Today was my first usage of the V1, I put about 140 miles on it. I suspect that Florida has mostly converted over to instant on Ka radar (at least the units on I-75 have) because I never once got very good lead on warning. When I did get hit, my V1 would faithfully alert me full blast, but I had maybe a quarter mile warning, if that.
The worst was, as I was almost home, a really bad detection that made me worry. I wasn't speeding but I saw oncoming traffic flashing their highbeams (ah, on this trip my viligance picked up all 3 "traps" long before my detector) so I was on alert. There is a turn that banks to the left and up, then right back down (sorta like an overpass, but there is no road under). The LEO was sitting off to the right about 30 feet from the road shooting Ka, maybe 300-500 feet past the apex of the hill. The V1 warned me as follows:
Ka blip (1 bar) as I just crested the hill.
Rapidly increasing Ka strength as I came down the hill (by now I would have been toast if I was speeding) maybe 3-4 bars.
Sudden jump to 100% stength as I hit the bottom of the hill.
I realize this is a tricky situation to detect, but I was under the impression that the V1 would give me at least some advanced Ka warning to prepare.
My unit is mounted very high (just under the tint stripe in a late 90's GMC suburban) so I don't think it is the location that is the problem.
It was also curious that throughout the day, I saw much stronger radar from the rear (passing things) than from the front.
Is this normal, or do I have one of those "bad" windsheilds, or, perhaps a faulty V1? Mine is very very new (just came in monday) and I have not changed anything on it, just running in "A" mode.
Thanks for any advice,