Since I don't have my rd hardware installed (yet), and the curly wire is annoying as all hell, I've had my rd low on my window shield since I have gotten it about half a year ago. Today I had some spare time, so I decided to see if the tint on the top of my window is metallic or not. To my surprise I learned a bit more then I thought I would…
I ended up driving by a grocery store around 20 times today that emits x band with my rd mounted in different positions on my window shield.
Testing factors: rx65 version 6.1, x-band test only.
test 1: Driving past the grocery store multiple times.
Mounting lower would detect at a reasonable distance starting at 3 bars and ending at 3 bars. No ramp up or ramp down. I’ve always noticed this with my rx65 even with cops using Ka band. I would get 1 bar, 3 bars, 5 bars, or full 9 bars, but it wouldn’t do in between usually, and wouldn’t ramp up much. I might get a Ka 1 bar warning for a mile then it would jump immediately to 3 or 5 bars when passing a cop or getting close and that would be it, or sometimes it would start with 5 bars and jump to full when I was passing.
Mounting higher above the rear view mirror would give me almost double the distance at 1 bar but passing would stay at 1 bar. So, I would get more distance on the detection but less strength on the reading.
This happened every time when driving by mounted lower or higher. Lower would always have 3 bars and higher would always have 1 bar. Once out of the multiple times did mounting higher actually give me 2 bars but only for a split second.
test 2: pulling into the parking lot
mounting lower: 3 bars would jump to 5 then jump to 9. Sometimes it would jump from 3 to 9. No ramping up what so ever, which is understandable since it is a weaker source. Stronger sources, like real threats have more distance and time to ramp up.
Mounting higher: The 1 bar would quickly ramp up to 9 bars. I saw everything just about real quickly. 1 then 2 then 3 …. In all 2 to 3 seconds. Does this mean the sensitivity is more accurate higher up?
When mounting lower, it isn’t like my wipers are in the way. Actually, when I say lower I mean closer to center of the window shield then anything else.
Has anyone else had the same experience when mounting in different positions? I did this test a good number of times (around 10 times in each mounted position) and each time the result was the same. Maybe my radar detector is unique? Lol
It may sound like nothing but changing the position of where it is on the window shield on this test gave just about double the distance. I found that quite interesting.