What up, all?
So, I've had a Belscort x50 for two weeks now and have noticed some unnerving range issues...
I live in the Boston area and have had two very similar encounters with approaching LEO's... one marked, one unmarked. Both gave an alert, but only at about 200 feet. (hence my concern). One was (I'm assuming) constant-on K band in a rear facing antenna (marked unit Carlisle, MA). I received a couple K blips and by the time I glanced down to verify band (I'm still new) and looked back up he was right on top of me. X50 really lit up once I was on his backside, so I'm guessing it was rear-facing constant-on... The area is fairly densely wooded and I was coming around a bend with one car in front of me, but range was still only about 150-200 feet... maybe 300 feet combined. Not so impressive for what appeared to be a constant-on K source. X50 fell silent about two seconds after he passed. We were only doing 35mph or so...
Event number 2 was this morning... sitting at a light. In front of me is oncoming two-lane traffic coming down a long hill (maybe 1/4 - 3/8 of a mile). No obstructions other than the traffic itself, which was heavy and slow. X50 suddenly goes to about 3/4 Ka alert... I notice an unmarked Crown Vic (looked like MSP by the uniform) approaching in traffic about 200feet in front of me. Traffic was so slow that I doubt he was instant-on'ing the traffic in front of him. As he passed X50 went to full Ka alert and then completely silent as soon as his front-end passed me... he was about 50 feet away (facing away) from me and nothing... I was also first in line at the light... nothing in front of me.
Detector was mounted on a sportbike above the instrument cluster just behind the windscreen (clear plastic, no tint, no obstruction)
Is there some kind of explanation for this crap range? Maybe the unmarked had an instant-on Ka gun in the cruiser and the X50 picked it up when I was right next to him even though he wasn't shooting? Maybe the constant-on K source is just the way it is when in dense woods with an approaching LEO with rear-facing antennae?
X50 is in Highway, POP on...