I took my brand new 9500i (2207 build) on a road trip to Atlantic City NJ on the Garden State Parkway.
Here are some encounters:
1) On the way down, I first passed a law enforcement officer (LEO) in an unmarked patrol car, parked on the island near an exit ramp (by exit 159 I believe).
My 9500i (in 'Auto' sensitivity mode) did not issue an alert at all, even when I drove right past him.
I was traveling at highway speed, so it wasn't because my speed was so low (i.e. 15 MPH or less), that the system was filtering it out.
I also do not have any locked out locations.
I believe (it was 4 days ago, so I a not 100% sure now) that he was, however, parked almost perpendicular to the road, which makes it much harder to detect vehicles in front of me being clocked.
My instinct was that he perhaps wasn't running radar at the time (i.e. using instant on and hadn't used it when I was in the vicinity).
With my X50 (rev 5), I often pick up the signal when he clocks other vehicles, even when I am not the target.
2) Later on, while still on the Garden State Parkway, driving at normal speeds, I passed no less than 4 LEO's within about 20 miles, who had pulled cars over.
Some were marked state troopers, others were unmarked.
Once again, the 9500i did not issue a single alert during ANY of these encounters.
The good thing is that the E-Z Pass lanes did not trigger an alert, which they do with the X50.
In fact the 9500i was extremely quiet, until I hit Atlantic City itelf and I got an X band alert.
I did get ONE K band alert during the trip, but didn't see a LEO (that doesn't mean there wasn't one somewhere, perhaps even on a side street or had passed going in the opposite direction.
My concern is / was that 9500i wasn't functioning properly - I couldn't believe that every single LEO I saw (5 encounters, one with two unmarked cars at a single location) had turned off his gun after pulling the vehicles over, although one or so may have been for non-speeding traffic violations.
Unfortunately I didn't bring my 8500 X50, since I assumed the 9500i, based on what I had read, would alert me to speed traps, especially since I am NOT locking anything out (yet).
My detector has 2207 on the bottom, meaning it was manufactured the 22nd week of '07 and is therefore one of the newest "builds".
On the way back home (north), it did seem to work better, which made me feel better (I believe the only difference from the trip down was that I re-enabled SWS (Bands at default [DFT] on the way back). I also turned GPS off completely at one point during the first trip (I don't recall if I did this after ALL the LEO encounters had already occurred, or whether it was in between encounters):
1) At one point it alerted me to X on the Atlantic City Expressway (NJ is one of the few states where X band radar guns are still used) and I did see a LEO up ahead pull out of the median (going the opposite direction), which was presumably the source.
2) It also issued Ka and I saw a LEO who had pulled someone over.
The warning distance was ample, which was nice. The signal never got to full alert though (auto mute is off by the way, so that isn't the issue).
He was quite far to my right though, as this is where the GSP splits and traffic going to Staten Island NY goes right, so that may have at least had a little to do with it.
I guess it IS possible that NONE of the LEO's I saw on the way down had radar turned on when I drove past.
In addition, ONE stop may have been for another type of violation or a broken down vehicle.
It just surprises me since, based on my experience with my X50, MOST of the time when someone is pulled over my X50 would alert me, indicating that the radar gun was still on.
Perhaps they are using more instant on.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
I did re-enable SWS on the way down; however, this was after passing all the LEO's.
All radar bands, with the exception of POP and Ku, are enabled.
I don't know whether this is a software bug with the 2207 build (possibly when certain options are enabled or disabled), just amazing coincidences that the LEO's didn't have their radar guns on when I passed (i.e. my unit may in fact be working fine), or something with MY unit.
Here are some pieces of information that might help:
- The 9500i's power on self test ('POST') is okay (I'll enable the longer POST to check that it goes through without errors too).
- The unit is mounted as high as my X50.
I did raise it a bit for the trip back, in case that had anything to do with it.
- The car is an '04 BMW 325xi, in case that might have anything to do with it (windshield characteristics etc.), although my X50 worked like a charm.
- The weather (on the way down) was sunny and it was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
- I do not have any after market modifications (such as tinting to my windshield).
I wish I had my X50 with me.
I do not plan to use True Lock, since this thing is already more than quiet enough compared to my X50, thanks in part to Auto sensitivity, but even at speeds above 15 MPH it is much quieter.
I bought the unit mainly for TRUE (i.e. vehicle speed dependent) Auto sensitivity, SWS support (the X50 issues a K band alert for SWS, which makes it indistinguishable from real radar gun, although SWS is apparently rarely used?).
I also like Auto Volume etc.
Does anyone else here have a 2207?
Have you had any problems?
Thanks for any feedback!
Is there any cheap way to test it against various radar bands?
I recall an amateur video demonstrating TrueLock, where someone was using a device that could tune into radar frequencies.
I assume this would cost a lot.
My goal is to take the X50 with me from now on (I have a dual cigarette plug adapter) and, if possible (depending on the situation), quickly turn off the 9500i and turn on the X50 (and vice versa).