Greetings from Nashville!

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  1. RenaissanceMan

    RenaissanceMan Learning to Drive General User

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    New forum member here... Found lots of great info already. Just purchased a Uniden R3 that arrived yesterday and enjoying getting it set up. Looking forward to learning more while I'm here!
     
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    welcome to the forum
     
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    Welcome! Nice choice on the R3, you did your homework and selected a great RD.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, from East TN!
     
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    RenaissanceMan Learning to Drive General User

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    Thanks so much, I did spend a lot of time doing research. Got to try it out for the first time today on a trip from Nashville to Chattanooga. Looks like I just need to tune the K band sensitivity a little based on the experience so far, but after checking out Vortex Radar's setup video I might just need to enable the TFS filtering.

    I have a really dumb question though, as a newbie... Do laser detectors like these pickup laser radar shots to cars ahead so that you have some sort of warning when pacing with traffic? Or do they literally only detect when your car is targeted? Based on what I'm reading I feel like I'm getting conflicting information. Thanks for any insight!
     
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    Welcome!

    In Middle TN we have lots of BSM noise on the highways so I run my R3 with K Filter, K Narrow, 80%, TSF On
     
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    RenaissanceMan Learning to Drive General User

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    Well that explains the periodic K band alerts. I will try your settings and,see how it goes. Thanks for the info!
     
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    You may get an occasional scatter pickup if a vehicle in front of you is being targeted, but that is the rare exception and not the norm. Never rely on a RD for laser protection. You need to get some ALPs for that. I have run many, many units and IMHO my wife's V1 is the most sensitive to laser, but I would still never rely on it for that kind of protection. My R3 leaves a lot to be desired with laser detection. I have painted it with my own LIDAR gun and I had the speed acquired before it even alerted.
     
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    So laser is totally different beast unlike radar that spreads out and travels long distances and is easy to pick up, laser is a sniper shot. At a distance of 1000 feet the laser beam may only be 2 feet wide so it's very hard to detect unless it's hitting you, occasionally you can get get a little scatter if the beam hits another car ahead of you and reflects off but thats in the category of luck. The Valentine one, is the best at laser scatter, but it is also more prone to laser falses, it could save you in the case of scatter, but it's still in the luck category and not a solid solution you can rely on. There are times you could get hit with laser and your detector may not even go off at all if the shot is low enough and at a short enough distance. From my testing in an SUV I found that under say 500 feet with the laser hitting the license plate area of my SUV my R1 wont catch the shot as the beam is just too narrow. even if it does catch the shot generally by the time you react to the laser alert the LEO has already obtained your speed. if you are facing laser you will need something like ALP, it's way more sensitive, its mounted in areas they target, and it delays them getting the reading until you slow down, it's not cheap, but neither are tickets and insurance hikes, one or two saves and it has paid for itself and will continue to protect you for years. I personally would rather pay to protect myself than pay for the tickets :)
     
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    Wow, thanks for the comprehensive explanations. Great info! That ALP product is quite fascinating.
     
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    Alone (without jammers)... the latter.

    If you have jammers it may make a very slight difference, but in general the consensus around here is that a proper jammer and a proper install will not require such equipment.

    Where in Nashville are you, by the way? We have a few users here in the Nashville area - I'm in Franklin myself.
     
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    Very cool, I'm in Franklin also!
     
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    We need to set up a TN testing meet. I look for any excuse to come to Nashville and eat! ;-)
     
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    No problem, also as an FYI if you go with a "parking sensor" solution be aware that laser jamming in TN is illegal. You'll want to be low profile and semi-stealthy with the install and proper usage of the system.
     
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    Fortunately it looks like he has a BMW so stealth may be easier than normal.
     
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    Welcome, Nashville is my second home. Great town. Welcome to the forum. You will love the R3. Think about laser protection in Nashville too.
     
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    Sounds good!

    Ahh, duly noted. Thx for the heads up .

    Thanks! So do you see a lot of laser activity on Nashville highways?
     
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    Ive seen it used frequently on Briley Pkwy between 40 and Opryland Resort area. A couple of times on 65 south of Nashville