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    Default X-band from North Carolina State Troopers

    I was traveling through NC last weekend and had several confirmed hits from highway patrol officers using X-band. The first was from an officer that already had someone pulled over. Afterwards, I spotted and detected at least four officers positioned on the on-ramps using X-band to clock traffic from the rear. The X-band they were using was very low power. Each time I got about a 1/4 of a mile warning and my detector never went past a half-full alert. I was using highway mode and my detector supposedly is capable of a 10.8 mile range alert to X-band. I did not want to believe it, but after several encounters I started to. My sister also told me that she had been blasted in NC by an undercover state trooper in a camaro using X-band too. At the time, I told her her Cobra must have been malfunctioning because I had previously only seen Ka used recently. I had to tell her and apologize. So, I would not turn X-band off for any reason on your detector as LEOs still have the equipment ready to be put into action again.

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    I find it hard to believe X band is still used in NC. How did you confirm the LEO's were using X band?

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    Remember the saying, "the newer the older?"

    Is it possible that someone is getting older K-55s and putting them into operation as a way to "defeat" new detectors?

    If so, this is tricky...

    You know, a video of such an encounter would likely put this question to rest. :wink:

    Outrun, why not make a trip up to the Carolinas? Call it bad boyz III :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealthJamal
    I find it hard to believe X band is still used in NC. How did you confirm the LEO's were using X band?
    This was wide-open highway with no apparent falsing sources. As I approached the signal strength on my RX65 increased and as I passed the signal decreased. There were no pulses of K-band or Ka-band. There was also no laser detected by my RX65 or Blinder from the front or rear. I also stated that one officer had a car pulled and left his X-band gun on. I had a passenger confirm the officer was present on the on-ramps as well when I drove by. I also did not see any road signs or other radar gun sources. If you have seen the picture of the NJ officer in the the Veil Guy's review, then the officers were positioned in similar manner except the on-ramps in NC are generally a bit longer.

    Of course the best way to confirm would have been to pull up and ask. But since I have a RD, laser jammers, a police scanner, and a CB and drive a pretty fast car that is fairly distinct in appearance that would have been a stupid idea. If I was as "brave" as Outrun, I would have. If anyone wants to ignore X-band in NC and risk get busted then go ahead. I just thought I should report my experience.

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    Default nc x-band

    I can assure you that this is accurate. While some places in NC use K and Ka band, X band is alive and well there. I know for a fact that they are still using the old K55 guns. Beware of these state troopers, they definitely know how to use these old guns.

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    Default Re: X-band from North Carolina State Troopers

    Quote Originally Posted by jbird
    I was traveling through NC last weekend and had several confirmed hits from highway patrol officers using X-band. The first was from an officer that already had someone pulled over. Afterwards, I spotted and detected at least four officers positioned on the on-ramps using X-band to clock traffic from the rear. The X-band they were using was very low power. Each time I got about a 1/4 of a mile warning and my detector never went past a half-full alert. I was using highway mode and my detector supposedly is capable of a 10.8 mile range alert to X-band. I did not want to believe it, but after several encounters I started to. My sister also told me that she had been blasted in NC by an undercover state trooper in a camaro using X-band too. At the time, I told her her Cobra must have been malfunctioning because I had previously only seen Ka used recently. I had to tell her and apologize. So, I would not turn X-band off for any reason on your detector as LEOs still have the equipment ready to be put into action again.
    this is not good news, esp. since i am a newbie and am planning to buy either the x50 or rx65 (not the V1, i dont have enough cash in my budget). :shock:

    could you tell me where in NC you encountered the X-bands? live in the Charlotte area and frequently travel to Greenville, SC and everywhere in between the 2 states.

    also, and i know this has been asked before many times and is probably a stupid question...but for a person that drives around 100 miles a day on the interstate in this area...which RD would be best??

    any recommendations or Preferences are appreciated (and yes, i know they are both nearly identical and preference matters) :roll:

    thanks,
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    Interstate 40 from Raleigh area all the way to TN borderline.

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    I too have seen State Hwy Patrol in Statesville, NC using X band. I also frequently travel on I-77. What the heck are those devices that are on poles with mini solar panels that make the x or k band go nuts every half mile or so. Are those devices made to deter you from using radar detectors? The only state I have ever seen Laser in use is Ohio State Highway Patrol. I just bought a new 8500 x50 and was surprised to see that it still picks up the shopping store door frequencies. I guess the filtering technology isn't much better than when I bought my Escort Solo 6 or 7 years ago.

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    Sorry for the late post on this, but I have seen my detector go off on I-40/ I-85 in NC from the X band. Those are X band drones on the construction warning signs, put there by the dept of safety NC. There is a report out at speedlabs.com that explains these things.

    Also yes I have seen K & X band coming from those Blue look alike State troopers, but the car said "Enforcement" I think they are for speed/weight enforcement of the 18wheelers that travel our state hwys.

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