STIr+Redline EX or Uniden R3

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Im looking for advice, as after 10+ years got first speeding ticket while was traveling from Calgary to BC by rt3, If I will turn off K-band on STIr and add new one for mostly MRCD, what would you guys suggest: Redline EX or Uniden R3? Traveling to the south quite often as well as to Europe where these photo cameras on each street, so wondering to use it up here at home and also take it with my if I go somewhere....Thnx
 

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Semco where do you live? What speed measures do you face? MRCD?

You may also want to complete the How do I ask for RD questions, as you will get alot of good recommendations...
 

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Ditto ^^^

And, suggest you also look at Radenso Pro-M. Ton of recent folks comments and test that seem related to what you are looking for. Same thought for the RC-M remote installed version. I am not suggesting these are only choice to get. Something worth time researching.
 

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STiR is a great unit. Supplement that with a unit with good K band filtering and MRCD (if needed in your area) seems like a good path. Radenso Pro M has good MRCD and K band filtering. I would look closely at that. Others may be able to comment on how those two detectors play together (interference). I used the STiR and Valentine 1 for years and it was a great combo.
 

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Im looking for advice, as after 10+ years got first speeding ticket while was traveling from Calgary to BC by rt3, If I will turn off K-band on STIr and add new one for mostly MRCD, what would you guys suggest: Redline EX or Uniden R3? Traveling to the south quite often as well as to Europe where these photo cameras on each street, so wondering to use it up here at home and also take it with my if I go somewhere....Thnx
If you have something to do KA band like the STIR then get something with arrows so you have that. Max360, or V1,.... I'd personally do Max360 . YOu can get them at a good price and everything is right there no phone needed.

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If your planning on using it in Europe, I’m not sure the Pro-M would be your best bet. They’re tuned more for the North American market. They have a cousin called the Genovo One that’s a European based RD.

The Redline EX does have an extra band call Strelka that’s not like anything in North America.

The Pro-M has Gatso. Both have MRCT and MRCD.

The Redline EX might be better for work over seas

Between Alberta and BC? Defiantly the Pro-M over the R3 and Redline Ex.

The K band and off axis detection of the Pro-M, which you’ll find the Alberta Sheriffs use, is way above the other 2. Filtering is better, but it has its warts too.

I’ve tested all 3 of them. The results are in the testing section. September 3rd, October 16th, and a MRCD test.

All 3 will give plenty of room for a save in most cases, so its users choice.

There’s only one caveat on the R3. It’s a great detector with lots of options, but it has one big drawback which I should caution you about if you plan on using it in Calgary, and I definitely would not recommend it in Edmonton.

By design, which was never intended to be used for MRCD detection, it has a bottom floor on how low it can detect K band frequencies. It’s 24.050. Unfortunately there are a few MRCD mobile Photo Radar trucks in Edmonton that do operate below that. The R3 can’t detect them.

If your never going to run into that, then the R3 is a great detector along with the R-Ex and Pro-M.

You can see the tests for yourself.

Just because of the European angle, for you I’d rate them
R-Ex, Pro-M, then R3.

For Alberta and BC
Pro-M, R-Ex.

R3 if your sure your never going to see MRCD/MRCT/ Redflex or and low powered modulated k band Radar.

If the R3 didn’t have that drawback, I’d have it above the R-Ex and just below the Pro-M.

I would not turn off K band under any circumstances in Alberta. It’s widely used by the Alberta Sheriffs. Not so much the RCMP. They mostly use Ka 34.7 and Dragon Eye Laser. The Sheriffs use everything.

If you want a remote built in system, the Radenso RC-M is way above the WS detectors, but so is the price. It’s worth it though.


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I have all three of the detectors you are looking at. There is an interference problem with running the R3 with pretty much any other detector that I have.

The plus is mounted low on the grill and I can see a lot of interference between the r3/Plus, even with the distance. The R3 put the Plus to sleep and there was also some interference to the R3 from the plus. At times the R3 was getting less range than the Redline O, when paired with the Plus and other times the Plus was beating it the R3 by a wide margin with the interference. I did not trust that combination.

Pairing the EX with the Plus resulted in almost no interference and they work much better together then the Plus/R3 combo.
 

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Can you explain the R3 interference problem?
 

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Can you explain the R3 interference problem?
As I am sure you have read on here, running 2 detectors is generally not recommended, unless they are certain combos that have been tested (and even those have some interference between each other at various times). Any testing results that are posted here with 2 detectors running in the same car are not valid tests, due to the ability of one detectors emissions to be picked up by the other. If you do a little research and watch some of Vortex's videos, you can understand how the detectors are affected by each other.


The R3 is able to pick up the emissions from the Plus, and the Plus can see the R3 even better - especially with a little traffic. When they detect each other both detectors "park" or focus in certain frequencies to determine if those frequencies represent a known threat, and they do not scan the rest of the spectrum nearly as fast or as much when they have "parked" on a signal. In addition, as the detectors are looking at signals from each other, some of the filtering is working hard to determine if the detector should alert or not. This extra work and parking results in less range for some encounters. For a few select encounters the range may be decreased by 40% or more, which could cause you to miss an I/O shot or not give you much time on an off axis scenario. Since I wanted to run 2 detectors for various reasons, the EX paired with the Plus resulted in the least interference between the 2 choices. I moved the R3 to my wife's vehicle.
 
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