selected the top performers in the Proximity of Response category and
put them against a nine mile, flat, deserted road to see who was the “Long
Ranger” of radar detection. The top performers in “Proximity”
in the above $200.00 price category were Valentine One, Passport X50,
Bel 995, and Bel RX 65. The van with the radar guns was located on a hill
with the road trailing away to the nine mile point. The test vehicle was
in constant line of sight with the van. Past nine miles the curvature
of the earth became an issue. To double check ourselves, each detector
was turned on and driven toward the van at 50 mph to verify the “Proximity
of Response” (PR) of each detector.
To accurately report your distance from a radar gun, radar detector warnings
should become more intense as you approach the radar gun’s location
with more signal strength lights illuminated and faster audible alerts
from the detectors. They should act like a Geiger counter, thus the term
Geiger Effect. All tested detectors accurately and proportionally increased
their warnings as they approached the radar guns. This means the closer
they came, the more insistent their warnings and the number of signal
strength lights increased. Some detectors not participating in this long
range test, immediately go to full alert at their first detection of a
radar gun which is not good. It doesn’t give you an idea of the
distance you are from the radar. We were only concerned with the three
frequencies of Ka band and used a Kustom Talon at 35.5 GHz, a Stalker
II at 34.7 GHz, and a Bee III at 33.8 GHz. The guns were constantly on
for ten seconds during the long range test. Each detector was given three
tries on each frequency. This long range test is one of the detector’s
sensitivity. However, it is unreasonable to assume police use radar guns
at nine miles to give tickets. They don’t. Radar tickets are normally
given at distances of approximately 1/4 mile. The test vehicle was asked
to report the signal strength reported by each detector at nine miles.
The Passport X50’s performance was astounding consistently reporting
over 50% signal strength at nine miles. It’s reported signal strength
was double that of any other detector. Its performance was followed, in
order, by Bel RX 65, Bel 995, and Valentine One. We were assisted by two
country sheriff’s departments. The Passport X50 is the Long
Ranger of Radar Detection and hotter than a Texas jalapeno pepper!
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