R3 Not Picking Up A Thing

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  1. HaloInReverse

    HaloInReverse Learning to Drive General User

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    Day two after a factory reset...no issues.

    This is weird. I'm hoping it doesn't happen again.
     
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    Bcoble1 TIPoGF Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Honestly I’m starting to see that the R series is a bit buggy sometimes. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did have issues again. I also wouldn’t be surprised if it ran fine for the rest of its life. I’ve had two broken R series detectors in the year they have been out. I still use them but every day I feel slightly less confident that I can rely on them. If I were you I’d make sure you pay attention to it every day.
     
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    I swear it could be raining and you’d be worried someone was pissing on your leg.
     
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    Are you implying piss and rain are equal? Haha
     
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    I just mean you’re fretting the wrong direction. No detector is literally perfect, but the R series has earned a reputation for specifically not being “a bit buggy sometimes.” Stuff happens, I realize, but I think you’ll be fine.
     
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    I'd put this under the "sleeping beauty" problem that others have reported. I have 2 R3s and love them and know this is heresy on this forum, but i think this sleeping beauty problem is real and unfortunately, you have no clue of knowing when your RD is sleeping on you.
     
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    This is actually an issue? I have never seen it mentioned here but then I have only been on the forum since the beginning of the year. I have seen a handful of people (myself included) that thought their unit was a "dud" or was "cold" but I have never seen anyone accuse their unit of just flat out randomly going to sleep.
     
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    “The second detector running next to it picks up the signal fine!” ;)
     
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    At the end of the day it’s not about being perfect as no detector/company is but it is about being reliable.

    WE rely on our CMs to keep us safe and if they malfunction without our knowledge they do the exact opposite. They provide a false sense of security and that is DANGEROUS.

    That being said I am running a different set of CMs than the OP but I have been having some “issues” with the radar as of late and it has me thinking....

    Should I have redundancy from different manufacturers? I know from a laser standpoint this could cause serious issues but I think from a radar standpoint with proper mounting this could work well...
     
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    Don’t run multiple detectors at the same time. Interference (the real sleeping beauty) is a bad thing.
     
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    Arcome Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    Even if far apart like a remote RD in a bottom grill and another in a blendmount on my rear view?



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    Depending on what detectors are next to each other, there may be RF interference where one goes to sleep. I have never run 2 so I have no firsthand experience. But do a search and you will get a lot of hits. The general rule is don’t run 2 nearby at the same time. Some will say it doesn’t hurt while others claim it does. So why take the risk.
     
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    There is always a chance of some interference depending on which brands you run together.
     
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    High security facilities may use mechanical so-called "Active Vehicle Barriers" or AVBs. In this PDF guide made by DHS ( Link: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Guide-to-Active-Vehicle-Barrier-2014-508.pdf), various AVBs are analyzed and reported on to educate those in charge of securing vehicle entrances to secure sites. One of the foot notes gives hint that radar may be a preferred method of preventing improper re-arming or re-deploying of a barrier while an innocent vehicle is in the path of the active vehicle barrier. IE, the barrier has come down to let someone through, the vehicle is in motion, but has not cleared the barrier yet; radar can be used to ensure the vehicle has cleared the path for the active vehicle barrier before the in-ground barrier raises back up, for example. Section A.2.5 Safety discusses such safety considerations to prevent unintended accidents, and has references to footnote 33 (which spans the bottom of the same page, and then continues on the bottom of the following page). They specifically mention a referenced source as saying that radar was better than ground loops at detecting the presence of vehicles due to smaller civilian vehicles often not containing enough metal to trip the ground loop.
     
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    Very nice find, makes complete sense. We have AVBs but they are 100 yrds or so inside the installation. I assumed they be activated by security but may go up automatically based on some other criteria perhaps related to the radar.

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    I could be wrong, but I actually think that you are correct, the gates are in fact manually operated still by the gate booth personnel. The indication I get is that the radar is there to prevent the system from re-blocking the path automatically after a pre-determined time if the permitted vehicle has not yet completely cleared the barrier yet. Another thought, maybe the radar is used to sound a bell to alert the booth operator to an approaching vehicle so that they can stand alert to activate a barrier if needed -- if the vehicle does not slow and appears to be attempting an unauthorized forceful entry. You got me thinking that about 7 months ago before Christmas time, I picked up a Lyft patron on a local military base, Camp Williams, and I did get Ka radar detections that appeared to originate from the manned gate. ( Link: Google Maps ). It was a small facility and there were no military police vehicles there at the moment, I remember specifically looking for them as I approached. I got it on both my Uniden R3 and my Max 360c. Not really 100% sure of the exact reason for the radar, but it could be any of the above.
     
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    Nice find! That would help explain why you always seem to get Ka alerts at base gates...
     
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    While singing the lullaby for the other detector.
     
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    Looks like it did it again...same silence when approaching the construction zone as mentioned in the first post.

    What I've deduced is that it may have to do with GPS. When the car is still in the garage the R3 powers on, it does its self test but occasionally doesn't lock on to GPS since it's in a confined space. It's been during these times that the detector goes silent.

    Instead of doing a factory reset, I've just cycled power on the unit when I haven't gotten the 'GPS Connected' notification and everything works without any issues.
     
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    Do you have quiet ride on? It might be thinking that you are doing 0mph and that it should be silent.