R7 - Whats your longest detection?

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Guess I face some tough terrain, saying I have gotten a mile detection would be a serious stretch.
Terrain is a big factor as well as the LEO’s axis, which can exacerbate the situation. In fact I find that as the terrain gets more varied it often creates a situation where there is not only a natural off axis condition between the kill zone and the approach but the LEO is often forced into a slightly angled alignment. This might be minimal in relation to the kill zone but can be even more off axis to the approach.
 

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I had a never ending forward C/O once on I-5 (long and straight). It was probably 3+ miles. I’ve seen a few terrain limited short alerts but I haven’t had any that were insufficient to tap the brakes if necessary.
 

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Terrain is a big factor as well as the LEO’s axis, which can exacerbate the situation. In fact I find that as the terrain gets more varied it often creates a situation where there is not only a natural off axis condition between the kill zone and the approach but the LEO is often forced into a slightly angled alignment. This might be minimal in relation to the kill zone but can be even more off axis to the approach.
Let’s repeat that in english: “Yea and sometimes the popo are not right in front of you because the road is crooked.” Haha. Your response was very well said, I had to read it two or three times to entirely grasp every teeny weenie syllable.

Here is my contention: my eyeballs and gut feeling shouldn’t be able to work on par with a device that has the ability to detect bursts and waves of electromagnetic frequencies, even despite the excuse of obstacles and off axis roads. The reality and fact of the matter is that those are simply part of the conditions in which these devices should be operating. Defending those shortcomings does not offer resolve to the issue. Manufacturers need to step it up. (And they are doing what they can, that is not a dig but a spot of encouragement).
 

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Ha ha! Thanks for the translation.

I totally understand what you’re saying and I am in no way making excuses for manufacturers but trying to illustrate that there are just physical constants in how Radar waves operate which impact any type of detection tech. Now this is not to say that someone can’t invent a technology that overcomes a number of the current detection limitations created by these physics but with current RD technology I don’t think there is much improvement to be had in this specific regard. Whatever that new tech alternative might eventually be, there is the very likely chance that it comes with a higher or even unsustainable cost. If we’re already paying $600 for an R7 I can’t imagine where it would have to go to make if feasible for the manufacturers, certainly in comparison to the typical windshield mount RD. Look at the patch antenna hardware for the Stinger VIP. It’s most certainly one of or the most high tech receivers and it has a pretty prohibitive cost for most. Time will tell but I’m banking on improvements in filtering and processing before anything else.
 

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1/4 to a 1/2 mile is the norm for me here in Mass, 45 minutes north of Boston. I wish I got more!
 
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Wow, there are some long range detection's in this thread!
 

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I have had detections no longer than 1/4 mile even less. A few times had detection go off at radar location. Called Uniden and planning on sending unit in, but I dont know if anyone else is having these issues. I would like to know if you are and what you did to correct it.
 

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I had about 3.5 - 4 mile detection yesterday. LEO was oncoming on a divided traffic highway, running rear antenna, which made it even more impressive:
 

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The farthest range I’ve seen so far is around a mile, but I’m sure that will change once I spend more time with the unit on the open highway.
 

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Straight line, level/straight road on NY state thruway was 2.2 mile detection of Ka using my R7. V1 picked up the same signal 0.5 miles away (was running both to get used to the R7). Both gave adequate warning to slow down...He had a customer on my side of the road and radar was pointing forward so R7 didn't go to full scale until I passed him, and I suspect this is why the V1 took some time to get the signal...until that point in the road trip the V1 running custom sweeps was just about matching the R7 on Ka detection distance (R7 Ka wide no filter would always chirp first, V1 typically would start about 0.1-0.2 miles after R7 started on Ka). My V1 turns out falses a LOT on Ka is the other thing I learned (and also points out every new mazda, volvo, and infinity). R7 was so much quieter on K and Ka. K was set to 50% sensitivity...now I run it 60%.
 
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