So I've had my Valentine1 installed in my windshield for about 3 months now and up until today it was more of a conversation piece than a tool to keep me away from Traffic School!
That changed today - not only did I get hit, I got hit with two different radars at the same time on the first encounter and then 20 minutes later got hit again. The Valentine came through for me! (I feel like I'm giving a testimonial for Mike @ Valentine!)
Details for those still reading: Heads-up for San Francisco Bay Area drivers, there must have been something going on today - maybe tomorrow as well? Around 12:35pm on Yerba Buena Road & 101N in San Jose, both the CHP and SJ Police set up a trap - the CHP gun was set for continuous on Ka; I picked that up about a block before the trap (as 3 minivans sped past me
) Just as I noticed 2 of the "soccer moms" being pulled over, the simultaneous warning for Laser went off - sure enough, it was the SJ Police trying out their Laser gun on me. BTW I was able to see him hit two more cars after me as well with the Laser - interesting that there was enough dispersion (sp?) for me to still pick his other targets up.
So after bragging to 1CoolVC on the phone (who didn't by the way have any protection when he got nailed 2 times in 1 week) I picked up another Ka by SJC airport (got about 1/4 mile warning) - it was a stationary CHP on his motorcycle by the De La Cruz overpass. Gave him a really nice 65 reading on his radar this day!
Suffice it to say, I'm really glad I spent the money (whatever it was that I paid for it) on this very nice addition to the beast - hopefully all my future encounters will be with the "give myself away" always-on guys, not those nasty instant-on mean dudes!
Tonight I pulled up the Valentine1 webpage Reprogramming the Valentine1
and turned off the K band and am seriously contemplating turning off X as well. After "hearing" from the CHP (Ka-Band) and SJ Police (Laser) today, I think I can finally put to bed all of the door opener false alarms that I've been too timid to turn off in the X and K bands.
==> In a previous post, Greg had mentioned that X (and I think I remember you saying K) weren't used in California - can you reaffirm this and if anyone else has had X/K-band encounters in California please reply back to this thread.