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What radar detector do you use? Any regrets

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So I'm in the market for a radar detector... not quite sure what to get... I'm interested to hear what brand you guys like and how good they are.
Any must have features?
Do you regret not spending the extra cash and getting the....
Catch Me If You can 4 thousand and 3... R :D
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What about learning where the false signals are? I've only used Escort, so curious.
Let's say that you know of one of those "Your speed is..." radar sources, so you dismiss it.

I've seen people fooled by that, while I check the Valentine One for how many sources it sees. If it's only one, okay, it's the stationary (or trailer) speed indicator.
But if it shows two or more, well, there's more to it than a "known false signal".
YEG_SpeedyCM do you have recommended settings for the Uniden R3? Seems like you know your stuff and there's a bazillion settings in this thing. The police around here seem to use KA exclusively and setting it to "City" keeps it pretty quiet but still picks up the popo with enough advance notice.

Curious if you are familiar with this detector and have suggested settings?
YEG_SpeedyCM do you have recommended settings for the Uniden R3? Seems like you know your stuff and there's a bazillion settings in this thing. The police around here seem to use KA exclusively and setting it to "City" keeps it pretty quiet but still picks up the popo with enough advance notice.

Curious if you are familiar with this detector and have suggested settings?
Speedy, Vortex Radar on YouTube is also a wealth of knowledge on specific models and how to set them up, including bands and sensitivities. He will have a R3 setup video.
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YEG_SpeedyCM do you have recommended settings for the Uniden R3? Seems like you know your stuff and there's a bazillion settings in this thing. The police around here seem to use KA exclusively and setting it to "City" keeps it pretty quiet but still picks up the popo with enough advance notice.

Curious if you are familiar with this detector and have suggested settings?
Second on this! Central Florida area and been playing with some settings myself.
Let's say that you know of one of those "Your speed is..." radar sources, so you dismiss it.

I've seen people fooled by that, while I check the Valentine One for how many sources it sees. If it's only one, okay, it's the stationary (or trailer) speed indicator.
But if it shows two or more, well, there's more to it than a "known false signal".
Where are you located?
X2 on Vortex'es videos.
Has not been updated in a while (new version due soon), but still a good source as a starting point for what's in use in your area.
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Where are you located?
Not far from Pagosa Springs, CO.
R3

Settings:
Advanced Ka 100%, K 30-70%
GPS on
Speed cam on
redlight cam on
rlc q ride off
voice on
X band off
K band on
Ka band on
Laser on
K pop off
MRCD off
Ka pop off
K filter On
Ka filter off
TSF off
K Block on
K Narrow
Ka Narrow or Segmentation
Seg 2, 5, 6, 8 on
Signal priority Ka
All Threats On

Also check out Vortex'es video about setting up R3.
How to Set Up & Program your Uniden R1 or Uniden R3 Radar Detectors
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i have a Valentine and wouldn't recommend it, always going off..
now i have a max 2 (gps version) works great.. once it learns your route the only time it alerts is if a cops around..
i found it with a steep discount on slickdeals.. i'll probably get a max360 if they ever go on sale.
i have an old Valentine that I don't want to have upgraded and wouldn't recommend it, always going off, partially because I use the wrong setting..
There, I fixed it for you.
YEG_SpeedyCM - I would be interested in your take on this:

I just picked up 2 DFR7's and have been reading a lot on the Ka wide vs. narrow settings and segmentation (which is not an option for that model).
I live in Citrus County FL (west side, mid state) and I see a lot of discussion on seg 6 and if it's really an issue in Fl or not. With the Ka set to narrow, it does clip the very low end of seg 6 (scans to 34.820 according to Vortex) but seg 6 goes all the way to 35.166.

What's hard to determine from the data I've been able to dig up is just how frequent there are contacts in seg 6 here? It almost seems as if it's an anomaly with a relatively small number of reported 'hits' due to the occasional gun shooting seg 5 that's drifting. Makes me question if it's really a state wide issue or just certain locals (east coast & SE Florida ?) getting seg 6 hits.

Your thoughts/insights on the seg 6 business and what the 'real world' impact is when running wide vs. narrow??
Also interested in your take on the TSF filter, some indicate it can help reduce BSM falses, others indicate it takes a heavy toll on K band monitoring.

Most of my driving is local (semi-rural area), with occasional runs to Tampa (airport) & St. Pete (stadium area) rarely into Orlando - all via Fl Toll road system.
Current settings:

GPS on
Speed cam off
redlight cam on
q ride 35 mph
voice off
X band off
K band on
Ka band on
Laser on
K pop off
K filter on
Ka filter on
TSF off
K Narrow
Ka Narrow
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YEG_SpeedyCM - I would be interested in your take on this:

I just picked up 2 DFR7's and have been reading a lot on the Ka wide vs. narrow settings and segmentation (which is not an option for that model).
I live in Citrus County FL (west side, mid state) and I see a lot of discussion on seg 6 and if it's really an issue in Fl or not. With the Ka set to narrow, it does clip the very low end of seg 6 (scans to 34.820 according to Vortex) but seg 6 goes all the way to 35.166.

What's hard to determine from the data I've been able to dig up is just how frequent there are contacts in seg 6 here? It almost seems as if it's an anomaly with a relatively small number of reported 'hits' due to the occasional gun shooting seg 5 that's drifting. Makes me question if it's really a state wide issue or just certain locals (east coast & SE Florida ?) getting seg 6 hits.

Your thoughts/insights on the seg 6 business and what the 'real world' impact is when running wide vs. narrow??
Also interested in your take on the TSF filter, some indicate it can help reduce BSM falses, others indicate it takes a heavy toll on K band monitoring.

Most of my driving is local (semi-rural area), with occasional runs to Tampa (airport) & St. Pete (stadium area) rarely into Orlando - all via Fl Toll road system.
Current settings:

GPS on
Speed cam off
redlight cam on
q ride 35 mph
voice off
X band off
K band on
Ka band on
Laser on
K pop off
K filter on
Ka filter on
TSF off
K Narrow
Ka Narrow
I would turn off Ka filter.
Also I would test TSF on and off and see it for myself. Find some k band speed sign and test DFRs range on axis and off axis with TSF on and off.
For an example, I run my Valetine with TMF2 on all the time. Even on highway. Yes, I get reduced K band range but enough to get k band save. With TMF2 off, my V1 goes constantly on how much sensitivity it has.
So play with TSF and decide for yourself.
With low to mid end or high end plug n play detectors (like MAX series) you dont get an option to segment your detector. Personally I love segmentation because your can filter out false Ka signals from other detectors (mostly cheap ones which leak enormous amounts of Ka signal). By turning off non-police segments it really quiets it down. Personally, I dont run segment 6. Its just to high. I do 2 custom sweeps for 34.7Ghz on my Valentine V1.
1st: 34.587 - 34.827 (wide)
2nd: 34.630 - 34.770 (narrow)
If you see a stalker in 34.8XXX thats going to be extremely rare, and if you get pulled over I would bring up the calibration and certification question.
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i have a Valentine and wouldn't recommend it, always going off..
now i have a max 2 (gps version) works great.. once it learns your route the only time it alerts is if a cops around..
The thing with Valentine is you have to set it up and you can only do it properly with an app. The best app today for V1 is JBV1. Its a marvelous software.
I personally get 1 or 2 falses every 2 hours. Everything else gets filtered so its a very quiet detector with still tons of range and time to react when it finally alerts.
You need to have one of latest versions with TMF2 (Junk K-fighter software).

Valentine V1 is not for the beginners, maybe it just wasnt your time. Max2 is a plug and forget detector and its more suitable for new guys in radar/laser hobby.
I did run MAX2 back in 2015-2016 when I sold it and went with Valentine. Best decision I ever made regarding radar detector.

JBV1 has tons of features:
One of them is you get alerts on Police aircrafts patroling the area because it analyses planes pattern and calculates its probability if its a police aircraft or other and let you know. Also it pulls speed traps/alerts from different platforms (Waze, Escort Live etc) and alerts you even though the alert is not yet visible in Waze.
If you have V1, you must connect it with JBV1 and let it become what V1 is designed to. Its like giving it a boost of 100 or more percent. Its a sin running V1 without an app.
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The thing with Valentine is you have to set it up and you can only do it properly with an app. The best app today for V1 is JBV1. Its a marvelous software.
I personally get 1 or 2 falses every 2 hours. Everything else gets filtered so its a very quiet detector with still tons of range and time to react when it finally alerts.
You need to have one of latest versions with TMF2 (Junk K-fighter software).

Valentine V1 is not for the beginners, maybe it just wasnt your time. Max2 is a plug and forget detector and its more suitable for new guys in radar/laser hobby.
I did run MAX2 back in 2015-2016 when I sold it and went with Valentine. Best decision I ever made regarding radar detector.

JBV1 has tons of features:
One of them is you get alerts on Police aircrafts patroling the area because it analyses planes pattern and calculates its probability if its a police aircraft or other and let you know. Also it pulls speed traps/alerts from different platforms (Waze, Escort Live etc) and alerts you even though the alert is not yet visible in Waze.
If you have V1, you must connect it with JBV1 and let it become what V1 is designed to. Its like giving it a boost of 100 or more percent. Its a sin running V1 without an app.
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YEG_SpeedyCM you really sem to be a Badass when it comes to radar stuff.

For a first timer like me what do you recommend for just about every bandwidth?

I'm in New England where cops use LIDAR, radar, and even aircraft where this Trackhawk driver got caught doing 142MPH

NJ Man Charged for Driving 142 MPH in Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Down Interstate
YEG_SpeedyCM you really sem to be a Badass when it comes to radar stuff.

For a first timer like me what do you recommend for just about every bandwidth?

I'm in New England where cops use LIDAR, radar, and even aircraft where this Trackhawk driver got caught doing 142MPH

NJ Man Charged for Driving 142 MPH in Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Down Interstate
For a first timer I would suggest either Uniden R7, Escort Redline EX or Radenso Pro-M as those are all radar detectors that can detect MRCD photo radar present in New England area. Also all three are extreme long range detectors with one of the best false signal filtering (Radenso Pro-M being the best of all three).
Uniden R7 Long Range Testing vs. R3, Max360c, Pro M, V1, and more - Vortex Radar
Uniden R7 vs. R3, Max360c, Pro M, etc. on 33.8, 34.7, & 35.5, 3/31/19
If you have money to burn and would like more stealthier install go with Escort MAX360ci without shifters. So just Escorts radar side!!!
Testing the Best Custom Installed Radar Detectors of 2019 - Vortex Radar
In your area cops use also few lidar that are considered extremely deadly like Dragoneye and Stalker (both have notorious anti-jam algorithms) and the only way to go is AL Priority laser jammer. There are numerous other options like Escort ZR5/ZW5s, TMG, K40 Optix but all of them struggle (Escort & TMG) or cant even detect Dragoneye (K40).
Here is the latest lidar testing article from Vortexradar (Ariel, I met him back in 2016 in Edmonton, such a nice dude, very knowledgeable).
Testing the Best Laser Jammers of 2019 - Vortex Radar
Laser Jammer Shootout: ALP vs. Escort ShifterMax vs. Stinger Fiber vs. TMG vs. K40 Defuser Optix vs. Adaptiv TPX
Also here s his overall lidar shootout testing video:

For aircraft countermeasure since you wont have Valentine V1 and JBV1 app you should download Flightradar24 and from time to time open it up and see if there are any aircraft in your path doing circles on a highway up n down. Thats going to be police patroling and radioing down the road to pull over party.
Also you can buy a police scanner like mid-end Uniden BCD436HP to listen to police chatter or when aircraft is in vicinity.

There several articles and videos to go through but once you go through them, you will have much more knowledge about CMs and understand to beat speeding tickets its definitely not just to put radar detector on the windshield and turn it on and like you are all of the sudden protected.
You really have to understand your equipment in order to come on top every time.
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YEG_SpeedyCM - I would be interested in your take on this:

I just picked up 2 DFR7's and have been reading a lot on the Ka wide vs. narrow settings and segmentation (which is not an option for that model).
I live in Citrus County FL (west side, mid state) and I see a lot of discussion on seg 6 and if it's really an issue in Fl or not. With the Ka set to narrow, it does clip the very low end of seg 6 (scans to 34.820 according to Vortex) but seg 6 goes all the way to 35.166.

What's hard to determine from the data I've been able to dig up is just how frequent there are contacts in seg 6 here? It almost seems as if it's an anomaly with a relatively small number of reported 'hits' due to the occasional gun shooting seg 5 that's drifting. Makes me question if it's really a state wide issue or just certain locals (east coast & SE Florida ?) getting seg 6 hits.

Your thoughts/insights on the seg 6 business and what the 'real world' impact is when running wide vs. narrow??
Also interested in your take on the TSF filter, some indicate it can help reduce BSM falses, others indicate it takes a heavy toll on K band monitoring.

Most of my driving is local (semi-rural area), with occasional runs to Tampa (airport) & St. Pete (stadium area) rarely into Orlando - all via Fl Toll road system.
Current settings:

GPS on
Speed cam off
redlight cam on
q ride 35 mph
voice off
X band off
K band on
Ka band on
Laser on
K pop off
K filter on
Ka filter on
TSF off
K Narrow
Ka Narrow
If you visit rdforum.org there is now an upgrade available for the DFR7 so you can add segmentation on both K and Ka bands. Makes the DFR7 and very capable little detector.
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