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    Unhappy escort x50 not picking up ka band?

    Hello, I recently bought an x50. This is my first radar detector and I chose it because it has received great reviews. Unfortunately, however, this has already turned out to be a bad experience for me. I live in Louisiana and commute about an hour every day on I-10, and there have been several speed traps in the past few weeks. So far, it seems like my x50 will sometimes pick up these traps flawlessly but other times it won't even flinch. I have it mounted about midway up my windshield in the center, and just last week I got a speeding ticket. The cop circled that he had used radar and he was just parked along the side of the road, but my detector never went off. It's odd, because just a few days prior there were cops lined up in the exact same spot and the x50 picked it up from over a half mile out. Later that week there was another cop near the same spot and my x50 never picked that one up either, although my friend's Cobra did. Is there something wrong with my detector?

    I've heard that if its left in the heat then it can cause problems, and I am in a pretty hot region (Louisiana). Is that the problem?

    Thanks for any help or ideas.

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    Default Re: escort x50 not picking up ka band?

    Heat is never good for electronics; I take my detector down if I plan on being parked somewhere for more than ten minutes. I suggest you send your detector in for repair.

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    Lead Foot
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Default Re: escort x50 not picking up ka band?

    Could be the problem.. However, we have a few members on here who say they never take down their RD's and have never had any problems..

    I always keep my RD's on my visor, but my wife keeps hers on her windshield.. She does however take her RD down when she goes to her office. The heat/humidity where I live is just as bad (maybe worse) than where you live and knock on wood, I haven't had any problems.. But then again I don't keep mine on my windshield.

    Heck, it's around 12:30am and still 85 degrees where I live.. I live a few miles to the south of Memphis,TN. Monday,Tuesday, & Wed it's suppose to be anywhere from 99-103 degrees (depending on which forecast you want to believe) LOL with heat index of 108-110.

    Humidity's always high as well. 85% right now.

    Fwiw. I would suggest try putting your RD on your visor and see if this helps.. You can always move it back.

    Good luck.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Cincinnati, OH

    Default Re: escort x50 not picking up ka band?

    basebALLSTAR3012, you mention that your friend's Cobra alerted one time and the X50 did not. Were you using both detectors in your car at the same time? If so then they were interfering with each other causing the problem.

    If you were not using multiple detectors in your car then maybe there is something wrong with your X50. I recommend contacting our service department.

    Escort Radar customer service is available from 8am-6pm Eastern Time Mon-Fri at 1-800-543-1608



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