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    Radar Detection

    I noticed a whole lot of radar detectors at this years Cal24. What is everyone using?
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    I'm partial to the Valentine1. The only clunkiness is that you need to buy the motorcycle audio accessory so you can run audio from it for an extra $50, which seems silly. From there it goes into my autocom communications system so it can be heard in my helmet. No matter what type you get, the most important factor is being able to be alerted immediately. Either a light going off right in your helmet like the H.A.R.D. system, or audio straight to speakers or earphones in your helmet. Just relying on lights on the unit, or even really bright lights outside of the unit, may result in missing the alert just when you can't afford to.

    I had a couple of real alerts during the rally. One that was a classic save was after leaving the Colusa Casino, a CHP cruiser was coming the opposite way in the complete darkness, and I was able to pick him up miles away as he had his radar unit on the whole time.
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    I'm using a Valentine 1 as well. Great unit compared to others I've used. The big competitor with the V-1 is the Escort 8500 line, and I've never used one of those. I've previously used a BEL, an older Escort, and one of the higher-end Cobra units sold by Wal-Mart, all of which did a fine job. But when I got the V-1 in hand, I was satisfied that I was getting what I paid for. It works great, tells you how many radar sources there are, and the direction from which they are coming. A nice package.

    Also, if you use a J&M Integratr unit, they make an audio connector cable that also powers the unit, reducing wiring requirements for all the farkles.
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    Sounds like the V1 is going on the "to buy" list!
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