Getting Started with JBV1

JBV1 is easily one of the best countermeasure apps available. It’s was developed by @johnboy00 for the Valentine 1 (hence the name JBV1) and it has taken the place of YaV1 as the best app (it’s Android only) to run with your V1. It has also since added integration with the TMG laser jammer, plus it can now be run standalone so you can take advantage of many of its features even if you’re not running a V1 or TMG.

JBV1 is packed with a crazy amount of features. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the app and how to get started using it.

JBV1’s Coolest Features

First off, here’s a short video showing you many of JBV1’s coolest features. (This clip is a snippet from my Best Radar Detectors of 2019 video.)

JBV1’s coolest features:

  • Automatic GPS lockouts (requires V1) to filter out stationary falses from door openers and speed signs
  • Can visually chill out the V1’s display in shopping centers with lots of false alerts
  • Low speed muting
  • Adds additional BSM recognition and muting for Hondas, Acuras, Mazdas, and GM falses
  • Frequency display of your radar alerts
  • Can be set up to automatically reprogram the V1 depending on where you drive (ie. automatically enabling X band when you enter Ohio or disabling K band when you enter California)
  • Alert logging
  • Realtime crowd-sourced police spotted alerts
  • Historical crowd-sourced data overlaid on the map showing common police speed traps
  • Alerts you to police aircraft overhead
  • Previously seen radar, laser, and crowd-sourced alerts can be overlaid on the map as well
  • TMG laser jammer integration
  • Redlight camera & speed camera alerts
  • Speed limit info for your current road
  • Can display current location (road, city, county, state)
  • Realtime weather info can be displayed so you can see if there’s a storm ahead
  • Works great background too and pops up small overlays with relevant information on top of other apps like Waze, Google Maps, or Spotify
  • Does a great job automatically reconnecting to your V1 every time you get in the car

As you can see, there’s a massive amount of useful features available in the app, along with many others that I didn’t mention.

Note: Some features (like radar filtering and muting) will require a V1. Other features (like realtime police spotted alerts and speed limit info) will require an internet connection, whether it’s data on your phone or in-car WiFi.

Getting Familiar with JBV1

Here’s a video from johnboy himself explaining the main interface of JBV1 and how to get started using the app’s buttons and controls.

Learning How to Use JBV1

JBV1 is insanely feature-packed and it can take some time to learn how to use all the different features. Luckily @Tregar has put together an overview of JBV1’s settings you can read over to start getting familiar with the app.

I’d highly recommend going through the PDF to get more familiar with the app and learn how to use many of the key features.

Be aware that JBV1 changes rapidly (new versions based on user feedback and requests are often released every week or two) with new features being regularly added or changed, so there may be new features now available that haven’t yet been added to the guide.

How to Run JBV1 Standalone

JBV1 home screen with blue start button

If you’re not a V1 user, you can still run JBV1 and take advantage of many of the features it offers (ie. crowdsourced alerts, weather info, RLC alerts, or speed limit info). You’ll need to first enable standalone mode since it’s off by default.

Here’s how to activate standalone mode:

  • Menu
  • Settings
  • Connection
  • Other Options: Standalone
  • Standalone Mode Unlocked
  • Connect Starts Standalone

Then from the main screen, hit the blue “Start” button at the top to launch JBV1 in standalone mode. (Before you follow these steps, the blue “Start” button will say “Connect” to connect to a V1.)

Have Questions Using JBV1?

If you have additional questions (you probably will) or need any help with the app, the best place to get support is the JBV1 section of RDF. Chances are your question may already be answered there. In case it hasn’t been, @johnboy00 himself or one of the many other JBV1 users can help answer your questions.

Finally, if you find the free app useful and want to support @johnboy00 in continuing to rapidly develop his app, you can also consider donating to him as well.

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    • Marc on March 6, 2020 at 11:50 am
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    A great detector shouldn’t need external apps or connections to function properly or to access all of the features. They also take your attention off of driving and your eyes off of the road. I much prefer my R3, because after I dial in the settings I am able to hang it on the dash and let it do it’s thing. Pretty much set it and forget it. I can use Waze if I want to, but it isn’t required to access features of the detector.

    1. Like Waze, JBV1 offers a tremendous amount of extra useful functionality that is totally independent of a radar detector, in addition to adding a ton of critical functionality to the V1 that it’s otherwise missing.

    • Scott on March 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm
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    I initially learned about programming YaV from you years ago through a video called “Programming your new V1 & YaV1 from scratch” shortly after it first came out. It was immensely helpful. Any chance you could do a video on how to configure JVB1 with your preferred settings?

    1. I’ve thought about it, but I’m still pretty overwhelmed by all the available options and so it’s one of the reasons I’m referring you to the guide that already exists instead.

    • barkley on April 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm
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    Will the new v1 gen2 power up when I start my truck, or do I have to hit the power button each time I shut my truck off? I leave it plugged up but hide it. I love my old v1, but I do not like the new button on the gen2 that is specifically for mute and volume.

    1. So long as you have it powered on when you turn off your truck, it’ll start back up when you turn your truck back on next time.

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