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Hello, I'm a new user, i'm from Spain but i spend all the summers in the States with my family. I knew about radar detectors many years ago but i didn't used them until now. Last summer i bought a couple of detectors (one for me and one for mi dad) to try them in Spain. They were an ESCORT X50 and a BEL RX65. They seemed to be the best in the Speedzones tests. But results were not as i expected. So i asked my cousin there in the states to buy for me a BEL RX75 and a BEL 975R. So I got my 975R and my RX75 a month ago. And i started the tests.
I drive a Ford Focus SVT and my dad drives a Ford Mondeo GT (Ford Contour in the States) so we love speeding. Since las year the number of radar speed traps in Spain has increased a lot so it's very necessary for us to use one.
After testing all these radar detectors here in Spain:
against these speed traps:
Multanova 6F (Ka based radar 34,3 GHz)
Multanova Multabox (Ka based radar 34,3 GHz)
I can determine that the BEL 975R is the most effective radar detector. It is so because you can set the narrow Ka 34,3 instead of the whole Superwide Ka band. Whenever you discard the rest of the Ka band and just focus on a narrow range the 975R achieves very long detection distances.
I don't know why but when you deactivate the SuperWide Ka and leave ON just the narrow Ka 34,3 detection distances increase up to 250 meters (800 feet) from the 150 feet achieved when the Superwide is ON. RX75 is a little worst (100 feet) RX65 and X50 are a little better (300 feet)
I guess the reason is on the Ka band wideness. Because the detector must scan a very wide frecuencies range it is less effective, but when it only scan a smaller range it becomes more sensitive to this kind of signals.
Speed traps work with very low power here in Spain so it's more difficult to detect them. In France they have K based radar speed traps and are much more detectable as someone have checked out so the RX65 or the X50 work very very nicely. Against Multanova 6F the X50, RX65 and the RX75 are not always enough, if you go too fast you'll get a ticket. That doesn't seem to happen if you have a 975R.
Today I dind't get a ticket thank to the 975R. I were driving on a fast-way (speed limit 55mph) my speed was about 100mph so i had enough time and space to slow down to 55mph. But i know that a X50 would have only reduced the ticket cost because it would have detected the trap too late.
So, after knowing this I'd like to know if there is or if there would be any way to re-program the RX75, RX65 and X50 to split the Ka band as the 975R does. I love my RX75 and I'd like to use it instead of the 975R but id like it to be as effective as the 975R as well. Also the RX65 and the X50 because now my dad uses the RX65 and my girlfriend uses the X50...
Thanks for your help