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Lidatek Laser Jammers:
Protect Yourself Against Speed Traps
By Steve Litscher

(January 31, 2005)

Our Lidatek kit consisted of an LE-30 kit plus an extra transponder

The complete Lidatek LE-30 kit

Lidatek Transponders - they're about the size of a book of matches

Lidatek's controler is compact and easy to mount

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Not too long ago, I was cruising down an empty interstate highway, at about 2:30 on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. The air was clear, the traffic was virtually nonexistent and my iPod kept serving up hit after hit. My trusty Valentine One radar detector was busy sniffing for 'ole Smokey, and I had all of the confidence that I could easily travel 6 miles per hour over the posted 70 miles per hour speed limit.

As I coasted my way down one of the many steep hills that are plentiful in the Ozark Mountains, my Valentine One darn near gave me a heart attack. It was screaming at the top of its lungs, to alert me of a laser attack. Instinctively, I jammed on my brakes and took a peek at the speedometer - I'll be darned if I wasn't traveling 75mph AFTER I had taken a healthy stab at the brake pedal. Darn those hills! I frantically searched around the road for 'ole Johnny Law, when I spotted him - sitting on an overpass at the bottom of the hill, laser gun in hand, smiling at me.

Sure enough, another squad car raced from the on-ramp and pulled me over. I'd just been nabbed by a laser gun - the universal kryptonite to even the best radar/laser detector. My 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was easy prey, providing a target equivalent to that infamous broad-sided-barn that anyone and everyone seems to be able to hit no matter what their marksmanship rating.

Already $300 poorer, I called the fine folks at Lidatek and ordered myself one of their Lidatek LaserECHO LE-30 systems. After all, this was war, and I swore I'd never allow the likes of Beauford T. Justice to cherry-pick me like that ever again.

Back in the early 1990's, a famous German laser scientist was en route to his office, driving his newly acquired sports car, when he was suddenly pulled over for speeding. He inquired as to how his speed had been determined, as his top-of-the-line radar detector hadn't uttered so much as a peep. The Washington State Trooper proudly brandished a "laser gun," and went to great lengths to explain to the scientist about how the gun was unbeatable. Little did the officer know who he was talking to.

The scientist, who had made a name for his company by specializing in industrial lasers (think cutting/engraving/measuring/etc), challenged his engineers to develop a jamming system that would defeat any speed measuring laser device. He threw it out to them as more of a pet project, and had no intentions of producing commercially available laser jammers. The project sat on the back burner for a few years, but eventually his team developed an effective laser jammer that would later become the Lidatek LaserECHO 10 (LE-10).

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