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HELLO, I WAS READING A POST...AND I SAW YOU GUYS TALKIN ABOUT THE VALENTINE 1 RADAR DETECTOR... YOU GUYS SAID IT WAS A GOOD RADAR..WHO MAKES THE VALENTINE 1 RADAR?? WELL I AM REAlly inTERESTED IN GETTING ONE. BUT THERE IS ONE PROBLEM.. I DONT KNOW WHWERE TO GET ONE??? LIKE IF I CAN GET ONE OFFLINE WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME A WEBSITE ADDRESS TO ORDER ONE THANK YOU! ALSO IF THIS HELPS ANY I LIVE IN ARIZONA! WE HAVE LIKE BEST BUY, SOUNDWERKS, CIRCUIT CITY STUFF LIKE THAT HERE! THANK U!
 

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I don't think its the best, just overpriced. A electronics magazine (can't remember which one) did a head to head shoot out with all of the high end detectors from the major manufactors and they though the Valentine 1 wasn't all that it said it was... had a lot of false alarms and such. The rated the top of the line Esscort as #1. Anyway their web site is http://www.valentine1.com and i think they either sell them there or have linke to places that sell them. Anywhere you get it though it will cost you $399.99.

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i bought the escort 8500 and i love it. very few false alarms. i also read that it beat out its competition. you can get it at best buy. i have never had the valentine though so i can judge it. but alot of people here do like it as well. i guess the only way to really know if its any good it to buy it.
 

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Allright, there we go again.
Valentine 1
I used V1 for over 3 years.
A whole bunch of my friends bought one. Every one is completely satisfied. It is worth every penny spent.
V1 is the best. Flame me all you want.
You want to trust some magazine? Go ahead.
I'll stand by V1, for it protects me every day.
Don't forget, it is the only one out there with true 360 coverage on all radar bands.
Anyone know what a "bogey counter" is?
A "bogey" locator? Magnesium Body?
 

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Has anyone used the new Escort cordless radar detector? I had the old model and it worked really well. I really don't want that cord showing in the car.
 

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Originally posted by sacremon:
To heck with just detecting it. Jam it.

Radar Jammer/Detector
Ha ha ha.

Throw your money away!!!

None of the radar jammers are working the way they say they were. Being illegal (in some regions,) and intended to break the law, you have no way of testing them or complaining about them.

I've seen testing done by SpeedLabs, which proved the "Space Technology" passive jamming for the BS it really is.
Some of the active ones work only on limited models of radar guns and cost an arm and a leg.
Plus, some of the active ones constantly transmit on a particular band, scaring away other drivers. Last thing I want is a jammer in my car making a driver in front of me slamming on the brakes all of a sudden.

P.S.
Laser jamming is a different story.

[ July 27, 2001: Message edited by: vlad_a ]
 

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[ July 27, 2001: Message edited by: vlad_a ]
 

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Originally posted by BearcatRob:
Has anyone used the new Escort cordless radar detector? I had the old model and it worked really well. I really don't want that cord showing in the car.
Cordless can not work well due to the fact it has to save on power consumption.

Look at the thread above. I've installed my V1 so you can see only a short cord going into a roof lining. Turns on with the ignition (not AC) too.

[ July 27, 2001: Message edited by: vlad_a ]
 

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I bought my V1 to go from LA to SF this last May. It saved me four times. It went off before I could even see the hwy patrol. Last month pierceman and I were on our way to willow springs and the same thing. He passed us and was waiting about five miles down the road. The V1 saw his radar before we could.
 

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I have the Passport 7500, I think. Pretty sure though. I have had great luck with it. No tics yet.

My best friend has the V1, I'm not that impressed. Damn thing goes off all the time.
 

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Originally posted by Hunt NXS:
...Damn thing goes off all the time.
Don't forget, radar detection is not a fool-proof thing.
The radar band, X and K to be specific, is shared by the Automatic doors on plazas and other places.
I'm always "screening" what V1 goes off on. If something unexpected comes up, I pay close attention. I know that on my way to work, there are 2 "bogeys," one on X band, another on K. That gives me the ability to identify them as "False Alarms." Now, if a cop sits in the same area and uses his radar, I'll know because the "Bogey Counter" will now show 3 signals being tracked, or a different band.
The locator is the best. You can see where the alarm came from, and, here's the best thing, if you already passed it.

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V1's "False Alarms" are also attributed to the extreme range it provides on X band, which is far better than others.
I read somewhere, the Radar detector testers had to increase the test range because of V1 - 8 miles on X band.

And, please, don't tell me X is no longer used. Not in our area.

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hm.. so which detector do you think would be best in a metropolitan area? I live in LA so a detector with lots of false alarms wouldnt be ideal.
 

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Originally posted by Westside115:
hm.. so which detector do you think would be best in a metropolitan area? I live in LA so a detector with lots of false alarms wouldnt be ideal.
V1, of course.

It's easier to distinguish false alarms.
 

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Before my Valentine went haywire it's performance was very, very good- it saved me many times (from great distance). It has arrows that point up or down to let you know which direction the radar is coming from- front or rear. I found that to be very helpful- when the radar alert sounds my "Where Is He" search is reduced to a 180 degree scan instead of the full 360 degree scan. My unit developed unfortunate gremlins one month after warranty expired. It would give a full alert in the middle of nowhere for no apparent reason. Then I got a speeding ticket (radar) without so much as a peep from my Valentine (yes, it was turned on). I returned my unit back to the factory with a rude note- told 'em to keep it. In hindsight that was perhaps unwise. Valentine is made by Mike Valentine and he used to work at Cincinatti Microwave. Cincinatti Microwave makes Escort/Passport (they also make radar guns- know thy enemy)!
I've been using (and swearing by) Escort radar detectors for more than fifteen years. I just decided to give the Valentine a whirl because we hear so much about them. My overall experience with Valentine was unpleasant, YMMV. I now use the Passport 8500 and let me assure you- it kicks rectum! KA band sensitivity is stellar, and KA is the growing threat nationwide. It's my understanding that Valentine's KA detection is lacking. I (almost) never get a false alarm with my Passport 8500. I programmed my 8500 to omit all X band alerts because the last time I saw a cop using X band was 1986. When the Passport goes off it's time to BRAKE! I highly reccommend the Passport 8500- I don't drive without it.
PS it's true- stay away from battery powered detectors. They're awfully convenient but not as effective.
 
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