Ka) on while shooting laser, so my question should be: any interference btwn laser feature and REAL K or Ka alert on the RD part?
Originally Posted by jimbonzzz
Here is what you should see in spec mode when detecting the 33.8.
Originally Posted by djrams80
STi & V1 with 33.8
STi - X50 vs 33.8
I have noticed that some Cobras leak around 33.6 GHz. I have seen that more than once. I know it's not a radar because the town where that happened has no MPH radars and there were no State Troopers around. This happened to me more than a few times.
I can answer questions 2 and 3.
2. Yes. Texas state troopers pretty much stay on the middle of no where highways. The city cops(at least in dallas) pretty much radar everywhere in their area. The only time I see state troopers in Texas is when I am taking a road trip. I think I have seen maybe one or two actually on I-35 in the city. Other than that they stay outside the cities pretty much.
3. In the town I live in, we JUST got dash mounted radar, and only then some of the cars have it. A lot of the cops use hand helds still. I think it may be because they can park their car so that it can be hidden and then just point the gun where they want it. I notice on the dash mounted versions you cant really move it to look perpendicular with the car, so I think a hand held gun is the solution. For instance, there are several spots in school zones in the area where the cop has to park his car to get up next to a fence so that no one can can see him going the other way. Then he wait, points it out the side of his window and shoots them from behind.
I guess I just thought most people used handheld units...From what I am reading I guess most don't anymore.
They can take the antenna and hold it, point it at your direction and clock you as being part of their training when they are parked perpendicular.
Originally Posted by Supersalad