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    Default Remote Install Issues??

    I was wondering if doing a remote install (ie. hiding it in the roof or in any other compartment) would hurt the radar reception much. And also, wouldn't this totally disable lases detection?

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    Fighters have a nose cone made of fiberglass, and inside that is the FCR (fire control radar as we call it). So, obviously radar can pass easily thru fiberglass. Also, if you look at wx radar or an ATC radar, often times they are protected from the weather by being inside a "ball", which is made of some synthetic, fiberglass type material. What you don't want is to have metal between your RD and the signal. Metal will block the signal. As for laser, your RD needs to not be obstructed by any material that will attenuate or block the light wave. If you can't see thru it, then it's going to most likely block laser. Of course, the reverse might not be true...even if it's transparent, it may still absorb the specific Lidar frequency, which as I understand, is a 904nm wavelength.
    So, if you're not concerned about laser detection (which I think is pretty risky) then you could mount in behind a material that doesn't attenuate radar. But I would assume any material is going to reduce the amplitude of the radar signal reaching the receiver somewhat, even if non-ferrous or metal.
    Is that clear as mud?
    Of course, I could be completely wrong. But, that's a given...

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    re: viper pilot, that sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

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    When I put my hand in front of the rear sensor on my v1 when I am getting radar from the rear it weakens it very very much to just about not detecting it at all....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNetwork
    When I put my hand in front of the rear sensor on my v1 when I am getting radar from the rear it weakens it very very much to just about not detecting it at all....
    Your hand (or any other part of your body) will be much more effective at attenuating a low-density material like plastic of fiberglass. Water is an extremely effective absorber of radar energy and you are made of mostly water.

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    How do people mount v1's in the roof by the rearview mirror, isn't that a lot of metal?

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    You have to mount it so that the antenna peeks around the rear view mirror since it is metallic. I find that mounting above works best, but sometimes mount it just to the right so that the rear antenna can see around. I do notice that in the latter configuration the arrows can be confused by signals from the front that "ricochet" off the mirror and into the rear antenna.

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    You might also want to read this report on window tint, even if you just have factory tint on your car:
    http://www.valentine1.com/lab/MikesLabRpt1.asp

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    I want to mount it as high as possible, but is it bad to mount it behind that blue tint that comes on the top of all windows??

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    Default remote placement of V-1

    I have a new Valentine 1 and am testing an alternate mounting location currently.

    I have a '99 Mazda Miata with a full rollbar just behind the seats.
    I have mounted my V-1 just under the top bar of the rollbar in the center and have a remote display on the dash.
    I have a friend's older V-1 mounted right in the middle of the windshield as a control so I can compare the two V-1's performance.

    My primary concern about this alternate location is that when I look into my rear view mirror I can see my V-1 so I worry about how much signal is being blocked from getting to my V-1. Also with my detector being located 3.5'-4' away from the windshield the angle of view is reduced by the windshield pillars.

    Oddly enough however, I havenít noticed any reduction in my V-1's performance.
    I've only been testing this for a week and my friend's V-1 is an older version (my new one is more susceptible to faltsing) so I don't have a verdict yet, but so far it looks promising.

    Robert

 

 

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