Let me say first of all that I was a radar specialist for the U.S.Army many years ago and have used radar detectors for about 20 years. I'm only stateing that so my credability is established. I am in no way a local or county or state officer but I have had the pleasure of riding as a civilian with all the mentioned officers. In Ohio, to ride with State Troopers, you have to be a reservist and it's like "pulling hair" to get the Post Commanders to let you ride along even with those credentials!
In Ohio, your local and County officers mainly use the usual radar unites and of course Laser guns. You truely need your radar detector wide open with all bands on here because you never know what counter measure device your car or motorcycle will encounter?
All officers young and old male or female are experts in R/F Hold(Instant On). That's why there's no prominant use of Ka band here in Ohio because it really doesn't matter if your triggering your radar unite!
One thing is for sure, there's NO radar guns! One of my friends from way back lost his father in law who was an Ohio State Trooper and he was a master with the Radar Gun. He died from testicular cancer in which MAY have been caused by his use of a Radar Gun? Anyway, no more Radar Guns are being used by any law enforcement that I have noticed?
The Ohio State Patrol knows that detectors are legal in all of Ohio so they have Radar School once a year to train all rookies and even current officers on the use of R/F Hold as an art form. In other words, to have the "upper hand" in the cat and mouse game of catching you with your pants down! It's been very effective for sure!
The Laser gun pretty much closed the deal on counter measuring! It's very accurate, easy to single out what ever mode of transportation you have, can be used at great distances and can not be detected but only jammed with any confidence. Once they perfect it to use while moving, forget it brother but, how safe would that be. The officer would only have one hand on the wheel! Well, they would make it hands free?
I get a kick out of these old farts that are using detectors from the 80's and swear they are effective? There old detectors only can detect X and K band. It's because Ohio State Patrol still widely uses X band. We all know that's a primative band width but as I said, in R/F Hold, it's still effective. All the Trooper knows is that if he uses his radar unite in R/F Hold, he has a better chance at nailing you. The Trooper couldn't care less which band is in use! But, if grandpa motors into the city, he has about a 90% chance of getting zapped by Ka Super Wide and guess what, it's citation time!
I had a rookie Trooper(male) zapp me about 2 years ago at this time setting "blacked out" and using his Laser gun in pitch black darkness. He was so proud of himself because he saw my Bell attached to my windshield. I, repectfully, reminded him about setting stationary with no running lights on? He then handed me my license back and said,"Have a nice day!" Sometimes you may have to question authority but do it tactfully. The officer has a choice, a verbal warning or written citation. One of the two will save you a lot of money!