Old 05-26-2007, 02:43 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting an RF Scanner to try and catch traffic before it comes through town. To "Whistle While You Work" is one thing, but "Listening for a whistle while you work" is another.
What are the favorite brands and styles out there?
Hand held or ???
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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I have one from radio shack that works great. Now all I need is a better antenna.
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:53 PM   #3
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I have one from radio shack that works great. Now all I need is a better antenna.

what model do you have?
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Old 05-27-2007, 03:23 AM   #4
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Pro-95 Dual Trunk-Tracking Handheld Scanner.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:16 AM   #5
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What distance range can you get with a handheld? I need about 7-10 miles.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:25 AM   #6
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I also have the pro-95 with the USB programming cable, works great...


with a handheld yo will probably be able to hear the dispatchers about 30mi away, the locomotives about 15mi away and the condctors on the ground (depending on where they're at) anywhere from 1-3 miles...
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:29 PM   #7
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with a handheld yo will probably be able to hear the dispatchers about 30mi away, the locomotives about 15mi away and the condctors on the ground (depending on where they're at) anywhere from 1-3 miles...
This doesn't quite make sense, I use a handheld in Maryland and I can hear the dispatchers in Jacksonville, FL hundreds and hundreds of miles away

Seriously, it depends in part on how the RR has set up its system. I can be on the CSX Met sub and hear the dispatchers talking to the OML, because the Met sub repeaters are set to broadcast those transmissions, but of course not hear a peep of the trains on that sub.

And it depends on the individual engine radios, on numerous occasions I have had a train go by without notice or with one signal's notice because the radio is so bad.

And it depends on atmospheric conditions.

And it depends on the quality of your antenna. I don't recall the details but there is something called a 3/8 wave or some such. But definitely upgrade from the stub antenna that often comes with a scanner.
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Currently using a Radio Shack PRO-433 moblie with a Railcom antenna and it works amazingly well. RS had the radio on sale for $150 awhile back, it may be back up to $170 now.

My railfan partner bought an ICOM IC-PCR1500 computer controlled receiver that we had a chance to play with over the weekend. It is a very powerful radio and will do wonders once we get a band specific antenna for it. The price of admission for that one is way too high for me. We are hoping to get it plumbed up for ATSC, which will make missing a train an almost impossiblity.
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My Radioshack Pro 528 ($180) with a Smiley SS2M hand held antenna tuned specifically to the RR band ($25 and excellent) usually can pick up detectors and the DS 20ish miles away in an suburban environment, prolly more out in the country, and its small enough to clip onto your belt!

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Tuned antennas? So its not just enough to have the frequency capabilities then? Or is that to help with the range?

PS. What is a tuned antenna?
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I'm thinking about getting an RF Scanner to try and catch traffic before it comes through town. To "Whistle While You Work" is one thing, but "Listening for a whistle while you work" is another.
What are the favorite brands and styles out there?
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Same here. Where can I get a list of frequencies, specifically those of CSX?

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Same here. Where can I get a list of frequencies, specifically those of CSX?

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Right HERE for the frequencies.
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Right HERE for the frequencies.
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Same here. Where can I get a list of frequencies, specifically those of CSX?
Warren provided a great overall list, but for CSX it may be useful to also have local knowledge. For example, on CSX between Baltimore, DC, and Cumberland, all you need are 160.23 and 160.32. I also leave a maint or police channel on, can't remember the fequency, don't think I've ever gotten anything useful from it.

So you can turn off the other channels and avoid having your scanner tie up time scanning those bands and getting locked into some non-RR transmission in place of what you want to hear.

Check with railfans in your area or the area you are visiting.
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Warren provided a great overall list, but for CSX it may be useful to also have local knowledge. For example, on CSX between Baltimore, DC, and Cumberland, all you need are 160.23 and 160.32. I also leave a maint or police channel on, can't remember the fequency, don't think I've ever gotten anything useful from it.

The general rule of thumb is all former B&O lines are 160.230. I never railfan or heard about a B&O line that wasn't 160.230.
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