After owning a week, I have confirmed finally that my new Passport Escort 8500 X 50 works like a champ.
Had it in the truck for a week now, but haven't really seen a true, full on alert caused by police traffic radar. Just a few chips here and there, combined with a single reading from a very short ranged (low power?) K band radar trailer that made me question if the thing was really working (the traiuler AND the detector).
Well, after driving around 500 miles throughout the greater Seattle area this week, I can say the 8500 works like a champ. Three separate occasions I got to see the thing work with a real, full on alert. One when a County Sheriff's car was approaching from the rear; a second on I-5 where I came accross a WSP speed emphasis and three cars working radar; and finally a third where it looked like a Municipal PD vehicle had it's radar let on and active while the Officer was investigating an accident scene. All were either K, or Ka bands.
In "Highway" I got allmost a full mile warning 4/7 on I-5 in heavby traffic and BAD weather (the signal increased quickley to a full alert within a quarter mile). In the city on "City" I got a strong 4/7 signal within block and a half (full alert within one block). I have it set up with "POP ON" and "City LoX".
I was pleased to see and experience the difference and behavior of the false reports vs. the real deal. Not that I get a ton. But some here and there. On false "Laser" alert this weekend when I had an ambulance running code and approaching head on. I'm guessing the IR opticon (used to change traffic signals), must have set it off.
Slowly coming to believe there are no X band traffic radars around here... just door openers. Not convinced enough to turn X all the way off.
Slowly building up trust in the thing. Not that I'm looking to do the tonin my old Toyota truck, but it's nice to have a heads up in case I get caught daydreaming. Once I'm familiar enough with it, I'll start tesing it out on the bike in dry weather.