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1. What kind of vehicle do you have and do you want a remote or a windshield mount?
2011 BMW X5
Want a windshield mount

2. What's your budget?
Target budget is $300 to get back in the game. Want to see what has changed in the last 2 decades. Willing to go higher than $300 if the next step up provides a big benefit for the added cost.

3. Where you live and what states, country or areas you primarily drive?
Live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be driving back and forth to Jackson, Mississippi through Arkansas and possibly Northwest Tennessee (read Memphis).

4. How you drive?
Generally try to stay below 7 to 10 mph over the posted speed limit, but love to make up time when I can.

5. What your daily drive is like (short trips? long trips? city? highway?) we ask this because of falsing issues that exist in many areas or cities.
Looking at countermeasures primarily (if not totally) for the 8 hour drive (550 miles) between Tulsa to Jackson. Combination of Interstate and rural roads.
(via Oklahoma Turnpike, I-40 to Little Rock, AR, I-530 to Pine Bluff, Hwy 65 to Greenville, MS and on to Jackson)

6. How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
Escort was my first detector in the late 80’s to Early 90’s. Swapped over to a V1 in the mid 90’s. Have not been using countermeasures in the last 2 decades.

Somewhat concerned about BSM falsing and the lack of ability to get an early warning on laser.

7. Are there curves, hills, obstructions or is the area flat as a pancake.
Flat in Oklahoma, Rolling hills in Arkansas, some gentle curves and few obstructions.
Note that I am always assuming that there are LEOs over every hill and around all curves. When I am making up time, I generally do so when I have a clean line of sight. Love to follow the guy doing 80 mph as long as I can give him a ¼ mile lead and keep visual contact.

8. Are there Redlight cams/speed cams in your area and do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
No known red light cameras in my area. Use the Waze App for that info when out of my routine area. Love the thought of the GPS enabled unit, but for my purposes not sure it is worth the extra cash.

9. Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?"
Willing to do so if it really benefits the experience.

What kind of device do you own (iOS/Android)?
Will be buying an iPhone 11 before 2020

10. Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Unknown, but do not think so….
 

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Look into the Uniden R3. This is a great long range range detector with good BSM filtering.

You should also consider investing in some laser protection, as a radar detector will not protect you against laser.

There are some great deals on radar detectors right now, so you should be able to get one at a great price!
 
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If you are doing a lot of highway driving then I would say Either a Uniden R1 or R3, They both have the same range and performance. the R3 adds GPS which is nice for low speed muting (great for reducing falses when stuck in traffic or when driving at low speeds around town and in parking lots near stored with automatic door openers) and for lockouts of known false signals that you pass daily on a commute. the R1 is in your budget and the R3 can often be had for right about $300. Filtering wise they are pretty good, you can dial in Kband sensitivity in 10% increments to balance range and quietness, and the range is excellent.

As far as laser is concerned, getting advanced warning is not likely with any RD, the V1 is probably the best chance of catching a little scatter, but it's in the realm of luck and due to the sensitvity they are prone to falsing to laser cruise control and such from other vehicles around you. if laser is something you want coverage from you need ALP or TMG. now Waze can be very helpful with laser as laser trap are stationary, but as you know it all depends on how many folks are ahead of you and how well the officer is hiding :)
 

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R3 would be my pick as well at the $300 price range. The Quiet Ride (low speed muting) feature in itself is worth the extra cost over the R1 IMO. Sensitivity & range are top notch on either.
 

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+1 on the Uniden R3 from me as well. For laser protection, you're gonna be looking at ~$600 minimum. If you stay on the main highways make sure you run Waze! It's a free application for marking police and other road hazards.
 

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My almost neighbor! I moved from Tulsa to Ark about 9 years ago and have gone back and forth hundreds of times. It was highway 412 and the constant speed traps that got me into this whole scene.

I'll echo the theme here: Uniden R1/R3 with Waze for the best range and decent BSM filters. Most radar detectors operate as a ticket notifier when it comes to laser but I haven't noticed laser on those roads yet. I have noticed false K east of Little Rock on I40 when on highway mode - will have to filter that out. In town, I will just put it in city mode and it will catch most of the BSM out there.
In MS I have noticed some unusual LEO that will use pickups
 

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I am sitting in OKC right now myself. I go from around here through Chicago on my way to Pittsburgh alot. Much like you, I had an old Escort that I just couldn't find anymore so I started looking. One more vote for the R1/R3 with the mention that I was just about to go for the R3 but stepped up to the R7 and could not be happier. I know I will get some bumper radar hits while on the highway but frankly I was surprised at how little there actually were on my trip back here a few weeks ago. If you haven't watched any of Vortex's videos about the Uniden detectors, it will be worth your time to do so. Information is power.........

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Definitely an R3 recommendation from me too.
It's a powerful, feature full & adjustable detector.
With prices for it coming down it's a winner almost anywhere bang for your buck.
Maybe a DFR7 or 9 if you can get for a hundred less than the R3 and want to really keep a tight budget.
Otherwise R3.
I spent a lot more for the R7 and Pro M I have and still believe the 30 days I tried the R3 that there is no better deal out there for new detectors.
It's a beast.
 

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Look into the Uniden R3. This is a great long range range detector with good BSM filtering.

You should also consider investing in some laser protection, as a radar detector will not protect you against laser.

There are some great deals on radar detectors right now, so you should be able to get one at a great price!
^^ ditto. There should be some good before Christmas sales on R3 To get within your range.
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If you are doing a lot of highway driving then I would say Either a Uniden R1 or R3, They both have the same range and performance. the R3 adds GPS which is nice for low speed muting (great for reducing falses when stuck in traffic or when driving at low speeds around town and in parking lots near stored with automatic door openers) and for lockouts of known false signals that you pass daily on a commute. the R1 is in your budget and the R3 can often be had for right about $300. Filtering wise they are pretty good, you can dial in Kband sensitivity in 10% increments to balance range and quietness, and the range is excellent.

As far as laser is concerned, getting advanced warning is not likely with any RD, the V1 is probably the best chance of catching a little scatter, but it's in the realm of luck and due to the sensitvity they are prone to falsing to laser cruise control and such from other vehicles around you. if laser is something you want coverage from you need ALP or TMG. now Waze can be very helpful with laser as laser trap are stationary, but as you know it all depends on how many folks are ahead of you and how well the officer is hiding :)
^^^ Ditto. And My limited laser experience with R1/3 series is limited (and not good results).
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R3 would be my pick as well at the $300 price range. The Quiet Ride (low speed muting) feature in itself is worth the extra cost over the R1 IMO. Sensitivity & range are top notch on either.
Ditto.
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+1 on the Uniden R3 from me as well. For laser protection, you're gonna be looking at ~$600 minimum. If you stay on the main highways make sure you run Waze! It's a free application for marking police and other road hazards.
Ditto.. The votes keep piling up. :)
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My almost neighbor! I moved from Tulsa to Ark about 9 years ago and have gone back and forth hundreds of times. It was highway 412 and the constant speed traps that got me into this whole scene.

I'll echo the theme here: Uniden R1/R3 with Waze for the best range and decent BSM filters. Most radar detectors operate as a ticket notifier when it comes to laser but I haven't noticed laser on those roads yet. I have noticed false K east of Little Rock on I40 when on highway mode - will have to filter that out. In town, I will just put it in city mode and it will catch most of the BSM out there.
In MS I have noticed some unusual LEO that will use pickups
Ditto..
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I am sitting in OKC right now myself. I go from around here through Chicago on my way to Pittsburgh alot. Much like you, I had an old Escort that I just couldn't find anymore so I started looking. One more vote for the R1/R3 with the mention that I was just about to go for the R3 but stepped up to the R7 and could not be happier. I know I will get some bumper radar hits while on the highway but frankly I was surprised at how little there actually were on my trip back here a few weeks ago. If you haven't watched any of Vortex's videos about the Uniden detectors, it will be worth your time to do so. Information is power.........

Bob E.
Ditto... And he is correct on R7 would be a killer for where you live.
 
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Definitely an R3 recommendation from me too.
It's a powerful, feature full & adjustable detector.
With prices for it coming down it's a winner almost anywhere bang for your buck.
Maybe a DFR7 or 9 if you can get for a hundred less than the R3 and want to really keep a tight budget.
Otherwise R3.
I spent a lot more for the R7 and Pro M I have and still believe the 30 days I tried the R3 that there is no better deal out there for new detectors.
It's a beast.
One last ditto....

Welcome back to the game RG1. Some Folks on RDF also have very hot R1s from off the shelf buys. Seems like in tests, they will beat the R3 by a slight but measurable amount. @GTO_04 Has a older reliable R1 that is killer. Nothing*degrades, it keeps killing other devices in tests.
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Well I didn't get a DrHow ditto but at least scored a like.
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Oops! I was tying too slow! And talking true fish stories about GTO R1. Personally seen it in action.
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Oh, and let’s not forget @Kennyc56 multiple killer R1s.

For me, I go into seizure if I don’t have GPS on a device like the R3 has. Bad habit. :)
 
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DFR7 is a great detector with GPS and has a way better screen then the R3.
I dont see any reason to get a newer detector unless you want the direction indicator or need MRCD detection that the R7 has.
You wont be disappointing with the DFR7 at all.
This auction on ebay looks good: for $119 and it even comes with a better mount. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-Protector-DFR7-Radar-Detector-with-GPS-Pre-Owned/153750374029

If you dont have a dash cam, then use your extra money for one.
 
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One last ditto....

Welcome back to the game RG1. Some Folks on RDF also have very hot R1s from off the shelf buys. Seems like in tests, they will beat the R3 by a slight but measurable amount. @GTO_04 Has a older reliable R1 that is killer. Nothing*degrades, it keeps killing other devices in tests.
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Oops! I was tying too slow! And talking true fish stories about GTO R1. Personally seen it in action.
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Oh, and let’s not forget @Kennyc56 multiple killer R1s.

For me, I go into seizure if I don’t have GPS on a device like the R3 has. Bad habit. :)
I'm just the opposite! Any detector WITH any type of gps makes me have a seizure! I have 5 R1's now all on 1.50 and 3 Redline-O's and what do they all have in common? Killer range and no lockouts or GPS! While the Redlines are useless with K band on, my R1's on 1.50 with TFS, K filter and K block at 70% are great against K band and very quiet as well. If I run into something crazy, I'll just put them in city mode and let them eat! I think the R3 is awesome too, it's just not for me!
 
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If you face laser threats, a radar detector won’t do you any good. You will be driving with a false sense of security.

I would not choose this time to re-enter the market as a buyer. There is a new technology releasing next year which will probably push all RD prices down.

Don’t rush into something. Do your research and decide whether you’re willing to wait for prices to drop to save more money towards laser protection.

Also, if you have an android, check out JBV1 offline mode. You face aerial threats which it will alert to.
 
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Yeah screw Waze, use JBV1 instead, which will give you longer alerts to Waze reports plus alerts for the occasional aerial enforcement along that route. And for laser, just pony up for some jammers (a used system from a trusted member will save some money). The thing in your favor is that you don't push the speeding most of the time, and 7-10 over is close to tolerance anyway. Those times you're "making up time" that's what justifies a full package. One nasty laser ticket will make you want to kick yourself for not ponying up, especially after this research you're doing. I was a knucklehead and waited until I got a laser ticket in W Memphis years ago, and have had a blast with jammers since. My average speed has also increased quite a bit since this forum of mischievous scofflaws has led me astray. haha
 

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Yeah screw Waze, use JBV1 instead, which will give you longer alerts to Waze reports plus alerts for the occasional aerial enforcement along that route. And for laser, just pony up for some jammers (a used system from a trusted member will save some money). The thing in your favor is that you don't push the speeding most of the time, and 7-10 over is close to tolerance anyway. Those times you're "making up time" that's what justifies a full package. One nasty laser ticket will make you want to kick yourself for not ponying up, especially after this research you're doing. I was a knucklehead and waited until I got a laser ticket in W Memphis years ago, and have had a blast with jammers since. My average speed has also increased quite a bit since this forum of mischievous scofflaws has led me astray. haha
While I agree with most of your posts, this one is downright comical! The only other "scofflaw" on this entire forum that can come close to you is my other hero @erickonphoenix ! You two make one hell of a pair! LMAO!!!:D
 
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While I agree with most of your posts, this one is downright comical! The only other "scofflaw" on this entire forum that can come close to you is my other hero @erickonphoenix ! You two make one hell of a pair! LMAO!!!:D
You're on track to making it a trifecta! :lolhit: Actually, there are several other inspirational rascals, scallywags, and miscreants who frequent these parts and share the occasional massive save videos but whose names I shall not highlight just to protect their innocence. haha
 

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You're on track to making it a trifecta! :lolhit: Actually, there are several other inspirational rascals, scallywags, and miscreants who frequent these parts and share the occasional massive save videos but whose names I shall not highlight just to protect their innocence. haha
Thanks for the compliment! I'm doing my best, I can promise you that! You guys are a hard act to follow!
 

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If you face laser threats, a radar detector won’t do you any good. You will be driving with a false sense of security.

I would not choose this time to re-enter the market as a buyer. There is a new technology releasing next year which will probably push all RD prices down.

Don’t rush into something. Do your research and decide whether you’re willing to wait for prices to drop to save more money towards laser protection.

Also, if you have an android, check out JBV1 offline mode. You face aerial threats which it will alert to.
Any chance you are talking about the new product from Radenso? (Theai)
 
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