Vortex can ya get interview with Mike Valentine

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BSM filtering. As good as the V1 is, there's much room for improvement.
Could the next version have the ability to download BSM updates as they come out?
BSM punch-thru is a dynamic problem that will best be dealt with by continual updates.
More than range and processor speed, I think BSM filtering it the biggest problem with the V1 (and all RD's) at the moment.
Make no mistake, Actual K Band radar is here for the long haul.
 

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Just tell Mike V you want to talk about the Republican Party (he's a fan!!), the Cincinnati Bearcats and will take him out to dinner at one of his fav places in Cincinnati, the incline Public House. You'll be in like Flynt.
 

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Would love to know how his role has changed and how VR is positioned for the future from a leadership perspective.

What does Mike think made VR different from other companies and what will continue to allow that engineering or business philosophy to continue and grow?

Also, what does he think of the consistent customer service complaints whether here or on Yelp and why is there a serial number needed placing phone orders for accessories?
 
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Disagree. It's 2018. The world has become a lot smaller since the early 90's.
In this day and age, and in this particular environment (RDForum), he owes, yes I said he OWES us a little pop-in (interview with Vortex) just to stay connected with the people who love his product/legacy. Assuming he reads this forum, he knows we are a polite and professional group. Has he completely lost interest in advancing the V1 or is he still just an ultra paranoid dude? And by now I would think he got over whatever that incident was years ago that caused him to 'flee'.

No disrespect Buz, but he doesn't owe us anything. Sure I am a huge fan and disappointed he's has been on the sideline, but if that's his choice so be it. Mike can elect to continue to improve his product or not. The marketplace will decide if his product is relevant or not.

But if there is anyone who should interview him it would be Vortex. Vortex is a stand-up guy in his interviews, know the industry as well as anyone, is non-threatening but asks the pertinent questions. I hope you can pull it off Vortex.
 

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No disrespect Buz, but he doesn't owe us anything.
A year or two ago I’d agree with you. But with Uniden severely raising the bar in the range department last year I feel he now needs to step forward and let us [his fan base] know that his company is working on a solution to this new ‘problem’. Prior to Unidens range achievement yes, he had enough over other detectors to stay cool in the background. But a major weakness has been exposed thanks to Uniden. We need a ‘state of the union’ address from VR. We’re owed that for the multitudes of performance testing done by so many loyal members of this forum. MV has learned an enormous amount of information about his product and his competition from us (at no charge). It’s his turn to give a little bit back, and from the sounds of it maybe he actually will.:waycool:
 
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A year or two ago I’d agree with you. But with Uniden severely raising the bar in the range department last year I feel he now needs to step forward and let us [his fan base] know that his company is working on a solution to this new ‘problem’. Prior to Unidens range achievement yes, he had enough over other detectors to stay cool in the background. But a major weakness has been exposed thanks to Uniden. We need a ‘state of the union’ address from VR. We’re owed that for the multitudes of performance testing done by so many loyal members of this forum. MV has learned an enormous amount of information about his product and his competition from us (at no charge). It’s his turn to give a little bit back, and from the sounds of it maybe he actually will.:waycool:

Believe me, there is no greater fan than me when it comes to Mike Valentine. He is responsible for my enthusiasm with radar detectors. I bought the Escort back in the late 70s based on a Cincinnati Microwave advertisement in Car and Driver magazine. Back then I couldn't wait until Car and Driver ran their bi-annual radar detector test. I then bought his V1 after he came out with it in the early 90s., and used exclusively (yes with updates) until I purchased a R3 this year which I use most of the time today. But I digress. Mike might have learned a lot about his competition but other than BSM filtering he hasn't utilized it in his V1. Yeah, nothing else would make my day than to have ANY sort of feedback from Mike Vallentine. But again, whether he does or doesn't it's his call. Remeber, Mike is now in his 60s or very early 70s. We are not sure how active he is in his own company.
 

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I was on hold with VR once and the scripted hold thing they have where he says "you never know, the next voice you hear might be mine" wasn't a joke. I ordered a V1 over the phone one time and got to talk to Mike directly. It was pretty neat.. he didn't talk much, but he was pretty nice.

RE: the multiple customer service complaints people have with VR... I have never once had an issue with them. The ladies that typically answer the phones are really polite and quick. Done business with 'em since the early 2000's with no issues.
 

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Mike B from Whistler is a cool guy and open to chatting, for example, but he doesn't want to be on camera.

What if you did it in the format of an FBI informant where they make the room dark enough to not see the face and use a voice changer.
 

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While Vortex is at it, perhaps he (or someone else) could get an original V1 and test/review it. Not sure why, but I've always wanted to see that. The oldest one I had was one of the fat ones...

Mike V. surely has a few laying around.. maybe even some of the old prototypes... :cheers:
 

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BSM filtering. As good as the V1 is, there's much room for improvement.
Could the next version have the ability to download BSM updates as they come out?
BSM punch-thru is a dynamic problem that will best be dealt with by continual updates.
More than range and processor speed, I think BSM filtering it the biggest problem with the V1 (and all RD's) at the moment.
Make no mistake, Actual K Band radar is here for the long haul.

I actually think we will see a resurgence in K band usage. You know "they" check out our forum. You know "they" see all of us complaining about BSM and K falses wreaking havoc on deciphering legit K from bogus alerts. I expect to start seeing more of a bump in K band usage then LIDAR. I still think for the majority of LEOs, it takes too much effort to utilize LIDAR on a regular basis.
 

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I actually think we will see a resurgence in K band usage. You know "they" check out our forum. You know "they" see all of us complaining about BSM and K falses wreaking havoc on deciphering legit K from bogus alerts. I expect to start seeing more of a bump in K band usage then LIDAR. I still think for the majority of LEOs, it takes too much effort to utilize LIDAR on a regular basis.

That's all I see around here. 7 out of 10 legitimate radar alerts are K-band... the other 3/10 are 35.5 :(

A good friend of mine is a county LEO (who happens to have an RD in his personal vehicle, LOL..), and he says they only use LIDAR in town because they don't like being stationary on the highway, where most of their radar units have moving mode. So, you're absolutely right about the effort!
 

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they only use LIDAR in town because they don't like being stationary on the highway, where most of their radar units have moving mode
I guess I am dense-:stare: they have to be stationary to use LIDAR. Moving mode radars should also have stationary mode too. :hmm:
 

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I guess I am dense-:stare: they have to be stationary to use LIDAR. Moving mode radars should also have stationary mode too. :hmm:
What he was getting at was.. if they are using laser, they would have to be sitting still. For example, manpower is not adequate here to have a "shooter" and a chase vehicle like I've seen in VA, GA, etc.. and most of the time, LEO's don't sit around here on the highway.. so when (and if) they do use speed measurement devices on the highway, they do it while moving.. something radar units allow them to do.

In town, different ballgame. A lot of the city departments here hide in car lots, gas stations, etc. and use LIDAR and Falcon HR's.. which makes things really, really fun.
 

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I actually think we will see a resurgence in K band usage. You know "they" check out our forum. You know "they" see all of us complaining about BSM and K falses wreaking havoc on deciphering legit K from bogus alerts. I expect to start seeing more of a bump in K band usage then LIDAR. I still think for the majority of LEOs, it takes too much effort to utilize LIDAR on a regular basis.

Vortex posted a vid a while ago that car manufacturers are moving away from using the same K frequencies in the next few years so lets hope that happens...
 

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I am of the opinion Mike does not owe us anything, and probably is not in the office very much day to day, probably busy counting his money and enjoying life...Having said that he is a legend in this space so if Vortex can get an interview that would be awesome!
 

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