Driving from Anaheim, CA to Arlington, WA with a V1

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  1. Ricky Vato

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    A musician friend I grew up with and have not seen in 35 years is dying and I just found out. His wish is to see the old band members before he goes. I am the only one who has time to go see him. I plan on driving. It is a 19 hour 1200 mile journey. I have done this run to Seattle about 6 times in two years so I know the route. Arlington is 50 north of Seattle. Have used an Escort 8500, 9500, and V1s. All alerted in time to react. The V1s were the best at identifying where LEOs were (especially from behind). However, with the new segmenting and app, and the fact that I can drive all the way just stopping for gas, food, and bathroom, how should I setup the V1 going through Northern Cal, Oregon, and Washington states? I plan on leaving this Wednesday so this post is time sensitive. Thanks

    Side note: He gave another friend a bass guitar over 30 years ago that is now worth a couple of thousand at least. It was never played and kept in it's case all these years. It was given to me signed by me and the other original band members to present to my dying friend as a reminder of his generousity and our love for him. Wish me safe journey and flying under the radar.
     
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    Very sorry to hear about your friend!

    That's gonna be quite a drive. On the radar side, it will likely be mostly Ka band.

    CHP should all 34.7.

    I'm not sure about I-5 in Oregon. There's occasional reports of X band in OR, but I think that's mostly just in rural areas.

    In WA, I do the drive from Seattle to Portland and back several times a year. It's mostly Ka band. Every now and again I'll run into some K band from a local sheriff or something, but that's more of an exception to the rule. Waze does a good job of marking where LEO's are set up. Fun hotspots include places Chehalis/Centralia, sometimes Olympia or Tacoma, and Seattle. It's almost all C/O so your V1 will handle it no problem. Laser is pretty straightforward too. Just PL3's and so it's easy to jam, plus Waze is your friend there too.
     
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    Thank you for replying. In Oregon, I have experienced LEOs on the coast using K a mile or two before or leaving their town. On I-5 at the boarder of Cal and Oregon, the LEOs would hide on curves and hills. I am checking to see if anything has changed on the road. This will be my first time using segments on the V1 and the apps.

    Vortex, you are definitely a Washingtonite. We call the I-5 down here, "The 5", or some expletive when it is congested.
     
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    You are a good friend. Safe trip.
     
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    This is a followup to my trip. First of all, a disclaimer: I am a former Nascar driver. I drove my 2017 Honda Civic Si on this trip. It has speed rated tires, and is a track car out of the box. I do not condone speeding for anyone without knowing your car's and tire's capability and limits. Also, do not put anyone else at risk on the road if you do speed.

    My friend not seen in over 35 years was dying and I had to make the trip in a short period of time. Therefore, I took my V1 with the software for my iphone, Waze on my android phone, and Escort Live on my Ipad with my just purchaed OG Redline updated and segmented. Also had my TMobile portable hotspot for WiFi. And finally, a police scanner. Felt like I was driving K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.

    I planned on using the V1 for the trip up and the Redline coming back. The V1 was very quiet on the I-5 through Los Angeles and beyond. In fact, I only encountered two Highway Patrol (pulled drivers over already with their C/O) through California. My average speed was 85 with peaks of 100. The last major city before entering Oregon is Redding, Cal. Got gas and turned on X and K and enjoyed the Civic Si's handling around the curves of the summits. Not a peep until I got near Portland. Average speed about 80 with peaks of 90.

    Washington state was a different story. The V1 was outstanding notifing laser, K, and Ka WAY before I saw LEOs. The best thing was the rear detection. I believe no other detector can match it. Around the state capitol of Olympia, the V1 bogey counter showed 5 Ka hits. Sure enough, there was a gauntlet of LEOs sitting one to a highway entrance. Unreal. Tacoma had two moto laser shots about a mile apart from each other. They weren't hiding, just standing out in the open. Seattle rush hour traffic was brutal. Just north of Seattle, I got a K alert which was a speed sign, but right under it was a LEO with KA.. The software and bogey counter and ramp up was invaluable. Average speed, the PSL.

    Total driving hours, 18, total miles, exactly 1300. I made it in time to see my friend, his joy that I came to see him, he held my hand, closed his eyes and was gone. I had to make the trip.

    I will post again about the return.
     
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    I work for Boeing in Everett Washington 3 to 4 times a year. I usually fly, but sometimes, I drive. So, I am used to the journey. This time, I decided to immediately drive back. Did not feel tired, but if there was an issue, I would stay somewhere for the night.

    Decided for the drive back to use the Redline and Escort Live along with Waze. The Redline was awesome in long distance detection, but Escort Live and Waze fell way short for me. Non existent LEOs posted and just a distraction overall. Maybe they work great around town, but on the highway, no. Average speed, PSL.

    Again, the Redline smiffed out K, Ka, and laser really well. Not bad for $60 Craigslist buy. However, rear detetection is poor, and ramp up is dubious. When I got to Portland Oregon, I switched back to the V1. Best decision made. A few miles south of Portland, I felt tired, and stayed the night in Tigard, OR.

    Early next morning (7am) I set out with very little traffic. Decided to open up the Civic Si. I blasted down I-5 at speeds of 100 to 125. No LEOs. This went on for about a half hour, when just before getting to Eugene, OR, I see him. Sitting at a gas station fueling up, no radar on, but he sees me flying past. I figure he either, will call ahead, or give chase. Now for the Smokey and the Bandit scene. He decided to give chase, but I had a substantial lead. The V1 gave me Ka from the rear and I could see at the horizon, red and blue lights. The V1 ramp up was slow but steady. He was coming. Lucky for me a sign indicated a gas station 1 mile ahead. So, I went from 110 to 130, took the off ramp and had to make a left turn over the highway. Lucky, the overpass had high walls so I was able to cross over unseen and parked behind the gas station just in case. Got out the car just in time to see the LEO speeding with full lights down the highway. I would not have gotten that kind of rear detection with the Redline or any other detector. As old school as the V1 is, it is still the best for all around detection.

    I continued on into California with 3 LEO sightings (pulled people over) pushing the Si 90, 100, 120 mph. Had a few followers with various sports cars with one guy asking me at a gas station why was I being the rabbit? I told him if you have a long range detector, you can use the pack up front in the distance as rabbits as the V1 will pick up easily 2 or 3 miles or more. Out in the open a good radar unit will smiff out signals at great range. Average speed 100, max 120.

    After 16 driving hours and another 1300 miles, made it back home with a great respect for the V1. NOTHING beats situation awareness. Long range detection means nothing if you do not know where it is and how far. And the software make it that much better.

    Once again, do not speed unless you know what your vehicle and tires are capable of. Do not speed around other drivers as you do not know what they may do at any time.
     
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    I'm glad you made it safely and in time. Thank you for the update.

    It's also great to hear the V1 performed well. This would make a great "V1 moment", and you'd get a free vest: www.valentine1.com: V1 Moments | Valentine One | Radar Detectors
     
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    Thanks. What I take away from the drive is that the Honda Civic Si is a fantastic car for what it cost and is quite quick for a 1.5 turbo. The original Redline is still a great long range detector for the highway. The V1? Well, it was designed and built right from the start. It is just purposeful. That rear antenna...man.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Glad you were able to see your friend and make it home safely.
     
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    So, if you're NOT tuned, whats the top speed of the Civic Si??
     
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    Clearly a V1 moment!! I luv it. Could have been written by Mike Valentine himself !

    Be safe, Ricky !!
     
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    I plan on keeping mine stock. It is fast enough. It's track capabilities are awesome. Mods take away the value at trade in time. Next for me will be the Type R. The Si can do 130 tops on a flat straight, no wind. But what is magical is sprinting from 60 to 100 or more. It is damn quick to do. So quick, the active dampers and sport steering have to be on to keep the car planted at high speed..
     
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    Thanks for the well wishes. Yeah, I got lucky that time with the gas exit. Otherwise, I did not know what to do.
     
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    I HAD to make the trip. It has been over 40 years since we performed together. He and I with others grew up on the same street, started a band, and we all became famous together and separately. It was only when I located him, learned of his condition, tried to get the rest of the band together to see him, and finding out no one either had money or the time to go, that I had to try and get there to say goodbye. Time was against me, but determination was not.
     
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    Vortex, I cannot thank you enough for all the videos, postings, suggestions, and education that you have bestowed on all of us. What I learned in a short period allowed me to setup and equip myself for a personal journey that I felt compelled to do. I hope you understand that in all your writings, videos, etc. has made a difference for many. Bless you brother.
     
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    This is why we V1 zombies stick with such an "old" detector. I also get the value of a fast, stealthy car, they don't attract attention the way sporty looking things do.
    My 155 mph hatchback doesn't get half the beady eyed looks from the law that my much slower Toyota 86 gets.
     
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    The V1 has never failed me once. I had a similar encounter back in the early eighties. Was flying north on I-79 out of Fairmont WVa towards Morgantown when my Escort X-K detector went full on with an I/O hit. I had gotten shot from a WVSP cruiser rolling the opposite direction. Looked in the side mirror and saw his brake lights light up and tires lock up skidding to a stop. Lucky for me he was driving one of those slow mo St Regis at the time. I'd say I was doing a good 70-75 with the national 55 speed limit.

    Just as he had clocked me I was just entering a corner and floored it, hoping for an exit, and I had one. About a mile and half up, and I was triple digits all the way there. Came off the exit and slid right past a car at the stop sign on his right. It was a green Plymouth Valiant driven by an old guy with a hat. Made the right turn and pushed it for a good two minutes trying to put distance between me and the cop.

    Because of the curves on that part of the interstate the cop didn't actually see me get off the exit. I made as many turns as I could to get as far from the interstate as I could and onto the back farm roads. Reached into the consul and pulled out the compass and navigated my way to the Pa. border via back roads at the PSL. I pulled back up onto the interstate just over the boarder on the Pa. side at Mt Morris. Looked south and there I saw two WV State Troopers north bound side, parked on either shoulder, with their noses pointed south waiting for me to come to them. It must have been a long wait.

    The car a 1981 Volvo 242 Turbo five speed. Top Speed <120 mph.
     
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    A basic rule of thumb, if you can lose a cop in the first 30 seconds you're good, after that the odds fall dramatically.
     

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