New to the hobby in Regina

lineman230

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Hello Everyone:

I'm new to the hobby and I only have a old analog scanner for now but hope to upgrade. I am interested to know if there is a way to scan rail traffic in the City of Regina. I live close to a main yard in Regina, but I am not sure of all the frequencies they are using. I did find that 161.415 was being used today but that's about it, so far. Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

lineman230
 

mciupa

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Put the scanner in Search Mode from 160 MHz to 162 MHz. Let it cycle through for a while and enter anything you hear.

If you happen to see it stop but the audio sounds like a "warble" they may mean they have transitioned to digital NXDN mode. Otherwise, you should hear things in analog in FM clearly.
 

lineman230

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Nov 25, 2021
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Thanks everyone for the tips.

Unfortunately, my scanner is really old and can only accept manually entered frequencies. I have added in the CN frequencies and the 2m repeaters in the Regina area.
It was really cool to hear the traffic from VE5YQR again as I did pass my 2m exams in the early 1990's and was very active for many years but family life just got in the way of the hobby. I did get my 2m certificate a few years back as I was thinking of getting back into the hobby but work got in the way.

I am now semi-retired and after the last couple days of hearing traffic again, I want to reactivate the hobby. Going to have to find that certificate, somewhere! Does anyone know if there is a way to access your information on-line?

I have also seen that there are dongle's that can be purchased for your PC for scanning and general radio listening. Can anyone recommend one as I think that might be easy way to get into the hobby with some newer hardware/software.

Thanks in advance.

lineman230
 
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