A Stinger antenna sees radar in high definition pictures. Radar antennas used in the military and high-tech industry do too, but regular antennas do not. Then why would we go through the extra effort and cost to develop such high-tech industry products? We admit, we enjoy developing the best we can, but that’s not the main reason. What really drives us is the user experience. To illustrate, consider the two spectrum analysis pictures below.
To most antennas, they are the same. Because they see this:
And therefore, they would treat these two signals in one and the same way. But the devil is in the detail. This is what your Stinger sees:
The consequence of seeing accurate radar pictures is a difference of night and day. The difference between a real alert and a false alert. The difference between being able to rely on your co-pilot and continuously being bothered by it. For example, imagine you get a radar alert that clearly does not come from a speed check: a false alert. Let’s assume that the product you use has a function that lets you designate this alert as being ‘false’. Most products do not have such a function (Stinger calls this FalseList®), but let’s assume so anyway. Now, what happens if you run into a genuine speed check radar alert that produces a signal that rudimentarily ‘looks’ the same as the one that you have put in your product's memory as being false? Right. You will not get an alert. But this goes even further, in a big way. Only truly accurate antennas like Stinger's can swiftly recognize and alert to modern low power radars. Most antennas do not even get near being able to do that.
That’s why we use high tech components and build phased array patch antennas. For accuracy. And ultimately, for reliability.