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    Default Whistler false alarms

    I just bought the Pro 73, the first time I have ever used a detector. I drove the 395 in California, up to Bishop, and the alarms drove me nuts.
    There were clearly dozens of false alarms, on wide open freeway surrounded by open land. I even got a maximum strength signal(ka I think) for a few miles, and other alarms were clearly from other cars or trucks. I saw no cops nearby, and people who were travelling faster didn't get stopped.
    Will the Escort 8500 take care of the high number of alarms?

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    i keep my pro 58 on city 2 mode, which filters out x band. As for falses on k or Ka, I only get them once in a while. So i dont know why you get so many. I dont think the 8500 will have that many fewer falses, but it will have better range.

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    I keep my Pro 58 on city mode 2 as well, but I drive mostly in town on the interstate that goes around my city.
    The pro 58/73 will detect other radar detectors that are leaking.
    You will see other models including the Escort, Bel and Valentine will detect the detectors that leak as well.

    I have not had a chance myself to use the highway mode yet but hope to use it this weekend on a road trip, this way I can give some feedback on the highway mode.

    If you got full Ka signal, I would imagine there was a LEO somewhere, maybe you did not see him but I bet he was some where.

    Try the city mode 2 if you do not have xband in your area and see what happens.

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    Thanks for your input. The Whistler customer service guy also recommended city 2. I did notice that radar roy gave 8/10 for filtering to the pro 73, vs. 10/10 on the Escort 8500.

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    Default Re: city2

    Quote Originally Posted by WALT19
    Thanks for your input. The Whistler customer service guy also recommended city 2. I did notice that radar roy gave 8/10 for filtering to the pro 73, vs. 10/10 on the Escort 8500.
    These Escort is in a totally different league than the Whistler....They don't even compare

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    Disable the POP detection of the Pro 73 and the falsing from other cars should stop. Refer to the manual, it should tell how to do it.

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    disable everything, then I'm 100% no more false

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    Default Re: Whistler false alarms

    Quote Originally Posted by WALT19
    I just bought the Pro 73, the first time I have ever used a detector. I drove the 395 in California, up to Bishop, and the alarms drove me nuts.
    There were clearly dozens of false alarms, on wide open freeway surrounded by open land. I even got a maximum strength signal(ka I think) for a few miles, and other alarms were clearly from other cars or trucks. I saw no cops nearby, and people who were travelling faster didn't get stopped.
    Hate to tell you this, but there are "falses" on all bands with the X band being the biggest culprit. I have drive through the parking lot of Best Buy, Target, Office Depot and Comp USA (which are all right in a row) and I get K and Ka falses at close to full strength. It just sucks that Automatic Doors and such share the same frequencies. Nothing you can do but know your area.

    I use City 1 Mode with Auto Quiet enabled. This desensitizes the X band, but does not disable it like City 2 mode. The Auto-Quiet mode gives a short alert, then goes to volume level 1 so it's not so annoying. :wink:

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    Default Re: Whistler false alarms

    Quote Originally Posted by ES13Raven
    It just sucks that Automatic Doors and such share the same frequencies.
    I agree. It would be the best if they ban all of these automatic doors.
    We should start a campaign for Very Healthy Manual Opened Doors!

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    Default Re: Whistler false alarms

    Quote Originally Posted by T-T
    I agree. It would be the best if they ban all of these automatic doors.
    We should start a campaign for Very Healthy Manual Opened Doors!
    Agreed... they should just go back to the old fashioned pressure plates. Or use IR motion detectors, or if they *have* to use radar, there's no reason to use K or Ka. :roll:
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