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    Hello all... I have another question for the ultra knowledgeable PSBers: Does anyone know what frequency the multanovas use? Im looking at getting a radar detector for my subaru and the prices on ebay range from $50-$300+

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by MichaelGsxr@Jan 9 2006, 03:04 AM
    Hello all... I have another question for the ultra knowledgeable PSBers: Does anyone know what frequency the multanovas use? Im looking at getting a radar detector for my subaru and the prices on ebay range from $50-$300+

    Thanks!
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    The Multinova's use Ka band
    This may help

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    • #3
      Talk on the Radio today (9.1.06) of banning them - bringing us in line with the eastern states...

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      • #4
        What ohzone said - Ka.

        My car unit detects 4 different bands, but 90% of the time it picks up only Ka. Thats the most common radar frequency. Also get one with a city/highway switch, this can help with all the false alerts. The way you position it in the car is also important, have it up clear of the dash/wipers and tilted slightly so it can see the road.
        Why can't they make the whole bike out of Oggy?

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        • #5
          This post will shed some more light on frequencys

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          I agree with BanditDan

          Oh and a few other hints, don't tailgate the vehicle in front you will be in it's radar shadow.
          When the road is clear on a dual carriageway stay on the right lane you will pass into a stonger multinova signal earlier and be able to see the multinova earlier because of the angle
          In heavy traffic stay on the left lane as the detector will get a better line of sight earlier (if you are not tailgating!)
          than if you are on the right and in the radar shadow of other vehicles.

          Don't rely on any one device or method 100%, use your brain to workout the chances of Radar, laser or a cop in a car, a detector is a tool just as much as your mirrors it's up to you to find what edge you can get and a GOOD detector will greatly enhance that edge.

          Arguably the best on the market are
          Escort Passport 8500 X50
          Bel
          Valentine


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          • #6
            they have jus banned radar blockers

            ive got an older model bel 990 international and still hasnt let me down but mates got the rx 65 and it seems to give you a little more time to slow down... it also warns of rest stops ambulances and road works and doesnt just beep it says road works ahead hahahaa

            when they become illegal i can see the installed model selling more and being hidden in dashes with a hard wire power to turn it off if ya get pulled up

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            • #7
              in saying that i jus heard channel 10 news headlines say big fines for motorists using radar detectors hahahaha

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              • #8
                Personally: complete waste of money.

                Pros:

                Might stop you from going through a Multanova

                Cons:

                Expensive for a good one
                Have to be removed when you park the car because they are a target of theft
                Warn you about things all the time e.g: going past service stations
                Only warn you at the best of times (see ohzones post)
                Don't warn about lasers (until it's too late)
                Don't warn you about patrol cars unless they have an in-car radar


                If you are still not deterred, I believe PERTH-WRX are doing a group buy soon, you may want to check it out.
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                • #9
                  Michelle Roberts on Channel 7 news: It's to stop people speeding in country areas to save lives. (Gee, all crashes are speed related - aren't they?)

                  Me: Aren't most crashes in country areas fatigue, vehicle related (blowout, poor tyres), or driver error (turning infront of oncoming traffic/overtaking poorly)?

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                  • #10
                    My understanding of a multinova operation is that it sends out and ultrasonic signal to detect if there is a vehicle there, If it detects a vehicle it them uses a pulse doppler radar signal to measure the actual speed. So if your detector just picks up the radar signal its way too late unless there are other vehicles in front of you.
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                    • #11
                      One simple thing to avoid multinova's .... DON'T SPEED !!!!!

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                      • #12
                        Multinova just uses Ka band radar
                        and a good quality detector will pick them up
                        If you don't think it works, don't use one, mine has paid for itself easily
                        and I have saved a whole heap of points
                        but hey it's your license
                        besides if they don't work or save you at all,
                        is there any real need to ban them?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nero Diablo@Jan 9 2006, 06:37 PM
                          My understanding of a multinova operation is that it sends out and ultrasonic signal to detect if there is a vehicle there, If it detects a vehicle it them uses a pulse doppler radar signal to measure the actual speed.
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                          Nope, unfortunatly your wrong. As has been said above it just uses Ka band radar. The antenna is pointed at a 22degree angle across the road, what the radar detector is actually picking up is the signal which is being reflected/refracted up the street rather than directly from the radar antenna as they actually have quiet a narrow beam.

                          Cheers

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                          • #14
                            Probably one of the better buys is a radar detector.

                            3 Years ago after returning from Europe (and for want of a better phrase was used to going a damn sight faster than usual WA funeral cortege speed) I was nabbed by plods on country road and instantly awarded 8 points on double demerit week-end.

                            So first thing monday I bought a Bel radar detector. $800 or thereabouts. I reckon I've saved around 1200-1500 in fines over the past 3 years. Dont get me wrong, I dont go blasting around at lunatic speeds, this is simply during normal speeds along with other traffic where I've been able to slow down below the speed limit well in advance.

                            I have used it on my bike and car. Best resuts are from the mobile k-band police cars where you get plenty of warning although of late I've noticed they are switching their speed cameras off and on so they are not detected. The multa-novas are a gamble really. If they have it angled at maximum, you do not detect it until you are right upon it, by the time you hit the brakes you'd be caught, well in most cases. I believe around 30% multa-novas are angled a bit better for detection so you do get warning of up to 100m sometimes.

                            Laser detection is pretty random. Its worked a few times on laser. Once it didnt even register! Depends on where they point the thing I suppose.

                            In any case, you may well have 60-80% better chance of not losing your licence with a detector so I believe they are value for money, especially if you drive for your job.

                            It wouldn't surprise me if they banned radar detectors. They would then use radar detector..... detectors. Seems the way WA public and authorities think sadly baaahhhhhh baahhh baahhh. If they did, its no use trying to hide the thing as the detector ..... detector picks up the IF frequency off the detector ..... If that makes sense, and the plods would be able to find your hidden device.

                            Wont be long till we have to carry a red flag in front of all vehicles travelling faster than 60km/hr ... sigh

                            <gets off soapbox>
                            Steven
                            11 sleeps to go till new bike!
                            (New Sprint ST in box on cruise to Australia)

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                            • #15
                              I agree with you Skirk, they definitly worth having, though some models have trouble with multinova angles I can tell you others don&#39;t, I do 500+km a week, and the smallest distance to Multinova warning I have ever recieved is 100m

                              There is now a Detector available that is undetectable by detector detectors
                              so it is only a matter of time till all manufacturers follow suit.

                              I use mine on both car and bike .... it works!

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