||RMR owner Mike Churchman and head engineer Raul Elguea at the Las Vegas SEMA show "hawking" their wares to unsuspecting retailers.*
Michael Churchman founded Rocky Mountain Radar in 1989 from his Denver home.
Mike's First Jammers
The first radar jammer products Mike advertised were the Spirit and the Eclipse. Ads for these units were placed in car and truck magazines and represented as radar jammers.
The ads also stated that these units were completely legal.
Media Circus Puts RMR on the Map
Although they didn't do their own tests, media outlets looking for the next big story began to do stories on Mike's new invention.
Articles were published that raved about this incredible device that would protect you from ever receiving a traffic ticket.
One such news story was published by the Denver Post, on the front page of the business section. Without doing any factual research on the product at all, the reporter stated that the jammer "guards against X and K bands and the Ka with the super-wide band and instant-on radar by reflecting the radar signal and the FM signal."
Rocky Mountain Radar was now on the map.
The Truth is Revealed
Finally, consumer advocates began researching these claims. Tom Martino, a syndicated "consumer watchdog" radio show host, tested Rocky Mountain Radar products and found them to be totally ineffective at jamming any police radar or laser signal.
Rocky Mountain Radar claims also received the attention of several national television news shows such as ABC 20/20, CBS Good Morning, Extra and American Journal who also aired documentaries showing that no Rocky Mountain Radar products worked as advertised.
FCC Rules Agains Rocky Mountain Radar
Because of all this new found publicity, Michael Churchman also got the attention of the Federal Communication’s Commission and in 1997 the United States Court of Appeals 10th Circuit Court, ruled that his products were illegal.
Radio Shack Sells, then Drops RMR Products
Rocky Mountain Radar's biggest coupe came in 2003 when Radio Shack started selling RMR products from their stores and web site.
Flooded by consumer complaints, Radio Shack sought the expertise of Carl Fors at Speed Measurement Laboratories. Carl tested the RMR products and all failed in the presence of the Radio Shack executives!
Radio Shack stops selling all Rocky Mountain Radar products from their stores and web sites.
Rocky Mountain Radar Today
In June of 2003, The El Paso Times reported that Rocky Mountain Radar was expecting to sell 150,000 units that year.
In 2004, Rocky Mountain Radar began selling radar detectors manufactured by Attowave, a company located in Korea.
More and more consumers are responding to manufactures of passive radar jammers and starting their own websites and blogs to get their information out to the public.
* Photo used with permission from 12 Volt News