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Old 12-06-2010, 10:03 AM
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Valentine 1 radar in f10

Is anyone using this successfully? I used to get interference with my V1 in my e60 535. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:27 AM
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Is anyone using this successfully? I used to get interference with my V1 in my e60 535. Any thoughts?
if you got interference on your E60, you mounted it too low.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:30 AM
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Yep,. higher up is better for detection. Some types of tint can also affect the range.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:18 AM
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I get a constant k band interference signal with my Valentine 1 mounted anywhere on the windshield. I still haven't figured out what's causing it.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:22 PM
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I get a constant k band interference signal with my Valentine 1 mounted anywhere on the windshield. I still haven't figured out what's causing it.
I remember there is a known problem - I just can't remember what it is.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:41 PM
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I was bragging up the V1 in a friends 09 M5, how it never falses, and it did it for 10 plus miles till I turned it off. No problem in the 550xi we just picked up.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:46 PM
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Since I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 550i and plan to hardwire my V1 first chance I get, did a search to see if I could see what the problem is. I found several references to possible interference from Sirius (on various BMW models), but those seemed to be mostly from people who had installed the Sirius antenna themselves inside their car on the back deck.

Have you tried mounting up to the left of the mirror? There were plenty of posts from people saying they were not having any problems so that was promising. Do you have active cruise control?
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:02 PM
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I have the v1 used it in my 06 550 and my 08 335ci now in my f10. IMO its the only one that works would love to hardwire it. I have noticed a few false positive usually on laser but its generally at the same place so maybe something else interfering
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:02 PM
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The V1 is a great detector, but it falses a lot on K band. I made a comment on another thread that highway sensors states are now using to monitor traffic patterns use a K band frequency the the V1 picks up. Here in Ohio my V1 was giving off full blown false K alerts every few miles. The V1 also can pick up radar used by other autos for lane change and automatic cruise control systems.

I switched to my 9500IX because escort updated they're programming to ignor the traffic sensor K band frequency. V1 is working on a program, but it was not in place as of last week.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:35 PM
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V1 does not deal well with TSR (traffic sensing radar) which is why its so noisy.

Best way to go is Passport 9500ci, with V1 in mute mode for the arrows. And of course get the legendary Laser Interceptor Quad, because defending yourself with radar detector alone, is like protecting yourself from viruses by wearing a condom with one out of every two girls you shag.

Also I suspect radar detectors don't work well if you have radar cruise control.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:10 PM
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So there is no single radar detector that can do all jobs well? Is it that difficult, technologywise, to design and build a superb radar detector?
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:17 PM
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So there is no single radar detector that can do all jobs well? Is it that difficult, technologywise, to design and build a superb radar detector?
The issue is Valentine has a patent on use of longitudinally mounted dual antennae for location of bogey - I.e. The famous arrows. But they havent done much innovation since then. passport have done a lot of innovation, but aren't allowed to use arrows. Passports use of gps to remember signals and isolate known falses, the TSR logic, and the unbeatable range of the dual antenna M4 radar module are superb.

Wait till Feb 2011. Valentine's patent expires, and then Escort will leapfrog them and have the best product without compromise.
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I was bragging up the V1 in a friends 09 M5, how it never falses, and it did it for 10 plus miles till I turned it off. No problem in the 550xi we just picked up.
V1 is one of the most chatty detector on the market.. I have it and now hardly ever pay attention to it due to many false alerts. Might as well turn it off
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:31 AM
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the driver assistance package seems to interfere with the V1s, was quite annoying at first but I have gotten used to pushing in the mute button
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:48 AM
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The issue is Valentine has a patent on use of longitudinally mounted dual antennae for location of bogey - I.e. The famous arrows. But they havent done much innovation since then. passport have done a lot of innovation, but aren't allowed to use arrows. Passports use of gps to remember signals and isolate known falses, the TSR logic, and the unbeatable range of the dual antenna M4 radar module are superb.

Wait till Feb 2011. Valentine's patent expires, and then Escort will leapfrog them and have the best product without compromise.
Thank you for the info and the advise. I'll keep an eye on developments after February, as I am ery interested in this. My last speeding ticket was $603 (including court costs).
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V1 is one of the most chatty detector on the market.. I have it and now hardly ever pay attention to it due to many false alerts. Might as well turn it off
Turn off the K band. You will eliminate all the chatter. But pay attention to what equipment your local smokies use.

I've had mine since 1999 and it's been great. It's chatty, but I don't mind that, to be honest.

V1's patent expiring will certainly force them to move forward as well.
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Thank you for the info and the advise. I'll keep an eye on developments after February, as I am ery interested in this. My last speeding ticket was $603 (including court costs).
In Miami you will need a good laser hammer too. Miami Beach PD, and a lot of the other local PDs use Lidar. The FHP still uses mainly Ka band, but they too have a number of Laser Atlanta guns.

S while waiting for Feb, it may be worth your while to get a Laser Interceptor Quad. These things are expensive, but they buy freedom to drive your bummer the way it was intended. My car has about $3,000 of countermeasures when you add in the custom install labor. But it is worth every penny to know they can't zap you.
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