Hi everyone from a Midwestern RD enthusiast here.
I've owned RDs for 20 + years, starting with one from Radio Shack in the late 80's that was nearly as big as a CB radio.
Last night I sold my Escort 8500 X50 to help fund a new purchase, probably a V1 but haven't ruled out the 9500 ix. Still doing some research between the two and stumbled upon this site, which is filled with great info. It's not that I wasn't satisfied with the 8500 X50, and although I had it updated from Escort, it's still 7 years old and likely a bit long in the tooth. I guess you could say I'm just a little geeky and want to update to the next level of RD.
Anyway, I look forward to learning a lot from everyone.