Long time reader first time poster. Got my first V1 on Wednesday morning this week. Ordered it on Tuesday at around 9:30 AM and I had it in my hands at about 11:00 AM on Wednesday. That was awesome shipping being that I'm in Canada! So of course I had it hooked up by Wednesday afternoon and was driving around looking for Radar / Laser.
I've been reading a lot about the options on this forum and have a very good understanding of the 3 different modes and how the Options interact with them. So after a day of driving around with the factory default options selected I decided to tweak with a few of the options due to a lot of X & K Band alarms. I set the following based on the fact that the Police department here in Calgary, AB tend to use Ka & Laser in town or so I’ve read. As follows…
1) X Band Off
5) Ka Band More Responsive
7) Features B Thru G Enabled
B,C,D) 30 Second K Band Initial Mute
G) Mute Rear K Band
J) POP Off
So on my way to work this morning I came across Photo Radar in a mini van. It was Ka that came on the V1 and it came on about a block away which I thought was acceptable. But I was heading toward it and it was on the other side of the highway with 6 - 8 lanes of traffic and a grass meridian between us. So I went up a off ramp and did a u-turn and decided to see how the V1 would react when I was driving up behind the mini van. Well my V1 didn’t even go off this time! However, I was on the right hand side of the van by the time a was side by side with it, because if I passed it on the left obviously the way the radar and camera were pointing I would have had to drive quite a ways up to the next off ramp which I didn't have time for. But there was about 50 feet between me and the mini van and the V1 was absolutely silent. Not even a light on the display. So I was scratching my head over that one a little.
Then on the way home this evening I ran across a huge Radar or possibly Laser trap. Five cops some with handheld guns and others with guns mounted on tripods. They were shooting to the south and I was coming from the east. As soon as I had a visual of them I was wondering why the V1 was silent again. Now I'm 50 feet away from them and looking out my driver side window at their backs. So I turn left and drive by them and now I'm heading in the direction their shooting. So their catching oncoming traffic to me. I drove about a mile and the V1 was totally silent the whole way not a light on the display again. Thinking that they weren't pulling the trigger when I drove by I did another u-turn and drove back towards them. I pulled off to the side of the road a couple of times to give the cops time to write people up and clock others. Wondering why the V1 still hasn't gone off I changed my settings to X Band On, POP On, and changed to mode to A for All Bogeys. So basically I made it so that it would pick everything up! I drove towards them and nothing absolutely silent. Drove up past them, turned around and came back again the exact same way when I was coming home from work. Drove by them again and parked on the side of the road this time about half a block up from them facing the direction they were shooting. Sat there for 10 minutes and watched the 5 of them shoot and pull people over. In some cases they were pulling 2 people over at a time. Again the whole 10 minutes my V1 never made a sound. Nor did anything flash up on the display. I can't tell what guns they were using all I know it that they were black and fairly short. Nor can I tell you if it was Radar or Laser because my V1 picked nothing up, but I can tell you I have absolute zero confidence in my V1!
It is totally unacceptable for a 400 US Radar/Laser Detector not to be able pick up anything when I'm parked on the side of the road and was far enough away that if I tried I could probably throw a rock and hit a cop.
Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? I think I'll have to talk to Mike and let him know my concerns.
Thanks In Advance!