Yeah, that`s kinda what i thought. Intresting thingy will be how they`ll do the digital thing once that shoe drops, heard that they`ll do the NXDN thingy from a fellow ham op that works for CN in comms (communications), from what he told me they`re already getting new NXDN capable radios for the comms guys (HT`s for their use, not sure when they`ll start using `em yet). So, this whole thingy will be really intresting to watch IMO. N9NRAThe railroads, like all public safety and business users, are under an FCC mandate to switch to narrowband by January 1, 2013. CSX in my area seems to have switched, except for a couple of Avon Yard base stations which are very loud compared to everybody else on the channel. There have been reports in this forum of the UP and other railroads switching to narrowband. So, it doesn't surprise me that you are hearing the CN using narrowband.
Are you isolated from other railroads?The craggy Mountain lines in asheville nc. will soon need radio. I plane on getting kenwood radios and program them to our frequencies, But would we have to go to the digital system too in 2025ish? Were a small historical line non for profit?
If you are an interchange railroad with common carrier status, then yes, you have to be on the AAR band. If you remain isolated, with no connection to NS, then no. But if you do end up on the AAR band, then yes you must be narrowband now, and 6.25kHz NXDN digital starting June 1st, 2018.I doubt you would be required to use the AAR plan given your isolation. However, if you ever need to communicate with NS, you would be unable to do so.
This argument is getting old...Don't know where you got the June 1, 2018?
Again, railroads have been researching it, including buying the NXDN capable radios, but, there are no plans for the conversion in the forseeable future.