R7 Performance in Bulgaria

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Different markets - different brands... :) But it has something to do, as far as I know, with Blinder. Or at least in the past. Not sure though.
 

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That's because this cam is a lidar robot low deployed towards the license plate on a steady tripod base and without human interference.
Yep, I know how they like to set it up usually and it's unlikely any windscreen-mounted RD will actually react and even if it does, it will be pointless anyway. I'm more curious whether the Unidens "see" it at all, as in certain cases, they still point it in straight line i.e. at their favourite spot around 69-th km on the Trakia highway ;) My actual concern with the Unidens is that according to specifications, X and K bands are fixed to 10.525 GHz and 24.150 GHz. So in theory they should not pick up some of the equipment. I have had terrible experience with US Escorts and Beltronics - they were literally blind for fixed cameras, that's why I'm a bit hesitant about the Unidens too.

You need a laser jammer for that to be on the safe side. "Cheapest" option is Kiyo, as you probably know.
Frankly, I find it useless having a jammer in Bulgaria. Negatives to that far outweigh the positives, at least to me personally. Still, there is a batch of Blinder HP-905's on ebay located in Serbia and the price is not too bad (430-ish €). Avitel sells that Kiyo crap for the price of an ALP, what a fucking joke.
 
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I'm really happy to have a go at building a specific Uniden database for Bulgaria if you've got access to good data. The gps alerts when they are fully comprehensive really make a great all-round system.
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Just built a very big file for Turkey, its just a matter of whether you've got the data.
 

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@procopy, as Uniden once said: their RD's definitely can detect laser but... it will be most likely one of those ticket notifiers. Unless there are some scatters from this laser beam bouncing from the traffic ahead or signs in a specific situation. It will see it in theory but most probably you will only manage to get a ticket. Unfortunately I haven't met a speed trap since I've bought the R1 and I had seen so many of them before that. Unfortunate Murphology... :) A radar detector with proven laser performance is the Valentine 1 but even using V1, chance of a safe is minimal. You mustn't count on a RD for laser protection. Even Kyio is much better with lasers. I think it is cheaper than ALP anyway. You can buy it as a separate module for some 600 euro. You don't have to buy the whole system. But yeah, the price doesn't live up to its benefits here... in most cases if you don't speed usually too much above PSL+30/40 kmph on a freeway. My R1 sees the cameras, you can see my videos, no issue with that. As a whole you will be safe with V1 in Bulgaria, because it can scan lower to 23.900 in Euro mode, but mrcd maybe is not its strong side. Uniden has hardware limitation and cannot sweep below 24.050 GHz but I don't know any device here that currently sweeps lower than this. So far Uniden is grate here too! Of corse it will see 10.525 and 24.150 - these are internationally approved frequencies. If they put some new cameras lower than 24.05, we would come to a problem then. Unfortunately Uniden have not made an international model, unlike any others, and this is sad.
 
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@procopyYou mustn't count on a RD for laser protection.
Never did, was just curious how it behaves against the ARH. Have a friend with a V1 and was considering it myself for some time, but he is complaining about the shitton of falses it picks and that discouraged me. I see there is a 2019 version with something they call JUNK-K filter and the price is not too bad, but still beyond what I can justify paying for my style of driving, even with the latest fine increases. In that regard, been looking at Unidens for few years now and as it seems, they represent best of both worlds and will most probably go for a R1. Thanks for the feedback.
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Yeah, unfortunately no detector is flawless and ideal. All of them will produce false alerts, one more often - other less, depending on the quality of filters. Genevo is the best option here in that regard with as little K-falsing as possible but the price is unreasonable for me. Once again: V1 may react this way but also it may not. I wouldn't count on just one video to jump to conclusions, albeit most common situation is visible. Even on this video you can't be sure if laser haven't gotten you already. Uniden is powerful long-range detector for connoisseurs but may take some time tweaking while getting to the optimal operating settings. R7 is even stronger but comes with its increased level of falsing due to the second antenna on the back side. IMO R1 stands something in the middle of V1 and Radenso/Genevo as to falsing. To help minimizing K-falsing you probably should consider R3 just because its gps quiet ride which could be so helpful in many ways, if you consider it. Just an idea.
 
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