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Radar Detector Test 2008 - Multanova 6F 34.3GHz

If you have been following our radar detector tests over the last two years you are more than likely used to how we test.

Pretty simply, we line up each of the radar detectors and one at a time (with only one powered up at a time to eliminate interference) we drive past the Multanova a couple of times and measure the warning distance.

We know all to well that the poor quality detectors do little more than give you enough time to smile for the photo, but with a power output that can be set as low as 0.2mw even the best detectors only give a couple of hundred meters warning.

Compare this to the several kilometres warning you can get on a high powered dash mounted mobile radar in a Highway patrol car, and you can appreciate the deadliness of these speed cameras.

The US is fortunate (so far) in that they have yet to adopt this European style photo-radar, on a wide scale, although reading the forums it seems it is inevitable to come to the US at some time soon.

If you're a some-what seasoned radar detector hobbyist driving in an area that deploys these Multanova speed cameras, you'll already know that a radar detector that has the ability to reduce the Ka-band spectrum at which it needs to scan [for the 34GHz signal] known in the industry as Ka-narrow band gives you a much greater warning than a "conventional" or Ka super-wide band scanning detector.

You see in the USA there are 3 main Ka band frequencies used, corresponding to the 3 largest police radar manufacturer's; MPH's 33.8. Stalker's 34.7GHz and Kustom Signal's 35.5GHZ

Therefore a radar detector made for the US market (and let's face it, most detectors manufactured are done so aimed at the US market) needs to scan all the way from 33.8GHz up to 35.5GHz in order to be able to detect all 3 main US manufacturer's frequencies.

K-band (24.15GHz) does not enjoy the same wide spectrum (2.6GHz to be exact) that the Ka-band has allocated. That is why there is only 1 K-band frequency, but yet several Ka-band frequencies

In Australia, the ACMA has only allocated a range of 34.1 to 35.1Ghz for the use of police radar (as well as the older 24.1GHz K-band frequency) which means you won't find a MPG Bee 33.8 operating in Australia, and you won't find a Kustom operating at 35.5GHz.

In Australia Kustom signals has made a specially tuned Ka-band radar at 35.1GHz with reports of a 34.9GHz in existence. Only Stalker at 34.7GHz doesn't need to modify it's operating frequency to use in Australia.

Decatur Genosis in Australia also operates at 35.1GHz

So on to our test.

You may recognise the location of the speed camera in these videos from previous tests. It seems we've found a spot they like to frequently set up a Multanova speed camera, which makes it handy when we need to test radar detectors.

With the release of the Escort Passport 9500ci, the Rev c software from the Whistler group, and a few models sent over from China & Japan, we just had to line them all up against the camera for a 2008 show down.

The tests made are as per most of our previous methods. The camera has been set up facing oncoming traffic - in other words taking a photo of the front of the car just before you pass the camera.

In most European countries, the camera is set up opposite - in other words facing the direction of traffic flow, so it is taking a photo of the rear of your car after you have passed the camera. In this scenario it is much harder to detect the camera since the radar beam is firing in the opposite direction to you, and thus you're relying on the radar beam reflecting of objects, and coming back towards your radar detector antenna

Unfortunately due to the positioning of this camera, we were not able to make these "rear facing" test shots, but you can be assured, that the results would be even worse if the camera was set up in this fashion.

2008 Multanova 6F 34.3GHz Speed camera test

Results shown by table:

Radar Detector

Orientation

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Average

Bel 966 euro (Remote)

vertical
334m
328m
342m
-
335m
vertical
335m
175m
339m
-
283m
vertical
373m
446m
330m
436m
396m
horizontal
28m
-
-
-
28m
horizontal
82m
81m
-
-
82m
vertical
171m
155m
161m
153m
163m
vertical
255m
241m
-
-
248m
horizontal
57m
46m
71m
-
58m
vertical
77m
-
-
-
77m
horizontal
103m
96m
105m
-
101m
vertical
116m
-
-
-
116m
Escort 9500ci
horizontal
Rizen RZ-730
horizontal
381m
363m
-
-
372m
horizontal
395m
402m
-
-
398m
vertical
417m
440m
-
-
428m
horizontal
381m
394m
264m
260m
324m
horizontal
153m
70m
74m
83m
95m
Whistler Pro78 Rev A
horizontal
158m
Whistler Pro78 Rev B
horizontal

170m

Whistler Pro78 Rev B
vertical
125m
110m

118m

horizontal
244m
201m
178m
208m

Click on any of the Radar Detector names in the table above to watch the corresponding video of the test.

Notes: Pro78 Rev A & Rev B tests were conducted the year before - we have simply added the results in to this table for your reference. Rizen RZ-730 was on a different day to the other tests, with the camera set up approx 100m further than the other tests, however we have included the results in this table as a comparison.

Graph

2008 K-band 24.15GHz Dash Mounted Radar test

Results shown by table:

Radar Detector

Orientation

1st

2nd

3rd

Average

Bel 966 euro (Remote)

vertical 153m 148m 110m 137m
Bel 975r (Remote) vertical 91m 79m 86m 85m
Bel STi-R (Remote) horizontal 136m 142m 144m 141m
Bel STi-R (Remote) vertical 148m 128m 151m 142m
Conqueror (Remote) horizontal 158m 148m 146m 150m
Early Warning horizontal 44m 38m 32m 38m
Escort 9500i horizontal 101m 109m 115m 108m
Escort 9500i vertical 74m 85m 54m 71m
Escort 9500i mounted high horizontal 94m 88m 99m 94m

Click on any of the Radar Detector names in the table above to watch the corresponding video of the test.

Results shown by graph:

2008 Ka-band 35.1GHz Dash Mounted Radar test

Results shown by table:

Radar Detector

Orientation

1st

2nd

3rd

Average

Bel 966 euro (Remote) *

horizontal - - - -
Bel 975r (Remote) horizontal 151m 136m 140m 142m
Bel STi-R (Remote) horizontal 140m - 129m 134m
Conqueror Remote horizontal 154m 157m 167m 159m
Early Warning horizontal 27m 24m 38m 29m
Escort 9500i horizontal 94m 82m 105m 94m

Click on any of the Radar Detector names in the table above to watch the corresponding video of the test.

* The Bel 966r cannot detect Ka 34.7, 35.1 or 35.5GHz

Results shown by graph:

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