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    Town of Riga, MP 382

    From the New York Thruway Exit 47 (Bergen), 490 East to Exit 3 (Churchville). Turn left on to S. Main St./Churchville, Riga Rd. and head north over the CSX two track main in the village of Churchville. Turn right on to Route 33, drive slow over Black Creek and make a right turn on to Baker St. next to the fire house. Baker St. is the first side street over the bridge.

    Drive to the end of Baker St. where you will make a 90 degree turn to the left. This becomes Savage Rd. and parallels the CSX mainline for approximately 2 miles. Keep driving until Savage Rd. ends at Attridge Rd. Turn left on Attridge Rd. and drive up to the CSX mainline.

    Approximately 40-50 trains (freight and passenger service) run through this area per 24 hour period. Slightly east of this location is the West Shore Branch which connects to "track 2" near the signal tower. Slightly west of this location are crossover switches.

    There is a large area off to the south side of the tracks where railfans are seen almost daily. CSXT is "railfan friendly" in this area so long as people stay clear of the tracks and don't fool around with any equipment/materials that may be in the vicinity (common sense stuff).

    Scanner Frequencies

    160.275 -- [AAR channel 11] -- carmen
    160.890 -- [AAR channel 52] -- channel Y1
    161.520 -- [AAR channel 94] -- dispatcher
    160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- dispatcher to train (ex-RF&P)
    161.490 -- [AAR channel 92] -- dispatcher to train (ex-RF&P)
    160.785 -- [AAR channel 45] -- MOW/engineering
    160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- PBX
    161.265 -- [AAR channel 77] -- PBX (Baltimore, MD-Martinsburg, WV)
    161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- police
    160.875 -- [AAR channel 51] -- police
    160.920 -- [AAR channel 54] -- road
    160.230 -- [AAR channel 08] -- road (ex-Chessie)
    160.320 -- [AAR channel 14] -- road (ex-Chessie)
    161.100 -- [AAR channel 66] -- road (ex-SBD)
    161.370 -- [AAR channel 84] -- road (ex-SBD)
    160.590 -- [AAR channel 32] -- road (ex-SBD)
    161.550 -- [AAR channel 96] -- train to dispatcher (ex-RF&P)
    161.280 -- [AAR channel 78] -- yard
    160.290 -- [AAR channel 12] -- yard
    160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- yard
    161.160 -- [AAR channel 70] -- yard
    161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- yard
    161.145 -- [AAR channel 69] -- yard (Chicago)
    160.530 -- [AAR channel 28] -- yard (ex-Chessie)

    EX-CONRAIL LINES

    160.800 -- [AAR channel 46] -- channel 1 (road)
    161.070 -- [AAR channel 64] -- channel 2 (road)
    160.860 -- [AAR channel 50] -- channel 3 (hump)
    160.980 -- [AAR channel 58] -- channel 4 (yard)
    160.245 -- [AAR channel 09] -- channel 5
    160.410 -- [AAR channel 20] -- channel 6
    160.995 -- [AAR channel 59] -- channel 7 (yard)
    161.400 -- [AAR channel 86] -- channel 9
    161.430 -- [AAR channel 88] -- channel 10 (track crews)
    160.335 -- [AAR channel 15] -- channel 11
    160.350 -- [AAR channel 16] -- channel 12
    160.470 -- [AAR channel 24] -- channel 13
    161.340 -- [AAR channel 82] -- channel 14 (carmen)
    161.385 -- [AAR channel 85] -- channel 15 (yard)
    161.460 -- [AAR channel 90] -- channel 16
    160.680 -- [AAR channel 38] -- channel 17 (police)
    160.560 -- [AAR channel 30] -- channel 18 (police mobile)
    160.740 -- [AAR channel 42] -- PBX (Toledo)
    161.445 -- [AAR channel 89] -- PBX, administration
    161.130 -- [AAR channel 68] -- PBX, maintenance
    160.545 -- [AAR channel 29] -- police
    161.055 -- [AAR channel 63] -- track crews
    160.305 -- [AAR channel 13] -- yard
    161.295 -- [AAR channel 79] -- yard
    160.365 -- [AAR channel 17] -- yard
    160.425 -- [AAR channel 21] -- yard
    160.500 -- [AAR channel 26] -- yard

    457.9375 -- EOT telemetry (EOT to locomotive)
    452.9375 -- EOT telemetry (locomotive to EOT)
    161.1150 -- NS EOT telemetry (touchtones)

    <Les Wilson - RochesterRailfan.net>

    Please be advised! New York State law prohibits the use of portable scanners while in a moving vehicle. Just make certain your vehicle is parked if or when you are using a scanner.

    My apologies for not having any photos. I will post a few as soon as I find them.
    Last edited by J.D. White; 09-13-2009 at 11:08 AM.
    James D. White

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. White View Post

    Please be advised! New York State law prohibits the use of portable scanners while in a moving vehicle. Just make certain your vehicle is parked if or when you are using a scanner.
    If you have an FCC Amateur License and are using a HAM radio, you should be ok.

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.panix.com/~clay/scanning/rules/ny.txt
    Nothing in this section contained shall be
    construed to apply to any person who holds a valid amateur radio
    operator's license issued by the federal communications commission
    and who operates a duly licensed portable mobile transmitter and in
    connection therewith a receiver or receiving set on frequencies
    exclusively allocated by the federal communications commission to
    duly licensed radio amateurs.
    Eric
    RRF Photo Gallery

    It's the same things your whole life. "Clean up your room!", "Stand up straight!", "Pick up your feet!", "Take it like a man!", "Be nice to your sister!", "Don't mix beer and wine, EVER!" Oh yeah, "Don't drive on the railroad tracks!"

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    If you have an FCC Amateur License and are using a HAM radio, you should be ok.
    Is it okay then for the holder of a HAM radio license to operate a portable scanner in his vehicle while that vehicle is traveling along an interstate, for example?
    James D. White

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.D. White View Post
    Is it okay then for the holder of a HAM radio license to operate a portable scanner in his vehicle while that vehicle is traveling along an interstate, for example?
    My understanding is that if you are a HAM radio operator, and have a HAM radio (not a scanner) then you are ok. I have a VX-150 and it is a 2-Meter ham radio but it can pick up the RR band as well. I think I would be good, but I don't live in NY and haven't been stopped by the police the times I have visited NY, but that was one of the reason I did get my Amateur License.
    Eric
    RRF Photo Gallery

    It's the same things your whole life. "Clean up your room!", "Stand up straight!", "Pick up your feet!", "Take it like a man!", "Be nice to your sister!", "Don't mix beer and wine, EVER!" Oh yeah, "Don't drive on the railroad tracks!"

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    Yah please end the myth that if you have a ham license, you can use a scanner legally in NY in your car. Its not true.

    1. The New York law, as quoted above, implied that if your ham transceiver in your car could receive frequencies outside the Ham Band, then you would be breaking the law.
    2. The ARRL petitioned the FCC to overrule the law.
    3. The FCC said that New York could not kill ham radio in cars because nearly all portable ham rigs received frequencies out of band, and if the New York Law was enforced, no ham could have a transceiver in in car. (You can google around for the FCC Ruling)
    4. Nothing in the FCC ruling addressed scanners, only ham transceivers.
    5. Even today, you see some hams telling people in New York that if you have a ham license, you can have a scanner--- not true.
    6. Don't be surprised if you get ticketed for having a ham transceiver in your car...you have to resolve the law in court. Contact the ARRL for guidance. Many officers are just not well-informed or trained, but that ignorance or lack of training doesn't make it illegal to charge you with an offense. You have to talk to the prosecutor or judge using the ARRL guidance and the ticket will be quickly nullified.

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