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  1. #1921
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    Quote Originally Posted by crashton View Post
    Do you have a scanner that you use? I have an 20 year old Bearcat that I use, but I'm thinking of moving to a better model. Any idea what's the best these days?
    I have seen an app that is supposed to turn your smart phone into a scanner. Haven't tried it yet. The scanner is just a other thing to carry.


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  2. #1922
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    I have seen an app that is supposed to turn your smart phone into a scanner. Haven't tried it yet. The scanner is just a other thing to carry.
    Interesting I have not heard of that smart phone / scanner. I find the scanner useful, I can hear the defect detector talking to a train & know one is coming. Yes it is another thing to carry, but I travel pretty light as far as camera gear goes. I mostly listen to the scanner in the car while waiting.
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  3. #1923
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    You and I probably have the same Uniden/Bearcat scanner; mine too is 20 Years Old! Mine works okay, but its sensitivity is not so good. About 30 Years ago I bought a specialized telescoping antenna for my previous pocket scanner that continues to pay dividends. It's unwieldy, but has some sort of load coil at the antenna's base that makes it sensitive to the railroad band. If I'm going to sit at one spot for a while, I put it on and the sensitivity of my scanner is hugely improved.

    Last fall I met a fan who carried a BaoFeng BF-F8+ and I was really impressed. They're inexpensive and his was picking up all sorts of transmissions mine missed with my stock "rubber ducky" antenna.
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  4. #1924
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    Post your Train shots!
    I fabricated a mount in my pickup to quickly hang my scanner on and to be able to read the display. Gotta dig my my old skool magnetic automotive compass too, right?

    Next, I want to built a patch cord to play the scanner audio through the stereo. Where's a Radio Shack when I need one?

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  5. #1925
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    Nice mount. I just use a cup holder.
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  6. #1926
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    I thought it might reception help if I placed the scanner up higher with the antenna more exposed. I'm not sure if it made a difference or not. I had a glass-mounted exterior scanner antenna mounted on my old '86 Toyota truck and it worked very well.

    This $84 + $20 Shipping antenna seems to be today's epitome for reception, but it's cable-connected:

    Railscan Gain Antenna by Railcom
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  7. #1927
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    Post your Train shots!
    Hiked trackside in the woods today and found a tight curve that I thought might work for a photo. Trees blocked the composition I'd hoped for, but I thought this classic speed limit sign near the curve was pretty cool -- 50 MPH for passenger and 40 for freight.

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  8. #1928
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    The great train chase, Robinson to Crestline Ohio. I need a faster car, because I lost several times. It still was good fun chasing. This was on the old PRR Fort Wayne line now owned by the IORY. Sorry for some misinformation, that track is owned by the CFE.





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  9. #1929
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    Re: Post your Train shots!

    That's one of the primary changes in train chasing it seems. 30 Years ago, you could stay ahead of most trains, but it's a hopeless endeavor on most mainlines today.

    One of my shots posted here was possible only because NS was doing track maintenance and slow orders prevailed. I was able to spot a headlight in the distance, do a 180 Deg. turn, fly south five miles, park and run to my spot.
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  10. #1930
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    Post your Train shots!
    Quote Originally Posted by crashton View Post
    The great train chase, Robinson to Crestline Ohio. I need a faster car, because I lost several times. It still was good fun chasing. This was on the old PRR Fort Wayne line now owned by the IORY. Sorry for some misinformation, that track is owned by the CFE.





    Some reading for you Chuck.......if you are interested LOL
    Crestline to Fort Wayne

    Fort Wayne - Historical Aspects
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