Hi new member here from New Zealand. I've lurked and learned for a while and want to thank everybody for their knowledge. I wish I'd found this place before I bought my first detector but as luck would have it...
I've now had three STi's :-
AX000640 (I think)
The first one alerted to every other radar detector, gave good range on Ka, then gave a Service Required alert and seemingly stopped giving alerts to radar but continued falsing to other detectors.
The second one seemed to have even better range on Ka but still alerted to every other radar detector under the sun so I took it back after reading on here about the early model problems.
Got the third one a couple of days ago and may finally have arrived in STi nirvana. No confirmed KA falses, one possible, and good range on Ka.
These things seem very well built. I managed to drop the second one from a height of about three feet onto concrete, just about fainted as I visualised a pile of dollar bills bursting into flames, but it didn't even blink. Hardly even scratched the case and performed exactly the same as always.
In NZ we basically only have Ka, in car and photo radar, and some laser. So the Bel is set up with everything off except Ka and Laser (which I've never encountered). The patrol cars with constant on Ka are completely neutered by the Bel. The photo radar demands prompt action but I'm not a degenerate speeder so I should be OK.
I checked the software versions of detectors two and three by resetting them and they gave the same results :-
Rev A 2
Rev M 8
Which is puzzling. So if you're thinking of picking one of these up off Ebay... maybe you should check those serial numbers and steer clear of the early examples?
Hope this helps someone. Thanks, Chris.