Many KA alerts with new CR95

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Hi everyone. Purchased a new CR95 for my son's car, but I'm having some issues. I'm getting many KA alerts (no frequency). I did some research on this forum and tried some of the suggested settings but no improvement. I'm in South Florida where its mainly KA and Laser (have X & K turned off). I tried all different combinations, no luck. I currently have the Pro 78SE in my car, wifes car and my other son's car and have none of the issues the CR95 is having. It looks like the alerts are coming from other cars (probably from collision/blind side sensors). I wish I could find another Pro 78SE which has performed perfect for us. I purchased the CR95 from Amazon so I have a few more weeks to return it if need be.
 

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This unit is very sensitive and alerts very quickly to I/O or Q/T. But the 2 major issues with this detector are the crappy BSM filtering, and the fact it does mix K/Ka alerts. I had the CR97 (which is same platform, but has GPS), and what I mentioned above was the reason to not use it any longer. I believe it still scans all the bands even if you disable some, just does not alert to it. Strong signals would cause that confusion and you get a false alert displayed as Ka without frequency. I have also seen where more than one signal is present, it would display an off-frequency, such as 34.0 or 34.9.
The vendor does not participate here, and as far as I know they have not come up with firmware update for a long time...
 

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Welcome to the Forum! have the CR97 (the GPS version of the CR97). I am not sure if you have been reading on the Whistler section of the RDF, but the CR95/97 series has a “problem” or some type of “defect” either in the hardware or software/firmware that causes the CR95/97 to mis identify certain BSM signals and occasionally K-band door openers as a generic Ka band signal.

The majority of the time, the CR95/97 will report Honda/Acura BSMs and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep BSMs as a generic Ka band signal or Ka 33.8. I have to run my CR97 in Ka Max id mode, and I have K-band on as I encounter a lot of K-band. The CR95/97 is not a precision detector, and it doesn’t have a precise frequency display. Plus, it has a “problem” mis identifying certain K-band signals as Ka very frequently. There have been no fixes from Whistler on the K/Ka mix up since the CR95/97 were introduced in 2018, and I don’t expect there to be.

If you can turn K-band off where you live, I would return the CR95 and consider a Uniden DFR8 as they are close in price, and the Uniden DFR8 has better performance. A Uniden R1 would be slightly more, but offer even better performance if you don’t need GPS plus a little better BSM filtering. You will likely continue to get Ka false alarms from certain BSM systems with the CR95. I have spent many months trying to get the “right” settings on my CR97, but the K/Ka mixups never go away.

The CR97 was my first Whistler since the 1980’s, and it has been disappointing. I personally think there are much better choices and alternatives to the CR95/CR97 from other manufacturers that are more accurate, precise, and better performers.

I still use my CR97 occasionally, but I use it less and less as time goes by because I have a Uniden R3 and Escort Max360c which offer much better performance and BSM filtering.



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Welcome to the Forum! have the CR97 (the GPS version of the CR97). I am not sure if you have been reading on the Whistler section of the RDF, but the CR95/97 series has a “problem” or some type of “defect” either in the hardware or software/firmware that causes the CR95/97 to mis identify certain BSM signals and occasionally K-band door openers as a generic Ka band signal.

The majority of the time, the CR95/97 will report Honda/Acura BSMs and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep BSMs as a generic Ka band signal or Ka 33.8. I have to run my CR97 in Ka Max id mode, and I have K-band on as I encounter a lot of K-band. The CR95/97 is not a precision detector, and it doesn’t have a precise frequency display. Plus, it has a “problem” mis identifying certain K-band signals as Ka very frequently. There have been no fixes from Whistler on the K/Ka mix up since the CR95/97 were introduced in 2018, and I don’t expect there to be.

Since, you can turn K-band off where you live, I would return the CR95 and consider a Uniden DFR8 as they are close in price, and the Uniden DFR8 has better performance. A Uniden R1 would be slightly more, but offer even better performance if you don’t need GPS plus a little better BSM filtering. You will likely continue to get Ka false alarms from certain BSM systems with the CR95. I have spent many months trying to get the “right” settings on my CR97, but the K/Ka mixups never go away.

The CR97 was my first Whistler since the 1980’s, and it has been disappointing. I personally think there are much better choices and alternatives to the CR95/CR97 from other manufacturers that are more accurate, precise, and better performers.




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@RoadDogg, very well said! Your input is very useful in my opinion.
 

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@Marty K , very well said on your part too and your input is also very useful as a lot of us who purchased the CR95/CR97 series spent a lot of time trying to adjust settings and trying different combinations of settings trying to see if we could get that “right combination” of settings to minimize or eliminate the K/Ka mixup.

If Whistler could have fixed the problem, I think they would have by now. I think Whistler has “moved on” from the CR95/97 and is working on their successor models. Honestly, I think Whistler was fully aware of this problem when they introduced the CR95/CR97 series (which caused the delay in introduction to the market of the CR95/CR97 from early 2018 to later in 2018). I think they just decided to go ahead and put the CR95/97 on the market and hopefully figure out the K/Ka mix up later which never happened (to date).


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Depending on what part of south Florida you are in having kband off could be a problem several counties in the east coast of south Florida still run k band quite a bit. There is a lot of junk kband out there too from BSM systems so if the Whistler isn't doing well down here consider something like a Uniden DFR9 or R3. Watch out for laser, ALP for that, and aircraft traps and use waze.
 

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Hi everyone. Purchased a new CR95 for my son's car, but I'm having some issues. I'm getting many KA alerts (no frequency). I did some research on this forum and tried some of the suggested settings but no improvement. I'm in South Florida where its mainly KA and Laser (have X & K turned off). I tried all different combinations, no luck. I currently have the Pro 78SE in my car, wifes car and my other son's car and have none of the issues the CR95 is having. It looks like the alerts are coming from other cars (probably from collision/blind side sensors). I wish I could find another Pro 78SE which has performed perfect for us. I purchased the CR95 from Amazon so I have a few more weeks to return it if need be.
I have both the CR95 and 97. While I love Whistler, if I was you I'd save a lot of time trying settings and send it back while you can. I would then pick up a R1 from Uniden if you're like me and prefer a detector without GPS since you got the CR95. The R1 will will crush the CR95 against any threat especially off axis. I own A LOT of radar detectors, 5 R1's in fact! It's a sickness LOL! That's why I've kept all of my Whistlers, and because I don't need them for protection, just to play around with! I also still have two Pro 78 SE's as well but they are not in the same world as the R1! All turning K band off will do is make all or at least most of the K band BS turn into Ka alerts which will scare the hell out of you! A lot of us on the forum have given months of time trying to fix Whistler's issues and we all have realized it ain't gonna happen without some serious firmware fixes from Whistler!
 
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I have the 95 also and experienced the same issues with lots of Ka false alerts. I may have numbed mine out but I have Ka in normal ( not max)/ FDSR off/ TFSR on / and both filters set at 2. The 95 has 4 filter settings (0 to 3) so using my settings probably puts you at risk on K band more than Ka but the mixups are way less. I agree with everyone here. Return it if you can and get a R1. I have a R1 and it's like night and day. I really like the Whistler interface but the k/Ka mix up is a big problem. Also if its receiving a BSM as a K and a LEO is shooting Ka, these will still display K. Numbing it to reduce the mix up is risky.
 

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Thanks for all the great replies, lots of good info !
I dug out a K radar tester that I had when I was an installer back in the late 90's and did some testing. The CR95 did in fact trigger KA when I aimed the tester at it (X & K turned off in settings).
I will be returning this back to Amazon. As for the Uniden R1, Its a bit more than what my son wants to pay for a radar detector, paid $168 out the door for the CR95.

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Thanks for all the great replies, lots of good info !
I dug out a K radar tester that I had when I was an installer back in the late 90's and did some testing. The CR95 did in fact trigger KA when I aimed the tester at it (X & K turned off in settings).
I will be returning this back to Amazon. As for the Uniden R1, Its a bit more than what my son wants to pay for a radar detector, paid $168 out the door for the CR95.

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Told ya! Been there and done that! I got the same results over and over with my testing as well. It's a damn shame too because the 95 is very sensitive on all Ka bands but can't tell it from K band! Then you figure you'll outsmart it and turn off K band and that won't work either! The R1 is worth every penny! Once you make Beginner you can find a great deal on a used R1 on our classified section right here on the forum. I've picked up 4 of them and gotten great deals on all of them. Remind your son how much even one ticket ends up costing after court cost, fines and then the real killer, insurance hikes! I'd take the money you're getting back from the Whistler and save a little more and pop for the R1, but that's just me! I'm not trying to tell you what to do with your money. Good luck with whatever detector you get next!
 

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Hi everyone. Purchased a new CR95 for my son's car, but I'm having some issues. I'm getting many KA alerts (no frequency). I did some research on this forum and tried some of the suggested settings but no improvement. I'm in South Florida where its mainly KA and Laser (have X & K turned off). I tried all different combinations, no luck. I currently have the Pro 78SE in my car, wifes car and my other son's car and have none of the issues the CR95 is having. It looks like the alerts are coming from other cars (probably from collision/blind side sensors). I wish I could find another Pro 78SE which has performed perfect for us. I purchased the CR95 from Amazon so I have a few more weeks to return it if need be.
Look into deals on Uniden DFR7 or DFR9 if an R3 is too much. They are best of the bunch in their price range.
Maybe a Radenso model also.
Look on Vortex Radar for reviews of detectors that may interest you in the correct price range.
 

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Thanks for all the great replies, lots of good info !
I dug out a K radar tester that I had when I was an installer back in the late 90's and did some testing. The CR95 did in fact trigger KA when I aimed the tester at it (X & K turned off in settings).
I will be returning this back to Amazon. As for the Uniden R1, Its a bit more than what my son wants to pay for a radar detector, paid $168 out the door for the CR95.

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I’ve seen referb R1’s for about $175
 

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Told ya! Been there and done that! I got the same results over and over with my testing as well. It's a damn shame too because the 95 is very sensitive on all Ka bands but can't tell it from K band! Then you figure you'll outsmart it and turn off K band and that won't work either! The R1 is worth every penny! Once you make Beginner you can find a great deal on a used R1 on our classified section right here on the forum. I've picked up 4 of them and gotten great deals on all of them. Remind your son how much even one ticket ends up costing after court cost, fines and then the real killer, insurance hikes! I'd take the money you're getting back from the Whistler and save a little more and pop for the R1, but that's just me! I'm not trying to tell you what to do with your money. Good luck with whatever detector you get next
I had a xtr-695 that would confuse X with K in a similar fashion. There would be a legitimate X false. Turn off X band and the stinkin' thing would alert to K! What is it with Whistler and this issue? Anyways, I continued using my Belscort stuff until I recently got a used Uniden R1 for $175 shipped. It's a much better piece of equipment, like they said, "day and night".
 

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I had a xtr-695 that would confuse X with K in a similar fashion. There would be a legitimate X false. Turn off X band and the stinkin' thing would alert to K! What is it with Whistler and this issue? Anyways, I continued using my Belscort stuff until I recently got a used Uniden R1 for $175 shipped. It's a much better piece of equipment, like they said, "day and night".
I have several older Whistlers and I never thought anything could top the X/K fiasco! WRONG! The K /Ka mixup is a joke! The worst part is I know that Whistler could have fixed this but they just don't give a damn! They sell so many of them to non enthusiasts that slow down when they hear the beep that they don't care about the rest of us bitching about it! Several of us from the forum even sent videos about this to them and they just told us to turn the filters up!
 
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I’ve seen referb R1’s for about $175
^^^ What he said. Get a “R”. They are on sale many times, new also. I forget the site like eBay store or Amazon, that begins with “R”. If it is your first time, they double up on discounts along with the Uniden dealers selling on the site.
 
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The best whistler unit to buy is the whistler cr85. It had tfsr and will not false to acuras and hondas. It does not k band confuse with ka band. I have a cr85 and cr93 and cr97. Both cr 93 and cr97 do the k/ka band mix up. The CR85 is as quiet as my max II with the IVT filter for false alarms. It is my favorite whistler.
 

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I have one too and it is very quiet! If they could only add the range of the CR95 and 97 to the 85 we would be all set! My 97 and 95 murder my 85 on range.
 

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I keep checking the RDF Whistler section for anything so here's my latest experience. I have been running the 95 for a few weeks with xk on 0 and tfsr off. I keep ka at 1 and ka normal (no ka max or any id). The problem this way is that it never shuts up and you literally can't run it like this! Putting silent fdsr on, then use city mode and cranking up the volume a bit - it is not bad at all. I have no ka falses or mis ids. I do notice that if its not receiving anything and theres a distant leo running ka, I'll get a decent long alert. I have seen a Ka break thru a fdsr alert, so I am begining to feel that it has a ka priority of sorts only if fdsr is on and the xk is on 0 with no tfsr. When I asked Whistler if xk at 0 minimizes the mix ups I received the usual just raise the filter response. So after a year of trying everything this seems to be working for me. Its basically a messy workaround for the shortcomings.
 

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