So I had my first Radar Encounter last night with the Passport iQ, been test driving it for 3days now.
OK so onto my first encounter I was headed East on a 4 lane divided by median city road approaching an intersection which I've previously gotten K-Band falses on from a door opener at the corner CVS store(I have autolearn turned off, I'm a first time RD user and wanted to get experience with some real falses to familiarize myself with how the detector reacts to them).
So I'm about 1000ft from were I have been normally getting the false and I get a K-band alert. The display shows its 24.161 and the signal is weak so I assume it must be the false. As I get closer to the intersection around were I normally get the false, the signal starts ramping, I glance at the display and first thing I notice is there are 2 K-band signals now. The original 24.161 which is now at fluctuating around 50% "rampage?" and the new signal at 24.142 was barely registering on the meter. At this point I'm about midway thru the intersection and the 24.161 signal is hitting max ramp so im thinking this has to be a Local Revenue Collector. I scan the road ahead at a small opening in the median for turning traffic, I spot him South Miami's finest blacked out facing East running C/O K-Band trying to catch speeders headed West I'm assuming. I passed him and was getting a full ramp signal for about a half mile after that then it suddenly cut off.
I decided to run some tests and made a U-turn about a mile from where he was at, as soon as I had my car turned around I had picked up the signal and it ramped to full at about .8 miles from the source. Wanting to see the max range I could pick up the signal at, I turned off the road and got back on about 2 miles from the source. I was traveling at 35mph eying the radar screen at about 1.2 miles I got my first alert, ramp was good it maxed at around .5 miles from the source.
I have a little bit of a sad story to tell that resulted from my testing. So I'm about to pass the officer approaching the same intersection I originally passed heading East (heading West this time) I was going like 10 under the limit trying to ID the cop car. The guy behind me must have got frustrated as he stepped on the gas and switched into the left lane, literally completing the lane change as he passed just a few feet from the cop. As he did this luck would have it that the light changed to yellow, poor guy put the Pedal to the metal when he saw this. I was like no don't do it but it was too late the guy was f'ed, disco lights came on promptly and he got pulled over on the other side of the intersection I saw him pull into the shopping center probably cussing me and the cop out.
So I must say I'm quite pleased with the iQ so far. Is this about average performance that I should expect from it?