Scanners-what do you use when railfanning?

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Postby Aa3rt » Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:41 pm

Conrail1990 wrote:Its a Uniden BC80XLT.


Well, I tried searching the Internet, I'm afraid that this is about the best I could come up with:

http://www.fixya.com/support/t29228-uninden_bc80xlt
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Postby Conrail1990 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:46 pm

Its alright. At least I know how to program it. Thats all I need.
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Postby SubaruWRX » Tue May 29, 2007 12:51 pm

I brought a RS PRO-95 from ebay a few days ago now just waiting for it to ship!
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Postby Wisconsin Railfan » Wed May 30, 2007 6:26 am

Right now through June 23rd at RS is the Pro97 for $150, does anyone have this scanner? I was thinking about getting it, however since I will be getting my ham license soon, I might take some advise seen here and look into something else.
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Postby Ken W2KB » Wed May 30, 2007 9:53 am

Wisconsin Railfan wrote:Right now through June 23rd at RS is the Pro97 for $150, does anyone have this scanner? I was thinking about getting it, however since I will be getting my ham license soon, I might take some advise seen here and look into something else.


I've mostly used a ham HT with extended frequency coverage and find that satisfactory for field use where scanning many frequencies is not required.
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Postby chuckmitchell » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:22 am

Im using a Pro-82 from Radioshack. Had it about 6 months now, and its working great.
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Postby EMTRailfan » Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:09 am

I use a Bearcat BC200XLT. I have the AAR channels in their cooresponding scanner channels, plus the EOT freq in channels 1&100. I have the 5 remaining channel banks programmed for specific areas that I railfan regularly.
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Postby Wisconsin Railfan » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:55 am

I just bought the Pro97 scanner from RS, I will be picking up the programming cable and Antenna this weekend. and I scheduled to take my HAM test on June 17th, at which time I will be looking for another.
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Postby ATF1224 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:13 pm

My setup has changed considerably also since I first posted in this thread.

I'm now using a Motorola XTS5000R trackside and when in the vehicle it goes into an adapter for mobile use.
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Postby keeper1616 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:02 pm

ATF1224 wrote:My setup has changed considerably also since I first posted in this thread.

I'm now using a Motorola XTS5000R trackside and when in the vehicle it goes into an adapter for mobile use.


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Thats a little overkill for just railfanning. Said by the person who railfans with an Astro Saber III and a CDM1550. :-D
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Postby ATF1224 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:29 pm

keeper1616 wrote:
ATF1224 wrote:My setup has changed considerably also since I first posted in this thread.

I'm now using a Motorola XTS5000R trackside and when in the vehicle it goes into an adapter for mobile use.


[/wiping drool from the keyboard]
Thats a little overkill for just railfanning. Said by the person who railfans with an Astro Saber III and a CDM1550. :-D


Trust me it's not just for railfanning. Let's just say it stays on channels strapped for P25 and DES-XL 90% of the time. The XTVA is soon to be replaced by a VHF W7 Astro Spectra though.
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Postby n3ddy » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:16 am

de N3DDY - I have carried many different radios over the years.... both plain scanners and amateur radio ht's that multitask. Prpbably the best and most sensitive radio I have carried is the Yaesu FT-50. Almost 10 years old now, but still great. I also have a Yaesu VR-120. Stealth scanning at it's finest. Smaller than a deck of playing cards, 640 channels in 10 banks, and best of all runs for a couple days on 2 AA cells. A little light on the audio, though. Recently I bought a RadioShack Pro-84 on sale. This is also known as Bearcat BC92xlt - same radio. It will run 12-14 hours on a pair of AA's also. AND- it has something called Signal Stalker - if you are not sure of a frequency - it will find it for you. neat, huh?
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Postby Conrail4evr » Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:54 am

I've upgraded my system a bit since last posting. Currently, I'm using a Motorola Saber II for a portable radio with an Icom 2200H mobile unit. I'll soon have a VHF Maxtrac in my car as well for use on MURS frequencies (I know a lot of railfans in the Carolinas use these frequencies to communicate, so I'm trying to get a similar network going up here as railfans slowly ditch their scanners for commercial radios). I've got another 2200H sitting at home with a 1/2 wave base antenna waiting to be mounted.
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Postby NHN503 » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:35 pm

Currently using the iCom IV-V82. Works very well for railfanning and when I'm working on a shortline here in NH.
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Postby SubaruWRX » Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:32 pm

UGH I should of taken my scanner with me as I rode on Amtrak from CT to North Carolina... but I wanted to go light.
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