Oh Boy, What a Great GT360 Encounter to Report!

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  1. Zjones

    Zjones Learning to Drive General User

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    I’m in the Ozarks and this was KA band from a good distance...wanna guess how far?.....well, you don’t have to because I had set my trip OD just for such an opportunity and it paid off!....I put about 100 mi on it today looking for as much data as possible to share here and for my own info because I could send it back and buy a Max360c but I’m not sure I need WiFi really, not at least for the sake of updates. I have no problem using one of a dozen PCs I have laying around that need a purpose.

    Anyways, back to the encounter....In AR we have Highway Control and Highway Police....the Police use lots of K band and the Patrol boys use KA....this was 34.6 KA and I believe it was Highway Patrol....he was so sneaky but he got pointed out literally!....The terrain made this a great test...I first got my alert when I was climbing a large hill as this was newer 4 lane road and I shouldn’t have to explain the terrain with trees and all,, most difficult for a RD unit to deal with. So as I climb this hill I wasn’t getting headlights flashed at me which is unusual but I thought maybe folks wasn’t from around here (more on that in a few) so, again I’m climbing this rather long hill and had the mind to set my OD for distance to target cause I figured he was right over the hill. Guess what? At the top of the hill was a long gradual sweeping CURVE! And I’m thinking “no way” my R3 might not have done this good but I’m keeping my eye on the meter and now my rear meter is starting to come up....I’m getting really excited now cause I don’t see him, how odd. On down thru the curve and now straight again there is an exchange with a underpass and that’s where both meters came together full strength and that copper is on the exit ramp on the other side (oncoming) so that if he nails ya he can go under the bridge and jump up on the entrance ramp to come up behind you and pull you over, you would never see him!.....be the has nailed quite a few and THAT explained why no one was flashing their headlights to warn (this is common around here) but this GT360 had him quite a way off....I was gonna flip around and do it again but he was gone by the time I got to the next exit and back around...if you guys are still with me I will sum it up now below.

    I’m sorry for the long story but here’s the short version.....my first alert was at 1.2 miles away and to be honest I did turn around to see if I could reproduce it but he was gone. I then retraced it from memory and logged it at 1.1 miles so there it is....really it was almost 1+1/4 mi. I can’t really see much more warning distances being exponentially beneficial in this terrain.

    My conclusion/opinion and all is that so far, this is a 5 star radar detector....6 stars if it shakes out like I think it might.....K band remains unknown along with a few nit-picks but that price?....like Vortex said....it won’t last.
     
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    Today I had appox. a 2.5 mile alert with my GT 360 I was running Escort live and calculated on the live app it was around that, my wife kept saying where is he? The detector has been going off for a while, I was on a straight, flat 4 lane road here in MI with a mix of some open fields and some wooded areas, I also own a Max 360 and a R3 all in different vehicles. So far I am impressed with this GT360 the only thing that is weird is why do both front and rear signal strength bars light up if your only getting an alert from the front??

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    Nice I took a ride today also.
    Wife and had a date night and went to dinner. Then she said, you can’t go home ya gotta show your best girl a Good time. I’m thinking here we go... and she says we haven’t road tested that new detector Lets go cop hunting. WOW !!!
    2 Ka hits which weren’t bad, a laser hit at a shopping center from a undetermined source, 1 Ka from live which LEO was already gone and 3 becareful know trap ahead live warnings. About 150 mi of City / Highway.


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    Sounds like an awesome save. Could you post a google maps satellite shot of the area?


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    I'll see if I can
     
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    My experience on detectors with rear antenna has been that reflected signal from the rear bounces back into your rear antenna....it will usually be unstable unless you are almost on top of the source.....Escort has dealt with this issue to refine it but I kinda prefer the “raw” signal because I easily interrpet it for what it usually is......
     
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    Marked Location maps.apple.com: Google Maps

    See if that works please
     
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    I don't notice this with my Max 360 front radar detection is always on the front meter and rear is on the rear.

    Posted from my ZTE AXON 7 on Metro PCS 4GLTE Network.
     
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    That’s why I said Escort has delt with it thru updates, firmware whatever.....it used to bounce some also....my Max360 did...rare for it to do so now after version 1.5 FW
     
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    I don’t notice it with V1 either.
     
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    Ok, it’s possible I don’t understand so I will attempt to be clear.....

    I have noticed on occasion with my Max360 especially when it was new before FW updates, that radar shot from the front under conditions where it could reflect back to the vehicle would appear as radar signal from the rear thus showing in the units display as radar from the rear, which it was....it was simply reflected back and picked up by the rear antenna.....this type behavior never bothered me much because it has a signature that you learn.....Your V1 only has one bar (or dot) graph and my understanding is it will display the most significant threat which would not be from reflected rear but rather the increasing signal picked up from the target as in this example, the front.

    On my Max360’ if radar is shot from the front my arrow and bar graph both show front, if there is a huge reflection surface behind me like a bill board the rear graph will show that reflection if it’s close/strong enough however, the arrow remains constant to the source meaning the arrow stays steady pointing to the front.....this will also depend on what meter display you have chosen in your menu on Max 360 and so far I don’t see as many display options with the GT360.....it’s pretty basic.
     
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    You made a very broad statement that was incorrect. Sure, early versions of 360 might have had a few glitches, to be expected. But sounds like those have long been resolved. Obviously any RD with multiple antennas needs to address reflections.

    Internally the V1 has an 8 bit strength for front and 8 bit for rear (I’m sure 360 has similar) V1Driver shows that ratio continuously on a graph and you can sense how far forward or to the side the signal is. It’s generally very smooth.
     
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    I can deal with how it is but hopefully Escort will correct this thru a firmware update, but as we all know Escort is not that timely with their updates. But oh well at $299 I don't think I went wrong with the purchase of this detector.

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    I think we are on the same page.....It's hard to beat it at that price point.... Vortex did a fine short review that points out some of the things it lacks that the Max360 has but at the time he did it that unit was selling at $549 I believe. I feel like it's a pretty good unit at any price but like Vortex said it wouldn't be my first choice at retail level but I wouldn't want folks to write it off at $299..... It's worth that with arrows for sure
     
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    If you run the Escargot App it will log the frequency with a point on a map. BTW, being a Michigander myself, where was this?
     
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    On Telegraph Rd. near I-275 in Monroe county

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    Ah, other side of the state. Thanks though, I know the terrain there well....as I type this I see Downriver MI.....:rolleyes: