Your first radar detector(s)

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My first experience was as a passenger, the original Escort. I didn’t think much of it since it didn’t seem to do much lol.

Then my own first ownership was late, late 80s for me.

I don’t remember the model of my first but it falsed enough that I thought it was busted and exchanged it for another, which, naturally falsed the same amount on my route.

It was then I discovered the concept of getting what you pay for when it comes to electronics.

I returned that second, same model and got the one I do remember, sorta. I remember the layout of the LEDs and a google image search reveals that I had the first model of the Cobra Trapshooter (1989).

This one saved my butt a few times. What I mean by that is that it WOULD have saved my butt had I been paying attention to it.

But I had it mounted ABOVE my rearview mirror, NOT in my line of sight and since my radio was loud I didn’t hear it.

I even remember one time where NYPD/whatever tagged me at 79mph (back in the days of the criminally stupid 55mph limit). Coming around a left hander, heading out to one of the bridges and out to the beaches,

I stopped and looked up at the radar detector and every light was blinking like mad.

It only works if you’re paying attention to it:drinking:


That was my last detector until 2018 when I got my first V1. Despite the ability of V1 Driver to play through Bluetooth into the car stereo I mount the V1 detector UNDER the rearview mirror to keep it in my line of sight.

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In 1986, my first was a Cobra RD-3110, after my first save just days after purchase I was hooked. Several more Cobras, Then Maxon RD-1, then Bell Vector 3, then original Cincinnati Passport (she got stolen) I really liked it, perfect size, great range and nothing like it at the time. In 2002 I saw a V1gen1 in a magazine and had to have her. For the last 18 years she was my road companion. I drive all over the state of Pennsylvania averaging 50,000 + miles a year with my job. It has saved me more times then I can count. Well in May of 2020, she finally went silent on me. Was gonna order a new V1GEN2 but with all the issues and drama I'm seeing on here and after paying $450 for it, with it failing and delamination. I would stroke out. So I thought about R7, everyone in one breath says about its awsome range and super sensitivity, but then on the other breath says you need to dial it down. Especially K band. Well Pennsylvania is mostly low powered, I/O K band . So dialing it back and lots of filters dont help me. Settled on Radenso Pro M. It has the range like my old V1GEN1 but alot more quite, very quite, sometimes to quite. I do miss the boogie counter and arrows. (Got spoiled from V1). Took it to Florida and back. Lots and lots of saves, plenty of range and warning, and it didn't drive me insane with falses. I was really impressed. Unfortunately it worked so well and is so quite that my wife has high jacked it for her car.
Now I am back to looking again and need another for myself. I signed up for emails and release on Theia, but who knows when that will happen. Still thinking on a new V1GEN2. Wish I had more info on Theia. Bread crumbs here and there is agonizing. The stress, the anxiety, should I wait for Theia? should I just pull the trigger on V1GEN2?
Is V1GEN2 fixed yet?
Is Theia gonna have 1st launch issues also?
How long till Theia? 2 months? 6 months?
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I had a Whistler Spectrum, Spectrum II I think, remote. Great detector circa 1985. I then got a "Fat Boy" V1 with the Laser module I think was 1994 or 1995.
 

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I had a FuzzBuster when I lived in Philadelphia around 1984. They broke my window and stole it when I was working late one night in King Of Prussia. Bought my original Valentine a while later.
 

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I didn't start paying attention to these things until around mid 2000's and that's when I first heard about the V1 and thought it was the coolest thing ever but never could afford it at the time. A little while later my friend had a 9500ix that amazed me with it's GPS and what I thought was good response. I didn't know much better of course and it was the only detector I had actually had seat time with riding as a passenger around in Florida with him. A few years of jealousy later I finally stumbled across this place and pre-ordered the Escort Max. It was my first detector and I was super excited about it. Eventually the shine wore off and I started to realize things weren't perfect but honestly even still I did enjoy that detector, I spent countless hours wandering around looking for LEO's running radar. It's still on duty to this day in another vehicle, eventually I will repo it and put it on my shelf of detectors.

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Early 80s...
Cinci Micro Escort shared with my Dad.
Mid 80s...
Then, I used my Diners Club to buy my Cinci Micro Passport!!
 

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An Escort RedLine.

I was a little late to the game. I wasn't a heavy foot, at least for my area. I took a road trip out of town, and learned the hard way that not all areas have the same enforcement culture. What was reasonable and safe in my home State, was not the same in another State. I got stopped and issued a citation while out of State. That evening I did some reading, and the very next day I went and bought my Escort RedLine at the closest authorized dealer I could find. I even drove 1 hour out of my way just to go to the dealer. It was an awesome detector, but unfortunately I bought it right as vehicles were beginning to come equipped with BlindSpot Monitoring. I saw it go from a few vehicles on the freeway to every vehicle on the freeway. I ended up switching to the Passport Max, then the Max 360, the Max 360c, and I joined RDForum around then.
 

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My first detector was a gift, Radio Shack Early warning. It supposedly had the ability to detect Laser, emergency vehicles and train crossing signals. That was back in 2004. It saved my butt many times. Me and a girl I was dating called it quits before I could take it out of her car.
 

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Me and a girl I was dating called it quits before I could take it out of her car.
Too bad she didn't give you back your stuff :(
 

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Uniden Bandit 55 back in the early 80’s. Had a RD9,Original Escort a Bel 966, one of the first V1’s, Bel 985, Escort 8500,Bel Rx65, a couple more V1’s, and a few more I’m sure I’ve missed, but I’ve now come back full circle and run an R3 for now.
 

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definitely a trip down memory lane....

BTW @danpass, sounds like you are not using one of V1's greatest accessories: the Concealed Display! You can put it anywhere you want so you have easy access to view all of the RD information in one location! Mine has been in the instrument cluster and part of a regular sweep for ages...
 
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sounds like you are not using one of V1's greatest accessories: the Concealed Display!
Yeah, true ... ish.
I really dislike running wires all over the place lol

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Yeah, true ... ish.
I really dislike running wires all over the place lol

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if working with a permanent install, they should be done properly and hidden too... Remote Audio rocks as well. No more sun roof / loud music drowning out the sound of an RD!
 

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FuzzBuster - mid-70's
Original Escort - ?80's
A string of Escorts - late-80's thru 2019 (including Redline and MAX 360c
V1G2 - last month
 

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Mine first one was a crappy Cobra for $60, then a Escort Passport (Now named X50) - I should note it did have some pretty good range, nothing crazy but was really nice to pair with escort live. Then I purchased a V1 at the time, but ended up returning it as I was a pleb and didn't realize I had to spend more money to configure it properly. Then I ended up buying the OG Redline which then has served me wonderfully until I purchased a R7. Now, I sold the R7 and have yet to make a decision to what is next. The OG Redline is used as a backup.

I didn't realize that were other nerds that enjoyed RDs as much as I do.
 

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Autotronics Super Snooper. Circa 1976. Best in its day.
 

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My first was the original Escort and after that the slimmer Passport. Several in between then and now. I run the Uniden R3 in my daily '17 Camaro SS Fifty edition and the R7 in my C7 Z06/Z07.
 

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My first detector was a Radio Shack model that I purchased off of someone looking to sell some of his belongings. I think it did a rather decent job of detecting radar but would try to figure out what direction it was coming from. I had heard about the V1 for some years but what kept me from buying one, other than price, was my late wife thinking I wanted to buy one so I could speed. She was a stickler for going the speed limit. Shortly after buying the RS RD, I started dating my current wife and told her I wanted to buy a V1 RD. I was able to, with her help buy my 1st V1 and have not looked at any other detector since then.
 

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