How to Set Up and Configure your Uniden R7 Radar Detector

Let’s take a look at how to use your new Uniden R7, what all the buttons and menu options do, and how to configure your R7 for optimal performance and minimal false alerts.

Purchase a Uniden R7 here.

This guide is current as of firmware 1.24. You can download the latest firmware here. Uniden continues to update and improve the R7 and as features are added or changed, this guide will be updated accordingly. The Uniden R7 manual is also an excellent resource. This guide will cover additional information, plus I will keep updating it as settings change.

Uniden R7 Buttons & Functions

Uniden R7 Buttons

R7’s Top Buttons

  • Menu
    • Short Press: Enter settings menu
    • Short Press in Menu: Change / Activate setting
  • – Button
    • Short Press: Lower volume
    • Short Press in Menu: Previous menu option
  • + Button
    • Short Press: Raise volume
    • Short Press in Menu: Next menu option
  • Power Button
    • Long Press: Turn power on or off

R7’s Side Buttons

  • Mute / Dim
    • Press during an Alert: Mute alert
    • Double press during an Alert: Create GPS lockout, remembering this false alert so it automatically mutes it in the future
    • Long Press: Change display brightness
  • Mark
    • Short Press: Create GPS Mark so you get alerted every time you come by this area, useful for school zones, common speed trap locations, etc.
    • Short Press during a Marked location alert: Delete GPS Mark
    • Long Press: Bring up option to clear all GPS Marks (press again to confirm)

Uniden R7 Settings & Menu Options

Highway / City / Advanced

Adjust the sensitivity of the radar detector.

  • Highway: (Default) Full sensitivity on all radar bands.
  • City: K Band sensitivity is dropped to 10%, greatly reducing false alarms at the expense of range. Here’s some Highway vs. City Mode testing.
  • Advanced: Individually adjust the sensitivity of the three different radar bands. Choose between 30% – 100% sensitivity in 10% increments.
    • X Band
    • K Band: A popular choice here is to dial back the K band sensitivity to cut down on falses.
    • Ka Band

Note: Switching to Advanced mode only activates the ability to individual adjust the sensitivity of the different radar bands. It does not enable any other advanced features.

GPS

Enable the different GPS related features and options like GPS lockouts, low speed muting, redlight camera alerts, etc.

The GPS features are incredibly useful so it’s recommended to definitely leave this on. If you turn this off, the GPS-related options will disappear out of the menu.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Speed Camera

Notifies you when you approach speed cameras. It will also alert while you are above the speed threshold where the camera issues tickets.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Note 1: These are GPS-based notifications that come from the downloadable database, separate from radar or laser alerts. The latest database generally comes packaged with the latest firmware.

Note 2: These alerts always occur even if the speed cameras only operate at certain times of the day such as in school zones.

Redlight Cam

Uniden R7 RLC Alert

Notifies you when you approach redlight cameras.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Note 1: Like speedcam alerts, these are GPS-based notifications, not radar or laser based alerts.

Note 2: The RLC alerts happen whenever you pass through an intersection with an RLC, even if the cameras only monitor one or two directions of travel.

RLC Q-Ride

Mute redlight camera alerts on nearby surface streets as you’re driving down the highway. This way you only get alerts when you’re driving on slower city streets. Think of it as high speed muting. Here you can select the maximum speed that you’ll still get RLC alerts.

  • 50 – 85 MPH or 80 – 140 km/h
  • Off (Default)

Voice

Enable voice alerts for radar or laser signals (ie. “Ka Band”), direction (“Front,” “Side,” or “Rear”), as well as for the different menu options.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Ka Frequency Voice

Verbally announce the exact frequency of the Ka band radar signal (ie. 34.759) to give you more information about the radar gun being used, without having to look up at the detector. Also handy for logging the exact frequencies on your dashcam footage. 🙂

  • On
  • Off (Default)

X Band

Enable or disable X band detection. X band is actively used in OH and southern NJ, but mostly phased out of the rest of the country.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

K Band

Enable or disable K band detection. K band is actively used throughout most of the country.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Ka Band

Enable or disable Ka band detection. Ka is actively used all over the country and when your detector goes off to Ka, it’s almost always a legitimate alert.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Laser

Enable or disable Laser detection. Laser detection is of little practical value because even if your R7 does go off (and often times it won’t because a laser beam is so thin), the officer already has your speed. For proper laser protection, I recommend pairing the AntiLaser Priority laser jammer with your R7.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

K POP

Enable detection of K band POP detection. This is essentially unused in practice and it’s recommended to leave this off.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

MRCD

Detect the MultaRadar CD and CT which are low powered radar guns in use in a few state and provinces in North America. MultaRadar guns are in use in Alberta, Quebec, Chicago, NYC, and in Maryland near Washington D.C.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

Note: If MRCD/CT is unused in your area, it’s recommended to leave this setting off because you will get false MultaRadar alerts, similar to how you’ll get false K band alerts. Not every MRCD alert is actually a legitimate MultaRadar source and false MRCD alerts from BSM’s or auto door openers can happen.

Ka POP

Detect 67ms Ka band POP radar. This form of radar is essentially unused so it’s recommended to leave this off for improved performance and reduced false alerts.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

K Filter

Filter out many sources of K band false alerts such as many (but not all) cars with blind spot monitoring radar systems.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Ka Filter

Filter out false alerts on Ka band. False Ka alerts are rare so people generally leave this off since you typically get better performance with it off, though I haven’t seen any Ka filter tests done yet to confirm.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

TSF

Traffic sensor filter designed to filter out traffic sensors on the sides of some highways that blast K band. If you get repeated K band alerts on your R7 on the highway that aren’t coming from nearby vehicles, turn on TSF.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

Note: I have also found TSF to be helpful at reducing BSM falses too. Testing has found that there is no delay-based performance penalty with this implementation of TSF so I generally recommend turning this on either way to help quiet the detector down.

K Block

Uniden R7 K Block Filter

This is essentially your Honda / Acura BSM filter. Those false alerts are extremely common and extremely difficult to filter out, so Uniden has given us a notch filter to filter out false alerts between 24.194 – 24.204, effectively filtering out Honda / Acura falses

  • On (Default)
  • Off

K Narrow / Wide

Adjust the range of frequencies that the R7 scans for on K band.

  • Narrow: Scan for a smaller range of K band frequencies to help cut down alerts from radar signals that are usually false alerts and occasionally legitimate alerts. (24.080 – 24.200)
  • Wide: (Default) Scan for the entire range of K band that police are able to use. (23.900 – 24.250)

Ka Narrow / Wide / Segmentation

Adjust the range of frequencies that the R7 scans for on Ka band. All of Ka band is very wide so cutting down to a smaller range of frequencies improves the performance of the detector.

  • Narrow: (Default) Scan for a reduced range of Ka frequencies to only the ranges where police radar guns generally operate (33.8 +/- 100 MHz, 34.7 -100 MHz / +150 MHz, 35.5 +/- 100 MHz)
  • Wide: Scan all the possible Ka frequencies where the R7 is capable of scanning for (33.400 GHz – 35.700 GHz)
  • Segmentation: Choose the individual Ka frequency ranges where you’d like the detector to scan for.
    • Ka 1: 33.399 – 33.705 GHz
    • Ka 2: 33.705 – 33.903 GHz (MPH 33.8 radar guns)
    • Ka 3: 33.903 – 34.191 GHz
    • Ka 4: 34.191 – 34.587 GHz (Stalker 34.7 radar guns that drift low)
    • Ka 5: 34.587 – 34.803 GHz (Stalker 34.7 radar guns)
    • Ka 6: 34.803 – 35.163 GHz (Stalker 34.7 radar guns that drift high)
    • Ka 7: 35.163 – 35.379 GHz
    • Ka 8: 35.379 – 35.613 GHz (Decatur & Kustom Signals 35.5 radar guns)
    • Ka 9: 35.613 – 35.701 GHz

Note 1: If you’re wondering where segment Ka 10 is, it’s gone from the R7. To give the R7 the ability to scan down lower on K band, they’ve removed its ability to scan higher up on Ka band. Ka band above 35.600 is virtually non-existent so in general this is a good trade-off. This feature first came on the Net Radar DSP and you can read more about this discussion here.

Note 2: Read this post on RDF to learn which Ka segments to enable in your area.

Ka / Signal Priority

When detecting multiple signals, how should the R7 prioritize which signal is treated as the primary signal? The primary’s signal will take up most of the display and the audio rampup beeps will be for the primary signal.

  • Ka: (Default) Alert priority is based on radar band. If you’re seeing multiple signals, alert priority will be given to Laser, Ka, K, & X in that order.
  • Signal: Alert priority is given to the strongest (and likely closest) signal, no matter what frequency or band it’s on.

I prefer Ka Priority since legit K band is rare around here. This way a detector alerts me to a weak Ka band at a distance if I’m next to a speed sign. If you have a lot of K band in use, Signal Priority may be preferred to alert you to stronger / closer K band sources.

Mute Memory Bands

By default, GPS lockouts only apply to X and K band. This makes sense since stationary false alerts coming from automatic door openers and speed signs typically transmit on these two bands. However, if you have fixed false alerts on Ka band (occasionally happens from certain speed signs or even some satellite dishes on homes that transmit on Ka), you can enable GPS lockouts for Ka band as well.

  • X & K (Default)
  • X, K, Ka

Note: Please be aware that locking out Ka band signals can be risky because Ka alerts are almost always legitimate. However, if you are 100% sure that a Ka band source that you keep passing is a false alert, you can enable lockouts for Ka band.

Bonus: If you enable Ka lockouts, you’ll also gain the ability to lock out MRCD alerts.

All Threat Display

Uniden R7 All Threat Display

Display up to 3 additional signals on the left hand side of the screen, replacing your speed/direction when more than 1 alert is present.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

Color

Choose the primary color of your display. This is helpful if you’d like to match the detector’s display color to match your vehicle’s interior lights. It’s also fun to change on the holidays to make your detector’s display more festive, ie. running red or green during Christmas or amber/orange during Halloween. 🙂

  • Red (Default)
  • White
  • Violet
  • Blue
  • Amber
  • Green
  • Pink
  • Grey

Arrow Color

Choose unique colors for the arrows, depending on the radar band. By default the arrows are always red, similar to a V1, but you can make them different colors depending on if the primary signal is X, K, MRCD, or Ka Band.

  • Red (Default)
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Violet

Band Color

Choose the color for when the R7 displays the radar band (X, K, MRCD, or Ka band) on screen.

  • Signal: (Default) The color of the radar band changes as the signal gets stronger, from weak green signals, to medium yellow signals, or to strong red signals.
  • Arrow: The arrow color matches the radar band.
  • Red
  • Blue 
  • Green 
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Violet

Display

Choose what information is displayed on screen when no signal is present.

  • Time
  • Scan: Knight rider style animated scanning bar
  • Mode: (Default) Highway, City, or Advanced mode

Display (in Left Box)

Choose what information is displayed in the left box.

  • Speed (Default)
  • Speed + Compass
  • Compass
  • Voltage
  • Altitude

Note: This information is temporarily overwritten when you have the All Threat Display option enabled and you’re detecting multiple signals.

Alert Display

Choose the signal strength meter style on the display.

  • Alert Display #1: (Default) Signal strength bar is a straight line series of dots under the band and frequency.
  • Alert Display #2: Signal strength is an arc-shaped series of dots on top of the band and frequency.

Speed Unit

Choose if distances and speeds are displayed in imperial or metric units.

  • mph (Default)
  • km/h

X / K/ MRCD / Ka Band Tone

If you don’t like the default alert tones for the different radar bands, you can choose between 12 different alert tones.

Bogey Tone

Choose which unique alert tone the R7 plays when it detects a new additional Ka signal while alerting to the first Ka signal.

Laser Tone

Choose between one of 12 different alert tones for laser alerts.

Auto Mute

Automatically reduce the volume of an alert after 3 seconds, once it has your attention.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Auto Mute Volume

If the Auto Mute option is enabled, choose how loud or quiet the detector alerts once it drops down to the auto muted volume level.

  • 0-5 (Default = 2)

Note: If your normal audio volume and auto mute volume are the same, it will “drop” to the same level and seem like the auto mute feature isn’t working. Be sure your auto mute volume level is set lower than your normal alert volume.

Dark Mode Brightness

Uniden R7 Dark Mode Dot

When running the display in dark mode, the display will be off (with a blinking dot that slowly moves along the bottom of the screen to let you know the detector is on). When the R7 picks up a signal, the R7 will light up and display all the normal information (as opposed to the “Off” display setting which keeps the display off no matter what.) This “Dark Mode Brightness” option lets you choose how bright the detector lights up when you pick up a signal.

  • Bright
  • Dim
  • Dimmer (Default)

Auto Dim Setting

When you have the display brightness set to Auto, you’ll have the option in the menu to choose how bright or how dark the display is in the daytime or at night.

  • Bright Level
    • Bright
    • Dim
    • Dimmer
  • Dim level
    • Bright
    • Dim
    • Dimmer
    • Dark
    • Off

Note: If you don’t see these options in the menu, make sure your display brightness is set to “Auto.”

Quiet Ride

Low speed muting for X and K band alerts. This is super helpful around town to keep the detector calm and quiet.

  • 5-90 mph in 5 mph increments or 10-140 km/h in 10 km/h increments
  • Off (Default)

Limit Speed

Get an alert when you’re traveling above a preset speed. This can be a helpful reminder to let you know when you’re traveling too fast.

  • Off (Default)
  • 50-100 mph in 5 mph increments or 80-160 km/h in 10 km/h increments

GMT

Select what time zone you are in.

  • GMT-05:00: Eastern Standard
  • GMT-06:00: Central Standard
  • GMT-07:00: Mountain Standard
  • GMT-08:00: Pacific Standard (Default)
  • GMT-09:00: Yukon Standard
  • GMT-10:00: Alaska-Hawaii Standard

DST

Adjust the time for daylight savings time. If you set the time zone, but your clock is off by 1 hour, change this.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

BAT Warning

Alerts you when your battery voltage drops to a low level, below 11v.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

In certain vehicles that have a start/stop system that shuts off the engine at red lights, this warning may go off whenever that system kicks in and so you’ll want to disable it.

BAT Saver

If your R7 is plugged into a power source that is always on, turn this feature on. This way when you’re parked (stationary) or you’re in a parking garage (so you lose GPS), the detector will shut itself off after 1 hour so you don’t kill your car battery.

  • On
  • Off (Default)

Self Test

Plays a sample of the different radar and laser alerts on startup. It doesn’t actually do an internal self-check and it’s more of an audible and visual demo of the different alerts. I prefer turning this off for a quieter and faster startup.

  • On (Default)
  • Off

Factory Reset?

Reset all your settings back to factory default. There’s no options here. Pressing the menu button resets your detector.

Note: All of your GPS lockouts and GPS user marks will remain in place if you reset your detector’s default settings. Clearing your lockouts and marked locations are in the next menu options.

Delete All Mute?

Delete all of your GPS lockouts.

There’s no options here. Pressing the menu button clears all of your lockouts.

Delete All User?

Delete all of your manually marked GPS locations.

There’s no options here. Pressing the menu button clears all of your user marks.

Note: A shortcut to this option can be found by pressing and holding the Mark button on the side of your detector. This is handy in case you don’t use this feature in the first place and you create a user mark by accident. You can clear your marks this way without waiting until you come back to this location, your detector goes off, and you press the Mark button on the side of your detector to delete that location.

Memory Quota

The R7 supports 2,000 memory locations, split between GPS lockouts and manual GPS user marks. By default the R7 is set up to give you 1,000 of each. Personally I use GPS lockouts all the time and rarely/never use the GPS marks, so I’d rather allocate the available space to GPS lockouts.

In the memory quota section, you can change how many of the 2,000 user points are being used for lockouts or for user marks. You can select up to 1,750 of one which gives 250 remaining for the other, adjustable in increments of 50.

Uniden R7 Memory Quota

In this image, the detector is set to give us 1750 GPS lockouts and 250 GPS user marks. You can also see the number in parenthesis telling you how many GPS lockouts (200) and how many User Marks (100) you’ve created so far.

You can change how many lockout and mute memory locations are available with the – and + buttons on top of the R7 and this change will be shown in white text. The bottom text in red stays put as your current/previous settings. Press the Menu button up top twice to change to your new settings.

Version

Check which firmware version you’re running.

DB Ver

Displays the date of the redlight cam / speed camera database that you’re running.

Exit

Exit the menu. You can also exit the menu by long pressing the menu button or waiting for the detector to automatically time out.

General Recommended Uniden R7 Settings

Realistically speaking, there are no one set of settings that are appropriate for every person in every area. If there was, there would be no need to have adjustable settings in the first place. 🙂 Nevertheless, here’s a set of generic recommended settings that you can use as a starting point, think about what is appropriate for you, and then adjust as you see fit. As you drive, you’ll naturally get a better sense of how you can further tweak these settings.

  • Advanced
    • X Band: 100%
    • K Band: 50%
    • Ka Band: 100%
  • GPS: On
  • Speed Camera: On
  • Redlight Cam: On
  • RLC Q-Ride: 60 mph
  • Voice: On
  • Ka Freq Voice: Off
  • X Band: Off
  • K Band: On
  • Ka Band: On
  • Laser: On
  • K POP: Off
  • MRCD: Off (On in Alberta, Quebec, Chicago, NYC, & MD)
  • Ka POP: Off
  • K Filter: On
  • Ka Filter: On
  • TSF: On
  • K Block: On
  • K Narrow
  • Ka Segmentation: 2/4/5/6/8 (Read what you need for your state.)
  • Ka Priority
  • Mute Mem: X & K
  • All Threat: On
  • Color: Red
  • Arrow Color
    • X Band: Red
    • K Band: Red
    • MRCD: Red
    • Ka Band: Red
  • Band Color
    • X Band: Signal
    • K Band: Signal
    • MRCD: Signal
    • Ka Band: Signal
  • Time Display
  • Display: Speed
  • Alert Display: #1
  • Speed Unit: mph
  • X Band Tone: 1
  • K Band Tone: 2
  • MRCD Tone: 7
  • Ka Band Tone: 3
  • Bogey Tone: 2
  • Laser Tone: 4
  • Auto Mute: On
  • Auto Mute Vol: 2
  • Dark Mode: Bright
  • Auto Dim Setting
    • Bright Level: Bright
    • Dim Level: Dim
  • Quiet Ride: 35 mph
  • LimitSpeed: Off
  • GMT: Set for your time zone
  • DST: On / Off as appropriate
  • BAT Warning: Off
  • Bat Saver: On
  • Self Test: Off
  • Memory Quota
    • Mute Mem: 1,750
    • User Mark: 250

Vortex’s Uniden R7 Settings

Finally, here’s a look at the settings I use myself. I see almost all Ka band out here and K band is very rare, so I like to be pretty aggressive on the K band filtering. These settings may or may not be appropriate for you and your area, but here’s a look at how I currently run my R7.

  • City or Advanced w/ K band at 50%
  • GPS: On
  • Speed Camera: On
  • Redlight Cam: On
  • RLC Q-Ride: 60 mph
  • Voice: On
  • Ka Freq Voice: On
  • X Band: Off
  • K Band: On
  • Ka Band: On
  • Laser: On
  • K POP: Off
  • MRCD: Off
  • Ka POP: Off
  • K Filter: On
  • Ka Filter: Off
  • TSF: On
  • K Block: On
  • K Narrow
  • Ka Segmentation: 2/4/5/6/8
  • Ka Priority
  • Mute Mem: X & K
  • All Threat: On
  • Color: Red
  • Arrow Color
    • X Band: Red
    • K Band: Yellow
    • MRCD: Red
    • Ka Band: Blue
  • Band Color
    • X Band: Signal
    • K Band: Signal
    • MRCD: Signal
    • Ka Band: Signal
  • Time Display
  • Display: Spd+Comp
  • Alert Display: #1
  • Speed Unit: mph
  • X Band Tone: 1
  • K Band Tone: 2
  • MRCD Tone: 7
  • Ka Band Tone: 3
  • Bogey Tone: 5
  • Laser Tone: 4
  • Auto Mute: On
  • Auto Mute Vol: 2
  • Dark Mode: Bright
  • Auto Dim Setting
    • Bright Level: Bright
    • Dim Level: Dim
  • Quiet Ride: 35 mph
  • LimitSpeed: Off
  • GMT: -8 Hour
  • DST: On
  • BAT Warning: Off
  • Bat Saver: Off
  • Self Test: Off
  • Memory Quota
    • Mute Mem: 1,750
    • User Mark: 250

That’s it for now! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    • Steve on April 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Thanks a bunch!!! I turned K Band down to 30%. Too many K alerts on this R7.

    • Kiko on April 15, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    Excellent write up! Thank you!

    • Elmer Boggs on April 16, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Can the settings be done with the unit out of the car. My shoulders are shot and holding my arms up to the mirror to go through all of this is a challenge. So, can the settings be done with the unit connected to a PC? Also, when doing an update, does the unit need 12v car power during the update or does the connection to the PC supply the necessary power to the unit and I can have the unit sitting next to my PC?

    Thanks for the write up, I’d have just run the darn thing stock.

    So many questions by old people!

      • Elmer Boggs on April 16, 2019 at 7:41 am
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      Tried it on the PC and no joy. Unit will not power up with just the USB cord. So, to update it to a new software version, I’m concluding it needs to be hooked to a 12v source and have a laptop connected to the USB for updates.

      1. That’s correct. USB is for updates only, not for powering the detector. You’ll need updated software for the R7. The R3’s software doesn’t support the R7. Now as for powering your radar detector at home, you can use an AC to DC cig. lighter adapter like this https://amzn.to/2U0ufrs or a USB to cig. lighter adapter like this http://amzn.to/2t0bzxa

          • Jaime Esquivel on April 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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          I just updated my R7 with just USB power and confirmed the update when I took it back to the car. No need to be plugged into power!

  1. So the R7 will fit on the R3 BlendMount?

    Thanks!

    1. I have an entire video on the subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aswObZWCBuk

    • BRAD W on April 16, 2019 at 8:38 am
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    I just wanted to remind you your still #1 your the best your timing for posting this is incredible! I will vote for you for President!!!

      • Brian on April 17, 2019 at 8:41 am
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      Vortex 2020!!!

    • Tom on April 17, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    Thanks – great detailed information.

    Some have commented that the R7 is so sensitive that it is constantly giving false alerts. Not only would that be extremely irritating, it would largely offset any benefit of the R7’s superior detection range. Do you find that the settings recommended above minimize false alerts to a level expected of most higher end dash mount detectors?

    1. I do still find it relatively chatty and have been progressively experimenting with more and more aggressive filtering settings to find a good balance.

    • Westley Fezzik on April 17, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    Ka Narrow / Wide / Segmentation
    How do I adjust for the chosen segmentation 2/5/8? Which buttons to press once at ‘segmentation’?

    1. Switch from Ka Wide or Ka Narrow to Ka Segmentation. Then you will see the options show up afterwards to select which segments you want.

    • Lian a McPhail doherty on April 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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    When do you plan on spectre testing the r7?

    1. It won’t be able to for a few weeks. Someone on the forums might be able to do it sooner if you need to know now.

    • Chris Travis on April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    Vortex,

    When driving and when showing just my speed option on left side of the oled screen… it says SPEED above my speed (mph) in white lettering.. mine keeps going in and out. It will say Speed for about 5 seconds or more and other times it’s just the color green with no words. This happens when driving and when just sitting idle, it doesn’t matter. Would you see if yours does that? Just when you get a chance. I feel like it should always say speed and that mine has a glitch but want to make sure before I even start that process.

    Or it is there to keep the letters from ghosting into the oled, so the word blinks sometimes.

    Appreciate you Brother!

    You can email here –

    [email protected]

    1. It’s intentional to help avoid screen burn-in.

    • Jim on April 20, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    Excellent and thorough reviews, thank you. Took a LOT to get me to even consider switching from V1 after27+ years. Two questions:

    1) Despite meticuously following your excellent firmware on a Mac video I always get “no usb cable connected” error. Upon first insertion the port felt way too tight. Thinking a defective port. Ideas?

    2) Since I cannot mount any detector in the center of the windshield die to Subaru’s “Eyesight” system I was thinking upper driver’s side corner. Visible and easily removed if need be, like when a cop does pull you over. Thoughts?

    Thanks!!

    1. Did you install the drivers for your Mac?

        • Jim on April 20, 2019 at 11:28 am
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        Yes. All installed and permission granted per your video. Keep getting a “No USB cable” error. First cable insertion was hard. Did not fit. Gentle pushing snapped it in. I keep suspecting the port.

        1. That’s weird, I’m not sure. I did it and it worked for me and so I don’t know much beyond that.

            • Robb on April 22, 2019 at 8:16 am

            I had the same issue on my Mac.. I found that I had to delete everything and start over. I then made sure the detector was plugged into USB port before I downloaded and installed the software.. It then asked me to change permission when it installed and it work great. Hope this helps.

    • Danny on April 20, 2019 at 8:56 am
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    Hi Vortex, You are the best. How’s the suction cup for the R7 ? Should I be worry about it falling off the windshield?

    1. It can happen so make sure your suction cups and windshield are both clean first. Then once you stick them on, they should work fine.

    • danny on April 20, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Thank you

    • Jim on April 20, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    Any idea if a clip visor mount will be available? Use these for a V1. Find them more convenient than suction cups, which can fail.

    • DENNIS A CRAGO on April 21, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    My r7 gas no K Block setting

      • DENNIS A CRAGO on April 21, 2019 at 4:55 am
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      I see there is a firmware update. Going to check.

    1. It is available once you update to firmware 1.22.

    • DENNIS A CRAGO on April 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    Thanjs

    • Tom Streff on April 21, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    Vortex, You are amazing. Your videos, blogs and commentary are full of great information. I just received my Uniden R7 and can’t wait to see how much better and hopefully quieter it is than my V1. FYI, I had trouble getting my R7 connected to my PC and Mac with the USB cord. Turns out I got a bad USB cord. I tried several other cords I have-don’t we all have a bunch of them from over the years of owning electronics-anyway, one of them worked fine.

    Thanks again for all you do!

      • Tom Streff on April 21, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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      Oh yea, I meant to say I purchased the R7 based on your videos etc. Cheers!

      1. Thanks and congrats!

    • Ken on April 22, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    Is Uniden going to release a remote head sorta like V1 has with arrows and mute for the R7?

    • BRAD W on April 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    Just switched from R to R7 K Band False alerts everywhere something is wrong anyone having same issue?
    Software is up to date all setting are correct

    • BRAD W on April 23, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Is it possible I am getting false K alerts because MRCD is on?

    1. You’ll see MRCD falses with it on, but K band falses are separate and you’ll need to use the other filters to address those.

        • Brad W on April 24, 2019 at 9:11 am
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        Just trying to understand it better With MRCD on Will that in anyway increase my K False alerts that I’m getting? I used to run on city all the time as you recommended with the R3 But never had as many False K’s this antenna is supposed to be stronger maybe this is why. Should I run the unit on advance and put the K band to the lowest setting of 30% instead of running it on city all the time until they do another update?

    • sayed khaz on April 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    Hi
    what recommend Uniden R7 Settings for California?

    • Daniel Conner on April 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    My r7 out of the box seems quieter than my r3 did any else have the same issue or is it just mine? Volume is at 6 now but it’s hard to hear over my ac on high.

    1. Yeah the R7’s max volume does seem lower than the R3’s.

        • Daniel Conner on April 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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        Thank you very much! I didn’t what to go through all the trouble to have to exchange it.

    • DENNIS A CRAGO on April 26, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    Could use more volume

    • Jess on April 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Thanks for your thorough in depth content! Just got my R7 and sold my R3 used for nearly the new cost! Good to have new features!

    • Hasan Kalim on April 30, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Have you been experiencing more KA falses after the recent firmware update? I have been getting tons of Rear KA Falses since the I performed the firmware update. The detector worked flawless prior too.

    1. Do you have the Ka Filter disabled? Try turning it on.

    • Mike on May 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Just bought an R7. You genuinely provide the best information out there. Thank you for helping me make a knowledgeable decision.

    • BRUCE PETERSON on May 8, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    Has anyone had the front antenna not pick up K-band on their R7. I got lucky and received a warning from a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy using K-band. My R7 didn’t go off until the rear antenna picked it up. I am only getting K-band signals from my rear antenna. Had to send the detector back to Uniden.

    • David Honey on May 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I have the ultimate test. I have this in my 2019 Honda Odyssey. So far so good. Not much punch through going on with the new firmware update and k block on

    1. Great to hear!

    • Jim on May 11, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    Finally was able to update firmware once I got a replacement unit. Seems I was right and the original one had a bad USB port.

    • Albert on May 15, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    Why on some sites they saying it is undetectable when its not?

    • Craig on May 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    I get a TON of vibration using the dual suction cup mount, and cant really use the single cup where I want to mount it. Am I the only one seeing this? Is there anyway to stop the bouncing and vibration?

    1. I notice that too and that’s one reason why I like the Blendmount.

    • nevw on May 26, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Hi, thanks for a wonderful detailed posts
    i got one thru your recommended sites recently.
    I use your recommended settings for my R7
    one thing i noticed i never get any alerts from city cops
    i drove from Lexington KY to Chicago and back
    i got altered for everything else, state troopers, county police, traffic wardens, speed detector signs!
    but no alerts here in Lexington, Louisville, Indianapolis or Chicago PD cars
    am i missing something?

    1. The detector will only alert when there is radar to be picked up. If the officers aren’t running radar, your radar detector won’t alert. Remember, these are radar detectors, not police car detectors.

        • nevw on May 26, 2019 at 5:51 am
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        Thanks you sir for your reply, i understand it is not a car detector, but the whole drive i never got alerted not even once, are you saying none of these officers had their radars on?
        i am going to reset to factory and see if it gives any different results, i drive this route very frequently.

    • Tim on June 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    I love my R3, but I’m so bummed about its inability to filter BSM at all (moving to Narrow K band is a joke). The R7 has the notch filter that will remove most Honda, Acura, etc. BSM signals, and that feature would make me so much happier! Do you know if there is any chance that this is coming to the R3, or is it hardware limited? I’m going to be so bummed if it doesn’t come to the R3 because, had I known that, I would have waited to purchase the R7. Those BSM falses are insanely annoying to the point that I sometimes expose myself to the whole K band, which is used a lot around me, by disabling it.

    Thanks in advance for any input that you can provide.

    -Tim

    1. BSM filtering is one of the biggest complaints. The detector is much better than older detectors so it was great when it came out, but since then the competition has made bigger strides so by comparison, it’s no longer as good as it once was. To say it’s unable to filter BSM’s at all though, if you try using an older gen detector, it might help put things better into context. 😉 Anyways, it is something that they are working on. K Block is great, but it’s a bit of a hack and they need to do something more sophisticated moving forward.

    • Tsz on June 24, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Following the recommended settings from R3 the following will probably apply to R7?

    X Band: Off (If you drive in OH or NJ, turn this on.)
    K Band: On (If you drive in CA, you can typically turn this off.)

    1. Right, those settings apply to every radar detector. 🙂

    • JESSE on June 25, 2019 at 8:52 am
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    Im newer to custom settings on radar im especially wondering about ka segmentation.
    Your suggestion is 2/4/5/6/8 and the suggested is ka narrow. Im in Ohio and the link says 2/5/8 for ohio. I purchased the r7 and got it all updated but the difference in settings has me confused as im a noob.
    Thanks for your time and efforts.

    • Jeff K on July 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    Hi, should the Uniden R7 be able to MUTE MEMORY when I see an MRCD signal on a traffic light? When I try to MUTE MEMORY the signel when I see MUTE on after hitting MUTE button, it just toggles between MUTE on and then MUTE off. Does MUTE MEMORY not work with MRCD signals?

    • James Martin on July 18, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    Jaime. Yes. That’s what Vortex just explained. Updates are done with the USB.

  2. Does it have Bluetooth that can pair it with a Smartphone app?

    • James on July 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    @Jon Anderson. The R7 detects radar, not phone calls.

  3. No shit, Sherlock! Are you aware there’s detectors that pair with a phone and have a app which allows you setup the detector and utilize other things.

    • James on July 21, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    I am aware that unlike you and others, I don’t need a smartphone. You smartphone Sherlocks can not function without your stupid smartphones.Haha! What a sorry waste of life to be addicted to a smartphone as you are.

    1. Gentleman, please be respectful if you have a difference of opinion. Thank you.

    • Sam on July 28, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    Does Uniden R7 suppose to heating up?

    • Jeff K on July 28, 2019 at 8:06 pm
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    I confirmed I can do Mute Memory with K band but not MRCD. I would be curious if anyone else has the same experience with the Uniden R7 and latest as of 7/28/2019 firmware?

    • David Fellmet on August 5, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    FWIW, I have gotten several MRCD alerts while driving around Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They have not been repeatable in the same area so likely not door opener controls.
    Also Iowa State Patrol cars have switchable X/Ka band radar units. Verified by peeking into a Troopers cruiser. Snot wise to ignore X band alerts here.

    • neil on August 15, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Why do you have XBand off but arrows listed as red ?

    How can I find out which Ka band segmentation I should use in New Jersey

    thanks

    • Jeff K on August 15, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    Hi, It seems Uniden R7 cannot do MUTE MEMORY for MRCD signals on a traffic light. Any chance you can push Uniden to get that enabled? I did call their support myself and asked for that feature but not sure if it will get done.

    1. Can you try enabling Ka lockouts and see if you can also lockout MRCD? I’d have to dig back a little to read up on the discussion about MRCD lockouts. It might be a hidden option with Ka lockouts enabled, but I don’t remember. 🙂

    • Jeff K on August 15, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    I should mention this is near Chicago where they have MRCD signals on traffic lights. I’m not sure what it is used for currently or if it is used for anything yet, but I do detect the MRCD signal at the lights every time.

    1. I believe those are MRCT systems for photo radar which alert as MRCD on the R7.

    • Jeff K on August 16, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    I just tried setting “Mute Mem” setting to enable KA lockouts (X & K & KA) and drove by the MRCD signal traffic lights. The Mute Mem feature is now working for the MRCD signals. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Great, thank you for verifying! I’ve updated the article to include this info. 🙂

    • Will T on September 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    Thanks for all the great info on the R7. I currently use a V1 with Remote Display and keep my main unit lights off with remote on steering column. I know the R7 has Dark Mode but is there and way to keep it from lighting up when it receives an alert or at least light up and then go back to dark mode after a few seconds? I drive a lot after dark and don’t like when a LEO is behind me and can see the RD lit up. Could the Uniden hardwire kit function similarly to the V1 remote display, without the arrows of course? Thanks!

    1. Have you tried setting the display to off?

    • Jim on September 29, 2019 at 6:03 am
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    I do not think so, Will. The remote is just a buttoned small LED lights

    • Brian Haack on September 29, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Purchased the R7 two weeks ago… first RD e’va so my learning curve has been steep. It took 3 viewings of your excellent setup video but I finally figured out the difference b/t GPS lockouts and GPS marks. One question I have is when do you create the lockout? Is it when you first encounter the alert or when you’re sitting right on top of the source of activity? (speed sign, door opener, etc). Many thx!!

    1. Any time should be okay. Just be totally sure that you are indeed locking out a stationary false alert, not a nearby car or an officer up the road.

    • John on October 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    any setting suggestions for BC, Canada? Just picked up the R7

    • abdallah on October 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    is there any easier way to make it easier to edit the settings through your phone? or imac? or does it have to be from the detector itself?

    1. Nope, with the R7, you can only do it through the detector.

    • James on October 28, 2019 at 2:18 am
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    It’s a sad thing that peoples lives revolve around their phones.

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