My preferred speed measurement is furlongs per fortnight Haven't been able to program the speed app to use this though.It also let me operate in kilometres and kph rather than having to try to make sense of the bushels, or farenheit, or ounces, or whatever it is that you lot use to measure distance and speed.
This is one of the best endorsements yet for why train travelers should consider having a scanner with them. While we’ve never monitored AMTRAK radio traffic as dramatic as this example, we have been able to listen in on other conversations between crew members and messages from dispatchers that alerted us to events out of the ordinary, some of which did affected our trains’ operations. We would never consider traveling by train without our scanner.Why I really like listen to My Scanner while traveling by train . The following ( Train Story / Sea Story ) this past Summer Coast Starlight Portland to Sacramento .. My Scanner lite up with Chatter about a Train Trestle in Southern Oregon that was on Fire. Followed by the Conductor informing the Train Crew of the Changing Situation. About what was going to happen next. It was funny to me how heavily edited was the messaging ( talking to the Passengers as if they were 3rd graders ) I had enough information to phone ahead for food delivery to the station we were standing by., knowing that we would be at a siding overnight, the pain of some passengers that were on a schedule, when and how the delay would be handled by Amtrak ( they did a great job considering the massive issues ) I was put up for two days in a great hotel given food vouchers and had a great time exploring Portland. Although I had planned on returning to Chicago via the Zephyr I returned on the Empire Builder. I was upgraded to the Handicap Compartment. Which was great because I had view on both sides of the train. I will never travel by train with out my Scanner.
I purchased that same model six or seven years ago. There was a newer model back then but there was something it was missing (self-charging?) that pushed me to buy the older model instead. The digital trunking models made no difference for rail or air and could not decode metro PD so I left them alone.I just ordered a Bearcat BC125AT scanner.
Make sure you buy a quality brand like Panasonic eneloop from a legitimate distributor (plus a charger and backup pack) and you'll be good to go.The Bearcat uses rather obsolete NiMH batteries which are recharged thru the USB cable, which can be plugged into a phone charger.
Let me know how Danny Harmon's advice works out. I'm pretty sure it will be better than the coiled version but not as good as his in-vehicle setup.I also ordered a Diamond RH77CA antenna, because Danny Hartman (Distant Signal vlog) said it works much better than the included "rubber ducky". (He also recommended the scanner.)
Oops! I see I mangled his name. It was late.Let me know how Danny Harmon's advice works out. I'm pretty sure it will be better than the coiled version but not as good as his in-vehicle setup.