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I was wondering about R7 or any other dual horn RD usage in a car with limited or no rear glass visibility.
For example, I have a sedan BMW 440 on which the top of rear glass is about 6-8" lower than the top of a front windshield.
I have my R3 mounted at the very top of the windshield, practically hitting the ceiling. This is the best spot for RD in this
car IMO given the fact that the windshield is very short top to bottom.

If I install R7 in the same spot, how much of its ability to detect threats from the rear will be impacted?
I would not want to move my RD lower on the windshield since that would obstruct the view significantly.

Would it make sense to run R7 in the vehicle with no rear visibility, such as cargo van?

Thanks
as anything with EM and metal, the signal will be attenuated but it will get through, you will still get directional detection but of course with reduced range.

So yeah it's not a deal breaker, you will just have to drive with a bit more caution then someone who has a full rear-view glass window. A 34.7 Ghz radar has a wavelength of 87cm so in reality the thermal heating strips actually attenuate your rear detection due to the 1/4 wave spacing (each spacing depends on manufacturer)....but the detection still occurs.
 

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For me this range falls in my Ka segment #2 so I can’t block it.


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It only covers a small area probably 1000 feet, not a permanent everywhere lockout, and I think it's only 30mhz wide...no threat to real stuff down the road.

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Have a new R7 from BRD and, so far, I find it very quiet on k-band, compared to my r3. That said, I'm running TSF on with the r7 and I didn't with the r3, as I wasn't as confident in the I/O misses. I'm running k wide, k filter on, TSF on. Have had zero KA alerts, unfortunately.

Love the screen and the customizability of the arrow colors, display types, etc. On the Jeep Wrangler, I have zero bouncing with the double suction cup mount. Haven't tried on a more raked windshield yet. I find the build quality to be at or better than the r3...and I've had no trouble with either of my r3s whatsoever and I bought them out of the first two batches.

Overall, i'm excited to use this more and all good news so far for me.

By the way, the detector pouch (inside the zip container) is fantastic for travel. I'm going to toss it in my backpack for my trip tomorrow.
 

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Got mine today (thanks Tom!). Unboxed it a little while ago.
  • Love the larger display!
  • While the R7 is larger than the R3, its low weight and the rock solid mount should keep it mounted and steady.
  • Like the new pouch (nice touch Uniden), although the cord won't fit in the pouch
  • New mount can be leveled nicely without modification (unlike the R3 mount on raked windshields); no surprise as this was communicated previously.
  • Got to catch up on all the new options!!! :)
Went through menu options and customized my alert tones to match what I had on my R3.
Have my R7 set to following for now (subject to change):

  • Advanced Sensitivity:
    • X 30%,
    • K 30% %TBD (started with lower % than my R3 but K is not prevalent here and read the threads stating the R7 is ultra sensitive on K band and I want to minimze BSM falses, but worried about IO / QT)
    • Ka 100%.
  • K wide (may look into K Narrow, but since K is used in one town I may be visiting, K wide may be safer?)
  • TSF On
  • Ka Wide, Band Seg 2,4,5,6,8
  • Laser 'On'
  • MRCD 'On' for now (may turn it off later).
  • GPS On
  • AutoMute On (level 2 for now, I have to remember what I had my R3 set to)
Have not had a chance to take it out for a spin yet, but will be out tomorrow for a little while to test it a bit. Also have a drive coming up soon where I should get some chances to see how it does against 34.7 and check the transition action of the arrows out.

In the meantime I will be checking the firmware version and DB version.

Looking forward to auto lockouts firmware update (in June hopefully), once Escort's patent expires (June).
 
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Received my R7 from brd today. It has the second version of the firmware.
So far my R7 consistently kicks butt over my R3.
The only down side is I drive a 2019 Chrysler 300 with bsm and the rear horns constantly falses. It seems to go away in city mode.
The sticky cup mount is awesome. I can point the detector where I need it without any grief, unlike the R3. And it's super steady with zero vibrations.
The volume seems very low even at full tilt compared to the R3 volume.
 

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Have a new R7 from BRD and, so far, I find it very quiet on k-band, compared to my r3. That said, I'm running TSF on with the r7 and I didn't with the r3, as I wasn't as confident in the I/O misses. I'm running k wide, k filter on, TSF on. Have had zero KA alerts, unfortunately.

Love the screen and the customizability of the arrow colors, display types, etc. On the Jeep Wrangler, I have zero bouncing with the double suction cup mount. Haven't tried on a more raked windshield yet. I find the build quality to be at or better than the r3...and I've had no trouble with either of my r3s whatsoever and I bought them out of the first two batches.

Overall, i'm excited to use this more and all good news so far for me.

By the way, the detector pouch (inside the zip container) is fantastic for travel. I'm going to toss it in my backpack for my trip tomorrow.

Also, I find the volume level to be similar to the r3. Perhaps I can do some side by side testing with an iPhone app soon.
 

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Love the screen. Of course, I haven’t seen a freaking LEO. The windshield mount is a little bouncy. But, most are bouncy. I know it feels cheap. But, I’ve had this nice heavy magnesium case Escort that died after a couple of years. So, until one of my R3s or this R7 craps out, it being light doesn’t bother me.

The mute button has to be in the most awkward place possible. I’m thinking about running my cord and not hardwared until I get my lockouts taken care of.
 

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Its unbelievable - not going to mis my ghetto arrows one bit
-- Double Post Merged: --
OMG- just had a 34.7 hwy man sneaking up from behind. The transition from front to rear and vice versa is silky smooth.
-- Double Post Merged: --
I can see why v1 owners would not give up arrows for range..

This is money...
 
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Not impressed about to return to Best Buy before my time is up. I wanted to see what all this arrows thing is about and sadly I don't feel like I like arrows over the greater falsing to BSM and the bipolar nature of my detector. On one boot up its like R3 in range to KA. And on other it's blind like a bat while BSM is falsing like normal

I might pick it up again in few months once the bugs get ironed out and before any major trip. So far my current RPSE will serve me fine.


good luck to other users and your r7s, happy trucking
 

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Not impressed about to return to Best Buy before my time is up. I wanted to see what all this arrows thing is about and sadly I don't feel like I like arrows over the greater falsing to BSM and the bipolar nature of my detector. On one boot up its like R3 in range to KA. And on other it's blind like a bat while BSM is falsing like normal

I might pick it up again in few months once the bugs get ironed out and before any major trip. So far my current RPSE will serve me fine.


good luck to other users and your r7s, happy trucking
Thanks for your honest assessment.




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I will be exchanging mine at Best Buy the KA range is highly inconsistent. On some ocassions is as good as my R3 and on others it's like a blind man with a stick.
I did exactly that...went to BB and exchanged mine, because earlier I mentioned in another post that it falses like crazy on K band, and didn't seem much better than my old LRD950 on Ka band. WOW! What a difference! In City mode, reduced K BSM falses by probably 90% or better. Segged Ka band 2/5/8...another HUGE difference in sensitivity. (BTW, both the old one and the new one had the exact same settings.) I picked up a LEO sitting at a Fire Station, 90 degrees perpendicular to the road facing an open field (at night, small 2 lane straight back road, no traffic at all, nothing for the signal to bounce off of). Left his cruiser C/O 34.701 and probably was inside the station having coffee. Got an alert 1.3 MILES in BOTH directions. Ramp up and ramp down was nearly perfectly linear, arrows switched instantly from front, side when I was even with him, and rear when I passed him. As mentioned earlier, first unit serial number in the 400's...second unit in the 1700's. But, IMHO, it's got to be the firmware...I'm CONVINCED that's the difference! 120.121.110 vs. 121.121.111 respectively. I am now super happy and super pumped!!!
 

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Love the screen. Of course, I haven’t seen a freaking LEO. The windshield mount is a little bouncy. But, most are bouncy. I know it feels cheap. But, I’ve had this nice heavy magnesium case Escort that died after a couple of years. So, until one of my R3s or this R7 craps out, it being light doesn’t bother me.

The mute button has to be in the most awkward place possible. I’m thinking about running my cord and not hardwared until I get my lockouts taken care of.
Nothing repels an LEO like a new radar detector. Well, except for jammers that is!

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Received my R7 yesterday as well. I mounted it up at the headliner. I have smaller hands/fingers than most guys, I don't have trouble reaching or feeling the power button and then working my way over to volume & menu buttons from there, but I can understand how that would be difficult/annoying.

As compared to the R3, there do seem to be more BSM falses when running the same settings. But, and this is important, the early subjective and objective findings are that the R7 is HOT on K - see for just two examples:
1) This BrainStorm69 video from his awesome test: If you thought my 1.1 mile R7 City Mode K-band Detection was Impressive....
2) @hiddencam testing: R7 vs Others; K-Band Testing April 6, 2019 - Compare the R1 & R7 at similar/same settings. The R7 is hotter on K and it has two horns - of course there could/will be more BSM falsing.

I think I will simply end up running in City all the time.

I understand a 360c might be a better "set-and-forget" arrows detector; a V1 is more customizable via the app's; but I wanted it all - the range of an R/M3, no need for phone/app, GPS functionality, etc - I wanted an R3 with arrows and I got it!

First Impression: it will be my primary detector for the foreseeable future.
 

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I did exactly that...went to BB and exchanged mine, because earlier I mentioned in another post that it falses like crazy on K band, and didn't seem much better than my old LRD950 on Ka band. WOW! What a difference! In City mode, reduced K BSM falses by probably 90% or better. Segged Ka band 2/5/8...another HUGE difference in sensitivity. (BTW, both the old one and the new one had the exact same settings.) I picked up a LEO sitting at a Fire Station, 90 degrees perpendicular to the road facing an open field (at night, small 2 lane straight back road, no traffic at all, nothing for the signal to bounce off of). Left his cruiser C/O 34.701 and probably was inside the station having coffee. Got an alert 1.3 MILES in BOTH directions. Ramp up and ramp down was nearly perfectly linear, arrows switched instantly from front, side when I was even with him, and rear when I passed him. As mentioned earlier, first unit serial number in the 400's...second unit in the 1700's. But, IMHO, it's got to be the firmware...I'm CONVINCED that's the difference! 120.121.110 vs. 121.121.111 respectively. I am now super happy and super pumped!!!
God, this has me equal parts worried and relieved. Would hate to get a bad unit, but if it can be fixed with new firmware, that’s nice.

Would be nice for @UnidenSupport to address this pretty gargantuan difference in performance between firmwares...... especially since the new firmware isn’t even officially released yet.

And I ordered from BRD, not BB, so I can’t just easily go and exchange it... :rolleyes:
 

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For me, the first impression was really good. I had to take it to the local installer shop that I use to have the power cord extended, as it had come out of the left side of my mirror cover, so wasn't long enough to get to the other side of the R7. They did that for me, then they installed the LRD bracket on my Blendmount RVM bracket and off I went. So far, isn't chatty at all. I do have TSF on. Great for Ka hits, the arrows were spot on. Wasn't a real long ride but was a good one. Will keep trying it out.
 

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God, this has me equal parts worried and relieved. Would hate to get a bad unit, but if it can be fixed with new firmware, that’s nice.

Would be nice for @UnidenSupport to address this pretty gargantuan difference in performance between firmwares...... especially since the new firmware isn’t even officially released yet.

And I ordered from BRD, not BB, so I can’t just easily go and exchange it... :rolleyes:
FWIW - I have 120.121.110 and 34.7 Ka has been nothing but stellar. I've been running it since 4/5.

-Mark
 

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As a follow-up to my earlier post, I was able to get in some 34-7 testing with the R7. I will post it later, but I will say that the R7 is going back to Best Buy tomorrow. One of my R3 and my R1 (both 1.37) soundly whipped my R7. I'll be posting this testing tomorrow in the Testing forum, I'm on my way into a meeting in about 15 minutes.

Edit to add: R7 was running the 121.121.111 firmware
 
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As a follow-up to my earlier post, I was able to get in some 34-7 testing with the R7. I will post it later, but I will say that the R7 is going back to Best Buy tomorrow. One of my R3 and my R1 (both 1.37) soundly whipped my R7. I'll be posting this testing tomorrow in the Testing forum, I'm on my way into a meeting in about 15 minutes.

Edit to add: R7 was running the 121.121.111 firmware
Can’t wait to read and see it. I’m interested too as I have a R3 that my testing shows it could go either way. I’m trying to get some good video of mine.


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Can’t wait to read and see it. I’m interested too as I have a R3 that my testing shows it could go either way. I’m trying to get some good video of mine.


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Yeah, I even contemplated skipping my meeting to get it posted. I was surprised but my results yesterday made me wonder and I had some time.
 

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Yeah, I even contemplated skipping my meeting to get it posted. I was surprised but my results yesterday made me wonder and I had some time.
Na don’t skip meetings unless you are your own boss, and even then if a client was waiting on ya.


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