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I miss those days as well. I started running ghetto arrows when the CM Passport came out. I moved my CM Escort to face rearward under the B pillar of my Z28 and the passport on the front visor. Eventually they were both retired for the V1.
 

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I miss those days as well. I started running ghetto arrows when the CM Passport came out. I moved my CM Escort to face rearward under the B pillar of my Z28 and the passport on the front visor. Eventually they were both retired for the V1.
Now that's innovation before it's time.

If I was really annoyed not being able to locate Waldo I would pull the detector off the visor and start panning it around until I "got a lock" on him. :laugh:

I did get busted in VA with the Passport though. I thought he was ahead of me until I figured out he was behind.......as in right behind me...….moving! When he came up to the window and asked to see my radar detector I asked "what radar detector". He replied, "the one you just put under your seat"! Wise guy.
 
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I had to look at my outdated radar detector collection in the garage.
I have an original Escort with mute from the late 80's.
I don't even remember buying the Passport 1000 Laser.
 

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The Pro-M is bigger?
Good point. I don't own one anymore to compare, but I bet they are close. It's probably thicker and maybe little wider?
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Found a picture online of Cincinnati Microwave's spread spectrum cordless phone, Escort 9000. Anyone ever encounter one of these in real life?

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Cincinnati Microwave, famous for its radar detectors and cellular telephones, decided that if you can't be first, be better. The Escort Model 9000 was the first to use military digital spread spectrum technology.

This increases range, reduces noise, and is immune to eavesdropping. A computer chip inside the phone slices the sound up into tiny segments and transmits it over a range of frequencies.

The Model 9000 transmits and receives up to 100 channels with 100,000 security codes. What's good enough for the Pentagon should be good enough for home use. Spreading the signal over many frequencies allows increased power for greater range.

The $400 Escort has a range of a city block. A new deluxe model will be introduced at the show. Future models may legally work up to a mile from home. The Escort phones are made in Ohio.
 
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I have seen ads for the cordless phones, never saw them in person. Cincinnati Microwave tried to get into the satelite dish market. It was called StarCast or something like that.
 

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The other nice thing back in the day of the original Escort and Passport was that only police were using K band - If you heard the K band braaaaap you knew it was absolutely the police. X band was the only one of the two that was shared with door openers at the time, and there wasn't too much in use for that purpose so an X band beep in town was "probably" police, but on the highway it could only be the police; or a leaky detector passing by ;)

Simpler times when there was no BSM etc., and police channels were all analogue and you could listen to the aircraft speed patrols speaking with the ground teams. :allears:
 

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I was born in the 80s but my parents never were speeders so I never got my hands on a detector until the late 90s, it's like Jon of House Radenso said, the RD industry hasn't really moved forward much until about now.
 

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Good point. I don't own one anymore to compare, but I bet they are close. It's probably thicker and maybe little wider?
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Found a picture online of Cincinnati Microwave's spread spectrum cordless phone, Escort 9000. Anyone ever encounter one of these in real life?

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I would pay serious money for one of those phones. Would love to use it to make business deals on just for fun..."Sure, I'll sell you Radenso if you go exclusive and stop selling Escort....click (hangs up Escort branded phone)."
 

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I owned one back in the day and it was a lot of money at the time. I don't recall exactly how much, US$300 or something, but to give it perspective I driving a $1,200 car that was eight years old, and a typical speeding ticket was C$30.00 and two demerits.

It was a real big deal that the Passport had a DSP and SMD's were fairly new to the consumer electronic world so much so that was part of their marketing material. They were of excellent build quality compared to most that were plastic etc. complete with lots of accessories and a very nice soft glove leather storage case. The market was heavily dominated by many, many models of Bel, and Cobra was producing a pretty decent line.

Nice walk back into history, thanks!
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I'd speculate that the X/K band range of the new detectors are still comparable to the old Escort/Passport, just more filters etc.
they were a great detector at the time, and the top dog in the 80's then the Ka and the 90's came along and gave us the V1 and some great Bel detectors but they just felt cheap and everyone I owned eventually broke. I think I still have my Bel 966 wideband but it doesn't work anymore.
 

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IIRC Uniden made an identical phone. I have a few copies of those in a box somewhere. They worked great! Zero noise and functional ten houses down either direction. Never owned a cordless phone with greater range.
 

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Damark... That brings back a few memories.
I think my first laptop was a “Bondwell” or something like that from Damark. Non back lit LCD display, 20meg spinning hard drive. Used it for work, 688 attack Sub, MCI Mail, Genie, Prodigy, Maybe first AOL. They had a deal on a “screaming“ 9.6k small form factor external “Hayes” modem. Thanks for the Passport breakdown.
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Good point. I don't own one anymore to compare, but I bet they are close. It's probably thicker and maybe little wider?
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Found a picture online of Cincinnati Microwave's spread spectrum cordless phone, Escort 9000. Anyone ever encounter one of these in real life?

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Yes, owned a couple. They were the best in the day. Until Panasonic first encrypted dual freq “giga range” 900/2.4 phone came out years later, the CM phone was the best. This was after MV was gone, if memory serves me correct. On his way to the VR dynasty.
 
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