What Was Your First Radar Detector

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Bel MicroEye XKR
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Radio Shack Road Patrol XK Superheterodyne (that thing was a beast in size!)
Bel Vector 3 - I got my first ever K band hit with this detector. It was in my home town when they first switched to MPH Pythons from the K-55 X band units
Bel 966W w was for wideband Ka
Bel 645STi - shadow technology and first Super Wide Ka band
V1- started with a 1.7 front laser
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I honestly don't know what was my first, I want to say it might have been a BEL, but I am not sure. I know it was in 1986. Some how or other I had never gotten a radar ticket until 1986. It took that ticket for me to realize that as long as there was the chance I could detect radar before the ticket I wanted to try, so I got my first detector within the week of getting that ticket. Which is odd that it took that event to make me see things, considering my work history before that time (mostly electronic warfare). And I have pretty much driven with one since then.

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Uniden Bandit 55.
Worked awesome back in the day (1982). Looong, loong, alerts. 5,6, + mile X band alerts. Constant on 99.5% of the time I didn’t slow down most of the until the bars were in the red, and they were still a couple miles away. Wasn’t too tough to beat the LEO’s back then
 

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Autotronics Super Snooper. Circa 1976. Best of the old passive type detectors.
 

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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.
You are not voicing a “Whistler dixie” by not bringing up a name? :)
 

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In 97 I purchased the Super Fox 650 after a close run in with the man. X and K detection only. It was unbelievable to me that I’d know where the fuzz was hiding before they spotted me. It was a real revelation to me at the time.
 

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I'm surprised how many have experience with the Fuzzbuster (it was amazing for its time), but I don't recall this one. Who made it and when was it used?
I have one of the these Super Buster XKs in my collection of old XK band radar detectors. I checked it out, and there is no serial number or manufacturer nameplate in the detector. I bought it on EBay probably 20 or so years ago. According to the radar detector museum, it was made by Cynex Manufacturing out of New Jersey.

It was probably used in the early to mid 1970’s. I forget what year K-band started to be used for traffic enforcement. My Super Buster XK still powers up and alerts to both X and K band radar. With it being an old “passive” detector, I pretty much had to point the radar gun antenna at the radar detector antenna to get it to alert, but mine still works.


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I have one of the these Super Buster XKs in my collection of old XK band radar detectors. I checked it out, and there is no serial number or manufacturer nameplate in the detector. I bought it on EBay probably 20 or so years ago. According to the radar detector museum, it was made by Cynex Manufacturing out of New Jersey.

It was probably used in the early to mid 1970’s. I forget what year K-band started to be used for traffic enforcement. My Super Buster XK still powers up and alerts to both X and K band radar. With it being an old “passive” detector, I pretty much had to point the radar gun antenna at the radar detector antenna to get it to alert, but mine still works.


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Thanks. It does look like something out of the 70's when most of the units were huge. I can't remember ever seeing that one so I was curious who made it.
 

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Here's my first. Bought at Sears at Summit Park Mall in Niagara Falls, NY. I was 16. I don't know what happened to it. My Mom probably threw it out at some point.
Second one I bought was the original SOLO. I had that one for years. I still remember it took a 9V battery for power, LOL! Sold it to a friend of mine. He got caught with it by the OPP a couple of years after I sold it to him. He was pissed that it got taken.
 

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Mine was my current Uniden R3, so obviously new to the CM hobby. My father had an Escort of unknown model in the family '92 conversation van. I grew up enjoying speed and fast cars.
 

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Original Escort, best $250 I ever spent!
 

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Beltronics, maybe the vector? All I remember were the much touted ‘GaS diodes‘ inside, circa 198....3?
 

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radio shack one lol
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Radio Shack Micronta Road Patrol XK Radar Detector
 
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First was a Maxon ( I think) then a Whistler Spectrum II. Now there was hell on wheels for its time.

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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:
I had the remote version of this on my motorcycle. It was passive detector. It was replaced later with a superhet detector of which I don't remember the brand.
 

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Uniden r3 figured moving states would warrant the trips around.
 

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