I may have an issue with my detector range and sensitivity. Not sure I can prove it, but let me explain.
I was driving two days ago on a major highway with my STi (A4M9) in Highway mode. An officer was located on the on ramp entrance waiting as cars passed by. I get nothing. So I assume he didn’t have radar on. 5 exits later, same scenario, another officer waiting at on ramp, and nothing from my detector. I think something is up because I should have had something. I turn my detector off, then on again. All of a sudden I get low to medium “KA”.
I see two more officers, one under an overpass, and then another on the side with what looked like a MPH BEE (had it on the outside of his car facing rear – back at drivers). I get nothing.
I know you all say that it is not a cop detector, but seeing 5 officers in one trip and no radar detection, and I get KA band alert only after turning my detector off, and then on again.
I do have a tint band, but it is non metallic, and I did the grocery store test where I placed it above and below the tint band without any sensitivity loss.
I have no issue getting “X” and “K” band false alerts, but the only time I here KA is when I leave the driveway in the morning (sometimes – neighbours satellite?), and maybe other false alerts from other detectors (never see LEO’s).
How can I tell if I have acceptable “KA” range or ability of my STi without finding out the hard way from an officer? Purchase a radar tester gun? I read another thread about a member getting late notification, but at least he gets a response… Just worried my KA reception isn’t working properly.
I had my detector since late summer, and have not had a real KA alert. Just worried and looking for advice. Not sure I can send it back because I am located in a banned area (hence the STi).