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Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby radioman2001 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:21 pm

As posted at radio reference last week, MNRR is building out a wide area NXDN yard trunking system. A total of 36 new frequencies have been allocated for the following yards. GCT,Harmon,North White Plains,Brewster, and Stamford,New Haven Conn. At this time Harmon is the only one up.
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby radioman2001 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:18 pm

Now 2 yards, Harmon and North White Plains, can talk to each other.
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby Clean Cab » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:20 pm

Thank God!! No more sharing road channels!! Welcome to the 21st century MNRR!!
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:42 pm

Hmm now if our head honcho of Radio dept can get things rolling, we would see these frequencies about 4 years after you and me retire ;-)
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby Terminal Proceed » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:24 pm

The trunking channels will be used for SUPPORT and ANCILLARY services. There will be no significant changes made to the radio use for incoming/outgoing trains to/from the yards or for the yard crews.
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby Clean Cab » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:49 pm

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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby RearOfSignal » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:26 pm

"Can I get a blue light on 17?"
"Is that Harmon yard or North White?"
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby DutchRailnut » Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:59 am

If proper radio procedure were used you would know.
Carman ****** to Northwhite yardmaster " can I have blue light on 17 over "
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby RearOfSignal » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:48 am

DutchRailnut wrote:If proper radio procedure were used you would know.
Carman ****** to Northwhite yardmaster " can I have blue light on 17 over "


Thanks Dutch, it was a joke.
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby Clean Cab » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:30 pm

DutchRailnut wrote:If proper radio procedure were used you would know.
Carman ****** to Northwhite yardmaster " can I have blue light on 17 over "



Not quite!!

"Metro North Carman ------ to North White Plains Yardmaster, requesting Blue Light proctection on track 17, over."
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby theozno » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:33 pm

I am sure this has been discussed or there is a link somewhere but what is a blue light. I have seen them on/in the Cab cars Maxi in the Danbury yard at night blinking or stable. is that the same thing or something totally different. Thanks :)
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby MNCRR9000 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:34 pm

radioman2001 wrote:Now 2 yards, Harmon and North White Plains, can talk to each other.


That's interesting that the Harmon and North White Plains yard will be able to talk to each other. Any idea of when the other yards will be up and running such as Stamford and New Haven?
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby kitn1mcc » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:50 pm

NXDN is ok but only Icom and Kenwood make radio for them. and both of there protables are not the best built radio
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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:21 pm

theozno wrote:I am sure this has been discussed or there is a link somewhere but what is a blue light. I have seen them on/in the Cab cars Maxi in the Danbury yard at night blinking or stable. is that the same thing or something totally different. Thanks :)


I assume you can't get to Google, so let me help you out. I typed in "blue light protection" and here's what I got:

Types of blue flags and placement

Blue flag protection may consist of a blue-painted metal sign (actual flags are no longer used) of about 12 by 18 inches in size, or a steady burning or flashing blue light, or switch and derailment locks that can be opened only by keys assigned to designated employees. The blue flag metal sign generally has the word "stop" or a safety slogan painted on it in white.

A blue flag or signal displayed on or in front of a piece of rolling stock means that that piece of equipment may not be moved or coupled to. When placed on a car, the blue flag is positioned so it is at right angles to the track and extended for its full size beyond the edge of the car, making it plainly visible.

When protection is needed for a locomotive, two blue flags may be used. Both flags are placed at right angles to the track, but while one extends beyond the engine as on a car, the other extends inward to obstruct the engineer's view from the cab. A blue flag may also be placed on the control stand in the cab. If two or more locomotives are coupled together a blue flag is put on each control panel. Blue signal lights may also be used.


http://trn.trains.com/en/Railroad%20Ref ... flags.aspx

Of course, this has nothing to do with radio rules.

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Re: Metro North Allocated 36 new channels

Postby radioman2001 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:09 pm

The further expansion for the trunked system is relying now upon IT providing network connectivity at all the sites. Some locations do not have any available static IP's. Others have no resources at all for IP. While this not a radio problem, I cannot fault the IT department, since they have like most of us right now have no budget. BTW the Icoms's come in repeaters, mobiles (being field tested now) and portables. The feedback from other Class 1 railroads has been positive on their durability. I love Motorola's but ICOMS seem to be just as good.
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