Radar Detector Recommendation for christos

christos

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What kind of vehicle you have?
2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

Do you want a remote mount or windshield mount detector?
Windshield

What's your budget?
$500

Where do you live and where do you primarily drive?
San Diego County and surrounding areas in SoCal.

How do you drive?
Mainly calm and slightly faster than the flow of traffic with the occasional pull.

What is your daily drive like?
Mostly highway/freeway with some suburban streets

How long you have been using countermeasures, if at all?
none, sometimes borrow a friends old escort passport for road trips.

What is the terrain like where you normally drive?
Lots of hills and curves.

Are there red light and/or speed cams in your area?
Yes

Do you need / prefer a GPS enabled unit?
No

Are you willing/do you want to use your phone to pair with the RD?
Yes

What kind of device do you own or would use for your detector?
iOS

Do you face MRCD and/or MRCT in your area?
Unsure

If you have any preconceived notions or thoughts about RDs, please tell us how long you've been using RDs or other units? etc. -- or any other relevant info you think might be important, let us know that as well.
Mainly interested in what would be most effective against CHP on the freeway.
 

Signal Environment

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Key points:
Lots of hills and curves
Most effective against CHP on the freeway
GPS not essential and OK to pair with app

To me this adds up to V1G2.

Hills and curves mean that off-axis detection (when the gun isn't pointing straight at you) is important. CHP uses Ka band for radar is especially important.

And if there's one thing that users consistently rave about with the V1G2, it is off-axis Ka detection. Seems like nothing really matches it in that area. Straight line Ka is also excellent of course, but that's easier to achieve. Ka in challenging terrain is where it really stands out.

K band is rarely used in CA. Some people turn it off. I probably wouldn't be quite that bold, but you could probably feel good to run with the stronger K band filtering of "Big L" Advanced Logic mode to keep false alerts at bay. (K band falses are a major challenge for all detectors right now.)

It does not have GPS on board, but if you decide you want GPS features after all, that is easy to achieve with the V1Driver app for iOS, which is easy to use and has lots of nice features.

Worth a mention: CHP is known to use laser as well. So you need to watch out for that even with a great radar detector.
 

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I have to agree with everything @Signal Environment has posted above. The V1G2 is the perfect detector for California. Many people just turn off K band there, but as he said, it would be best practice to leave it on and run with Advanced Logic and let your phone take care of muting stronger false alert locations (V1 Driver has some great features!)

Also within your budget is the R7, which performs VERY well with Ka, but lags a little behind the V1G2.
 

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You can use Waze for laser alerts--its not perfect though.
 

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+1 for V1G2.
 

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I have 2 R7s and 1 V1G1, live in socal (in the only area that still runs K-band, though rarely), and agree with V1G2. Turn off K or heavily filter it. Will prob be safe just turning it off.
 

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