How did Whistler Radar lose its way?

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True about good signal processing. Today its the chops of the programmer that improves receivers. 2 exact same FPGAs can do vastly different things and then software changes things again. With the Whistler CR97 and 95 it seems like the code for the FDSR feature needed more lines but they were at a price point for whatever processor is in there and it was truncated. Seems as if it was almost there if it had a better processor. Still fun to use. If I see the FDSR on the display I watch my speed realizing its seeing something.
FDSR is the reason why the Whistlers now mix up K band with KA Band. All my Whistlers prior to the addition of FDSR including my CR85 with TFSR but no FDSR do not band confuse and actually have pretty good bsm filtering. After FDSR was added it fell apart.
 

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My 1770A did me great back in the day.

Features included:
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I suspect the next high end Whistler will have a LNA.

I doubt there are any plans for a high end Whistler. They seem to be set up for mid priced only units.
 

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I doubt there are any plans for a high end Whistler. They seem to be set up for mid priced only units.
You're probably right @Freebird , but I would love it if they come out with a newer version of the CR97 with the confusion issues fixed and some more off axis dialed in. I'd be in for one! I'd love to have one for a change of pace and for testing!
 

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You're probably right @Freebird , but I would love it if they come out with a newer version of the CR97 with the confusion issues fixed and some more off axis dialed in. I'd be in for one!

I'm sure there are a lot of us myself included who would love to see Whistler release a top tier unit that could go head to head with the best that we have available today. I just sadly don't think that it will ever happen.
 

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Some continue to think they are the smartest in the room. . . ...even when the ship sinks, happens everyday.

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I updated the redlight database on my CR97 and put it in the car. I did a reset and set it up with k filter 0 / Ka 1 / FDSR/ City from all of our experiments and it wasn't bad at all. It displayed a ka and I noticed it ramped up evenly...and in my rear view mirror a way bit back I see a NYS trooper just keeping up with traffic using C/O. Kind of surprised because it isn't supposed to be too good picking up rear shots but this was nice. Maybe it was bouncing off all the cars behind me but still not bad. The database seems really good for NY and its free. Hoping for a new model but Whistler seems to release incremental changes every few years.
 

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Man, all this Whistler talk makes me wanna throw up my CR97 again! Time do dust it off out of the closet.
 

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You're probably right @Freebird , but I would love it if they come out with a newer version of the CR97 with the confusion issues fixed and some more off axis dialed in. I'd be in for one! I'd love to have one for a change of pace and for testing!
Me too. I would also want a specific frequency display in addition to having the K/Ka confusion issues fixed. As @Freebird stated, a top tier detector and a top performer from Whistler more than likely may/will not happen, but who knows. Maybe Whistler will shock us and introduce something new and moderately or significantly better than the CR95/CR97 series....Time will tell.
 

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Me too. I would also want a specific frequency display in addition to having the K/Ka confusion issues fixed. As @Freebird stated, a top tier detector and a top performer from Whistler more than likely may/will not happen, but who knows. Maybe Whistler will shock us and introduce something new and moderately or significantly better than the CR95/CR97 series....Time will tell.
Whistler might make a top end detector. I mean look at Uniden, for a while pre LRD series, they had the crappiest detectors around. I remember in the 90s and early 2000s they would sell terrible RDs at Radio Shack, then they stepped it up, and started selling LRD, DFR, R series and completely took the RD world by surprise. I'm hoping Whistler does the same.
 

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Whistler might make a top end detector. I mean look at Uniden, for a while pre LRD series, they had the crappiest detectors around. I remember in the 90s and early 2000s they would sell terrible RDs at Radio Shack, then they stepped it up, and started selling LRD, DFR, R series and completely took the RD world by surprise. I'm hoping Whistler does the same.
I remember during the mid 90s I had a cheap Whistler and my father had a cheap Uniden. For $50 the Whistler did pretty good and my dad was jealous. Lol


It was simpler back then. No BSM garbage to deal with. Hopefully Whistler can come back like Uniden has.
 

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Back in the 90s and early 2000s they made inexpensive yet great detectors in my opinion. You could find them at Walmart, Radio Shack and most electronics stores.

These days the company seems like it's dead. So what went wrong? Is there an inside story to this? Did their engineers leave? Did R&D money dry up? I'd like to hear your stories and opinions.
How did Whistler "loose" it's way? They failed to stay "tight".
They could win again and they could LOSE again.
 

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