Saturday, July 07, 2007

Lucky Seven

400 mile journey on July 7th, 2007

Today was July 7th, 2007.

Do you know what that makes this day? 7-7-7.

So the question I had to ask myself, today, was...Did I feel lucky?

The answer was yes. Of course, this time around I had a little help. Before traveling to my usual destination of West Point in upstate New York to conduct some more testing of the Beltronics Vector 955 and the Cobra XRS 9930—both models acquired from Danny and Frank at Cricket Ventures (www.buyradardetectors.com)—I made sure this time to apply some Veil to my Silver '07 328xi sedan. This is the same vehicle I repeatedly drove through the New Jersey police laser speed traps of July 4th.

my little friendly radar detectorsI also had help from my little friends.


As it turned out, I was indeed lucky, too lucky. After putting about 400 miles on today, not one police laser trap was to be found. Actually I considered that I was unlucky as I was really locking forward to them—especially now that I had some protection.

At any rate, I managed to clock some more time with the Beltronics Vector 955, Whistler Pro-78, and the Cobra XRS 9930. These experiences will find their way into a more formal review of these radar detectors.

I managed to record an unfortunate vehicle fire that managed to shut down all north-bound lanes on I-287 outside of Parsippany New Jersey late this afternoon. It wasn't pretty, that's for sure. At least it didn't appear that anyone was hurt, which is always a good thing.

I did notice what appears to be a trend—traffic stops involving more than one patrol car. All, but one, traffic stop today that I saw had multiple cruisers behind the offending vehicle.

Although I didn't encounter any laser today, Ka (34.7Ghz) was found with great frequency, more so than even X-band. That certainly played to one of the Whistler Pro-78's strengths. The Beltronics 955 is no slouch in this department, either, to be sure.

And while the BEL V955 appears to edge out the Whistler Pro-78 with both X-band and K-band, in general, the BEL Vector 955 also appears to have a propensity to false to laser—more so than any of these others or the RX-65 Pro or the STi Driver.

Both radar detectors are terrific in their own right, though, and I feel well protected with either.

That's pretty much what I got from today and after some 400 miles, I was hoping for more red-meat.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

Veil Guy

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