Uniden R7 vs. Edmonton

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This weekend we went to Edmonton and drove around the city. Wow! If you can avoid this place as far as driving by all means save your money for a nice vacation otherwise you will be paying fines up the wazoo if you speed. Literally every other intersection has some form of camera, speed trap or LEO. It is absolutely insane how much of a money grab Edmonton is for the average citizen. R7 was amazing and performed well, I only encountered one MRCD and was not able to locate the vehicle so not sure if it was a false.

The biggest thing I disliked and I dont know if this is Uniden's doing or someone helping them out but it gave me a lot of "speed camera ahead" in zones I know were often photo radar zones but not always. It was giving me warnings either way and I personally found it more of an annoyance as it was a GPS location marked and not a true radar detection. That is my biggest complaint and the fact that the R7 was constantly alerting, but to be fair for the most part they were valid alerts.

In a nutshell if you live in this city buy yourself an R7 it will pay for itself rather quickly. Hopefully Uniden fixes the "speed camera" alerts in zones where there are no actual speed cameras but just actual hot spots for them.
 

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This weekend we went to Edmonton and drove around the city. Wow! If you can avoid this place as far as driving by all means save your money for a nice vacation otherwise you will be paying fines up the wazoo if you speed. Literally every other intersection has some form of camera, speed trap or LEO. It is absolutely insane how much of a money grab Edmonton is for the average citizen. R7 was amazing and performed well, I only encountered one MRCD and was not able to locate the vehicle so not sure if it was a false.

The biggest thing I disliked and I dont know if this is Uniden's doing or someone helping them out but it gave me a lot of "speed camera ahead" in zones I know were often photo radar zones but not always. It was giving me warnings either way and I personally found it more of an annoyance as it was a GPS location marked and not a true radar detection. That is my biggest complaint and the fact that the R7 was constantly alerting, but to be fair for the most part they were valid alerts.

In a nutshell if you live in this city buy yourself an R7 it will pay for itself rather quickly. Hopefully Uniden fixes the "speed camera" alerts in zones where there are no actual speed cameras but just actual hot spots for them.

Honestly living in Edmonton. I would not buy a R7 in its present condition. It’s the radenso pro M

U should go to the courthouse in the morning where they deal with traffic violations. U will pretty much everyone there has a photo enforcement ticket in their hands. City council (especially the mayor don iveson) should absolutely be ashamed.
 

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Honestly living in Edmonton. I would not buy a R7 in its present condition. It’s the radenso pro M

U should go to the courthouse in the morning where they deal with traffic violations. U will pretty much everyone there has a photo enforcement ticket in their hands. City council (especially the mayor don iveson) should absolutely be ashamed.
I have heard amazing things about the Radenso Pro M, however I dont live in Edmonton and I come from a V1 so the arrows are very difficult to give up. I though the R7 did an awesome job, but if you are saying the Pro M is an even better choice then I am truly impressed by it, i just love my arrows.
 

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I have heard amazing things about the Radenso Pro M, however I dont live in Edmonton and I come from a V1 so the arrows are very difficult to give up. I though the R7 did an awesome job, but if you are saying the Pro M is an even better choice then I am truly impressed by it, i just love my arrows.
Most of us come from the V1 as well and we love our arrows. The V1 is major let down with all those stationary cameras and then the addition of mrcd

The R7 had so much hype and potential to be what the we all wanted the V1 to be. But it’s not quite not there yet. Hopefully with fw updates it can get the mrcd detection sorted out while still retaining its class leading range

But given Edmonton threats. We will pass on arrows to have reliable detection to our daily threats


1) stationary cams
2) mrcd trucks
3) actually police laser
4) laser photo trucks
5) roaming police ka
 

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I would not recommend an R7 for Edmonton. It doesn't sweep low enough to detect the majority of MRCD which is a pretty important factor in Edmonton. I really hope Uniden nails down these issues or it would be an overall amazing unit. It's great for all other radar bands though!
 

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It’s the R3 that can’t scan low enough. The R7 can, but it totally misses MRCD detections as K band.

Unfortunately they place the MRCD trucks right in these k band polluted areas. Your chances of ignoring the K band alert and getting a MRCD ticket is very high.

That’s why no one recommends the R7’s for Edmonton. Same with the R3 on any other FW than 1.46. Even then, you might miss some of the frequency since it can’t go below 24.050, which makes it partially blind to MRCD/MRCT. Even Redflex in Calgary and some spots in Arizona.

The R3 on 1.48 is just like the R7’s now. Unreliable and dangerous in Edmonton or any other place that’s using any type of low powered Multiradar.

The only 2 that can be reliably used in Edmonton is the Pro-M and R-EX for windshield mount detectors.

Ask me how I know lol.
 

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I’m thinking by boyle? I haven’t been up there in a while but last time I was there. Lots of ka with rcmp and sheriffs are a pack pouncing
Going after all the workers traveling up to FT.Mac.

Redwater, Boyle, Grasslands, Wandering River, Mariana Lakes
 
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I’ve just up graded from a escort iX to an R7 last week, was hit with ka band from a sheriff just outside of calgary and a second time by RCMP. It pretty much paid for itself in 3 days of use. The red light/speed on green GPS was bang on as well. Well worth the money, I did pass through a school zone in calgary where the CPS had a mobile photo radar, the R7 picked up a weak K band about 20 feet away from the photo radar truck. I thought it would of picked up a ka band a lot further from cops.
 

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You guys reqlize that Uniden is working hard at fixing the MRCD issue and it will most likely be fixed on the next firmware right?.

I know it is hard to work on maybe but i would bet money on it

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ive got a r7 in edmonton and i think it works perfectly fine, it does false sometimes on those k band speed signs thinking its mrcd but it hasnt missed any mrcd. i have noticed tho that the mrcd range seems very low but it still picks up every single one. i usually encouter the mrcd on sask drive and sometimes next to the pressd on yyc trail
 

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All of Alberta blows. Not just Edmonton. My only ticket was in between Edmonton and Fort Mac
I've only gone up to Edmonton a few times, and I have always been nervous. I just drive the PSL and unplug my unit. Take lots of deep breaths and I'm through the speed enforcement hellhole in no time.

I wouldn't say the entire province "blows". I actually find Calgary to be very relaxed in the speed enforcement department. I see the odd Lidar trap, but most of the time they've left their Ka on spewing radar anyway. Of course there's the photo trucks, but far fewer than Edmonton and they are always in the same spot.

I've noticed some new intersection camera's that aren't published on the City website, or on waze... I think our budget shortfall might have our city looking to Edmonton for easy money solutions...
 

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You guys reqlize that Uniden is working hard at fixing the MRCD issue and it will most likely be fixed on the next firmware right? I know it is hard to work on maybe but i would bet money on it.

Interesting first I have heard of this...
 
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Don't be scared..

How Edmonton sets up it's camouflaged photo radar box:

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Could a guy nab one of those with a dolly real quick like, and take away for testing?
Need bolt cutters?
Any LEO guarding it full time, if so can they be distracted with a 24 pack of Timmies donuts?
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How about setting up a lawn chair and read some books right beside it, blocking pictures?
 

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Could a guy nab one of those with a dolly real quick like, and take away for testing?
Need bolt cutters?
Any LEO guarding it full time, if so can they be distracted with a 24 pack of Timmies donuts?
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How about setting up a lawn chair and read some books right beside it, blocking pictures?
Hehe. There's someone in a truck nearby who gets to monitor the unit. But I'm sure someone could be driving by and stop blocking their view- and then at same time the box could have a mysterious 'accident'.
 

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Lots in the news lately, some posted here.
Legislation needed to control cities using it as cash cow.
Other cities across Canada now trying to jump in while the feasting is good.
Studies showing they are used for revenue not safety are becoming more frequent.
The slow public will eventually catch on, but long after the fact.
 

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