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JAFO
10-07-2002, 03:00 PM
I've thought about this in the past, but now have renewed interest in this. Has anyone here ever played around with scanners? I'm wondering if I might find one that would fit where the VMM would have been (mine wasn't equipped with one). They come smaller than DIN, and a car stereo shop might be able to make a surrounding faceplate for one.

Is anyone here familiar with a scanner's depth and the depth of the VMM slot?


Thanks

Digitalchaos
10-07-2002, 03:07 PM
I have used several police scanners. They usually work very well, and when used properly are better than radar detectors! Althought using the two in combination is even better. As for what may fit, I do not know how deep the hole goes, but some new scanners are pretty small. The main factor in size is features. If you get an expensive scanner capable of detecing 'trunked' radio systems w/auto scanning, multi band, ect it will probably be too big. But the cheaper ones with simple police/fire detecting may. I was considering putting mine where the cupholders are in some cars

JAFO
10-07-2002, 03:24 PM
Cool. I'd really like to have it up top and see if they could make a false front to drop down or clip in front of it out of the old VMM slot cover for when I'm not using it. That and a V1 ought to be fun to play with. :cool:

Mike8675309
10-07-2002, 03:51 PM
Keep your eye on http://www.radartest.com/ as they often review detectors. I'm not sure if the V1 is currently in first place anymore. And it's the most expensive unit out there.

Scanners are highly illegal in cars in many states. So you would be wise to hide it if you feel the need for one. A handheld programmable scanner stashed in the center console might work better.

JAFO
10-07-2002, 05:16 PM
radartest.com is supported by one of the manufacturors other than Valentine, from what I've heard. They're biased. Even there though the V1 places very high but overall score is brought down only due to appearance or something like that. All the articles I've read have easily put it as #1. That's down the road though, after I get up the urge to drop that kind of money on it, like you were saying. Not cheap. Scanner's are fine here, as far as I know. Doubt it would be enforced otherwise anyway (here). I'd still like to get someone who could use the VMM plate to cover it though, for when not in use. And for the "cool" factor too. I'm not a career speeder or anything, just like gadgets mostly.

Don't want the handheld, since I've got the handheld CB for listening to CH 19 on trips.

Mike8675309
10-07-2002, 06:08 PM
While there may be truth to bias towards one unit, how could they be involved with so many detectors to be biased against just one unit?

There are valid arguments against the V1 in that it is old technology that has yet to be updated.

Escort and Bell have some very nice units.

Though, from what I can tell the best solution is a remote solution with external sensors. But at an average of $999 installed, that can be a big expense.

JAFO
10-07-2002, 06:45 PM
Well, the V1 is pretty well known as being the best, so that's probably why they'd try to get that one down the list more. Still, you have to justify the cost. Even if it is better, is it really THAT MUCH better? They aren't cheap. I'd love to have one though. I would've loved to have had ANY detector last night though. I don't mind tickets, you pay to play, but I just hate wasting one on nothing, especially when I don't have any on my record for once.

Ever read the Car & Driver a few years ago that had the "Stealth Vette"? Very cool. It was owned by a guy that worked on the stealth fighters. He's painted it with the radar absorbing paint and loaded it up with a HAM radio, scanners, radar detectors...the works. He wouldn't let them print his name, address, tag or anything. May have been a hoax, but it was pretty cool looking.

Mike8675309
10-08-2002, 03:29 PM
Never saw the article but did find something about it on the web. Not much though. Just the guy who built it.

http://www.philhenry.com/racing/86-corvett.htm

wwotr
02-28-2003, 06:35 PM
Actually Cobra made one about 5 years ago that actually had a scanner built into it with a speaker.

silversc90
03-01-2003, 12:04 AM
What about radar Jammers?

Mike8675309
03-01-2003, 01:16 AM
They don't work. Never really have. anything that would work would be highly illegal and would make so much radio frequency noise as to interfere with all sorts of devices.

cudaz101
03-02-2003, 05:35 AM
I use a Bear Tracker, made by Uniden. I also use a well tested Uniden Detector, does not come with the hype of the Valentine, but it has payed for itself time and time again...Put it this way...I am on a prefered insuance policy having NO TICKETS...

As stated before pairing the two pieces together is a very sweet combination, but ya still gotta be smart about it...

The scanner has enabled me to pick up the sky police from many miles away...Reminding you that in these types of situations I was in a rural area with not many other places that this could have been taking place...Again common sense...In an area with multi freeways it could obviously be taking place on another road. It is also nice to know what is going on around you, I listen to this thing about as much as my stereo...

The Radar Detector the better unit of the two for speeding, it has saved me on so many ocassions...Where the Scanner would be useless...

I have picked up mobile phone conversations with it, and heard voice mail box msgs, I guess while the account holder was listening to them his or herself...It is a pretty cool tool...

BTW...I have NEVER been asked what it is...It sits on the dash with a white leather cover over it...I guess they assume that it is a CB radio...10-4 good buddy...lol...I don't think it looks bad there at all, I have the radar detector wrapped in a white leather case as well...

Oh yea, and it is just my opinion, but I think that Radartest.com is a pretty damn good source for sniffing out garbage..."RadarJammers" :rolleyes: Do people still believe in that $h!t????:rolleyes: The only people that are pumpin those things up are the Cops man...:p

Cheers

Brad