When I purchase my Bel985 (about 2 yrs ago), I thought I was covered, especially with paying the price tag on that item. I research what I thought was important and thought I covered my bases (for a novice) and pick the unit that was right for me. Well I believe I did, but just recently 30 days ago, I started to hear about all this POP stuff, and worst, possible Ku in the future. Well no where on the advertised Bel985 does it say anything about POP. So naturally I thought I was going to be screw until I came accross a SML 2003 review the other day... and listed under POP testing was Bel985.
Now again there are no listed POP modes/setting on the RD and after thinking I have an obsolete unit, I found this SML 2003 review, POP sensitivity test, the Bel picked up both the Bee III Ka 33.8, and K band when the radar gun was using POP. So can this be true, that I have the sesitivity (perhaps not the extreme sensitivity or range that perhaps maybe the new line of RD's have, but also not having to deal with increased falses). I also was wondering about these newer RD if you turn off POP mode does that turn off all sesitivity to a possible 67millisecond burst, as my old Bel985 can pick this up automaticaly.
Comparison of my Bel985 and the newer RD's, SML review such as the 2003 tested POP from 1/4 mile, now the SML 2004 review tested the new Bel-escorts from distances of 1000 ft and 500 ft, and another, the newest SML 2005 review simply said Y/N result (although I did read the fine print and it said it to was at a 1/4 mile. Now I was going to ask what the conversion of mile to feet are, but did a quick search and found the answer...
1/4 mile equals 1320 feet.
So I am feeling pretty happy about my detector that can alert to POP Ka and K, but seeing there were no test done farther than 1/4 mile I do not know how much farer the newer RD possible can detect POP...???
But this is where I get thrown, the SML 2003 review does not list the Bel985 for laser testing, however it is listed at the end. So what happend to the laser testing of the Bel985? I know for a fact it has great laser sesitivity both far and close and even rear detection but it is not shown... so I am starting to fear that this copy of SML 2003 review may be inaccurate and perhaps my Bel985 does not have POP sensitivity.
Can anyone chime in on this for me, I am alittle confused. Here are the links...