My 1st Week With The V1....Umm...

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This post may ruffle some feathers, or it may not. My 1st week with the V1 was.....lets just say not what I was expecting. I knew when I made the purchase that the V1 did not have the range(sensitivity) of the Redline-O and R3(Both I still own). I just didn't know by how much. This past week has shown me how much. 1st, lets go with the positives: Build quality is great. 2nd, THE ARROWS! That's what I've been needing in my life. The arrows have made a big difference in my awareness. 3rd: JBV1 is freaking awesome with the V1, really makes it a joy to run. I'm all out of positives.

Now for the negatives(for me at least). 1st: I've had 3 "Code Browns" since I've had it. The range(sensitivity) for my driving environment is just not good enough. I live in South Carolina, and the trees are blooming and will soon be full....so I need every bit of range that I can get. 2nd: off axis has not been great for me, perhaps I was expecting more than what it can deliver. 3rd: I didn't believe it till I witnessed it for myself, but the rear horn seems to be more sensitive than the front(WTH is that all about?). 4th: This part is not really a big deal, but having to have the dongle and power cord was fine, but I don't like having things hanging off.

In conclusion, Well built detector with ARROWS!(Man did I love those). I bought it, tried it, wanted to love it. This relationship is going to end sadly. Below I am going to post a video of an encounter I had today. Most of my encounters this past week have been similar, which is why I am going to return it, and go with the R7. At least I gave it a try, just not gonna work out for me.

In the video, I am coming off of an off ramp headed into a school zone where the local deputy is always at during this time of day. You could set your watch by his presence, and he's always shooting K band(One of the rare K bands in my area). My R3 would pick him up off axis half way down the off ramp always. The V1 did not pick him up till I could see him. The 1st beep was a lock out. Yes, he was off axis, but my R3 always gets him half way down the off ramp.

 

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Was that the LEO on the right side with the 3 people standing in front (the SUV). If so, based on the ramp up, he was shooting 90 degrees off axis to you. I would not expect any more distance with the R series either from that (if that was the LEO).
 

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Was that the LEO on the right side with the 3 people standing in front (the SUV). If so, based on the ramp up, he was shooting 90 degrees off axis to you. I would not expect any more distance with the R series either from that (if that was the LEO).
Yes, I failed to put that in post. They were on the right side, black ford explorer, but if you noticed after I passed, the rear horn was picking up stronger.
 

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Great and honest write up. I don’t hate the V1. Great RD, but there just seems to be issues in re range.


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Nice video, thanks for sharing. Thanks for the info. As said by @westwind77 , that looks kinda looks like like a >90 degree (obtuse angle) shot at a Y-intersection, which is tough to catch. If it was an acute angle, I would expect better response.

If its not working for you, you just got it less than 30 days ago, you could always return it to Valentine.
 

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There's only one question, did you run it with Ka Guard off or on?
 

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Absolutely, the V1 isn't right for everyone. I daily drive it in much tougher terrain but I probably run through brakes pads quicker as well. It give me just enough notice but it certainly is no R3 or Redline in the range department.
 

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Ka Guard was off, x off, jbv1 2-5-8 pushed to V1, tmf2 on
That at least helps maximize Ka detection.

For K band you are going to get better K filtering with the V1 than the R's. It's not really an apples to apples comparison on K because for every K encounter you say the R's or Redline would give better detection you also have to put up with the false alert penalty. If you really want to see K range turn off TMF2 and then you'll get closer to the Redline/R's in both range AND falses.
 
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Holy crap. There s NO ISSUE AT ALL with V1. In fact it gave you MONSTER RANGE. No questions about it. Love it.
Look at the police SUV!!!!! Its facing away from you and its shooting only front antenna. Thats why you got full blast when you passed it.

If the police SUV would face you directly I have no doubt V1 would pick it up on the on ramp. But in this setup, you should be more than happy with its range.

Love V1.
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Ka Guard was off, x off, jbv1 2-5-8 pushed to V1, tmf2 on
If you have JBV1 app, also check your k band muting and how many signal strength dots has to light before actual alert.
Again, this was monster range in the given scenario.
 
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That at least helps maximize Ka detection.

For K band you are going to get better K filtering with the V1 than the R3. It's not really an apples to apples comparison on K because for every K encounter you say the R's or Redline would give better detection you also have to put up with the false alert penalty. If you really want to see K range turn off TMF2 and then you'll get closer to the Redline/R's in both range AND falses.
That's fair
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Holy crap. There s NO ISSUE AT ALL with V1. In fact it gave you MONSTER RANGE. No questions about it. Love it.
Look at the police SUV!!!!! Its facing away from you and its shooting only front antenna. Thats why you got full blast when you passed it.

If the police SUV would face you directly I have no doubt V1 would pick it up on the on ramp. But in this setup, you should be more than happy with its range.

Love V1.
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If you have JBV1 app, also check your k band muting and how many signal strength dots has to light before actual alert.
Again, this was monster range in the given scenario.
That's a good piece of advice, I still have plenty of time before I have to return it. I'll try that out. Thanks!
 
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85% of my actual LEO encounters are via K band. Because of this, I'm one of the very unlucky ones on this forum.

The V1's "situational awareness" is the only reason I run the stinkin' thing. It's annoying these days with all the door openers and Mazdas around me, even paired with apps --- but in my experience the thing is monster on K-band.

I have videos I could post if you'd like to see them of 1+ mile detection from legitimate K-band sources. It's not the Ka king (this is well known), but I'd be willing to bet it's one of top performing windshield mount detectors on K-band. It has to be.
 

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That at least helps maximize Ka detection.

For K band you are going to get better K filtering with the V1 than the R's. It's not really an apples to apples comparison on K because for every K encounter you say the R's or Redline would give better detection you also have to put up with the false alert penalty. If you really want to see K range turn off TMF2 and then you'll get closer to the Redline/R's in both range AND falses.
If you turn TMF2 off, the amount of K falses will FAR exceed anything you will see with an R.

As for the range of the detection, the question for the OP is whether when his R3 picks him up halfway down the ramp, is he always pointed that same way?
 
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If you turn TMF2 off, the amount of K falses will FAR exceed anything you will see with an R.
Yes definitely won't get any BSM protection that way which would cause significant falsing. But it also would show that range/sensitivity is less the issue than the filtering penalty that takes place on K.
 

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That at least helps maximize Ka detection.

For K band you are going to get better K filtering with the V1 than the R's. It's not really an apples to apples comparison on K because for every K encounter you say the R's or Redline would give better detection you also have to put up with the false alert penalty. If you really want to see K range turn off TMF2 and then you'll get closer to the Redline/R's in both range AND falses.
If you turn TMF2 off, the amount of K falses will FAR exceed anything you will see with an R.

As for the range of the detection, the question for the OP is whether when his R3 picks him up halfway down the ramp, is he always pointed that same way?
I would love to see this put to the test officially. This would be really helpful and interesting to know!
 

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I would love to see this put to the test officially. This would be really helpful and interesting to know!
I've tried using my V1 without TMF2 on the Expressway during rush hour. It would light up with about 8 bogeys and never really be quiet for more than a few seconds at a time. If you have a V1, try it someday.
 

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K is not my main threat guys....This deputy is the one I know of, and there are 2 more I know in the city i live in. Ka is my main threat. I won't be hasty and give up after a week. I'll run it for 2 more, make some changes in jbv1, and then go from there.
 

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As for the range of the detection, the question for the OP is whether when his R3 picks him up halfway down the ramp, is he always pointed that same way?
There s no way any detector would pick it up on ramp if its facing away. There s no way.
 

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You say “2-5-8” but out of curiosity what are the actual sweeps? Or is that a JBV1 prepackaged thing? It doesn’t have anything to do with this specific video, just curious.

That K detection in the video doesn’t seem bad at all. As others have said, you’re dealing with an actual forward facing alert, no threat to you at the time, and very possibly low power at that, maybe even linear polarization. What frequency was it?

I think you’re a little too “on top of it” because you’re looking for it to disappoint you because range queens here constantly neg it. If you can’t shake that, then just return it and get the R7, because otherwise you’ll never be truly happy with it. But if you can, you might fall in love.
 
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