YaV1 Valentine App

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Introduction

The Valentine One radar detector in the last two years has undergone significant improvements, and the Valentine One Extended Serial Protocol (ESP) has paved the way for specific user customization options never before offered.  In firmware versions 3.892 and higher, ESP has allowed for external accessories such as the SAVVY and the V1Connection modules. The V1Connection module allows users to customize their detector by fine tuning specific frequency ranges during scanning, which improves the efficiency and response time by the detector.  However, the app provided by Valentine One does not offer advanced user customization features like the YaV1 app.  The YaV1 is an Android app developed by one of our members, “francky06L,” for the Valentine One detector (firmware versions 3.892 and higher) that offers general and advanced configuration settings to fine tune radar detection performance, and allow users to minimize false alerts using GPS enabled lockouts.

 


 

Overview

 

Requirements

    • YaV1 app – found at Google Play
    • Android smartphone – versions 2.3 and higher, with Bluetooth capability; GPS enabled allows SAVVY accessory emulation
    • Valentine One radar detector – firmware 3.892 and higher; need help determining your Valentine One firmware, click here
    • Valentine One V1Connection – Android version (not the LE version)

 

Customization Options

    • Standard programming options – programming your Valentine One the “old school” way
    • Enhanced programming options
      • Band segmentation across all bands
      • Audio settings for specific threats (no longer just beeping sounds), auto-mute capability
      • Visual settings for specific threats (color code threats)
      • Threat analysis – threats are ranked in order of priority and the YaV1 color-coded system
      • Define “In The Box” frequency ranges for high-priority alerts, display filters, and auto-mute parameters
      • SAVVY emulator
      • Filter and lockout threats based on customizable “drift” frequency ranges
      • Speed display (units of measurement MPH or KPH), and compass bearing when GPS is enabled
    • Profile settings – allows users to switch to saved radar detector profile settings (ie switch between a setting for City driving, and a setting for highway driving on-the-fly)
      • Euro-Mode option available
    • Logging alerts – allows users to view their encounters in a text log as well as a map log

 

Screens – 1 Setting Screen, 2 Alert Screens

Settings Screen

YaV1 Settings Screen - audio, visual, connectivity, and map options

YaV1 Settings Screen – audio, visual, connectivity, and map options

This is the Settings screen where users will create and customize their profiles based on their needs:

  • General Settings
    • Start-Up Parameters
      • Connect Automatically
      • Go Dark
      • Default View
      • Auto Stop Timeout
    • Alert Preferences
      • Use Phone for Alerts
      • Volume vs Signal
      • Play All Sound Alert
      • Faster Ramp Effect
      • Bogey on New Band
      • Laser, Ka, K, X, Ku sounds
      • Sound Volume
      • Connect / Disconnect Sound
    • GPS Settings
      • GPS enabled
      • Speed Unit
      • SAVVY Emulation
      • Override Hardwire SAVVY
      • Show Direction in Degrees
    • Advanced
      • GPS (timeout, reset)
      • Misc (Valentine timeout, Bluetooth workaround, Force Stop, Debug, Data)
  • Display
  • Lockouts
  • Muting Alerts
  • Frequency Boxes
  • Alert Logging
  • Google Map

 

Alert View Screen

YaV1 Alert View Screen showing threat, signal strength, direction, Speed, and heading

YaV1 Alert View Screen

This is the Alert View Screen that most users will use to identify and assess threats on their phone.This screen will provide users all the technical details of their environment such as:

  • Profile – Bottom of the screen
  • Threats by type – Laser, Ka, K, X, Ku, and in order of priority
  • Signal Strength
  • Frequency
  • Direction arrows of each threat – Red for front, Yellow for rear, green for side threats
  • GPS connectivity – bottom left satellite icon
  • Speed
  • Vehicle heading – bottom right
  • “Bulk Filter” – top round icon allows users to filter out threats in bulk (i.e. many door openers)

 

V1 View Screen

YaV1 Standard Alert Screen

YaV1 Standard Alert Screen

This is the V1 View Screen that provides the same standard type of alerts as a V1 Concealed Displayand display from the Valentine One detector displayThis screen will provide users all the basic details of their environment such as:

  • Threats by type – Laser, Ka, K, X
  • “Bogey Counter” – numeric in the left of the screen (i.e. “2” in this example)
  • Signal Strength
  • Frequency
  • Direction arrow for highest threat – Red for front, Yellow for rear, green for side threats
  • GPS connectivity – bottom left satellite icon
  • Speed
  • Vehicle heading – bottom right
  • “Bulk Filter” – top round icon allows users to filter out threats in bulk (i.e. many door openers)

 

Programming Your Valentine One with YaV1

 

The following three videos will provide users a quick walk-thru of the of the YaV1 app, and guide users on how to get started using the YaV1 app for their Valentine One using some basic presets.

 

 

 

YaV1 – Preparing For Battle

The YaV1 has several features ranging from user-specific screens showing alerts, using GPS Lockouts for filtering false signal sources, and allowing users the highly valuable band segmentation option for custom sweeps. Familiarization with these features will provide users an enjoyable experience on the highway and enhancing the radar detection performance of their Valentine One detector.

 

Alert View Themes

Customize Your Alert View – 3 Themes

YaV1 Alert Theme - Native Settings

YaV1 Alert View Theme – Native Settings

YaV1 Alert View - USA Theme

YaV1 Alert View Theme –   USA Settings

YaV1 Alert View Theme - Euro Settings

YaV1 Alert View Theme – Euro Settings

 

Display Filter

Display Filter View

YaV1 Display Filters

YaV1 Display Filters

When enabled, Filters View will not allow locked or filtered alerts to be visible if appropriately checked.Ka, K, and X-band frequencies can be filtered with this feature.There are 4 settings for filtering in this setting:

  • Filter Lockout – filters lockouts from K and X band from view in Filters view
  • Filter Ka – filters Ka-band “in or out of box” choices
  • Filter K – filters K-band “in or out of box” choices
  • Filter X – filters X-band “in or out of box” choices

 

Lockouts and SAVVY

Lockouts and SAVVY Emulator
The YaV1 excels at locking-out false alerts with the best precision of any app currently available.The YaV1 Lockout Setting contains the following options:

  • Lockout K/X – When enabled, users have many choices to setup false alert lockouts; K and X-band can be locked or unlocked with the quick touch of an alert frequency. Another quick touch while the alert is still present will unlock the locked-out frequency
  • Ka Lockout – When enabled, the above rule also applies to Ka-band alerts, so use with caution
  • Radius – Allows variance in lockout radius size “in yards” from GPS point where lockout is first activated. The default is 218 yards.
  • Enable Bulk Lockouts – Activates the orange round button on alert screen so that if touched, every alert frequency displayed will be locked out per prior options (K,/X and/or Ka).

 

Frequency Boxes

Frequency Boxes

YaV1 Frequency Boxes

YaV1 Frequency Boxes

The YaV1 can fine-tune detection with the user input.  Users basically set what frequencies they want their Valentine One detector to scan.Setting Frequency Boxes highlights the frequencies encountered in a user-specified color that makes determining threats a simple task.

  • Enable Boxes – When enabled, this feature allows users to set color-coded boxes around specified frequency ranges. In this example, the darker green is a higher threat than then the lightly-colored green, however, this still provides the user notification to be careful due to a potential gun that may be out of tune and still within range

 

Custom Sweeps

Custom Sweeps

YaV1 Custom Sweeps

YaV1 Custom Sweeps

Users can setup custom sweeps for segmenting Ka-band better than any radar detector currently available.Custom Sweeps instruct the Valentine One to only scan portions of the Ka-band most commonly used by speed enforcement radar units. By minimizing an entire range of potential Ka-band sources, Custom Sweeps allow users to program the detector to specifically scan the most common frequency ranges from radar units.  This provides a quieter detector that is also more responsive.

  • The following picture to the left is considered safe in all parts of the the USA.
  • The only exception is the 35.2 GHz band that is used by old and outdated radar units occasionally used Oregon and Washington
  • Please view pages 14-16 of the the YaV1 user manual
  • View our Custom Sweep discussion on our forum here

 

Logging Encounters

YaV1 Log of Encounters

YaV1 Logging Radar Alerts

YaV1 Logging Radar Alerts – Timestamp and Frequency

YaV1 Logging Radar Alerts On Google Map

YaV1 Logging Radar Alerts On Google Map

YaV1 users have the option to also keep track of their radar encounters.  The app works with Google Maps and logs the following information:

  • Frequency
  • Time
  • Speed
  • “Hits”

 

The format “K 24130 (+/- 6)” indicates an alert of 24.130 GHz with a tolerance of +/- 6 MHz.

 

Please see pages 21-22 of the YaV1 Manual found at the end of this article.

 

 


 

User Manual and Additional Info

YaV1 User Manual – provided by our member Windstrings.

Discussion on this can also be found here on our forum.

For members interested in some more tutorial information about this app check out this section of our forum from our member hiddencam.

 

Special Thanks

We would like to express our gratitude to francky06L (developer and forum member) for this truly awesome app that gets better each and every time, and to our loyal forum members Vortex, hiddencam, and Windstrings for offering such outstanding support for this app in tutorials and the user manual for this app!!!