I-40 through Raleigh, NC was smokin today with NCSHP! I was headed to Cary to review a project for work and the Pro 78 got a little workout to say the least.
Ka (35.5) – First Encounter
I was driving WB at PSL+10 and the unmarked SHP unit was driving EB. I received the first alert, backed down to PSL, and after approximately .40 miles we pass each other. So making the assumption we were travelling at the same speed of 65mph, the Pro 78 sniffed it out around 0.80 miles. Very nice ramp up too!
K - Second encounter
This was NCSHP, which I rarely find to be running K-band. I was about 1-mile further down I-40 when I caught some K-band alerts. I was about 0.3 miles out before I passed a SHP unmarked unit camped out in the median running IO. He was facing EB and I was still driving WB. He did have a rear antenna (octagon shaped) so I’m not sure which way he was shooting. The way he was parked, he appeared to be setup to chase the EB traffic. Plenty of reaction time.
K & X ?? (band confusion happening!) Speed Sign
I was over in Cary and had seen a news story on new “Your Speed Signs” (made by Speed Sentry w/ K-band) that they are using in some local neighborhoods to help reduce speeding. I was close by one of the locations, and I just couldn’t resist a few runs towards it. I wasn’t sure of the exact location of the unit, but I received a few blips of K-band then it turned to a constant x-band alert until I passed the sign. At the initial k-band alert, I picked up the sign at 0.3 miles. I figure it is low powered because it is a small unit that attaches directly to the actual Speed Limit sign itself. I approached the sign from behind and again received a k-band alert, which turned to x-band at 0.2 miles. I turned around to make another pass towards the sign, but powered the Pro 78 down and then on before making the run. This time I received the k-band alert at roughly the same spot, but it was a constant k-band alert all the way to the sign. My return pass resulted in the correct k-band alert too. I made one more pass, and again k-band. So the band confusion stopped happening after I powered the unit off and back on. I had the same experience with K-band being confused with X-band last week on two separate occasions, that cleared up with powering off the unit. Michael B. any ideas?
X – Third encounter
Considering the K/X confusion above I will assume this was legit X-band? I was driving back towards my office on I-40 EB and received a X-band alert. It was coming and going, so I knew the SHP was using IO. Roughly 0.4 miles later I can see the trooper parked in the median snuggled up to some vegetation. As I approached he started tearing up the median because he had found the rabbit out in front of me! So for IO I was pleased with the alert. I had plenty of time to react and alert a few behind me with the tapping of the brake lights.
So there you have the fun I experienced today!!! SHP is out in force this week and the Pro 78 helped me avoid crossing paths with them! Pro 78 wins this round!! 8)