I got 2+ miles ka range against a mobile local pd unit in ohio. He was coming towards me on the opp side of the highway running c/o ka. Ka guard off, pop on. I traveled well over 1.5 miles from my first alert until I passed him. If he was traveling the same speed (or faster) that means I detected him when he was 3+ miles away!
This range is much more than I am used to. Usually I only travel .5 miles from my first alert until I pass a ka unit. Road was dead on straight. Ramp up was steady so I don't think I had a false ka source. Heck, I even got intermittent blips before the steady ramp up.
For those familiar w ohio, this was on. I70 east in the newark/granville area.
I imagine the following factors influence range:
detector setting to a small extent (ie. Pop on/off, ka guard on/off)
orientation of radar antenna (head on. Offaxis, etc.)
Id like to start a list of factors so I can help understand this unusual experience.
Something I am wondering is if there was any ka models (likely oldr) known to be high power.
my experience w my local pds k band is that there current units are much less power than the ones they used 15 years ago...
Maybe this local pd had an older, higher powered ka unit. I could not read the name of the city on the car. all I cld say was it was fully marked. Black w blue lettering