Vintage Radar Detector Testing

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I have a Kustom Falcon and an HR-8, plus a Kustom 35 mph tuning fork. Packed away somewhere in a box from my move to NC. Probably got put up in the attic until I get around to unpacking all my "toys"
 

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I could be wrong but I think you'd be okay this far down the line. I'd love to see them.
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The Uniden RD-9XL I have was claimed to be the smallest radar detector. It is pretty darn small, the smallest one I have by far. Sitting on top of an original Passport.
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Dang, I owned an RD9XL in the early 90's and loved it. This was of course before Ka band and the onslaught of X and K band pollution.
 

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Had a little setback at the beginning of the week. Was traveling through Seattle and had a late gate change from B to S gate. While going down the escalator to jump on the train, I misjudged the last step and hyper-extended my knee. In a knee brace and taking a prescribed liver killing 2400mg of ibuprofen a day. Finally feeling well enough to do some extra curricular activities.

Here is my K band test setup. It is a Kustom Trooper. I am using an SLA battery for power supply. I also have a small solar panel I can connect to keep the battery charged while testing. Whole thing can be padlocked to a tree or pole to prevent theft or tampering.

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Here is what I am going to use as a test course. The road is nice and straight and has a good elevation change.
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Had a little setback at the beginning of the week. Was traveling through Seattle and had a late gate change from B to S gate. While going down the escalator to jump on the train, I misjudged the last step and hyper-extended my knee. In a knee brace and taking a prescribed liver killing 2400mg of ibuprofen a day. Finally feeling well enough to do some extra curricular activities.

Here is my K band test setup. It is a Kustom Trooper. I am using an SLA battery for power supply. I also have a small solar panel I can connect to keep the battery charged while testing. Whole thing can be padlocked to a tree or pole to prevent theft or tampering.

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Having had a similar issue with My rt. Knee I can really empathize with You!
Hope it settles down soon.
Nice pics btw!
Doc
 

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My RD9-XL might be weak... It barely alerts to a full 4 bars with the Velocity pointed at it from 10 feet. :)

The alert tone is pretty basic.
I'll try some more with a proper driving test.

Bummer. Dought my RD9 XL would fire up after sitting in the closet for decades. Plus the power cord is misplaced. They were great lil units for their time. Would love to see the maximum range for it. Regardless, it saved my ass many times.
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Had a little setback at the beginning of the week. Was traveling through Seattle and had a late gate change from B to S gate. While going down the escalator to jump on the train, I misjudged the last step and hyper-extended my knee. In a knee brace and taking a prescribed liver killing 2400mg of ibuprofen a day. Finally feeling well enough to do some extra curricular activities.

Here is my K band test setup. It is a Kustom Trooper. I am using an SLA battery for power supply. I also have a small solar panel I can connect to keep the battery charged while testing. Whole thing can be padlocked to a tree or pole to prevent theft or tampering.

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Here is what I am going to use as a test course. The road is nice and straight and has a good elevation change.
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Wishing a speedy recovery :)
 
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This is what I currently have:
ModelWorkingNotes
Audiovox XK SuperhetrodyneY
BEL Micro Eye Express LRY
BEL Micro Eye SelectraUHas issues
BEL XKR 500Y
Cobra ESD-9160Y
Cobra Trapshooter RD-3110Y
Cobra Trapshooter RD-3120UMissing cord
Escort (Original)NNo power
Fox XKY
GUL G-110SUUntested
K40 XK SuperhetY
Kraco KRD-18ANBroken power port, missing cord
Maxon RD-1Y
Micro Radar Model 100Y
Micronta Road Patrol XK 22-1611Y
Micronta Road Patrol XK 22-1621NConstant Alert
Micronta Road Patrol XK 22-1621NConstant Alert
Micronta Road Patrol XK 22-1621UMissing cord
Passport (Original)Y
Road Runner RD-55 RemoteY
Snooper D-4000Y
Sparkomatic Road Alert 30UMissing cord
Super Fox Vixen IIY
Uniden RD-55Y
Uniden RD-9XLYBad power cord
Uniden TruckerYHas issues
Whistler 400 QuadradyneY
Whistler Spectrum (Original)YPossible Issues
Whistler Spectrum 1Y
Whistler WH-2Y

OP, not sure if this helps but i have a Micronta Road Patrol x-k-ka 22-1626 w/power cord in working condition. My father in law gifted it to me one day after talking about me being into RDs. Haha. Is the power cord the same?
 

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OP, not sure if this helps but i have a Micronta Road Patrol x-k-ka 22-1626 w/power cord in working condition. My father in law gifted it to me one day after talking about me being into RDs. Haha. Is the power cord the same?
Not sure on the power cord.

I am going to have to put this project on hold due to the knee injury. Waiting to see if I am going to need surgery.
 

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I used to have a Gul much ike this one back in the day. For some reason I think it was a GL110, but I can’t remember for sure. I loved it because it was small and I could take it on my motorcycle easily. I don’t know how it compares to others, but I never had issues with range... that I knew of. This sure brings back the memories.

 

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I have a Kustom Falcon and an HR-8, plus a Kustom 35 mph tuning fork. Packed away somewhere in a box from my move to NC. Probably got put up in the attic until I get around to unpacking all my "toys"
Any chance you have a manual for the kustom hr-8. Or could talk me through operation. Just got one. Lights up. That's all I know,😇
 

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When I was in the Air Force back in the mid-1980s, I couldn't afford a fancy Escort detector on my Airman's pay. My Base Exchange (AAFES BX) had a Cobra on sale. It was touted as the first LDC Superheterodyne model (maybe, but that is what I remember). It was on sale, on top of the already BX discounted prices (we paid less for most everything at the BX and the Commissary).

I had been researching radar detectors for while and concluded that Escort was the best... but too expensive for me. There was no internet (except some sort of primitive military version of it on base), so I went to stores and looked at catalogs and magazines. What I liked about this Cobra is that it displayed the actual frequency (at least an image on a sliding scale of the band) and of course the LCD display (monochrome)... and it had "superheterodyne" technology -- woohoo! Being an AF Policeman, I could test it using my own radar gun and also knew a few local police and highway patrol who did the same for me. I logged the frequencies and knew what to look for on the detector: filtered out false hits. When my AF buddies found out I had this, they wanted to go on rides with me to see it in action.

I also had a Uniden Bearcat "Beartracker" scanner that could be programmed by state and also alerted when receiving a vehicle extender (ME) transponder transmission. The ME is basically a repeater in the police vehicle that receives/transmits on the main frequency and rebroadcasts it on another, usually an entire separate band (to and from the handheld walkie-talkie when the officer got out of his/her patrol vehicle. For example, the radio in the police vehicle would be on 42.12 MHz (this 40 MHz band is used by many highway patrol agencies because it does well long-range) and the extender would be 154.905 MHz (of course, different with each agency and area of operation). The mobile extender is low power being it is only needed for the officer in the immediate vicinity of his/her patrol vehicle. The "Beartracker" equipped scanner picks up that 154.905 MHz (or other ME frequency) when in range and alerts you to a police vehicle (when the transponder was on) within about three miles (terrain dependent). On newer scanners with this feature, you can set the audible tone alert to a specific sound, differing it from any other alert. Nowadays, this feature can be done with most scanners without this "Beartracker" feature; just set a channel to the ME frequency in your area, and set an alert tone to that channel... this is what I do on my Uniden BCD436HP. This ME feature is still in use today with many highway patrol agencies (including CHP where I live); however, many agencies are moving to the newly FCC allocated 700/800 MHz public safety bands.

The picture below was a newer model than mine, but it looked just like it. Mine might have been an RDL-512SW or similar. I used this for many years into the 1990s. The mount receptacle on top of the detector was not very good, so I had to modify it. I may even still have the detector in some box somewhere.

I currently have an Escort Max360c and an Escort Solo. I am waiting for the Radenso Theia to see what that's all amount and am contemplating some kind of laser jammer.

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When I was in the Air Force back in the mid-1980s, I couldn't afford a fancy Escort detector on my Airman's pay. My Base Exchange (AAFES BX) had a Cobra on sale. It was touted as the first LDC Superheterodyne model (maybe, but that is what I remember). It was on sale, on top of the already BX discounted prices (we paid less for most everything at the BX and the Commissary).

I had been researching radar detectors for while and concluded that Escort was the best... but too expensive for me. There was no internet (except some sort of primitive military version of it on base), so I went to stores and looked at catalogs and magazines. What I liked about this Cobra is that it displayed the actual frequency (at least an image on a sliding scale of the band) and of course the LCD display (monochrome)... and it had "superheterodyne" technology -- woohoo! Being an AF Policeman, I could test it using my own radar gun and also knew a few local police and highway patrol who did the same for me. I logged the frequencies and knew what to look for on the detector: filtered out false hits. When my AF buddies found out I had this, they wanted to go on rides with me to see it in action.

I also had a Uniden Bearcat "Beartracker" scanner that could be programmed by state and also alerted when receiving a vehicle extender (ME) transponder transmission. The ME is basically a repeater in the police vehicle that receives/transmits on the main frequency and rebroadcasts it on another, usually an entire separate band (to and from the handheld walkie-talkie when the officer got out of his/her patrol vehicle. For example, the radio in the police vehicle would be on 42.12 MHz (this 40 MHz band is used by many highway patrol agencies because it does well long-range) and the extender would be 154.905 MHz (of course, different with each agency and area of operation). The mobile extender is low power being it is only needed for the officer in the immediate vicinity of his/her patrol vehicle. The "Beartracker" equipped scanner picks up that 154.905 MHz (or other ME frequency) when in range and alerts you to a police vehicle (when the transponder was on) within about three miles (terrain dependent). On newer scanners with this feature, you can set the audible tone alert to a specific sound, differing it from any other alert. Nowadays, this feature can be done with most scanners without this "Beartracker" feature; just set a channel to the ME frequency in your area, and set an alert tone to that channel... this is what I do on my Uniden BCD436HP. This ME feature is still in use today with many highway patrol agencies (including CHP where I live); however, many agencies are moving to the newly FCC allocated 700/800 MHz public safety bands.

The picture below was a newer model than mine, but it looked just like it. Mine might have been an RDL-512SW or similar. I used this for many years into the 1990s. The mount receptacle on top of the detector was not very good, so I had to modify it. I may even still have the detector in some box somewhere.

I currently have an Escort Max360c and an Escort Solo. I am waiting for the Radenso Theia to see what that's all amount and am contemplating some kind of laser jammer.

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I haven’t seen that Cobra before! Looks pretty cool.

You might want to retire the Escort Solo. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the testing results but it might not alert in time for a save.
 

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I've still got the Escort version of that. The Passport 5000. It never really wowed me. :-(
 

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I've still got the Escort version of that. The Passport 5000. It never really wowed me. :-(
I've got a buddy who's dad still runs his Passport 5000. I have no idea how he tolerates it nowadays.
 

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I haven’t seen that Cobra before! Looks pretty cool.

You might want to retire the Escort Solo. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the testing results but it might not alert in time for a save.
What's funny is that Escort made a very similar-looking model, the Passport 5000. I sometimes get confused as to which one I actually owned. I wonder who copied whom?

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This was an interesting thread. I followed it all the way through from the 08/02/2019 start. I remember many of these older detectors. I had an early Passport model but have not been able to locate it. The oldest one I have in possession is the Fox XK. Still almost mint.
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This was an interesting thread. I followed it all the way through from the 08/02/2019 start. I remember many of these older detectors. I had an early Passport model but have not been able to locate it. The oldest one I have in possession is the Fox XK. Still almost mint.
The Fox XK is a true classic. I love the design and styling of so many of the X and K band radar detectors from the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
 

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It's the same unit with different branding.
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What's funny is that Escort made a very similar-looking model, the Passport 5000. I sometimes get confused as to which one I actually owned. I wonder who copied whom?

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This was an interesting thread. I followed it all the way through from the 08/02/2019 start. I remember many of these older detectors. I had an early Passport model but have not been able to locate it. The oldest one I have in possession is the Fox XK. Still almost mint.
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I have one of these but it is very touchy. You adjust it until it buzzes then back it off just a hair until it stops buzzing. I think the older Fuzzbusters and BearFinders were the same way.

Wish I had more time and a partner to help do some testing.

Thanks for keeping this alive. Some day I hope.
 

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