New Firmware for New Zealand users - Uniden R7 - Beta testing

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To accompany the firmware, I will send out a file with payment details. Thanks ever so much to the kindness of you guys on the forum.

I've made one final tweek to the R7 firmware. Because I am releasing it, and I still don't want people copying it and selling new R7s on trade me etc. with it preinstalled. Therefore when you power on, after the initial splash screen, the R7 will then display the unique serial number for the detector the file was built and encrpyted for.

I hope you don't mind me adding this extra feature, but I think given the amount of work here, I really don't want to see lots of them suddenly appearing on trademe!

DFR9 segmentation is still not right, but hopefully, I think I may now have an idea why only two of the three segments work properly. The DFR9 is also scanning probably up now to about 24.20 and probably a bit further down to around 23.96. Really hard to judge the exact frequencies as its analogue and seems at best to be +/-0.02. I did just find a redflex van caught in the bottom segment today though, so my work is looking promising.
 

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@dudeinnz thanks for your question about what the settings do.

I do plan to write a release note for it but haven't done that yet. I also figured I'd let you guys try it and see how you get on. I also asked @DEMON5 to note down anything on the menus etc if you think it could be made more intuitive.

So basically at present you have:

K Wide / K Quiet - This tells the DSP to scan wide regardless, just that K quiet has active K muting, K Wide does not.

K Mute 24.060-24.110. If ON this mutes in this range also (only if K Quiet is selected).

Hide Mutes On / Off (only if K Quiet selected): If set ON then the mutes will be greyed out on the display. If OFF the mute frequencies will not be displayed (just muted). So if used in combination with dark mode, the muted frequencies will also keep the display Dark, otherwise the frequencies would be greyed out as usual.

With Auto GPS lock outs you can use these by double pressing the mute button as normal. GPS lockouts can be applied with K Wide or K Quiet. If K Quiet is selected and the frequency is in the mute range, this will only really make sense if you intend also to use K Wide (and no muting). Otherwise you can still use gps lock outs to mute low K alerts within the alert frequency range.

Quiet ride should work independently, so I would suggest setting it to 40km. So if there is a false alert say at 24.030 this will be muted by Quiet ride if below that speed limit (i.e. in town), otherwise those in frequency alerts will not be muted.

Hope that helps.
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If you prefer, instead of the menu having "K Wide" or "K Quiet" it could be made to say: "Auto K Mute: On" / "Auto K Mute: Off" would that make things clearer?
Yes, that would make sense.
It’s not very intuitive as it is.
I had to go back and reread this thread to figure out the intention with wide/quiet.
Looks great though, looking forward to some testing on it now!
 

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@Mithheru, was the R7 mounted horizontally or vertically during that encounter? Also does K filter OFF give slightly better range in favour of more BSM falses?
 

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@Mithheru, that does look a little too short for comfort on the R7. Perhaps you and I do a head to head comparison shootout on both our R7s with the next weekend camera van you or I see? I'm still on 124 (NZ) and haven't felt compelled to move yet :) Will discuss when we catch up.
 

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This is different R7 unit to my original one. However, it depends more upon the van location. I think this R7 is similar in performance to my other one on the original 124 firmware. Some of those detections are quite close, but many are very good. I think if I was able to run the R7 on the same location as the Van on the DFR9 encounter the R7 would look better. Both detectors were running on vertical mount. It also depends very much upon location. There is very little here at these locations to give much of a reflection. You really need to run multiple runs and take the average to account for traffic etc..
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@Zakk So your R7 NZ has the 124 DSP version. Based upon experience I would say this is exactly the same as the 124 US DSP. I can for instance make it known that the 1.38 R3NZ firmware shares exactly the same DSP version as the old 1.37 US R3 firmware. Therefore likewise I would expect the R7NZ 124 and R7 US 124 DSP are the very same code. My 127 DSP is substantially the same as the 124DSP, so I would not expect any difference in detection range between our two R7s. I would love to do a side by side comparison of our two R7s though. It'd have to be averaged over 2 runs each, and performed in the same car, with the same mounting location. Let's do it! :)
 
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My 127 DSP is substantially the same as the 124DSP, so I would not expect any difference in detection range between our two R7s. I would love to do a side by side comparison of our two R7s though. It'd have to be averaged over 2 runs each, and performed in the same car, with the same mounting location. Let's do it!
Makes sense there shouldn't be difference between versions and we have determined the best settings for Redflex range. So outside of that you've got me wondering if there might be a db or two's sensitivity difference by having my remote R7 vertical outside in the grill (so not going through windscreen glass on an angle but instead in a sealed plastic unit).
As you know it's not easy to get to but perhaps we can come up with a controlled comparison.
 

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Makes sense there shouldn't be difference between versions and we have determined the best settings for Redflex range. So outside of that you've got me wondering if there might be a db or two's sensitivity difference by having my remote R7 vertical outside in the grill (so not going through windscreen glass on an angle but instead in a sealed plastic unit).
As you know it's not easy to get to but perhaps we can come up with a controlled comparison.
I wonder also if there is variability in detectors. The R7 I updated and tested for someone else recently did seem perhaps a little more responsive than mine.
 

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