Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a few years and apparently I signed up a while ago but never activated my account. I've finally decided that I spend quite a bit of time on here, so I might as well put my $0.02 in. Here's a little background information on me:
I'm in West TN. I bought my first RD, a Whistler DE-1660 in 2000. I ran it for a few months, but due to issues with the suction cups not sticking well, I sold it and bought a Bel 980. I ran the Bel 980 from 2000 until 2008 when it kept displaying "lo-cal?" more and more frequently until I couldn't use it at all. From there, I looked on here and decided on buying a Whistler Pro-78 (Rev. C). The reason why I went with the Whistler over the Bel 955 is because I was concerned about the reliability of Belscort at the time and I wanted to try something else as well. A year ago I decided to add a Bel STi-R (38/09), then two weeks later I replaced the Whistler with a V1 (3.872). I just started dating my current girlfriend at that time and mounted the Pro-78 in her car.
Currently I'm running my STi-R with only K,5,8 on in Tech mode. I'm running my V1 with X,K,Ka (just recently decided to turn x on, almost always run in A mode and occasionally little l) with unmute at signal strength of 6, 30 seconds, and rear K on (1-up, 2-up, 3-up, 4-dn, 5-up, 6-up, 7-dn, 8-up, A-up, B-dn, C-up, D-up, E-dn, F-up, G-up, H-up, J-dn, U-up, U2-up). The V1 is mounted on the driver side visor, the STi-R is in a hole cut in grill, with the V1's CD topped with STi-R display in instrument cluster. I'll have to take some photos of the install for you guys.
Also, I ran the Pro-78 most often with X,K,Ka,Filter (mostly in city 2, but in hwy in rural areas as an easy way to turn X on/off). Since I put it in the GF's car, I changed it to Filter 2 only because I wanted to keep from falsing, though on average I only had a Ka false every few weeks.
Another thing to note, I think I bought the STi-R around November, and the K/Ka portion of the horn started to go in and out right after a few snows we had in March, so I had to sent it in. Also, the reason why I have recently turned on X band on the V1 because I'd hate to get owned on X band, and there was this one encounter I had about two years ago with the Pro 78. I had just taken it out of City 2 and put in in Hwy, and not five minutes later, I saw an OLD city cruiser running C/O X. It had been probably 3 or 4 years prior to this encounter when I had last saw X being used in my city. Anyways, I don't think it was X/K confusion because I have never seen my Whistler Confuse K and call it X, though I have seen it call X K a few times (More on this later). It was a holiday (Memorial Day IIRC) and I think they were short on cruisers and dusted off an old one.
About the Whistler X/K confusion, I think I figured out the cause. I had the STi-R on K,Ka(All),RDR off, and I was experimenting in a parking lot that was parallel to the main drag in town. Also, I was in the presence of an X band false. I noticed, while running the Whistler with X off or in City 2, when the STi-R would pick up a strange K band signal from a crappy detector, that the Whistler would pick it up too. But instead of dropping the K band signal as the driver drove away, it would incorrectly keep alerting to K band because it was in the presence of the x band false. I wish I had video of this, but I was on dial-up at the time, so I didn't bother documenting it. It was pretty consistent though, for what it's worth. The whole reason for this experiment was to determine where the falses from crappy RDs were at on the spectrum, and how often, to determine what settings I was going to use for the STi-R. This was right after I installed it, and before the urge hit me to buy a V1. I didn't expect to discover the possible reason for X/K confusion.
I guess I'll throw that out there for now. If you have any questions or comments about anything, I'll try to elaborate further.
Edit: Here's my install. http://www.radardetector.net/forums/...97-tacoma.html