Spectre Testing on the Uniden R7

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Buried in the long testing thread I mentioned I did a brief test with the Spectre Elite and I was detecting the R7 at around 100ft in both the rear and front of the target vehicle with the R7 on the windshield with Spectre Elite at full sensitivity.
We plan to test some other Spectre Models and see if there was a difference with some versions over the others. I did mention my results to engineering and they are expecting the full retail units to perform better since some changes were done to the horn to improve shielding after the original pilot samples we are using were created. They do expect to have more leakage on the R7 then there is with the R1 & R3 due it having a larger horn. I might need to take it apart to see how larger it is over the R1 & R3 because now I am real curious.

We of course will test the retail units when we receive them which at the earliest would be between April 5th but I always plan for some customs delays so I still say between 4/5 to 4/15 to be safe. I just want everyone to be aware that while they still have less leakage than its dual antenna competitors (360, 360c, V1) it does have leakage that some in banned areas need to be aware of.
 

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Thanks for this extensive testing! Very much appreciated! Good to know for those who it impacts!
 

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Thank you for the detailed report and look forward to hearing more.
 

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there's still gonna be sheep who are gonna pay $600 for arrows, regardless of spectre or not
I have had arrows with My V1 for 15+ years and I can't tell you how many times it saved my ass. Mike Valentine was way ahead of the game with the bogie counter and arrows. No other windshield mounted detector detects MRCD and has arrows so for some like me yes it is worth $600.
 

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there's still gonna be sheep who are gonna pay $600 for arrows, regardless of spectre or not
Forgetting RDD Detection which 99% of users don't need its still a great performing radar detector. I have found it +/- 1 second or so against the NR DSP mounted outside verse the R7 on the windshield in my driving with it. Its competition the Escort 360c is also a $649.95 detector (Currently on sale for $599.95) probably because of the R7's release price so the R7 is priced where it should be. If you dont want the directional awareness and dont need the lower scanning K Band or MRCD there is still always the R3 which still owns the $399.95 price range for performance and features.
 
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This will be bad news for those living in banned areas.
 

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Forgetting RDD Detection which 99% of users don't need its still a great performing radar detector. I have found it +/- 1 second or so against the NR DSP mounted outside verse the R7 on the windshield in my driving with it. Its competition the Escort 360c is also a $649.95 detector (Currently on sale for $599.95) probably because of the R7's release price so the R7 is priced where it should be. If you dont want the directional awareness and dont need the lower scanning K Band or MRCD there is still always the R3 which still owns the $399.95 price range for performance and features.

Actually RDD detection is quite important for those of us that need it. It's not just the folks that live in the state and DC, but the surrounding areas. So, it is vital for more people then you might imagine.
 

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Actually RDD detection is quite important for those of us that need it. It's not just the folks that live in the state and DC, but the surrounding areas. So, it is vital for more people then you might imagine.
Yes, guys up north need it which is why I am testing it for those guys because I dont want there to be any surprises. Getting a $600 detector confiscated would be a huge hit to take. :(
 

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People have been running V1’s in VA for years, and in Canuckistan for that matter, and they’re not exactly stealth. Spectres are expensive, too, and they don’t outfit them into every patrol car. Sure, it’s great to think the only way they’ll know is the old fashioned way of eyeballing it. But “vital” seems like a stretch.
 

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there's still gonna be sheep who are gonna pay $600 for arrows, regardless of spectre or not
department of redundancy department
 

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Yes, guys up north need it which is why I am testing it for those guys because I dont want there to be any surprises. Getting a $600 detector confiscated would be a huge hit to take. :(

Amen to that. And I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say thank you for the testing and the reports!
 

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Yes, guys up north need it which is why I am testing it for those guys because I dont want there to be any surprises. Getting a $600 detector confiscated would be a huge hit to take. :(
Not to mention the large fine to CDL Commercial drivers caught with one. Yes, this is much appreciated testing for quite a lot of us.
 

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Are we sure it has less leakage, or is it just less leakage on frequencies that the Spectre Elite scans for? It's great knowledge that the Spectre Elite can see the thing from no further than 100 feet away, but that doesn't mean that a new RDD built to look for new frequencies can't detect it from even further.
 

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that doesn't mean that a new RDD built to look for new frequencies can't detect it from even further.
That question seems purely academic. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” ;)

It’s quite a leap to suggest that the R7 leaks RF emissions in a new and different frequency range that’s uniquely identifiable to the R7, but it’s possible. It’s quite a leap to suggest that Spectre will evaluate and find that out and issue a new model just for the R7, but it’s possible. It’s quite a leap to suggest that law enforcement agencies will spend massive amounts of money replacing their existing, working Spectre units just for the R7, but it’s possible. All of it is theoretically possible (IF there’s some new unique RF leakage), but it would take some extraordinary circumstances for it to become a legitimate concern, and then there’s the question of the timeline for implementation even if all of those things came true.
 

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That question seems purely academic. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” ;)

It’s quite a leap to suggest that the R7 leaks RF emissions in a new and different frequency range that’s uniquely identifiable to the R7, but it’s possible. It’s quite a leap to suggest that Spectre will evaluate and find that out and issue a new model just for the R7, but it’s possible. It’s quite a leap to suggest that law enforcement agencies will spend massive amounts of money replacing their existing, working Spectre units just for the R7, but it’s possible. All of it is theoretically possible (IF there’s some new unique RF leakage), but it would take some extraordinary circumstances for it to become a legitimate concern, and then there’s the question of the timeline for implementation even if all of those things came true.
Academic? Didn't V1 go through this process (or if it wasn't V1, maybe it was another company?). I thought some company had a product that was detected by a RDD and instead of suppressing the actual emissions, they just moved the emissions to other frequencies and prematurely declared victory. So then RDD manufacturers developed RDDs to detect it.
 

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People have been running V1’s in VA for years, and in Canuckistan for that matter, and they’re not exactly stealth. Spectres are expensive, too, and they don’t outfit them into every patrol car. Sure, it’s great to think the only way they’ll know is the old fashioned way of eyeballing it. But “vital” seems like a stretch.
Yup V1’s been running in Canada for a very long time...
 

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I travel to Ontarrible every now and then, I will be testing with my Spectre III to see how the R7 compares to R3. I really doubt I would take the chance as I have a couple Redlines I would use to be safe.
 

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