first major road trip with the DFR7

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So I drove from Portland to San Francisco down I-5 the other day... very few false alerts... and lots of positive hits.

there's some construction going on between the california/oregon border and yreka so there are several of the roadside radar units that clock your speed and tell you how fast you are going... and i continue to be amazed at how far away i am when the DFR7 starts picking up the radar from those roadside units.

pretty sure it also saved me from getting another speeding ticket... it started going off on a stretch of road where there was nothing around to set off a false alarm... as i got closer it started going crazy and i must have gotten a direct hit because i've never seen it all the way lit up for such as long a duration as this. never saw LE but they had to be around there somewhere b/c there was literally nothing around where i was except for the highway...

the one anomaly is that i've gotten a few red light camera alerts on the highway... where obviously there are no red lights... i imagine the red light camera's are under the overpass i've been on... and one time it did something it's never done before. it said there was a red light camera and then flashed that i was exceeding the posted speed.

despite those minor hiccups i'm still quite pleased with the purchase. i've had it about 90 days now and considering how cheap i got it on Amazon... i have zero complaints. i know that in other parts of the country where more advanced and variable techniques are being deployed the DFR7 might be too antiquated to be effective... but out here on the west coast and specifically along the i-5 corridor i don't think you need anything beyond it.

driving back up to portland sunday morning... i'll follow up with my observations from the return trip...
 

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Another positive review from a DFR7 owner... Not surprised! Glad it’s kicking a$$ for you. Thanks for sharing your experience!
 

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The DFR 7 really is a solid radar detector, it's a good balance of quiet and range, I enjoy mine for sure.
 

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It’s a great unit and I’m glad to hear your enjoying it. You really can’t beat the price you can find these for. Keep reporting back and maybe post some videos. Good luck!
 

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I have an R3 so this may be different but there may be a RLC quiet ride setting that mutes RLC alerts when you are above a set speed.
 

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The DFR7 is a great performing radar detector at current prices. Using one I recently purchased in the Sierra instead of the R3. K Band false alarm filtering is very good and Quiet Ride helps eliminate constant alerts when driving through grocery store/mall parking lots. Performance on 34.7 KA Band is fantastic! Minor gripes are lack of KA Band segmentation, no change available to alert tones, and signal meter is hard to see in some circumstances.
@zuul keep us posted on your experiences with the DFR7 and stay safe.
 

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Great post/review. I had two LRD950’s. They were great detectors. I wish I would have kept one. This was Uniden’s “here we come” debut. When KA chirps it means business.
 

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Great post. Thanks for sharing. Loved my DFR7...put it in girlfriends SUV and I picked up a DFR9 for the extra bells and whistles like the R3. Both are great units. 👍
 

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Great post. Thanks for sharing. Loved my DFR7...put it in girlfriends SUV and I picked up a DFR9 for the extra bells and whistles like the R3. Both are great units. 👍
My DFR7 DOES NOT pick up low power ka band radar easily that some new trooper cars have, even with all filtrrs off and highway mode on. It sniffs it out at only a block away. The uniden R3 , found the bogey a mile plus away. But it sniffs most stuff out very well. And I love it. The troopers are always on waze.
 
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The DFR7 is a great performing radar detector at current prices. Using one I recently purchased in the Sierra instead of the R3. K Band false alarm filtering is very good and Quiet Ride helps eliminate constant alerts when driving through grocery store/mall parking lots. Performance on 34.7 KA Band is fantastic! Minor gripes are lack of KA Band segmentation, no change available to alert tones, and signal meter is hard to see in some circumstances.
@zuul keep us posted on your experiences with the DFR7 and stay safe.
KA and K segmentation is available through NZ conversion. Actually DFR7 is able to go lower on the K-band than R3.
 

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I got a DFR7 earlier this month - all driving so far is suburban; Works great - commute is about 25 min each way mostly 25-45 mph... getting a lot of Ka band short bursts. Most from moving police cars. One this morning was at top of a rte 1 exit ramp waiting to turn left and checked me as I exited onto ramp; others mostly going in opposite direction in 25-40 mph zones.. Whats alarming is how it has changed since 10 plus years ago when I had a cheap whistler - I remember few short bursts besides false signals. The only long Ka signal I got was a LEO hiding at an intersection looking for red light offenders turning left.. he probably had it on by accident.
 

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Great post/review. I had two LRD950’s. They were great detectors. I wish I would have kept one. This was Uniden’s “here we come” debut. When KA chirps it means business.
Totally agree ... I bought a late LRD950, upgraded it to DFR7(US) and recently to DFR7(NZ/OZ) which has band segmentation and MRCD detection (below 24GHz).

Now thinking about R3 or ... R7
 
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Totally agree ... I bought a late LRD950, upgraded it to DFR7(US) and recently to DFR7(NZ/OZ) which has band segmentation and MRCD detection (below 24GHz).

Now thinking about R3 or ... R7
Hey, I was not aware that NZ adds MRCD detection. Can you expand/explain? Thanks!
 

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Hey, I was not aware that NZ adds MRCD detection. Can you expand/explain? Thanks!
Hi!

You can flash the OZ/NZ firmware ... it works!
It adds band segmentation! , and MRCD since going below 24GHz

K – B A N D S E G M E N T F R E Q U E N C I E S
  • K1 – 23.950 – 24.110GHz
  • K2 – 24.110 – 24.250GHz
S U P E R W I D E K A B A N D S E G M E N T E D F R E Q U E N C I E S :
  • Ka1 – 33.392 – 33.704GHz
  • Ka2 – 33.704 – 33.896GHz
  • Ka3 – 33.886 – 34.198GHz
  • Ka4 – 34.186 – 34.592Ghz
  • Ka5 – 34.592 – 34.808GHz
  • Ka6 – 34.806 – 35.166GHz
  • Ka7 – 35.143 – 35.383GHz
  • Ka8 – 35.378 – 35.618GHz
  • Ka9 – 35.595 – 35.835GHz
  • Ka10 – 35.830 – 35.998GHz
:)

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Hi!

You can flash the OZ/NZ firmware ... it works!
It adds band segmentation! , and MRCD since going below 24GHz

K – B A N D S E G M E N T F R E Q U E N C I E S
  • K1 – 23.950 – 24.110GHz
  • K2 – 24.110 – 24.250GHz
S U P E R W I D E K A B A N D S E G M E N T E D F R E Q U E N C I E S :
  • Ka1 – 33.392 – 33.704GHz
  • Ka2 – 33.704 – 33.896GHz
  • Ka3 – 33.886 – 34.198GHz
  • Ka4 – 34.186 – 34.592Ghz
  • Ka5 – 34.592 – 34.808GHz
  • Ka6 – 34.806 – 35.166GHz
  • Ka7 – 35.143 – 35.383GHz
  • Ka8 – 35.378 – 35.618GHz
  • Ka9 – 35.595 – 35.835GHz
  • Ka10 – 35.830 – 35.998GHz
:)

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I've been following that thread pretty much since the beginning. I just didn't know/read that it provided MRCD capability. I guess I have a misconception about MRCD. I thought it was a low power and changing in frequency. Didn't know it was just a certain low freq. K-band. Thank you!
 

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I've been following that thread pretty much since the beginning. I just didn't know/read that it provided MRCD capability. I guess I have a misconception about MRCD. I thought it was a low power and changing in frequency. Didn't know it was just a certain low freq. K-band. Thank you!
There are many different MRCDs out there, many operate below 24GHz.
It depends on your region, but in any case the KA Band segmentation is a plus too!
 

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I have a few questions if someone could help. Is MRCD radar used in Patrol vehicles, or is it a fixed radar, and how can I see if it's used in South Carolina.
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I have a few questions if someone could help. Is MRCD radar used in Patrol vehicles, or is it a fixed radar, and how can I see if it's used in South Carolina.
Found this link From Redenso blog

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From the looks of it I'm safe for now. MRCD is not used in SC yet.
 
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I have a few questions if someone could help. Is MRCD radar used in Patrol vehicles, or is it a fixed radar, and how can I see if it's used in South Carolina.
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Found this link From Redenso blog

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From the looks of it I'm safe for now. MRCD is not used in SC yet.
Yeah, this was pretty much my understanding about MRCD. Hence why I asked if the NZ conversion actually provides MRCD support. I know that it unlocks lower K frequencies, but I thought MRCD required additional capabilities. I don't have any MRCD around me, but I do drive in Europe annually. So I could test MRCD but not for awhile.
 

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I think this is the one area where uniden really blows the doors off. My lrd950 was an awesome detector. Better range and more features over my V1. Only if it had arrows

Glad Uniden still offers these great performing detectors at an incredible price point. No reason why anyone should be buying cobra detectors
 

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