Uniden R7 - Firmware Change-log and Outstanding Issues

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Hi Eveyone,

This thread is for a running history of firmware changes and outstanding issues only. I will be gathering data from the other threads and when validated issues arise I will add them to the changelog. @UnidenSupport @BestRadarDetectors @Vortex @Brainstorm69 @Dukes and the other beta testers will have veto power over what is considered a validated "firmware" issue as to avoid having one off and hardware issues listed here. Please keep your findings and general comments to other threads to help keep this thread as clean as possible. Thanks!

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R7 Firmware Current Firmware: 129.129.113_db191002 (UI_Version.DSP_Version.GPS_Version_DATABASE Version)
R7 Latest Red Light Database: Update (10/02/2019) - WARNING – This update is NOT for Australia/New Zealand models.
R7 Manual

Outstanding Issues:
  • Scanning display / "Heart beat" appears as a different color than selected for the main display (ex: violet display shows red scanning display and heart beat).
  • LASER not working well with VPR guns. Stalker XLR did not cause any alerts (0 out of 3) in user testing.
  • Spectre immunity - Certain units are detectable by the Spectre Elite while others are stealth. Why the variance? Is it possible to have it be immune to older versions like the Spectre III?
  • When using filtering, sometimes the verbal direction alert will not play.
  • Auto display brightness errs on the side of being dim, especially with the detector mounted high.
  • Color banding through Arrow on main display.
Suggestions / Feature Requests:
  • Have the option to enable "quiet ride" for MRCD.
  • Its confusing how to enable manual lockouts for MRCD. You have to enable lockouts for Ka (which includes MRCD). Please add MRCD text to the menu so users know it applies to MRCD as well.
  • Rear Balance setting separated to be user adjustable for Ka, K, and X individually.
  • Stabilize "All Threat" display, increase "latch time" of all signals to match main display.
  • Ability to choose priority alert (some want Ka to be priority over MRCD).
  • Auto mute rear K band.
  • Add "Auto Mode" selection of (ADVANCED, HWY, CITY) based on speed.
  • Add "heart beat" to all standby displays, not just scanning bar.
  • New main display mode that shows both front and rear signal strength.
  • Normalize volume for each of the alert tones.
  • "Expert Mode" menu setting to toggle "Expert" settings from appearing in the menu.
  • Provide a new display option for those people choosing to mount the detector on its side. In areas such as NZ, we are getting more than double the K band detection range against mobile redflex when mounted vertically.
  • Can external speaker audio output be increased for motorcycle use?

Reported Issues that have been resolved:
  • If the primary signal is locked out (Grayed out) and of a stronger signal, the next unlocked signal in priority should show on the main display (Currently it shows on the All Threat Display and is therefore muted – Legit K band signals can be missed by the driver because of this issue). Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #4 Below).
  • All Threat display flashes back and forth between the signal being detected and the default info (speed, compass etc.). When 2+ signals are detected, this display should be locked displaying the signals only. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #13 Below).
  • Locked out signals should show as grayed out in the All Threat Display like on the primary display. They are currently showing up as unlocked. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113).
  • Arrow Color and Band Color settings in preferences should apply to the All Threat display as well. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #7 Below).
  • Rear horn balancing pass with sensitivity settings – Rear horn alerts to weaker signals that front horn will not alert to. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #2 Below).
  • MRCD needs to be separated from Quiet Ride muting. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #6 Below).
  • MRCD detection needs work. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #1 Below).
  • Ka alerts appear to have priority over MRCD. Manual states MRCD should have the priority over Ka. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #5 Below).
  • Display #2 arc-shaped strength meter, the dots are colored instead of grayed out for locked out signals. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #8 Below).
  • GPS lockouts appear to be (+/- 35) mhz which seems excessive. Can we have the option to designate the range, or can this be reduced to a lower number like (+/- 10) or (+/- 15) similar to other detectors? Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #3 Below).
  • Amber color appears red. Users with Amber interiors would like the R7 to match the Amber color of the R1/R3. Fixed: (01/22/20 See v129.129.113 #9 Below).
  • Quiet Max Volume – Can it be made louder through firmware? Fixed: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #1 Below).
  • More than one voice prompt per encounter, double direction announcement (Probably frequency shift but will look into it). Fixed: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #2 Below).
  • Announces only direction but not frequency, only to announce the frequency later. Fixed: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #2 Below).
  • When Speed camera (or Redlight) and radar alert are being detected at the same time, radar alert is displayed after speed (or redlight) camera alert – this is a bug fix current R7 version. Skips “radar alert” when detecting speed (or redlight camera) and radar alerts simultaneously. Fixed: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #3 Below).
  • BSM in K Block range punch through with MRCD on. Fixed: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #4 Below).
  • Power off by holding and pressing the key about 2 seconds. Added: (06/12/2019 See v124.124.111 #5 Below).

Fixes (v129.129.113 – 01/22/2020)
  1. Enhancing MRCD detection range
  2. Rear Antenna Sensitivity Attenuation
  3. Narrow down the frequency range of Mute Memory function - X Band: 25MHz-> 10MHz, K Band: 30MHz -> 10MHz, Ka Band : 100MHz- > 20MHz
  4. If the main alert is locked out, the secondary alert becomes the main alert so users can lockout this(second alert) one as well
  5. MRCD alert always has priority over other radar alerts (X,K,Ka) even when Ka priority is ON
  6. MRCD alert is not muted by Quiet ride
  7. Secondary alerts to be displayed as Arrow and Band color selected in the Menu
  8. Display Signal strength level in grey color for Mute Memory in Alert Display #2 mode
  9. Amber color looks red so adjust the color to Amber
  10. Add two more steps to Auto Mute volume level setting(0 - 7 levels)
  11. The voice announcement for radar or laser alert does not go off for the same voice within 30 seconds
  12. If Auto mute volume level set in Menu is higher than the current volume level, it alerts at the current volume level
  13. Adjusted Latch time for the secondary display in All Threat mode
  14. Alert "POI limit speed" and "radar" by turn if detected at the same time
  15. Overspeed alert per 1.5 seconds
  16. Press "Mute/Dim" key for 0.5 second at standby mode to enter DIM mode(current version 1 second)
  17. Shorten display change time to Standby mode to 1 second from 3 seconds when changing DIM and Detection mode
  18. Display "MUTE" when Mute is operational.
  19. Add "Heartbeat" icon at standby display like R1/R3 model

Fixes (v124.124.111 – 06/12/2019)
  1. Volume level change (increase) from current 0-6 to 0-8 level
  2. Arrow Voice bug fix (like arrow voice only or multiple arrow voices)
  3. When Speed camera (or Redlight) and radar alert are being detected at the same time, radar alert is displayed after speed (or redlight) camera alert – this is a bug fix current R7 version. Skips “radar alert” when detecting speed (or redlight camera) and radar alerts simultaneously.
  4. K Block bug fix (punch through when MRCD On)
  5. Power off by holding and pressing the key about 2 seconds

Fixes (v122.123.111 – 04/18/2019)
  1. GPS code error fix
  2. Ability to display negative Altitude
  3. Rear Horn sensitivity issue – Advanced Mode
  4. Battery save mode – GPS reported speed up to 6mph from 0mph (useful in poor GPS signal locations. Example: enclosed garage)
  5. Ka ghost issue
  6. Red light database updated 4/02/2019
  7. K Block Feature to improve BSM detection. Notch filter for 24.194 – 24.205GHz
 
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Awesome, thank you for compiling everything and maintaining this list! It's super helpful. :) Stickied!
 

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Awesome, thank you for compiling everything and maintaining this list! It's super helpful. :) Stickied!
Couldn't have said it better. Great compilation! These are the EXACT things that my R7 is doing. Hopefully Uniden can issue new firmware very soon to correct these issues!
 

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And if you want a place to host the firmware versions, I have a Dropbox link already set up for the R1/R3 and DFR series. I would just need R7 FW 121 to put in there. Let me know and I'll post the link and you can drop it in the OP.
 

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Can we add "Amber looks red" to the list? Petty yes, but the R3 had an Amber color that matched most of my dash and wasn't super bright at night but was visible during the day for my crappy eyes.
 

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Can we add "Amber looks red" to the list? Petty yes, but the R3 had an Amber color that matched most of my dash and wasn't super bright at night but was visible during the day for my crappy eyes.
I agree, does look more on the Red side of things. I do "see" a change between Red and Amber, but more subtle than on the R3s I have.
 

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I would like to add that I can add updates to the GPS database anywhere in the world. Therefore any issues with the US database I can already fix (e.g. add / remove cameras). I can also build into and/or exchange different GPS versions into/out of different firmware versions.

From my perspective regarding a future firmware update for the GPS. I would like to see: Combined Redlight and Speed camera alert; time based GPS variable speed alerts (e.g. for school zones).
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This is also a good place to add that @meni and I are building a web based resource. We aim to provide a service where people will be able to mix and match different firmware and GPS options. These will then be built in the background and released to the user.
 
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Arrow transition from front to back, at times, has been slow. This past weekend, in one case it took 10 seconds to switch after passing the LEO.
Did not see this on your list?
 

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Arrow transition from front to back, at times, has been slow. This past weekend, in one case it took 10 seconds to switch after passing the LEO.
Did not see this on your list?
That's, in the real world entirely possible. For a long range detector that translates to high sensitivity. This means that the rear antenna of that patrol vehicle was likely reflecting still very strongly off something behind it which was ahead of you still.
 

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Anyone heard any ETAs for a new R7 firmware?
 

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I thought I heard they were waiting for the auto gps lock outs patent Escort has to expire....maybe next month?
 

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I thought I heard they were waiting for the auto gps lock outs patent Escort has to expire....maybe next month?
I think they have been beta testing 124.124.111.
 

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The GPS lockouts was never patented in NZ. I would like this feature now!
 

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Ability to automatically mute K band on the rear horn
 

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please add an option to have the display flash (kind of like when Q ride is enabled) when the detector's volume is all the way down.
 

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Rear horn not handling K band BSM filtering pass-off correctly.

Crossreferencing thread with video evidence:

 

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Possible issue with 124 firmware. I’m not sure if this is me or something I am doing or the firmware itself?

When I installed the new firmware I did a factory reset, the factory reset confirmed new firmware.

Now should this have deleted all the mute memory I had? I only had two K bands that were mute memorized that I know were speed signs. At certain frequencies, now I’m driving along and a new frequency pops up as mute memory. I delete it then two minutes later another mute memory shows up, then another and another. Total four mute memories on a daily commute of 20 minutes.

Now I know 100% that the mute memories showing up were not any of the frequencies I memorized in. I only did so to two different speed signs on my daily commute and that’s it!

Thoughts?
 

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