Defect Detector range?

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Defect Detector range?

Postby the-rail-life » Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:05 pm

I'm contemplating going the scanner route, but I wanted to know if it's worth my while. I'm a little over 1 mile from the nearest grade crossing, and within 3 miles of 2 others. There is a defect detector located a few hundred feet from that closest crossing. Is it conceivable that I could sit in my house and catch the detector at the same time that I hear the train going through (or right before/after, depending on direction)?

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Re: Defect Detector range?

Postby kr4bd » Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:52 pm

If you have a detector only a little over mile away, you should hear it clear. I live about 4 air miles (with hilly terrain in between) from a detector on the NS just south of Lexington, KY. I hear it clearly on my handheld scanner, which is an antique Bearcat BC200 model from about 1990.
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Re: Defect Detector range?

Postby the-rail-life » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:32 pm

Excellent. Thank you. Like you, I measured it "as the crow flies" and there is also rolling terrain in between. I'm up on one of the highest point, though.

Hmm...lots to think about now. Thanks again for the reply.
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Re: Defect Detector range?

Postby JLJ061 » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:47 pm

Defect detectors have to have a range of at least a couple miles, otherwise the crew on the head-end of the train being monitored would never hear it!
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Re: Defect Detector range?

Postby the-rail-life » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:42 am

'Tis true. Anybody know the radio frequency for CSX talking detectors on the RF&P? Haven't found a good source for that. May get myself a late Christmas present!
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Re: Defect Detector range?

Postby Aa3rt » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:54 am

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