Can you identify what the police are using by frequency?

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I am about to buy a V1 Gen2. My question is can I see what frequency the police are using? Could I reference this by different manufacturers to see what type of equipment the cops are using in that area?
 

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Yes. Kinda. It’s a first step
But with the valentine you need an app for that
 

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If you have an iphone you need V1Driver ($10 app). If you use Android you will want JV1 (free) app.
 

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When running one of the apps you will be able to see frequency info. With K band, legit alert frequencies can vary wildly and many members have seen real alerts in the same range that you usually see falses, myself included. For example, most Honda and Acura vehicles read between 24.198-24.204. I have seen a sheriff's deputy who read at 24.202.

With Ka Band, you'll pretty much just be able to tell what brand of radar gun the officer has unless you're close enough to visually see the radar unit. MPH Industries with 33.8, Stalker (Applied Concepts) with 34.7, and then Kustom Signals and Decatur Electronics both use 35.5. If the agencies near you all use different brands, then you can learn who has what and know what color cop car to expect based on frequency. But more often than not, most agencies in an area use the same brand. In practice, if you get a Ka alert you'll want to check speed regardless of what frequency it is.
 

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With apps you can not only see the frequencies; but the apps log them and you can look back later. Here's one of my recent hits.
 

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I have 321,185 logged hits in the last two years. 30,224 alerts (comprised of hits), 1,749 Auto-lockouts. :)
 

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With apps you can not only see the frequencies; but the apps log them and you can look back later. Here's one of my recent hits.
So what does the .023 .078 .023 before the frequency mean?
 

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That's a timer odometer starting at the first detection of that signal.
Crud, mixed up screens here. :)
 
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Freq is important to me so coming from detectors that displayed this (escort & uniden), I’ve had no regrets just having the app give me the voice frequency announcements while the V1G2 beeps at the same time. I would have preferred it on the display, and the mode box is wasted space that could have been used for this - the mode could temporarily show while pushing a button and then revert back to a freq display area. That said the voice freq works ok.
 

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When running one of the apps you will be able to see frequency info. With K band, legit alert frequencies can vary wildly and many members have seen real alerts in the same range that you usually see falses, myself included. For example, most Honda and Acura vehicles read between 24.198-24.204. I have seen a sheriff's deputy who read at 24.202.

With Ka Band, you'll pretty much just be able to tell what brand of radar gun the officer has unless you're close enough to visually see the radar unit. MPH Industries with 33.8, Stalker (Applied Concepts) with 34.7, and then Kustom Signals and Decatur Electronics both use 35.5. If the agencies near you all use different brands, then you can learn who has what and know what color cop car to expect based on frequency. But more often than not, most agencies in an area use the same brand. In practice, if you get a Ka alert you'll want to check speed regardless of what frequency it is.


What do you use a Uniden scanner for?
 

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What do you use a Uniden scanner for?
I have my scanner hooked up with GPS so that it automatically starts scanning the frequencies of whatever LE agencies I’m close to. I also have special programming to monitor their uplink frequencies so if they key up their mic nearby I can get a notification that there is a cop within radio horizon from me.

It is helpful because I can hear where traffic stops are taking place, where major incidents are occurring, comms between aircraft and ground units, or even if I specifically get called in so I can make sure I don’t stay where they are looking for me. It’s also just plain entertaining at times, like just last night I heard a call come out for a “possible mental health disturbance” where the suspect was described as wearing a full Eeyore costume, tail included.

I am also an amateur radio operator, and can use the scanner to find where there is activity on amateur channels that I may want to talk on.
 
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I'm a big fan of knowing the frequency as it usually lets me identify the agency or at least narrows it down far enough that I can further determine that by their tactics and location.

If I'm in "town 1" and I see 34.7 I can be pretty sure it's the local police as the county runs 35.5 and I barely ever see state patrol there. In "town 2" If I see 34.7 and it's intermittent, it could be local but more likely it's the state patrol buzzing through. In "town 3" if I get 35.5 and it's constantly on, it's the town PD, if it's intermittent, it's the Sheriff. I can even identify some specific Sheriff car numbers by frequency and tactics.

I had a decent example last night when I got a constant weak 34.7 alert from behind in "town 1". I knew it was a town cop by the frequency and locality and my V1G2 told me it was behind me. I wasn't too far from the city limit so I sped up. :) With an arrowless detector I would have had to stay slow since I wouldn't know if the threat was ahead or behind and without a frequency I wouldn't know if they might stay behind me after exiting the town.
 

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