I was wondering why real world experiences with radar detectors differ so much from radar detector test results? I was talking with several other radar detector owning friends and also people on an automotive message board about this recently.
Why is it that in the "real world" we can pick up X band from well over a mile away and K band from at least a mile while in controlled tests, many of the exact same detectors can't do it on a completely flat and straight road? It makes me question the validity of the tests. After talking with other people, I'm not the only one to observe this. Do normal road and highway conditions or terrain do something to amplify radar signals that test conditions don't do? Are the radar speed measuring devices used in test turned down to their lowest range or power setting if that optionis available? What other reason would there be for the big discrepancy in test results vs real world conditions?