Okay, I live in Eastern Central NJ, about a half hour from the shore.
Today, on my way home on Rt. 70, I get a single bar weak Ka Alert that goes off for about 5 seconds. Then I pass by a cop hiding out in a typical speed trap in my area. My question is, if he was shooting Ka, why wasn't my X50 going off like mad?? Is it possible that he had his radar gun on and that he didn't pull the trigger or something?? Like his gun emits a weak Ka signal even when he isn't pulling the trigger? I don't get it. I'm really leaning towards something may not be right with my X50. What do you guys think?
Now, keep in mind I am very inexperienced with Ka Alerts. In the three months since I've owned the detector, I haven't gotten one verifiable Ka Alert until today. I don't know if that's because NJ uses X Band more than Ka or what.
Another thing - I have had consistent falses from weak motion detectors in my area as well as plenty of verifiable X Band and K Band encounters. But lately, when I pass by certain areas that false, the signal does not ramp up like normal. The X50 will stay silent until I am on top of the area, and then it will let loose with a 4 or 5 bar alert when that area usually only gets to 2 or 3 bars. This seems to happen once every three encounters. Strange, huh? Could it be the heat? It has been very hot lately, and although I don't keep the X50 is direct sunlight for longer than I have to, I do make long trips where it's mounted for 1.5 - 2.5 hours at a time.
Sorry if these are stupid questions... I'm still a novice when it comes to RDs.