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Re: Radar detector/jammers (fwd)
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- Subject: Re: Radar detector/jammers (fwd)
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dahl, Dave)
- Date: Thu, 17 Nov 94 10:58:42 EST
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- Reply-To: quattro
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>>I read some time ago ( C&D, I think ) that a lot of the reflected signal
>>going back to the radar gun was from the large vertical (metal?) surfaces
>>in a car. The article stated that the headlights, license plate and the
>>radiator were pretty good at bouncing the signals back.
>>just what i remember . . .
>I think you are confusing radar with laser, which depends on a "good
>surface". Radar is far less directional. In that same article, C&D tested
>the best ways to beat laser. The bottom line was that because laser uses
>reflections of IR light, it is actually possible to defeat laser by
>overpowering the gun with too much light. In their test, the laser gun had
>a harder time reading a speed when their were more lights on
>(headlights/high beams/fog lights). They even went so far as to mount
>hi-powered off-road beams and cover them so only (non-visible) IR light
>could get through, and the laser was basically rendered useless.
>Do you remember which issue that was? I think it was 12-18 months ago.
If you go farther back in C/D (before the prevalence of laser), there
was an issue that discussed how the vertical metallic surfaces
reflected a lot of the radar signal. (That's when they mentioned the
Vette's inherent advantage due to the radiator angle.) I could find
out which issue, but it would take hours of rooting through boxes in
my basement (12 years' worth) -- articles like that one aren't indexed
like the road tests, so I would have to check all the tables of
contents. The information in that article may be somewhat dated
anyway, since a lot of time has passed.
You're right, the laser issue is more recent (and pretty interesting
-- I want one of those IR filters!). However, I think I've already
relegated that one to the basement, too. If I happen to come across
it, I'll post the issue date. Don't hold your breath, though; I'm
about to leave on vacation, so I won't be hanging out in the basement
- Dave Dahl (email@example.com)
- '87 VW Quantum Syncro
- '93 Volvo 850 GLT