hello everyone, I hope I will be asking this question in a manner so that someone will be able to first understand, then secondly answer me. My question is this: as we all know our V1's pick up at quite a long ways away. If I am heading North and the LEO is heading South towards me, I am already picking him up, at what distance? who knows? but, my question starts here, how far away does he pick-up my speed? Do I pick him up b4 he picks me up or does he pick me up first? what legally is the calculated distance a LEO can give you a ticket.

I am mainly concerned with (Ka) band. I picked up a Leo at what was estimated to be over 2miles from the rear yesterday? does this sound right? I passed him up, he had someone pulled over with his radar left on. How far away from him is he still (Legally) able to give me a ticket for excessive speed?

I just got my "NEW" V1 in the mail yesterday and was testing it out. So far I'm impressed!

2. In theory the idea of a radar detector is to pick them up before they are even in sight, which is required to obtain a speed reading...can't bounce waves off something if a hill is in the way...A cobra "radar detector" on the other hand...well...we wont go there As far as distance goes...I would say if you can see him, there's a good chance he can get a speed reading, but I'm not a credible source as I don't own any digital Ka guns myself...anyone?

3. - Police radar generally has a maximum range of about a mile under good conditions, line-of-sight against a good target. But it's usually a lot less, maybe 1/4 mile on average.

- High-End radar detectors have been demonstrated to have a range of over ten miles line-of-sight, several times the range at which the radar can acquire your speed.

- The detector will always have the advantage here, since the signal only has to travel from the radar to the target vehicle. To get your speed, the signal has to travel twice as far: from the radar to the target vehicle, and then back to the radar.

- Actual range at which you can be clocked and actual range at which you can detect the radar will vary depending on the actual equipment used and the specific situation.

4. i am pretty sure he can get ur speed atleast a mile away, but since it is radar he has to visually see ur car speeding to figure out who is speeding.

when you get first beep, he wont get ur spped cos it needs to bounce back to him, after that he can easily get ur speed.

5. X2 he should visually see your car to figure out who is speeding.

Radar from a gun can get your speed in the best conditions at approximately a maximum of 3000ft in moving mode (LEO driving towards you), and a maximum 5500ft in stationary mode (parked LEO). In most cases moving radar has about ˝ the distance of stationary radar. There may be new radar guns that do a bit better now but they still need to make out/see whose speeding to give a ticket.

6. The police radar's range will also vary a lot with the vehicle being clocked. With a large SUV it can be over a mile. With a Vette it will be a little over 500 ft. with Ka band. Your average mid-sized sedan is about 1500 ft. in my experience.

GTO_04

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8. I am not looking for an exact number, I'm just trying to learn how to use my V1 to its fullest potetial. I mean if I get 1-2 bars, does that mean I'm had or do I still have time to slow down? pending I don't see him, he doesnt see me? thanks for all your replies, they do help!

I drive:
04 Dodge Ram Q-cab w/Hemi...modded
color: Drk Charcoal grey

9. light traffic, cop has good eyes to spot overtaking cars.. then you are done for at 2nd beep,on the other hand full of cars he will take his sweet time to see who is going at a clip compared to others.... you will be safe even at more beeps.

NOTE: i know cos my friend is a sherrif's deputy... i saw him in action.

10. Originally Posted by Viper1
I am not looking for an exact number, I'm just trying to learn how to use my V1 to its fullest potetial. I mean if I get 1-2 bars, does that mean I'm had or do I still have time to slow down? pending I don't see him, he doesnt see me? thanks for all your replies, they do help!

I drive:
04 Dodge Ram Q-cab w/Hemi...modded
color: Drk Charcoal grey
At one or two bars, he doesn't have you. To quote directly from the manual:

"Valentine One’s audio warning indicates radar strength. It gives a very slow Beep for X band (Brap for K band, Brap-brap for Ka band) when it encounters weak radar, then quickens as radar strength increases, and becomes a continuous tone about the time you’re in range."

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