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22 Oct
Photo Courtesy of USA Today

Photo Courtesy of USA Today

Now that the first game of the 2014 MLB World Series is underway, we find it extremely fitting to talk about the radar gun they count on to provide viewers with the pitch speed.

The Stalker Pro 2 is the official radar gun of all 30 MLB teams. Major League Baseball doesn’t just go with any radar gun either. Considering the importance of accurate pitch speed readings, they went with a unit that had features that would deliver the utmost consistency.

Stalker Pro 2

Stalker Pro 2

Allowing users the ability to measure speeds up to 500 feet away is a big big deal. This model offers several different modes including a baseball mode which is what i’d like to focus on. In this mode the bi-directional Stalker Pro II measures the peak aka release speed and plate aka roll-down speed of a pitch, as well as the velocity of a batted ball traveling in the opposite direction. Whats really awesome is that all three speeds display at the same time!

Stalker Pro II

Stalker Pro II

The Stalker Pro II  also comes with a slough of included accessories.

  • LED Speed Sign
  • Standard Deluxe Tripod
  • Hard Case
  • Battery Charging System
  • Cables, mounts and Manuals

Although it may be a tad bit on the expensive side, rest assured knowing that if the pro’s use it then it’ll outperform your expectations.

23 Nov

Bigger is always better and faster is always more fun, right? Well, not according to some people. Every year car companies come out with new models that always seem to focus on improving certain areas of the cars; technology, comfort, convenience, performance, and engine power. But is more always better? Faster cars mean that people will be driving faster and in turn be more dangerous. Some people have begun to take measures to try to keep a lid on the increasing traffic violations in their community.

The City Council in San Antonio, TX has approved the request of Councilman Carlton Soules from District 10 to use roughly $18,000 of the city budget funds to purchase four new radar guns and two radar trailers. These funds are usually spent on community events throughout the year but Soules decided it would be more beneficial to utilize the funds for something long-term. “This is a investment that should last us many years in the district. It’s something the neighborhoods wanted and we were able to do,” said Soules. [citation]

The radar guns will be primary used by SAPD Officers to monitor more heavily trafficked areas known for speeders. Other areas that will be monitored are schools zones and neighborhoods that also see a lot of speed traffic.

I think this is a step in the right direction when it comes to traffic safety. I’ll admit I find myself not paying attention to the posted speed limit at times which is a very bad habit. But if we can cut back on speeding an increase safety out on the roads then we may just be able to save some lives. What are your thoughts on traffic safety and speeding motorists?

24 Oct

Everything is becoming pocket sized in today’s technological world. Smaller phones, smaller computers, smaller cars. So why not smaller radar guns? Today’s product in focus is the Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun. This pocket sized radar gun is considered the next generation of speed radar technology. It has helped countless number of Athletes improve their games and is sure to help yours as well.

Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun

Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun

The Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun fits in the palm of your hand so you can take it anywhere you want to go and is extremely easy to use. It is accurate to +/- 1 MPH for a baseball up to 120 feet away, or even a car up to half a mile away. Not only will it measure ball or car speed, but will register lower speeds including runners. This would be useful to know each runners speed out of the batter’s box as well as their speed around the bases so you can put in your fastest players for optimal scoring chances. A useful feature on this hand held radar gun is the re-call button. It allows you to re-call the previous 10 speeds for comparisons.

Some popular sports that have been to utilize the Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun are: baseball, softball, tennis, golf, racing, hockey, track & field, volleyball, soccer, football, lacrosse, and even cricket. This radar gun can be used as a professional tool or simply a training tool. Also, with it being made with the same plastic as hockey helmets, you know it will be durable and last a long time. Pick your Pocket Radar Personal Speed Radar Gun / Sports Training Tool at OpticsPlanet.com. What would you use this radar gun for?

03 Oct

If you are ever in the market of needing to know how fast something is going, you should check out the Bushnell Velocity Speed Sports Radar Gun. Whether it is a car, a motorcycle or bike, or any type of sporting ball, the Velocity Speed Sport will do the trick.  This radar gun is a great tool that is very easy to use and extremely accurate. You can find it right now at OpticsPlanet.com.

Bushnell Velocity Speed Sport

Bushnell Velocity Speed Sport Radar Gun

This radar gun has several features that make it unique and sets it apart from other radar devices. Simplicity was the motto when the Bushnell Velocity Speed Sport was made. It has an easy to use pistol grip that you just need to point and shoot. Once the trigger is released the speed is displayed clearly on a large LCD monitor in either MPH or KPH, whichever the user prefers. And one of the great things about this Bushnell product is its accuracy being as close to 1 MPH or 2 KPH. This is because of the use of the best digital technology and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to help provide that accuracy in real time.

This is truly a great product at is extremely handy to have is you are a police officer or a baseball scout, or even if you are curious on how fast different things are. I would get the most out of it right now during baseball season myself.  With playoffs just starting this year it would be fun to bring the Bushnell Velocity Speed Sports Radar Gun to a game and see how fast the pitchers are throwing. What would you use this radar gun for?

18 Sep

If you are someone who loves to drive fast and finds it hard to obey thePenn Police Radar laws of the road by driving above the speed limit, then I would suggest moving to Pennsylvania. It turns out that Pennsylvania is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not allow police officers to use radar guns. Instead they use a method that includes a stop-watch like device, a mathematical formula, and two white lines on the pavement to determine the speed of motorized vehicles.

There have been some speculations that authorities do not want police officers to use radar guns to pull over speeding drivers because they do not want police stations to take advantage of this power to bring in more money to the police stations. I could see this being a concern however; I would hope we would put more faith in our law enforcement officers than that, to not abuse their power and the law. I think we should be focusing on all of the positives that could come from this versus the negatives. The biggest positive I would say with having radar guns would be safer streets. It will also make drivers more responsible and follow that speed limit more closely. Another is the ability to catch dangerous drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

It shocked me to learn this fact that not all states are able to use radar guns to detect drivers that are speeding. Now-a-days we use radar in so many other ways like sports, weather, airports, military use, etc. Even the fact that almost every other state is already using them means that they do work and are beneficial.  If I were a citizen of Pennsylvania, I would want law enforcement to be able to use radar guns.  Sure, I am one of those drivers who like to go faster than necessary, but I know that the advantages would definitely outweigh the disadvantages of police being able to use radar guns.

 

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04 Sep

Have you ever wondered where or when the first radar gun came into existence?  Well, I have, so I did a little investigating of my own.  It turns out that radar guns were invented shortly after World War II in the 1940’s.  By the time that the interstate highways were being constructed in the 1950’s, radar guns were all over the place.  Police officers needed some way to keep the new highways from turning into the Daytona 500.

Buffalo Squad Car

Buffalo Police Squad Car in 1973

A company called Decatur Electronics produced the first radar guns used by police in 1954.  The original technology used for these early radar guns was much like that of radio waves.  However, instead of the AM, FM, and now XM radio waves you have now it was X, K, and Ka frequencies received by radar guns.  Much like the progression from AM to FM to XM had in radios, the radar technology started with the X brand frequency with the first radar guns.  This would be so all the way up until the early 1970’s where the K brand frequency would take over.  As technology advanced, so did the frequency moving to the Ka brand which created a more powerful and accurate radar guns.

Of course, in today’s society we use radar guns and radar technology in many more things than just looking for speeding cars.  Car racing, archery, weather, airports, military use, sports like baseball, softball, golf, tennis, hockey, etc.    Makes me wonder what is in store for the future for radar guns.  We have come so far with this technology already and every year it continues to grow.  Make sure to keep reading for more updates and interesting news on everything radar and radar guns.

 

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20 Aug

All police officers and law enforcement better get their radar guns ready in the state of Illinois.  Governor Pat Quinn recently approved the increase of the speed limit on rural interstate highways to go from 65 mph to 70 mph.  This change will go into effect on January 1, 2014.  Despite opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation, leading roadway safety organizations, and State Police, Gov. Quinn signed the measure not only to raise the speed limit, but for other reason as well; such as the ability to reduce speed limits in the busier interstates in the city of Chicago.  Also, what was once considered to be excessive speeding at 31 mph over the speed limit will be reduced to only 26 mph over the speed limit.

Speed Limit Sign-70 mph

Start getting used to seeing this in Illinois

Police officers will have their radar guns going crazy with this increase in the speed limit.  People already tend to drive over the designated limit when it is only 65 mph.  Imagine how fast they will be going now.  I know personally I am not going to change my driving habits.  I usually go a little faster then I’m supposed to as it is and whenever I see that black and white squad car parked on the side of the road with their radar out, my heart skips a beat.  Now, I can just relax a little and know that I’ll be alright with the increased speed limit.

A few positive things about increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph are; most of thecountry has already has speed limits of 70 or greater, also if you are in a hurry you will be able to drive a little faster and get to your destination a little sooner.  I’m sure all of us have been in that situation where we wished we had just five more minutes.  Plus, there could be less confusion with surrounding states that already have a 70 mph speed limit.  Drivers could go from state to state and not have to worry about changing their speed.

01 Aug

I ran across SpeedTrac X Radar Gun on OpticsPlanet.com and it really caught my eye.  This is a hands-free radar gun that can be used with almost any sport.  With the sports fanatic that I am, it is very appealing to me.  It lets me practice all my favorite sports and monitor my skill level without having to have someone else there with me.  That way I won’t have to be embarrassed if I’m not that good.  I can practice my pitch speed for baseball, kicking speed for soccer, slap shot speed for hockey, spiking speed for volleyball, serving speed for tennis, and so much more.

SpeedTrac X Radar Gun w/ Bag

The SpeedTrac X Radar Gun utilizes a larger three digit LED display that is built into the radar gun.  The technology that this radar uses is the same for many police radar guns, which is Doppler Radar Technology.  If you have ever used any SpeedTrek Radars before and thought that they were average at best, don’t worry.  The reliability and performance has dramatically improved due to a 2-layered PCB board that was newly engineered with superior quality board components.  This will improve both the durability and the functionality of the SpeedTrac X.  So, if you have a wild pitch and happen to hit your radar gun, it won’t affect the performance.  Another useful feature of the SpeedTrac X Radar Gun is the built in stand.  This enables you to stand your radar up and use it at ground level.  The stand also flips up and can be used as a handle or can be hung from something.  And, if you need your radar gun at a certain height, then you can just utilize the tripod port on the bottom, which can fit any regular camera tripod.

What a great product.  The people at SpeedTrac X sure did a great job putting together a great quality product that is easy to use and will last.  Make sure you go pick up yours today.  I will be sure to recommend the SpeedTrac X Radar Gun to everyone I know.

09 Jul
Radar Guns to Puducherry

Puducherry, India

The Puducherry Police Department is getting concerned about the amount of car accidents that are happening especially on the well traveled road of East Coast Road (ECR), which travels along a good majority of India’s southern east coast.  One way they are looking to solve the issue is by procuring speed radar guns.  This will help local police officers locate drivers driving to fast and dangerous.  Fines and tickets will be issued to those who are registered above the speed limit. Also, depending on how fast the speeder is going, a case might be made against them to revoke their license.  Another way Puducherry Traffic department looks to cut down on accidents is they will look for drivers that are “zigzagging”, especially youngsters.  Breath analysers will also be used to identify drivers under the influence of alcohol.  If someone is found driving while intoxicated, stern punishment is what awaits them.

It is great to see all the precautions that everyone is taking around the world to help make cities and streets safer.  I think for Puducherry, getting radar guns is a great way to start minimizing all the accidents going on in their city.  The slower people drive the more time they have to react if something were to happen.  It’s also encouraging to know that the United States is not the only country trying to make their streets safer, and that it is happening on the other side of the world as well.

08 Jul
Radar Gun "Beam"

Radar Gun “Beam”

The radar beam is a directional signal that is transmitted from the radar antenna that is very similar to the light of a flashlight.  The beam that is transmitted from the radar gun is conical in shape and continues to be transmitted outward in the same direction until it is absorbed, refracted, or reflected.  This beam is made up of two different parts; the zone of influence, and the main power beam.  The main power beam makes up the center of the beam and uses about 80-85% of the radar’s energy.  The zone of influence is the 15-20% of energy that surrounds the main power beam on all sides.  Ideally, when police officers are scanning the streets they try to get the vehicles in the main power beam, however, the zone of influence does have enough energy to register a vehicle speed.  The main power beam is also know as the 12 degrees in the center of the beam.

Now, the range of the beam will go on continually until it hits something, however there is a certain distance that the beam can travel and reflect off of something and have enough energy to return back to the radar gun.  This is known as the radar range.  Several things can affect the radar range of all radar guns.  Some of those factors that affect the range are: atmospheric conditions such as rain, snow, and fog; some terrain like hills, curves, fences, and buildings; and also large volumes of traffic will make it more difficult for a radar beam to pick up on one individual car.

I hope this information has helped out all of you like it has me.  Come back later in the week to catch the next post about the exciting world of radar guns.