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Old February 9th, 2020
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Default K-Band - How often does it matter anymore?

With the 9500ix, it seems K-Band is a bit irrelevant anymore since it seems 99%-100% is false positives brought on by automatic doors or other cars with BSM. It's has been more of an annoyance than anything. Especially since I can't seem to find what at my house is spitting out K-Band. It seems anytime I notice radar coming from an officer somewhere, it is Ka-band.

So how often is K-Band actually connected to an officer anymore these days? Does anyone even use K-Band for speed guns anymore? Is it safe to just turn it off?
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Old February 9th, 2020
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So how often is K-Band actually connected to an officer anymore these days? Does anyone even use K-Band for speed guns anymore? Is it safe to just turn it off?
County sheriffs run constant on K band where I live so I definitely always leave it on. Some cities/towns and other counties around here also still use K band.

From what I understand K band is not used in at least some parts of California, thinking only not used in Northern California.

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With the 9500ix, it seems K-Band is a bit irrelevant anymore since it seems 99%-100% is false positives brought on by automatic doors or other cars with BSM. It's has been more of an annoyance than anything. Especially since I can't seem to find what at my house is spitting out K-Band. It seems anytime I notice radar coming from an officer somewhere, it is Ka-band.

So how often is K-Band actually connected to an officer anymore these days? Does anyone even use K-Band for speed guns anymore? Is it safe to just turn it off?
Actually the 9500ix is still quite effective at learning and filtering stationary false K band signals like automatic doors. Where it fails is with new vehicle safety systems like CAS and BSM. It cannot be updated to Escorts IVT filtering.

The only way you can still run this detector is if you live in a state like California where they have no K band. Unfortunately most states still run K band to some degree. My city is still 90% K band usage. This is why for most people turning K band off is not an option. Time to retire the 9500ix and get newer unit.
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Here in Oregon, it's mostly Lidar. However, a few small cities run K band. However, for the most part LE doesn't care about speed or other traffic issues because they are overwhelmed with staff shortages and real crimes.
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Old February 12th, 2020
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In western NY most Sheriffs and Locals still use K-band
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Old February 12th, 2020
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I guess that's that. It's just too bad the upgrade is so......pricey
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I guess that's that. It's just too bad the upgrade is so......pricey
Maybe you understand this but the "up-grade" is you need to buy a new detector. The 9500ix cannot be sent in to have upgrades added, it's too old of a unit. We have the auto industry to thank for this mess. They could have added new vehicle safety systems on a higher frequency and caused zero problems. Instead they chose the same frequency as police K band radar.
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Old February 12th, 2020
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Yes, I do understand. Maybe it was a bad choice of words, but it was meant the same way as "I think I might upgrade my TV's to 4K" (which means ditch the ones you have and buy new ones).

This is also why I mentioned it as so expensive. It sucks to spend the money to buy the best, and then suddenly a few years later it's practically useless and you are faced with paying all the money again. This round I met just set out or go with a less expensive brand.
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Yes, I do understand. Maybe it was a bad choice of words, but it was meant the same way as "I think I might upgrade my TV's to 4K" (which means ditch the ones you have and buy new ones).

This is also why I mentioned it as so expensive. It sucks to spend the money to buy the best, and then suddenly a few years later it's practically useless and you are faced with paying all the money again. This round I met just set out or go with a less expensive brand.
It happens in many other industries as well. I bought a DSLR camera seven years ago, and it has become out-model.

Be mindful that you can use your 9500ix as a trade-in toward the purchase of a new Escort detector.

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It happens in many other industries as well. I bought a DSLR camera seven years ago, and it has become out-model.

Be mindful that you can use your 9500ix as a trade-in toward the purchase of a new Escort detector.

Best wishes!
At least the DSLR still works for what it is supposed to still. I still have a Canon 30D laying around that I break out once in a while (usually to just lend out). When other people with newer cameras walk by, the camera won't receive any interference from them or stop working properly. Worst case, you look at theirs and go....oh, I want that one! Camera Aquisition Syndrome (same as GAS -> Guitar Acquisition Syndrome...only that sounds better).
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