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Dec 17

How to Quiet Down a Valentine One and Maximize its Performance

The V1 is pretty chatty out of the box, but if you take the time to configure it properly, and especially if you pair it with some third party apps, you can quiet it down significantly and change it from one of the noisiest detectors around to one of the quietest while also simultaneously maximizing its performance. Here’s a how to do that. šŸ™‚

It basically comes down to a couple different tricks:

  • Enable the new “Junk K Fighter” option, aka TMF2, available on the V1 3.894 or newer. If you have an older version of the V1, definitely consider upgrading. It significantly helps filter out those annoying K band blind spot falses.

TMF2 on

  • Enable GPS lockouts with YaV1. This is an Android-only feature where your detector can automatically learn and lock out stationary false alerts from the same grocery stores, drugstores, and speed signs you pass every day.

YaV1 Lockouts

  • Enable low speed muting to quiet things down in town. You can do it by purchasing Savvy from Valentine or by using your phone’s GPS. It’s available on Android using YaV1 and on the iPhone with StealthAssist.

YaV1 Savvy emulation

  • Enable the V1’s built in muting options.

V1 muting options

  • Disable certain bands (like X band) if they’re not needed or used in your area. If you’re not sure what’s in use in your area, check out this guide.

YaV1 bands on off

  • Use Custom Sweeps to not only improve your V1’s performance, but also avoid scanning the Ka frequencies where only false alerts exist. This also helps because Ka guard, which helps filter out false alerts on Ka band from leaky radar detectors at the cost of reduced performance, automatically gets turned off when you enable Euro Mode which is required for Custom Sweeps.

YaV1 custom sweeps

  • Use YaV1’s boxes to mute Cobra falses that custom sweeps can’t cut out. Cobra falses can commonly happen in the 33.6xx range. If you have Ka guard off for better performance, you can tell YaV1 to mute any Ka band signals below 33.700.

YaV1 boxes mute Cobras

With these different techniques all working together in tandem, your V1 will be a much quieter than straight out of the box and you should have a nice quiet detector. Not totally silent of course.. no detector is. But it’ll be significantly better than a stock V1 running factory default settings. šŸ™‚

Oh, and next time you hear someone complain that the V1 is too noisy and gets too many false alerts, tell them they simply need to set it up properly and then send them this link. šŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

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  1. grayhawk

    Thanks Vortex. Great work. I used VaV1 on an old phone that I was not using and it seemed to work well. Frankly I did not like having the V1 on the windshield and also the phone on a stand on the dash. Just to much along with the car’s various displays, nav system, etc. I have a 2014 Subaru Forester XT which has a lot going on in a rather small space.
    Anyway, I took the car in for service and left the phone in the pocket under the radio and when i got the car back it was gone. My fault but there you go. I drove back to Wyoming with just the V1 and it was fine so for now the Va setup will not be available.
    I do have the remote display but I have not put it in this car. May but may also just wait and use it in the Miata I mentioned to you a while back. Winter in Wyoming so the new ND is sleeping for now until spring.
    What if I used my regular cell phone with the V1 just to set it up but not as an added item on the dash? Are the factory adjustments that you can make with the app and your cell phone ok? Maybe you have addressed this somewhere and if so put me in the right direction.
    LIke you new site. When do you have time for a regular job????
    Thanks.

    1. Vortex

      Yikes. Have you tried the “Find my Android” thing to see if you can locate it online?

      You can certainly use most any modern phone with the V1. If you have the Android BT module, you’ll want to use an Android phone though, of course. It makes for a good alternative to the concealed display and you don’t necessarily need to run both.

      and thanks for the kind words about the new site! I’m wanting to turn it into my new job now, so it’s what I’m putting my time and energy into now. šŸ™‚ Making it the best possible resource I can for everyone.

  2. Eugy

    Thanks for the guide Vortex!

    I personally have no issues with radar falses (maybe because I live in a country where only Ka band is used and I have the junk filter on as well..), however I do get a ton of laser falses.

    I understand that certain new cars may be the source of those falses (rear stop lights, collision avoidance systems or adaptive cruise control), my question is – is there anything to be done to eliminate, or at least reduce those falses? I don’t want to turn the laser detection off completely, but it becomes kind of useless if you get constant alarms…

    1. Vortex

      I experience laser falses too with the V1. There’s nothing you can do to change that. I actually turn laser off on my V1 and let my jammers handle everything on laser.

  3. Mark

    Great video. I am sold on the V1, but one question before I place the order. I understand that the blind spot detection systems on cars can create false alarms. If I have blind spot detection on my own car, will that result in constant false alarms and render the V1 unusable?

    1. Vortex

      Most should be alright but some may cause falses. I don’t know off the top of my head which card/models/years/trims would cause issue so just try it out and return it if it doesn’t work. šŸ™‚

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