Vintage Thursday - Radar Detector History

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Let's make today : Vintage Thursday
- Tell us about your first Radar Detector and post some vintage models.

My first was a Fuzbuster Elite with a Squelch knob -> Uniden Bandit 55 -> Escort w/STOP technology - and continues on.
Favorite Radar that never took off - Escort DSP first model.

Remember when Escort invented the keys? You had to have a key to engage the radar detector - to hopefully stop thefts...more a pain in the A*$
 

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My girlfriend got me a cobra when I was a young lad. Before opening it I did my reasearch and it got returned to the retailer. Not sure if that counts, but the first detector that I actually used was an Escort 9500ix. Range was crummy and whatnot, but I didn't know much about radar detectors and to this day it's probably my favorite detector ever. Lots of good saves and features. I paid $400 for it, used it for almost 3 years and sold it for around $350. Best $50 I've ever spent :)
 

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Let's make today : Vintage Thursday
- Tell us about your first Radar Detector and post some vintage models.

My first was a Fuzbuster Elite with a Squelch knob -> Uniden Bandit 55 -> Escort w/STOP technology - and continues on.
Favorite Radar that never took off - Escort DSP first model.

Remember when Escort invented the keys? You had to have a key to engage the radar detector - to hopefully stop thefts...more a pain in the A*$
My first radar detector was a Whistler Q1000. I also had an Escort DSP later on which was also one my favorites.


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I had a Fuzzbuster in the late '70s. It met its untimely demise when the power cord shorted out. :aaaaa: SMOKIN'!!!

Here's a stock pic off the 'net. The fake wood really complemented the crushed-velour upholstery of my ride during that era. :awesomelon:
 

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I started out with a Uniden Stalker in the late 80's. I couldn't remember the model or anything, but looked a while online while trying to remember the details of it.... finally found a pic of it.
 

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I had, about 1979 what I believe was the second superheterodyne detector marketed, Radar Intercept. It was a flat black device that was attached to a visor and was turned on by moving it to the vertical position. There were power and alert LEDs on the left edge. It was unique in that it contained a printed circuit bipole antenna with sensitivity front and rear. I used it for a number of ticket-free years until additional police bands made it obsolete.
 

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My first was one of those fuzzbusters, I dont have any pics myself, but others have. Should have kept it for fun, we have come along way...
 

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Let's make today : Vintage Thursday
- Tell us about your first Radar Detector and post some vintage models.

My first was a Fuzbuster Elite with a Squelch knob -> Uniden Bandit 55 -> Escort w/STOP technology - and continues on.
Favorite Radar that never took off - Escort DSP first model.

Remember when Escort invented the keys? You had to have a key to engage the radar detector - to hopefully stop thefts...more a pain in the A*$
 

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1st: Early 1980's vintage, don't even remember the brand. Basically, a small 2x3" black metal box with a single red LED and a silver toggle switch for city/highway.
2nd: Uniden RD9: 3rd: Escort 7500
4th: Escort 8500x50

Would *like* to continue my Escort engagement (insert your own joke here!), but things at Escort seem pretty unstable at present, so holding off to see if they get back on track before dropping the big bucks on a top line detector.
 
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This is the first I purchased myself, in 1981, the original K40.

I remember using brass sheet to fabricate a slide mount that allowed me to mount and dismount the unit without fumbling with the visor clips. It attached to the window frame just to the right of the rear view mirror.
K40 box.jpg
 

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I believe Fuzzbuster and Bearfinder were RDD proof since they were passive detectors.
 

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I believe Fuzzbuster and Bearfinder were RDD proof since they were passive detectors.
Did RDD's even exist back when the Fuzzbuster and Bearfinder were popular?
 

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Did RDD's even exist back when the Fuzzbuster and Bearfinder were popular?
Doubt it. I do understand some military pilots used the early detectors to detect anti-aircraft radar. The military found a way to replace these $100 devices with mulitmillion dollar improved hardware.
 

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Doubt it. I do understand some military pilots used the early detectors to detect anti-aircraft radar. The military found a way to replace these $100 devices with mulitmillion dollar improved hardware.
Indeed they did!
Navy Put Auto Radar Detectors in Some Planes
www.apnews.com: Navy Put Auto Radar Detectors in Some Planes

From a story published in 1987: "The Navy, in a move apparently prompted by the 1979 fall of the Iranian government, equipped some of its most sophisticated warplanes with a modified automobile radar detector to help protect them against American-made missiles, officials said Monday.
..."

I remember reading about it at the time. Apparently, the 'mod' was that the Navy drilled a single hole in a very specific place on the radar detector's motherboard, thus disabling detection of the radar frequency bands not required by the Navy's planes, ensuring that the automotive RD units sounded an alert ONLY for the Navy's desired radar band.
 
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Doubt it. I do understand some military pilots used the early detectors to detect anti-aircraft radar. The military found a way to replace these $100 devices with mulitmillion dollar improved hardware.
No. You get the multi-million dollar improved hardware OR the $600 toilet seat, not both!
 

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This technically was my first rd back in 89. It was my dads and he would only use it on trips so I would sneak it out of the closet all the time and hide it in my car. I loved the signal strength meter. Only x and k back in the day. I bought one not long ago for about $10 and it still works.
 

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