Vintage Bearfinder Two+Two X&K band radar detector from the 1970's

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I have a collection of older X&K band radar detectors primarily from the 1970's and early 1980's. I decided to test this old Bearfinder Two+Two today against my old Speedgun One X-band radar gun and my Falcon K-band gun. I also tried my Falcon HR against the Bearfinder, but the old "passive" Bearfinder was more responsive to the original Falcon. I am attaching the video from the Falcon K-band gun, and I am adding some photos of the box, owner's manual, and warranty registration card.

This Bearfinder has separate antennas for X and K band and may have been the inspiration for radar detectors that came out later with different antennas for different bands (ie: the original Redline). This is when radar detection was plain and simple. I do think it has pretty good reactivity for a 40 plus year old radar detector....lol.

 

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I have a collection of older X&K band radar detectors primarily from the 1970's and early 1980's. I decided to test this old Bearfinder Two+Two today against my old Speedgun One X-band radar gun and my Falcon K-band gun. I also tried my Falcon HR against the Bearfinder, but the old "passive" Bearfinder was more responsive to the original Falcon. I am attaching the video from the Falcon K-band gun, and I am adding some photos of the box, owner's manual, and warranty registration card.

This Bearfinder has separate antennas for X and K band and may have been the inspiration for radar detectors that came out later with different antennas for different bands (ie: the original Redline). This is when radar detection was plain and simple. I do think it has pretty good reactivity for a 40 plus year old radar detector....lol.

Damn! That's pretty quick! I wonder how it'll do against a Genesis II on I/O? I bet it's faster than my V1G2! LMAO! Great video @RoadDogg !
 

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Damn! That's pretty quick! I wonder how it'll do against a Genesis II on I/O? I bet it's faster than my V1G2! LMAO! Great video @RoadDogg !
I started to say something in the original post about comparing it to my V1G2 or RL360c on K-band, but I left that out as I figured someone might bring that up.... that someone was you @Kennyc56 ....lol. I figured a V1G2 or RL360c owner may chime in on that. That old Bearfinder Two + Two was pretty quick to alert.

I might just do a comparison video with this old Bearfinder and the V1G2 and the RL360c on K-band...lol. I have found my RL360c to have some of the same "K-band challenges" as my V1G2. They (V1G2 and RL360c) are both in the same K-band "responsiveness league", but my V1G2 and RL360c do well enough for me against my primarily C/O K-band that I encounter. Both the V1G2 and RL360c excel on Ka band. Maybe the folks over at VR and Escort need to incorporate some of this "Space Age technology" from this 40 year old plus radar detector...lol.
 
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I started to say something in the original post about comparing it to my V1G2 or RL360c K-band reactivity, but I left that out as I figured someone might bring that up.... that someone was you @Kennyc56 ....lol. I figured a V1G2 or RL360c owner may chime in on that. That old Bearfinder Two + Two was pretty quick to alert.

I might just do a comparison video with this old Bearfinder and the V1G2 and the RL360c. I have found my RL360c to be a little slower to respond to K-band than the V1G2. They (V1G2 and RL360c) are both in the same "slow to react" K-band league. Maybe the folks over at VR and Escort need to incorporate some of this "Space Age technology" from this 40 year old plus radar detector...lol.
I just couldn't help myself! It's still almost comical how a detector can be faster than lightning on one band and a pure slug on another, no matter what the reason is!
 

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I just couldn't help myself! It's still almost comical how a detector can be faster than lightning on one band and a pure slug on another, no matter what the reason is!
Lol. It is crazy to see some of the differences on the different bands with the V1G2 (and RL360c). The V1G2 is beyond lightning fast on Ka. I can reach for my Stalker ATR trigger or the hold/release button of my Kustom Golden Eagle remote, and my V1G2 is just ready "do its thing" and quickly alert....lol. Well, I do have to hit the button or pull the trigger, but it doesn't take much for the V1G2 to alert on Ka.
 

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How about an actual field test to see what distances it picks up in various scenarios? I’ve always wondered what kind real protection those older units provided.

We took a Fuzzbuster 2 out on the road and tested it against an Escort. But that was in 1979 so I don’t recall the distances.
 

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The range won't be too impressive since it's a passive unit. Once the superheterodyne units hit the market like the original Escort things got better.
 

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