High Falls State Park Road Trip Report; 13 November 2014

Yesterday, I took my parents up to see High Falls State Park just north of Forsyth, GA. Photos from High Falls are in a previous post. On the way up, I enjoyed monitoring public safety, aviation, and military aviation traffic with the mobile station. Once we got off of the Interstate and bigger state highways, there was some beautiful driving to be done. With the spectacular fall foliage colors and some undulating and curvy roads, the scenery was beautiful and the driving could be fun!

Once you get off of the "big roads" there are some beautiful roads to travel in Central Georgia
Once you get off of the “big roads” there are some beautiful roads to travel in Central Georgia
With curves like these, they can also be fun roads to drive
With curves like these, they can also be fun roads to drive

If you’re a Twitter user, here’s a tip for traveling. The Georgia Department of Transportation maintains Twitter accounts for reporting traffic conditions and incidents on the interstates and other highways. One of those is for I-16, and it came in very handy yesterday.  We left Savannah around 0600, but overnight there had been a tractor trailer fire on I-16 near Old River Road. Luckily I follow the I-16 Twitter account; I checked my feed before we left home, saw that the road was closed and was able to plan a way around it.

It turned out to be a good day for public safety monitoring. We were traveling around the time the Georgia Forestry units were making their morning reports and that combined with very good VHF conditions to allow us to hear six Georgia Forestry District Repeaters.  Conditions were also good enough to accidentally stumble across Carroll County FD dispatch from the Forsyth area!  Some traffic was also heard on the Bulloch County TRS as we traveled through the Statesboro area on I-16. The Central Georgia Interoperability Regional Radio System continues to be a mystery; I never got a sniff of it while traveling through the Macon area on I-16 or I-75.  There was a bit of traffic on the Macon-Bibb County TRS from Animal Control and Public Works.

Public Safety
159.120 (PL 127.3) – Georgia Forestry District 2 Repeater
159.120 (PL 146.2) – Georgia Forestry District 4 Repeater
159.225 (PL 123.0) – Georgia Forestry District 5 Repeater
151.280 (PL 114.8) – Georgia Forestry District 5 Admin
159.225 (PL 179.9) – Georgia Forestry District 7 Repeater
159.225 (PL 100.0) – Georgia Forestry District 10 Repeater
159.240 (PL 167.9) – Georgia Forestry District 11 Repeater
159.360 (PL 156.7) – Georgia Forestry Base-to-Base

151.430 (PL 173.8) – Emanuel County EMS Dispatch
155.880 (PL 173.8) – Swainsboro FD Dispatch (Emanuel County)

154.070 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch

154.265 (PL 146.2) – Wilkinson County FD Dispatch

154.220 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch
159.465 (PL 162.2) – Forsyth FD Dispatch (Monroe County)

453.900 (PL 131.8) – Lamar County FD/EMS Dispatch

160.665 (PL 156.7) – Upson County FD Dispatch
154.415 (PL 192.8) – Thomaston FD Dispatch (Upson County)

154.175 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch

154.355 (PL 141.3) – Butts County FD Dispatch

154.145 (PL 156.7) – Carroll County FD Dispatch

Bulloch TRS
TG 2794 – Bulloch County FD Fireground 1
TG 3856 – GSP Post 45 Statesboro

Macon-Bibb TRS
TG 235 – unknown
TG 413 – Animal Control?
TG 507 – Public Works

The area between Savannah and Atlanta is always busy with Civil Aviation traffic; the closer you get to Atlanta, the busier the VHF air traffic control frequencies become. Both Atlanta Center (ZTL), covering the northern part of the trip and Jax Center (ZJX), covering the southern part of the trip were as busy as always. Since I have both civil aviation and military aviation in the same scanner, I ended up having to lock out some of the civil aviation frequencies in order to hear some military activity.

Civil Aviation
119.600 – Macon area TRACON
124.200 – Macon area TRACON
122.800 – Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport CTAF

119.375 – ZTL Macon High
120.425 – ZTL Georgia High
120.450 – ZTL Tiroe Low
121.350 – ZTL Logen Low
123.950 – ZTL Sinca Low
124.325 – ZTL Clark Hill Ultra High
124.375 – ZTL Lanier High
124.450 – ZTL East Departure Low
125.575 – ZTL LaGrange High
125.825 – ZTL Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – ZTL Dublin High
128.100 – ZTL Augusta Low
133.100 – ZTL Atlanta North Departure
134.500 – ZTL Atlanta South Departure
135.000 – ZTL Atlanta Workload

124.075 – ZJX Summerville High
124.675 – ZJX Jekyll Low
124.700 – ZJX Columbia Low
126.125 – ZJX Statesboro High
126.750 – ZJX Brunswick Low
127.575 – ZJX Waycross Low
127.875 – ZJX Aiken High
127.925 – ZJX Aiken High
132.425 – ZJX Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – ZJX Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – ZJX Moultrie Ultra High
133.700 – ZJX Baxley Low
135.975 – ZJX Alma High

It also turned out to be a decent day for military monitoring. On the way up to Forsyth, one AWACS was working in the area and on the way back to Savannah from Forsyth, two AWACS were working in the area. During the trip home in the afternoon, starting just south of Macon, we could hear CHALICE (E-3, 963rd ACCS) working with FANGs and SNAKEs (F-15C, 125th FW) off of the coast. While in the Macon area, we could hear a flight of VMA-231 talking air-to-air on 363.300 but never did hear them on ATC frequencies. Closer to Savannah, F/A-18s from VMFA-122 were heard working at Townsend Range and an MH-47G from 3-160 SOAR was heard in the pattern at Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport. It’s also possible to monitor the Robins AFB TRS from parts of I-16 and I-75 as you pass through the Macon area.

Military Communications

228.400 – Townsend Range
343.750 – Bulldog MOA
120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary

364.200 – NORAD AICC
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
317.950 – AWACS Discrete

363.300 – VMA-231 Tac
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6

PAT 841 – unknown Army Transport (probably C-12)
CHALICE FOXTROT – E-3, 963rd ACCS (morning)
CHALICE GOLF – E-3, 963rd ACCS (afternoon)
DRAGNET VICTOR – E-3, 966th ACCS (afternoon)
TOPCAT – F-16CM, 79th FS
FANG – F-15C, 125th FW
SNAKE – F-15C, 125th FW
NIKEL – F/A-18A+, VMFA-122
ARMY 03781 – MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR
ARMY 26832 – UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN

Robins AFB TRS
TG 4912 – Robins AFB Ops
TG 4944 – Robins AFB Crash
TG 13648 – ALC?
TG 40048 – 116th/461st ACW

For lunch, we tried a restaurant in Forsyth that I wanted to try the last time I was in Forsyth but never got the chance to and turned out to be an excellent experiment. We stopped at the Eggs-Traordinry Southern Grill, which is on Indian Springs Dr. just before you get to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. They have a regular menu as well as daily specials. It looks like that if you want to try the special, get there early for lunch, we got there shortly after 1300 and the specials were already sold out! I tried their Cuban Sandwich and loved it; the ham and the roast pork were wonderful and not the least bit dry. The side order was beer battered onion rings and they were both delicious and plentiful. If you find yourself in Forsyth for lunch, I highly recommend stopping in.

Overall, it was an excellent day trip and well worth it to see the Autumn foliage. Hopefully if you’re a radio geek like I am and plan on heading up to that area, this will give you a place to start on what to listen out for and where to listen for it at.

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