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Which radar detector are you using?

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Purchasing a radar detector real soon. I would like to hear which one do you use and which works best for your specific needs? Debating between a Uniden R7 vs Valentine Gen 2 vs Escort Max360. Does anyone have experience with all three? Leaning more towards the R7.
 

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I found this forum to be very helpful when I was looking to get back into the market for 'protection':
https://www.rdforum.org/

A lot of your decision needs to be based on what devices/methods are used in your area (state + any localities you frequent), how & where you drive etc.

I snagged a couple DFR7's as they were being closed out for $130 - quite a bargain for what they are & the features they have.
I have been pleased with their performance, but live in a semi rural area and don't have to contend with much laser, instant-on, speed camera's etc.
I do have to be on high alert (and not drive @ warp speed) when I stray into the more populated areas (Tampa, Orlando etc.), but that is very infrequent.
 

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No R7 experience. Currently using the Max360, which has done a good job. Prior, have always been a Valentine man, Gen 1 only though.

Curious if the Gen 2 Valentine is indeed better than the Gen 1. They were high quality, loved the look & interface, but they wouldn't shut up. Beeping all the time when near cars with radar cruise and safety options in their mirrors.

Max360 does a good job of filtering and not "crying wolf". I like the directional arrows. It is like many others, a bit plastic but much lighter than the V1.

V1 Gen2 owners...whaz up? Did they address the falses? I stopped using them because they were like driving with some of my old girlfriends...I had to tune them out so I could concentrate on the road :oops:

I've been using Waze for a couple of years and here in PA it has been a blessing. Lots of folks using and accurate "heads up" notifictaions.
 

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360 here as well, and it has been good for us. As stated, does a decent job filtering out the noise, and I like the GPS integration where it blocks false positives after 3 times by them.
 
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I'm still rockin the Uniden R3. Really can't complain about the unit. I did a firmware upgrade which was easy and unit seems even better now. Always signals me way ahead and when I see Ka pop up I slow down lol.
 

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Well,,, hell. I just got busted last Sat and writing the company to pay for my ticket, which they will. Rocky Mountain Radar Co. I bought one when the scramblers came out 20 years ago and never, ever had a problem. Until>> Got the H/C 2 years ago for 1 reason,, haul ass. 3 evenings a week I take US 19 between Clearwater and Pine Apple Park. About 6 mile stretch turn around at Quacker Snake and Gube. Hot rod drive thru and back. But last Sat evening saw a solid black Challenger in the emergency lane blacked out winders like mine. No thoughts till he pulled behind me and took him a good 10 miles before he took up behind me. Apparently not a H/C but 30 differentaly lights going off. I usually run it up between 120 and 140. He said he clocked me at 90 but him and I knew I was going alot faster than that. Cut me a break for not reckless driving. Tow your car in. Jail. Ticket says see the judge. This detector/ scrambler I purchased for $300 works, so said, up to 5 miles away. Well no go on this show. I have another one that have never had a problem but the new improved did not work. Red Eye friend, Rico, from the beach gyms with a St. Pete cop and said they just came out with a new radar of sorts. I got the scrambler for instant on. I dated a DEA agent and she had a radar/ K, KA, whatever else. Her and I tested Itold one, numerous times and it worked. But now?? They must have sumtin new out the scrambler does not work on. I have to see the Judge. so, they have sumtin new out.
 

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V1s for me. Very good range, hardly any false alarms, and maybe most importantly, it tells me where the signal is coming from.
 

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Thought this one did also. Going to email and call Monday and find out why this did not work. I have 3 points and have gone to school a few times and maybe in a bit of trouble with this. Maybe maxed out on school and everytime I get a burp on driving Fl yanks my license. Say I am not mentally capable of operating a motor vehicle. Before investing alot of $$$ in one, I would do the home work. License may get pulled again. 4th time.
 

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Just 4 times,,,, ugh I can remember. This maybe the 5th. Any time they get a chance they take em. Just awaiting for the letter to come. This time may go to Ga and get one.
 

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Valentine 1, have four of them and all updated to the new Gen 2 specs.

The only time I have received a ticket is when I forgot to put V1 in the on mode.

Probably saved me about 50 tickets and well worth the price.

Since V1 patent expired a lot of copy cats.
 
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Valentine 1, have four of them and all updated to the new Gen 2 specs.

The only time I have received a ticket is when I forgot to put V1 in the on mode.

Probably saved me about 50 tickets and well worth the price.

Since V1 patent expired a lot of copy cats.
How annoying is the beeping though and can the v2 work properly without hooking up your phone?? this is the main reason I don't want to purchase a Valentine.
 

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How annoying is the beeping though and can the v2 work properly without hooking up your phone?? this is the main reason I don't want to purchase a Valentine.
Mine used to pick up other vehicles, especially tractor trailers, but the newer ones are really good at weeding the false signals out. Of course, I have all three of mine set to the next highest level of ignoring signals.

And now to my ignorance: What the heck does the Valentine have to do with my phone?
I don't necessarily have the phone on when driving the 'Cat, since I prefer to concentrate on driving, and the Valentine still picks up any threats just fine.
 

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Well, I guess it's time for a change. I find out what this new critter they have,, I will post. If the cop is there I will ask him. They usually ask me. Good luck my friends. Speed safely.
 

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Well, I guess it's time for a change. I find out what this new critter they have,, I will post. If the cop is there I will ask him. They usually ask me. Good luck my friends. Speed safely.
Will be interesting to hear what it is ! Wonder if they are frittering around with Ku, which is used outside the US quite a bit but has never gained ground here.
I have read some places are tapping into K band freq's that are used by BSM/ACC & auto drive systems since those of us that run with protection either turn off scanning of those segments or have them heavily filtered.
 

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Purchasing a radar detector real soon. I would like to hear which one do you use and which works best for your specific needs? Debating between a Uniden R7 vs Valentine Gen 2 vs Escort Max360. Does anyone have experience with all three? Leaning more towards the R7.
I run no detector at all. Haven't in years. Generally do not get tickets. About how you drive and how you come across to the cops when the stop happens.
 

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Don't believe Hickster. You know he's still using 70's tech Fuzzbuster. 😜😂

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I used to have one of those Fuzzbusters...worked great back in the day....
 

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Ahhh, the simpler days when all you had to worry about was X-band, VASCAR and a cop 'pacing' you !
 

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None, head on a swivel. Has worked so far, zero speeding tickets. To be fair, once a lidar gun gets you, it's over. If they detect you jamming the signal, it's over (and yes they know).
 

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