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I'm in NE Ohio and have a V1 from 2004 that has worked great.
When I look at upgrades they tell me I have V1.8 or V1.85 but no other numbers. I'm not having issues with false alarms and it seems to save me regularly. I know the new versions have more toys, but am I missing anything significant? I don't think they are using POP around here, but I do drive to NC on vacations.
V1 Description: Radar circuitry known in-house as V1.8. This is a strong performer on both radar and laser as it leaves the factory, but it lacks the crystal-controlled frequency tuning of later units to precisely maintain the limits of band coverage. It also lacks POP Protection, Euro Mode, ESP (Extended Serial Protocol), and Traffic Monitor Filter, a critically important feature if you drive on highways where the SpeedInfo system is used to monitor traffic flow.
Upgrade Recommendation: The crystal-controlled frequency tuning of later units permanently safeguards coverage at the edges of the radar bands, thereby improving long-term protection. Traffic Monitor Filter eliminates the K-band false alarms caused by traffic flow-measuring systems being installed along some U. S. highways. SpeedInfo sends frequent K-band radar bursts into the traffic stream (www.speedinfo.com to learn more). If the POP Mode is being used in your area, you'll find V1's approach to that problem is superior to all others in the industry. For those who drive abroad, Euro Mode improves protection on photo radar as it is used in some countries outside the U.S.
Our V1.85 Upgrade* for this series of V1 will produce the following benefits:
Crystal-controlled Frequency Tuning to permanently safeguard coverage at radar-band edges.
Traffic Monitor Filter to eliminate K-band false alarms caused by SpeedInfo, a traffic-flow monitoring system that sends frequent K-band radar bursts into the traffic stream. This software algorithm is installed at the factory but not activated. For activation instructions, click here.
Extended Serial Protocol (ESP) enhances two-way communication with future peripheral devices (details to be announced).
Full Coverage on POP-covers POP on two bands-specifically the MPH Industries models BEE IIITM (Ka band) and EnforcerTM (K and Ka).
POP Coverage is Automatic:
There's nothing you must do to activate POP coverage. It's built in, and it operates full time.
How to identify V1s upgraded to two-band POP:
V1 powers up with test sequence of warning lights and sounds. At the conclusion of the test, just before the mode indicator appears in the Bogey Counter, you will see a sequence of "P…o…P" on V1s with two-band POP coverage.
* A new warning: When the signal-identification system determines that a current warning is, in fact, a spurious signal transmitted by another detector, it notifies you with a "dee-dah-doo" sound and terminates the warning. At the same time, the letter "J" will flash briefly in the Bogey Counter.
* Euro Mode: You will enjoy longer radar range and fewer false alarms in Europe and some other countries outside the U.S. Euro Mode adapts V1's radar sensitivity to the way they use radar for photo enforcement. It narrows and intensifies radar coverage to K and the sections of Ka bands applied there to photo radar. X band is not covered in Euro Mode. (V1 is already optimized for North American radar as it comes from the factory. Euro Mode is not appropriate for driving here).
This upgrade will install the Euro Mode but you must activate it. To activate, see How to Reprogram V1 Radar Detector
*One-year limited warranty starting at upgrade date, same as new units. -- Upgrade to V1.85: As soon as we receive your old unit (in operable condition with no tampering of the serial number) we'll replace two circuit boards and install revised firmware, then return it to you in the shortest possible time with a new serial number to indicate its revised capability.
PRICE: $189 plus shipping