UNIDEN PLEASE READ (BC Speed Camera Update, Volume & Lockout Issue)

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First, for BC, Canada, here's 2 maps (for accuracy) of our newly implemented speed cameras. Could you please add this to the next update ASAP?



Next, I love the R7 having no major issues. I do have one annoyance issue though. I manually block a signal when I reach it's location which works fine, but when I get far enough away in either direction it starts beeping the same signal again having never disappeard off the R7 so I have to mute it again. I think due to the great range of the R7 the GPS lockout area needs to be wider. Right now I've been 0.5-1km away with the signal activating, and then showing it's locked out when I get closer. This is just a speed sign, and it's the same frequency for this particular one. There's no other possible signal as this is on farm land often in the middle of the night. It's not limited to this location; it happens when coming up to signals from far away with a clear line of sight. I end up having to mute at first contact, at the source, and at last contact (rear). Can this please be fixed, or maybe an option to select the range of lock out as it wouldn't be useful to have long range in a busy city?

The second problem I noticed is the difference in volume between the detector beeping and the voice talking. Having music at a moderate level, I can hear the beeping loud and clear, but then the voice announcements come on and it's barely noticeable. Is it possible to have separate volume adjustments for the beeping and the voice? Or at least balance it better. I like to listen to loud music and would never hear the voice with it turned up. If I turn it up loud enough to hear the voice then the beeping is way too loud to the point it hurts my ears being a high pitched sound.

I'm running version 124.124.111.

Coming from an Escort 9500ix, this has been a great upgrade so far, I love the OLED screen, the details it shows, and the much greater range. All we need is for that darn auto lockout patent to expire ASAP!

Thanks!
 
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I can add the gps data into the database: See the thread


However, I do need the data in digital format, and also with the directional details and speed limits. If you have this I can build it very easily.
 

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I can add the gps data into the database: See the thread


However, I do need the data in digital format, and also with the directional details and speed limits. If you have this I can build it very easily.
I appreciate the offer of doing that! It will be very time consuming to gather the info as I'm only familiar with about 5 or 6 of these camera locations, but I may work on it slowly and get back to you. Thanks!
 

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First problem - You don't want to have a wider radius for lockout because it will not be good for others that have K band radar used in the area. As I have posted in my previous posts, I am not a fan of lockouts. If you know there is no K band radar used in your area, just turn off K band. The other option is to use the quiet ride feature. At what speeds do you go through that speed sign area? If it is below 50 kph, bump your quiet ride speed to 50 kph or 55 kph. With quiet ride, you get an initial 2 muted beeps assuming you are at default for the tone alert and every thing will be quiet. Another option is to lockout the signal again outside the radius of the first lockout. What's the purpose of having 200 lockouts(not sure about the limit) or more if you are dealing with the same source?

Second problem. - I agree with you there. The volume for voice alert for the direction ( front/rear )needs to be bump up. The band and frequency alert to me is OK. But the voice alert for front/rear is not well defined.
 
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Wow, what a beautiful part of the world to have a pig problem
 

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Be careful of lockouts and it's radius. Lockouts aren't specific to the frequency. For example, if you lockout 24.150, you're actually locking out +/- 35mhz of 24.150. Because of this, you might lock out a legit LEO on say 24.165.. IMO, Uniden needs to tighten this up to maybe +/- 2 or possible 3 mhz. I would be happy if they did just +/- 1 mhz. So you really don't want a wider radius. And as Knighthawk posted, use quiet ride. I have my quiet ride set to 55 mph, which is way higher than 55kph.
 
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I appreciate the input and suggestions to use quiet ride, but that won't work. If I set quiet ride to 90km/h and I'm driving 88 km/h for example in this particular zone which is 60 km/h limit, quiet ride would mute a real LEO K signal as well, but I'd get ticketed going that much over. I don't like quiet ride for anything over 50/60 km/h as I wouldn't want to miss a signal if I'm going over the limit. Our city limits often range between 50-80 km/h.
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Another option is to lockout the signal again outside the radius of the first lockout. What's the purpose of having 200 lockouts(not sure about the limit) or more if you are dealing with the same source?
This is exactly why I want the wider radius, I don't want to waste lockouts on the same signal. I've had to lock this signal out 4 times to get rid of it. Once on each end of the signal, at the source, and at a perpendicular traffic light I turn at to get on this main road about mid way from the source to one end. Such a waste. While my 9500ix didn't have as good range, it definitely locked out sources with better range.
 
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Quite ride still gives you an alert in the form a couple of tones and then it mutes the audio but continues to display the signal so an alert and the info still does occur it just tempered. You just need to get used to using it.

The volume thing is definitely an issue and has been reported before. Hopefully it gets a fix. They did improve the value quite a bit in the last FW release.
 

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Quite ride still gives you an alert in the form a couple of tones and then it mutes the audio but continues to display the signal so an alert and the info still does occur it just tempered. You just need to get used to using it.

The volume thing is definitely an issue and has been reported before. Hopefully it gets a fix. They did improve the value quite a bit in the last FW release.
I'm not a fan of minimal tones peronally, especially if it ends up being real, or I have my music blasting and forget to turn the volume up.

I have the volume set to 6 which is perfect most times, but I wish they'd have an equal balance so they voice alert is as loud as the tones. They're not nearly close enough.
 

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I appreciate the input and suggestions to use quiet ride, but that won't work. If I set quiet ride to 90km/h and I'm driving 88 km/h for example in this particular zone which is 60 km/h limit, quiet ride would mute a real LEO K signal as well, but I'd get ticketed going that much over. I don't like quiet ride for anything over 50/60 km/h as I wouldn't want to miss a signal if I'm going over the limit. Our city limits often range between 50-80 km/h.
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This is exactly why I want the wider radius, I don't want to waste lockouts on the same signal. I've had to lock this signal out 4 times to get rid of it. Once on each end of the signal, at the source, and at a perpendicular traffic light I turn at to get on this main road about mid way from the source to one end. Such a waste. While my 9500ix didn't have as good range, it definitely locked out sources with better range.
You make me scratch my head. You don't want the quiet ride feature and yet you want to lock out the area? Don't want to waste? How many lockouts do you need? The R7 is capable of 2000 lockout/mark areas. Do you think you will fill it all up? In quiet ride, you won't miss a signal, you get 2 muted beeps. If you don't want quiet ride over 50 or 60 kph, set your quiet ride to 50 or 55 kph and any speeds higher than that, you will get a regular alert you wanted. In the world of radar detectors, you have to adjust, adapt and modify some old traditional habits of just depending on audio alerts if you want to keep the audio annoyances minimized. You cannot have all the features in one bag specially with dual horns. It is take it or leave it. I prefer to adapt, adjust, learn and change some old traditional ways of using an RD not depending too much on audio but a combination of self awareness when and when not to speed and visual alerts from the radar detector. No radar detector is immune to speeding tickets.
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but I wish they'd have an equal balance so they voice alert is as loud as the tones. They're not nearly close enough.
You can choose a tone alert from 1-12 that will be less than the voice alert. Play with the tone alerts and one of them is #5-6. The R7 gives you so much options. I don't think you have really played with the options yet based on your response here. Takes some learning curve with all the features.
 
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I could be wrong, but I believe they added the speed cameras to existing red light camera locations,
 

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Learn more about how the lockouts work here.
I noticed requiring more lockouts with R7 vs R3 due to the rear antenna and greater range.
Once I understood that if you lockout within a few seconds of entering the falsing area you can continue more than the radius stated for lockouts. Until you drop the signal, then it may alert again.
Then you have to repeat the process from the opposite direction if the signal is strong enough to reach outside the radius.
My mistake was trying to get close to the center of the false signal area and lock it out to capture as much as possible. That results in needing 4 or more lockouts on strong ones.
Just lockout as soon as you encounter the signal, it will carry along.
Most of our BC speed cameras are just upgraded red light cameras, so pay attention to those alerts and possible use Waze as well when in strange areas.
It will take time for updates to the database to make it to your RD.
There is a thread for requested R7 feature improvements, I will post link...
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So you want Uniden to add or?
No, that is my thread. People post the gps updates, and my systems build and releases the new gps binary database file. Please have a look at the thread.
 

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I add to my above post to mention many door opener locations also have multiple frequencies to lock out.(big box stores)
I've had some with 3 and 4 in same location, and many of frequencies more than 0.035 different from first lockout.
You again have to go through lockout process again.
 

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You make me scratch my head. You don't want the quiet ride feature and yet you want to lock out the area? Don't want to waste? How many lockouts do you need? The R7 is capable of 2000 lockout/mark areas. Do you think you will fill it all up? In quiet ride, you won't miss a signal, you get 2 muted beeps. If you don't want quiet ride over 50 or 60 kph, set your quiet ride to 50 or 55 kph and any speeds higher than that, you will get a regular alert you wanted. In the world of radar detectors, you have to adjust, adapt and modify some old traditional habits of just depending on audio alerts if you want to keep the audio annoyances minimized. You cannot have all the features in one bag specially with dual horns. It is take it or leave it. I prefer to adapt, adjust, learn and change some old traditional ways of using an RD not depending too much on audio but a combination of self awareness when and when not to speed and visual alerts from the radar detector. No radar detector is immune to speeding tickets.
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You can choose a tone alert from 1-12 that will be less than the voice alert. Play with the tone alerts and one of them is #5-6. The R7 gives you so much options. I don't think you have really played with the options yet based on your response here. Takes some learning curve with all the features.
Sorry brother I'm being confusing and unclear. One thing I haven't mentioned much is that I listen to loud music so the 2 beeps aren't enough, and I personally like a clear loud alert in the case it's real. I guess I'll just have to lockout the signal multiple times, no big deal. I was just hoping Uniden could make the radius adjustable to what the user may want. I also didn't take into account the much greater distance of detecting due to the dual horns and much better distance over the 9500ix I previously used. I'm stuck in my ways, but will have to change that! Haha, great chat bud. I'm just complaining about convenience; first world problems, eh? LOL!
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Learn more about how the lockouts work here.
I noticed requiring more lockouts with R7 vs R3 due to the rear antenna and greater range.
Once I understood that if you lockout within a few seconds of entering the falsing area you can continue more than the radius stated for lockouts. Until you drop the signal, then it may alert again.
Then you have to repeat the process from the opposite direction if the signal is strong enough to reach outside the radius.
My mistake was trying to get close to the center of the false signal area and lock it out to capture as much as possible. That results in needing 4 or more lockouts on strong ones.
Just lockout as soon as you encounter the signal, it will carry along.
Most of our BC speed cameras are just upgraded red light cameras, so pay attention to those alerts and possible use Waze as well when in strange areas.
It will take time for updates to the database to make it to your RD.
There is a thread for requested R7 feature improvements, I will post link...
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Yeah I was initially doing the same thing near the source of the signal. I should be muting from first detection. Yes, the BC speed cameras are all upgrades of red light cameras I believe. I'm going to be working with Mithheru to get it updated via his own method.
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I could be wrong, but I believe they added the speed cameras to existing red light camera locations,
Correct, but there's many more red light cameras than speed cameras. I want to know where speed cameras are only, I don't run reds, but I do speed generously! :p
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You make me scratch my head. You don't want the quiet ride feature and yet you want to lock out the area? Don't want to waste? How many lockouts do you need? The R7 is capable of 2000 lockout/mark areas. Do you think you will fill it all up? In quiet ride, you won't miss a signal, you get 2 muted beeps. If you don't want quiet ride over 50 or 60 kph, set your quiet ride to 50 or 55 kph and any speeds higher than that, you will get a regular alert you wanted. In the world of radar detectors, you have to adjust, adapt and modify some old traditional habits of just depending on audio alerts if you want to keep the audio annoyances minimized. You cannot have all the features in one bag specially with dual horns. It is take it or leave it. I prefer to adapt, adjust, learn and change some old traditional ways of using an RD not depending too much on audio but a combination of self awareness when and when not to speed and visual alerts from the radar detector. No radar detector is immune to speeding tickets.
-- Double Post Merged: --

You can choose a tone alert from 1-12 that will be less than the voice alert. Play with the tone alerts and one of them is #5-6. The R7 gives you so much options. I don't think you have really played with the options yet based on your response here. Takes some learning curve with all the features.
I listen to every single tone before I select one. I select based off their difference in sound from the other ones I've selected. I didn't notice a big difference in volume. I play lots with my new toys! :p
 
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I listen to every single tone before I select one. I select based off their difference in sound from the other ones I've selected. I didn't notice a big difference in volume. I play lots with my new toys! :p
How can you hear the difference when your music is too loud? :D Seriously, just find the sweet spot or return it if you don't like it.
 

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