Federal law prohibits drivers of commercial motor vehicles from using radar detectors. In fact, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulation 392.71 prohibits these drivers from even possessing a radar detector. Plus, radar detectors are illegal in all vehicles in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and on all U.S. military installations.
And although many radar detector manufacturers may say that their devices are undetectable, the Spectre ELITE detects hundreds of radar detector models in use all over the U.S. That’s because all radar detectors, including those that feature “cloaking” or “Spectre Alert,” operate - and are detected - in the same way.
The Spectre ELITE detects radar detectors by sensing electromagnetic “leakage” from a component common to every radar detector, the local oscillator. Some manufacturers try to evade detection by suppressing local oscillator leakage with shielding; others try to adjust the leakage to a frequency that the ELITE isn’t designed to detect, while others turn off the local oscillator when they detect the Spectre. In most cases, the ELITE can detect these “stealthy” detectors before they can detect the ELITE and shut down.
Sensitivity adjustment adapts to the environment
Where radar detectors are legal, the Spectre ELITE has the added advantage of automatic signal attenuation and the selectable filter switch. Since the ELITE can detect many radar detectors at nearly 1,000 feet away, this degree of sensitivity and adaptability offers better target identification of spurious signals from leaky detectors in “target-rich” environments – and assists operators in distinguishing among multiple signals.
In that situation, the filter reduces sensitivity in frequencies used by inexpensive “high-leakage” detectors while maintaining heightened sensitivity in frequencies used by detectors that are often used by commercial violators. This selectable sensitivity, combined with proper RDD orientation and setup in the patrol vehicle, limits the detection threshold to much closer to the patrol vehicle and allows the officer to “scan” traffic for commercial vehicle offenders.
The Spectre ELITE is about the size of today’s radar detectors and mounts to the windshield of the patrol vehicle. It can be rotated 360 degrees to detect detectors at all angles relative to the vehicle.