Any LRD or even DFR folks out there?

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Here in Massachusetts, I see so much K band that I have to turn it off and toggle between highway and city accordingly.
Thanks, @NorEaster18 ! That sounds like a "Top 10 tip" for this generation of device.
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@kide , I feel most of us have come to the realization that these detectors cannot reliably "detect" lidar. It's simply not a strategy one can bank on.

The only semi-reliable lidar detection I've seen comes from the V1. However, I don't think many would rely upon it to protect against being stopped. And, with all the additional sensitivity offered by the V1, it picks up every Volvo/Infiniti, etc. It yields a whole new problem in terms of annoyances.

If one is confronting lidar on a regular basis, one should be considering appropriate counter-measures. I rarely see lidar and don't consider it a threat in my daily travels. However, when I do see it, it certainly leaves me with the "Ohhh, sh|t" feeling :(
 
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Thanks, @NorEaster18 ! That sounds like a "Top 10 tip" for this generation of device.
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@kide , I feel most of us have come to the realization that these detectors cannot reliably "detect" lidar. It's simply not a strategy one can bank on.

The only semi-reliable lidar detection I've seen comes from the V1. However, I don't think many would rely upon it to protect against being stopped. And, with all the additional sensitivity offered by the V1, it picks up every Volvo/Infiniti, etc. It yields a whole new problem in terms of annoyances.

If one is confronting lidar on a regular basis, one should be considering appropriate counter-measures. I rarely see lidar and don't consider it a threat in my daily travels. However, when I do see it, it certainly leaves me with the "Ohhh, sh|t" feeling :(
I've actually had 2 legit lidar detections with my DFR7 (it's in my secondary vehicle so it doesn't see as much mileage) and no false ones. First one ended with a ticket :p and it caught me by surprise because I didn't know what the laser notification sounded like. Second encounter I had a visual with the LEO but was doing the speed limit when it happened, so I am inclined to believe it was not a false alert. My old Escort Smartradar was notorious for false laser alerts to the point i disabled laser.

But yeah, lidar takes a special kind of dedicated coppers, and most of them rather leave the radar on at all times.
 

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360 miles today via I-65, I-459, I-20, I-59, I-10 into New Orleans and I-610 to Kenner, Louisiana.

Five 34.7 alerts (2 Alabama near Tuscaloosa, 2 in Mississippi and one in New Orleans which I never saw. Hoping to find him on the dash cam Saturday when I get back). One speed camera alert on I-610 on an overpass from some street underneath, I guess.

One K-false at a grocery store in Picayune, Mississippi when we stopped for a Subway sandwich.

Zero BSM alerts. None. Wasn't the heaviest of traffic but wasn't deserted either.

None of the 34.7 alerts were very long but sufficient. Worried me a little with two Mississippi State troopers in the middle of the interstate and no alert (one Waze I was prepared for, one none that caused me to wince as I passed at +14. Not enough situational awareness but they were hunting bigger game.)

Anyway, typical 950/DFR7 1.10. Quiet as it can be. Works for me.
 

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We still use ours. It needs a new speaker. I use it in our 4th and slowest vehicle, a 1995 Land Cruiser. It still works great though.
 

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Interesting no one mentioned a laser detection performance of LRD950/DFR7 compare to R series.
I sold my LRD950 shortly after I bought new R3 and got my first ticket from LIDAR soon after that. R3 didn't make a single sound. And I actually never had any real laser detection in Dallas area with R3. Had LRD950 for more than two years and it had multiple laser detections in the same area.
1.5 years with the DFR6 and going on month 4 with the R3 and I have never once heard the Laser alert on either detector, despite knowing multiple times that I had been shot. I usually just write it off a no big deal considering it's not going to do much anyway.
 

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Kind of interesting yesterday...stuck behind a Mazda CX5 and just getting slammed with non-stop K alerting..only filter = K filter.
Driving towards Newton, NJ on The Newton-Sparta Road.
Tried adding the TSF filter and it still was pure punch-thru. Then the DFR7 alerted to Ka then back to the CX5 spewage.
Then back to Ka and there's a local LEO rolling the opposite direction!
IMO the DFR7 did its job well!!
Nobody was much above the PSL but it was cool seeing the DFR7 dealing with the situation!
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Kind of interesting yesterday...stuck behind a Mazda CX5 and just getting slammed with non-stop K alerting..only filter = K filter.
Driving towards Newton, NJ on The Newton-Sparta Road.
Tried adding the TSF filter and it still was pure punch-thru. Then the DFR7 alerted to Ka then back to the CX5 spewage.
Then back to Ka and there's a local LEO rolling the opposite direction!
IMO the DFR7 did its job well!!
Nobody was much above the PSL but it was cool seeing the DFR7 dealing with the situation!
Doc
Those CX-5's are absolutely brutal on the DFRs. I swear I would pick them up before I would see them. It drove me bonkers. It sounds like your situation was similar to the one that led me to my R3. I got stuck behind a CX-5 that was pegging the meter and almost got C/Owned by a LEO running 34.7 up the road. It latched onto the CX-5 right until I was literally on top of the LEO. I decided then and there that I needed Ka Priority.
 

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Those CX-5's are absolutely brutal on the DFRs. I swear I would pick them up before I would see them. It drove me bonkers. It sounds like your situation was similar to the one that led me to my R3. I got stuck behind a CX-5 that was pegging the meter and almost got C/Owned by a LEO running 34.7 up the road. It latched onto the CX-5 right until I was literally on top of the LEO. I decided then and there that I needed Ka Priority.
Yowza....prolly a good thing there was no room for Me to pass the polluter as the situations sound very similar and I might have been tagged.
Doc
 
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Interesting no one mentioned a laser detection performance of LRD950/DFR7 compare to R series.
I sold my LRD950 shortly after I bought new R3 and got my first ticket from LIDAR soon after that. R3 didn't make a single sound. And I actually never had any real laser detection in Dallas area with R3. Had LRD950 for more than two years and it had multiple laser detections in the same area.
It sucks just like the R series

0 laser alerts in city driving for me lrd950 and I can tell u in thru lots of laser traps
 

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So, I took a few years off from this forum. No particular reason, I think it is just because my blood that was boiled with my last ticket in 2012 cools a little each year that goes by with no ticket, lol. But I recently bought an Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 and, as I modify it, and it gets faster and faster, I started thinking it might be wise to get current on countermeasures. Anyway, I still have my LRD-950 and love it. I come on here and I'm overwhelmed with the stickies and thread titles. Instead of seeing LRD or even DFR anywhere, all I see is R, R, R! lol

Any love out there for the LRDs and DFRs? ;)
Have the DFR6 and DFR8 and the R7
 

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I have to say that in My experience so far My DFR7 is performing very well in The off-axis detection.
And even down in The Millburn/Chatham area it was not overly chatty at all...an occasional K alert that I chalked up to BSM etc pollution was about it.
And at least 4 times it sniffed out Ka from across 6 lanes of traffic from NJSP in the opposite direction of travel on I80 from quite a distance.
I just run in Highway mode with the K filter on about 95% of the time.
So far I am very pleased with The Dfr7.
Like I have read here on the Forum, I definitely agree with the thinking that different RDs are best tailored for each Person's needs and driving styles!
Doc
 
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DFR7 & DFR9 Owner here. Love both of them. Also have the annoyance with the QX-5 with both. On my DFR9 I can go into advanced settings and decrease the K Band sensitivity which helps some, but it does seem to decrease detection distance.
 

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I wonder if uniden will ever release another firmware for the DFR7? I'd love to see them implement segmentation like they have on the DFR7-NZ model.
 

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I wonder if uniden will ever release another firmware for the DFR7? I'd love to see them implement segmentation like they have on the DFR7-NZ model.
Yes Please!!

Also, I Am curious as to are there others who prefer the looks of the DFR7 to the DFR8 and 9....
This may fall into the category of "heresy but I much prefer the appearance of The DFR7 to its newer siblings!
I guess "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 'tho, as I have seen comments from ppl about how They like The New Look of The DFR Series.
And Kudos to Uniden for keeping the DFR7 as updatable as They have.
Thanks Uniden!
The fact that I could update the DFR7 with the DB from the R3 is very much appreciated...some companies seem to almost go out of Their way to make a educated customer's efforts to extend/improve the usable lifespan of a product difficult. But in the situation with Uniden, the DB for the DFR7 Was able to be updated ( A Big Thanks to @Brainstorm69 for the education!) and I really do appreciate what I read here from Uniden Support in general as well.
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I have to say that in My experience so far My DFR7 is performing very well in The off-axis detection.
And even down in The Millburn/Chatham area it was not overly chatty at all...an occasional K alert that I chalked up to BSM etc pollution was about it.
And at least 4 times it sniffed out Ka from across 6 lanes of traffic from NJSP in the opposite direction of travel on I80 from quite a distance.
I just run in Highway mode with the K filter on about 95% of the time.
So far I am very pleased with The Dfr7.
Like I have read here on the Forum, I definitely agree with the thinking that different RDs are best tailored for each Person's needs and driving styles!
Doc
Couldn't agree more. Picked up a DFR7 at a great price using the @Vortex discount code while waiting for Uniden to repair my R3.

Kind of nice getting good, all-around detections in a "back to basics" RD. Got a killer off axis pickup in the middle of an upper Michigan cornfield at o'dark early in the rain, driving behind a larger work van. Sure enough, it was a MSP SUV on the shoulder a quarter mile up, working a school bus loading zone. The DFR7 is proving to be a solid backup unit, and will probably go into my personal daily driver in place of the Redline-O.
 

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Picked up another killer off axis detection on North bound 209 just before passing the bridge across The Delaware River from PA into NJ which in turn is located just South of The Town of Milford, PA.
It was a US Park Ranger running K-band (according to the DFR7, freq.=24.07) and His patrol unit was parked just off of the pavement pointing pretty much due East as He was pulled into a dirt road that looked to be heading into the woods there. He was dealing with a couple of drivers who were parked along the East edge of 209 North bound.
The alert came before I could even see around the gentle curve and the 2 vehicles North bound in front of Me.
So even if He had 2 antennas, they would be pointed East and West at rt angles to traffic North bound as I was.
Lots of trees etc there as well to absorb the radar...My Wife and I were pleased at the increase in situational awareness that detections like this provide a driver!
Doc
 

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So, before I start a dedicated thread, I'll try asking here, if that's ok. Again, I jinxed myself by starting this thread and stating how great (and reliable) my 950 has been all these years! :/

So, about 2 or so weeks ago, I noticed my 950 would just say "Uniden" on the screen and no functions work. I can't even turn it off with the power button. The display is on the dimmest setting and thus why I took the pic in the dark. Dim can't be adjusted. Nothing works.

I was hoping that reinstalling the Firmware would help. Nope. I used the FW Update Manager to install both DFR7 (which I had on there) and LRD950 Main and Sub FW, with no change. The FW Manager does not recognize the detector's Sub FW. When I install the Sub FW, it tells me it was successful, but the Sub FW will not populate the Sub FW field in the Manager. I just see "-.--".

When I go to update the DataBase with the DB Update Manager, the upload is never successful. Within a second of hitting Start: "Fail Download!"

Is she toast? :(



P.S. I bought two of Vortex's $139 DFR7s, but they were supposed to be in addition to my 950, not instead of!
 

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So, before I start a dedicated thread, I'll try asking here, if that's ok. Again, I jinxed myself by starting this thread and stating how great (and reliable) my 950 has been all these years! :/

So, about 2 or so weeks ago, I noticed my 950 would just say "Uniden" on the screen and no functions work. I can't even turn it off with the power button. The display is on the dimmest setting and thus why I took the pic in the dark. Dim can't be adjusted. Nothing works.

I was hoping that reinstalling the Firmware would help. Nope. I used the FW Update Manager to install both DFR7 (which I had on there) and LRD950 Main and Sub FW, with no change. The FW Manager does not recognize the detector's Sub FW. When I install the Sub FW, it tells me it was successful, but the Sub FW will not populate the Sub FW field in the Manager. I just see "-.--".

When I go to update the DataBase with the DB Update Manager, the upload is never successful. Within a second of hitting Start: "Fail Download!"

Is she toast? :(



P.S. I bought two of Vortex's $139 DFR7s, but they were supposed to be in addition to my 950, not instead of!

I really question unidens built quality. My friend bought a new lrd950 and about a little over a year later. He had power issues where the unit wouldn’t power on. He thought it was dead but it came back to life and then it was an ongoing issue. But all seems good after 5 years of use. But hearing all the stories about uniden “issues”. Kinda weary.


I ll say when I was using my lrd950 for 2 years. I have had no problems
 

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Still running my DFR7 everyday. It has been a solid performer and I have gotten some video documented 5 mile detections on 34.7 and some 4 mile detections on 33.8 over the years. Moved from the Mississippi Delta region in AR to the Coastal Plains in NC and am still learning the terrain here and haven't had an really useful encounters here yet but I suspect it'll do fine.
 

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