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 With the introduction of the FCC narrowbanding requirements in 2013, the American Association of Railroads AAR) has officially adopted the NXDN digital standard for future endeavours.  As a result, in the coming years many railroads will begin the migration to this mode, primarily for secondary operations.  The common road channels will likely remain analog for sometime to come; however, these analog frequencies have also become subject of the FCC narrowbanding mandate in order to make room for the additional channels required for digital operations.  The original AAR channels 07-97 have been converted from analog FM 15.0 kHz channel spacing to narrowband analog FM (a.k.a. NFM) 7.5 kHz channel spacing and renamed the channels to 007-097.  This change allowed for the creation of AAR channels 107-197, which also share the 7.5 kHz channel spacing and AAR channels 307-497, which are 6.25 kHz spacing.  Both groups of channels fit in between the original AAR channels of 007-097.  AAR channels 107-197 can be utilized for either analog or digital operations whereas AAR channels 307-497 are digital only operations; however, the AAR has recommended that railroads continue to utilize AAR channels 007-097 in analog for common road operation and to not utilize channels 107-197 and rather migrate directly to using the newer NXDN digital format on channels 307-487 for secondary operations.  AAR has also set the standard NXDN digital operation mode to what is known as "NXDN-VN" or "Very Narrow" or "NXDN 4800" using the 6.25 kHz spacing. 

 
(Note: there are two bandwidth options within the NXDN digital mode, "NXDN-N" or "Narrow" requires a 12.5 kHz channel spacing and is also referred to as "NXDN 9600" as this is the data bandwidth the channel can support.  "NXDN-VN" or "Very Narrow" which is 6.25 kHz channel spacing is also referred to as "NXDN 4800" as this is the data bandwidth the channel can support.)  
 
With these future plans in mind there are only a few receivers currently available on the market which can properly receive and decode the NXDN digital mode.  The recommended receivers in order of highest performance are as follows: ICOM IC-R30 and IC-R8600, Whistler TRX-1 and TRX-2,  Uniden SDS100, BCD436HP and BCD536HP, AOR DV-1 and DV-10.
 

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Statewide
Railroad Police Mutual Aid

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.20500    BM AAR 073 RR Police Mutual Aid  FMN  Law Talk 


Amtrak
Areawide

Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
Amtrak Police plan on using this system in the future.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.36500    BM AAR 017 Police  FMN  Law Talk 
160.81500  WPTU629  M AAR 047 Maintenance - Kalamazoo to Chicago  FMN  Transportation 
160.92000    BM AAR 054 Operations  FMN  Transportation 

Michigan Line - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.80000    BM AAR 046 Road - Detroit to Kalamazoo  FMN  Transportation 
161.32500  WPTU629  RM AAR 81/39 Road - Kalamazoo to Chicago  FMN  Transportation 
161.50500  WQTC230  BM AAR 093 Road - Detroit to Kalamazoo  FMN  Transportation 

Michigan Line - Detroit Terminal

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.47500  WPTX377  RM AAR 91/17 General Operations  FMN  Transportation 


Canadian National Railway
CN Lines - Systemwide

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.44000    BM AAR 022 Police - Port Huron-to-South Bend line  FMN  Railroad 
160.47000    BM AAR 024 Police - Secondary [Primary Ops on the MPSCS TRS]  FMN  Railroad 
161.28000    BM AAR 078 Police - Tactical  FMN  Railroad 

CN Lines - Road

Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
CN Police use the the MPSCS, as their primary communications system.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.59000    BM AAR 032 Road - Primary (Ex-GTW Lines)  FMN  Railroad 
160.53000    BM AAR 028 Durand-Detroit Line Dispatcher - Desk 9  FMN  Railroad 
161.22000    BM AAR 074 Port Huron-Battle Creek Line Dispatcher - Desk 8  FMN  Railroad 
160.92000    BM AAR 054 Road - Detroit-to-Toledo "Shoreline"  FMN  Railroad 

CN Lines - Battle Creek Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.26000    BM AAR 010 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.84500    BM AAR 049 West Tower  FMN  Railroad 

CN Lines - Flat Rock Yard

Former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.38500    BM AAR 085 PBX - Private Branch Exchange (Phone Calls)  FMN  Railroad 

CN Lines - Pontiac Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.75500    BM AAR 043 Police  FMN  Railroad 
160.81500    BM AAR 047 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.92000    BM AAR 054 PBX (Private Branch Exchange) - Phone Calls  FMN  Railroad 

Wisconsin Central Lines

 Wisconsin Central is a subsidiary of Canadian National

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.26000  WQAR975  BM AAR 010 Switching/Yard  FMN  Railroad 
160.33500  WQAR975  BM AAR 015 Road - Sault Ste. Marie west line  FMN  Railroad 
160.78500  WQAR975  BM AAR 045 Police  FMN  Railroad 
161.29500  WQAR975  BM AAR 079 Police Tactical  FMN  Railroad 


Canadian Pacific Railway
CPR Areawide

Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
The Canadian Pacific Police, use this system for wide-area communications.

Windsor Subdivision - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.37000    BM AAR 084 Road - Primary  FMN  Railroad 
161.08500    BM AAR 065 Road - Secondary  FMN  Railroad 

Windsor Subdivision - Detroit Terminal Area

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.05500  KC9264  M AAR 063 Wayne Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.28000  KC9264  M AAR 078 Wayne Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.40000  KC9264  M AAR 086 Wayne Yard  FMN  Railroad 


CSX Transportation
Chicago Division - Systemwide

Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
CSXT Police plan on using this system in the future.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.54500  KFA865  BM AAR 029 Police - Tactical  FMN  Railroad 
160.78500  WPRG339  BM AAR 045 Signal Maintenance  FMN  Railroad 
160.87500  KFA865  BM AAR 051 Police - Primary  FMN  Railroad 

Chicago Division - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.23000  KAX303  BM AAR 008 Road - Primary  FMN  Railroad 
160.63500  WNCR615  BM AAR 035 RL Dispatcher  FMN  Railroad 
160.92000    BM AAR 054 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
160.98000    BM AAR 058 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000    BM AAR 066 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
161.37000  WQVQ364  BM AAR 084 RN Dispatcher - Detroit-to-Grand Rapids/Saginaw-to-Plymouth  FMN  Railroad 
161.52000    BM AAR 094 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 

Chicago Division - Detroit Terminal

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.29000  KKD425  BM AAR 012 Dean/Rougemere/Wayne Yards  FMN  Railroad 
160.69500  KKD425  BM AAR 039 Dean/Rougemere/Wayne Yards  FMN  Railroad 
452.90000  WPEH393  RM RougemreRail Rougemere Yard - Detroit/Wyoming Yard GRR  FMN  Railroad 
452.92500  WPEH393  RM Rouge Yard Rougemere Yard - Detroit  FMN  Railroad 
452.95000  WPEH393  RM RougmereYard Rougemere Yard - Detroit  FMN  Railroad 
461.81250  WPEK534  M Police Police - Rougemere Yard area  NXDN  Railroad 
463.46250  WPEK534  M Police Police - Rougemere Yard area  NXDN  Railroad 
467.86250  WPEK534  M Rouge PD Police - Rougemere Yard area  NXDN  Railroad 
468.26250  WPEK534  M Rouge Police Police - Rougemere Yard area  NXDN  Railroad 

Chicago Division - Grand Rapids Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
452.91250  WQAS337  RM Yard OPS Yard - Grand Rapids  FMN  Railroad 

Chicago Division - Plymouth Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.39500  WPPU446  BM AAR 019 Plymouth Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.16000  KAX303  BM AAR 070 Plymouth Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Chicago Division - Wixom Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.90500  KOL932  BM AAR 053 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Conrail
Conrail - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.80000  KFF797  BM AAR 046 Dispatcher - North Yard to Sterling Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.07000  KFF797  BM AAR 064 Dispatcher - CP Townline to CP Bay City Jct/CP-YD to CP North Yard.  FMN  Railroad 
161.32500    BM AAR 081 Crew Cabs  FMN  Railroad 

Conrail - Livernois Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.83000    RM AAR 389/xxx Yard Repeater (patch to AAR 066)  NXDN  Railroad 
161.10000    BM AAR 066 Yard Hump  FMN  Railroad 

Conrail - North Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.98000  KFF797  BM AAR 058 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Conrail - River Rouge Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.50750    RM AAR 346/473 Yard Repeater (patch to AAR 050)  NXDN  Railroad 
160.86000    BM AAR 050 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Conrail - Sterling Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.50750    RM AAR 346/482 Yard Repeater (patch to AAR 058)  NXDN  Railroad 


Lake State Railway
LSR Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.26000  WQEB592  BM AAR 010 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.31000  WPEN914  BM AAR 080 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.52000  WQRS530  BM AAR 094 General Operations  NXDN  Railroad 

Alpena Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
154.50500  WQRS530  RM LSR Alp Yard Yard Operations  DMR  Railroad 
161.28000  WPEN914  BM AAR 078 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

East Tawas Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.35000  WPEN914  BM AAR 016 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.74000  WQRS530  RM AAR 042/096 Yard Operations  NXDN  Railroad 

Roscommon Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
153.06500  WQRS530  RM LSR Ros Yard Roscommon Yard  DMR  Railroad 

Saginaw Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.65000  WPEN914  RM AAR 036/092 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.71000  WQRS530  BM AAR 040 Yard Operations  NXDN  Railroad 
160.98000  WQEB592  BM AAR 058 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Lake Superior and Ishpeming
Lake Superior and Ishpeming

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.23000  WQSV989  BM AAR 008 Road  FMN  Railroad 
160.95000  WQSV989  BM AAR 056 Maintenance  FMN  Railroad 
161.49000  WQSV989  BM AAR 092 Yard  FMN  Railroad 
462.23750  WQCU978  M LocmotiveSys Locomotive System  FMN  Railroad 
462.28750  WQCU978  M Locomotive Locomotive System  FMN  Railroad 
462.31250  WQCU978  M LocomotieSys Locomotive System  FMN  Railroad 
462.36250  WQCU978  M Railroads Locomotive System  FMN  Railroad 
467.36250  WQCU978  M Locomotive Locomotive System  FMN  Railroad 


Norfolk Southern
Areawide

Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
NS Police use the MPSCS for long-range communications, and interoperability purposes.

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.30500  WNKX351  BM AAR 013 Police - Car-to-Car  FMN  Railroad 
160.56000  KNF858  BM AAR 030 Police - Dearborn Dispatcher  NXDN  Railroad 
161.28000  WNKX351  BM AAR 078 Police  FMN  Railroad 

Dearborn Division - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.51500  KNF858  BM AAR 027 Road - Detroit to Toledo line  FMN  Railroad 
160.80000  WNWQ404  BM AAR 046 Road (ex-Michigan Central) - Detroit to Elkhart  FMN  Railroad 
161.05500  WQCB533  BM AAR 062 Road (ex-New York Central) - Detroit to Toledo line  FMN  Railroad 
161.11500  WNWQ404  BM AAR 067 Road (ex-Michigan Central) - Ann Arbor to Elkhart  FMN  Railroad 

Dearborn Division - Monroe Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.86000  KEO860  BM AAR 050 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Dearborn Division - Wayne Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.98000  KEO860  BM AAR 058 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 
160.86000  KEO860  BM CSQ AAR 050 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Dearborn Division - Jackson Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.52000  WQIV892  BM AAR 094 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 

Lake Division - Road

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.38000  KVI456  BM AAR 018 Road and Train>Dispatcher (ex-Wabash) - Oakwood to Montpelier  FMN  Railroad 
160.44000  WNGV325  BM AAR 022 Road - Delray Jct-to-Oakwood  FMN  Railroad 
161.47500  WQIV892  B AAR 091 Dispatcher>Train - Oakwood to Montpelier  FMN  Railroad 

Lake Division - Melvindale Yard

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.62000  WPCJ479  BM AAR 034 Yard Operations  FMN  Railroad 


Shortline Railroads
Adrian & Blissfield

  This is the new NEXEDGE TRS used by the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad Company that is currently being constructed. Long-term plans call for this digital radio system to be expanded to other railroad lines they operate in the state of Michigan: 

  • Lapeer Industrial Railroad
  • Charlotte Southern Railroad
  • Detroit Connecting Railroad
  • Jackson & Lansing Railroad
  • Tecumseh Branch Connecting Railroad
Adrian and Blissfield Railroad Company    
NXDN NEXEDGE 9600    
The Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Company, will be using this trunking system for their primary communications system.

Ann Arbor Railroad

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.35500  KSU555  BM AAR 083 Switching  FMN  Railroad 
161.44500  KSU555  BM AAR 089 Switching  FMN  Railroad 
161.49000  KSU555  BM AAR 092 Road - Primary Ops  FMN  Railroad 

Detroit Connecting Railroad

Detroit Connecting Railroad    
NXDN NEXEDGE 4800    
This is the primary radio system.
Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)    
Project 25 Phase I    
This radio system is used by railroad police officers to communication across the state, and with local emergency first responders.

Grand Elk Railroad

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.33500  WQKK856  RM AAR 015 Dispatch  FMN  Railroad 

Great Lakes Central

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.57500  KNEU675  BM AAR 031 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000  KNEU675  BM AAR 066 Yard  FMN  Railroad 

Huron & Eastern

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.38000  WQBJ763  BM AAR 018 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
160.44000  WQBJ763  BM AAR 022 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.28000  WNJN988  BM AAR 078 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.31000  WNJN988  BM AAR 080 Yard  FMN  Railroad 
161.35500  WQBJ763  BM AAR 083 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
161.40000  WQBJ763  BM AAR 086 Dispatcher - Future Use  FMN  Railroad 
462.38750  WQAR948  M Future use Future use  FMN  Railroad 
467.38750  WQAR948  M Rail Future use  FMN  Railroad 

Indiana & Ohio

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.75500  WQUK507  BM AAR 43 Road (ex-D.T.&I. Mainline) West of Diann Jct.  FMN  Railroad 
161.22000    BM AAR 74 Road (ex-D.T.&I. Mainline) East of Diann Jct.  FMN  Railroad 
161.38500  WQUK507  BM AAR 85 Road [New]  FMN  Railroad 

Indiana Northeastern

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
151.67000  KZW853  BM INER PVT Company Operations  FMN  Railroad 
161.10000  KZW853  BM AAR 066 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.40000  KZW853  BM AAR 086 Maintenance  FMN  Railroad 

Marquette Railway

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.44000  WQDU224  BM AAR 022 Road  FMN  Railroad 
161.31000  WQDU224  M AAR 080 Switching  FMN  Railroad 

Michigan Southern Railroad

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.75500  WPFS313  BM AAR 043 Road  FMN  Railroad 

West Michigan Rail

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
161.02500  WQXL751  BM AAR 061 Road  FMN  Railroad 


Tourist Railroads
Coopersville & Marne

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.69500  WPFE248  BM AAR 39 Road  FMN  Railroad 

Michigan Transit Museum

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.26000  WQZS624  RM AAR 010 Operations 1  FMN  Railroad 
160.77000  WQZS624  BM AAR 044 Operations 2  FMN  Railroad 
161.31000  WQZS624  BM AAR 080 Operations 3  FMN  Railroad 

Southern Michigan Railroad Society

Frequency  License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
160.26000  WQCU455  BM AAR 010 Road  FMN  Transportation 


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