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    Default New rx65

    I am new to detectors, 1 month ago wife bought me a radio shack. I thought it worked good till I picked up a bel 925. Today my just recieved rx65 pro showed me 2 city cops perpindicular to the road gunning a school zone(I just used it as a test, I dont blast school zones) The unit seemed to p/u 2 sec quicker than the 925, both picking up at approx. 1000 ft. My city uses weak k/a, I have only gotten full blast indications as I pass them on the road if they are facing me. I will continue to review, and post my findings as I acclimate to the unit. So far I am pleased, although I will need more time, and experienc to evaluate ranging, and falsing, and pop modes. Preliminary findings are as follows.

    Pro's
    great fit. and finish
    window bracket better than 925
    smart plug is great

    Con's
    volume is not loud enough!

    the diff between radio shack, and 925 was enormous.
    I dont expect the diff. between 925, and rx65 to be that great, but I may be wrong.

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    Honestly speaking, this is good detector and it does falses oaccassionally but depend on settings. Other then this I am very happy with it.

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    congrats on the RX65. It's a fine detector. I've been using one myself for about 7 months and have been impressed again and again. I, similar to yourself, started out with a Radio Shack unit, think I kept it for less than a week before I figured out that it was a piece of junk. Wish i'd just started off with the Bel. I know you'll just love the RX.

    A couple things worth mentioning to you, i've had a little complaint about the volume with my RX as well. I guess "loud" is a relative term to people. I want a detector that I can hear with my tunes up and all four windows down cruzing along at 70-75Mph. The Bel just doesn't cut it for that in my car. *but* if you know anyone that dabbles with electronics, an efficient cone tweeter makes an excelent external speaker with no amplifier needed, and it's cheap. I found an old Bose 3" cone driver that's extremely effieient and just wired it up to an 1/8" mono plug straight out of the detector. Gives a respectable increase in volume for little/no expense. Also, don't forget that Roy has the amplified speakers for the Escort 8500, those will work with the RX too. Still thinking about getting one of those myself. much nicer looking than my speaker sitting in the cupholder :-)

    Also, play with the placement of the detector. In some cars it makes an noticable difference in volume with regard to where the detector is placed, for example, my detector is louder when placed at the bottom, middle of the window than in any other location.

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    Default another ka contact

    first of all let me say that my city uses only low power ka. Todays contact was as I was app. an int., a cop w/ka left on was app. from a 90 deg. angle. as we were both a approx 1200 feet, I showed a 1ka, then to 3, as he turned right and was head on, I didnt go to 9 untill he was about 50 feet. I have had this same exp. w/all my detectors. I know think that this picking up from 1 or 2 miles is complete bull****(unless x band, but its not used) Maybee they are just turning their power way down? Is that possible? So far I am not thin king this unit is one bit better than my bel 925 express

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    Default Re: another ka contact

    Quote Originally Posted by frog
    first of all let me say that my city uses only low power ka. Todays contact was as I was app. an int., a cop w/ka left on was app. from a 90 deg. angle. as we were both a approx 1200 feet, I showed a 1ka, then to 3, as he turned right and was head on, I didnt go to 9 untill he was about 50 feet. I have had this same exp. w/all my detectors. I know think that this picking up from 1 or 2 miles is complete bull****(unless x band, but its not used) Maybee they are just turning their power way down? Is that possible? So far I am not thin king this unit is one bit better than my bel 925 express
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    Default Frog - The key is 90 degrees

    Frog - Anytime the active radar is at a 90 degree angle to the traffic flow detection range will be dramatically reduced. The good news is they currently cannot measure your speed when facing perpendicular to the traffic flow.

    As to not going full strength until 50 feet away that sounds like there could've been something between you and the radar source blocking the signal (a truck?)

    Maybe Roy has some better insight.

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    as observin pointed out, warning will be short with any detector if the beam is at a 90 degree angle from you. Also, consider that the officer may have his rear radar antenna on and not the front. This will cause the signal strength to remain relatively low until you are right on him. This is done sometimes here. The officer will clock people coming up behind him traveling the same direction. Just one more variable to consider.

    Just as a bit of friendly advice, please use fewer abbriviations in your posts. I had to read it several times before I figured out "app" as being "approaching" and "int" as being intersection. I'm not sure if English is not your native language, but here in the states, I can say that i've never seen either word abbriviated. :-)

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    sorry for the poor short hand, my right hand is injured. I am having to hunt and peck with my off hand. In a nutshell I was trying to say that I am happy with my detector, but at least in my city I am not impressed with the ka range of any detector I have owned, or been around. That includes escort, valentine(friends), or bel,radio shack (mine). I would imagine that my citys PD turns the power of their units down so low that they are very easily in eyeball range by the time you get a reading of 3-5.
    If the detector alarming at 1 is when you should react, well, I guess I had better work on my reaction time.

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    Having driven with the 925 and the rx65, you should be getting a feel for the different tones now. For me, it's just second nature to slow down on a Ka alert. Never even have to look at the detector or think about it. Not a big deal though, the RX rarely falses on Ka in my experience. 7-8 months of mostly city driving and I can count the number of Ka falses of the RX on one hand.

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    Default new contacts

    Today while running errands in Tulsa, I had 3 contacts. The first was Tulsa PD, and I picked up his constant on KA in a densly populated area of downtown from over a mile and a half!!!!! Amazing. I also caught a Tulsa county sherriff with constant on K from a long ways off, but I already knew the K range for this unit. I was apprehensive about the ka range at first, but today more, or less proved to me that my town(broken arrow) is running their ka at the lowest possible power setting. In the above mentioned ka attack, after he passed me I could tell when he met oncoming traffic, as it would rebound off that car into my detector for probably 3/4 mile. As with my bel 925 I get laser falses in the same area by the airport, although the rx65 is noticably more sensitive. Someone on this board advised me that this is common around airports. Does anyone know if the pop is ka only? I am now impressed by this detector, and of my approx. 2 dozen encounters so far, I can say that 2 of them would most likely have been pullovers ( I am in a profession that recieves professional courtesy on most minor tickets, NOT INCLUDING those from 2 wheeled warriors). I am going to enable pop tommorow, and I'll see if it falses too much.

 

 

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