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Post by redside20 » Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:02 pm

I have my trusty Icom IC-V8 i bought for a nifty bargain of $106 bucks from Hamiltucky. Add to that my Hustler Antennae and it can't be beat.

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Post by rrnut282 » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:13 am

I have a Railcom antenna, good for 3db gain in the RR band. I would have thought that the other signals would not have been a problem, but I guess I'm picking up the harmonics. The worst offender is the NOAA wx broadcast, because it is so close in frequency to the RR.

Other than that, I love it. I can be driving between Bluffton and Fort Wayne and hear trains from Hartford City to Edgerton, Grabill to Huntington, and I can hear the dispatchers at Peru, Marion, Muncie, and of course the fort.
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Post by Big Ed » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:28 am

I have a Vertex VX-150 handheld and it has some pretty good reception. Around here in these CSX parts of Virginia, I can pick up defect detectors about 15-17 miles away and train crews fairly close to that same range. I have an aftermarket Smiley antenna fine tuned to the RR 160+mhz band.

I'll be curious to see what kind of range I can get on the NCD starting tomorrow afternoon. Does anybody remember where the two closest defect detectors (north and south) are to Montpelier? It's been awhile and I've since forgotten :cry:

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Post by rrnut282 » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:14 pm

According to my resource there are defect detectors between Fort Wayne and Muncie at: MP CF 173.5 (at C.R. 1050N north of Ossian), MP 157.2 ( at Wellsburg Rd North of Poneto), MP 142.8 (around Hartford City, I haven't actually laid eyes on it), and another at MP 128.6 (one mile North of the North end of Royerton Siding). Hope this helps.
FYI for reference the switches for the siding at Montpelier are at CF145.2 and 147.2.

Let me know if you pick up the detector at MP CF 157.2 (Poneto) on 160.950 as well at the road channel 160.440.
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Post by Big Ed » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:10 pm

Thanks Mr Mike :D

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Post by JW » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:12 pm

On I69 isn't that close to the hospital area? Over in Lima my railroad freqs get hammered by radio broadcasts in the hospitals IF I am close by them.
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Post by rrnut282 » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:02 pm

JW

I drive by Lutheran Hospital complex at I69 and US24 and nothing really happens. The other hospitals are by Dupont Rd exit about 5 miles from where I have problems.
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Post by Chaser » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:13 am

Was in the area of Cali. Rd. and Col. I69 yesterday went south bound had no problems with my $100 scanner.
I usally have trouble downtown near station #1 in that area.
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Post by rrnut282 » Sat Dec 23, 2006 9:34 am

I'm seeing a pattern here. Each combination of scanner and antenna has a "problem" with sensitivity with different frequencies. Looks like we each have our own "cross to bear".
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Post by Mark » Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:06 pm

I've never had a problem with unwanted signals
(harmonics ?) using my Vertex 150 . Sometimes
when I'm like at NE at night, I skip the waterlevel
channels because receiving them interferes with continuity
of following local train action. Using a quarter wave magnet
mount.

Mark

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Post by Big Ed » Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:39 am

I think my reception in Indiana is better in Virginia...perhaps due to the open terrain :wink: Last night from Mom's living room in Montpelier, I heard the 197 call a clear signal at the east end of Royerton and I heard the 216 call a signal at the west end of Kingsland. Not too shabby for a handheld!

By the way Mike, I also heard both trackside analyzers you mentioned near HC and Poneto :D

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Post by rrnut282 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:53 pm

Glad you enjoyed them :lol:
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Post by Big Ed » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:06 pm

My nighttime/early morning reception was especially outstanding. This morning before taking off back to Virginia, I heard the NS Frankfort District Dispatcher giving 58T a track warrant to leave Frankfort Yard to proceed to Muncie. Could not hear the train though, but the DS was as clear as could be. A couple of nights ago I did hear the 144 train crew talking at Gilman Siding to the DS.

I heard the Kankakee DS talking to trains and MOW crews between Marion and Wabash nearly everyday, also heard the Huntington District DS and bits of a train at Roanoke Siding on a couple of occasions. While on the Lafayette District I could hear the Tilton Yardmaster from West Lebanon, Indiana giving instructions to westbound trains which is about 25 miles out. Love them open fields of the Hoosier state!!!

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Post by hobo 150 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:00 pm

I was able to pick up a Yaesu VX 170 hand held and hope to use it to monitor railroad frequencies.
Have read part of the operating manual but was wondering if anyone was familiar with programming this unit. :?
It looks like it has a lot of bells & whistles that I will not need.
If anyone has any tips for simplifying the programming, I would appreciate your assistance.
Thanks for your help! :D
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Post by JW » Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:31 am

Hi Chuck,
Have you tried any of the locals in the ham radio club? You know these people and you should be able to get their help.

JW

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