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    • March 19, 2017 2:26 PM EDT
    • I have my own reader.  After a lot of research, I found an off-the-shelf reader in the tolling/parking industry that is able to read ISO 10374 formatted tags, which the standard that AEI is based on.  I had to write my own software to convert the raw tag data (128 sting) to readable information, based on the ARR S918, which is the AEI standard.


      The big challenge is getting close enough to the tracks to read the tags without trespassing.  I found that I can get reliable data at about 20' from the rail, running 2 W into a 13 dBi horizonally polarized antenna for a total of 23 W ERP.  


      I logged date for about a month, and correlated it with noise data (I'm a noise control engineer), as part of a feasibility study on using AEI for rail noise studies.  It worked quite well.  I can determine the consist, direction, length, and speed of the train from the tag data.

    • March 19, 2017 2:10 PM EDT
    • Eric Reuter said:

      One recent project for which I've used my ham privileges in the 900 MHz band is working out a way to read AEI tags.  Here's a video of tags being read from a 70-mph Amtrak Downeaster.



      Please explain more about this. Are you setting your own detector next to the tracks, or are you receiving info from an existing detector?


    • March 17, 2017 10:27 AM EDT
    • One recent project for which I've used my ham privileges in the 900 MHz band is working out a way to read AEI tags.  Here's a video of tags being read from a 70-mph Amtrak Downeaster.

    • March 17, 2017 10:19 AM EDT
    • Call sign N9XLZ General class.  Had my license shortly after I got thru high school.  Mostly active on 2m for Skywarn spotter activities in our area.  Haven't been on HF in many years but used to work 10/20/40m phone when I was.  Hope to get an older hybrid HF radio again soon.  I learned on a Kenwood TS530s, still have my cheat sheet the gentleman made me on how to tune up and load the radio each time.  So I will buy one of those when I find one I can afford.  Most are way beyond my means when they come up for sale localy.    73's     Mike

    • March 17, 2017 2:24 AM EDT
    • Surprised to see this old posts from 2010 still going.. lol.   I still have one of my first Receivers ( Old all band H-craft.) I use with CW as a novice with the old call letters on it. "K6WGZ" Not to sure i could even use a CW bug anymore.

      Kind of be nice to see and hear what everyone is using for Rigs (transmitters ) now.

      Most of our stuff we had in early 50's.... we had to build or revamp Gov. surplus stuffs. We worked with a lot of help to get my BC-610 up that would idle at 750 watt with 5 amp modulation. 
      With it for a short time ...Also, cause a few problem with TVI with peoples next door TV's  if didn't watch it. Some pi-net work sometime didn't away work right on some difference meters.  40M  and 75 M . no problem. But then this was the old days..

      Greg E. said something about use his Ham equip. power supply,  that he could run a lot of trains with.. Had to laf. Our could run a few also at 220v @ 60 amps. That was just one transformer out of the three we had in our BC-610J

      If i remember right our transmitter wt. around 250 lbs, so never went portable /

    • March 16, 2017 7:18 PM EDT
    • Hello Eric, welcome to LSC, hopefully I'll have my own call sign sooooon.

    • March 16, 2017 6:47 PM EDT
    • AB1XO here.  Nice to meet you all.  

    • March 11, 2017 3:46 PM EST
    • W1KBW - Still just a Tech, but had it since you needed 5WPM code.  Was going to sit for my General a few years ago, but never did it. Been inactive for about as long as I have been into Large Scale. Just in the last few weeks have been trying to get back on two meters.  I have an old (35+ years) Kenwood TS700SP all-mode. It's a little glitchy due to dirty switches etc; but seems to work; just not good enough to get into the local repeaters.  I also have an old HF station; Yeasu FT101E that hasn't seen power to the finals in many a year.


      Been wanting to get into digital FM; but don't have a digital capable rig yet. In the mean time I have Echolink hooked up and can use my PC to get into repeaters all over. Talked to my son in Denver last week on a 2M repeater on the front range.

    • March 10, 2017 10:22 PM EST
    • I'll be sitting for my very first technician test on the 22nd. Studying!

    • March 10, 2017 9:19 PM EST
    • N6RGZ ... still have my 50 amp Astron 12v supply.... could run a heck of a lot of HO!



    • March 10, 2017 8:01 PM EST
    • Oh yea, checking in every Thursday evening on the CAP net. Been there, done that.

    • March 10, 2017 7:41 PM EST
    • Ham Radio. Got my Novice in 1971. Over the years finally made it to Extra. WA7SKG. Been off and on over the years. Did County Hunting for a while. Like Field Day and occasional QSO Parties. In the past was active in MARS and Civil Air Patrol.

      Any interest in having Special Event Stations at NGR Conventions? We're thinking about one for 2019.


    • March 6, 2017 8:14 PM EST
    • " Rooster " said:

      Holy Crap is that Darren O'Day in his youth?


         Mommy fed him a lot of worms....he grew up to be about six and a half feet tall and must be making five million a year. You can buy a lot of nests with five million bucks.



    • March 6, 2017 7:56 PM EST
    • Todd, good on you for caring about one of God's little creatures. And THANKS very much for pulling this thread up. I'd not seen it before, and have been really inspired as I've read and looked through the posts. Thanks Dude.

    • March 6, 2017 5:34 PM EST
    • Oh dear. The critter at least got to experience a human caring about him or her. Yes, do hope it is not the virus.

    • March 6, 2017 1:35 PM EST
    • Found a very sick mourning dove on the patio yesterday.  Bird was in obvious distress, shivering, and discharge from the nares.


      I put a wash rag over it and put it in a box on its side under the eves to get it out of the weather and keep it warm and gave it some bird seed, but it passed away overnight.


      Vector control will come by this morning and pick it up inspecting it for West Nile Virus.  I really hope that's not the case as I've got lots of wild birds that I feed daily.

    • February 28, 2017 10:25 PM EST
    • Test flight

      have to check again when the white stuff is melted!


    • February 25, 2017 5:23 AM EST
    • Pretty neat!

    • February 24, 2017 11:45 PM EST
    • Very nice work!


      Welcome aboard!


    • February 24, 2017 8:45 PM EST
    • Wow!  ....

      Dang, I gotta  watch that double posting will see!