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Warning to Valentine One users


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I was beginning to check around for a new radar detector, came across a test between a Valentine and a Bel stI. The test indicated that the Bel was the better model in head to head testing, but both still did extremely well. At least until...

Later in the article the guy doing the testing did a heat test to see how well the units would hold up on a hot day since electronics are affected by heat. The units were left in the sun and allowed to get hot while plugged in. The Bel units shut themselves down when the case temp reached about 160 degrees or so, but the Valentines did not. After the heat test he allowed the units to cool, then did another test and found that the Bels were still working, but the Valentines were no longer picking up radar guns. So, if you have a Valentine and ever left it on in the heat, it may not be picking up all bands anymore, and may not be picking up any bands.

So, if you have a detector that suddenly goes quiet, like no longer goes off where it should (and it doesn't have to be a Valentine unit even) after a day when it gets hot inside the cabin then there's a chance that it's become heat damaged.

For the Thought Police - This thread is pertinent to Reattas because some Reatta owners may use Valentine One detectors. As this piece of equipment may be installed in a Reatta, it is Reatta-appropriate. :D

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My hearing aids have always worked better than any RADAR detector (except for laser which is not radio waves), they go beep when RADAR is around.

Someday I''ll go into the story of the headaches in the contractor plant next to a SAC base. Or not.

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Guest Richard D

I would have to think that the tester Valantine one was a fluke. The engineer that designed it also designed the first Escort back in the 1980's when the only other one was a Fuzzbuster. He seems like a pretty sharp guy.

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Leave enough time to get where you need to be. The speed limit is the law.

It is the law, but it also puts many drivers to sleep or in a slight trance. I would rather go a little faster and enjoy driving to stay awake rather than be another lemming behind a line of cars behind a motorhome. Just my 2 cents.

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It is the law, but it also puts many drivers to sleep or in a slight trance. I would rather go a little faster and enjoy driving to stay awake rather than be another lemming behind a line of cars behind a motorhome. Just my 2 cents.

if virtually everyone is driving over the limit, it seems it would actually be safer to drive over the limit

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the one I had in mind was the Utah DOT study where when they raised the speed limit to 80, people weren't speeding as much
This is just a guess but I'm pretty sure if they raised the speed limit to 120 there would be almost no speeders at all. Maybe they should do a study on that.:D Edited by Ronnie (see edit history)
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The post wasn't intended to be a slam against Valentines, just warning of a potential problem. Several different Valentines were tested in the same circumstances, all showed variations of the same problem as would be expected with electronics experiencing heat stroke.

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Florida, Texas, and I believe Montana once had just "reasonable and proper". Problem is that it was up to the policeman to decide.

Most limited access roads in the country here are 70 mph. Once had a highway patrollman tell me that he would clock from behind and if he could get within 1/4 mile of a fast car without it slowing down they got a ticket because they were not paying attention.

Of course that was when the FHP drove Dodge 440s that would shift from second to high above the ton and be good for 40 more.

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