What Was Your First Radar Detector

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When my dad passed I found a Whistler in the glove box of the Jeep and Cobra in the Armada. I tinkered with them for a bit. It didn’t take me long to realize they were useless. My first purchased RD was a 9500ix. I then found RDF and bought one of everything (ok not EVERYTHING).


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First? Autotronics Snooper.. Moved on from there. Well, I did fiddle with a Radar Sentry of dad’s plugged into Eico12v pwr pointed out window of bedroom. When multi watt X band came down street, it would go off. I think I was under 10 the time?
 

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Cobra RDL-214SW and it was Made in Japan, that was at least 30 years ago, maybe 40. Back in the days of the CB radio, we had a network of radios and base stations going on everyday going to and from work, smokey bear had no place to hide. Today I don't know anyone using a CB or RD anymore.
 

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Approximately 1982/83: Fox XK - Crap, but their advertising got me, and I think it was a few hundred dollars. It had a manual squelch that you had to set until it JUST stopped alarming. The higher the squelch, the stronger the signal required to set it off. Needless to say, I was always checking the squelch setting.

Moved to a Cobra that worked very well, then into a high end Bel (made in Canada, but cheaper to import by mail from the states even with all taxes and duties). Currently I don't have a RD, but pretty sure my next one will be Theia for about $500,000 Canadian :swoon:
 

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Betronics Vector 940 circa 2010 or so.
 

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Fuzzbuster 1976 and then on Cincinnati Microwave Escort and was that unti built with amazing quality and it lasted for years . I now await to get another detector and it will be Theia.

Radenso reminds of why Cincinnati is the radar detector cradle like days of Cincinnati Microwave and the Escort.
 

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Escort max. I was late to the game. Moved on to the RPSE, then R3 and now R7.
 

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Mine was a POS that I won't name here as the company is represented on this forum. It was SO bad that it didn't have a signal strength meter or different tones for X & K!

After that it was a Uniden or Cobra. I eventually graduated to the original Escort (yes I am THAT old!) to a Passport then back to Escort. I thought that the Escort had better "range" than the Passport.

Then it was V1...and multiple V1s until the V1G2.
 

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In 1986 I started with a BEL 918 or something. It had an on/off switch with a city/highway switch. I had several tickets before moving to BEL Quantum with a digital ramp up reading.
BEL Vector
BEL ? (Big detector)
Escort Passport
Uniden RD9XL
Bel RX65
Escort Redline O
Uniden R1
Uniden R7
 

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