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    Default keep using BEL 985 or buy another detector?

    i have been using a BEL 985 for a year or so and i am quite happy with it. i also run a Blinder M20. does it make sense to move to a newer unit like the rx65 or 8500 x50 now, or wait until KU is being utilized in the US? i know the tests show more range on the newer units, but i'm not sold yet on switching from the 985 solely for the extra detection range. any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I have a Bel 985...it is an Excellent RD.
    But the newer models are better.....X50, RX65, V1
    I don't think KU is going to be a threat any time soon.

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    I would keep the bel 985 if it was me.
    That is a great detector and as long as it works well why spend the money?

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    I've used my 985 along with just about everything else out there and I'm sticking with it for now. I like the features and it has excellent range and filtering. My main complaint is the abortion of a windshield mount!!

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    Keep the 985. I tried a 995 and the range was not as good as on the 985. Others have good reports about the 995 though. I would keep the 985 unless POP radar is used in your area. Or unless you want to upgrade to a V1 1.8

    FYI, the 985 is nearly as good as the V1 (1.7) on Ka band.

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    Yeah keep the Bel 985. As you saw on the SML reports it is an EXCELLENT detector
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    How good is the 985 with Laser? I was travelling from KC to STL and was lasered by a motorcycle cop on I-70. I did receive a Laser alert but that was the first time it had ever gone off. I have had my V985 for about 4 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drochebs
    How good is the 985 with Laser? I was travelling from KC to STL and was lasered by a motorcycle cop on I-70. I did receive a Laser alert but that was the first time it had ever gone off. I have had my V985 for about 4 months.
    Laser is OK on it, but not like the V1.

    I like that Avatar. Do you realize that is one of the few Unidens that was any good? I think that won one of the Car and Driver tests in the '80s!

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    Yeah, the RD9XL was my first RD. Could fit in your shirt pocket easily. It did win one of theCD tests in the 80's.

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    Default Re: keep using BEL 985 or buy another detector?

    Quote Originally Posted by louisdarke
    i have been using a BEL 985 for a year or so and i am quite happy with it. i also run a Blinder M20. does it make sense to move to a newer unit like the rx65 or 8500 x50 now, or wait until KU is being utilized in the US? i know the tests show more range on the newer units, but i'm not sold yet on switching from the 985 solely for the extra detection range. any thoughts would be appreciated.
    It deoends. If I where you I would just keep what you have at least wait to KU really is a issue. but on the other hand if you have anuff money to buy the X50 now then go ahead. As I.am sure you know there is a upgrade for Ku band with the X50

    If you ever want to sell me your RX65? I would be willing to buy it form you for a good price as long as it is in good working order. PM if you do want to know what I,am willing to give you for it. Thanks

 

 

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