I just started reading the forum yesterday, but I am already very impressed and grateful with the depth and quality of information shared here. I have an Escort 8500 (non X50) that I bought about a year ago and have some questions that I've never figured out the answer too, and I'm hoping you can help me out! So here goes...
I have X-band disabled in city mode (because both city and county LEO's in my area use K or Ka and I used to get frequent false alerts), but I'm wondering if I get increased K and Ka sensitivity when in highway mode vs city mode.
Does the 8500 (non X50 again) offer "POP" protection?
I rarely encounter laser traps, but the VSP (Virginia State Police) only use Ka to the best of my knowledge (and I usually only use my detector travelling on the Interstate to work). Is it worth the money to upgrade to an X50 over the 8500?
Can anyone reccomend a good guide for doing a stealth install of my detector?
I currently have the detector mounted in the bottom left corner of my windshield. How much range am I losing by mounting it here vs near the top of the windshield? Does anyone reccomend buying a second detector to mount in the rear window (which is tinted in my Jeep) for rear protection because of the lost protection by having the 8500 mounted in the bottom of the front windshield? How much range is lost mounting the detector in front of the stock sun tint at the top of the windshield?
My area is switching to a trunked digital 800mhz system in the next few months, but the VSP will be on UHF for at least the near future. Which scanner would you guys reccomend (perhaps a digital and analog choice?) for use as a secondary counter-measure?
Thanks for all the great information thus far, and I appreciate any feedback anyone can give me on my questions. Best regards.