How long have you left your radar on?

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    What's the longest stretch of time you left a radar unit transmitting without any interruption? Not gonna kill anything if you leave your radar gun plugged in and forget about it for a few hours? Not that I'd ever do that intentionally. Surely some of the testing groups have left their units transmitting for a good length of time... Anyone ever even heard of one being ruined by being left on?
     
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    They can get really really hot, and we know what prolonged extreme heat can do to electronics. When Nine_C1 and i did testing back in the day we tested the new Max on 34.7 and we had a wet rag we put over the unit to keep it cool and accurate since it had to sit in the sun.

    That said we had it on for at least 2 hours.
     
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    Read wrong***
     
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    Good to know. I'm sure it might last 2 days straight on once... but it'd probably break soon after that. Or go wildly out of tune, start on fire, or something like that.
     
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    I passed an unmanned police car on the side of the road running at 34.7, later that day (4+ hours) I didn't get the same range and the frequency was off. I guess we know why these need to be recertified.
     
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    me and Pat had my k gun on for 12 hours straight.... @patscogs It actually wasn't too bad. Was a bit warm, but it was also cold out...
     
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    TXCTG wraps the antennas with a towel,because most are left on 3-4 hours at a time in the car. I have seen a Stalker atr left on 7+ hours.
     
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    We have had mine on for hours at a time, as @Jag42 mentions. I do think that if you leave it on in hot conditions in direct sunlight that the counting unit can get hot enough to start malfunctioning or maybe it even has a fail safe that turns the counting unit off if it gets too hot. We had a time or two where my 35.5 unit stated acting weird when it was on for an extended period on a hot Texas day in the sun. But nothing permanent. I always try to get it positioned in some shade now. And as Jag42 mentions, we wrap the antenna with a hand towel to try to keep the direct sunlight off it when it's outside (and to protect the car upholstery if it's in the car).
     
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    Thanks for all the replies so far, good info. Now I'm not worried if I go test some stuff I don't have to go check the radar gun every single run or anything, Just need to make sure it's hidden enough some weirdo doesn't pull over and steal it or call the police or something.
     
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    Overlooked but let’s keep this in mind.

    Most of us, and me(Pat, Elliot, NJ guys), have or have used actual police radar. Technically speaking, these things should be made to work for EXTENDED periods of time in any conditions(in a cruiser cab).

    Say I’m in the desert in Nevada(NHP) and I have a 12 hour shift and all I do is Radar.... from use, and those conditions it’ll be ROASTING HOT I bet.

    On the flip...

    Say I’m an Alaska State Trooper, and I like Radar as well. It might be cold as balls(from window open/not used). These things have to work in all conditions. The new ones have self-check. In if they don’t work I’m sure they wouldn’t turn on. Or if they did, they broke(or somehow malfunctioned), it would shut itself off.


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