6/7 October 2019 Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Fernandina Beach Road Trip Scanning Report

Fernandina Beach – I traveled to Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Fernandina Beach, Florida yesterday and today to visit the Fort Caroline, Fort Mose, and Kingsley Plantation historic sites and do some scanning in the northeast Florida area while I was there. The weather on Sunday was windy, but I was able to get in my visits before the rain moved in that evening. Today, on the other hand, it rained most of the morning before I traveled back home to Savannah. That had a big impact on today’s plans, which were photographing waterfowl and shore birds at Huguenot Park and doing some ship/aircraft spotting and listening.

KF4LMT Mobile in Fernandina Beach; the Uniden HomePatrol 2 and Whistler TRX-2 in the mobile station logged and recorded much of what’s listed below
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve; Fort Caroline is behind the Visitors Center
Fort Mose Historic State Park in St Augustine
Remains of Slave Cabins at the Kingsley Plantation

Public Safety

Most of the public safety communications were on the Nassau County P25 TRS, First Coast P25 TRS, Jacksonville Beach P25 TRS, and St. Johns County P25 TRS, but there was some local and state conventional traffic to be heard:

Conventional Public Safety
154.4000 (PL 173.8) – Baker Co Fire/Rescue Dispatch
154.1300 (PL 167.9) – Macclenny Fire/Rescue Dispatch (Baker Co)
462.9500 (PL 173.8) – LifeFlight

159.3300 (PL 88.5) – Florida Dept of Forestry Suwanee
159.2400 (PL 97.4) – Florida Dept of Forestry Jacksonville

151.0100 (PL 103.5) – Little Talbot State Park

Nassau County P25 TRS
TG 1001 – Nassau Co Fire/Rescue A1 Dispatch

Jacksonville First Coast P25 TRS
TG 149 – JFRD A-4 Suppression
TG 1087 – JFRD A-2 Dispatch
TG 1125 – JFRD B-7 Fireground
TG 2503 – Jax Metro ISSI

Jacksonville Beach P25 TRS
TG 2049 – Jacksonville Beach FD Dispatch

St. Johns County P25 TRS
TG 10000 – St Johns County Fire/Rescue A1 Dispatch
TG 10065 – St Johns County Fire/Rescue A15 Training 1
TG 10070 – St Johns County Fire/Rescue A16 Training 2
TG 10615 – NPS Castillo de San Marcos
TG 10620 – NPS Fort Fort Matanzas
TG 10640 – Trauma 1 South

Military Communications

There was not as much MilCom to be heard as I was hoping for. I expected Sunday to be light because it was the weekend, but today’s weather was thoroughly miserable, with a lot of rain (which to be honest, is needed and welcome) and high winds. This morning, all I heard were a couple of helicopters out of NS Mayport were flying and one aircraft departing and one aircraft arriving at NAS Jacksonville. A pleasant surprise at Naval Station Mayport was the presence of HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier. The aircraft that was arriving at NAS Jacksonville, was a Royal Air Force C-17, ASCOT 6356 (C-17A, ZZ172, RAF 99 Sqn), quite possibly related to HMS Queen Elizabeth. Even though there wasn’t much flying, there was still heavy activity on the US DOD TRS sites at NSB Kings Bay, NS Mayport, and NAS Jacksonville, especially today.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) through Monday morning’s rain
HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) during one of the pauses in Monday’s rain

US DOD TRS (NSB Kings Bay sites)
TG 28070 – NSB Kings Bay unknown (showed on Unitrunker)
TG 28529 – NSB Kings Bay unknown?; enc
TG 28541 – NSB Kings Bay unknown; unenc
TG 28557 – RFD Southeast 1
TG 28571 – NSB Kings Bay Transportation; unenc
TG 28585 – NSB Kings Bay unknown; unenc
TG 28589 – NSB Kings Bay unknown; unenc
TG 28591 – Trident Refit Facility?; unenc
TG 28592 – Trident Refit Facility?; unenc
TG 28593 – Trident Refit Facility?; unenc
TG 28603 – NSB Kings Bay unknown; unenc
TG 28609 – NSB Kings Bay unknown
TG 28612 – Unknown FD
TG 28614 – NSB Kings Bay Fire Tac
TG 28615 – NSB Kings Bay FD Dispatch
TG 28618 – NSB Kings Bay unknown; enc
TG 28780 – NSA MidSouth Security; enc
TG 29411 – NAS Pensacola Fire Dispatch
TG 29512 – Unknown Public Safety Dispatch

US DOD TRS (NS Mayport site)
TG 28138 – NS Mayport unknown
TG 28146 – NAS Jax FD Dispatch; unenc
TG 28174 – NS Mayport FD Tac 2; unenc
TG 28178 – NS Mayport FD?
TG 28275 – NSA Panama City FD Dispatch
TG 28279 – NS Mayport unknown; enc
TG 28280 – NS Mayport unknown; enc/unenc
TG 28292 – NS Mayport EOC 2; unenc
TG 28306 – NS Mayport unknown; unenc
TG 28318 – HSM-40; unenc
TG 28344 – NS Mayport unknown; unenc
TG 28346 – NS Mayport unknown; unenc
TG 28354 – NS Mayport FD Dispatch?; unenc
TG 28448 – NS Mayport Unknown; unenc

US DOD TRS (NAS Jacksonville site)
TG 28146 – NAS Jax FD Dispatch; unenc
TG 28192 – NAS Jax Fire Training
TG 28195 – NAS Jax Maintenance

119.000 – Jacksonville TRACON
121.300 – Jacksonville TRACON
124.900 – Jacksonville TRACON
127.000 – Jacksonville TRACON
127.775 – Jacksonville TRACON
132.775 – Jacksonville TRACON
269.900 – Jacksonville TRACON
284.600 – Jacksonville TRACON
292.150 – Jacksonville TRACON
308.400 – Jacksonville TRACON
377.075 – Jacksonville TRACON

NAS Jacksonville
118.300 – Jacksonville IAP Tower
340.200 – NAS Jacksonville Tower
134.775 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops
263.500 – Unknown MH-60 Base at NAS Jax

NS Mayport
118.750 – NS Mayport Tower
239.300 – NS Mayport Tower
288.325 – NS Mayport Tower
250.900 – HSM-40 Base
274.800 – Mayport SESEF
300.125 – Mayport SESEF
314.450 – NS Mayport unknown
156.600 – Marine VHF Ch. 12, Mayport Basin

Cecil Field
126.100 – Cecil Field Tower

NE Florida Regional Airpot
127.625 – NE Fl Regional Airport Tower

Misc MilCom
236.250 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
246.900 – Unid Air-to-Air

256.875/135.450 – Jax Center Keystone Ultra High
269.025/127.575 – Jax Center Waycross Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
307.250/126.350 – Jax Center St. Augustine High
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
323.300/133.700 – Jax Center Baxley Low
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
351.700/124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
370.950/133.625 – Jax Center Georgetown High

120.950 – SEALORD North Primary
284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
133.950 – SEALORD South Primary

Federal Communications

As far as FedCom goes, it turned out to be rather light as well, for the same reasons as MilCom was. There was some Coast Guard activity to be heard, especially on CG 111 and the Okefenokee NWR East Repeater was coming in to the Jacksonville area quite well this morning.

USCGC Hammer (WLIC 75302) and Barge (CGB-68014) , USCGC Heron (WPB-87344), and USCGC Tarpon (WPB-87310) at Coast Guard Station Mayport

157.0750 – Marine VHF Ch 81
162.3250 ($293) – CG 111, Sector Jacksonville
412.9750 ($293) – CG 409, Sector Jacksonville Air Ops
164.6250 (PL 103.5) – Okefenokee NWR East Repeater

Food and Lodging

I usually don’t plug hotels, but I stayed at the Comfort Suites Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island near the intersection of Fletcher Ave and Atlantic Ave (Highway A1A) on Sunday night and it was one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had lately. The staff, both Sunday night and Monday night were very friendly, the room was large and comfortable, the view was great, and everything worked (which I can’t say for the last couple of hotels I’ve stayed at). I had plenty of room to spread out my radio equipment (3 scanners and a laptop, and an old netbook and SDR running Unitrunker) and do some evening listening while I watched Sunday Night Football.

BCD436HP, ADS-B receiver, TRX-1, and HomePatrol 2 set up with my laptop to do some monitoring on Sunday night
Old netbook computer and an SDR running Unitrunker
Sunday Afternoon’s view from the Comfort Inn Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island
Sunday Evening’s view from the Comfort Inn Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island
Sunday Night’s view from the Comfort Inn Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island

On Sunday afternoon, I walked down the block to the Sandbar and Kitchen (behind the tan hotel on the right in the photos above) to grab some dinner and watch the end of the Jaguars game. The price was a bit higher than I expected, but the fried shrimp dinner I bought was pretty good; the shrimp was lightly breaded and not greasy, the slaw was simple, and the fries were numerous (and not greasy either). The service, even though they were packed with folks watching the game was still friendly and attentive. If you’re staying in the area of Fletcher and Atlantic, it’s an easy walk and convenient location for good food and service.

The Sandbar and Kitchen, right on the beach in Fernandina Beach

After leaving Huguenot Park today, I stopped by one of my favorite places to eat in the Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville area: The Sandollar Restaurant. Located right next to the Mayport Ferry, the food is great, the service is always wonderful, and the view of the St. Johns River is terrific. Whenever I’m in the area, I always make sure to stop by for a meal. If you’re interested in ships or aircraft, another good reason to eat at the Sandollar is the view: you can look out the windows and see ship and boat traffic going up and down the river and watch aircraft come and go from NS Mayport.

The Sandollar Restaurant in Jacksonville, next to the Mayport Ferry on Highway A1A

Over the next few days, I’ll be publishing some posts about the historic sites I visited. I hope that you’ll take a look at those as well and maybe be inspired to go visit them if you haven’t already.

Categories: FedCom, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Frequencies, Jacksonville, MilCom, Public Safety, Road Trip, Scanning, St Augustine

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