South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Day 1 – Amateur Radio, Public Safety, MilCom, and Aviation

Sumter, SC – Day 1 of my South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip did not go as planned. The plan was to go to Sumter, SC and do some listening/spotting at the Poinsett Range grandstand near Shaw AFB. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate; the morning was foggy and misty and into the afternoon there were thunderstorms. Aircraft from Shaw AFB were flying, but they definitely weren’t going to be working at Poinsett Range. I put my back-up plan into action and went up to Darlington, SC to visit the Darlington Raceway Museum. I hadn’t visited it in several years, so it was good to see what’s been added and switched out.

KF4LMT in front of Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC

Although the weather curtailed some of the MilCom activity I might have heard on the radios in KF4LMT Mobile, there was still plenty to hear. There was activity on at least eight repeaters along my route of travel and there was good APRS activity in the Florence/Darlington and Sumter areas; there were at least four digipeaters active along my route of travel: WA4USN-9 in St. George, KO4L-9 in Florence, and KC4PL-5 and KC4PL-12 in Sumter. As the day went on, there was a lot to Public Safety activity to listen to on VHF and on the Palmetto 800 statewide TRS, especially around Orangeburg, Sumter, Florence, and Darlington. I heard a bit of activity from MCAS Beaufort and Joint Base Charleston, but most of the MilCom activity that I heard was from Shaw AFB as 55th FS and 77th FS F-16s came and went on afternoon sorties. There was a lot of weather in the area and 252.100, the 20th FW SOF frequency was extremely busy as a result. There was an update to the Shaw AFB P25 TRS on RadioReference late last week and it came in handy as the system is very active.

Portable Monitoring Station set up in my hotel room in Sumter: Latop with an SDR running Unitrunker, Uniden BCD436HP, Whistler TRX-1, Uniden BC125AT, and Uniden HomePatrol 2

Amateur Radio

146.910 (PL 156.7) – Whitehall, SC
147.330 (PL 156.7) – Columbia, SC
146.850 (CSQ) – Florence, SC
147.195 (PL 123.0) – Florence, SC
441.575 (PL 91.5) – Florence, SC
442.050 (PL 123.0) – Florence, SC
146.925 (PL 123.0) – Lucknow, SC
146.745 (PL 82.5) – Dillon, SC

Plot of KF4LMT’ Mobile’s (KF4LMT-9) travels during SC/NC Road Trip Day 1 via APRS digipeaters in St. George, Florence, and Sumter

Public Safety

151.0250 (PL 118.8) – Calhoun County FD Dispatch
154.0550 (PL 118.8) – Darlington County EMS Dispatch
154.0100 (PL 94.8) – Marlboro County FD Dispatch
155.5350 (DCS 306) – Marlboro County EMS Dispatch
154.1750 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD East Dispatch
155.6250 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Central Dispatch
159.2100 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Fireground 2
154.1750 (PL 118.8) – Orangeburg FD Dispatch (Orangeburg Co)
155.1750 (PL 107.2) – Willaimsburg County EMS

159.2250 (DCS 244) – SC Forestry McBee
159.3750 (DCS 205) – SC Forestry Florence
159.3900 (DCS 226) – SC Forestry New Zion

Palmetto P25 TRS
TG 704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
TG 6541 – Jasper County FD Dispatch
TG 10605 – SC EMD Pee Dee
TG 20022 – SC Regional Gov’t 1
TG 23041 – Clarendon County FD Dispatch
TG 24041 – Lee County Fire/EMS Dispatch
TG 25053 – Orangeburg County FD Dispatch
TG 26101 – Sumter County FD Dispatch
TG 26102 – Sumter County FD Fireground A
TG 28609 – SC LifeNet (Medevac Helicopter)
TG 51704 – MedTrans SC (Medevac Helicopter)
TG 51708 – LifeFlight (Medevac Helicopter)

MilCom

MCAS Beaufort
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2

USMC TRS (MCAS Beaufort & MCRD Parris Island sites)
TG 2401 – Unknown; enc
TG 3401 – Unknown; enc

Joint Base Charleston
119.300 – Charleston TRACON
120.700 – Charleston TRACON

349.400 – JB Charleston PALMETTO Ops

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Shaw AFB TRACON
318.100 – Shaw AFB TRACON

252.100 – Shaw AFB SOF
311.200 – 55th FS GAMBLER Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

Shaw AFB TRS
Site 001: 163.4125, 163.4625, 163.5125, 164.5000, 164.9625, 165.0125
165.1875, 165.2250, 166.0000, 166.1250, 166.2250
Site 002: 164.5125, 164.1000?

TG 21 – Crash/Fire 1
TG 27 – Unknown
TG 28 – 55th FS
TG 29 – 79th FS
TG 30 – 77th FS
TG 31 – 20th FW MOC
TG 33 – Ammo 1
TG 34 – Ramp
TG 35 – Ammo 2
TG 42 – Fuel Dispatch
TG 43 – Trans
TG 52 – Shaw AFB Range

Misc MilCom
311.000 – ACC Command Post

Aviation

Augusta, GA
119.150 – Augusta Approach/Departure

Columbia, SC
124.150 – Columbia TRACON
133.400 – Columbia TRACON

Florence, SC
118.600 – Florence Approach/Departure

Jacksonville ARTCC
124.075 – Summerville High
124.675 – Jekyll Low
124.700 – Columbia Low
126.125 – Statesboro High
127.875 – Aiken High
132.425 – Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – Moultrie Ultra High
133.625 – Georgetown High
134.375 – Charleston Low
135.450 – Keystone Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
269.550 – Columbia Low
363.200 – Allendale/Savannah Low

Atlanta ARTCC
123.950 – Macon Low
124.325 – Clark Hill Ultra High
125.825 – Macon Ultra High
126.425 – Dublin High
128.100 – Augusta Low

Washington ARTCC
118.825 – Dixon Super High
124.025 – Wilmington High
132.225 – Tar River High
135.300 – Sampson Low
135.500 – New Bern Low

Traditionally, I close out my road trip report posts with something about food. Supper tonight was at Outback Steakhouse in Sumter, where I had a healthy meal of grilled tilapia and mixed vegetables, but lunch was a bit less healthy but a lot tastier! I stopped by Taki’s Diner in Darlington, SC and had their Grilled Chicken Melt with homemade potato chips. It was terrific – I huge slab of grilled chicken breast with cheese and grilled onions on toast and the homemade chips were very thinly sliced and fried just right, nice and crispy. It’s not the healthiest food, but I do enjoy diner food and I’m glad I stopped by Taki’s; the food is excellent and the service is wonderful.

Grilled Chicken Melt with homemade potato chips and sweet tea at Taki’s Diner in Darlington, SC

Tomorrow morning, I’ll begin Day 2 of the road trip, leaving Sumter and heading up into North Carolina. Look for a Day 2 post tomorrow night.



Categories: Amateur Radio, APRS, Darlington SC, Florence SC, Military Monitoring, Mobile Scanning, Palmetto 800, Scanning, Shaw AFB, Shaw AFB TRS, South Carolina, Sumter SC

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 reply

Trackbacks

  1. 13-17 January 2020 South Carolina and North Carolina Road Trip Amateur Radio/Scanning Report – KF4LMT's Radio Shack

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: