I'm a newbie to the world of the V-1 and radar detectors in general. Just before christmas I decided that my clean license has been more due to good luck than anything else and decided to invest in a radar detector, after some careful consideration, the V1 had it for me. It's a brand new POP2 with the current version of the software (3.826).
I've reprogrammed the unit to suit our local conditions:
- NZ speed enforcement hasn't used X-Band for over 20 years now and there are no X-Band units operating hence I've disabled X-band.
- NZ speed enforcement has been phasing out their older K-Band equipment ("hawk" radar) and no longer uses it. Although it's rumoured that some units do still use these radars, noone's seen a confirmed "K" bogey in about 4 or 5 years. Hence I've disabled K-Band.
- NZ speed enforcement uses strictly Ka band radar, Specifically the "STALKER" and "STALKER PRO" units. Hence I've increased the reporting of Ka-Band threats (Option 5 in the programming).
I've done about 1000 miles of motoring in recent weeks and I've noticed that when K-Band is ON, I get so many falses in urban areas, the thing never shuts up.. this is not really a problem as I operate it with K OFF, but it was just interesting that it behaved this way... if I still had to use K-Band, it would be VERY annoying.
While I've been pleased with the performance of my unit thus far, I've got some questions and peculiarities I've noticed that you people might be able to help me with.
The first threat I ever picked up on the V1 was detected about 800m away and the V1 behaved exactly as I'd expected. Cruiser parked by the side of the road transmitting strongly. I picked him up and the V1 gave me plenty of warning and then told me as I'd passed the threat. The second threat I encountered, a speed camera, was picked up at about 600+m and the V1 reacted as expected. FANTASTIC.
Throughout my journey I passed several cruisers and the V1 remained silent (I assume they were not broadcasting) but it's also picked up a few where the V1 was silent, I saw the cruiser coming towards me (oncoming) and then as he got close the V1 went mental. I assume this is a POP burst? I've been told that the police in NZ don't use POP tactics, but this certainly seems like it (either that or my V1 isn't detecting them until they're really close). Can the STALKER or STALKER PRO perform instant-on operations? I also encountered another speed camera that the V1 didn't detect until I was right on top of it (40-50m away)... same story, no reporting then BAM the V1 went crazy (but long after I'd seen the threat visually). This struck me as very weird as the camera can't do instant-on, it should have picked it up long before that surely. Could my positioning on the windscreen be affecting it? It's mounted just beside the rear vision mirror, high in the middle, the car has no tint-strip, although the windscreen does have a built-in tint-strip at the top. My V1 is mounted below this. See photos below:
I chose this mounting as the car sits VERY low. The top of my windscreen is about mid-windscreen on a normal car and about bonnet height of the average small SUV. It also gives a clear view through the back window, as you can see, which is necessary to detect rear laser hits (common in NZ). I could mount it a little lower perhaps, but maybe only 6" below where it is now before the rear antenna becomes obscured at the rear. The front plate on my car is small (as is the whole car) and front laser would be hard to lock-on. My bonnet (hood) is all radiator (horizontal) and ducting and heavily sloped so the reflection blinding you get on front laser from most bonnets isn't a problem here. Given that the car is so low and small and they'll probably be targeting my headlights or bonnet to get a laser reading, the top of the windscreen on my car is closer to the front of the car on my car than it would be on the dashboard of most other cars. This should still be good for picking up front-end laser bursts? I know it's effective at picking up rear laser bursts as I've already had one of these and although brief (I don't think he got a lock) the V1 gave me enough warning to check my speed. Is this positioning optimal? is there any way I could improve this? Could this positioning maybe be contributing to the late detection of some of these Ka threats?
Another thing that concerns me is the number of false Ka alerts I'm getting from other detectors, mainly oncoming ones. On the highway I'm getting 5-6 falses to every genuine threat and this is a little high for my liking. It's the holiday season and EVERYONE out there seams to have an el-cheapo detector strapped to their windscreen and it seems to be driving my V1 bonkers. I've also not-yet heard the V1 dismiss any of these detector signals as "junk". They also seem to get detected at about 200m or so, gradually increase in strength, remain strong for a couple of seconds after they pass me by, and then fade away to nothing very quickly. Also the couple that I detected travelling in the same direction as me, I didn't pick them up at all when I was behind them (understandable as they have only forward facing antenna) but after I passed them, I could detect them a good 6-800m behind me... this is another thing that makes me think my positioning might be affecting the V1's efficiency... its rearward detection seems superior to its front detection on many occasions..
Another question is that I'm operating the detector in "A" mode, with all bogeys showing. From what I've read in the V1 manual, it suggests that using it in the "Logic" or "Advanced Logic" modes only has an effect on X-band reporting. Is this true? Is this perhaps the reason I'm detecting so many junk detectors? Is this the reason the V1 isn't "junking" signals from these other detectors? What modes do others operate their V1s in? I've only left it in "A" mode initially as I want to learn the characteristics of the detector, I'm not quite trusting enough of it yet.
Sorry for such a long post. I've got a lot of questions and will undoubtedly have more of them and I wanted to embody them all in the one thread so as not to spam-up the forum. If anyone can help me or give me any suggestions on how to rectify these issues, or explain them, or give me information on how I can further optimise the operation of my V1, please let me know.