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I am currently using an older Beltronics Cordless 946 that I have hard wired and use an earphone and would like to up-grade. I want to keep the price in the $150.00 to very low $200's preferably with a corded or wireless earphone( as an option). What units are popular now?
 

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The most popular radar detectors are the V1 and the Escort Passport which are both out of your price range. Personally I wouldn't waste the money on a cheap detector (again). If I were you I would hold off and save up some more money to get a really good detector. I use the V1 and it is a great detector that is worth the money to me.
 

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Agree with Sharkbait. Might try eBay too for a used V1 or Escort.

Escort does have some trade-in program if you check their website where you can get $80 or so for your old unit. Might pay to look into it. I saw in some mag where they have a new Escort Redline that supposedly has a range of 13 miles which I find hard to believe.

I've got two Escort 9500ix units (car and bike) and they rock! Nothing like a little situational awareness in some states like Arizona with all their silly speed and red light cams and odd wavering speed zones to fool you into getting caught on one. I saw where they made 90 million dollars on the things in one year. Nice. No doubt other states will pick up the ball too.


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Just bought a new Beltronics vector 995 for $209.99 delivered.
I'll get it about a week and I'll let you know how it works.

Those refurbished Escorts on the eBay store looked good for $199, but only have a 6mos. warranty. And you really don't know which version x50 you were getting
I was sorely tempted!
 

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GMack said:
I saw in some mag where they have a new Escort Redline that supposedly has a range of 13 miles which I find hard to believe.
13 miles??? Wouldn't it be constantly going off? For crying out loud, I don't need to know about radar traps on the other freeway across the city.
 

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I have to second (or third) Sharkbait and GMack. Personally I upgraded to a V1 several years ago and I have not regretted spending the extra money. I ran it along side several units (Beltronics & Uniden) and was very impressed. Considering one ticket can make up the cost difference (and it doesn’t cause your insurance to go up!) I'd say its worth the money.
 

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13 miles??? Wouldn't it be constantly going off? For crying out loud, I don't need to know about radar traps on the other freeway across the city.
Probably on some flat straight-away in middle of Nevada.

Their website makes some note of it here too:
Speed Measurement Labs
"...vicious performance on the 13 mile long range test."

Escort's Redline link here.

Still, it does seem a bit much distance wise. Most I've seen is about 3 miles on the 9500ix on a straight at night south of Marysville, CA where the CA CHP breaks in the rookies out of their Sacramento academy. In town the range is probably dampened a lot. Can't have enough "Situational awareness" imho.

I'd also get that retired N.Y.S.P cop James Eagan's book from Aerostitch called "The Speeder's Guide to Avoiding Tickets" too. Lot's of neat stuff in it that you never think about; like speeding in the right-most lane due to cosine error where 1 MPH could mean life or death on an approaching cop's radar or laser (e.g. His tolerance setting on radar shows 69 MPH and you get a Pass; whereas 70 MPH and you are Toast in his book.).

Fwiw, I don't know why retired cops have some sort of epiphany and get into a business that seems counter to what they did for a living like writing a book on speeding. Then you have Radar Roy of http://www.radardetector.net who sells/sold radar detectors and jammers. Some cop out of Las Vegas, Chuck Lee (?), owns a large cathouse (Sheri's Ranch) in Pahrump, NV. And we have several local ones that own bars the ABC seems to ignore on inspection raids. Very odd. Eagan says "The government could mandate 'No vehicles can could go over 70 MPH', but they do not want that! It keeps the legal bureaucracy in the money-making business" so he says.


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Yes, be my friend. But NO free samples!!
:rotf: :rotf: :rotf:

Hell. You're no fun! :D

Town is really some sort of odd place. Been through there once and talked to the hotel hostess in the bar/casino/restaurant. Got a bunch of local's history out the lady. She said the one of the town's newspapers was owned by some out-of-town cathouse owner (Joe Richards?) who constantly spilled the beans on the corruption of the politicians there, until he got arrested for trying to bribe one to annex the land across from the cop's cathouse for one of his own (he had 4-5 already). The politician got him arrested for bribery and now the cop parks his large traveling billboard for his cathouse on the arrested guy's land advertising his joint. It's even shown on Google Earth at the end of Homestead Road in Pahrump (Sheri's Ranch). The joint is big (cop get's half the girl's cut...supoosedly...and it must be a huge cut as that place has to be in the millions!) and she said he wants to add an 18-hole golf course in addition to the small landing strip out back.

They say to "Come on in for a Free Tour" on a sign out front. However, those women will hook you better than a car salesman who will get flogged if he doesn't sell a car by 5 PM (damhik!). She said the whole town knows when famous actors, sports figures, band buses, or politicians with cash roll in there. I rode by there once, but the sheer number of limos, probably 60 miles distant from Las Vegas parked out front, scared me off. That Art Bell Coast-to-Coast radio guy's house is about two blocks north of them and that is obvious from the dozens of ham radio antennas all over his property. There's some serious cash out in that desert.

Some woman who got caught (Washington or Hollywood Madam?) owns a laundromat called "Dirty Laundry." I forget her name, but she supposedly wanted to open a cathouse for women only out there but got sucked into the town's meth business and was denied a license for a felony drug count.

The town is apparently Morman, but the businesses are far enough out of town they ignore it all - or perhaps are cashing in on it somehow. Police force is minimal as Nevada has no personal income tax so services are nil and often ignored unless they are interested. If you want to shoot up your house, it's okay with them since you own it. There's a nice Yamaha shop in town catering to the dirt bike and quad crowd on the main drag. Their big braggin' is on the new Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Historically, sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and political corruption in the high desert is alive and well I guess. :confused:


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You just gotta love Nevada and the way people think. With Pahrump not in Clark County things can go along just like the locals want them to.
 
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