I have also found that scanner reception varies greatly depending on where you are located in the valley and of course also depends on the quality of scanner and antenna.
The Stony Point detector seems to be greatly affected by the topography.....I often have a hard time picking it up no matter where I'm at in the valley.
The places to be, if you enjoy long range scanner reception is on one of the mountaintops.
I forgot to mention a nice afternoon spot atop Bear Mountain.....An extension of Perkins Drive swings around from the Perkins Tower area and over to the East face of the Mountain where there is a pulloff to park.....The view is looking down on the Bear Mountain Inn, and one can see from Peekskill to Manitou as well as from CP43 to MP39....good for afternoon shots.
Anyway, from this location, one can often hear down as far as Orangeburg, and often much further South....including Yard chatter in NJ on CSX and NS....and that is with a run of the mill antenna.....One of those diamond antennas might get even further....
From atop Dunderberg Mountain or Anthony's Nose Mountain, I routinely hear yard chatter in NJ, as well as Riverline chatter up as far as CP69.
There seem to be 'sweet spots' as far as scanner reception.
From the top of Mount Taurus, I was picking up chatter from CP35 on down to CP22 loud and clear...sounded like it was 2 or 3 miles away, not 20-30 miles away.
From Dunderberg, I have also heard the Dispatcher's end of the conversation talking to trains up above MP100....One YouTube video that I shot from Dunderberg has scanner chatter of this sort in the video.
I live within scanner range of the Riverline, and from time to time, I'll record scanner chatter via voice activated recorder to keep me up to date with traffic patterns, when symbols are running, etc so I can listen in at my leisure for trackwork patterns, etc......gives me an idea of what to expect when heading out trackside.
David J. Williams
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