Intimacy on the Interstate

Day before Thanksgiving, I head off to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, through the desert on I-15.  My V1 Gen2 (a.k.a. known as The Precious) routinely gives me insanely long-range detection in the flat desert terrain, sometimes up to seven miles away. As I start the downhill approach to Stateline, the border town between Nevada … continued

Midnight Revenuers in Oblivion, NV

We were northbound out of Las Vegas on I-15 heading toward St. George, Utah, when traffic just stopped.  After a couple of frustrating hours, we abandoned the Interstate to improvise a route through nighttime desert.   After another two hours through nowhere at speeds ranging from 50 to 75 mph, we came into the little town … continued

Waze or A Radar Detector, You Decide

There are quite a few who believe all you need is Waze.  But Waze won’t protect you from a patroller with moving radar! For example, I was driving along the I-95 Corridor in the Northeast earlier today.  My Valentine 1 Gen2 started giving Ka warnings from the rear.  A minute later, a car passed me … continued

Blue Sky, Chance of Radar

I was on Washington 522 in a fast red car, pushing it a little, yeah, but nothing that would arouse the posse.    V1 beeped and I got wary, moved to the right lane and set the cruise at 55.  All the vehicles I had overtaken began streaming by me in the left lane.  Ahead, … continued

So That’s What Long-Range Means

I bit the bullet and upgraded my trusty Gen1 V1 to a Gen2 model. First morning, leaving for work, it was alerting Ka band coming down a side street toward our main road through town. Almost always a Ka alert around here is enforcement. I approach the intersection and scan left, right and on ahead. … continued

But Wait, There’s More!

I was traveling amongst a group of cars on the interstate.  My Valentine One started chirping.  Everyone slowed down as we went by a highway patrol car that was sitting on an on-ramp. As soon as we passed the authority figure, everyone sped back up.  But instead of the arrow pointing rearward to the patroller … continued

So Much Saving You’d Think It Was A Bank

I started using countermeasures back in the sixties with something called a Fuzzbuster.  Sixty years hence I now have five Valentines all upgraded to V1 Gen2.  Have they saved me much unpleasantness?  Is there a cow in Texas? We drove the Mountain Mille last year, a rally for vintage cars through challenging roads in the … continued

Oblivious Until He Wasn’t

I was east bound on Interstate 86 between Erie, PA, and Jamestown, NY. About 15 miles short of Jamestown my Valentine One Gen2 let out a little chirp, then another, then another, each one closer to the next one, until the warning finally went solid. I looked in my mirror and saw a black BMW … continued

No Stops but for Gas

We travel to Laramie, Wyoming, at least six times each year in a half-ton pickup, a 1,400-mile round trip. I bought a Valentine One Gen 2 just for these road trips. Here’s what I have learned: 1) Only a small percentage–around 8-10 percent–of the law enforcement vehicles we encounter on the road are running radar. … continued

LEO in a Gas Station

I had just read a V1 Moment about LEOs in gas stations. It’s not that I had never seen a LEO at the gas station that I pass going to my house, but gas was under two bucks the gallon at the time. How long has that been? Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting a … continued