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Re: Radar Jammers

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Fri Nov 11 13:37:11 1994
> Date: Fri, 11 Nov 94 12:52:55 EST
> From: drobbins@wellfleet.com (David Robbins)
> To: quattro@swiss.ans.net
> Subject: Re: Radar Jammers
> Reply-To: quattro@swiss.ans.net
> Date: 11 Nov 1994 17:11:49 GMT
> Message-Id: <127266782.40878494@wellfleet.com>
> Organization: Bay Networks, Inc.
> Come on, people.  I have never seen or read anything that shows that Radar
> Jammers are effective in any way.  As has been mentioned, the active jammers
> send out a signal saying you are either moving at a fixed rate of speed (i.e
> always 65 MPH) or a percentage of your real speed (80 MPH *.8 = 64 MPH, 70
> MPH *.8 = 56 MPH, etc).  In either case, a cop is perceptive enough to know
> there is something funny going on.

Not only that, but by turning on a jammer, you'll also cause other radar-
equipped cars to slow down, possibly plugging up the road ahead of you.

> As far as passive jammers go, I have read tests that show they do absolutely
> nothing.  The people selling them are betting on the fact that you have no
> way of knowing if it does what it should or not (there are lots of
> explanations in the literature about how it is not foolproof - a concept they
> call "punch-through").  They figure the'll sell more than they get returned,
> and end up making money in the end (haven't we heard this before - can you
> say Superchips?) .  If you think about the concept of a passive jammer, it
> doesn't make much sense.

Right, there was a test of various jammers in the STAR, and you'd get the
same effect from putting a coffee mug on your dash!

> If you're going to waste your money on a radar jammer, I would suggest buying
> a better detector.  Better yet, send the money to me, I have some spare
> computer boards and a black box I can send in return ;-)

While we're at it, don't forget to buy some Slick50(TM) oil and gas
treatment and send in your computer to SuperChips!

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

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