Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Musings.

Was up at 04:30AM and had coffee with my pretty bride, then she was off to the truck company and then the restaurant. Rigg’s and I grabbed a nap after she left.

My brother Bill came over this morning and installed a program that displays the dispatcher screens of the railroads I visit. ( UP, NS & BNSF) . It will really come in handy when I am train shooting as I kind bring up the screen for the subdivision I am at. Then see where the trains are and when they will pass my location. You do have to have a wi-fi connection. but there are fast food restaurants close to the tracks in a lot of the spots I go to.

Then he gave me a portable two way radio with VHF-UHF Ham band and all the goodies that come with it, like a charger to set it in and an extra battery. He had programmed all my police and railroad channels in it and a couple of ham frequencies. I will have to buy a cord, and the software that comes with it to be able to program it from my laptop. I am sure that my buddy ROD who is an accomplished Ham operator will be able to give advice, who knows this could lead to another hobby. Bill sells these radios and he got an extra with his last order as a gift for me.

We are having another sunny nice day here at the ranch but it is still a cool 36 degrees with a high of 41 predicted, it should be better over the next couple of days with a high of 57 tomorrow and 67 on Friday. I will be waiting for Friday to go out and look the fiver over.

That’s about it for today, hope everyone is having a good day. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna…..


  1. They have wi-fi right at the train viewing platform in Folkston. I wondered why, and now I know. :)

    You might want to stop here on your trip to Florida next month...

  2. I grew up with a police scanner, my Dad was deputy coroner of DeKalb Co...Then I married Den and he was a firefighter, so we got a scanner ...Then our son joined the ambulance in town, our daughter married a cop..and so it goes..We still have a scanner and I love it!

  3. I hate to day it again, but we had snow off and on all day. Didn't stick but it came down heavy at times. Seems like Spring will never get here.

  4. With digital modulation and narrow banding, modern scanners are going to have to be very expensive to keep up with public service communications.. I have a new little public service radio from china that will transmit as well as listen to almost all of the public frequencies... But it is trouble waiting to happen if you start talking where you shouldn't.... Jail time like trouble...

    1. Rod, the radio Bill gave me is Chinese also,a Baofeng UV5-R,I don't plan on using the transmit part, unless I get a Ham radio license and then only on ham freq's, After 30 plus year in LE I know about radio discipline, better to be a listener than a talker, A lot of cops would say, the radio is not your friend all the time. It does seem to have really good receiver sensitivity on the railroad 160-162 band. I ordered a shoulder speaker and programming cord and software for it.Hope all is well for you. Sam....