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Scanner Question
Posted by Dampfmann on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 6:58 PM

Hello.  I think this is probably the best forum for this question.  Here goes... I recently purchased a Radio Shack Pro-82 scanner, so I am a newbie in the realm of scanning.  I have heard some radio transmissions on my scanner, but I only pick up one side of the conversation.  What can I do so I can hear both sides of conversations?  Is this possible to do with my scanner? 

 Thanks in advance,

 Martin

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Posted by chad thomas on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 10:51 PM
The problem is most likly that you can get reception from the base station (usually high up on a mountain and / or tower) but not the mobile units. Not much you can do about it. You might catch a repeater though.
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Posted by hf1001 on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 11:09 PM

Let me get this straight, you can here one person clearly but when the other responds, it comes out with static? If so, the same thing happens to me sometimes. I have an RS Pro-91. I haven't really been able to fix it but the problem could be that mabye you are listening to dispatch trying to talk to a loco and the loco is far away.Confused [%-)]

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Posted by CSXDixieLine on Friday, December 14, 2007 2:49 PM

 chad thomas wrote:
The problem is most likly that you can get reception from the base station (usually high up on a mountain and / or tower) but not the mobile units. Not much you can do about it. You might catch a repeater though.

This is what I figure is happening with me also. For example, when trackside I can hear the dispatcher talking to trains all up and down the line, but I can only hear the train responding to the dispatcher when the train is "near" (within my antenna range). I suppose the train only has to get picked up my the nearest antenna then it gets to the dispatcher via landline, whereas the dispatcher gets broadcasted from every antenna (which I just so happen to be next to). Of course, when I get a couple of miles from the tracks, all I can enjoy are the sounds of silence :)

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