Uniden R3 - Just one person's first impressions

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A little background- I've run a V1 for 20 years, and also 8500s, an 8500 x50, and other mid-range detectors.

I bought an R3 because it was time to do something about the BSM falses.

I have been using it for a few weeks (I believe it is on the latest firmware) and here are a couple of thoughts;

Pro:
-It does indeed seem to filter out K-band sources from other vehicular safety systems. I have run the R3 with my V1 (yes I am aware of the reasons why this might not be the most accurate of evaluations) and without (in heavy traffic with late model vehicles where I'd expect to get a lot of false K) and I can say that it definitely ignores MOST of those signals

-Menu system is pretty straight-forward and intuitive

Con:

-The cigarette lighter plug must be a slightly larger diameter than every other one I own because at first I couldn't get it to make connection (turns out I hadn't pushed it in far enough). A minor issue, but I could see it being a problem with some cigarette lighter splitters that won't hold up to the plug being pushed in so hard

-The slot in the detector, and the tab on the mount, are a different size than on my Belscort detectors, so I can't re-use any of those mounts (but of course, this should come as no surprise, really; Uniden wants to sell me their own accessories)

-Maybe I'm missing something, but the large single suction cup mount that came with the detector appears to be adhesive?? Even though it has a lever to release the suction, it stays permanently stuck to the window. I didn't see anything in the manual about the mount, so I don't know if this is expected (why would you have adhesive on a vacuum-actuated mount though?)

-It comes with X-band turned off, which I guess is OK, but this fact is not obvious to the casual user. It's probably fine for most people, but I do drive in both of the states where X-band is still used, and I can see where this would be a huge surprise to someone who wasn't aware. Where this rises to the level of a major complaint, though is: When you power up the detector, it goes through a self-test/demo where it plays the tone for each alert style. Now, with X-band OFF (as is the default setting), it still plays the X-Band tone (and says "X-Band") during the power-on. It should say "X-band off" or show "OFF" on the screen to remind the user that X-band is off! My other detectors remind the user if a band has been disabled!

-Four out of five of my other detectors have X-band enabled. But, I almost NEVER get X-band alerts (from police or otherwise), which leads me to think that there is almost no X-band around me. However, I turned X-band on in the R3, just for the hell of it (I have nightmares that I've driven to NJ with my radar detector and forgotten to turn X-band back on). I figure that since there's no X-band around me, it wouldn't matter. However, I am getting a LOT of X-band false alarms with the R3. These are false alarms in the sense that they are not coming from police radar guns. The detector alerts to X-band in the same areas every time (always near stores or houses), so my only conclusions are: (1) There's always been X-band there, but it's weak, and somehow the R3 is seriously more sensitive on X-band than any other detector I own or (2) The X-band falses are actually K or other signals that are overwhelming/confusing the R3. Like I said, it does happen at the same places in my commute, near buildings, so I guess it could be picking up super-weak interior burglar alarm type sources, but I'm surprised that none of my other detectors have ever make a peep on X-band in those places.

-My biggest complaint is this one: While the R3 does seem to do a decent job filtering out K-band 'junk' from other vehicles, it does NOT filter (and is VERY sensitive to) K-band automatic door openers as seen on most larger retail establishments. The R3 does have a way to tag these with GPS, but I'd have to tag miles of commercial areas that I drive through, which would put me at a great disadvantage if any active police patrolling was going on there, which is likely, because these areas have significant traffic. Reducing sensitivity on K-band might help, but with that, I'd also lose sensitivity to real police radar at the same time. I haven't experimented with K-narrow, but I've been told in another thread on this site that it's safer to leave the detector in K-Wide. For a good portion of this area, I'm moving along at regular speeds, so adding low-speed muting wouldn't help (and I don't like it anyway, I want to be aware of police radar even when I'm going slow).

So it seems I've traded one problem (my older detectors can't filter out the junk BSM K signals from real police radar) for another (the R3 is decent at ignoring BSM but is so sensitive to grocery store door openers that I'd have to basically turn K off for miles of my commute, leaving me exposed to real police K-radar)

I haven't tried it on the highway yet, only on my commute and around town. I could see it being more helpful for highway driving (which is really where one should be able to go faster, anyway- speeding in dense traffic near the supermarket isn't a good idea) However, if the highway goes near larger towns, cities, shopping centers, etc. I think the 'junk-door-K' problem would still be pretty annoying.

Anyway, that's just my 2 cents and I hope to experiment some more and learn more about this detector. What else am I going to do while I wait for Theia?! :holy:
 
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Happy New Years!

You Are 100% Correct!

I Got Rid of My R7-($200-Loss) And! R3 Radar Detectors!
Both! Are Useless In The NEW ECM LEO Environment!
Without An App Aiding! And Assisting Your Survival In Electronic Warfare!
Worst! The R9! Is No Different!
Why Even Bother!!!

That's Where ALL Uniden Radar Products Fail!..

And! With ALL the Anticipation of the NEW Radenso Theia Knocking Everyone On Their Assets!
Due To Its Failure To Be Released On Its Due Date! And! Knocking the Wind Out of Members From This Site!
And Leaving Them With Nothing To Talk About! Ha! Who Would've Thunk!!!

The New V1 Gen2 With JBV1 App Is the Only ECCM Radar Detector On the Market!
Keeping Everyone Informed! And! Out of Danger!
2nd! Is the NEW Escort Redline 360c With Escort Live! And Google Maps Enabled!

The Venerable V1! Lasted In Its Original Design! And! Application For 29-Years!
That Alone Speaks For Itself!...

I Currently Run The V1 Gen2-(JBV1-App)/Escort Redline 360c-(Escort Live) With Radenso Pro-M Radar!
Radenso For MRCD/MRCT MultaRadar Being Used Throughout the DC Area! NYC! Jersey! Philly!
And Other Cities Are Adding It To Their Extortion & Racketeering Arsenal!

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With Custom Brake Light Blackout! With Mini RED LED Strobe Light Rear-Brake Indicator!

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Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner with HPDB and Wi-Fi-(*Updated Trunking Codes)
*Updated Digital-Trunking Protocols For 2021

The Uniden BearTracker 885 Hybrid Police Digital Scanner Has Alerted To! And Confirm X-Band Use!
In Places, Where X-Band Was Suppose To Be No Longer In Use!

And! CB-Radio Use! Is Back! BIG TIME!

 

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Worst! The R9! Is No Different
Really? You've gotten to try out a unit? I never heard it was available. My R7 is great for me after I adjusted the settings to my liking.

@Leadfut have you tried running your R3 in city mode while in town. Like you said, speeding in congested areas isn't safe, so city mode shouldn't be an issue for you. When you get ready for a road trip, put it back on your original settings.
Hope that helps.
 

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There Was A Writeup On reddit About the Testing by Uniden On the R9.

It's the R7! With A Remote LCD Screen! With Dual Antennas Housed In A Weatherproof/Hi-Temperature Case-Front!
And A Rear Mount Antenna For the Back of the Windshield! No Word Yet If the Rear Antenna Is Dual! or, Single Ant.
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We Are NOW! In Total Electronic Warfare With ALL the LEO Departments Across the Country! And! Overseas!
And! It's Going To Get Worst! Drones! Highspeed Motion Capture Cameras Already Up In the DC Area!

Heading South To Atlanta From Detroit After Picking Up My Truck Last Month, I Had A Lot of X-Band Hits!
Also, A Lot of WAZE Reports of LEO's & On Facebook-Live of Speed Traps Lined Up On I-75!
A Had A Lot of Chatter On the Police Scanner- BCD536HP! And On the CB Hybrid Warning of Police Bands!
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We Have To Stay Ahead of These Threats! And! A Radar Detector Without An App In These Times,
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The R3 and R7 work very well for me, especially when I deal with a lot of I/O K band and some C/O.
 

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There is a whole lot of blatant misinformation being thrown around in this thread.

I understand your frustration with the GPS lockouts @Leadfut. I have a 10 mile stretch of 6-lane divided highway with storefronts all over it and a measly PSL of 50. And to make matters worse, K band is a possible threat along this roadway. My R3 lockouts had to basically be along the entire stretch, which means masking out most of K band. Uniden brought narrower lockouts over to the R7, which means it's possible that they will do so for the R3 as well. But I don't think that would matter as much in a situation, because:

I also picked up a V1G2 about a month ago. It has much more narrow and "safer" lockouts via the app. However, in the month of driving this road, it still has not sorted through all of the false sources and locked them out automatically. There are so many stationary falses that the narrower lockouts don't cover enough of the band to lock out everything immediately like the Uniden did. According to V1Driver, there's 30 automatic lockout pins on that 10 mile stretch and it still falses. This is not a fault of the detector at all, but rather a byproduct of this different approach in this specific circumstance. The bottom line is that this very specific threat area is a nightmare for any detector, and all of the options on the market right now do not handle my specific issue here. At least the V1G2 is trying to sort everything out, unlike the Uniden that just basically muted K band for that stretch. But in fairness to the R3, it is a quieter experience in the area.

If in the end, the R3 lockout approach doesn't work for you, that's totally fine! The approaches from other detectors may or may not work for you. I have an Max360c arriving this week for some testing and I will see how it approaches this stretch as well. The bottom line is that most modern detectors just don't have a handle on K band yet. Both of my detectors exhibit different degrees of successful filtering, but successful filtering comes at the expense of performance against real K band, of which I see a lot of. I'm hopeful that Theia can offer a new approach to this dilemma in the future, but right now, we make due with what we have and remain vigilant to the outcomes of the weaknesses. You can certainly lock out your whole stretch of door openers, but it may leave you vulnerable to K band threats. Or you can elect to not lock them out, but will you be able to pick out a real K band threat in the noise anyways?
 

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Thanks for the review. I haven't used an R3 but always enjoy hearing other members feedback on products. I haven't read the comments following yours yet but as always happens when someone provides a review of a product, I'm sure you'll have some members that may not agree with all of your observations. That's healthy to help us all learn and avoid "group think".
 

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Happy New Years!

You Are 100% Correct!

I Got Rid of My R7-($200-Loss) And! R3 Radar Detectors!
Both! Are Useless In The NEW ECM LEO Environment!
Without An App Aiding! And Assisting Your Survival In Electronic Warfare!
Worst! The R9! Is No Different!
Why Even Bother!!!

That's Where ALL Uniden Radar Products Fail!..

And! With ALL the Anticipation of the NEW Radenso Theia Knocking Everyone On Their Assets!
Due To Its Failure To Be Released On Its Due Date! And! Knocking the Wind Out of Members From This Site!
And Leaving Them With Nothing To Talk About! Ha! Who Would've Thunk!!!

The New V1 Gen2 With JBV1 App Is the Only ECCM Radar Detector On the Market!
Keeping Everyone Informed! And! Out of Danger!
2nd! Is the NEW Escort Redline 360c With Escort Live! And Google Maps Enabled!

The Venerable V1! Lasted In Its Original Design! And! Application For 29-Years!
That Alone Speaks For Itself!...

I Currently Run The V1 Gen2-(JBV1-App)/Escort Redline 360c-(Escort Live) With Radenso Pro-M Radar!
Radenso For MRCD/MRCT MultaRadar Being Used Throughout the DC Area! NYC! Jersey! Philly!
And Other Cities Are Adding It To Their Extortion & Racketeering Arsenal!

API FULL-SUITE! With Custom Alert Disengaged Action Button!
With Custom Brake Light Blackout! With Mini RED LED Strobe Light Rear-Brake Indicator!

Uniden Units: These (2) Uniden Units Are A Must Now!...
Uniden BearTracker 885 Hybrid CB Radio Police Digital Scanner-(*Updated Trunking Codes)
Uniden BCD536HP Digital Phase 2 Base/Mobile Scanner with HPDB and Wi-Fi-(*Updated Trunking Codes)
*Updated Digital-Trunking Protocols For 2021

The Uniden BearTracker 885 Hybrid Police Digital Scanner Has Alerted To! And Confirm X-Band Use!
In Places, Where X-Band Was Suppose To Be No Longer In Use!

And! CB-Radio Use! Is Back! BIG TIME!
Enough with the "exclamation marks," please.
 

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There is a whole lot of blatant misinformation being thrown around in this thread.

I understand your frustration with the GPS lockouts @Leadfut. I have a 10 mile stretch of 6-lane divided highway with storefronts all over it and a measly PSL of 50. And to make matters worse, K band is a possible threat along this roadway. My R3 lockouts had to basically be along the entire stretch, which means masking out most of K band. Uniden brought narrower lockouts over to the R7, which means it's possible that they will do so for the R3 as well. But I don't think that would matter as much in a situation, because:

I also picked up a V1G2 about a month ago. It has much more narrow and "safer" lockouts via the app. However, in the month of driving this road, it still has not sorted through all of the false sources and locked them out automatically. There are so many stationary falses that the narrower lockouts don't cover enough of the band to lock out everything immediately like the Uniden did. According to V1Driver, there's 30 automatic lockout pins on that 10 mile stretch and it still falses. This is not a fault of the detector at all, but rather a byproduct of this different approach in this specific circumstance. The bottom line is that this very specific threat area is a nightmare for any detector, and all of the options on the market right now do not handle my specific issue here. At least the V1G2 is trying to sort everything out, unlike the Uniden that just basically muted K band for that stretch. But in fairness to the R3, it is a quieter experience in the area.

If in the end, the R3 lockout approach doesn't work for you, that's totally fine! The approaches from other detectors may or may not work for you. I have an Max360c arriving this week for some testing and I will see how it approaches this stretch as well. The bottom line is that most modern detectors just don't have a handle on K band yet. Both of my detectors exhibit different degrees of successful filtering, but successful filtering comes at the expense of performance against real K band, of which I see a lot of. I'm hopeful that Theia can offer a new approach to this dilemma in the future, but right now, we make due with what we have and remain vigilant to the outcomes of the weaknesses. You can certainly lock out your whole stretch of door openers, but it may leave you vulnerable to K band threats. Or you can elect to not lock them out, but will you be able to pick out a real K band threat in the noise anyways?
Excellent points. To be clear lest anyone thing I am dissappointed with the detector: I do not hate the R3 at all, I was just posting some initial impressions. At the very least, it will end up in my wife's car with X off and in city mode, with an understanding that it may miss some valid K hits. Luckily we have more KA than K in use in this area. As such, it will provide 80% protection for her, and she doesn't drive that fast anyway...

I do plan on picking up the new V1 Gen 2. I missed out on the trade-in that they were offering last year, and I've been waiting for that to come back. Though I tend to never get rid of anything, so maybe I'll just keep my old unit and buy a new Gen 2 outright. I'd also like to check out the 360 Redline eventually.

I always liked my V1G1 so I have faith that Valentine will do a good job. What I'd really like is a way to get my old original V1 upgraded to the latest firmware AND buy a new Gen 2 but it seems Valentine is not willing to upgrade their original units any more...
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Happy New Years!

You Are 100% Correct!



And! CB-Radio Use! Is Back! BIG TIME!
Rocket Jockey! I appreciate the enthusiasm! :) I used to mess with CB back in the day, I also have scanners but I mostly listen at home. I find very little chatter about speed traps these days, and there's a lot of other chatter mixed in (police going about their normal business unrelated to speed enforcement). They may use the Tac channel to discuss these more sensitive topics. Since moving to a digital system, there's no way to decode the Tactical channel.

I had given up on CB, but perhaps I should get back into it. I do like playing the 'gray man' on the road though, and having a big CB antenna (unlike UHF, a 27mhz CB antenna has to be relatively long) on my roof seems like a dead giveaway that I'm "up to something"...

Unlike radar detectors and even Waze, I find the scanner difficult to use for countermeasures. There's just too much other chatter and it takes too much attention to listen to the police scanner and decipher where they are patrolling or doing speed traps. I can do it successfully from home, but when I'm driving I usually would rather listen to music or satellite radio than the scanner. And the family doesn't appreciate it either (it interrupts conversation). But that's just me.
 
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I have the R family (1,3 & 7) and I'm very pleased with them all. My area is pseudo urban so I must be lucky with the k door falses. On the CB subject, I picked up a Uniden handheld for $40 to see whats going on. By me its still mostly skip. I'm in Long Island NY.
 

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This started out as an R3 thread and went a few directions so I'll throw in my .02 on uniden generally. I love the R1. Same as R3 with no GPS. I dont find it to be a false hound but I use it mostly on the freeway. Speeding in town here is asking for a photo ticket.
 
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@Leadfut
Try using the R3 settings to your benefit in the different areas of your drive.
I suggest setting Advanced Mode K 30-50%, X 30-50%, adjust as needed to meet your needs.
Then when your out on the open road use Highway mode.
In urban areas or heavier traffic use that Advanced Mode with your custom % settings that will still have excellent LEO protection.
Then when in K Band hell zone, use City Mode to dampen down the annoyance.
Use lockouts in those areas that you use Highway and Advanced modes for a quiet drive without needing to lockout long sections.
You can then quickly cycle the 3 modes without entering the Menu as you travel through the different areas of your commute.
I know it's not automatic but it will help if you are willing to do so.

Also, use Quiet Ride settings to your advantage. Set to 30 mph or higher, whatever speed you feel travelling at is not likely to get you a ticket if a K or X copper I/O you. This will give you the one beep warning but help with the sanity on a long stretch of K garbage.
All filters on, K and TSF. K Block on.
Auto Mute volume lower it down to a level after initial alert it is not bothersome, for those long alerts that Quiet Ride speeds can't catch.
You can probably get the R3 working quite satisfactorily for want you want, and still maintain excellent protection.
Don't be afraid of lower sensitivity settings on an R series, it is extremely sensitive and K at 50% meets or beats most everthing else on warning distances.
 

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Wow. So very exciting. My R3 does fine with low-speed silence and K percentage reduced some, also locking out the local grocery stores. And, I use Waze. But, "drones"? How do we combat "drones"? I mean, I guess I can take an occasional glance up through my moonroof or something? Maybe Jon at Radenso can stuff some Iranian anti-Drone tech into Theia? Scary times.
 

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Oh- did anyone else put up the single suction cup mount and had it glue itself to the windshield? Do I just need to pull really hard?!
 

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