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Ok so today we hit the mid 90s in temps, relatively high humidity. I jumped in the car after work and the R7 said "GPS Error". Weird, I thought, never had any issues so far. Version 124, reset on reflash, etc. Actually had to reset it after the boss drove that car the other day. Dark tint where the detector sits up high, car was a little cooler inside than outside.

So I power cycle the unit, same error. Power cycle again, same problem. I unplugged it and plugged it in and same problem. I dismount and noticed the unit is hot to the touch, so I hold it in front of the vents and run the AC on it for a minute, put it back, unit comes on, GPS fires up immediately, and good to go. Heading home, some of my normal false alerts are now silent.

Did I cook my R7?! I got out of the habit of taking it down when I park but now I am a little worried about it. Never had an issue like that before. (that I am aware)

Anyone with any similar experience or issues? Should I reflash again?
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I liked your post, but then I unliked it because it might seem like I'm happy about your potential misfortune. I'll be watching to see how this works out for you.
I hope it's all fine by morning!
 

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It has been in the mid to high 90's several weeks here and no problems.
I think it was in the upper 80's here and no issue. When I 1st got my R7, I was getting GPS errors. Eventually it stopped happening.. No idea what caused, but I haven't had one in months.

As for temps in the 90's being a problem for the R7.. I doubt it. Can you imagine how many people in the south or S western states would be returning it? I can see it now.. R7 is for Canadians only.. but be careful up there.. there's lots of places where it's not stealth enough.. LOL
 

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Been in the high 90's here(over a 100 inside the car) in SC, and no issues. Not to mention I have no window tint.
 

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Detectors generally have no issues with heat. The R7 has side and bottom vents that help with cooling as well.

The R7 has a rated Storage Temperature up to 203 degrees, and operating temperature of 158 degrees fahrenheit.
 

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From heatkills.org....

When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.
 

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On some of the hottest days when I come out to my car, I would notice it took a few extra minutes for my BlackVue DR750S to start up. Also, my R3 performance would be sub par. Once it fully cools down then it’d be good, but this would take a few minutes of the cold air blowing directly on it. Luckily in my car the detector is mounted within the path of the air conditioner vents, so it can get cooled down as quickly as possible.

Even after you cool down the outside of your detector, there will still be lots of heat on the inside mass, and it will take a few more minutes for that heat energy to equalize and make its way back out of the detector as the cabin continues to cool.
 

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Will the Uniden alert me if it detects a faulty or failed component (similar to the Escorts)?

So it sounds like simple cpu throttling to keep temps down. Better than fried R units, probably. It has stayed in the 90s and I have been taking the detector down when I park since then, no more GPS issues so far. Fires up instantly every time again.

But I had a rolling 35.5 C/O today that I might have been a code brown or citation if I was in any kind of actual hurry. The only thing that saved me is that it felt like “one of those days” the way other drivers were behaving, so I wasn’t very far over the PSL. Having trouble putting my faith in the Uniden line between my R1 and R7. :confused: I really liked this thing a month ago. Did I cook it?!

I will be more than disappointed if I have 2 units out for warranty at the same time.
 

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Will the Uniden alert me if it detects a faulty or failed component (similar to the Escorts)?

So it sounds like simple cpu throttling to keep temps down. Better than fried R units, probably. It has stayed in the 90s and I have been taking the detector down when I park since then, no more GPS issues so far. Fires up instantly every time again.

But I had a rolling 35.5 C/O today that I might have been a code brown or citation if I was in any kind of actual hurry. The only thing that saved me is that it felt like “one of those days” the way other drivers were behaving, so I wasn’t very far over the PSL. Having trouble putting my faith in the Uniden line between my R1 and R7. :confused: I really liked this thing a month ago. Did I cook it?!

I will be more than disappointed if I have 2 units out for warranty at the same time.
I keep mine in the car in Texas all the time. No problems. I doubt you "cooked" it.

Do you have any video of this 35.5 C/O code brown encounter? What was the terrain, vegetation, etc. like? Even an R7 can't defeat physics.
 
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I keep mine in the car in Texas all the time. No problems. I doubt you "cooked" it.

Do you have any video of this 35.5 C/O code brown encounter? What was the terrain, vegetation, etc. like? Even an R7 can't defeat physics.
Oncoming CO 35.5, It was line of sight when I got the hit.

He came around the bend, detector started ramping up. I realized what it was (gold top WVSP) and around the same time so did the R7.

Will attach map with event data when I get on a computer to make sense of it. No video, no dash cam yet.

This isn’t a **** Uniden thing, not trying to sound like a troll, I am just really worried about this ~$1,000 of equipment that keeps disappointing me. Especially after my results when it was brand new and before the heat set in.. My eyes shouldn’t be outperforming anything lol I am blind.
 

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Detector dust covers are mostly black, and black absorbs heat. I would prefer a tan or light colored cover to reduce heat from the sun.

@knight_man ive had some weird, short, line of sight 35.5 alerts before- over a hill and around a curve. But I’ve also had long range alerts on 35.5 when there was less roadside clutter and obstructions (trees, buildings, and traffic)
 
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OK Here is a good view of what happened. Street view I circled where I saw him come around the bend in Blue, couldn't quite tell what it was yet because it was a very bright and sunny afternoon. By the time I crossed the bridge I knew what it was, and my R7 finally figured it out too...
Top view map shows where I was (RED ARROW) and where LEO was (BLUE ARROW). Alerts correspond to where we were. They held a lot less than the initial after we passed, but at that point I was barely paying attention (mad). Just seems seriously weak compared to the results I was getting at the beginning of the month.

Tell me what you guys think.

In the meantime I will just have to slow down and try to keep my head from catching on fire and just keep observing. LOL This is going to add serious time to my commute!
 

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Oncoming CO 35.5, It was line of sight when I got the hit.

He came around the bend, detector started ramping up. I realized what it was (gold top WVSP) and around the same time so did the R7.

Will attach map with event data when I get on a computer to make sense of it. No video, no dash cam yet.

This isn’t a **** Uniden thing, not trying to sound like a troll, I am just really worried about this ~$1,000 of equipment that keeps disappointing me. Especially after my results when it was brand new and before the heat set in.. My eyes shouldn’t be outperforming anything lol I am blind.
OK Here is a good view of what happened. Street view I circled where I saw him come around the bend in Blue, couldn't quite tell what it was yet because it was a very bright and sunny afternoon. By the time I crossed the bridge I knew what it was, and my R7 finally figured it out too...
Top view map shows where I was (RED ARROW) and where LEO was (BLUE ARROW). Alerts correspond to where we were. They held a lot less than the initial after we passed, but at that point I was barely paying attention (mad). Just seems seriously weak compared to the results I was getting at the beginning of the month.

Tell me what you guys think.

In the meantime I will just have to slow down and try to keep my head from catching on fire and just keep observing. LOL This is going to add serious time to my commute!
Thanks for posting this. It would be good it you could show us the road beyond the bend. That doesn't look like a bad detection to me. LEO coming from off-axis with lots of foliage and maybe a hill to boot. Frequency 35.5, which in my testing experience gets seriously attenuated by thick foliage. Again, can't defeat physics.

@Jag42 and I were testing one time where we tried to set up a 35.5 gun behind a cedar tree so it wasn't visible from the roadway. Testing it out to see if it would work, my Redline (this was before the R series even existed) gave exactly 100 yards detection distance. Straight on. Lesson learned about even just one thick foliaged tree right in front of the gun. Kills the signal.

In these circumstances, and from that distance, I'm not surprised you only got a detection once the LEO cleared the bend.
 
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@knight_man can you post the Google aerial zoomed out a little farther so I can see the road to the south a little more? And also zoomed out so I can see the north a little bit more to see that curve a little better.

I would not worry at all. I have had similar experiences with my R1 on 35.5- I had one rolling CO 35.5 around a curve with a North Carolina Highway patrol, and I swear I had about a two second warning (2 bars) before it went full tilt. Ramp up went from silence to full till very quickly. The highway patrol was behind about two or three vehicles in a line. The cars were moving about 45 mph towards me so the HP was about 30 feet behind the vehicle in front so his radar was shooting directly into the back of another vehicle at close range. Things like that can reduce detection range.
 

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Will the Uniden alert me if it detects a faulty or failed component (similar to the Escorts)?

So it sounds like simple cpu throttling to keep temps down. Better than fried R units, probably. It has stayed in the 90s and I have been taking the detector down when I park since then, no more GPS issues so far. Fires up instantly every time again.

But I had a rolling 35.5 C/O today that I might have been a code brown or citation if I was in any kind of actual hurry. The only thing that saved me is that it felt like “one of those days” the way other drivers were behaving, so I wasn’t very far over the PSL. Having trouble putting my faith in the Uniden line between my R1 and R7. :confused: I really liked this thing a month ago. Did I cook it?!

I will be more than disappointed if I have 2 units out for warranty at the same time.
I would not count on that! If I leave my Bel Magnum on the windshield when I park my car on a hot summer day, it will totally lose K band detection without warning. Once it cools down it will start detecting K band again. At a radar test event I left my V1 on the windshield when I parked my car, and totally lost 33.8 Ka detection, again without warning and no "E" message. I know many of you leave your RDs on the windshield no matter what and have not had problems, but why risk it? Is it worth the cost of a ticket?

If your R7 was permanently cooked your detection would be consistently be poor IMHO. How is your Ka band detection (especially 35.5) otherwise?
Was it just that one time? If you keep getting poor range where before it was very good there may be something wrong with it.

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@Jag42 and I were testing one time where we tried to set up a 35.5 gun behind a cedar tree so it wasn't visible from the roadway. Testing it out to see if it would work, my Redline (this was before the R series even existed) gave exactly 100 yards detection distance. Straight on. Lesson learned about even just one thick foliaged tree right in front of the gun. Kills the signal.
I can attest to this. One day a while back (this was still with my R3) I was driving through the town next to where I live (very small town with only 1 LEO vehicle) and he was set up at the entrance to the quarry where there aren't any trees in the vacinity and it was a straight shot...picked him up about 2.5 miles out. About an hour or so later on the return trip, same LEO was set up further down the same straight street, but this time he was set up in the entrance to a business where he had some bushes low and tree branches high and to the sides, so he had a prefect (if you're a LEO) ~5' diameter circle that he was shooting thru. That time the R3 didn't pick him up until maybe a hundred yards or so out. Could it have been I/O the second time...possibly, but in the 22 years I've lived here I've never seem them run I/O, and the signal also hung on for quite a ways after I passed him and there were no other cars on the road at the time that he may have been targeting. I even questioned my R3 too at that time, until later when I started getting normal ranges again. So I think foliage definitely plays a factor.
 

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