MA State Police K-Band Action (Bonus 35.5 Encounter)

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I decided to make a trip back to Boston this weekend to visit the 'rents before the school semester begins. The drive was eerily quiet throughout Connecticut, up I-91 and I-84. However, just after crossing the border into Massachusetts on I-84, I got a "treat" from some troopers parked on the shoulder.

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I have obviously heard that MA Staties still run K band frequently, but this was my first time witnessing it firsthand. It also appears to be I/O shots, as you can see by watching the whole video. The ramp up and down seems indicative of I/O shots. The frequency stayed the same throughout, and there were no suspect BSM cars in sight. I'm honestly impressed by how the DFR6 handled this encounter. It latched on well and provided pretty good information to the threat. The initial alert was well after my Waze alert, but it seems to me that the I/O shots were Forward Facing based on how long I held onto the shots after passing the LEO. For reference, I have the K-Filter and TSF On to alleviate falses, with K-wide and highway to round out the K Band Settings.

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For an added bonus, I came across a MA State trooper running moving C/O on Route 128 at the I-93 Interchange in Reading. The LEO is on the other side of the highway and can be seen passing at 0.41. Overall, not the best off-axis detection, as the detector didn't alert until I came around that sweeping lefthand curve and I was facing the LEO head-on. However, I dropped the anchor really quickly and there was some traffic in front of me to help alleviate the quick timing. It also wasn't like he was going to hop the median or anything.

Overall, I definitely enjoy this detector the more I use it. As of this trip, I have over 10,000 miles on it since purchasing it new over the summer and I am confident that I know how it will react to each KA frequency pretty well. This K band encounter is just the icing on the cake. I do feel the unit is colder than I would like on KA band, which just justifies an upgrade with each passing day. But for the time being, it definitely gets the job done and hasn't left me hanging yet!
 

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Thanks for the videos! I have the LRD950 and by the sound of that ramp up / ramp down I would say you are right: I/O. It fluctuates too much to be C/O especially being on that perfectly straight path of road.
In the second text description you meant 0.14 time instead of 0.41 right? (video is only 29 seconds long)
Btw: you don't need to copy the embedded link because the forum posts the video anyway. You can see the embedded text is not used and only appears as additional text to the post.
 

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I have obviously heard that MA Staties still run K band frequently, but this was my first time witnessing it firsthand.
Yes, where I am on the Cape it is rare to see a Trooper running anything but K-band! I have seen them run a bit of 35.5 in past, but have not seen that in a couple years now. Also, to make matters worse I suspect it is also low power K-band based on the shorter range I get with them vs what I get with my local LEO's who also run K-band with further detection distances in tougher terrain.
 

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Yes, where I am on the Cape it is rare to see a Trooper running anything but K-band! I have seen them run a bit of 35.5 in past, but have not seen that in a couple years now. Also, to make matters worse I suspect it is also low power K-band based on the shorter range I get with them vs what I get with my local LEO's who also run K-band with further detection distances in tougher terrain.
That's funny. I usually only see 35.5 coming from Troopers. I know they run everything except X-band, but this was my first time seeing anything but 35.5. I agree that they might be low power units. I have had K band encounters before, even FF like I believe this was, and they all have been better. However, this could also be partly due to the terrain. Thankfully, Waze is another great tool in this state with a lot of good up-to-date information.

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Thanks for the videos! I have the LRD950 and by the sound of that ramp up / ramp down I would say you are right: I/O. It fluctuates too much to be C/O especially being on that perfectly straight path of road.
In the second text description you meant 0.14 time instead of 0.41 right? (video is only 29 seconds long)
Btw: you don't need to copy the embedded link because the forum posts the video anyway. You can see the embedded text is not used and only appears as additional text to the post.
Good to know! 0.41 was where it occurred on the uncut dash cam segment, my bad! Yes, it occurs at 0.14
 

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That's funny. I usually only see 35.5 coming from Troopers. I know they run everything except X-band, but this was my first time seeing anything but 35.5. I agree that they might be low power units. I have had K band encounters before, even FF like I believe this was, and they all have been better. However, this could also be partly due to the terrain. Thankfully, Waze is another great tool in this state with a lot of good up-to-date information.
I have only seen K-band and 35.5 until a couple months ago and ran across 33.8 - I have yet to see a Trooper running 34.7 though.

Not sure if you saw my rear k-band trooper encounter from last night....
www.rdforum.org: Radar - M360 v1.6 vs K-band & 34.7 + idiot driver

Yes, MA does use Waze a fair amount! EL is basically dead here though.
 

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I did see your K Band encounter from last night. In fact, it was your K band video a little while ago that encouraged me to set up a higher sensitivity K band setup while traveling to MA. I haven't lived in the state for a bit now and usually neuter the hell out of K band to avoid falses, since it's not really used in my neck of the woods. However, seeing real K band on display got me thinking for this trip up, and it definitely paid off!

Even the towns I frequent most up here only use 35.5. It's definitely a change of pace, as I rarely see it anywhere else in my usual travels
 
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Thanks for sharing!