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  • Can police find out if you have a radar detector?

    Hiding a Radar DetectorA radar detector can be an effective countermeasure against police radar and traffic enforcement devices. A detector is also legal to own and use in most areas of the US, unless you are a commercial (CDL) driver, are operating a vehicle on a military base or are located in Virginia or Washington, D.C. If you drive in any of those scenarios, you can't have a radar detector. The problem is, if you own a radar detector where it is legal, but happen to commute to or travel through an area where it isn't, you could get in trouble quickly if law enforcement authorities discover one in your possession.

    But is it a real risk? Can police find out if you have a radar detector?

    Yes, they can! Absolutely they can, and it's easy. All they need is a radar detector detector.

    What is a radar detector detector?
    Simply put, a radar detector detector (RDD) is a device that detects the presence of a radar detector. These devices allow law enforcement to locate and identify vehicles in which a radar detection device has been placed or installed, and is in active operation. Many law enforcement agencies have them, especially in areas where radar detectors are restricted or not allowed.

    How do radar detector detectors work?
    A radar detector is a radio device, with the ability to search out and receive Super High Frequency (8.500-24.35 GHz) and Extremely High Frequency (33.4-36.0 GHz) radio waves in the radar bands used by authorities for speed and traffic enforcement. Although the detector is a receiver, it also emits or "leaks" radio frequencies (RF) of its own. All radar detectors produce these RF signals, and this leakage can be picked up by another receiver tuned to those frequencies. A radar detector detector is specifically designed to do this, and can do so from a considerable distance away.

    What are the types of radar detector detectors?
    There are different types of radar detector detectors. The VG-2 Interceptor was the first of its kind, and for a time, VG-2 was the standard used. It wasn't long before radar detector manufacturers designed their detectors to effectively defeat the VG-2, and nearly all detectors sold today have VG-2 protection. This rendered VG-2 ineffective. It is seldom, if ever, used by police today.

    Another type of RDD is Spectre. It eventually replaced the VG-2. The Spectre I was popular with law enforcement, and quite effective, until the manufacturers of radar detectors developed a countermeasure for it as well. The Spectre I was eventually replaced by the Spectre II, and in 2004, the Spectre III. The RDD currently used in the US is the Spectre IV, or Spectre Elite.

    Where are radar detector detectors used?
    Police typically use RDD in areas where radar detectors are not allowed or are illegal, although some may use them in areas where detectors are allowed for use by the general public. This is done in an effort to identify commercial vehicles that are not allowed to have them.

    Are some radar detectors undetectable?
    All radar detectors leak, some more than others. However, some detectors have shielding and other technology in place to minimize the leakage to varying degrees. Some are undetectable within a few feet of the RDD device. These are considered adequate for stealth operation, since most RDD units will be positioned outside that range.

    The stealthiest detectors avoid detection from RDDs within several inches of an RDD unit. This is especially important if the radar detector is installed in the vehicle instead of mounted on the dash, as the latter can be quickly disabled, turned off and put away if necessary, but a concealed detector is permanently mounted and usually powered on, risking discovery if the vehicle is pulled over.

    Which radar detectors are undetectable?
    Most radar detectors on the market today can defeat VG-2 radar detector detectors. When it comes to Spectre, however, the list narrows considerably. Since Spectre is the RDD system widely used, it is the one you need to watch for, especially if you commute, live or travel within areas where radar detectors are resticted or illegal. Fortunately we have a list of radar detectors that are undetectable. Questions? Leave a comment below, enter our chat at Buy Radar Detectors or give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 weekdays.

  • Radar Detector and FCC ID chart

    A radar detector operates on radio frequencies, and like every radio frequency device, is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Radar detectors fall under Part 15 subpart B in Title 47 of the Federal Code of Regulations. All radar detectors require FCC certification for legal use in the United States.

    This chart lists popular makes and models of radar detectors and their FCC ID numbers.

    Radar Detector and FCC ID Reference Chart
    Make Model FCC ID
    Beltronics Vector 940 QL4G7M4
    Pro100 QL4G7M4
    Pro200 QL4G7M4
    Pro300 QL4G7M4
    Pro500 QL4G7GX
    GT-7 QL4G7M5
    Cobra ESD 777 BBOESD9290
    ESD 7100 BBOESD7000
    iRadar 100N BBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    iRadar 105N BBOIRADF100
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM100
    RAD 250 BBO2016A
    RAD 350 BBO2016A
    RAD 450 BBO2016A
    SPX 5300 BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5400 BBOSPX5500
    SPX 5500 BBOSPX5500
    ​​ SPX 6700 BBOSPX7800
    ​​ SPX7700 BBOSPX7800
    SPX 7800BT BBOSPX7800
    Contains FCC ID: BBORBTM7800
    XRS 9370 BBOXRS9570
    XRS 9670 BBOXRS9770
    ​​ XRS 9770 BBOXRS9770
    Vedetta SLR 500 BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 600 BBOSLR600
    Vedetta SLR 650G BBOSLR600
    Escort 9500ci Enhanced ​QKLM3R
    9500ix QKL95M4
    iX QKLM4IX
    MAX 360c QKLM6C
    PASSPORT QKLM4BT
    Passport MAX QKLM5BT
    Redline QKLXM3
    Redline EX QKLXM3
    Solo S3 QKLS3
    Solo S4​ QKLS4
    Uniden DFR1 AMWDLRD35
    DFR5 AMWLRD750
    DFR6 AMWUA1601
    DFR7 AMWUA1602
    LRD950 AMWLRD950
    ​Whistler CR65 HSXWH10
    CR68 HSXWH23
    CR70 HSXWH10
    CR73 HSXWH23
    CR75 HSXWH10
    CR80 HSXWH20
    CR85 HSXWH20
    CR88 HSXWH26
    CR90 HSXWH20
    CR93 HSXWH26
    CR95 HSXWH28
    Pro 3700
    XTR-135 HSXWH01
    HSXWH10​​
    XTR-435 HSXWH10
    HSXWH21
    XTR-445 HSXWH15
    5000EX HSXWH22
    5025EX HSXWH22
    5075EXS HSXWH22

    For more information or details on your particular make and model of radar detector, visit the FCC ID Search page and enter the FCC ID into the form.

    If your radar detector is not listed, leave a comment below to add it to the list. If you're shopping for a radar/laser detector and need assistance, contact us and we'll be happy to help!

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2014 from Buy Radar Detectors!

    The staff at Buy Radar Detectors wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday November 28, 2014. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail or give us a call after 8 AM EST Monday, December 1, 2014. Please stay safe while traveling and watch your speed.

  • CB radios and radar detectors are a perfect match

    Today's radar and laser detectors offer a measure of warning against speed and red light camera threats, but it's not a complete solution. Reliance on a radar detector alone isn't always enough. Sometimes you need that "heads up" from fellow travelers to avoid a speed trap, especially one that frequently changes location, such as a mobile speed camera. What if your speed is monitored by aircraft? A radar detector certainly won't help you there.

    In such situations, communication with other road warriors can become vitally important. But how? Flashing headlights back and forth to one another across the road, although almost universally practiced, is cumbersome. The signals can be confusing, and it's not always practical, thus not all that effective.

    But there is one old school, tried and true method of communication that can and does work. It's instant, it's convenient and it's legal. It's CB radio.

    A CB radio is a great companion for a radar detector, and when mounted in a vehicle next to the detector, complements it nicely. Of course, everyone knows CB or Citizen's Band has been used by truckers and professional drivers to spot "smokies" and other traffic threats for decades, and until radar detectors were outlawed on commercial rigs, the two devices were often considered inseparable. Unfortunately, since radar detectors were outlawed on commercial vehicles, truckers can no longer keep them side by side with a a radio on the dash, but citizens in private vehicles can (except in Virginia and Washington, D.C., where radar detectors are currently verboten).

    But, what about new technology such as Escort Live! and iRadar, systems that allow your radar detector to integrate with detection systems from other drivers in "real time" automatically, without any real interaction or communication between the drivers themselves? Isn't that enough?

    Not really. they definitely give drivers an edge, and they do cover some of the key blind spots that a radar detector alone can miss. However, these systems require an internet connection and integration with a smartphone app, which, while very effective, isn't always stable, since it requires a constant, always-on connection between multiple links. If one link breaks, such as your phone's connection to the Internet, the entire system is broken, which affects "real time" detection.

    In addition, traffic enforcement measures such as mobile speed cameras and aerial surveillance such as Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder or VASCAR are difficult or impossible to detect with a radar detector, even when used with detection enhancement technologies such as iRadar and Escort Live! systems. In the case of VASCAR in particular, your best method of detection depends on visual or audible awareness of what is above you. In such situations, the other drivers around you and a reliable means of communicating with one or more of them can be indispensible.

    This is when a CB radio can become an important addition to your radar detection system. Although not as widely used now as they were in the 70's, CB radios are still found in millions of commercial and privately owned vehicles across the US and they are commonly used by truckers and others on the road to provide traffic reports, weather alerts and to generally pass the time with fellow travelers. They are also used for instant alerts to speed traps and other traffic enforcement measures in real time.

    Best of all, unlike a cell phone, using a CB radio involves no residual costs. There are no subscriptions, no monthly fees, and no per minute charges. Plus, you don't need to purchase a license to operate a CB radio. Any US citizen can legally operate CB for commercial or private use.

    For complete radar and laser detection, communication is one link in your system that shouldn't be missing, and if your detector doesn't catch it all, a CB radio may be the one component that keeps you from getting a ticket in real time. As two long-time companions that have shared dashboards for decades, CB radios and radar detectors are a perfect match.

    Buy Radar Detectors has a radar detector and CB radio to fit almost any private vehicle and budget. Considering a low cost Cobra XRS 9370? Why not get a Cobra 19DX IV CB Radio to ride along? Looking for something high end, such as an Escort Passport MAX? Add a Uniden Bearcat PC787 CB Radio to match!

  • Have a Safe Memorial Day!

    Buy Radar Detectors would like to wish you a great and safe Memorial Day! Our offices will be closed for the day on Monday, May 26, 2014. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our Facebook page or give us a call after 8 AM EDT Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at (800) 584-1445. Please stay safe while traveling, remember to keep your radar detector on and watch your speed.

  • Happy New Year 2014 From Buy Radar Detectors!

    Buy Radar Detectors would like to wish everyone a happy and safe new year! Our offices will be closed for the day on Tuesday December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our Facebook page or give us a call after 8 AM EST Thursday, January 2, 2014 at (800) 584-1445. Please stay safe while traveling, don't drink and drive, keep your radar detector on, and watch your speed.

  • 2013 Cobra Radar Detector Comparison

    Cobra recently revamped their line with a new set of assorted dash mounted radar detectors. As an Authorized Cobra Dealer, we stock them in our warehouse for immediate shipment at Buy Radar Detectors. To make shopping for a Cobra radar detector easier, we have several resources to help you find the radar detector that's right for you, including articles and reviews, product videos and our online comparison tool.

    Below is a list of the Cobra Radar Detectors currently available and some of their highlighted features. To compare the current models in this chart with previous models, refer to our 2011-2012 Cobra Radar Detector Comparison Chart. You can also compare them to our 2013 Beltronics, Escort and Whistler radar detector comparison charts.

    Cobra Model GPS Voice Alerts Display Undetectable
    XRS 9370 LED VG-2
    XRS 9470 Text VG-2/Spectre 1
    XRS 9570 Text VG-2/Spectre 1
    XRS 9670 Text VG-2/Spectre 1
    XRS 9770 Text VG-2/Spectre 1
    SLR 500 2.4" Touch Screen LCD Display
    SLR 600 2.4" Touch Screen LCD Display
    SLR 650G 2.4" Touch Screen LCD Display
  • Happy Holidays 2013 from Buy Radar Detectors!

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    Buy Radar Detectors wishes everyone safe and happy holidays! Our offices will be closed on Tuesday December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, 2013. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail, visit our Facebook page or give us a call after 8 AM EST Thursday, December 26, 2013 at (800) 584-1445. Please stay safe while traveling, remember to keep your radar detector on and watch your speed.

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from Buy Radar Detectors!

    Buy Radar Detectors wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday November 29, 2013. If you need assistance please send us an e-mail or give us a call after 8 AM EST Monday, December 2, 2013. Please stay safe while traveling and watch your speed.

  • 2013 Whistler Radar Detector Comparison

    Whistler recently performed a complete makeover of their radar detectors for 2013 and consolidated their product line of assorted dash mounted units into six new models. The result is a simple set of products that makes shopping for a radar detector a whole lot easier. Buy Radar Detectors is an Authorized Whistler Dealer and we stock them all in our warehouse for immediate shipment. To make shopping for a Whistler radar detector as simple as possible, we have several resources to help you find the radar detector that's right for you, including articles and reviews, product videos and our online comparison tool.

    Below is a list of the Whistler Radar Detectors currently available and some of their highlighted features. There are seven models in the current lineup; six are the dash mount units in the CR Series and one is a concealed model, the tried-and-true Pro 3600 installed radar detector. To compare the current models in this chart with previouse models, refer to our 2011-2012 Whistler Radar Detector Comparison Chart. You can also compare them to our 2013 Beltronics and Escort radar detector comparison charts.

    Whistler Model GPS Voice Alerts Display Undetectable
    CR65 Icon
    CR70 Icon
    CR75 OLED Text
    CR80 Icon Low Emission
    CR85 OLED Text Low Emission
    CR90 OLED Text Low Emission
    Pro 3600 Optional Red Text Low Emission

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