For some reason, I'm starting to doubt the sensitivity of my X50. No, I'm not opening the door for X50 bashing by all of you V1 owners. I just think mine 'might' be a little defective...but I'm not sure because it's my first radar detector ever. So, bear with me and let me know if this is normal.
Today, while I was sitting at a stop light, waiting for it to turn green, I noticed a cop car pull off a side street about 500 feet up. When I saw him, I immediately turned to look at my radar detector because I didn't hear any beeping. Right then, it started to beep a weak K signal (1/9). As the cop pulled onto the road in front of me and started to drive away from me, the signal got stronger (4-6/9) until it began to die out as he crested a hill and finally disappeared.
For starters, he was obviously using moving radar but the question was in what direction? My guess is that he'd be using it pointing forward with the microwaves leaving the front of his car and continuing out in front of him. If he was using it pointing out the back, my signal should've been 9/9 from that distance when he started driving away....plus it makes no sense for him to just be driving like that.
So that begs the question, why didn't I detect him before I saw him? Hell, I was detecting him moving forward with his radar pointing forward and I was behind him...so why not? I find it hard to believe that he turned his radar on right at that moment. The road that he was pulling from was perpedicular to my road but I think I should still detect him with the "mighty" X50. It makes me think twice about being secure in the city with a radar detector because a cop could pull off a side road at any minute....EVEN WITH CONSTANT ON and I wouldn't detect him until I saw him.
One more question...if I drive in "highway" mode in the city, shouldn't I get false alarms like crazy or does it still filter? Doesn't make sense to me that it would still filter but I don't get falses like crazy....in fact, they don't seem any different than driving with "auto."
Anybody have any thoughts on this or could help me out with this?