13-17 January 2020 South Carolina and North Carolina Road Trip Amateur Radio/Scanning Report

Savannah – Over the last week, I visited Darlington and Sumter in South Carolina and Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Kure Beach, and Wilmington in North Carolina while on vacation. During the trip, I enjoyed some Amateur Radio activity and scanning/monitoring Public Safety Communications, Military Communications, and Aviation Communications. The equipment used was the mobile station in my car, consisting of a Yaesu FTM-400XDR and Yaesu FT-897D for Amateur Radio and a Uniden Home Patrol 2 and Whistler TRX-2 for Scanning/Monitoring. While staying overnight in hotels, I used the HomePatrol 2 along with a Uniden BCD436HP, Whistler TRX-2, Airspy R2 SDR, and a RadarBox Micro for a portable Scanning/Monitoring station.

KF4LMT Mobile at Kure Beach, NC where I visited Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
A Uniden HomePatrol 2 along with a Uniden BCD436HP, Whistler TRX-2, Airspy R2 SDR, and a RadarBox Micro make up the portable Scanning/Monitoring station (The Airspy R2 and RadarBox Micro are behind the laptop.

Amateur Radio

I didn’t talk on Amateur Radio much during the trip because I was enjoying listening to all the communications that I normally don’t get to hear at home, but there were active repeaters in all of the areas I visited. On Wednesday, 15 January, there was an outstanding band opening in which stations and repeaters from Virginia and Maryland were coming loud and clear in North Carolina as I traveled from Fayetteville to Wilmington. I did check into the “Possum Trot” Net on the 146.910 K4MN repeater in Fayetteville on Wednesday morning – it’s an interesting early morning net that runs from 0500 – 0700 daily. I also ran APRS with the B-band of the FTM-400XDR. The Sumter and Darlington, SC and Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Morehead City/Beaufort, NC areas all had good digipeater coverage. On the way north, I started getting into digipeaters just south of Lake Marion in South Carolina and was tracked almost consistently thereafter. Likewise, on the way back south, I was tracked almost consistently until I got south of Lake Marion. APRS was also a good indicator of the band opening on Wednesday morning, with the FTM-400XDR displaying new stations almost constantly it seemed. The FTM-400XDR displaying stations sending weather data also helped me keep track of the weather along my route (which was mostly wet for the first few days).

APRS Track of KF4LMT Mobile (KF4LMT-9) during the road trip

145.170 (PL 88.5) – Leland, NC
145.190 (PL 88.5) – Jacksonville, 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
146.850 (CSQ) – Florence, SC
146.910 (PL 100.0) – Fayetteville, NC
146.910 (PL 156.7) – Whitehall, SC
146.925 (PL 123.0) – Lucknow, SC
146.940 (PL 88.5) – Hamstead, NC
147.000 (PL 88.5) – Hubert, NC
147.045 (CSQ) – St. Pauls, NC
147.180 (PL 88.5) – Wilmington, NC
147.195 (PL 123.0) – Florence, SC
147.210 (PL 151.4) – Oriental, NC
147.330 (PL 156.7) – Columbia, SC
441.575 (PL 91.5) – Florence, SC
442.050 (PL 123.0) – Florence, SC
442.250 (PL 107.2) – McCain, NC
443.400 (PL 88.5) – Wilmington, NC
444.450 (CSQ) – Wilmington, NC
444.575 (PL 77.0) – Shannon, NC
444.650 (PL 88.5) – Angier, NC
444.650 (PL 88.5) – Angier, NC
444.850 (PL 88.5) – Winnabow, NC

Public Safety

Public Safety scanning in both South Carolina and North Carolina are made relatively easy because both states have statewide P25 trunked repeater systems – The Palmetto 800 system and the NC VIPER system that are used by not only state agencies but a lot of local agencies as well. There is also some conventional VHF/UHF in use by some areas as well as local P25 trunked repeater systems and one NXDN system used by Columbus County, NC.

South Carolina
151.0250 (PL 118.8) – Calhoun County FD Dispatch
154.0100 (PL 94.8) – Marlboro County FD Dispatch
154.0550 (PL 118.8) – Darlington County EMS Dispatch
154.1750 (PL 118.8) – Orangeburg FD Dispatch (Orangeburg Co)
154.1750 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD East Dispatch
154.7250 (DCS 263) – Lake City FD (Florence Co)
155.1750 (PL 107.2) – Williamsburg County EMS
155.5350 (DCS 306) – Marlboro County EMS Dispatch
155.6250 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Central Dispatch
159.2100 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Fireground 2

151.325 (DCS 565) – SC DNR Santee
151.340 (DCS 632) – SC DNR Sumter

Palmetto P25 TRS
TG 704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
TG 4703 – Florence County FD Alert South
TG 4752 – Howe Springs FD (Florence County)
TG 4759 – Olanta FD (Florence County)
TG 4801 – Florence County EMS 1A
TG 6541 – Jasper County FD Dispatch
TG 7066 – Marion County EMS Dispatch
TG 10605 – SC EMD Pee Dee
TG 20022 – SC Regional Gov’t 1
TG 23041 – Clarendon County FD Dispatch
TG 23065 – Clarendon County EMS Dispatch
TG 23541 – Kershaw County FD Dispatch
TG 23565 – Kershaw County EMS Dispatch
TG 23881 – Camden FD
TG 23886 – Camden PD
TG 24041 – Lee County Fire/EMS Dispatch
TG 25053 – Orangeburg County FD Dispatch
TG 25552 – Columbia FD Dispatch
TG 25569 – Richland County Hazmat
TG 26001 – Sumter PD Dispatch
TG 26101 – Sumter County FD Dispatch
TG 26102 – Sumter County FD Fireground A
TG 26107 – Sumter County FD Fireground E
TG 26109 – Sumter County FD Admin
TG 26151 – Sumter County EMS Dispatch
TG 26153 – Toumey Hospital (Sumter)
TG 27831 – SC Firefighter Mobilization
TG 28609 – SC LifeNet (Medevac Helicopter)
TG 51704 – MedTrans SC (Medevac Helicopter)
TG 51708 – LifeFlight (Medevac Helicopter)
TG 51733 – Unknown EMS Service

North Carolina
153.9500 (PL 110.9) – Duplin County FD Main
154.0100 (PL 162.2) – Mount Olive FD (Duplin Co)
154.1450 (PL 110.9) – Duplin County FD Dispatch
154.2200 (PL 118.8) – Sampson County Fire 1
154.2350 (PL 141.3) – Lumberton FD (Robeson Co)
154.3700 (PL 179.9) – Emerald Isle Fire/EMS (Carteret Co)
154.3700 (PL 210.7) – Red Springs FD (Robeson Co)
154.4000 (PL 162.2) – Craven County FD Dispatch
154.4150 (PL 186.2) – Brunswick County Fire Response
154.4150 (PL 210.7) – Robeson County Fire Dispatch
154.4300 (DCS 073) – Columbus County EMS
154.4450 (PL 179.9) – Morehead City FD (Carteret Co)
154.9950 (PL 179.9) – Carteret County FD Dispatch
155.0400 (PL 156.7) – Pamlico County Fire/Rescue Dispatch
155.2200 (PL 97.4) – Carteret County FD Training/Admin
155.2200 (PL 97.4) – Carteret County FD Training/Admin)
155.2350 (PL 123.0) – Whiteville Rescue (Columbus Co)
155.5200 – Brunswick County Fire/EMS Dispatch
155.5875 (PL 100.0) – Havelock FD Dispatch (Craven Co)
453.2500 (DCS 073) – Brunswick County Fire/EMS UHF
461.0000 (PL 146.2) – Sampson County EMS Dispatch

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 8506 – Carteret County County Ops Tac 1
TG 8515 – Carteret County Fire
TG 8552 – Emerald Isle Fire/EMS
TG 13004 – Craven County Fire/Rescue
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 36001 – Pender County County Ops 6
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 51543 – EastCare Air Dispatch
TG 51579 – State Office of EMS Landing Zone Central
TG 51580 – State Office of EMS Landing Zone East
TG 51966 – Statewide Events Charlie 4
TG 51967 – Statewide Events Delta 1
TG 52010 – NC HART Ops
TG 52053 – NC Ports Authority Morehead City
TG 52340 – UNC AirCare Air Dispatch
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 33010 – New Hanover Public Safety 9
TG 33011 – New Hanover Public Safety 10
TG 33041 – New Hanover County FD Dispatch
TG 33042 – New Hanover County FD Tac 2
TG 33126 – New Hanover County EMS Dispatch
TG 33138 – New Hanover County Fire Tac 3
TG 33217 – Wrightsville Beach FD Ops
TG 33266 – Kure Beach Fire Primary
TG 33332 – New Hanover County Airport PSO
TG 33333 – New Hanover County Airport Maintenance

Onslow County P25 TRS
TG 34003 – Onslow Mutual Aid
TG 34271 – Albert J Ellis Airport FD Talk
TG 34359 – Onslow Event 1

MilCom

KING 16 (HC-130J, 12-5773, 71st RQS) on approach to Wilmington IAP while I was visiting the USS North Carolina (BB-55) on 15 January 2020

This Road Trip afforded excellent opportunities, as planned, for Military Monitoring. Until this trip, it had been years since I was in the Shaw AFB area and I’d never been near Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River, or MCAS Cherry Point before so they were all new monitoring experiences. It was fun getting to see and hear the Marine Corps AH-1Ws/UH-1Ys, CH-53Es, MV-22Bs, and AV-8Bs – they’re rare visitors to the Savannah area. I didn’t go near Seymour Johnson AFB, but the 4th FW F-15Es from there were almost constantly up from morning to late night, easily the busiest unit I monitored on this trip. While researching what I was going to program into my scanners, I noted that there wasn’t much information on the Shaw AFB TRS, but that changed in the days before I left; the new information posted on RadioReference proved to save a lot of time and it was fun to hear the ground support for the flights I heard taking off and landing. There were no radio systems listed for Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River or MCAS Cherry Point on Radio Reference so I thought that they might be on the USMC TRS that MCAS Beaufort is on and some other USMC bases are listed on. That hunch turned out to be correct, but all of the talkgroup activity on the sites I heard was encrypted.

MCAS Beaufort
299.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
289.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 2
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
126.650 – Shaw AFB Tower
254.250 – Shaw AFB Tower
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
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
228.800 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
274.875 – 77th FS Air-to-Air

Shaw AFB TRS Sys ID: 16D
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

Note: Unitrunker showing a Site 002 with 165.4125 as CC, but
not receiving it from Comfort Suites in Sumter. TRX-2 picked
up TG 21 and TG 25 with FD traffic on 164.100 with a NAC of
162 (Site 001 is NAC 161)

McEntire JNGB
298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15

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

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

226.000 – HMLA-167 Air-to-Air

244.800 – Big Rock R-5306A/Core MOA
323.900 – BT-11 Target
34.700 – Blackburn Range Control Primary
40.100 – Blackburn Range Control Secondary
119.500 – Blackburn Range Control
233.800 – Blackburn Range Control

USMC TRS (Camp Lejuene/MCAS New River sites)
Site 1-001: 380.0750, 380.2750, 380.4250, 380.4875, 380.5750, 380.7250,
380.8750, 380.9750, 381.0625, 381.2000, 381.2125, 381.4250
Site 2-002: 386.2875, 386.4375, 386.5875, 386.7375, 386.9500, 388.1125,
388.2625, 388.4125, 385.3125, 385.6250, 385.9000, 396.0500
Site 3-003: 380.4125, 380.5625, 380.7375, 380.8875, 381.0750, 381.2750,
386.2500, 386.7250, 386.1375, 381.6250, 381.8500, 388.3750
Site 4-004: 386.0125, 386.1625, 386.3125, 386.4625, 386.6125, 386.0625

TG 1016 – Unknown; enc
TG 1107 – Unknown; enc
TG 2001 – Unknown; enc
TG 2003 – Unknown; enc
TG 3001 – Unknown; enc
TG 3002 – Unknown; enc
TG 7001 – Unknown; enc
TG 9103 – Unknown; enc
TG 9104 – Unknown; enc
TG 9107 – Unknown; enc
TG 9125 – Unknown; enc
TG 9135 – Unknown; enc
TG 9137 – Unknown; enc
TG 9157 – Unknown; enc
TG 9166 – Unknown; enc
TG 10408 – Unknown; enc
TG 11011 – Unknown; enc
TG 11015 – Unknown; enc
TG 11016 – Unknown; enc
TG 12009 – Unknown; enc
TG 13044 – Unknown; enc
TG 13059 – Unknown; enc
TG 13060 – Unknown; enc
TG 14012 – Unknown; enc
TG 14014 – Unknown; enc
TG 14041 – Unknown; enc
TG 14052 – Unknown; enc
TG 14055 – Unknown; enc

MCAS Cherry Point
121.300 – MCAS Cherry Point Tower
340.200 – MCAS Cherry Point Tower
119.350 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
119.750 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
124.100 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
268.700 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
360.775 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
377.175 – MCAS Cherry Point Approach/Departure
118.350 – MCAS Cherry Point Radar
305.200 – MCAS Cherry Point Radar

307.400 – VMA-223 Base?
305.900 – VMA-223 Air-to-Air
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?)
299.500 – AV-8B Air-to-Air

253.200 – GCI?; probably out of MCAS Cherry Point
377.000 – Unid GCI; probably out of MCAS Cherry Point

USMC TRS (MCAS Cherry Point site)
Site 12-012: 380.4000, 380.5500, 380.7125, 380.8625, 381.0125, 381.1750,
381.3250, 381.7375, 381.9500, 386.1625, 386.4125, 386.9625

TG 2201 – Unknown; enc
TG 2202 – Unknown; enc
TG 3201 – Unknown; enc
TG 9204 – Unknown; enc
TG 9212 – Unknown; enc
TG 9217 – Unknown; enc
TG 9218 – Unknown; enc
TG 9219 – Unknown; enc
TG 9220 – Unknown; enc
TG 9235 – Unknown; enc
TG 11201 – Unknown; enc
TG 11202 – Unknown; enc
TG 11204 – Unknown; enc
TG 11207 – Unknown; enc
TG 11213 – Unknown; enc
TG 11216 – Unknown; enc
TG 11218 – Unknown; enc
TG 11222 – Unknown; enc
TG 11227 – Unknown; enc

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

336.875 – 336th FS “World Famous ROCKET Ops”
305.925 – 336th FS Air-to-Air
303.525 – 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

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

Misc MilCom
311.000 – ACC Command Post
327.600 – AR-202
324.600 – AR-207

USCGC Diligence (WMEC-616) moored at her homeport, Wilmington, NC
USCGC Maple (WLB-207) at Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, her homeport, near Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC

US Coast Guard
163.1375 ($293) – CG 113; encrypted/unencrypted
164.3000 ($293) – CG 114; unencrypted but to weak to decode well
164.9000 ($293) – CG 118; encrypted
171.2375 ($293) – CG 127; encrypted
412.9750 ($293) – CG 409; encrypted

Aviation

In addition to the military airfields listed above, I also listened to some civilian airports; the list below does not list airports that use Unicom frequencies, just those with control towers and/or approach/departure facilities. From the areas I visited, I could also hear traffic on multiple ARTCCs: mostly from Jacksonville ARTCC and Washington ARTCC, but from the Shaw AFB And Fort Bragg areas, I could also hear some Atlanta Center traffic.

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, NC
132.650 – Albert J Ellis Tower

Kinston, NC
120.600 – Kinston Regional Tower

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

New Bern, NC
124.250 – Coastal Carolina Tower

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

Jacksonville ARTCC

124.075 – Summerville High
124.675 – 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
133.450 – Florence Low
133.625 – Georgetown High
134.375 – Charleston Low
134.975 – Ridgeway Ultra High
135.450 – Keystone Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
281.550 – Georgetown High
269.550 – Columbia Low
306.300 – Florence Low
317.550 – Charleston Low
363.200 – Allendale/Savannah Low
370.950 – Georgetown High

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 – Liberty Low
363.225 – Tar River 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

I visited some interesting museums, historic sites, and aquariums while on vacation including the Darlington Raceway Museum, Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, the USS North Carolina (BB-55), Fort Fisher, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon, the North Carolina Maritime Museum, and the Moore’s Creek National Battlefield.

The Museum at Darlington Raceway
The Airborne and Special Forces Museum in Fayetteville, NC
The USS North Carolina (BB-55) in Wilmington, NC
Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow, NC
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC
The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC
Moore’s Creek National Battlefield in Currie, NC

Over the next week or so, I hope to get some blog posts out about each one, so watch this space for some more posts about the trip. After I get finished digesting my notes on the USMC TRS, I may write a post about it, but that remains to be determined. I also posted a report from each day’s radio notes during the trip: 13 January 2020, 14 January 2020, 15 January 2020, and 16 January 2020.

The USS North Carolina (BB-55) at sunset as seen from the Best Western Plus Coastline Inn in downtown Wilmington, NC

I stayed in downtown Wilmington for two days and if you’re looking for a nice, affordable waterfront motel, give the Best Western Plus Coastline Inn a try. It’s right on the Cape Fear River and all of its rooms have a view of the river within sight of the USS North Carolina. It’s not the newest hotel on the waterfront, nor is it the biggest, but it isn’t expensive, you’re in walking distance of good food, and the view is wonderful, especially at sunrise and sunset.



Categories: Amateur Radio, APRS, Aviation, Military, Mobile Amateur Radio, Mobile Scanning, North Carolina, Public Safety, Road Trip, Scanning, South Carolina

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