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Here, to be in help to those of you who would visit Bulgaria on some occasion, I prepared a picture file from our Intelligence ;)
With the idea for you to be prepared how things with traffic law enforcement look, how they do speed traps and what you should anticipate as whole. So, from what you'll see, you have to be aware to take with you your detectors, jammers and everything you can take. RDs are still legal. Without them you're lost in most situations. Spring and autumn are the most intensive traffic control seasons. Less so are summer and winter.

General PSLs except with a specific limiting sign:
City 50 km/h
Intercity 90 km/h
Speed road 120 km/h
Highway 140 km/h

Bands: X, K, Ka 33.8 & 34.3
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Awesome, thank you!
What is the tri-pod equipment? Radar/Lidar based?
 

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Looks like an old Mesta 208 / Multanova 6F... but that's quite old, unless a batch of used ones was imported ?
 

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Awesome, thank you!
What is the tri-pod equipment? Radar/Lidar based?
It's a Lidar mobile camera. Namely ARH-CAM S1
Maybe I forgot to mention the MRCD's , as you are personally well aware. :)

Looks like an old Mesta 208 / Multanova 6F... but that's quite old, unless a batch of used ones was imported ?
It's not old by far. If we can consider 1.5 year technics old. Hungarian production. Our damn pretty things here in Europe are a bit different.
 

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In the cities, on the freeways, everywhere. But not the way they widely use them in Canada in unmarked cars. Mainly deployed in camera boxes. Although you could stumble on unmarked cars like those as well but very rarely. My friend got a fat ticket years ago from a mrcd picture put in a hidden car on a city exit. And these are hard to be detected from long distance with Uniden. Sometimes good enough distance, sometimes almost none. I made tests in the summer and it turned out that the best possible performance against MRCD's here goes with FW 1.46, K filter off, POP off and TSF off. That's why I am keeping to 1.46 here and hope for something better down the road.
 

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It's a Lidar mobile camera. Namely ARH-CAM S1
Maybe I forgot to mention the MRCD's , as you are personally well aware. :)


It's not old by far. If we can consider 1.5 year technics old. Hungarian production. Our damn pretty things here in Europe are a bit different.
@skd, thank you for the info. I thought those were something new. I heard from friends that they are starting to use lidar cameras on the side of the road when I last visited there, but never saw any.

Yes, I have seen some MRCD. In fact, I had only about 8 seconds of reaction time from initial alert to visual with a stationary MRCD cam on the bypass road around Pleven. Marked on Waze, but still scary stuff.

I wounder if our laser jammers will be effective against this camers... I am thinking on bringing my TMG system next time.
 
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@skd, thank you for the info. I thought those were something new. I heard from friends that they are starting to use lidar cameras on the side of the road when I last visited there, but never saw any.

Yes, I have seen some MRCD. In fact, I had only about 8 seconds of reaction time from initial alert to visual with a stationary MRCD cam on the bypass road around Pleven. Marked on Waze, but still scary stuff.

I wounder if our laser jammers will be effective against this camers... I am thinking on bringing my TMG system next time.
Well, come here at this time of the year (September-October-November) or in spring and you will see a lot... as you witness in my videos. Next time you are on visit here, I will explain you "where and when". There are ears and eyes on every corner, haha. As I said before, hot summer keeps the leo's away. :) They are mostly on their vacancies or under the tree shades. :)

TMG should do the job. As I see its specs it covers exactly your needed 905nm wave length. ;) ALP and other quality LJ will do as well.
 

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In the cities, on the freeways, everywhere. But not the way they widely use them in Canada in unmarked cars. Mainly deployed in camera boxes. Although you could stumble on unmarked cars like those as well but very rarely. My friend got a fat ticket years ago from a mrcd picture put in a hidden car on a city exit. And these are hard to be detected from long distance with Uniden. Sometimes good enough distance, sometimes almost none. I made tests in the summer and it turned out that the best possible performance against MRCD's here goes with FW 1.46, K filter off, POP off and TSF off. That's why I am keeping to 1.46 here and hope for something better down the road.
Well uniden seems to be ass at detecting mrcd; more of a ticket notifier.
Do you guys have genevo down there? Specifically the genevo one m?
 

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No, I don't have. I could buy a piece of them but this is pretty much a balloon price and I doubt it lives up to its price at all. There is not much competition here like the one at your country, guys and this obviously is determining the price. The law for supply and demand, i suppose. As opposed to Genevo, Uniden and even Radenso offer much better prices and I personally believe that Americans are the master specialist in this kind of technology. There are some differences of course but as you can see Uniden R1 perfectly fits here. R1 does a good job loaded with 1.46. Yeah, it could be better but still enough distance. Even R7 couldn't do it better because its current FW is not doing well with MRCD's but maybe one day it will do well or better. Radenso will also, just one would miss the redlight camera database but that's all. V1 has been for years a real legend here and there are many local people that posses V1 from the dawn of its birth. If I tell you what kind of Whistlers and Cobras they sell here, you wouldn't believe it. And these goes for top, lol. There is one native brand resembling Genevo that is made obviously at the same factory in Korea and maybe they are not so bad too, I don't know.
 

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Well, come here at this time of the year (September-October-November) or in spring and you will see a lot... as you witness in my videos. Next time you are on visit here, I will explain you "where and when". There are ears and eyes on every corner, haha. As I said before, hot summer keeps the leo's away. :) They are mostly on their vacancies or under the tree shades. :)

TMG should do the job. As I see its specs it covers exactly your needed 905nm wave length. ;) ALP and other quality LJ will do as well.
I actually may be visiting back there in few months.
Think about it and let me know if are interested in any RD unit from here. I may be able to get a good price and bring it when I visit..
 
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I actually may be visiting back there in few months.
Think about it and let me know if are interested in any RD unit from here. I may be able to get a good price and bring it when I visit..
Awesome! Just PM me when you plan to visit us, I will consider what is best at that moment. Maybe we will have something new on the market by then. I would highly appreciate this gesture of you. :)
 

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Awesome! Just PM me when you plan to visit us, I will consider what is best at that moment. Maybe we will have something new on the market by then. I would highly appreciate this gesture of you. :)
For sure.
I heard Radenso is supposedly working on something big. Or possibly Uniden will come up with a solid update for MRCD...
We'll see.
 
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You took the words out of my mouth. Lets see what is coming till then. Radenso is my next favorite after Uniden. Prices in US are much more decent compared to ours. Thanks once again!
 

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You took the words out of my mouth. Lets see what is coming till then. Radenso is my next favorite after Uniden. Prices in US are much more decent compared to ours. Thanks once again!
No problem.
Yes, I have noticed that everytime I visit back - electronics in general in Bulgaria are more expensive (for less quality as well).
I am curious about the current law in regards to possessing laser jammers in Bulgaria. I know they are illegal, but what is the penalty for those - do you know? I can eventually deal with fine, but confiscation would ruin my day big time...
 

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Earlier today I ran across this ARH S1 for the first time since I have my R1. As expected, my RD was completely blind at just 10 meters away from it. Nada! No Weeze mark on top of it. I was kinda expecting it around that area and kept to the PSL. So, if you want protection against it, your LJs are the CM alone. No other way. Just for information.
 
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Earlier today I ran across this ARH S1 for the first time since I have my R1. As expected, my RD was completely blind at just 10 meters away from it. Nada! No Weeze mark on top of it. I was kinda expecting it around that area and kept to the PSL. So, if you want protection against it, your LJs are the CM alone. No other way. Just for information.
That is good to know, thanks!
Which area was that? And was the camera positioned low (on a tripod) or high (on a pole)?
 

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That is good to know, thanks!
Which area was that? And was the camera positioned low (on a tripod) or high (on a pole)?
Nearly same spot on my daily commute where I had the RD accident earlier, setting it with City Mode. I've cut the video for you. See for yourself. All the answers are there.

 

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Nearly same spot on my daily commute where I had the RD accident earlier, setting it with City Mode. I've cut the video for you. See for yourself. All the answers are there.

That is impossible to see.
I believe its positioning makes it very hard to detect. It's low to the ground, and I am pretty sure it is focused to target the license plate area. Therefore, the Uniden will never detect this one. I just did a quick test in my garage (with Pro Laser 3, courtesy of @Bossdad71), and I literally had to position the lidar gun right in front of my R7, touching the windshield, in order to make it alert to laser. Just few inches away and under angle - nothing! If that camera operates at a range of 500ft (150m), then the beam will be less than 50cm wide, so no way for the RD to pick it up...
I will be doing some real lidar testing next week to see how my TMG install (dual, front) is doing against the PL3...
 

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That is impossible to see.
I believe its positioning makes it very hard to detect. It's low to the ground, and I am pretty sure it is focused to target the license plate area. Therefore, the Uniden will never detect this one. I just did a quick test in my garage (with Pro Laser 3, courtesy of @Bossdad71), and I literally had to position the lidar gun right in front of my R7, touching the windshield, in order to make it alert to laser. Just few inches away and under angle - nothing! If that camera operates at a range of 500ft (150m), then the beam will be less than 50cm wide, so no way for the RD to pick it up...
I will be doing some real lidar testing next week to see how my TMG install (dual, front) is doing against the PL3...
The ARH Cam is a lidar speed camera, tripod mounted, and aimed at the license plate. As such, a standard, level head placement should provide adequate protection. Supposedly, the lidar unit is a Truspeed TSB, so nothing too difficult to deal with. ALP and Laser Interceptor can jam it so TMG should be able to as well.
 

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