First time poster, this seems like a great site. I've just received my brand new V1 from Valentine Research with colored concealed display. Hardwired it and all is good. However I am worried that it's not working properly. I live in So. Cali. I am around Long Beach, South Bay, LAX area.
Here's my main concern, my entire car all around is tinted 25% and the front windshield has a 6" banner that consist of 5% tint. The installer told me it was a hybrid ceramic/metallic film tint.
A little more about the installation:
I place the V1 up high and above the RVM, right in front of it is the said 5% tint.
This is why I am worried:
Note throughout the entire time I had it it was in "A" all bogeys mode.
After the install I've encountered about 15 LEOs or so and never ONCE did my V1 go off. Here are some examples of the ones I encountered, that I thought they would trigger my V1:
3x a LEO was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone. (Location: 2x 405N, 1x on surface streets)
1x I was merging onto the 405N and right after I got on a motorcycle LEO zoomed right pass me and my V1 didn't go off. Just to test it out, after I got on the freeway, I got right behind him, still nothing from the V1.
2x a pull out of a driveway and a LEO drive right pass me, nothing from the V1. (Location: 1x Torrance, LEO was a SUV. 1x near LAX LEO was regular CHP crown vic)
5x+ I see a LEO going the opposite way on the freeway (405N) and nothing from the V1.
I looked at the list of what radars they use in what city and I live in Long Beach, it says mostly K and Ka. Would it be okay for me to turn off X band?
I know my V1 is working as it picks up those speed limit signs that shows you your speed and it would alert me from well over a mile away on surface streets. I also get a lot of X which I assume are automatic door openers.
Today on the way to work (towards LAX) on the 405N. Within 5 mintutes, I get 2 laser, full strength, brief second then gone. Look around and I see nothing.
I ask for help as I dont know if my TINT is to blame? If so, why can I still pick up speed limit signs well far ahead?
Are ALL So. Cali. LEOs using I/O an NEVER C/O? Anyone in So. Cali. have any input or recommendation of settings?
I will be heading to Palm Desert tomorrow for the weekend and I guess that will be it's true test. Thanks for reading, sorry it's long, I am just questioning my $500+ purchase. Any input would be great!