Years ago the introduction of POP units from MPH sent tremors through the Radar Detecting community and the rush was on to develope effective counter measures! Now every major manufacturer of Radar Detectors has incorportated POP protection in their product. So the POP "threat" is now a thing of the past? Keep in mind, MPH was the only manufacturer to offer POP on their units and it was limited to just (2) frequencies......33.8 Ka Band and 24.150 K Band. The new high end model recently released from MPH (The Ranger-ez) has dropped the POP feature.
The more wide spread threat that has developed is a technique we affectionately call QT or Quick Trigger. It appears that many Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) have improvised on the POP concept and are now "Popping" their radars manually with the QT technique (Even non-pop units from other Manufacturers) to defeat Radar Detectors and issue citations. While this manual "Popping" is nowhere near as brief as an actual POP signal, it is still brief enough to go undetected by todays detectors.
- New EasyTrack™ ranging bar
- Automatic Same Direction™ (ASD) mode
- Direction sensing
- Direction selection
- Moving and stationary modes
- Strongest & fastest target mode
- Patrol speed harmonic indicator
- Integrated speedometer interface
- Integrated video interface for MPH and most competitors in-car video systems
- Small display with easy-to-read LED displays
- Dual audio tones for tracking fastest and strongest targets simultaneously
- Weatherproof all-black antennas
- Continual internal diagnostic self-test
- Digital signal processing
- Ergonomic wired or wireless remote control
- Black equipment housings
- Optional motorcycle upgrade
Actual duration of a QT emission is literaly as fast as a human can double press a button.......call it .20 seconds for me or 200 milliseconds. Good enough to beat the fastest detector on occasion and the slower detectors on a regular basis.
Even if we consider QT improper use of Radar for officer's to obtain a valid speed reading (no tracking history) it is likely.....more likely than POP.....to be used to issue citations. At the bare minimum, it could be used to sample traffic ahead of you until the officer obtains a reading that he wants to lock in for a violation. Also remember.......very few, if any, juristictions require the officer to lock your speed on the Radar!
The question is.......how serious do you consider this threat? Have you been a victom of QT or have you seen it in your area. How important is the ability of your detector to pick up a QT to YOU?
Please let us know your experience and where you have encountered it.
I live in upstate New York and have not been bitten by the QT as of yet. I would like to know, however, where I need to be careful.
BTW........I rate QT at 5/10 on my concern meter!