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Both showed less than a few hundred feet of elevation deviation over the length of the site.
In fairness, it's worth noting that the farthest point on the site was about 200 feet higher in elevation than the radar vehicle, parked on the shoulder some 12 miles away.
The Valentine One, introduced in 1991, received laser-detection circuitry in the mid-1990s and a revised circuit board in 2007.
Aside from minor firmware revisions over the decades, it's little changed from the original.
We noticed the same behavior in a later shootout with the Escort Redline.
More troubling was the V1's sudden refusal to detect K-band radar, even when parked next to it.
For instance, most new owners are thrilled when their detector goes off before a radar-equipped cruiser pops into view.
But on other occasions the warning inexplicably comes too late to be useful.
But after our target car had descended that tiny hill, the remainder of the course was almost flat, marked occasionally by imperceptible high points.
Radar coming from behind, though, isn't a major threat.
And even without a rear-facing antenna, the Beltronics STi Magnum and Escort Redline can detect radar in back from one mile away or more.
How We Rated Them A maximum score of 200 points was possible: 140 for radar performance and 20 each for resistance to false alarms, features and ergonomics. X band: 5 points, K band: 20 points and 15 each for the three Ka-band frequencies.
Radar scores from the two test sites were averaged.