When the radar detector is turned on with the car first thing in the morning after being off all night the detector goes through its normal start up testing, but then every 3 seconds there is a single "beep" with the X,K,Ka lights lighting up for a single flash. this goes on for about 30 seconds then stops and then the radar seems to be functioning normally. Any ideas?
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Re: start up beeping with lights
Its sounds Like there is a Generating source near you,Do you generally leave at the same time every morning,Is there a Micro wave running in a apt near you did they put up a New lite.With Radar Enhanced Beaming to Stop Speeders,Could be alot of things,Look around be fore you Leave ttech
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Hi. Radar detectors do not sound whenever a police car or emergency vehicle is nearby. They only work if the police officer is using radar, and if he's within the range of your detector. Many states now use "LIDAR", which isn't detectable by many radar detectors.
Ku is a band of radar used in some places by law enforcement. It is not used everywhere and can be a pain if it goes off for no reason. I recommend consulting your manual and turning the Ku band off if it is not used in the area in which you live. This will enable your detector to become more reliable for when you are being "zapped" by law enforcement
Pop is a way of using radar where the officer turns his radar on and off quickly. As a car approaches, they will turn the radar on long enough to get a speed reading, then immediately turn it back off to avoid detection by civilian radar devices. Some of the newer models of radar detectors have a feature which detects pop radar.
Every electronic device emits a frequency. Vg2 is what law enforcement use in states where radar detectors are illegal to identify whether a car is using a radar detector. The newer version of vg2 is called spectre and accomplishes the same thing. Some radar detectors can pick up on vg2 and spectre so the owner can turn the detector off before they are detected by law enforcement.
If you live near a cell-phone tower, your radar detector can pick up on the waves coming from it. If you like in an area where radar detectors are legal and Ku band is not used, I recommend turning off the vg2, spectre and Ku bands on your detector. This will not only cut down on some of the "noise" but also make your radar detector more reliable for when you are actually "zapped" by law enforcement.