Anyone in central Florida area......

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  1. btmgov

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    I would like to find someone willing to take my R3 for a couple days and compare it against their unit. I have had mine for over 2 months now and I am just not seeing detection ranges like a lot of the guys on here see. Florida is pretty flat for the most part, so I would think I should have seen some outrageous sniffs by now.
     
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    Florida is relatively flat but a lot of things affect it: www.rdforum.org: Radar - R1 - Effects of terrain and off axis signal I have had great and really short alerts from my R1. I can certainly run it if you want (ST Lucie County) that said I see a lot of rolling radar, but not every day so it would take a bit to find a good fixed source (aka Trap) to test against. I just had a KA band speed trailer in my neighborhood last week during construction which would have been perfect.. darn timing.. There is a spot they sit on my ride home occasionally and I have had both good and less good alerts from, they are in the median under an overpass and there is a ton of trees in the median. depending exactly how far behind the row of trees they're parked makes the difference between a several mile alert and less than 1 mile. really need someone with a KA band radar gun to do a test properly, unless you can find a stationary trap with some ideal terrain. (note to self need to buy Radar gun)
     
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    im in kissimmee and i have two r3 if you want to compare them
     
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    I sold my V1 so the only other RD I have to test against is an 8500 x50. I know speed trailers are not a good source to test against but it is all I have at the moment. I'm attaching a pic of the area in question is flat as a table all around there. Exact same results every time I drive through there which has been at least 15 times with each detector. Does this look like things are on the up and up with my R3?
     

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    Thats about the range I was getting with my R1 on a 34.7 speed trailer near my house last week... I do think they are much less powerful than normal police radar so a small curve or obstruction could make it a terrain limited encounter...I had a double curve in my case as well with some trees, and I would come around that first curve and go right to a 2 bar alert at about 1/2 mile . need to see it in a more open area with a real gun to know for sure if it's behaving oddly...
     
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    It's not the range of that encounter that makes me question my unit, it's how close the x50 is to the R3 that makes me wonder.
     
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    do you have direct line of sight to the trailer when the detectors go off? if not could be terrain limited due to whatever is between you and the source thats blocking view... It does warrant further investigation though as it is agreeably a little unexpected.
     
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    No, when the detectors go off, you can still not see the trailer. I will post the picture with a mark where trailer becomes visible. Those two curves are little sharper than they look as far as line of sight stuff goes.
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    Sounds good to me. You have any good stationary Ka spots out your way we could utilize?
     

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    I'd go in that residential street that heads north off of E. Reeves Road or, maybe even better, drive along E Reeve's Road and see if I can get an alert driving at a 90° angle to the sign. Maybe that would differentiate the two.
    You may get no alert on either because of the terrain though.
    I had a Ka band sign that I couldn't differentiate my detectors enough to matter and once, almost accidentally, came at it from a different direction. My R3 picks it up at a consistent 2.7 miles despite weather and traffic conditions. It's a distance that no other detector I own can even come close to once, let alone consistently.
     
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    You're not far from me. Nice driving roads around there. Does said speed trailer show up frequently by you?

    I ask because I don't believe I can volunteer this weekend, but maybe next. I have my old 9500ix, the EX and will have an R3 by then. Would provide some more data points...

    Yes, it wouldn't be official as its a speed sign trailer.
     
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    I have driven the opposite direction(away from) the trailer several times as well. The x50 drops the signal very quickly after passing the sign(signal coming from the rear) while the R3 holds it for probably 800-1000 ft.
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    That trailer has been there for close to 3 weeks so far. I will check on it again next week and let you know if it is still around.
     
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    Im in central florida as well.
     
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    I live in the Kissimmee area as well and just curious as to your R3 settings in K Band? I am currently running KA Narrow but not sure about the K setting.
     
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    I run wide a down south of you but they use a lot of K band around me, I would start K wide and perhaps advanced 60% and see how that does, K filter on. If you aren't seeing anything outside of the wide range thats real, go narrow. There was just an aircraft trap south of Kissimmee area this morning on the turnpike so you should be careful of those.
     
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    I have not seen a Vascar trap in a while. I guess you should look at the road and the skies for all possible LEO. Ka segmentation at 2, 5, 8 is definitely perfect for our area!
     
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    That pic you posted looks normal to my experiences with the R1. It’s slightly off axis with the curve. See this if you haven’t already www.rdforum.org: Range threads - real world

    Post more pics like you did and we can give you feedback.

    What are your Ka settings? You running Ka wide, Ka narrow, or segs 2,5, and 8?
     
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    I would suggest including Seg 6, as myself an other Central Florida folks have had encounters with FHP that were 34.8ish
    www.rdforum.org: CAUTION in central Florida(Orlando area).....FHP out of tune Stalker

    I use the K settings Bravo recommended. Yes, I still receive BSM, but generally they are gradual ramps, and the source is usually line of sight.

    BTW: Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks for the seg 6 tip - never want to be caught with my pants down. Do you keep you K narrow or wide? Are you in Orlando or Kissimmee area??
     
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    I have kept K wide. No known threats yet, but you never know.... Run Advanced with K @ 50%. Yes, I get some BSMs, but I would say less than my EX, plus there is generally a ramp.

    North Orange & Western Seminole Counties.
     
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    I haven't ever found k band upnthat way, if you ever come down to St Lucie, Martin or palm beach counties you will find it. So far though it's all been in the k narrow range. Start wide and if you ate getting obliterated by falses try narrow. Supposedly there are some filtering improvements coming soon to help with the stuff that still gets through