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Valentine One Review.



I used a V1 many years ago and in 2010 bought one for my self. Its smaller than most think and has all the main features you could want in a radar detector.

I am a big fan of a quiet Radar Detector and mostly have used Escorts with there GPS filtering. But I decided to try a V1 even though most say it’s very noisy. (its not if programmed correctly).
Some of the unique features the V1 has that make it a top notch product:

1- Excellent sensitivity and response, definitely in the top 3 RD’s available today.

2- Arrows that assist with situational awareness, pointing to the direction the radar is coming from.

3- Bogey counter and alert tone. This notifies you with a number in the display and a distinct tone when the V1 sees more than 1 radar source.

4- Rear antenna, the V1 has a front and rear antenna to assist with directional arrows. It also allows for superior sensitivity to picking up radar from the rear.

5- Adjustable lever volume muting.

6- Advanced programming, this allows for programming the filtering modes and can be very useful if used correctly. It also can be somewhat confusing so ill describe in better detail below.

7- superior laser sensitivity.

Over all the V1 is one of the better RDs available today for price and basic features. Laser sensitivity is top notch (though laser alerts won’t really save you), you may also get laser falsing due to its very good sensitivity (laser cruse control, neon signs, some break lights).
Radar sensitivity is excellent, there are many reports of 2+mi range and the V1’s ability to pick up the slightest brief signal has proven to be very useful.
The arrows point to the direction a radar signal is coming from and help confirm when you have passed the radar source.

V1 and how it responds in different scenarios: http://www.valentine1.com/demo/demo2.asp

V1/9500CI Ka 35.5, FF to 2:00:
[video=youtube;vZfxTOLS6S0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZfxTOLS6S0[/video]

V1/9500CI Ka 35.5, FF to :20:
[video=youtube;2oHJ2Gnxf-k]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oHJ2Gnxf-k[/video]

How to go into programming mode: While the V1 is off Press and hold-in Knob and at the same time turn the knob "on;" continue holding in the Knob until all display lights are on (takes about 5 seconds). Release the Control Knob. Once in program mode press the volume knob briefly to cycle through the different letter/number options. to change the setting (arrow up or down) press and hold down the volume knob to change the arrow arrow position. Think of the setting like a dip switch and see charts below for what the letter/number designations mean.

As I originally mentioned I prefer a quiet RD, and the V1’s programming certainly can help with falsing dramatically. But unlike GPS based filtering RDs you need to be active when using the V1s filtering modes. There are 3 basic modes that mutes K band that you can change to on the fly with a press of the volume button. “A” big “L” and little “l” modes. These modes will default to the volume lever setting, so if the volume lever is all the way down the alert will be muted 100% if the lever is ½ way it will mute the alert 50%. KA and Laser alerts are not muted in any mode.

Available Modes by briefly pressing and holding down the volume button while on:
(warning: changing these settings will change how and if your V1 will alert, so be smart about how you set it): -
http://www.valentine1.com/Lab/techreport3.asp

- “A” mode is “all bogey mode” this mode disables any filtering features you set in the programming modes (b,c,d,E,F,G only).

-L” mode applies the filtering modes (b,c,d,E,F,G) you programmed to be completely hidden visually and audibly at lever volume. (Farley risky setting)

-l” mode applies to the filtering modes (b,c,d,E,F,G) if programmed the audio is muted to the lever volume position, but visual alerts are still shown.

Advanced programming of your V1 Option 7 in below chart:
Now for the filtering modes (Option 7 switch to arrow down to enable setting b,c,d,E,F,G). These settings allow you to choose the amount of time (up to 30sec) the V1 mutes an alert, and also the amount of signal strength (up to full strength) it will mute the alert.

* To enable the "K false suppression", the user must program the "7","b","C","d","E","F" and "G"features as in previous versions.



You can change the amount of time or signal strength you personally want to mute K band by setting b,c,d,E,F,G accordingly. But IMO I set it to max time and signal strength muting and use a “High Risk” “Low Risk” concept and toggling from “A” mode to “l” mode dependent on area, or what I want.

You will see b,c,d in the below picture, the row of 3 arrows represent the setting corresponding to the amount of time you want the V1 to mute an alert. For example and how I have my V1 set arrow “b”-down, “c”-up, “d”-up will mute an alert for 30 seconds.



You will see E, F, G in the below picture that allows for overriding the time muting you set on the above if the signal strength requirement is met.
E” = un-muting at signal strength of 4 dots.
F” = un-muting at signal strength of 6 dots.
I chose max signal strength of 6 so the V1 will stay quiet at any strength (great in parking lots with lots of strong falses)
G” basically mutes rear arrow completely. You may not change this setting but I find it helps keep down falsing when passing falses.




So if you decide to use the V1 with max time and signal strength muting inlmode here is the (Risk Scenarios) you should use:

Basically i toggle between "A" mode when in "High Risk" areas and "l" mode when in "Low Risk" areas where there are a lot of falses, or where i wouldn't speed anyway. Just don't forget to turn it back to "A" mode when your out of the "Low Risk" area.

1) In areas where police X and/or K band isn't used, use “l” mode. (No Risk & best area for “l” or “L” mode)

2) In areas where police do use K/X band but never sit in that area it would be a Low Risk area. You will most likely use “l” mode. But watch you display and listen for the bogey tones. Note: double tapping the mute button during an encounter temporarily kills the bogey lock tone.

3) In areas where police K/X band is used and they do sit in that area it would be considered a (High Risk) area and “A” mode should be used. “A” mode should also be used on the highway.

The V1 provides a lot of information, and if used actively and with knowledge of your area and what the local LEO’s use it can be programmed and adjusted to be pretty quiet.

If you decide use “l” mode in a High Risk area to mute the alert automatically for the time and strength you chose you should still drive through the area with caution if you suspect any chance it could be muting police radar. Simply use “l” mode when you want quiet and proceed with your own discretion and best judgment.
(There is all ways the option of switching to “A” mode when speeding in a "High Risk" area)

V1 filtering mode Risk scenarios: Use the above threat risk scenarios to determine the usage of “l” mode. I suggest using “A” mode in "High Risk" areas and manually muting if you feel its safe. “L” “l” mode should be used sparingly and according to your Risk area.

Photos from VR website: http://www.valentine1.com/

Other V1 options:
For "supposedly" Better RANGE and definitely less falsing on Ka and K band, go to option J and put the arrow DOWN. this will disable pop mode.

you can also go to option 5, arrow DOWN. this will give you more of an alert when you run into Ka band which is your biggest threat.

V1C app settings: https://www.rdforum.org/showthread.php?t=23114
 
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Very very useful info
 

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I changed my setting from big L to A... A LEO gave me multiple ticket because of this... He thought my V1 was a laser detector and he just got his laser gun to play with... When he came back with my pile of tickets he said they don't work which led me to the great world of CM's... Now with my LI I always come over and down that same hill in the left lane slightly over PSL.
 

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I changed my setting from big L to A... A LEO gave me multiple ticket because of this... He thought my V1 was a laser detector and he just got his laser gun to play with... When he came back with my pile of tickets he said they don't work which led me to the great world of CM's... Now with my LI I always come over and down that same hill in the left lane slightly over PSL.
Sorry, I'm confused. You received multiple tickets for what? I don't understand you're abbreviations.
 

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The post is 6 years old. Might need to PM the fellow directly.
 

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Yeah, missed that. Thanks.
@Matthewstorm , much of what's written in that post and also detaillls reply is no longer relevant as LI no longer exists as a Company and the V1 has undergone dramatic updates ( TMF 2 and ESP) in addition to apps to make it quieter. Plus, the author @CJR238 is rarely seen around here anymore ;)
 

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@Matthewstorm , much of what's written in that post and also detaillls reply is no longer relevant as LI no longer exists as a Company and the V1 has undergone dramatic updates ( TMF 2 and ESP) in addition to apps to make it quieter. Plus, the author @CJR238 is rarely seen around here anymore ;)
He was referencing a single post, not the OP.

Al that's in the OP (manual programming) is still available in the V1, nothing has changed. But there was some additions, mostly as add on's like BSM ( TMF 2 and ESP) filtering and BT for Smart phone integration.

Much has changed, yet much has stayed the same. Programming and the over all product is still the same new out of box. ;)
 
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This thread is so dated it belongs in a museum.
 

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This thread is so dated it belongs in a museum.
So is the V1. Lol

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The key here are the "Risk Scenarios"
 
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So is the V1. Lol

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The key here are the "Risk Scenarios"
So are most of us! Except for pointercone of course, he's just a young buck!

Without making me dig, what are you guys using now?

I still love my V1, but it would be lacking with the app link.
 

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So are most of us! Except for pointercone of course, he's just a young buck!

Without making me dig, what are you guys using now?

I still love my V1, but it would be lacking with the app link.
Still using the V1, always used YaV1 and trying out JBV1 now.

A RD with out the ability to utilize a smart phone is just too 80's for me.
 

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Agreed, I get spoiled big time with the amount of instant feedback info I can see on a large screen.

If you get a detector with that large screen integrated, it cost much more as you know.

I hate driving in my wife's car, I keep hoping V1 will upgrade so I can give her mine!
 

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Agreed, I get spoiled big time with the amount of instant feedback info I can see on a large screen.

If you get a detector with that large screen integrated, it cost much more as you know.

I hate driving in my wife's car, I keep hoping V1 will upgrade so I can give her mine!
Welcome back!
 

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Hi All,

I set up my V1 from a custom sweep tutorial I saw on Vortex Radar's site. I don't know much about programming etc, I just really like having a radar detector. I use JBV1; I have noticed that the false BSM's are getting to be a bit annoying. I have experienced them with Mazda recently, do you guys have any suggestions of what I can do to limit this? I obviously don't want to block police radar but just seeing if I can improve the experience with less false's. I live in NC/SC area. Thank you so much for your help in advance!
 

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Hi All,

I set up my V1 from a custom sweep tutorial I saw on Vortex Radar's site. I don't know much about programming etc, I just really like having a radar detector. I use JBV1; I have noticed that the false BSM's are getting to be a bit annoying. I have experienced them with Mazda recently, do you guys have any suggestions of what I can do to limit this? I obviously don't want to block police radar but just seeing if I can improve the experience with less false's. I live in NC/SC area. Thank you so much for your help in advance!
This thread would be a better place to learn more about the BSM filtering options. I've linked to a post with my JBV1 settings you can use as a starting point:
 

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This thread would be a better place to learn more about the BSM filtering options. I've linked to a post with my JBV1 settings you can use as a starting point:
Thank you for your help!
 

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