I have never been a fan of GPS lock-outs. Several years ago, a friend of mine had an unwanted roadside conversation with The Man because of lockouts on his detector. I’ve avoided those conversations because I rely on V1’s bogey counter instead.
Have things changed? No…and yes.
Same location–a dollar store on South Carolina highway 90 with K-band door openers. And pretty much the same situation, a LEO sitting in the store’s parking lot running instant-on K band.
What was different this time? I’m now using a V1 Gen2 paired with JBV1. I have my V1 mounted high, to the left of the rear-view mirror, with a Concealed Display just below my speedometer. This setup can’t be seen by anyone behind me, even at night on full alert.
So here’s what happened this time: As I approached the dollar store my V1 briefly alerted to two K-band bogeys; the alert was quickly and appropriately muted by JBV1. My JBV1 settings allow you to still see and hear the alert but at a much-reduced volume. This behavior (two bogeys muted by JBV1) was not the least bit unusual, so I maintained my speed. Then the bogey counter jumped from two to three sources and JBV1 correctly unmuted the alert. That told me that there was an instant-on K source in the area, so I slowed to the way-too-slow posted limit of 45.
The stranger who had been following me for a few miles quickly passed. He looked at me as he went by and, smiling, pointed at his Escort in the windshield; it was dark as Monday night. I watched as he flew past the dollar store. The parking-lot LEO immediately lit up his blues and high-tailed it after Mr. Escort. That’s what can happen when you lock-out GPS locations.
Although I really did feel badly for the guy, I was very happy that I have a V1 Gen2. Its bogey counter lets me know exactly what’s happening and, paired with JBV1, it’s also incredibly quiet…except when I really need to know.