I'm getting an R3! (Thanks @chakeubeam!)

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So after much consideration, I've decided to get a Uniden R3. I'm getting a manufacturer refurbished unit from the US (good reviews, so it sounds like a good option), which saves me US$100 straight up, and I'm being VERY kindly helped by @chakeubeam to get it over here for a super reasonable cost, he even gave it a dose of Lidar and Radar to make sure it was all good before sending it on to me. I'm ridiculously chuffed lol, thanks again @chakeubeam!

As an aside, I've been really impressed by this forum during my short period of membership, thanks everyone! :)


Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to having after I get the the local database installed. Is @Mithheru the guy to talk to about this?

Also just getting things together to wire up my own stealthy hard wire install.. DIY Uniden hardwire cable

Thanks for all of your advice on my other thread, it was really useful. I ended up deciding against the affordable Escort options due to my concern over the lack of/very slow firmware updates. Uniden sounds a lot more active on this front, which I think is important for the detector remaining useful..

Anyway, thank you all! I'm looking forward to seeing what this thing can do and sharing any interesting happenings :) Claire
 
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Congratulations! Next get a dashcam so you can post some of your encounters ;)

FYI, there is only one firmware, only the databases differ between here and the US.
 

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Congratulations! Next get a dashcam so you can post some of your encounters ;)

FYI, there is only one firmware, only the databases differ between here and the US.
Thanks!

That is definitely on the to-do list. I actually already have a USB hardwire to the top of the windscreen for a dashcam already in place, which will make that easy once I pick one up :)

Oh true, good to know, I'll just have to work out how to do the local database , I think there is a handy thread in the NZ/Aus section too, which is great :)
 

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Congrats, the R3 is a great choice and I'm sure you'll be happy!
 

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Congrats, the R3 is a great choice and I'm sure you'll be happy!
Congrats! Great detector :)
Thanks guys :) I definitely can't complain for the price. It owes me about the same as or less than a second-hand local Escort IX... and the last used IX which sold on trademe actually went for a lot more than what this manufacturer refurbished R3 is costing me all up, so yay for that lol. I'll let you know how it all goes :) I'll also ask if the awesome RDF member who's helping me out is ok with me sharing any details of the deal too :)
 
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Good for you. You'll have lots of help around here. Don't get too complacent though, cops are sneaky bastards. Especially the old hands and ex-MOT.
 

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Good for you. You'll have lots of help around here. Don't get too complacent though, cops are sneaky bastards. Especially the old hands and ex-MOT.
Thanks Lou :) I'm actually a pretty careful driver, and keep a close eye on my speed etc. (I'm sure we all say that lol). I do a bit of commercial driving on the side (tours and transfers etc.), which makes for good practice in keeping it smooth and chill behind the wheel. It might seem like a weird reason to go and buy a top of the line radar detector.......but I'm actually mostly interested in just finding out what law enforcement etc. is up to around me - kind of the curiosity aspect, plus the odd over take without stressing would be very welcome too (of course) lol :)

You're right about those old hands... those motorcycle cops on the motorway can give you a fright too. It's because of them that I actually never run those motorway ramp signal lights, even when I'm the only one - I've seen at least three people get done for that in the last couple of years. by bike cops... :p


Also - can I just confirm, is running US firmware (it sounds like 1.46 is a good option) preferable to trying to flash AU/NZ 1.37? And I should be able to load a separate NZ database over the top of US firmware with the 1.22 (US) update tool?
 
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Also - can I just confirm, is running US firmware (it sounds like 1.46 is a good option)
I'd stick with tried and tested US v 1.37 if it comes with that (you can also downgrade if it comes with 1.46 etc), as you don't need MRCD detection there (1.46 & 1.48).

Apparently, the US and NZ/A db's are formatted differently, so don't try and upload the official NZ/A db from BluLink to US firmware - you'll need the US formatted NZ db from one of the kind members on here :)
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I'd stick with tried and tested US v 1.37 if it comes with that (you can also downgrade if it comes with 1.46 etc), as you don't need MRCD detection there (1.46 & 1.48).

Apparently, the US and NZ/A db's are formatted differently, so don't try and upload the official NZ/A db from BluLink to US firmware - you'll need the US formatted NZ db from one of the kind members on here :)
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More info here on the db's ;


Cheers for the advice :) I'm really looking forward to having a play. I've had a couple of situations recently where I wished I'd been able to detect a bit of Ka band. One of the funny ones was just a few days ago, I was driving downtown on a narrow connecting street. In front of me was this car which stopped, blocking the lane, and was kind of dithering about whether to turn into an alley or something, but blocking the street while he was slowly making his mind up... I thought about giving him a toot with my horn to try to prompt a decision, but I noticed a couple of lights in the rear window and realised that he was an undercover cop....so thought better of it lol. I've found in past that the city cops often leave their radar on, even when stopped at checkpoints and things, which gives a great general heads up..lol. So looking forward to getting all set up!
 

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I'd stick with tried and tested US v 1.37 if it comes with that (you can also downgrade if it comes with 1.46 etc), as you don't need MRCD detection there (1.46 & 1.48).

Apparently, the US and NZ/A db's are formatted differently, so don't try and upload the official NZ/A db from BluLink to US firmware - you'll need the US formatted NZ db from one of the kind members on here :)
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More info here on the db's ;

I'll second that 1.37 is a good firmware; however, if you have MRCD/MRCT anywhere near you you'll need 1.46 at a minimum to be able to pick it up. Our northerly neighbors (and a few places here in the states) report better MRCD/T with 1.46 vs 1.48 but others who don't encounter MRCD/T are preferring 1.48 vs 1.46 due to less falsing. I personally left my R1 @ 1.37 as I don't need MRCD/T and wasn't ready to upgrade to 1.48. The good news is you have several options.
 

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I'll second that 1.37 is a good firmware; however, if you have MRCD/MRCT anywhere near you you'll need 1.46 at a minimum to be able to pick it up. Our northerly neighbors (and a few places here in the states) report better MRCD/T with 1.46 vs 1.48 but others who don't encounter MRCD/T are preferring 1.48 vs 1.46 due to less falsing. I personally left my R1 @ 1.37 as I don't need MRCD/T and wasn't ready to upgrade to 1.48. The good news is you have several options.
Thanks! We do have low power, low frequency K band Redflex stationary and mobile cameras here, which is a pain, but I don't think they are MRCD/MRCT. I am very happy to be corrected on this though! I have done a bit of searching, and it sounds like they are not MRCD/MRCT, but I am not 100%.... So any confirmation (either way) on this would be much appreciated! :)
 

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Thanks! We do have low power, low frequency K band Redflex stationary and mobile cameras here, which is a pain, but I don't think they are MRCD/MRCT. I am very happy to be corrected on this though! I have done a bit of searching, and it sounds like they are not MRCD/MRCT, but I am not 100%.... So any confirmation (either way) on this would be much appreciated! :)
I wish I could help you more but MRCD/T and Redflex are two things I know almost nothing about.
 

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Cheers for the advice :) I'm really looking forward to having a play. I've had a couple of situations recently where I wished I'd been able to detect a bit of Ka band. One of the funny ones was just a few days ago, I was driving downtown on a narrow connecting street. In front of me was this car which stopped, blocking the lane, and was kind of dithering about whether to turn into an alley or something, but blocking the street while he was slowly making his mind up... I thought about giving him a toot with my horn to try to prompt a decision, but I noticed a couple of lights in the rear window and realised that he was an undercover cop....so thought better of it lol. I've found in past that the city cops often leave their radar on, even when stopped at checkpoints and things, which gives a great general heads up..lol. So looking forward to getting all set up!
You should have given him a blast. I love legally winding cops up.
 

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You should have given him a blast. I love legally winding cops up.
I wish the was a "lol" reaction. Unfortunately I had somewhere to be and didn't want to potentially deal with an angry policeman, even if I had done nothing wrong - although I think there are some old laws around legal horn use (emergencies only or similar I think), so he could perhaps have got me for something if he was clued up lol... I've found most cops are pretty ok though, I actually made friends with a cop based at Dunedin Airport who was studying physics part time at Otago university while I was there (back in about 2012), he was awesome, and he even took me out on some speed enforcement runs on the Taiere plains, which was interesting. He had a monthly quota of infringements (despite what they say officially), even though he was mostly involved in airport security stuff., however he hated doing speed enforcement so was up for some company on them lol. I'm not sure if it has changed since then (probably), but the radar remote control that they use to lock the speed was super awkward, like an old-skool boxy garage door remote which he would try to operate with one hand, while keeping his other hand on the steering wheel. I was quite surprised how poor the system was. I'm not sure if this was some older version or something though.
 

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A horn is a warning device. I'd say it's a suitable use to wake other drivers up before they cause an accident.
Now that's a funny thing about Nelson, give some driver a blast and all the pedestrians turn to look, and give you a filthy look.
It is a sleepy town though.
 

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Great choice, I love mine.. much more than the redline ex I had. Hardwiring is definitely the way to go, mines nicely hidden now. What vehicle are you gonna be running it in?
 

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A horn is a warning device. I'd say it's a suitable use to wake other drivers up before they cause an accident.
Now that's a funny thing about Nelson, give some driver a blast and all the pedestrians turn to look, and give you a filthy look.
It is a sleepy town though.
Ha! I'm originally from Tauranga, which is basically the North Island version of Nelson (well until the recent invasion of Jaffugees), and I've found it funny coming back with my big-smoke driving tricks, and wearing the wrath of the good Taurangian burghers who are unused to the concepts of letting in people turning right out of driveways, must wait until there are no cars in sight before entering a roundabout, and that seem to think that their car is 6 metres wide by 15 metres long lol...

Great choice, I love mine.. much more than the redline ex I had. Hardwiring is definitely the way to go, mines nicely hidden now. What vehicle are you gonna be running it in?
That's great, I'm rather excited :) I'm definitely planing on hardwiring too, I'm going to buy a cheap network connector (RJ11,RJ45 etc.) crimp tool and make my own cables etc. as I have a slightly unique idea on how I'd like to do it :)

Well this is where the shame comes in... remembering that I'm currently a grad student...so practicality etc... A mighty azure-blue Toyota Wish wagon lol. It does the job :) and I secretly kinda like it. It's probably a good from a detectors perspective too, as it has quite large windows, and excellent rear visibility. I've ordered a mirror mount for it, which should work well in a Wish as it's relatively tall compared to a standard wagon or sedan. Try not to laugh at me too much lol.
 

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Ha! I'm originally from Tauranga, which is basically the North Island version of Nelson (well until the recent invasion of Jaffugees), and I've found it funny coming back with my big-smoke driving tricks, and wearing the wrath of the good Taurangian burghers who are unused to the concepts of letting in people turning right out of driveways, must wait until there are no cars in sight before entering a roundabout, and that seem to think that their car is 6 metres wide by 15 metres long lol...



That's great, I'm rather excited :) I'm definitely planing on hardwiring too, I'm going to buy a cheap network connector (RJ11,RJ45 etc.) crimp tool and make my own cables etc. as I have a slightly unique idea on how I'd like to do it :)

Well this is where the shame comes in... remembering that I'm currently a grad student...so practicality etc... A mighty azure-blue Toyota Wish wagon lol. It does the job :) and I secretly kinda like it. It's probably a good from a detectors perspective too, as it has quite large windows, and excellent rear visibility. I've ordered a mirror mount for it, which should work well in a Wish as it's relatively tall compared to a standard wagon or sedan. Try not to laugh at me too much lol.
Nice, I should've done that and made my own considering we have all the gear at work but I decided I was lazy and just bought one off trademe for $30 haha.
Hey now, nothing wrong with a wagon :D The more I think about it my wagon sucks for gas and I should've kept my cheap Golf oh well. No one would suspect a radar in a Toyota Wish anyway, super sleuth

What mirror mount did you order? I find the factory r3 mount too flimsy and it keeps rattling on my rear view.
 

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The R3 should serve you well.
 

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