I have had my V1 (3.864) for about 3 months now. In the first month the range on Ka and K was astounding. Lately, the range on both, gives me pause. A major pause.
I have read tale after tale of 1, 2 even 3 miles Ka range with a V1. Are these just that, tales? The 3.864 is my first experience with a V1 so I can't say if it's a "new version" issue.
Anyways here's my possible issue. Within the last 2 months or so I have had several what I would consider to be late Ka and K alerts. More so Ka, K is slightly less from what I can see. An example was today on the 469 bypass in Fort Wayne, Ind. I was heading north coming up on a slight curve to the left with a concrete barricade between us. Just before the curve I received a three light Ka forward alert. Within about 2 seconds I saw the Leo, facing me in the southbound lanes on the shoulder with a traffic accident. He obviously left his gun on. The total range was less than .2 of a mile. There were heavy trees blocking my sight of him at the initial time of alert. This seemed wayyyy short of what I would expect of the V1. Especially on CO facing me, only slightly off axis, with plenty of traffic to "bounce" off of ahead. As indicated before, this is not the only example. I have had several similar alerts, including one coming directly at me which gave me less than a quarter mile which, considering the amount of traffic, I am fairly certain was not IO.
I am considering contacting V1. What do you guys think, should I trust my instincts here and send it in, or are there possibly circumstances giving me the perception that my range is at issue? Humidity of the summer perhaps? I don't know. Maybe I am just being paranoid lately. It's under warranty, will they charge me if nothing is wrong?
I was sitting in a parking lot today and did receive some good off axis alerts from passing LEO's. At least compared to my 995's off axis detection.
I can't stand being without the V1 and I guess am looking for some hard opinions before giving them a call. Sorry if my example is vague, it's hard to describe all of the scenarios that are giving me doubts in my V1. I am just not getting what I would consider solid Ka alerts. All under a half a mile at best.