What radio frequency do railroads use?

What radio frequency do railroads use?

between 160 and 162 MHz
Most railroads use a set of 97 frequencies between 160 and 162 MHz. Most operations are in “Conventional/Analog” mode, that means they do not usually use trunking, digital or other complicated modes. Most railfans will want to have a handheld scanner that you can use while standing line side.

What CB channel does Union Pacific use?

A common channel for Union Pacific is channel 020, and may be herad on the radio to goto Channel 20. Railroads on the radio still use the old channel number as opposed to the new numbers, where appropriate (ie “20” vs saying “020”).

Are railroad frequencies narrowband?

As of early 2010, railroads are known to be narrowbanding existing conventional radio use, and trunked-capable narrowband radios are being installed, but no trunked operation is known. Railroad communications must be highly interoperable.

What is an AAR channel?

AAR stands for: Association of American Railroads. This is an organization comprised of American and Canadian railroads. The band plan they use for radio communications consists of 96 VHF frequencies or ‘channels’. Each channel is spaced by 15 kilohertz. The band begins at 159.810 MHz and ends at 161.565 MHz.

What are US calling frequencies?

Across all of North America, the National Simplex Frequency (also referred to as the calling frequency) is 146.52 MHz. In areas that use 15-kHz channels, the adjacent channels are 146.535, 146.550, 146.565 MHz, etc. moving upward.

What CB radio station do truckers use?

channel 19
Most truckers use the unofficial channel 19 (27.185 MHz) to communicate. This channel offers highway traffic information from truckers and other drivers.

What is the 10m calling frequency?

10 Metres, 28.0 – 29.7MHz 10 metres is by far the widest of the HF bands and can seem very empty during the years of sunspot minima. However, there is often propagation to somewhere at many times, so it’s always worth checking and calling.

How do you call CQ 70cm?

Many repeaters (2m, 70cm) you do not have to call CQ. You can just say ” listening!”

How do Railfans know when a train is coming?

Railroads use what we call line-of-sight communications which means a scanner listener will hear the train crew when they are anywhere from 5 to 10 miles away. Line-of-sight reception is based on the radio transmit power.

How can you tell if a train is coming?

If a signal is lit up and shows all red lights, it is possible that there is a train approaching from “behind” the signal as shown in the photo above. If a signal is lit and shows a green light at the top, that means it is cleared for a train to approach from the lit/facing side, so a train may be coming.

Is CB channel 9 still monitored?

For a few others, listening to Channel 9 is a low- priority duty, and it is monitored only during quiet, nighttime hours. However, police do respond to telephone calls from CB-listeners who hear calls for help, and they still say that someone in trouble should try to get help on Channel 9 if they have a CB.