I recently purchased a Bel STI and it has already saved my bacon three times this weekend.
Ottawa is a unique city because it has 6 police forces around town (you think you have problems?). Those being Ottawa Police, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Federal Parkways (RCMP), military police on the base and 2 minutes across any one of our 5 bridges, the Gatineau Police and Surete du Quebec (Quebec Provincial Police).
That's a lot of police forces looking to collect taxes. Add in many red light cameras around town, and you'll understand why Ottawa is a difficult city to drive in.
I wanted to post my recent driving experiences in Ottawa using the STI:
X band: there is no X band that police use.
K band: there is no K band that police use, but there sure alot of K band false warnings when I drive by grocery stores. I've also found a few automated speed signs using K band that tell you your speed and ask you to slow down. Not terribly important.
Ka band: Ottawa, OPP and RCMP all use this band. Every Ka warning is a real one and should be taken seriously.
Lidar: Ottawa, OPP and RCMP all use Lidar in speed traps. In 3 days, I had 3 lidar warnings. There is alot of lidar in Ottawa. I wasn't speeding but it was nice to know my STI was working properly.
I haven't had any driving radar experiences in Gatineau or in Quebec. Can anyone confirm which bands are used by those police forces?
Funny story: I did get pulled over today in my (very unique car, won't say in case LEOs are reading this post) (I thought for sure I was being nabbed for using a detector), but the LEO just wanted to see my car... which I'm more than happy to do anytime anyone wants a tour. Phew!
So, anyone in Ottawa... please share your experiences. I think it would be safe to disable K band in Ottawa. Thoughts?