Sleet blocked our radar on Mother's Day

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by ken wells, May 12, 2019.

  1. ken wells

    ken wells Member

    Strange weather today, a long drive home and when we swapped drivers, our son pointed out a brake malfunction and an ACC malfunction warning on the console (I had been asleep). Since we had been driving in weird sleet, I got out and checked. Sure enough, a 1/2" coating of sleet only on the license plate and the Honda emblem that shields the radar. The rest of the car was totally clear. Strange, but I flicked the sleet off and everything is fine again. Some thermal conductivity characteristic of the emblem allowed build up. We need a control that temporarily sends a full kW out of the radar emitter to de-ice the shield (kidding).
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  2. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    On the recommendation of someone on this forum I bought DuPont Teflon Snow and Ice Repellent, but I never had a chance to try it out. I was waiting for a day when my radar dish got coated with ice before cleaning it off, spraying on the repellent, and going out again to see if it works.
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  3. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member Subscriber

    That would help melt the ice off the tail lights of the car in front too. Nifty idea.
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  4. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    You know somebody would then radar-blast pedestrians in the crosswalk because they weren't moving fast enough.
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  5. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    I likey, but will Honda pay for any three headed offspring that might result?
    There’s a reason why fighter jets are not allowed to operate their radar on the ground while mechanics are around.
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  6. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I was disappointed years ago when Snopes debunked the decades-old fable of the "cooked telephone man:"

    (25 December 1998, Canada) Telephone relay company night watchman Edward Baker, 31, was killed early Christmas morning by excessive microwave radiation exposure. He was apparently attempting to keep warm next to a telecommunications feedhorn.
  7. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that one’s too good to be true. But I read we got microwave ovens because an engineer noticed his lunch would heat up next to a radar emitter and so the first commercially available microwave ovens were called Radar Ranges (by Amana). If you remember those, you are officially old.

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