Uniden has just released firmware 1.29 (download here) for the Uniden R7 radar detector (purchase here). This update brings a long list of changes that Uniden has been working on the past months including many features specifically requested by enthusiasts.
This firmware update improves MRCD detection range, allows you to dial back the sensitivity of the rear antenna, makes GPS lockouts safer, and includes a bunch of small changes and bug fixes.
Here are all the changes from 1.24 to 1.29, along with my notes about the changes.
Note: If you’ve never updated R7, you’ll need to download Uniden’s update software and driver from Uniden’s website. (Install the driver first, then the update software.) To save time, direct download links for both Windows and Mac.
R7 Firmware 1.29 Changes
- Improved MRCD detection range and false alert filtering
- Alert distances against the MRCD are now much better than before and finally usable in practice
- MRCD falses still happen so leave the setting disabled unless MRCD is in use in your area
- Rear Antenna Sensitivity Attenuation
- This helps better balance front and rear sensitivity to avoid excessively long rear alerts.
- The new rear antenna sensitivity attenuation option reduces the rear antenna’s sensitivity as a percentage of the detector’s (front antenna) programmed sensitivity level, not as a percentage of the detector’s max sensitivity.
- For example, if you set the rear antenna to 50% and have the detector set to Advanced Mode with K band set to 70%, the rear antenna’s sensitivity for K band will be 50% of 70% = 35% of max sensitivity.
- In my quick testing, arrows still flip properly when passing a source, even with the rear antenna sensitivity dialed back.
- Improved K Filter for fewer BSM falses
- Narrowed the frequency range of Mute Memory to make GPS lockouts less risky
- X Band: 25MHz -> 10MHz
- K Band: 30MHz -> 10MHz
- Ka Band : 100MHz -> 20MHz
- If the main alert is locked out, the new second alert becomes the main alert so you can hear, see, and lock out the second alert as well
- This ensures new signals (ie. a cop near a speed sign) are given priority so you see and hear them
- This also makes it easier to lock out additional false alerts in a lockout zone
- MRCD alert always has priority over other radar alerts (X, K, Ka) even when Ka priority is on
- MRCD alerts won’t be muted by Quiet Ride
- Now they’ll always audibly alert even at low speeds
- Signal strength meter for locked out signals now show up in gray when using the arc-shaped Alert Display #2 mode
- Amber color adjusted to make it look more amber and less red
- Arrow Color and Band Colors now also apply to secondary new signals in the All Threat Display
- Adjusted latch time for the secondary signals in the All Threat mode
- Added two more steps to Auto Mute volume level setting (0 – 7 levels)
- If Auto mute volume level set in the Menu is higher than the current volume level, it now alerts at the current volume level
- The voice announcement for radar or laser alert will no longer go off for the same signal detected again within 30 seconds
- Alternates Overspeed alert (POI limit speed alarm) and Radar alert when Overspeed alert and radar alert are detected at the same time
- Overspeed alert for 1.5 seconds
- Display brightness can now be adjusted more quickly
- Press and hold “Mute/Dim” key for 0.5 seconds (instead of 1 second) in standby mode to enter DIM mode
- After manually changing display brightness, detector now returns to standby in just 1 sec instead of 3 sec
- Displays “MUTE” on screen in green text when a signal has been muted
- Added blinking Heartbeat icon on the standby display like R1/R3 when set to Scan display
Autolockouts have not been added to this firmware update. I’m not sure when they will be added. My guess is it may be due to the pending lawsuit between Escort and Uniden over autolockouts.
Update: Download firmware 1.29 here.
Tutorial: How to update your Uniden R7.
Purchase: Buy a Uniden R7 here.
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