Nick-how about some basic troubleshooting questions then?
1. Are other frequencies being received on the scanner?
2. Are you listening from a metal or concrete building or is there a metal or concrete building between you and the railroad tracks?
3. If this is a handheld scanner, have you taken it trackside?
4. Have you tried any other signals in this frequency band to ensure that the particular band is working?
Personally, I have a BC60XLT-1 handheld that picks up the EOT devices on the CSX trains that pass through my adopted hometown from about 3/4 of a mile away.
Remember, too, that EOT devices are rather low powered, although your proximity (about a block away) should be more than sufficient for picking up the EOT signal.
Art Audley, AA3RT
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