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if anyone is looking for good quality radar detectors or digital compasses, check out www.pnicorp.com
the newest radar can detect police POP and 3 other bands of radar. I have the Steele Eye and the SilverBullet
The digital compasses are cool, too. i have the V2020 which gives you a digital compass, heading, and sensors which give you inside and out side temps.
just cool toys
 

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if anyone is looking for good quality radar detectors or digital compasses, check out www.pnicorp.com
the newest radar can detect police POP and 3 other bands of radar. I have the Steele Eye and the SilverBullet
The digital compasses are cool, too. i have the V2020 which gives you a digital compass, heading, and sensors which give you inside and out side temps.
just cool toys
Never heard of that company before. I wonder how their radar detectors stack up to stuff from BEL and Valentine 1.

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PNI has been around for awhile, but I'll stick with my BEL. :p
 

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can I see pics of your V2020?
did you buy the other acc for it, hardwire kit and internal temp sensor?
 

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PNI sells to like Wal-Mart, but they work well. I dont know much about V-1's. My dad is the senior engineer at PNI so i do allot of the testing, so they just give me a bunch of shit. The V2020 has wireless sensors, its pretty cool. ill get a pic of the inside, i got both the radar and V2020 on dash. I just realized the Steele Eye hasnt even came out. But its my favorite so far.
 

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if anyone is looking for good quality radar detectors or digital compasses, check out www.pnicorp.com
I've had a PNI compass for about 3-4 years now in my Taco. I'm NOT impressed and don't feel it worth the $$ unless you 100% must have a compass. Its way to inaccurate to help establish landmarks in the backcourty. It might be fine for highway/street use, where roads signs will help you navigate, maybe like an RV.

I called PNI and asked how to fix this, I was told it is normal, and PNI is very happy with their product, even if I wasn't. When I called they said I was talking to their engineer, and I tried to discuss an easy fix, but they where NOT interested.

Since I have more than one navigation aide in my truck, I have learned to deal with the PNI compass. BUT in my opinion you are better off with a cheap $5 to $15 handheld pocket compass if you are trying to navigate around the backcourty. If you want an in-out temp gauge, there are much better units for alot less $$s

I have a few friends who also got the PNI electronic digital compass and feel it was money mis-spent for navigation. Also the suction cup design is very poor and will need to be reworked or completely modifiyed after about 2 to 3 years. A friends mount clamp broke and after contacting PNI, was told the part was not available, he would need a whole new compass, so I made him a home-made support bracket.

Other than that the compass I have is nice, the buttons are easy to use, the dual power is handy, and the auto-back lite is useful.
 

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calibration is tricky, and im sure you did it right, but also any digital compass is affected when you have the air going, listening to your radio, or using any other electrical thing in your truck. ive noticed a change when i turn on the air, then turn it off. The durability of the outside sensor is good, i have it in sight on my bumper and its been good for the last 6 months that ive had it. The company oftenly uses these compasses on orientiering outtings, so accuracy isnt an issue.
 

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calibration is tricky, and im sure you did it right, but also any digital compass is affected when you have the air going,
I've had the best results doing the calibration on dry lake beds, away from powerlines, buildings, etc. PNI said the more you calibrate the better the unit will learn my vehicles magnetic field. I done it about 10 to 15 times over the years, and it did improve, but still not as good as I figure it should be for the price.

Now I only use it when my GPS display is not flipped down, and only as a basic reference.

I put my temp sensor on a plastic tab in the air flow near the grille. I also have a temp sensor in my HVAC intake.
 

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another thing that will help is to have the units hooked up to the 9v. I was running off batteries for a while and it was a little off. my inside temp is in a little nook where the dash and the inlay between the seats meet. PNI is pretty small, we dont have a huge wherehouse to keep parts.
 

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another thing that will help is to have the units hooked up to the 9v.
I just hard wired mine in back during the install.

BTW, how are thing up in No Cal. I grew up Northwest of you in Ft Bragg, we used to go the "Big City" (Santa Rosa) to buy our Sunday Best. :)
 

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lol, things are good. i live in Santa Rosa, but go to El Molino in Forestville, and people who live out there get excited when they go to Santa Rosa, i laugh at them cuz ive lived here all my life and its not THAT great. Lotsa librals, i dunno if thats a good or a bad thing for you, but i saw the worst libral bumpersticker yesterday that just blew me away. Other then that, its rainy.
 

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I live in Cotati, just S of SR. Wouldn't trade my Valentine for anything. It has saved my ass on numerous occasions. Especially from CHP on freeways and speedtraps.
 

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I have the Escort Solo cordless. Works flawless, As far as a compass goes, don't need one, everyone always tells me where to go LOL!!!! I have heard the Valentine is a good one too.
 

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NorCal4life21 said:
My dad is the senior engineer at PNI so i do allot of the testing, so they just give me a bunch of shit.
How about you get us a TTORA discount? That'd be sweet if you could hook us up.
 
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