I have recently moved to the bay area and continue to basque in the ever increasing glory of my V1
The freeways are loaded with horrible amounts of k band drones which often mimic instant on k band. I have suppressed all 8 leds on the v1 for 30 seconds and use little l mode. V1 Dave has pointed out that a 3 second mute is actually sufficient and I would tend to agree as the alerts are very short.
Either way, I guarantee that anyone living in the bay would hate owning a bell. I'm not sure what Escort has in the way of muting features but constantly having to mute would get annoying. Just trust me. The alerts aren't long enough to actitivate the automute feature (on Bell) and I guarantee you the full strength blasts would drive anyone crazy.
Freeway 101 is by far the worst and Interstate 280 isn't far behind.
This is sort of directed to those people that ***** about no automuting on the v1. The v1 is still clearly ahead of its time (despite what some say) and provides way more than a Belltronics type automute ever could. It provides a whole other mode at the push of a button.
V1 Dave knew what he was talking about the whole time (which I realized a long time ago )