Best settings for R3 in Alberta (Calgary)

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  1. Jason Michael Behr

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    Hi everyone:

    I have been searching and unless I am looking in the wrong places or putting in the wrong search words I can't find this anywhere in this forum. I am new to the R3 and curious what the best settings for Alberta (Canada) are?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I appreciate both replies but it is not what I am looking for. I am looking for "Alberta" not "Canada". There are different settings as not all branches of police and RCMP and Sheriffs and such use the same technology from province to province. Even KMPH (whom I bought the Radar Detector from) acknowledge that the settings from province to province differ. The "General Canadian Settings" are good but I am hoping to be more specific and get what works best for my province.

    I was hoping someone from Calgary (or Alberta) would see this and let me know what settings that have set.
     
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    Within city limits just run Ka wide. We do have some out of tune Stalkers so that's the safest option IMO. Running K for the Redflex is almost pointless as the R3 doesn't sweep low enough to pick it up reliably.

    We do have K outside of city limits but it's so scarce I run K-off.
     
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    Well, I thought we had you covered...................
    The links from The Only Sarge and myself cover your question on setting up your R3.
    The settings for Calgary are the same for other provinces and U.S. of A. Enforcement is authorized to use certain bandwidths for radar and laser. It is the same more or less everywhere.
    In Calgary the X band is not used so that can be turned off. I have been told 33.8 Ka is used but I have never seen that pop up (pun intended). K band is in use.
    For me I have segments 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8. No Ka filter or narrow Ka.
    For K I have narrow, filter on and 50% Advanced.

    These settings will be good for Calgary.
     
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    No K or 33.8 within city limits ^
     
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    Settings above look pretty good.

    I run advanced with no filters and everything at max sensitivity.
    No TSF
    Ka seg’d to 2/5/8.

    I really haven’t seen any out of tune stalkers. Even my older ATR runs pretty close to 34.7 on my R3, Max, and RX65 displays. Also the tuning fork. If my older stalker can hold its tune, I believe the newer ones in the Alberta Leo’s hands should be in better shape.

    I’m sure there might be some out of tune Stalkers, but I think they’re an abnormally more than a wide spread issue here. That’s why I only run segmentation to the truer signal of 2/5/8 on the R3.

    K for me is on narrow.

    I can’t speak for Calgary, but there is K band in use on the Henday Ring road around Edmonton. Typically it’ll be the Alberta Sheriffs.

    I do leave the red light camera alerts on.

    It’s more chatty at 100% sensitivity, but I’m doing that on purpose so I can report my findings back to the forums here on what trips each detector up.

    Even then I don’t find it (The R3) being as noisy as some think. It’s not the best, but it not the worse either.

    I haven’t had my R3 as long as most and it’s not my go to detector, but that has more to do with me being in Edmonton and dealing this MRCD.


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    Advanced Mode
    Ka Narrow - 100%
    K narrow - 40%
    Ka filter OFF
    K filter ON
    TSF OFF

    I switch to Hwy mode once leaving the city as there is K band on the outskirts and everywhere across Canada. Alberta has everything. CGY and EDM do not have k band within city limits but I leave it on anyways and knock down the sens. which is tolerable for me with lockouts.
     
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    Agree with you. Same settings and highway. Occasional LEO w/K band outside city.
    Watch for the out-of-tune Stalkers. Last week had a 34.990. Get the odd one per year on the low side.
     
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    Was just in Calgary, and I never had any Ka reports to share with you guys. Lots of K falses, but I loved the red light camera, and speed camera alerts!

    Banff I was shot with a 33.636 but could not locate where it was coming from

    A great save with the R3 caught a C/O RCMP as I was driving into Hanna from the east with 35.493

    Somewhere between Youngstown and Alsask, I was shot with 36.494, and could not locate

    Had a huge 7km warning from the RCMP with C/O 36.654 driving east into Kindersley. Ridiculous range! The frequency would drop at the bottom of each hill, and I would get it back at the top of each hill
     
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    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Those freq. are generally false's from other peoples crappy Cobra detectors and what not that leak RF. Ka Filter helps with those but I generally don't find the need to turn it on as I rarely get them anyway.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the replies.. Sorry I am on the road a lot and can't get in here very often...... I read through all the replies now I will do it again and make some notes.
     
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    Hey all,

    New R3 user in Calgary. Came across this post searching for advanced R3 settings for use in the city.

    I've noticed there are varying opinions on the K band issue with some saying it isn't used, etc. Personally, I was just about to turn K off until this morning when I got a 24.0 (sorry I forget the last numbers now) SB Crow at Bow for a white photo truck parked as you exit the construction zone. It wasn't a lot of notice, but it would have been enough to lose a few km's.

    So now that that has happened, I am hesitant to turn K off. Even though the falses are driving me nuts.

    As a new R3 user, I have only ran v1.46 so have no experience with the older version. My reading on here leads me to believe that K false have become a lot worse with this update?

    I have been running:
    Advanced.
    KA wide 100% (I am going to segment before I head out tonight)
    K wide (I have read some people put it on narrow but that would eliminate any potential redflex or low K photo alerts - like this am)
    K filtering On
    K was at 80%. I'm going to start backing it down 10% per week now to 60ish? (seems to be the consensus)
    MRCD ON... Another subject of great debate. I have read Calgary HAS it and that we DO NOT have it. Either way, I have left it on because I have not been getting any falses. I had the Redline EX that falsed on MRCD as often as this R3 on 100% sensitivity. The filtering on this definitely seems to be better. That or it isn't working.... haha.
     
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    If you still have your R-EX, I’d consider running it more than your R3 in Calgary. On the highway outside the city, sure. In the city, or any inner city freeways such as Deerfoot, I’d run the R3 with extreme caution.

    The R3 can not scan, or report K Band lower than 24.049/24.050. We’ve already run up against it in Edmonton. The temperatures seems to have an effect and the frequencies

    MRCD and Redflex are both in the K Band range.

    MRCD also does some odd things to K band with 1.46. Sometime it will be a K band speed sign and it won’t alert until your right on top of it, and when/if it does, it shows up as MRCD instead of K band. Sometimes it’ll totally miss the K band signal.

    When you turn MRCD off, it works better, and most time normal.

    The unfortunate part of the R-Ex is it’s either on or off with MRCD MRCT or Gatso. There’s no filter or way to run narrow or wide. There’s also no ramp up.


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    Got rid of the Rex. I’m more concerned with highway protection then city protection. Personally, I don’t think any dectectors are that great for the city. It’s laser or undetectable low K that’s going to get you in the city anyway.

    However, I like to keep it on in the city while learning the ins and outs of this new hobby. Learning what frequencies come from what etc.

    I’m curious why you say to use caution on city freeways with the R3? I commute almost daily on Deerfoot and have gotten a few Ka saves and I’m not so concerned about photo along there. They stand out along the freeway moreso then in the city.
     
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    It’s like the whytemud freeway in Edmonton.
    The do run MRCD along with everything else. Especially if there’s construction near by. Even more likely if they have those construction portable speed signs set up. It’s 50/50 that you’ll have a Photo Radar truck there in Edmonton.

    I have little doubt that the cities do not share information.

    If your mostly on the highway, your right, the concern isn’t as great. I just wouldn’t recommend the R3 for the low powered radars up here at all. It just physically can’t scan low enough for some of the threats we run into.

    If your not worried at all about the low powered radar, then turn MRCD off. You’ll get more reliable K band detections.

    1.46 needs some work. I usually run advanced and everything at 100% with TSF and X band Off.

    K narrow, Ka seg’d 5&8. It’s been years that I’ve seen 33.8, so I turn it off.

    I do run MRCD on, but keep an eye on some irregularities.

    If you have access to the testing section, you can see some of the results. September 3rd, October 3rd or 16, and the MRCD test.

    As long as you aware, that’s all.

    The MRCD does some odd things to the K band signal. It’s not all of them, but there’s 3 right around my house out of 12 that I see the same common issue.





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