Mike B. from Whistler posted this in another thread:
Oh and while we are on the subject of falsing, somewhere on the FAQ page there needs to be a section on using proper terminology.
Too many times I read about radar detector falsing complaints saying it alerts to too many door openers and alarm systems.
A radar detector that alerts to a door opener or X band security system, or an X band repeater tower is not falsing. It is doing its job!
Falsing should only be considered if the unit alarms to something other than X, K, and the Ka Bands it has been designed for.
Alerting to another radar detector is considered PRD (personal radar detector) falsing. Sometimes this type of falsing is the result of the receiving radar detector to effectively reduce the falsing from the other radar detectors leakage, sometimes it is the offending radar detectors leakage and choice of frequency plan that creates falsing for most or all other radar detectors it comes into proximity of.
Alerting to a K band door opener is not falsing.
Alerting the wrong band to a door opener is not considered falsing. Usually there are multiple door openers at stores and grocery markets. They are slightly different in frequencies and it clutters the information the unit is trying to process.
I see his point that technically the term falsing is not the correct term because it is alerting to a band that it is capable of detecting.
I am guilty as hell for using this term when I guess it is not truley a correct term for this situation.
Should we come up with a different word to use for this?
If I am out on the open highway and there is nothing around for miles but open road and corn fields and my radar detector is going off and I can see there is no LEO present that to me is a false alert, therefore that is why I call it a "false alert".
What should we call it when a radar detector detects an alert when we know for sure there is NO LEO present?
For most of us that has always been considered a false alert since it alerted with no LEO present.
I see Mike's view on this because the unit did what it was suppose to do and alert you when it detects a certain band.