Recommended detector/equipment for MA, primarily for Mass Pike, 495, RT 3, 128

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I am hoping folks here will help me decide what radar detector I should buy to protect me on frequent long drives the length of the Mass Pike, 495 and Rt 3. So, that means detecting the equipment used by the MASP. I use Waze and that has been helpful. I am diligent about reporting my sightings on the app. I have a whistler XTR 140 but it gives me so many false alerts I stopped using it. I am leaning toward the Uniden DFR9. I really don't want to drop more than $250 if I can help it. I'm having to drive the Pike, 128 and Rt 3 more and more at night so I really need something when Waze reports and visibility is at its worst. Any help or advice you all can provide will be greatly appreciated. I have been relying on Waze and my eyes for 2 years and know I am running on borrowed time!
 

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I am hoping folks here will help me decide what radar detector I should buy to protect me on frequent long drives the length of the Mass Pike, 495 and Rt 3. So, that means detecting the equipment used by the MASP. I use Waze and that has been helpful. I am diligent about reporting my sightings on the app. I have a whistler XTR 140 but it gives me so many false alerts I stopped using it. I am leaning toward the Uniden DFR9. I really don't want to drop more than $250 if I can help it. I'm having to drive the Pike, 128 and Rt 3 more and more at night so I really need something when Waze reports and visibility is at its worst. Any help or advice you all can provide will be greatly appreciated. I have been relying on Waze and my eyes for 2 years and know I am running on borrowed time!
Welcome fellow MA traveler! Greetings from the North Shore!

My immediate recommendation in that price range for you is an R1. From my experience, MASP use mostly 35.5 and 33.8 on KA band, both of which are not the DFR platform's strong suit. It's the main reason I upgraded my DFR6 to an R3. MASP and many other municipalities in the state also use an extensive amount of K band. While the DFR platform offers a good level of filtering, an R1 on firmware 1.50 will be nice and quiet, which helps a lot in taking a real K band alert seriously, all while giving you ample warning time. Furthermore, we have a good bit of dense terrain up here, which is where the sensitivity of the R series shines. We are lucky that almost everything up here is Constant On, which does help with warning time. And even with C/O, I see a lot of sub-half mile encounters with my R3, just due to how dense the terrain can be.

If you can spring for an R3, I recommend it even further for the GPS capabilities. But dollar for dollar, the R1 will be a better bet for you up here over the DFR9, even without the GPS chip.

Also, it's good to note that MASP uses a lot of lidar as well. A radar detector won't do anything except notify you that you're getting a ticket IF you even get a laser alert in the first place. A solid set of jammers (ALP or TMG) will be necessary to combat lidar.

We have a good number of current and former residents on this forum too, who I am sure will help chime in. There's some good knowledge here on the enforcement of the area.
 
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Welcome fellow MA traveler! Greetings from the North Shore!

My immediate recommendation in that price range for you is an R1. From my experience, MASP use mostly 35.5 and 33.8 on KA band, both of which are not the DFR platform's strong suit. It's the main reason I upgraded my DFR6 to an R3. MASP and many other municipalities in the state also use an extensive amount of K band. While the DFR platform offers a good level of filtering, an R1 on firmware 1.50 will be nice and quiet, which helps a lot in taking a real K band alert seriously, all while giving you ample warning time. Furthermore, we have a good bit of dense terrain up here, which is where the sensitivity of the R series shines. We are lucky that almost everything up here is Constant On, which does help with warning time. And even with C/O, I see a lot of sub-half mile encounters with my R3.

If you can spring for an R3, I recommend it even further for the GPS capabilities. But dollar for dollar, the R1 will be a better bet for you up here over the DFR9, even without the GPS chip.

Also, it's good to note that MASP uses a lot of lidar as well. A radar detector won't do anything except notify you that you're getting a ticket IF you even get a laser alert in the first place. A solid set of jammers (ALP or TMG) will be necessary to combat lidar.
Thanks for the reply and advice. ! I was just reading your thread where you're all talking about the Rt 1 landmarks and I was LOL!
So, is this the right one: "Uniden R1 Extreme Long Range Radar Laser Detector 360 Degree Dsp Voice Alert, 1.1"?
Where is the best place to read about the jammers?
Thanks again!
 

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Thanks for the reply and advice. ! I was just reading your thread where you're all talking about the Rt 1 landmarks and I was LOL!
So, is this the right one: "Uniden R1 Extreme Long Range Radar Laser Detector 360 Degree Dsp Voice Alert, 1.1"?
Where is the best place to read about the jammers?
Thanks again!
The ALP section
 

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Welcome fellow MA traveler! Greetings from the North Shore!

My immediate recommendation in that price range for you is an R1. From my experience, MASP use mostly 35.5 and 33.8 on KA band, both of which are not the DFR platform's strong suit. It's the main reason I upgraded my DFR6 to an R3. MASP and many other municipalities in the state also use an extensive amount of K band. While the DFR platform offers a good level of filtering, an R1 on firmware 1.50 will be nice and quiet, which helps a lot in taking a real K band alert seriously, all while giving you ample warning time. Furthermore, we have a good bit of dense terrain up here, which is where the sensitivity of the R series shines. We are lucky that almost everything up here is Constant On, which does help with warning time. And even with C/O, I see a lot of sub-half mile encounters with my R3, just due to how dense the terrain can be.

If you can spring for an R3, I recommend it even further for the GPS capabilities. But dollar for dollar, the R1 will be a better bet for you up here over the DFR9, even without the GPS chip.

Also, it's good to note that MASP uses a lot of lidar as well. A radar detector won't do anything except notify you that you're getting a ticket IF you even get a laser alert in the first place. A solid set of jammers (ALP or TMG) will be necessary to combat lidar.

We have a good number of current and former residents on this forum too, who I am sure will help chime in. There's some good knowledge here on the enforcement of the area.
Just wanted to thank you for your help. I purchased the R1 and am very happy. I do wish I had paid for the R3 just to reduce the false alarms but, still happy. First drive with it installed found a target hiding around the corner. I purchased the mirror mount, tapped the mirror connector in my SIlverado for a nice, clean installation. So again, thank you for your help.
 

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Just wanted to thank you for your help. I purchased the R1 and am very happy. I do wish I had paid for the R3 just to reduce the false alarms but, still happy. First drive with it installed found a target hiding around the corner. I purchased the mirror mount, tapped the mirror connector in my SIlverado for a nice, clean installation. So again, thank you for your help.
MASP do use all 3 of the "Ka"-band radar sys. !
 

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Do any cities and towns use K? I notice all my false alarms are K band.
Depends on the City/Town which radar band is used whether it's K or Ka band. Same for Lidar guns...some use them & others do not.
 

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Do any cities and towns use K? I notice all my false alarms are K band.
A lot still use K - some use a a mix of K & Ka as they transition so you never know what you will find!
 

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Yeah, loads of K band use in MA.
 

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If noisy K band is a concern (and with traffic around here, you're constantly hitting BSM), a used Radenso Pro M might fit the bill nicely. Love mine.
 

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