Here's the situation:
On my way to the post office today, I passed the Police station in town here. I quickly noticed that one of the patrol cars was in the lot with its radar on. I am unsure of the make/model of the radar but every time I have encountered this patrol car it is transmitting Ka 35.5 c/o. The patrol car was parked parallel to the road I was driving on facing the same direction I was traveling. I picked up a strong signal that quickly faded once I rounded a slight left hand curve in the road. I didn't think much of it since I was traveling away from the patrol car. Upon leaving the Post office I decided to check this out traveling head on towards the patrol. The post office is approx. 3/4 mile from the Police station and I expected that I would see something almost immediately, however I did not. Once I rounded this same slight curve, I picked up a strong Ka signal almost instantly and reset my trip meter. I clocked exactly .4 mile to the patrol car and had it been parked on the street would have had line of site to it. Seems a little short to me! BTW the 9500ix was set to highway mode and I was approaching a locked out location of a K band signal.
1) Does this sound normal or is there something potentially wrong with this detector?
2)Is off axis Ka detection really that bad on 35.5?
3)If the answer to #2 is yes, has anyone experimented with a slight modification of the bellmouth of the radar receiver internally in the detector to improve off axis detection?
Any info/insight into this will be greatly appreciated!