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In addition to everything else ....

I am considering trying to get some kind of a radar detector that will alarm whenever anyone is using radar nearby so that I can use it as a proximity alarm. Question is, do I need a certain kind of radar detector or will any old radar detector work ? I mean I am sure one of my neighbors or cousins or somebody has an old automotive radar detector that alarms on the freeway when a state trooper is using radar to check for speeders, will that work ? Obviously it's of little use in crowded waters, I'm thinking more of a proximity alarm out in the ocean **in addition to everything else ...**.

And, I say again ... this is **in addition to everything else ...** so please don't lecture me on radar reflectors, AIS, or god knows what else, I know already. I'm asking about freaking radar detectors.
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No. Traffic radar operates on different frequencies.

Now it is true that, back when Mike Valentine was still at Cincinatti Microwave, maker of the Escort, they had some government contracts. But, and assuming they were for marine radar, I'd expect that the results were not either in your price range or available at your local army/navy surplus store. (g)
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They do make radar detectors for boats. CARD is one of the systems made... The Collision Avoidance Radar Detector is specifically designed for this purpose, but is a bit expensive for most sailors.
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Try the Sea-me Radar reflector Sea-Me Crew Safety.* Radar Target Enhancer. Why Active reflectors are*better than Passive reflectors.* Improve radar visibility.* Avoid collision at sea.* Increase radar cross section. can be connected up to an alarm to alert you when shipping in range of you (really only for short handed sailing offshore).
We have one on our boat seems to work well, its smaller than other units and seems to send back a good strong echo (as its active)
(BTW I have no connection with this company)
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That actually might be a better choice, since it acts as both a radar detector as well as a radar reflector.
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