Well....i took a road trip a couple weeks ago, and on my way through waco, i noticed my Whistler wasnt making any sounds. So i turned it off, and back on, to see if i could get any sound from the speaker during its startup routine. not a peep from the speaker.
So, as im driving through Waco, i notice a huge pawn shop on the side of the road. For the fun of it, i stop in. I was looking around, and i saw that they had some escorts. They had an Escort Passport 8500 for $90. Needless to say, i snatched it up. Now, it isnt in the greatest shape cosmetically, it it works DAMN GOOD.
When i got to my mothers house, i asked my stepfather if he had any extra phone wire. I ended up cutting the wire from the cig lighter wire, and splicing into it this longer phone wire. i was able to place it above my RVM , and hide all the wires, and even keep the mute button on the cig lighter adapter working
Just cruising around in that area (North east texas), i was getting anywhere from 1 mile, to almost 2 miles alert, and that is with hills in the way. (All KA band).
I am very happy with this detector.