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I rarely change any of my settings. I leave it in highway and always have the volume up (however I plan on having the volume **** sticking out the side).

I've had my detector in multiple locations in my truck, most of which were along the bottom of the windshield. but I'm again not worried about that. Here's why: when cops use radar, they aim for the grille of your truck. of course not all of those frequency waves hit the grille, some are deflected up to your windshield (in which case your radar detector goes off), some are deflected around your truck, and some hit non reflective surfaces and just "die". The rest is reflected back to the cops radar gun, tellig him how fast you are going (the difference in the wavelength that is returned is what determines this). No matter where your detector is placed, if your truck is being gunned, it will pick it up as long as it has a clear view (or line of sight as we say in the military) to the target (cop). It will work wherever you put it in the windshield.

And as far as sound goes, I think I'll be able to hear it through 1/8' thick plastic. I always have it as loud as I can anyway.
actually, The Radar is shooting a spectrum of waves toward the Target Vehicle. It is not just aimed at a grill or any type. It just has to bounce back to the radar. It isnt aimed specifically toward any part of the car. Just the car in general. Calculations are done within the radar box to determine the targets speed. in Fast Mode moving, if you are going say, 50. the patrol car is going 50 also. It will come back, that you are going 100. Within the box it does a calculation that subtracts the patrol speed to give you the acurate target speed. Fast Stationary is different, the patrol car isnt moving, and well, ya just get the speed back.
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I wasn't saying that they HAVE to hit the grille, jsut that they aim at the grille so they get the best reading possible. Trust me, my dad's a cop and I'm trained in radar for the Navy, so I know how it works. Moving radar guns are a different animal. Mostly used with Ka band on highways. Rarely will you see them in cities or small towns.
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radar in the navy is different than radar in the police world.

are you IN the navy? or working as a contractor?

and, i have never been told to "aim at the grill"
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yes I'm in the Navy. my father always told me that they generally aim at the grille. you don't have to, but it gives ya somethin to aim at. Yes radar for military and air traffic use is different, but it works on the same basic principles. but either way your radar detector is going to catch some of the radar sent out.
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sounds like a cool idea... while im not gonna do this i would like to see the finished product
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I'm hoping to have this done by the next Louisiana meet so someone there can take pics for me and mail them to me. By then I'll have my headliner painted and my A-pillars painted and finished, maybe my CB too.
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actually, The Radar is shooting a spectrum of waves toward the Target Vehicle. It is not just aimed at a grill or any type. It just has to bounce back to the radar. It isnt aimed specifically toward any part of the car. Just the car in general. Calculations are done within the radar box to determine the targets speed. in Fast Mode moving, if you are going say, 50. the patrol car is going 50 also. It will come back, that you are going 100. Within the box it does a calculation that subtracts the patrol speed to give you the acurate target speed. Fast Stationary is different, the patrol car isnt moving, and well, ya just get the speed back.

I agree, as does my training, with Tom. Its a point and shoot world. Plus 98% of the time your getting "Pegged" from a dash mounted unit in a cruiser....the only aiming is in your general direction. Departments/Agencies are steering clear of the hand held radar units since there is a higher chance of officer interferance....ie, jumping the gun.
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yes I'm in the Navy. my father always told me that they generally aim at the grille. you don't have to, but it gives ya somethin to aim at. Yes radar for military and air traffic use is different, but it works on the same basic principles. but either way your radar detector is going to catch some of the radar sent out.
where ya stationed, whats your job?
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I've had my detector in multiple locations in my truck, most of which were along the bottom of the windshield. but I'm again not worried about that. Here's why: when cops use radar, they aim for the grille of your truck. of course not all of those frequency waves hit the grille, some are deflected up to your windshield (in which case your radar detector goes off), some are deflected around your truck, and some hit non reflective surfaces and just "die". The rest is reflected back to the cops radar gun, tellig him how fast you are going (the difference in the wavelength that is returned is what determines this). No matter where your detector is placed, if your truck is being gunned, it will pick it up as long as it has a clear view (or line of sight as we say in the military) to the target (cop). It will work wherever you put it in the windshield.
way wrong... radar is not that pin point and is "aimed" at about a 50 foot target depending on the band for every 100ft or so... Laser or LIDAR are what your refering too and they aim for your form plate or headlights... only way to protect is to get a laser jammer or Veil Coating and a good laser detection unit to give you a few extra seconds to hit the brakes...
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where ya stationed, whats your job?
NAS New Orleans, I'm an electronics technician. bout to put on third class in December.
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Update

UPDATE
I got all my painting done this weekend and got my switches mounted in the OHC. I don't know what I'm using them all for yet, but that is yet to be determined. I think it looks prety slick so far. Gonna run all the wires for the switches and detector tonight (if it isn't raining).
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UPDATE
I got all my painting done this weekend and got my switches mounted in the OHC. I don't know what I'm using them all for yet, but that is yet to be determined. I think it looks prety slick so far. Gonna run all the wires for the switches and detector tonight (if it isn't raining).
pics?
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x2786925. This sounds really interesting.
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Well, I don't have a camera... but if you read above I said I would try and get some pics at the next meet down here which will be on the 29th. That or I'll try and buy a camera next paycheck.
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k, I got everything installed last night, and took it for a test drive and tried to run into some cops, and it works great! I can still hear it just as if it were sitting on my dash. The three switches I put in all run down my passenger a pillar, but I have nothing to hook them up to right now, so that is yet to be determined. maybe my underglows when I get em? I also got my CB put in where my ashtray was with a little cutting. Pics will go up as soon as available.
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sounds cool man, cant wait to see pics
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ARRGGG I just read this whole thread expecting pics at the end. Oh well I will just have to wait along with the rest of us.
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Sorry guys! :Shrug:
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I would like to see some pictures when they are available! Thanks
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holy old thread.. but you bring up a good point..

WHERE ARE THE PICS????!!
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I think that in theory it's all fine and well but looking up all of the time would be really incovenient. You'd definitely have to have some kind of audible alert. I'm happy with mine in the center of the windshield so that I can take it down when I go to Virginia without getting pulled over since it's a no radar state.
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My friend has this done do his Tahoe but his radar detector is all separate.The sensors are mounted under the front and rear bumpers and all this is visible on the inside is the mode switch and volume control. The speaker for the warnings is also behine the panel and u can hear it over everything. Ill get some pics.
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My friend has this done do his Tahoe but his radar detector is all separate.The sensors are mounted under the front and rear bumpers and all this is visible on the inside is the mode switch and volume control. The speaker for the warnings is also behine the panel and u can hear it over everything. Ill get some pics.
Please post some pictures of that if possible?







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Please post some pictures of that if possible?







Ill get some tonight.
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