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Welcome to the club. If I were you, I would go straight to Redline, as it is THE desert king. Disable K band when you are in the city. Reno cops use handheld K band radar, but as long as you are driving with the flow, should be good to go. I commuted between Utah and California for 4 years, so I know every crack on I-80 between Fernley and Salt Lake. Arizona also uses Ka band, but I would enable K band when in metro areas. You do not need a GPS enabled device for the west, so skip Max.

V1, RX65, Redine all work well, but lean toward RL due to the long reach out in the desert. That is where you are going to save on tickets big time.

In the long radar encounter on this video, I'm guessing it was close to 6 miles since the trooper was rolling toward me opposite direction.

http://youtu.be/h8nZ8JmHi8I

One of my favs. In this video, the NHP trooper is hiding on the far side of an overpass, shooting cars as they hit the top, but skipping slower trucks and campers. I had this guy nailed WAY back.
He is shooting very fast I/O, probably pulling the trigger for 1 second. The Redline has a lag after alert.

http://youtu.be/SYSCZzq2xEI

There is only a few areas where K band is a problem in the desert, but leaving it on is fine since there's nothing out there to throw a false. One store in Wells Nevada does this, however - every time. Also some weird salt factory outside of Salt Lake.
 
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You might want to look I to the STIR+ you will get the range of the Redline, the quietness of the Max, and the clean cabin look. (Being that it's a custom install)
I would definitely get the stir+ if it is in your budget. If not, go with the max. Welcome to the forum.
 

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I may have to rethink what i can live with regarding false positives given my driving area of lots of open desert and highway. What Open Road and many others have said is really beginning to resonate. I need max time to slow down give what type of car I'm driving and how I drive it. The cost of a detector is not the main issue for me, but ease of moving it from vehicle to vehicle is an issue, so I'm leaning now more toward the Redline overall. I will PM Speed Counter Measures when I'm ready to order whatever I decide on. Thanks for all the good suggestions again. Much appreciated.
 

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I may have to rethink what i can live with regarding false positives given my driving area of lots of open desert and highway. What Open Road and many others have said is really beginning to resonate. I need max time to slow down give what type of car I'm driving and how I drive it. The cost of a detector is not the main issue for me, but ease of moving it from vehicle to vehicle is an issue, so I'm leaning now more toward the Redline overall. I will PM Speed Counter Measures when I'm ready to order whatever I decide on. Thanks for all the good suggestions again. Much appreciated.
I have my Redline hardwired and to the left of my rearview mirror. It takes seconds to remove, easy to access. Since you appear to be driving a lot on interstates, this is where your focus should be. Luckily the states of CA, NV, UT, AZ use Ka band radar on their Highway Patrol units, and a Ka band false alert is rare. My unit is quiet as can be and only alerts when there is a Highway Patrol unit nearby.

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I see you're in Gardnerville, my dad lived there for a time, and I often saw NHP running radar along 395 and 88. Redline is your friend.
 

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Open Road you're exactly right, I drive 395 and 88 all the time. The NHP and CHP are thick all around here sometimes. Any else I should consider besides the obvious, slowing down?
 

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Open Road you're exactly right, I drive 395 and 88 all the time. The NHP and CHP are thick all around here sometimes. Any else I should consider besides the obvious, slowing down?
With a good detector (Redline), you should be good. After you run with it for sometime, you get a feel for everything, it becomes part of the car and driving experience. I'm not sure about Amador County Sheriff's (as you cross stateline into CA via 88), but my ex-wife lives in that county, and I rarely see them, mostly CHP SUVs. I've logged tens of thousands of miles on Nevada interstates with Redline and not a single ticket from NHP. Hardwiring the unit makes it tidy, the power wire coming down from headliner just enough to connect to the unit. Order the "sticky cup" as an option, as it will hold a lot better than the regular mount, especially with the elevation / pressure changes crossing Donner or Carson Passes.

I heard rumor that NHP is using laser between your area and Reno - a recent change. If you do see it, would be good to post back here in the regional section. Redline won't help with laser except tell you you're being shot. Laser protection should be on your short list after the Redline, especially CA and UT.
 

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CHP also uses laser, which includes the TruSpeed S. A set of LI's, HP-905, or AL Priority would go a long way for piece of mind.
 

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CHP also uses laser, which includes the TruSpeed S. A set of LI's, HP-905, or AL Priority would go a long way for piece of mind.
X2 that. The M.O. of CHP is to use radar only on two lane roads, and LIDAR or radar on multilane freeways. I see a LOT of laser in CA in the Sierra, starting right at stateline.

Also, something else to be aware of - westbound I-80 just outside of Auburn:

http://youtu.be/uTY-cO5ODVk
 

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I'm with OpenRoad on this. He is an experienced driver in our area. (or is it a habitual speeder?, I forget) Get a Redline for Utah and Nevada. Our driving conditions in these states are unique with their long straight roads and high speed limits and you want the longest straight-line range you can get. I have X and K turned off on my Redline because after a year I never had a single valid X or K alert on the freeways I drive. I know currently if my Redline goes off I better slow down now because I will see a UHP or a County Sheriff within the next 1-4 miles for sure. Sometimes sooner if its a new cop that still uses I/O.
I can't tell you how many times I have seen the cars around me get nabbed when I had already been slowed down for a good minute or more.
You will have to be extra vigilant with that car too. I didn't realize how much a difference the car color and style made until this week when I drove my sons bright red little sports car to California. I could count on getting lit up by every cop pulling I/O, even when I was in a pack of cars and not speeding. It was so weird. That never happens in my truck and its a lot faster. :)
 

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I'm with OpenRoad on this. He is an experienced driver in our area. (or is it a habitual speeder?, I forget) Get a Redline for Utah and Nevada. Our driving conditions in these states are unique with their long straight roads and high speed limits and you want the longest straight-line range you can get. I have X and K turned off on my Redline because after a year I never had a single valid X or K alert on the freeways I drive. I know currently if my Redline goes off I better slow down now because I will see a UHP or a County Sheriff within the next 1-4 miles for sure. Sometimes sooner if its a new cop that still uses I/O.
I can't tell you how many times I have seen the cars around me get nabbed when I had already been slowed down for a good minute or more.
You will have to be extra vigilant with that car too. I didn't realize how much a difference the car color and style made until this week when I drove my sons bright red little sports car to California. I could count on getting lit up by every cop pulling I/O, even when I was in a pack of cars and not speeding. It was so weird. That never happens in my truck and its a lot faster. :)
I drove a Honda Civic which pretty much maxed out at around 103 on flat terrain. I was rarely passed by anyone on my runs to-from UT-CA-UT, I could almost count the cars on one hand that passed me. I do recall one vivid episode with a Ford Mustang really cranking it up westbound west of Elko.....never saw him again, but was thinking as he passed me "he better have a good detector".

I also ran a scanner as secondary protection, which turned out to be as good as or better than my detector. As I drove across the desert, I would learn the location of almost every cop, minus the one's coming on duty - so it was not 100% but it came damn close.

Nevada Highway Patrol has some unusual tactics that I have learned over the years. One that is scary, but never got a ticket, is that when they are going off duty, they are not running radar. Several times, perhaps 5 or 6, I blew past a NHP car opposite direction (in one case I was literally at 100 mph), and no radar, nada. They were going home to the wife (and not on the radio).

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Wow, looking at the date on that photo, was just a little over a year ago. Seems like it was 5 years ago now.
 

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Not that i'm in Nevada much (3 or 4 times a year), but thats good to know. I'm glad he didn't decide to come after you.

...Nevada Highway Patrol has some unusual tactics that I have learned over the years. One that is scary, but never got a ticket, is that when they are going off duty, they are not running radar. Several times, perhaps 5 or 6, I blew past a NHP car opposite direction (in one case I was literally at 100 mph), and no radar, nada. They were going home to the wife (and not on the radio).

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As far as radar detectors, like everyone else as said: either Redline or V1C for max range.
 

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Redline is my opinion
X2, in the open terrain out west, nothing much around except sand and sky, Redline all the way IMHO. OPENROAD has some very impressive videos of some long distance encounters.You'll eventually need some "parking sensors" also since it sounds like Cali is going more towards lidar now. Something that also on my list.
 

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X2, in the open terrain out west, nothing much around except sand and sky, Redline all the way IMHO. OPENROAD has some very impressive videos of some long distance encounters.You'll eventually need some "parking sensors" also since it sounds like Cali is going more towards lidar now. Something that also on my list.
I have now seen LIDAR being used - literally 1 mile from the Nevada-California stateline on I-80. It is used heavily on I-80 pretty much the whole way to SF.
 

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As OpenRoad have instructed you, the Redline is the king of the desert. I drive in the Atacama Desert in Chile, and it gets really hot and the Redline has endure all this years of tough conditions. The detections are beyond anything else and segmented, it is almost unfair to the cops. I hope my experience serves you as well.

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