How to Quiet Down a Valentine One and Maximize its Performance

The Valentine One programming options are very helpful. You see, the V1 is pretty chatty out of the box, but if you take the time to configure the settings 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 how toย do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Valentine One Programming & Best Settings

It basically comes down to a couple different tricks:

Junk K Fighter / BSM Filter

  • Enable the new “Junk K Fighter” option, aka TMF2, available onย 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.

Valentine One Settings: YaV1 TMF2 on

GPS Lockouts

  • 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.

V1 Programming: YaV1 Lockouts

Low Speed Muting

  • 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.

Valentine One Settings: YaV1 Savvy emulation

Valentine One’s Muting Options

  • Enable the V1’s built in muting options.

Valentine One Best Settings: V1 muting options

Disable Unneeded Bands

  • 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.

Valentine One Programming Options: YaV1 bands on off

Custom Sweeps

  • 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.

V1 Programming: YaV1 custom sweeps

Boxes

  • 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.

Valentine One Programming: 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy!

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    • grayhawk on December 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    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. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Making it the best possible resource I can for everyone.

    • Eugy on November 13, 2016 at 11:26 am
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    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. 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.

    • Mark on November 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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    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. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bill on December 18, 2016 at 4:11 am
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    Confusion regarding YaV1 lockouts: in my mind, when YaV1 locks out a signal it should be completely ignored, never to be seen/heard from again. But what I’m experiencing is that in YaV1 world, lockout means that it will still be reported but at the muted volume and color-coded. Is that correct? Thanks,

    Bill

    1. On the Alert screen, yes. There’s a second screen where you have the filtered out alerts hidden altogether. I think it’s called Filtered or something and I don’t remember if it’s since been removed from YaV1, but there’s a way to hide them from screen altogether if you prefer.

    • Chris on December 18, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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    Regarding the YaV1 app, once you fine tune the sweeps is that stored in the V1? So say if the next time you fire up the V1, you fail to launch YaV1, will the custom sweeps still hold? Additionally, does anyone from experience know if a modern phone can simultaneously support connecting to YaV1, streaming Pandora through the cars built in stereo via Bluetooth, and be on standby for calls? My unknown here is the 2nd data connection to the V1. Lastly, thanks for all of this information in multiple formats!

    1. Custom sweeps stay in the V1, independent of the phone, correct. It’s easy to have lots of pairings via BT simultaneously. Phones are designed for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bill on December 20, 2016 at 2:21 am
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    So I’m getting a hit from a speed sign from over a mile away every day on my way to work. And I don’t lose the signal for almost a mile after I’ve passed it. Is that the reason YaV1 won’t lockout that particular signal, because the area/radius is so large? Thanks so much,

    Bill

    • David Lynch on April 3, 2018 at 1:26 am
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    How can I block out just 24.128 since I found it to be a Mazda Car Detector??
    Everytime I get near a newer Mazda with BSM my detector goes off and it is always 24.128!

    Can I safely mute just that or will it put me at risk of being caught by real Radar?

    1. You could set of a box specifically for that range using an app and tell the V1 to mute signals inside the box.

    • David Lynch on April 3, 2018 at 8:42 am
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    Is it just me that has found this frequency on these specific vehicles?

    If I mute just it, what is the chance of missing an actual gun using it?

    Would any LE still be using it since I wouldn’t think so if all these cars are??

    1. It’s extremely likely that 24.128 is coming from a police radar gun. They’re designed to transmit around 24.125 or 24.150, +/- 100 MHz, so it’d be risky to try and nuke that frequency altogether.

    • David Scott on April 21, 2018 at 11:24 am
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    What’s the latest firmware version the v1 is using

    1. 3.8952. You can always punch in your serial number into V1’s site to see if you have the latest version: http://www.valentine1.com

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