Driving in New England Without K Band?

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I’ve been driving in New England with my R3 with K band turned off for years. I do run Waze as well. Wondering if anyone else turns off K band as well? Worried mostly about highway driving because I tend to watch my speed when traveling in town. Had K band on at some point, but never ran into much legitimate K band. If anyone is seeing K band in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts , or Vermont I’d be interested in hearing about it.
 

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I have seen it in places in MA and rural areas of Vt and NH a couple years back. I would leave it on, if you need run advanced mode and turn the sensitivity down to keep the chatter quiet, low speed muting at 35 or so and TSF on all help. it's not super common, but honestly the departments near me in FL now seem to be using more and more kband lately, they are still made so any dept could buy brand new ones at any time.
 

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I’ve been driving in New England with my R3 with K band turned off for years. I do run Waze as well. Wondering if anyone else turns off K band as well? Worried mostly about highway driving because I tend to watch my speed when traveling in town. Had K band on at some point, but never ran into much legitimate K band. If anyone is seeing K band in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts , or Vermont I’d be interested in hearing about it.
MA and VT definitely still have K-band in use on the highway (MASP in particular tend to prefer lidar but still operate radar on K and Ka 33.8,34.7,35.5).

I still keep K-band enabled, but I understand turning it off vs being desensitized to K-band falses. Last summer I was driving down the MA pike when my R3 started alerting to K-band and I ignored it thinking it was a BSM false. It actually turned out to be an MASP in the opposite lane pulling someone over. I guess I'd rather kick myself for ignoring an alert than never receiving it.
 

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MA and VT definitely still have K-band in use on the highway (MASP in particular tend to prefer lidar but still operate radar on K and Ka 33.8,34.7,35.5).

I still keep K-band enabled, but I understand turning it off vs being desensitized to K-band falses. Last summer I was driving down the MA pike when my R3 started alerting to K-band and I ignored it thinking it was a BSM false. It actually turned out to be an MASP in the opposite lane pulling someone over. I guess I'd rather kick myself for ignoring an alert than never receiving it.
I’m going to turn K band on for the first time in a long time and see how I do. Typically when I’m encountering LEOs I get a KA hit, but there are times my R3 is quiet. Time to experiment again
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MA and VT definitely still have K-band in use on the highway (MASP in particular tend to prefer lidar but still operate radar on K and Ka 33.8,34.7,35.5).

I still keep K-band enabled, but I understand turning it off vs being desensitized to K-band falses. Last summer I was driving down the MA pike when my R3 started alerting to K-band and I ignored it thinking it was a BSM false. It actually turned out to be an MASP in the opposite lane pulling someone over. I guess I'd rather kick myself for ignoring an alert than never receiving it.
VT and MA are probably My least traveled states, but I am worried about driving in those places unprotected. Guess I’ll actually use GPS lockouts and whatnot on this detector to help in certain areas. I’m getting R7 and that’ll really help with locating false. A use for arrows I think some don’t realize.
 
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Almost all of my encounters in the past 6 months with MA State Police have been K band encounters. I had one 35.5 encounter back in January, but the rest has been all K band. Seen on I-84 North just after the border with CT, on the Pike around Worcester, on 128 by the I-93 interchange, and on Route 1 south right before the Tobin. All coming from Explorers. If you're in MA, I highly suggest running K band. It is definitely out there in force
 

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Loads of K band during my daily travels. No possibility of turning it off as it's the primary threat I face.
 

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Running the R7 currently and threw on K band at 30% I think. Finding it to be relatively quiet and might try that for a while. The feedback about MASP got my attention so I’m going to give it a try. Overall I do like R7 so far and I can’t say I can compare K band sensitivity/false between the two because I never gave R3 much of a chance.
 

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I If anyone is seeing K band in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts , or Vermont I’d be interested in hearing about it.
Oh yes, K-band is alive, well, and popular in MA! The staties in MA run a fair amount of it along with a lot of local towns as well. Running without K band in MA is not advised.
 

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I do see local pd using dash mount k-band once every couple months in the greater boston area. I think I saw tewksbury PD using dash mount k band about 5 years ago - wow time goes by fast
 

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After a little while trying my R7 with K band I shut if off again. I gave it a whirl and I know I’m rolling the dice, but I haven’t had a legitimate K band threat in so long. Personal preference and a risk I’ll take. Throwing my R3 up for sale as well. Like my R7 enough and it’s passed my personal trial test for my needs. Hope to not be posting in the “Help, I got a ticket” anytime soon! :)
 

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Definitely K around. Belmont PD shooting it a couple weeks ago. Can't say what frequency (only thing I don't like about my Pro M!)
 

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From Maine - Highways have seen Ka only, many towns around Maine use K band so if you’re not on a major highway then turning K on is helpful. Have seen laser used occasionally. Also they will set up airplane enforced speed traps on major highways around major holidays like July 4...etc. Come over a hill and there are 20 troopers there just pointing at cars to pull over....Waze helps for those.

Like you used to run with K band off completely, but not anymore. Travel a lot to NH, MA, NY.
 
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Driving through MA I-90 west of Springfield today new state trooper explorer on side of road shooting K 24.108 through rear windshield.

Was also running V1 and R7 over this 700 mile trip and for Ka band in my opinion they seem pretty even in detection distance (ME, MA, NY). For K band at 60% sensitivity the R7 is definitely more sensitive than V1. V1 a lot more Ka falses.
 
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Definitely would keep K band on in MA:

 

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Driving through MA I-90 west of Springfield today new state trooper explorer on side of road shooting K 24.108 through rear windshield.

Was also running V1 and R7 over this 700 mile trip and for Ka band in my opinion they seem pretty even in detection distance (ME, MA, NY). For K band at 60% sensitivity the R7 is definitely more sensitive than V1. V1 a lot more Ka falses.
I was at The Big E yesterday and one of the cruisers on display had a Decatur unit with a K Band antenna in the back. Even staties use it pretty frequently up here.
 

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Rolling K (or they just left their unit on) in Littleton MA today too.
 

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Rolling K (or they just left their unit on) in Littleton MA today too.
Makes sense. Just checked their Facebook, and there's interior pictures of a couple cruisers with Python III units. Antennas look K band. Good to have confirmation.
 

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Definitely would keep K band on in MA:
yep, have had K band turned back on for about the past year (would run X and K off, guess I got lucky) and this is the first legit K band speed trap I’ve encountered in MA...and the Trooper was highly visible out there keeping everyone tame...granted I’m usually just passing through - 495, 290, 90, 84...
 
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