After much debate and research, I decided to pull the trigger on a V1 a couple weeks ago. This is my first RD and my first experience with one as well.
I went with a refurbished unit from VR themselves to save a little cash - I was told it was a unit returned within the 30-day policy and was most likely used for a road trip then returned (I wouldn't even have known it was refurbished unless I was told - it is flawless physically).
Anyway, I've been lurking this forum and gathering info on install, placement, and programming for my area.
I have hardwired the V1 and reprogrammed it according to suggestions I've found on this site.
I live in Southern California and travel throughout the Orange County area almost daily.
My settings are the following:
K-Band 30-Sec Automute + Automute rear K
The rest default
I typically leave it on "little L" so the automuting is functional and I've been putting it on A during freeway drives.
My placement is almost exactly as seen in this pic: http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...dat/picus4.jpg
Now here is my concern:
The V1 has not picked up anything other than store automatic-door openers - all on K-band.
I have yet to see another band light come on. I have passed quite a few LEO's since having the V1 and not once has it made a sound or light up around them.
I fully understand that this is a radar detector - not a cop detector - but I am having doubts on things. Shouldn't I have come across at least one Ka by now?
I'm not sure if my placement is bad, or perhaps I received a faulty unit since it was refurbished, or just bad 'luck' with the LEO's I've passed, or maybe the V1 is just bad for my area (specifically Huntington Beach).
Any comments or advice would be great.