Well, I have owned my Redline for 2 weeks now, and I have over 2,000 miles on it already. At first, I was worried about its performance based on glitches I have heard about. I feel 100% confident now in its abilities though.
To start, I have 2 different long driving routes.
Route 1 (work)
My drive is 45 miles through country to get to my office in Firebaugh from Fresno. I then have my Ranch 10 miles West of my office, and a secondary smaller Ranch which is 20 miles south of my office. By the time I make my rounds and make it home, I cover a lot of road for one day. It has been raining a lot lately, and I don't see the CHP out in the country much when its raining. Usually only when there is an accident. I did have one encounter yesterday, and one today.
Encounter 1: Yesterday I was on my way to work, and my Redline went off on Ka Band 34.685. I was traveling East at about 55mph (foggy means I drive speed limit). The signal was weak at first and it got stronger for the next 4 minutes. It was extremely foggy and I could barely see the car in front of me. Well, after the 4 minutes, he passed me heading West equal to or better than 55 mph. It looked like he was doing 60+, but I am going to go by 55 because I don't want to over estimate Redline performance. Assuming I was going 55, and he was going 55, that should place him around 7 miles away when I first picked him up. Now I am just making a guesstimate... I realize he could have been stationary at first before heading my direction. I also realize he could have been going a different speed. Based on experience, I am pretty sure that I am correct. You make your own decision. =)
Encounter 2: On my way back from work, I had a good Instant On encounter. My Radar detector went of on Ka 34.707 for about a few seconds. It went silent for about 2 minutes before going on again for a few seconds. Silent for 3 more minutes, then another few second warning. Finally after about 5 minutes from the first warning, I see a car heading my way far down the road. I recognized it as the CHP I was waiting for. He passed me fairly quickly (again about 55mph). After he passed, I got a few blips... probably from the few cars that were behind me
that he was getting a reading off of too. I guesstimate that he was 7-8+ miles ahead of me when I first detected him.
So far so good for my Redline. When I had my 9500ix, I was only getting 2-3 miles range out in the country. And... 2-3 miles is still great.
Route 2 (play)
I drive to Visalia 3 times a week from Firebaugh or Fresno, depending on where I am when I leave. From Fresno, it is about a 50 mile drive. From Firebaugh, it is about an 85 mile drive. Typically, the CHP always hide in the same spots with the same tricks.
Usually Kingsburg/Highway 99 with Laser. Selma/Highway 99 ramps with radar. Exact same locations every time. Rarely, I see them driving while using I/O radar.
The Kingsburg/Highway 99 Laser traps are fun to watch. A CHP in an SUV will hide on the top of a hill, way off the highway. Then about 1-3 CHP Crown Vics will be waiting in this concealed ramp where you merge on to the highway. I think the SUV radios in the speeds and the Crown Vics will give the tickets. My Laser has gone off countless times. Even worse, since I have gotten my Blinder ,m27, I have seen them 3 times.. changed direction, and not been hit with Laser? Why? I don't know. I assume its because all of the CHP Crown Vics were busy writing tickets, and the CHP SUV waits till they are ready again to write tickets. I'll test my Blinder if its the last thing I do. D:<
Anyways, with this strecth to Visalia, I have been picking them up usually 2-4 miles away with my Redline. Considering the traffic and the change of conditions from the wide open country, that is pretty good. I usually don't get them on radar with my 9500ix till about 1-2 miles away.
All in all, I love my Redline. I just thought I would share my experiences. Questions/Comments? Leme know. =)