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I have used the Valentine every since it came out I am sure it saved me many times. I bought a new Passport with GPS for the Mustang seems to be working pretty well. I rather have one than not have one.
Yea, I've heard good things about the 9500ix. GPS marks known speed traps and cameras, and you can upload them from an online database. Weeds out false positives too. See someone get nailed, you can mark the spot and it will warn you next time.

Since the switch from the Valentine, have you noticed a reduction in false positives?

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Yea, I've heard good things about the 9500ix. GPS marks known speed traps and cameras, and you can upload them from an online database. Weeds out false positives too. See someone get nailed, you can mark the spot and it will warn you next time.

Since the switch from the Valentine, have you noticed a reduction in false positives?

I haven't had it that long. It takes I think three exposures in a particular spot for it to decide that a boogie is a false positive. I am just glad at this point that it is detecting the same targets that the Valentine did. I have had radar detectors in my cars since the original Fuzzbuster. This 9500i tells you your speed when the detector first goes off too. Plus it talks to you telling you what band it is detecting and that it has a GPS lock. Like R2-D2 hangin on my windshield.


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I have downloaded a list of red light/speed cameras on my current GPS. I was wondering if it is possible to upload those lists onto the navigation system? I drove to Phoenix few months ago, and man, they have those cameras everywhere and I was glad to have the "ding ding" warning sound telling me there was one coming my way. Only works for fixed ones, of course.
Several portable GPS units allow you to upload lists of known photo enforcement spots usually Red light and speed cams. Then alert if you are in the area. That coupled with a smart phone with trapster running on it would work wonders without a radar detector at all. Be nice for truckers or those living in places which prohibit the reception of radio waves.

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Get a good one and buy how ever many hard wire kits u need (one per car) and use the one detector in whatever car you ride that day. U will still have a lighter for whatever else and the wiring is cheap.

One point is that if the radar goes off u are busted but if he is shooting some one in front of u it goes off too. Id take the chance and buy one. It gives u better odds.
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Been using a Valentine the past 15 years or so. It works fine as an early warning device (when the cop is sitting there with his radar on way up the road, or is intermittently turning it on/off on the cars ahead) and I like the directional arrows, maybe some other brands have this feature also. Use it long enough and you can tell the difference between a false signal and a real one, I just turn the sound down during false signals or in heavy traffic. It is expensive but I think it is worth it, especially in a 400+ hp sportscar.
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I guess my point is that I've had more tickets with one than without one. Sure, if the radar is going off miles ahead it may be detected in advance, but in the city, by the time it goes off and you drop your speed, you are already caught.
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Several portable GPS units allow you to upload lists of known photo enforcement spots usually Red light and speed cams. Then alert if you are in the area. That coupled with a smart phone with trapster running on it would work wonders without a radar detector at all. Be nice for truckers or those living in places which prohibit the reception of radio waves.
Yep. Trapster is about the best you can do in VA. I wonder what gadgets the cops have that enable them to detect when someone has a radar detecter/jammer.
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I don't really know much about the radars and trapsters though I used to have one ('80s - old stuff lol).

Anyway, back in the spring break '85 some college friends and I drove back to DC from Florida. I was following three cars front and two others behind us for about two hours entering North Carolina. The front threesome had radars on in them... ours was a rental car with no radar and two others too, apparently... one was breaking off before already then it was ours turn about to exit off for a truck stop and driver change... it was about a mile before the exit approach there was one state police car popping out of blue flashing on and caught the front threesome himself but not ours then we exited. We were surprised but blessed.

Sure, it was some 25 years ago but go figure that the radars do not always help after all. Nowadays I could safely assume that cops do have better technology to spot and jam radars.

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