Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by intimdatr, Apr 4, 2012.
I've had at least 1 Valentine1 since 1994.
I'm personally a HUGE proponent of the V1. I bought one right before I left for college and have had it ever since. I used to go home almost every weekend 212 miles one way, and now I drive from Springfield, MO to Chicago (~517mi one way) about once a month. In between, I was in a long-distance relationship where I drove, well, a lot. Bottom line is, in all those years, I've only had 1 ticket, and I'm not a slow driver I would very much agree with Mr. Porter, however; that you absolutely can't rely on the Detector alone. You have to seriously keep your eyes peeled at all-times, keep an eye on all overpasses (over and under) and on/off ramps, etc. But one thing I LOVE about my V1 is the directional guide that tells you what direction the radar is coming from. It's been a HUGE help to me over the years
If you use your detector a LOT, and learn both it (the detector) and the common radar types, I personally don't think the arrows will show me anything I don't already know.
I have recommended Val 1s to noobs who wnat all that fluff. Then, they rely too much on it WITHOUT LEARNING THE DEVICE, THE RADAR THAT COPS USE, AND HOW THEY USE IT.
And, they still get tickets.
Mike Valentine has done a good marketing job with those (IMO, silly) arrows. If you learn to use the device properly, they won't do a thing for you.
Oh, and Ohio still has the troopers using some of their original X band instant-on units (for those who turn off X Band). MM 70-80-ish on I-75.......
IMO, K-band is now one of the least used by ANY state patrol (and used a lot more by security systems like X Band did in the late 80s - early 90s), although some local yocals may still have some K-Band hand-me-downs from the 90s.
This isnt my first time with a detector just really my first time purchasing one. Weve had them in the family since the they came out. (my dad still has some the first ones ever to come out.)
I ended up purchasing a V1 for around 300 which appears to be a pretty good price for what thyre going for now comes with a hard wire kit and 12v plug in and a windshield suction cup thing.
All 3 major radar makers MPH,Stalker and Kustom are all producing K band radar units and they are generally cheaper than Ka band units. That band won't be near extinct like X band is for a long time unfortunately.
The good news is K band is much easier to detect due to the more narrow band width in both instant on and conventional constant on modes.
And I'm sure that Valentine still has the deal where you can send it in, and have it updated to the latest-and-greatest (for a fee, of course).
Yep, thats why they have stayed with the same design/package over the years.
And if you have the serial # of one you are looking to buy, all you have to do is enter it on V1's site and it will tell you if it needs any updates to bring it up to speed.
It has been YEARS since I have seen K-Band used by any state patrols. And I can't remember the last time I saw it used by a local, either. Ka is the band-of-choice, even for the lazy ones (like the KY state troopers) who just leave it on on the non-Interstate state roads.
Laser is popular, but IMO not with the cops. They have to WORK to use it properly!!
Since Ohio is still a place that I drive frequently, I still look out for X-Band.
Everyone around here uses Ka and i think my brother said he saw laser ONCE but never saw the Car to go with it.
Laser is "usually" set up with a laser cop & chase cars. In Ohio, they park perpendicular to the road. It was easier to see them at a distance when they had brown cars a few years back.
Other stuff set off laser. Like I-70 just west of Indy. Something at the airport sets off the laser a coupla times a minute.
Just do like all truck drivers who fly do... find you a slightly faster "front door", back off about 1/4 mile, and let 'er eat. Use the detector for the back door...
Douglasville, GA evil kenivil's love to hide in the shadows of the underpasses on I-20 and shoot either laser or Ka.
Nothing but truth there.
Airports have wind shear monitors that cause the laser falsing.
You just don't get radar/laser from the rear.
Only ticket I ever go that way was back in '89 or so, with the new SHO. Got a radar hit, so I touched the brakes. Apparently, guy did it to see who would do that!
Followed me for about 5 miles, then got me with his VASCAR. MI state bull near Battle Creek.
IMO, if you get radar from the rear, it's just a notice that he is shooting folks headed the other way on the road.
Most likely, the two way radar systems in most cruisers I've been in can tell you vehicle speeds in front and behind while in traffic. Nice setup honestly.
This^ I've seen them shooting from an on ramp at cars going away.
These are some of the toughest to pick up with a detector also but are easy to spot with your eyes if you are paying attention.
Eyes are your best counter measure if your hauling some ass.
i've only seen K band radar once in a moving car. and it was the junkiest cop car i've ever seen.
but alot of speed signs around here use K band.
I'm sure I've told this story before, but since I got rid of my last radar detector in 1991, I haven't paid a single ticket. That doesn't mean I haven't gotten any, but I've managed to get out of the ones I have.
I rely entirely on a heightened sense of awareness which has kept me out of trouble and IMHO also keeps me safer. I think learning to be a pilot also helped develop a heightened sense of what's going on around me when I'm driving.
Just my $.02.
I'm kinda in the same way as Chris there... Since becoming a CDL driver, I'm a lot more aware of what's around me. That, plus after my last ticket, I read "a speeders guide to avoiding tickets", and it helped LOL
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