Different take on Streaming scanner

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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:14 pm

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amtrak1007 wrote:migrated the feed pi's and the atcs server to a new network location (on the back end, links in the OP are still legit). note to anyone who is using the atcs, download a new zip file for the updated server address and updated block mnemonics. The shortline scanner should be back online soon as well to after having to take it off site for some config work.

What config work was done on the shortline feed?


I had to migrate IP address to a new location. When I did this I entered an error in the /etc/network/interfaces file which caused it to be on dhcp and not get an address to function.

I was able to correct this at home, and as soon as I can make it back to the hill I'll reinstall it.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:36 pm

Added an EOT scanner today at atcs.nerdcastle.info:4810 Connections from either atcs or softEOT will connect to it.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:12 pm

After the weekend storms, tower site is having utility power issues. The radio feeds are easy to reboot remotely, however the atcs computer will need to be physically rebooted every time the power cycles. I hope to keep uptime as high as possible, however I will be out of town tonight and unable to attend to issues before monday if any more would arise.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:40 pm

CSX West Michigan and Lake Shore Dispatch feeds going off line sporadically tonight. Changing Raspberry Pi cases and labeling!
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby ~Z~ » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:21 am

amtrak1007 wrote:CSX West Michigan and Lake Shore Dispatch feeds going off line sporadically tonight. Changing Raspberry Pi cases and labeling!

That explains my outage notifications. Thx for the work you do!
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:25 pm

Looks like earlier this month the BCP at holland that used to control the East Wye and North Wye control points was taken off line. FWIW those control points were converted to satellite during the Grand Rapids Sub signal upgrade a few years back. Rumor has it that the ATCS on this end of the plymouth sub will be going satellite when PTC is installed, or they make their way west from plymouth. Unsure of the timetable on those upgrades.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:36 am

Got two of the three feeds back online last night. Need to find another spare cell charger, and the third one will be back on line. Depending on funding and availability of gear, I'm looking at adding a CN feed as well from the same tower.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:19 am

Shortline audio feed is back online as of 12:15 EDT today. Currently the only feed that is down is the EOT feed, new RF cable has been ordered, and will be here next week.

Sometime in August, the feeds will be going off line again for a weekend so that I may reorganize the equipment rack in which they are stored to be a more efficient use of space and cables etc.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:10 am

Scanner audio in the CSX West Michigan road channel get turned down? Seems quiet even at full volume on this end.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:34 pm

~Z~ wrote:Scanner audio in the CSX West Michigan road channel get turned down? Seems quiet even at full volume on this end.

we are now sitting behind a 7.5 db loss due to an RF filter. Lemme see if I cant turn up the audio tonight when I get home. Z are you able to give it a listen tomorrow?
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:55 pm

amtrak1007 wrote:we are now sitting behind a 7.5 db loss due to an RF filter. Lemme see if I cant turn up the audio tonight when I get home. Z are you able to give it a listen tomorrow?

Yes, just notify me you "Turn it up, Bring the Noise!" and I'll have a listen.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:20 pm

audio bumped up a bit on the 0808 scanner...
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby ~Z~ » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:29 am

amtrak1007 wrote:audio bumped up a bit on the 0808 scanner...

Still seems overall quiet compared to before. Can at least understand it for the most part with headphones in at my PC, can't understand at all over bluetooth speaker while biking anymore though.
Switched over to Lake Shore dispatch to hear an EC1 just now, and that sounds even quieter. q326 more quiet on that than they were on channel 8.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:03 pm

I have the input cards maxed as far as gain on the incoming audio, let me know if this gets us to a working solution or if a trip to the hill is in order to work this out further.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:12 am

I'm going to try to make it down to the receiver site tonight to adjust physical settings on the radios to manipulate the volume of the feeds. Also starting to get a parts list for a CN Feed. Any donations to increase the speed of the equipment would be appreciated, but not mandatory for this to happen.
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby ~Z~ » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:44 am

Any thoughts about getting ATCS working to monitor CN between Potterville and Battle Creek that could help the gap in the ATCS view for CN?
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Re: Different take on Streaming scanner

Unread postby amtrak1007 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:55 am

~Z~ wrote:Any thoughts about getting ATCS working to monitor CN between Potterville and Battle Creek that could help the gap in the ATCS view for CN?
http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=35296



That's part of the plan. That radio is a bit more expensive. Looking or a Microwave Data Systems 2310 which are about $75/ea would need 2, but I've been working with the ATCS territory custodian Andy M to if it works out my site a feed to his aggregator and fill in that nasty gap.
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