Greetings from the land of K-Band !
I've been lurking here for a while. I just bit the bullet and upgraded my Valentine 1, and when I say upgrade, I mean "received a $100 discount on a new unit because mine was so old". I've dabbled in detectors for years; an old Cobra in the mid-late 80s, and a Whistler to replace that in around 1991. In 1993 I received a V-1 from my parents as an unexpected Christmas present, and have been using it faithfully ever since. Countless "saves" later, I can confidently state that it has saved me thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, I lost track of the whole countermeasure scene, and didn't pay much attention to advances in the technology - on either side. Living in Western PA has its advantages - the technology hasn't changed a lot in 16 years, but it continues to evolve in the border states where I travel frequently, so after purchasing a new vehicle recently, I started thinking about countermeasures again, found this site, and started to research my options. There are a LOT of good choices out there these days, and I was tempted by a number of other brands. In the end, being able to upgrade to the latest version of my faithful V-1 for $300 was too enticing, and my new detector arrived yesterday.
I look forward to learning more about programming and techniques/strategies here. My next venture will likely be laser countermeasures: possibly a Blinder. I would also like to pick up a Whistler SE series for my wife's car, and compare it to my V-1. They seemed pretty nice for the money.
Moment, I will be looking for someone to run power out of my RVM for a better mount. I'm not big on DIY when it comes to my car. If anyone knows of a good installer in the Southwestern PA area, I would appreciate it. I'll be searching the site for info as well.