You can change V1’s programming to meet special operating requirements, but should you? Police and the military strive for “situation awareness”. If you know what’s going on all around you, you’re unlikely to be surprised by an ambush. Situation awareness is also the philosophy behind V1. The front and rear antennas, the Radar Locator and the Bogey Counter all work together to keep you informed of What is around you, How Many, and Where.

reprogram radar detectorConsidering V1’s broad capability, it’s easy to operate. All visual warnings are automatically corrected for outside brightness, so you never have to fiddle with a dimmer. Moreover, V1 already has three computer modes ready to adapt the Warning System to your particular needs. A lot of thought went into these various features to make them work as a system. I personally think V1 works appropriately for almost any situation I can imagine. Still, you can reprogram it to change its responses. We’ve been building in that flexibility for some years now. The risk is that you’ll diminish your situation awareness. Worse yet, you might inadvertently disable a protection you really need. So think carefully before changing the factory settings.

How To Change V1 Programming

Warning: Important radar alerts may be blocked by changes to factory settings.

I. How to enter the Programming Mode.

  • Starting with the Control Knob in the “off” position, Press and hold-in Knob and at the same time turn the Knob “on;” continue holding in the Knob until all front-panel lights are on (takes about 5 seconds).
  • Release the Control Knob.

II. How to determine your software version.

  • Press and immediately release the Control Knob to display software version. The software-version number is four digits that display one digit at a time in the Bogey Counter-example: 2.869.
  • Note your software number, then see the table below for features that are programmable in your unit.
  • Press and immediately release the Control Knob to exit software-version display.

III. How to reinstate Factory Default settings.

  • Note for V1s with software version 3.891 and higher allow the user to reset all feature programming to factory defaults during the display of the software version. Press and hold the Control Knob until the Front Arrow is illuminated to return all programming features to the factory default.
  • Press and immediately release the Control Knob to exit software-version display.

IV. How to program your desired features.

  • The feature character is indicated in the “Bogey Counter”.
  • To select the next Feature Character in the sequence, press and immediately release the Control Knob.
  • The Feature State is indicated by direction arrows on the Radar Locator.
  • The Feature State is changed by pressing and holding the Control Knob until the arrow switches to the opposite direction (takes about 3 seconds).
    NOTE: If you need to return to an earlier Character in the sequence above, we recommend you switch off the power momentarily, then restart at step I above.

V. How to exit the Programming Mode.

  • Switch power off, or unplug. The changes you programmed will be retained in memory.

VI. How to tell if V1 has been changed from factory settings.

  • On V1s with software version 3.891 and higher, P will indicate Band Programming changes only. The Band indicators (Laser, Ka, K, X and Decimal Point for Ku) will flash if the corresponding Band is On and remain dark if the corresponding band is Off.

    NOTE FOR EURO MODE: On V1s with software version 3.891 and higher, Band Programming is indicated during the ” E,” ” u,” ” r” sequence by flashing the Band Indicators that are enabled.

  • On V1s with serial numbers ending in 0600 or higher, a flashing red LED just to the right of the Bogey Counter during the sequence above indicates that Ku coverage has been activated.
  • On V1s with serial numbers ending in 0599 or lower, if the unit has been changed, P will appear briefly in the Bogey Counter soon after V1 is switched on (after the lights-on test, but before the Mode indicator appears.)
Reprogram Valentine One Radar Detector Guide
  1. Traffic monitoring devices have been introduced in many cities around the US to facilitate monitoring of traffic conditions and average traffic speed. These monitoring devices create “false” alarms within the K radar band. Valentine Research has developed a filtering algorithm to suppress these unwanted monitoring devices. This feature is enabled/disabled by user feature ““.
  2. Enabling the ““feature (DOWN ARROW) disables the V1s ability to detect K Pop (Ka Pop functions normally.)
  3. V1s with serial numbers ending in 1078 or higher (software version 3.892 or higher), include a new Extended Serial Protocol (“ESP”). ESP has been added to enhance communication with future peripheral devices. Since ESP utilizes the Valentine One’s standard RJ-11 power connector, it could possibly interfere or change the operation of third party devices that have been developed for the V1 utilizing the Legacy Concealed Display output stream. Every attempt has been made to automatically detect what peripheral is connected to the Valentine One’s power jack. However, to accommodate any unforeseen problems, we have added user feature “” to insure third party devices that cease to function correctly with ESP can be made fully operational. Feature “” is factory defaulted to OFF (FRONT ARROW) and must be enabled by setting feature “” to REAR ARROW.