I just want to start off saying that I am still fresh to the world of quality radars. This forum has opened my eyes. I started off telling people that I wanted a new cobra radar for christmas. I have not had one for a few years, the last radar I owned was a cobra which I thought was ok. I actualy went out and picked one up for christmas. Then before openning it up I decided to do my research, and found this forum. Thats when I started to learn that thinking that Cobras are an adequate radar was a common misconception. Most people I speak to will tell me that Cobras are good, go buy a Cobra. I am gald that I found this site before I opened the package on the xr9740 and installed it. I read a lot of the threads about various radars, I decided to get a Bel v955. From what I can tell is that it is a good radar for a good price. The question I have for you guys now is which bands are predominetly used in my area? Is there a website I could go to or do one of you guys know what they might be? I live in a city just outside of Chicago. I have been readingt that if police use x band in my area then the v955 might not be the best choice. So I was hoping that you guys might give me some more helpful advise, and thanks again for the help.