I am looking for some info. I want to monitor the Railroad band other than a stupid Radio Shack Scanner connected to my outside Antenna. Are there any Radio's out there that I can buy over the internet? NO Radio Shacks. Any Web sites? Thanks.
snjct2000 said:Get either the Yaesu / Vertex VX-150 or the Icom IC-V8
Send me the link.snjct2000 said:Get either the Yaesu / Vertex VX-150 or the Icom IC-V8. Either is less than $120.00 and includes charger, battery, etc. They can be purchased from Gigaparts, Ham Radio Outlet, etc. They are awesome on the railroad bands and will blow away the reception of a scanner. Attach a Diamond RH77CA antenna and you can't do any better!!
prcguy said:There is nothing like monitoring RR traffic with a Motorola Spectra Clean Cab radio. They show up for sale on Epay and some ham radio sites fairly often.
burner50 said:Plus they're pretty big for a mobile mount...
Maybe they changed frequencies? If the VX-150 isn't picking up anything, then another radio isn't going to make any difference. Maybe an outside antenna (and making sure you have the correct frequencies) would help.jleverin said:I'm wondering what the problem here is. I was told the VX-150 was a good one for picking up rail transmissions. There is a BNSF rail line that runs justs a few blocks from my house, lots of rail traffic.(MAYBE a quarter mile) There is also the Railroad Transportation Test Center here where they supposedly test all kinds of rail equipment just a few miles outside of town. I haven't been able to pick up anything rail related in a long time on anything, I had a RS Pro-82 scanner that intially I picked up a few things on but that stopped and can get nothing on the VX 150. Could it possibly be that everything has gone digital or is it just encrypted so people can't listen in anymore. Have been hoping to get a RS Pro 96 to see what else I can pick up but haven't been able to raise the money for that yet. People keep talking about what they are hearing from the rail lines but I can't seem to make anything work. What am I doing wrong? Maybe I need an antenna?