I received my first radar detector from my girlfriend for xmas. I did all the research & decided that the x50 was the best for the money. But sadly I haven't been impressed with the unit. I pick up a LOT of false K & Laser alarms. I mean a LOT. Now that doesn't bother me too much, but I have been skeptical of the range & strength of the x50. Honestly, my furthest warning has been no more than .1 of a mile. Just today I was driving behind a cop with 2 cars in between us. My K-band signal strength was 1 - 4 bars and at one point it wasn't even picking him up! Finally both the cars between us turned & I thought for sure I would get full signal. To my surprise it didn't change. I found if I was over 100-200ft from the cop my radar wouldn't pick him up. Strange huh?
My setup is as follows: Mounted level on top of the windshield, Standard Mode, POP on. I have the blue x50, FCC ID: QKLX5M4 I haven't checked the version number yet, but I imagine it is 6.1
Does it sound like I should send it in to be recalibrated? Or does it sound like a bigger problem? My only issue is that my girlfriend bought it for me for Christmas from Best Buy, so I don't have the receipt to send it in free of charge.