Friday, July 29, 2011

Riding the Rails - Steamtown National Park

If you like trains and railroading, like I do, bring your scanner with you the next time you take a train trip. It will give you an exciting behind the scenes look at railroading!

Steamtown National Park
Scranton, PA

Over my July Summer vacation I was able to Ride the Rails at Steamtown. Steamtown is National Historic Site located in Scranton Pennsylvania. The museum sits on 40 acres of the Scranton Railroad Yard of the Former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The collection consists of locomotives, freight cars and passenger cars, and Maintenance-of-way equipment. The collection includes Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 Built in 1941.

You can even ride on historical passenger cars pulled by a vintage steam locomotive or an historic diesel-electric locomotive. Most of the excursions are on the weekends (see 2011 Excursion Schedule). Or you can take the “Scranton Limited” a guided tour taking you out of the historical roundhouse into the active rail yard and over Bridge 60 built in 1912.

The Electric City Trolley Museum
Scranton, PA

Trolley fan? Across the parking lot is the “Electric City Trolley Museum”. You can check out the Museum and take a 10 mile round trip ride on vintage trolley. This scenic ride on Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley (Laurel Line) right of way will take you through 4,474 feet long Crown Ave Tunnel, one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built.

Rail Scanning
Bring along your scanner, and program 161.4600MHz. Lots of active from the museum communications to the local freight passing through. I was able to find the frequency by using the Railroad Service Search.

My Scanning Gear
Uniden BCD396XT with the stock antenna
Soft leather Case with Swivel

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Scanner Gazette - Extremely Big news for the Uniden HomePatrol-1

By Jonathan Higgins

Extremely Big News for the Uniden HomePatrol -1
Coming soon, Homepatrol -1 Extreme Firmware update and Sentinel Software update coming mid-August 2011. Extreme update is a optional paid upgrade adding new capabilities for the serous scanner hobbies. – Read more


Towamencin PA concern about countywide radio upgrade
Montgomery County, PA is in the process of rebanding and updating their trunking. Towamencin Township is concern about the upgrade if the current dead spots will be address in the new system. - Read more


Racing and Scanning!
Sarah Page Kyrcz, from the Madison (CT) Patch talks about attending the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She also talks about using a scanner at the race – Read more


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Product - HomePatrol - Uniden Nylon Travel Case

By Jonathan Higgins

The Product:
HomePatrol - Uniden Nylon Travel Case
Price: $69.95
For: Uniden HomePatrol HP-1

On the go with your Uniden HomePatrol? We now carry the HomePatrol – Uniden Nylon Travel Case. With the clear plastic cover over the screen you can see and operate the HP-1 in the Travel case. This Travel case is a must have for someone moving the HP-1 for from location to another.

Storage above for:
  • Flex Antenna
  • AC Power Adapter
  • DC power Adapter
  • Desk Stand
  • USB Cable
  • Extra Batteries.

    Case Size:
    10” x 7” x 2 ½”

    There are opening on the sides for hook-up to antenna, power, GPS, and headphones. You can close these opening with the Velcro flaps located inside the case.
    Other availbale cases for the Uniden Homepatrol:
  • HomePatrol - Uniden Nylon Case/Fixed Belt Clip
  • HomePatrol - Uniden Soft Leather Case/Swivel Belt Clip
  • HomePatrol - Uniden Hard Leather Case/Fixed Belt Loop
  • The Scanner Gazette - Trunking coming to Oregon

    By Jonathan Higgins

    New Statewide trunking system coming soon to Oregon
    Ground breaking on Chehalem Mountain one of 30 towers to be placed thru out the state. The project had a price tag of $600 Million, with retool the system and the amount of towers it will cost $209 Million. – Read more

    South Dakota Statewide Trunk System delayed
    With funding problems and technology issues, this system been delayed over a decade. The state currently owns equipment for a Motorola Smart Zone system; the system will be out of date by 2015. – Read more

    Northwestern University going to Digital
    A digital Project 25 trunking system will replace the 14 year old analog trunking system. – Read more

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    The Scanner Gazette - Weston,CT Police Now Digital

    By Jonathan Higgins

    Weston, CT better Mutual Aid with New Digital System
    Weston, CT police are now using a digital conventional communication system. Most of the neighboring police departments are already made the switch to digital communications. – Read More

    Floyd County, GA to Upgrade to Digital. (Update)
    Construction will start on the 10-site, 800MHz digital trunking system sometime soon. – Read More

    Foal Mouthed Mechanics take over the Warren County 911 system.
    Greenwich Township, PA police car was in for service on Tuesday morning, and the microphone was keyed, up by mistake. – Read More (hear the audio too)