So I'm new to the scene of radar detectors and figured I needed to get one given I have a rather heavy foot and have a 1200mile drive between school in South Carolina and home in Texas.
My first unit is an Escort 8500 x50 and I am nothing but satisfied by its performance so far. My big question is, what is instant on? how does it work? and how likely am I to encounter it on my trip home which will take me through Alabama, Mississippi and Lousiana, and finally Texas? I read extensively online befor I decided what to choose as my first detector and one of the things I read in the SML detector shootout 2005 was that the 8500 x50 detected instant on Ka-band at 2miles. Does this mean there is some early warning for instant on Ka? I figured this is something I should address before I make the trip home.
Sorry for the long post, just a newbie looking for answers.