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Detector stuck on 2 threats at all times

While driving down the highway, the detector seems to be stuck on 1 or 2 bogeys at a level of 4 or 5 led lights on the ka band. Even when I'm traveling for hours with no one on the road it keeps detecting something. I'll turn it off and on but still it fluctuates at 1 or 2 bogeys at a consistent rate. Then I'll have to mute it the whole ride and I don't notice when I approach an actual threat. I happen to have a similar problem. It went haywire on me. Out of no where it kept going off. it was on like the highest strength and never went off until i unplug it. what is the problem?

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Sounds like the unit needs repair. Valentine is very good usually and their repair service is good. I have had one for 5 years - no problems.

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