South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Day 3 – Amateur Radio, Public Safety, MilCom, and Aviation

Wilmington, NC – It was another dreary, unseasonably warm day in North Carolina that began with fog as I left Spring Lake, NC near Fayetteville en route to Wilmington, NC. The fog was a harbinger of incredibly good VHF propagation; on the 2 Meter amateur radio band, there were stations and repeaters from Virginia and Maryland coming in loud and clear during the morning. It misted and rained throughout the day around Wilmington, but I was able to visit the USS North Carolina (BB-55) – one of the main reasons for this trip, Fort Fisher, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson (for those from coastal Georgia, think of a combination of Fort Frederica and Fort McAllister).

One of the main reasons I came on this road trip – the USS North Carolina (BB-55)
HF wire antenna connections topside on the USS North Carolina (BB-55)

I mentioned the great propagation for 2 Meters above, but it was also another good day on APRS, as I was tracked by a number of digipeaters all the way from Fayetteville to Wilmington. As I began my drive, I heard a net in progress on the 146.910 K4MN repeater in Fayetteville; it turned out to be the “Possum Trot” Net, an early morning net that runs each day from 0500-0700 local. I checked in with the Net Control – KM4ODS, George, and listened until the net ended to pass time. Public Safety-wise, the NC Viper P25 TRS was very busy with traffic from counties all over the area I passed through and I also picked up some traffic from the Columbus County NXDN system and the New Hanover P25 TRS. The weather proved good enough for there to be some MilCom activity and although my recordings didn’t pick up a lot of callsigns, there was quite a bit of activity from Seymour Johnson AFB, Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River, and MCAS Cherry Point as well as from Shaw AFB and MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina. I also caught a handful of P-8As from NAS Jacksonville, FL doing approaches at Seymour Johnson AFB and Wilmington International Airport.

KF4LMT Mobile at Kure Beach, NC where I visited Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Plot of KF4LMT Mobile’s (KF4LMT-9) travels during SC/NC Road Trip Day 3 via APRS

Amateur Radio

145.170 (PL 88.5) – Leland, NC
145.370 (PL 88.5) – Bolivia, NC
145.450 (PL 100.0) – Newport, NC
146.670 (PL 88.5) – Wilmington, NC
146.745 (PL 82.5) – Dillon, SC
146.820 (PL 88.5) – Winnabow, NC
146.910 (PL 100.0) – Fayetteville, NC
146.940 (PL 88.5) – Hamstead, NC
147.045 (CSQ) – St. Pauls, NC
147.180 (PL 88.5) – Wilmington, NC
444.650 (PL 88.5) – Angier, NC
444.850 (PL 88.5) – Winnabow, NC

Note: There were a lot of other repeaters active due to the band opening, but I couldn’t keep track of all of them and drive at the same time!

Public Safety

North Carolina
155.5200 – Brunswick County Fire/EMS Dispatch
453.2500 (DCS 073) – Brunswick County Fire/EMS UHF
154.4150 (PL 186.2) – Brunswick County Fire Response
154.9950 (PL 179.9) – Carteret County FD Dispatch
155.2200 (PL 97.4) – Carteret County FD Training/Admin)
154.4300 (DCS 073) – Columbus County EMS
155.2350 (PL 123.0) – Whiteville Rescue (Columbus Co)
153.9500 (PL 110.9) – Duplin County FD Main
154.0100 (PL 162.2) – Mount Olive FD (Duplin Co)
154.4150 (PL 210.7) – Robeson County Fire Dispatch
154.2350 (PL 141.3) – Lumberton FD (Robeson Co)
154.3700 (PL 210.7) – Red Springs FD (Robeson Co)
154.2200 (PL 118.8) – Sampson County Fire 1
461.0000 (PL 146.2) – Samson County EMS Dispatch

159.3900 (PL 173.8) – NC Forestry Disctrct 4 Rgnl
151.4750 (PL 131.8) – NC Forestry District 6 Ops
151.2800 (PL 131.8) – NC Forestry District 8 Ops

NC VIPER P25 TRS
TG 5002 – Bladen County EMS Dispatch
TG 5010 – Bladen County Fire Dispatch
TG 5503 – Brunswick County Tactical 5
TG 5514 – Brunswick County EMS Response
TG 5515 – Brunswick County Fire Response
TG 5519 – Brunswick County Paging
TG 13530 – Cumberland County FD Dispatch
TG 13531 – Cumberland County FD Fireground
TG 13542 – Cumberland County EMS Dispatch
TG 13543 – Cape Fear Hospital Ground 2
TG 13544 – Cape Fear Valley Ground
TG 13656 – Fayetteville Regional Airport Ops/Maintenace
TG 22002 – Harnett County Fire Response
TG 22022 – Harnett County Fire Alert
TG 24002 – Hoke County EMS Dispatch
TG 24003 – Hoke County Fire Dispatch
TG 33007 – New Hanover Air Dispatch
TG 33011 – Vitalink Ground
TG 36006 – Pender County EMS Dispatch
TG 36008 – Pender County Fire Dispatch
TG 39502 – Robeson County EMS Dispatch
TG 41504 – Sampson County EMS Dispatch
TG 41505 – Sampson County Fire Tactical 2
TG 41506 – Sampson County Fire Tactical 3
TG 41507 – Sampson County Fire Dispatch
TG 51500 – State Office of EMS Landing Zone East
TG 51579 – State Office of EMS Landing Zone Central
TG 51966 – Statewide Events Charlie 4
TG 51967 – Statewide Events Delta 1
TG 52010 – NC HART Ops
TG 59143 – NC Emergency Management EOC

Columbus County NXDN TRS
TG 4 – Columbus County EMS/Fire Paging
TG 5 – Columbus County EMS/Fire Dispatch

Durham-Fayetteville P25 TRS
TG 13632 – Fayetteville FD Dispatch 1
TG 13633 – Fayetteville FD Dispatch 2
TG 13635 – Fayetteville FD 5A Tactical
TG 13653 – Fayetteville FD Battalion Commanders

New Hanover P25 TRS
TG 33004 – New Hanover Public Safety 3
TG 33005 – New Hanover Public Safety 4
TG 33041 – New Hanover County FD Dispatch
TG 33042 – New Hanover County FD Tac 2
TG 33126 – New Hanover County EMS Dispatch
TG 33217 – Wrightsville Beach FD Ops
TG 33266 – Kure Beach Fire Primary
TG 33333 – New Hanover County Airport Maintenance

MilCom

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 – 20th FW SOF
311.200 – 55th FS SHOOTER Ops
141.675 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
228.800 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

Fort Bragg
135.025 – Pope AAF Tower
291.100 – Pope AAF Tower
257.100 – Pope AAF Command Post
125.900 – Simmons AAF Tower
240.625 – Simmons AAF Tower
141.250 – Simmons AAF PMSV
142.350 – Simmons AAF Base Ops
118.300 – Fayetteville Tower
269.200 – Fayetteville Tower
125.175 – Fayetteville TRACON
133.000 – Fayetteville TRACON

38.900 – Range Control
46.750 – Range Control Backup
139.350 – Range Control
249.900 – Range Control

Fort Bragg P25 TRS
TG 5 – Unknown
TG 164 – Unknown
TG 1607 – Unknown
TG 608 – Ammo Point Operations
TG 975 – Range Control
TG 977 – Unknown
TG 978 – Unknown
TG 1050 – Unknown
TG 1100 – Unknown
TG 1101 – Unknown
TG 1105 – Unknown
TG 1150 – Ft Bragg FD Dispatch
TG 1151 – Ft Bragg FD Tac 2
TG 1152 – Ft Bragg FD Tac 3
TG 1163 – Unknown
TG 1200 – Ft Bragg MP Dispatch
TG 1201 – Ft Bragg MP Car to Car
TG 1206 – Ft Bragg MP Tactical
TG 1210 – ACP/Entry Gate Guard Net
TG 1350 – Simmons AAF Ground Control
TG 1351 – Unknown
TG 1400 – Unknown
TG 1404 – Unknown
TG 1503 – Unknown
TG 1530 – Unknown
TG 1517 – Unknown
TG 1607 – Womack Army Hospital Maintenance
TG 1625 – Womack Army Hosptial Security
TG 1627 – Ft Bragg EMS Dispatch
TG 1701 – Unknown
TG 1712 – Pope AAF Ground Control
TG 1719 – Unknown
TG 2102 – Unknown
TG 2106 – Unknown
TG 2108 – Unknown
TG 2110 – Unknown

Seymour Johnson AFB
119.700 – Seymour Johnson Approach/Departure
123.700 – Seymour Johnson Approach/Departure
273.600 – Seymour Johnson Approach/Departure
290.900 – Seymour Johnson Approach/Departure

303.525 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
305.925 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
306.275 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
306.325 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
306.750 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
311.575 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
327.375 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
341.850 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
346.700 – 4th FW Air-to-Air
348.300 – 4th FW Air-to-Air

311.000 – 916th ARW Command Post

Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River
124.850 – MCAS New River ARR
279.575 – MCAS New River ARR

244.800 – Big Rock R-5306A/Core MOA
323.900 – BT-11 Target
119.500 – Blackburn Range

MCAS Cherry Point
119.350 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
124.100 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
268.700 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure

246.900 – VMAT-203 Tac
250.200 – AV-8B Air-to-Air (VMAT-203 Tac 2?)
262.600 – AV-8B Air-to-Air (VMAT-203 Tac 3?)
305.900 – AV-8B Air-to-Air (VMA-231?)

Ranges/MOAs
264.700 – Poinsett Range
254.350 – Gamecock MOA
350.300 – Gamecock MOA

SUAs
127.725 – DOUBLESHOT (W-161/177) Primary
228.750 – DOUBLESHOT (W-161/177) Primary
258.400 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete
279.725 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete

135.875 – GIANT KILLER South – W-110/122 Pamlico Sound
251.600 – GIANT KILLER South – Cherry Point

Misc MilCom
327.600 – AR-202
324.600 – AR-207

Aviation

Florence, SC
125.100 – Florence Tower
118.600 – Florence Approach/Departure

Raleigh, NC
124.950 – Raleigh TRACON
125.300 – Raleigh TRACON
128.300 – Raleigh TRACON
132.350 – Raleigh TRACON

Wilmington, NC
119.900 – Wilmington Tower
239.300 – Wilmington Tower
118.250 – Wilmington TRACON
135.750 – Wilmington TRACON

Jacksonville ARTCC
124.075 – Summerville High
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
133.450 – Florence Low
133.625 – Georgetown High
134.375 – Charleston Low
134.975 – Ridgeway Ultra High
135.450 – Keystone Ultra High
269.550 – Columbia Low
306.300 – Florence Low
317.550 – Charleston Low
370.950 – Georgetown High

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
118.925 – Raleigh High
124.025 – Wilmington High
132.225 – Tar River High
135.200 – Liberty Low
135.300 – Sampson Low
135.500 – New Bern Low
269.150 – Wilmington High
279.650 – Rocky Mount Low
285.500 – Sampson Low
322.450 – Raleigh High
348.650 – Libety Low
363.225 – Tar River High

FedCom

163.1375 ($293) – CG 113; enc/unenc
164.9000 ($293) – CG 118; enc
171.2375 ($293) – CG 127; enc

The Meal of the Day was at The German Cafe in the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. I love Schnitzel, and The German Cafe was within easy walking distance of my hotel, so I took a walk down the Riverwalk and supper there. I had the Pork Schnitzel, Jager Style (with grilled peppers, onions, mushrooms, and brown gravy) and absolutely loved it. It’s not often that I get to have German food because there’s surprisingly not one in Savannah, but this was certainly worth the long wait since that last time I’d had some. If you find yourself in Wilmington and you enjoy German food, I’d definitely plan to have a meal at The German Cafe.



Categories: Amateur Radio, APRS, Camp Lejeune, Fayetteville NC, Fort Bragg, MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS New River, Military Monitoring, Mobile Scanning, NC Viper, North Carolina, Public Safety, Scanning, Seymour Johnson AFB, Wilmington NC

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3 replies

  1. Mac, what HF frequency range would this ship have used?

    • It would have been 30 MHz and below, much like our Amateur Radio HF bands; I don’t really know any specific band ranges within that. They did have some VHF TBS (Talk Between Ship) radios in the second half of the war, but the photo in this post shows the HF wire antenna connections.

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