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Date: 01/19/08 09:11
What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: CW60AC_CJ

What Scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
I currently use the RadioShack Pro-84 which picks up good with a Stock Antenna "Racing Antenna" about a 3.2 mile range.



Date: 01/19/08 09:20
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: NscaleMike

Vertex VX-150 ...because it is a tough lil' hombre...excellent reception...pick up reception from at least 20 miles away.
and for my Jeep a Kenwood 2mm mobile unit...excellent range...depending where I am in the Vegas Valley I can pick up trains anywhere from 20-50 miles away.



Date: 01/19/08 09:22
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: X4449

Motorola XTS5000, or Kenwood TK290.



Date: 01/19/08 10:13
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: birdman

Vertex VX-150.



Date: 01/19/08 11:20
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: jsier

Vertex VX-150



Date: 01/19/08 11:37
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: Stevelton

Icom IC-208H for the mobile, and Yaesu FT60r for portable.
Steven



Date: 01/19/08 12:26
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: Alco251

Motorola JT1000.



Date: 01/19/08 14:40
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: NI030

Used to have a VX-150, now I have a VX-170. I love them because they are durable and have great audio output.



Date: 01/19/08 14:52
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: DWHonan

Yaesu FT2800M connected to a tuned permanently-mounted antenna on my Jeep for mobile monitoring, and a SmartComm SCV32 portable when I'm on foot.

-Dave, KC9GKB



Date: 01/19/08 15:42
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: chico

ICOM RC2, 17" whip for field use or 17" external mount on the roof. hand held, the ICOM RC2 isn't the greatest audio levels out (compared to my old Regency HX 1500 & 1200), but I can run audio through the car audio system and it cranks.

chico
http://www.heartlandrails.com



Date: 01/19/08 16:47
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: wa4umr

VX-170. I'm a ham and the VX-170 had some features that I felt worth spending a few extra bucks for over the cost of the VX-150. The receiver is the same but the buttons and stuff on the outside are different.

I've put some comments together at http://members.trainorders.com/wa4umr

One thing that can increase your range is an aftermarket antenna. Read my comments on that subject. The web site is a work in progress but you should be able to find a few things of interest.

John



Date: 01/19/08 18:19
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: rich6000

icom 2200h and bct15. the antenna i use for the icom is a antenex 1/2 wave and the bct15 has a maxrad bmaxscan 1000



Date: 01/20/08 05:54
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: RDG630

VX-150, great battery life



Date: 01/21/08 00:11
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: Top_bullfrog

VX-5R(handheld) and FT-2500M(vehicle). I sometimes drag a PRO-2051 with me in the car too.

Top_bullfrog
Sacramento, CA



Date: 01/21/08 00:12
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: rrnut_99

VX-150 here also.

L.G.



Date: 01/21/08 00:18
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: trainjunkie

Cast another vote for the Vertex VX-150.



Date: 01/21/08 07:58
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: J.Ferris

Regency HX-1500.

J.



Date: 01/21/08 09:45
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: NWfan

A rat shack Pro-51 and a Bearcat 60XLT-1. I bought the -51 new in 94 and the 60XLT-1 I found on graigslist for 25 bucks in 05. I personally like to have both scanning so I can monitor two railroads at the same time. At home the -51 is connected to a homemade j-pole at roof peak height. The 60XLT-1 is connected to a portable homemade 4 element yagi indoors.



Date: 01/21/08 13:42
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: tomcough

VX-150 here also. I've owned it since 2004. No problems and is a great radio. It is also a fun ham radio, too.

Tom Coughlin
KB1PVI



Date: 01/21/08 15:02
Re: What scanner do you use for Railfanning ?
Author: grahamline

Going to have to check out the VX-150/170, I guess. After several years with a Uniden BC100, I'm on my second BC92XLT (first one croaked in a sealed car on a hot day, I think) and have a Pro-84 from Radio Shack that was something like $40 on closeout. The construction of the newer cheap scanners (-$150) seems to have taken a dive. They're fine while they work.



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