Old 06-26-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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Can someone recommend a good handheld Scanner, and where I could obtain the frequencies for various Railroads such as CSX?


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Old 06-26-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Try railfanswelcome.com for the freqs. I'd recommend at least a 100 channel scanner so you can program all 100 AAR channels and then lock out what you don't need for each trip (or listen on them all). CSX has changed their system in the last 6 months or so. If your in the northeast, go to railroad.net and look for the post I think in the radio thread. It may be pretty far down on the list.
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The list on RailfansWelcome is pretty incomplete, so you may not find what you're looking for.
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:42 PM   #4
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I agree with the 100 channel scanner, I have one myself. I can't remember the site I went to, but I just searched for "AAR RR radio frequency" or something like that and found all the info I needed. RR's use channels #2 (159.810)- chan #97 (161.565) , starting from chan 97, the freq, decreases by .015 mHz per channel, chan 96 is 161.550, 95 is 161.535, and so on (this stagger stops at chan 4, chan 3 is 159.930 and 4 is 160.050). there are also 2 frequencies you can "hear" FRED's on, 452.9375 and 457.9375, very useful for hearing a train coming when they aren't talking. you'll only pick up a fred when it's within about 2-3 miles, it just sounds like a static- like chirp, but it's very distinctive. I'll hold on this channel and use the "priority" feature to listen in on the "talking" channel I'm near.
Another thing to be aware of is some RR's use repeaters in large yards. For example, in Northtown, they transmit on channel 20, but recieve on 82, as there's a tower in the middle of the yard that can pick up the portables and re-broadcast them on 82, so handheld radio's can talk to each other from miles apart.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:10 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of the Vertex VX 150 radio. Advantages over a scanner include better reception, more durable, and a louder speaker. Disadvantages are a slightly slower scan speed, and no abilitiy to receive FRED channels.

For more specs on the 150, just go here: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/3187.html
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Old 07-11-2007, 02:51 AM   #6
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What Wade said... either get a VX-150 or a Motorola. You'll be much happier with the receive sensitivity and won't have tinny scanner audio. IOW, you'll be able to hear the thing for a change, and the commercial grade receiver won't get killed by paging transmitters and the like.

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