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Old October 9th, 2017
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Sorry for jumping around. The thread I had originally started in the Passport Lounge contains my ramblings and questions concerning the stability of a BlendMount and their MirrorTap wiring harness for supplying power to a MAX360. Then I realized there was actually a topic specifically for mounts. I will continue posting here. First, to catch-up - I do not have a BlendMount yet. I purchased a cheap Chinese-made mount and wiring harness from Amazon last week. On Saturday I found out that the harness has the wrong pinout for the 360, even though their description claims it to be correct. Strike One. The mount was a nice design, but not very stable. The hard polycarbonate-like plastic pieces have very little friction between them and I predicted the detector would move all over when being subjected to small shocks and vibrations from normal driving. Strike Two. This morning, during my drive to work, I had to constantly readjust the detector's position every 30-60 seconds during my 10 minute drive and normal braking would cause the detector to rotate almost 90 from horizontal to almost vertical simply from the detector's momentum. Strike Three.

My only concern now is how will the detector play with my car's blind spot monitoring system. The detector was noticeably quiet this morning. I'm not sure if it's working fine and it just hasn't picked up any radar signals, or if I damaged my detector when I plugged that cheapo Amazon cable into it. I'll know more this afternoon when I drive home with more cars around me and when I can set my X- and K-band radars back up and see if the detector responds.
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Well, that was interesting...

Upon starting my drive home, my BSM system enabled like always but not a peep out of the 360 mounted directly underneath my rearview mirror. Several times the BSM system alerted to cars beside me. The 360 was totally silent. That got me thinking - maybe that miswired Amazon mirrortap harness fried my detector! After getting home, I set up one of my K-band radars and turned it on. The 360 alerted like it should, and using body fade, was able to attenuate the signal enough to show directivity with the 360's arrows. Maybe the detector is ok AND effective at reducing BSM falses! I need to now get behind the wheel more to put some real road time on the system to give it a workout...after finding a viable mount!
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It is rejecting BSM signals however sometimes some will get through the filtering. BSM signals consist of multiple radar signals some of which are modulated and can constantly vary in frequency.

If your car is the emitter then your detector can only receive alerts to its BSM system when the signals are being reflected back towards your car.

Your power source has no impact on radar detection. Either you have enough power to turn the detector on or you do not.
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It is rejecting BSM signals however sometimes some will get through the filtering. BSM signals consist of multiple radar signals some of which are modulated and can constantly vary in frequency.

If your car is the emitter then your detector can only receive alerts to its BSM system when the signals are being reflected back towards your car.

Your power source has no impact on radar detection. Either you have enough power to turn the detector on or you do not.
However, if the detector is in the source's near field, it could be receiving backscattered energy which may not be trip-worthy (as in tripping the detector's alert circuitry), but it most likely will be raising the noise floor considerably. Since all the BSM energy is very close to you anyways, it might not be that big of a deal, but I would think it could affect long range sensitivity of true LEO radar.

Agreed - if the detector turns on, it should be receiving enough power to work and the change to alert mode shouldn't be increasing the current draw much in this type of detector. HOWEVER, if you apply the unfused 12VDC from a deep cycle battery to the wrong pins, you could let the smoke out, which was my fear. Luckily that does not seem to be the case!
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Old October 15th, 2017
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Quick update. Received the Blendmount and Mirrortap on Friday. The Mirrortap pinout is exactly the same as the cheapo cable from Amazon and powered up the 360 without issue! I don't know what it was with the first cable and why it wouldn't work when power was clearly going to the detector. Anyway, now I have a backup of sorts. The pins used in the Amazon cable are simply crimped on connector pins and will most likely not work with every mirror connector out there, but oh well.

Haven't been able to install the Blendmount yet. This body isn't designed for the contortions needed to get in there, so had to give it a rest and will try again later today. Would love to get it installed today so I can then concentrate on the next big install, the Thinkware F800 Pro...
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Old October 15th, 2017
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Got the detector and Blendmount installed. Definitely love the stability that mount provides! Have to say GPS acquisition speed seems on par with what I've seen in the past. Just ran a quick loop around the block to calibrate the compass in the mirror and speed readings seemed correct. The real test will be tomorrow going in to work. I'm optimistic!
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