I'm a Field Manager in Southern California and I do a lot of driving around town (around 100-125 miles per day). About couple of weeks ago while driving on I-5 going to San Diego.....I got busted for going 88 by the CHP. It was a $413 ticket (plus Traffic School costs).
I decided that it was time to purchase a RD. After much research and debate between the V1 and the 9500ix......I pulled he trigger the other day and purchased a 'Valentine One' RD (received it today in the mail).
Factors that swayed me to the V1 were:
-price (almost $180 cheaper w/ tax)
-better Highway and Laser detection
-Arrows, Bogey Counter
-includes accessories that did not need to be purchased separately
-look/cosmetics and overall sturdiness
-customer, forum members and video reviews
-9500ix 'speed trap' database incomplete and pretty much useless (as indicated by several owners of 9500ix)
-not interested in 'Red Light' camera locations (pretty much known where they all are in town anyways and there is now signage that warns you before you enter an intersection)
Not knocking the Passport 9500ix.....but it was way too costly for features that I don't care about and for detection not quite on par with the V1.
I have a few questions regarding the V1 (latest software, firmware):
1) I am planning on getting it 'hard-wired' in a couple of weeks....until then I will have it plugged in thru the standard coiled wire.
I know that the "recommended" mounting position is high and to the slight left of the RVM. However I do not want the cord hanging down and obstructing (and destracting) my view. Until I hard-wire it, can I position it near the middle of my windshield?
Will the range be affected significantly as opposed to a high mounting?
2) In Southern California, is X Band and POP used or can those 2 be safely disabled in V1 to cut down on 'false alarms'?
3) When driving in the Highway/Freeway, I have it set in "A" mode and when driving in the city, I have the V1 set to the BIG "L" mode.
Is this optimal?
4) I have made the following settings changes (what is not listed was left at DEFAULT) to improve detection and to cut down on false alarms.....
1 - DOWN
5 - DOWN
7 - DOWN
B - DOWN
C - UP
D - UP
E - UP
F - UP
G - DOWN
J - DOWN
Are these settings acceptable and recommended (for driving in So Cal) and to better optimized V1?
Thanks in advance for your time, advice, opinions and suggestions.