Originally Posted by deputy5211
I may very well need one of those, Brother G. That way, if I get pulled over, I can simply jump to another time line!
The proper response is to nail the throttle and get to 88mph, not stop
Oh... and watch out for the re-entry landing...
Anyway, on a more serious note, I did a radar/laser certification course over the weekend with one of the newest Kustom radars, a Ka band stationary and moving mode. It was an eye-opening experience to actually play with this thing and see what its capabilities are. It will lock on vehicles either approaching or going away from the unit, and can track several targets, largest and fastest. Motorcycles are an easy target to clock. The range is also impressive, multiple good hits on target vehicles at well over a mile. In other words, if the officer can see you, he can clock you. There is a "trigger" mode that does not radiate so radar detectors will not see the signal until you have been clocked.
Net result of all this is that the detectors on the market are good for alerting you that there is a radar nearby, and can save a ticket if you are not the primary target the officer has visually identified and estimated speed first. Being in a group will not save you if you are the fastest target.
A really fun feature of the radars is the doppler tone the unit emits through a speaker. You can actually estimate speed by the pitch of the tone without looking at the digital indicator, and you can hear vehicles stomp on the brakes when their detectors go off. Actually this makes a great detector detector ! Higher pitch tone = higher speed, and when the brakes are stomped, the tone pitch lowers as deceleration occurs.
My net impression now being certified on the unit is this: Save your money for other farkles. Radar detectors are essentially useless unless you want to know when to stop for your ticket.