Why does everyone seem to have pop on..I thought that police were using pop radar more often and it it comes on then its most likely police radar? so should i turn mine off or whats the better choice?
Depends on how bad the falsing it creates....... some people are real worries but IMO they stand a better chance of getting hit by an asteroid.
I guess there's always the chance a fumble fingered Leo could put the gun in POP mode by accident.
Of course people will post they have been popped but its more a mis id by the RD
I only got my X50 recently and have had two pop detections, first time I didn't see anyone around, second time it was a state trooper, detection was good over 1/2 mile away
Like I said ......... oh I've been popped....
It definitely would serve useful for you to find out if POP is used in your area - but please remember that this scenario is more complicated than just knowing:
Originally Posted by tzlaxplr22
For me, the problem is two-fold.
First, is there POP-enabled hardware in your area.
And second, more importantly, is POP actually being actively USED. Just because the hardware is available doesn't mean that it's used. There's proof of this even locally where I live - a near-by township owns the equipment and their officers are trained for it, but, thanks to the ride-along that a fellow Forum member took, it was noted that they confessed to simply never bothering to use that function.
Unfortunately, the only way to really know whether the second concern is valid would be to verify, through a primary source, whether or not POP is in-use. This can understandably be difficult.
[ Note that while having a tandem-vehicle, dual detector scenario (i.e. one car with POP-off, other with POP-on) would rule-out false positives, it cannot conclusively rule-out a false negative (i.e. neither detector reporting POP, but POP actually being used) - the only way to truly ascertain whether POP is in use is to visually identify the equipment, then have a confession from its operator whether POP was used at the moment it was detected. ]
As-such, you have to evaluate your risk-benefit ratio.
With my x50 Rev5, I do get occasional POP falses. They're annoying, and, to an extent, they also make me somewhat desensitized to the alerts. The former is bad and the latter even worse, as it erodes my trust/confidence in the detector.
The problem with why I keep mine on is because there are surrounding locales with POP-enabled equipment in-circulation. I unfortunately cannot rule-out, positively, their use, so I have taken it upon myself to be more cautions - although I'm always debating the true value of my practice, given the falses.
^ The problem with this scenario, bruddah, is that there's unfortunately no real and true way for you to verify that your POP alert was not a false.
Originally Posted by onefastzx9r
Please reference my "line of logic" above.
Cliff's Notes version:
Don't enable POP alert unless you can verify with CERTAINTY that will encounter POP enforcement in your primary-travel area/routes.
If POP enforcement is a "possibility," then evaluate the risk-to-benefit ratio carefully, and take into account both the annoyance of POP falsing (which can be anything from other detectors, I/O K/Ka band, or even "the planets being in just the right alignment yes, it's that bad) as well as the fact that the more your detector falses, the more you will become accustomed to such falses and will become de-tuned to the detector's alerts (in effect, you'll start to "lose trust" in your detector).
I can't tell you what to do.
I can only present the full story, and let you decide.
Don't think that somehow enabling POP will magically protect you. Even top-flight detectors have trouble detecting POP reliably, and there's always "regular" I/O to worry about, too.
Don't think that "POP will never happen to me." There's simply no good way to confirm this unless you have privileged information or have a truly visual *and* verbal confirmation from the citing officer.
Neither is the right way to approach this. Review the risks and benefits, know the reasons. Make the decision yourself, based on the facts presented.
so far i haven't had one POP false on my detector.
I've had both, pop falses and actual pop hits. But, the pop falsing seems to happen the most.
Re: I've had
How do you know you had a true POP hit?
Originally Posted by proudNMAmember
Re: I've had
I am leaving POP on because, with my luck, when our highway patrol decides to get POP-enabled guns, I'll just happen to be driving by them. I'll live with the occasional false.
When you see the LEO pull someone over :-).
Originally Posted by teeto