Updated Hurricane Florence FedCom/Milcom Frequency and Callsign List

Savannah – Here’s an updated list of FedCom and MilCom frequencies and callsigns for Hurricane Florence response operations. This list isn’t comprehensive since I’m not close enough to most of the activity to hear it, but it does cover what I’ve heard going to and from the area from the south.

Please keep those in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence in your prayers. The storm dumped a lot of rain in North Carolina and South Carolina and water levels are still rising.  The Carolinas, especially North Carolina, are going to need a lot of help. For all of us along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, remember – but for the grace of God, it could easily have been us. Try to find a way to donate or help out in some way.

Federal
156.8000 – Marine VHF Ch. 16
157.0500 – Marine VHF Ch. 21
163.1375 ($293) – CG 113 USCG Station Tybee
171.2375 ($293) – CG 127 USCG Sector Charleston
413.0000 ($293) – CG 410 USCG Sector Charleston Air Ops
345.0000 – USCG
166.4625 ($001) – CBP Common
136.3750 – CBP
350.0250 – DHS
151.1375 – VTAC 11

Military
225.750 – 165th AW Ops
228.225 – Moody AFB “ANGEL Ops”
237.000 – Savannah ADC Ops
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
349.400 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
134.100 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
288.400 – NORAD Discrete
238.900 – Aerial Refueling
283.900 – AR-601
246.900 – unknown; referenced on 288.400
148.125 (PL 107.2/$403) – SC CAP Repeater R21

Air Traffic Control
119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.125/292.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
120.700/306.925 – Charleston Approach/Departure
126.750/277.400 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
127.575/269.025 – Jacksonville Center Waycross Low
127.875/319.200 – Jax Center Aiken High
132.925/363.200 – Jacksonville Center Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300/346.300 – JacksonvilleCenter Moultrie Ultra High
133.700/323.300 – Jacksonville Center Baxley Low
134.375/317.550 – Jax Center Charleston Low
135.975/282.300 – Jacksonville Center Alma High

Callsigns
COAST GUARD 1503 (HC-130H, 1503, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 2005 (HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City)
COAST GUARD 2311 (HC-144A, 2311, CGAS Miami)
COAST GUARD 6012 (MH-60T, 6012, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 6030 (MH-60T, 6030, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 6538 (MH-65D, 6538, CGAS New Orleans)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, 6555, USCG)
COAST GUARD 6544 (MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6547 (MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6567 (MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 510KB (C510, N510KB, Aviation Research & Maintenance)
HOBBY 11 (C-130J, 05-8157, 403rd AW)
JOLLY ## (HH-60G, multiple units)
KING 01 (C-130H, 88-4401, 39th RQS?)
KING 03 (HC-130N, 90-2103, 39th RQS)
KING 15 (HC-130J, 09-5708, 79th RQS)
KING 15 (HC-130J, 13-5782, 71st RQS)
KOMODO 04 (E-8C, 92-3290, 116th/461st ACW)
KOMODO 04/STRIKESTAR (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW)
N108F (B350, N108F, US DHS); cleared to NAS Jax
NATION 01 (KC-10A, 86-0035, 305th AMW)
NATION 16 (KC-135R, 59-1461, 128th ARW)
NATION 26 (KC-135R, 63-7993, 121st ARW)
NATION 27 (KC-135R, 60-0347, 121st ARW)
OMAHA 42 (P-3 AEW, N142CS, CBP)
OMAHA 44 (P-3 AEW, N144CS, CBP)
OMAHA 45 (P-3 AEW, N145CS, CBP)
OMAHA 49 (P-3 AEW, N149CS, CBP)
OMAHA 80 (P-3B, N480SK, CBP)
PHENOM 06 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW)
PHENOM 08 (E-8C, 00-2000, 116th/461st ACW)
REACH 102H (C-17A, 07-7187, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 1099 (C-17A, 02-1099, 437th/315th AW)
SANDLAPPER ## (SC CAP)
SHADY 29 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 83 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
TEAL 71 (WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS)
TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 96-5302, 53rd WRS)
TEAL 81 (WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS)
USCGC Chinook (WPB 87308)
USCGC Cormorant (WPB 87313)
SENTRY ## (E-3, 552nd ACW)

Gulfstream Aircraft Return to Savannah-Hilton Head IAP from Lakeland, FL After Hurricane Florence

Savannah – Yesterday afternoon, I caught what seemed to be the return of Gulfstream Savannah Service Center aircraft from Hurricane Evacuation to Lakeland Florida due to Hurricane Florence. A few came in early in the day, but during the afternoon, the majority arrived one after the other. Watching with my Mode-S/ADS-B receiver, they practically formed a fishhook over Savannah as they came in from the south or southwest, turned just east of Savannah and headed for Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. I began catching them with Jacksonville Center on 135.975 (Alma High) after which they switched to 127.575 (Waycross Low) and 124.675 (Jekyll Low) before switching to 120.400 with Savannah Approach and then 119.100 with Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower. The ground guides at the Service Centers must have been pretty busy there for a little bit! I was also able to catch them checking in with the Gulfstream Service Center on 128.925 and being directed to either “GS1” or “GS2.”

All of the returning aircraft used the usual GULFTEST callsign:

GULFTEST 10 (G550, N540GA, USAF 645th AESG)
GULFTEST 14 (G450, N937BG, Solarius Aviation)
GULFTEST 17 (G650, N650AF, Vulcan Northwest Inc)
GULFTEST 25 (G550, N582GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 29 (G450, N275M, Bridges Porter)
GULFTEST 40 (G-VI, N650MT, Bank of Utah Trustee)
GULFTEST 44 (G-IV, N401FT, Executive Jet Shares)
GULFTEST 48 (G450, M-LFBB, Oviation Two Ltd)
GULFTEST 58 (G550, VP-CLK, Great Prespa Ltd)
GULFTEST 75 (G550, N579GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 89 (G650, N282GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 93 (G650, N766GA, R94924 LLC)
GULFTEST 96 (G550, N526GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)

Military Monitoring enthusiasts will probably take notice of GULFSTREAM 10; it was definitely one that caught my attention as I looked up the N-Numbers of the returning aircraft.

Hurricane Florence Related USCG and Military Aviation Activity; 16 September 2018

Savannah – Yesterday, things seemed to get somewhat back to normal for air traffic. The air traffic along the coast was heavier than it was the last few days and although some aircraft were taking alternate routes, they didn’t seem to be as wide as they had been. Military and Federal support for Hurricane Florence operations seemed to increase as well, with C-17s, C-130s of various types, E-3s, E-8s, HC-144s, MC-12s, MH-60s, MH-65s, and CBP P-8s participating. CBP P-8 AEWs were over the area for most of the day, E-8 JSTARS were over the area for most of the day, and an AWACS was over the area for part of the day. KC-135s also flew tanker support for the E-8s. ISR and C3I resources such as the E-3s, E-8s, and P-3 AEWs were in heavy use; a CBP P-3 “Slick” flew a mission over the area and an MC-12S out of Hunter AAF also flew two missions over the area. Those resources are important warfighting resources, but they’re also proving to be our tax dollars at work providing an important service for communities under hardship from disaster. (Once again, most of the tracking images below are from the ADS-B Exchange tracker because the majority of the activity is outside of the range of my receiver.)

SNTRY 25 9-16-18
SENTRY 25 (E-3C, 82-0006, 552nd ACW) orbiting over coastal North Carolina
PHENOM6 2
PHENOM 06 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW) orbiting over coastal North Carolina
PHENOM8
PHENOM 08 (E-8C, 00-2000, 116th/461st ACW) on its way to the South Carolina/North Carolina area
NATN16 PHENOM6
PHENOM 06 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW) moving to aerial refuel with NATION 16 (KC-135R, 59-1461, 128th ARW) over western Virginia
SHADY60
SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn) departing Hunter AAF for a Hurricane Florence mission
SHADY29 Myrtle
SHADY 29 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn) working over Myrtle Beach, SC on a Hurricane Florence mission

There were two USCG flights that got promoted via social media and/or DVIDS yesterday that I was able to hear parts of and follow part of via Mode-S/ADS-B tracking. COAST GUARD 1503 (HC-130H, 1503, CGAS Clearwater) was providing logistical support to Coast Guard helicopter operations, including a stop at Air Station Savannah, which is located at Hunter AAF. COAST GUARD 2311 (HC-144A, 2311, CGAS Miami) came up from Air Station Miami and flew a Hurricane Florence damage assessment mission. (Photos below are from the DVIDS website)

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Coast Guard crew members board an HC-144 Ocean Sentry in Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Waterways assessments were conducted to evaluate the damage caused by Tropical Storm Florence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll)
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USCG Air Station Clearwater C-130 Hercules aircraft prepares to depart to Air Station Elizabeth City to better assist the impacted areas caused by Hurricane Florence, Sept. 16, 2018. The Hercules is carrying aircrews, maintenance crews, an MH-60 Helo Support kit and pallets of tools and extra mechanical parts on this particular flight. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Romero)

For the most part, I’ve only been able to monitor assets going to and from the area affected by Hurricane Florence due to my distance away from them, but I have been keeping a list of frequencies and callsigns that may be useful. The list below includes what I was able to monitor on 14-16 September from the Savannah area, so it’s nothing close to being comprehensive (but it should be a good place to start). Note the use of VTAC-11, one of the nationwide interoperability frequencies; its use is one of the reasons it’s always a good idea to keep them in your radio, you never know when they may be called into use.

Federal
163.1375 ($293) – CG 113, USCG Station Tybee
171.2375 ($293) – CG 127, USCG Sector Charleston
413.0000 ($293) – CG 410, USCG Sector Charleston Air Ops
345.0000 – USCG
166.4625 ($001) – CBP Common
136.3750 – CBP
151.1375 – VTAC 11

Military
225.750 – 165th AW Ops
228.225 – Moody AFB “ANGEL Ops”
237.000 – Savannah ADC Ops
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
349.400 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
134.100 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
238.9000 – Aerial Refueling
283.900 – AR-601
148.125 (PL 107.2/$403) – SC CAP Repeater R21

Air Traffic Control
119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.125/292.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
120.700/306.925 – Charleston Approach/Departure
126.750/277.400 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
127.575/269.025 – Jacksonville Center Waycross Low
127.875/319.200 – Jax Center Aiken High
132.925/363.200 – Jacksonville Center Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300/346.300 – JacksonvilleCenter Moultrie Ultra High
133.700/323.300 – Jacksonville Center Baxley Low
134.375/317.550 – Jax Center Charleston Low
135.975/282.300 – Jacksonville Center Alma High

Callsigns
COAST GUARD 1503 (HC-130H, 1503, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 2005 (HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City)
COAST GUARD 2311 (HC-144A, 2311, CGAS Miami)
COAST GUARD 6012 (MH-60T, 6012, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 6030 (MH-60T, 6030, CGAS Clearwater)
COAST GUARD 6544 (MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6547 (MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6567 (MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah)
HOBBY 11 (C-130J, 05-8157, 403rd AW)
KING 03 (HC-130N, 90-2103, 39th RQS)
KING 15 (HC-130J, 09-5708, 79th RQS)
KOMODO 04/STRIKESTAR (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW)
N108F (B350, N108F, US DHS); cleared to NAS Jax
NATION 01 (KC-10A, 86-0035, 305th AMW)
NATION 16 (KC-135R, 59-1461, 128th ARW)
NATION 26 (KC-135R, 63-7993, 121st ARW)
OMAHA 42 (P-3 AEW, N142CS, CBP)
OMAHA 44 (P-3 AEW, N144CS, CBP)
OMAHA 80 (P-3B, N480SK, CBP)
PHENOM 06 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW)
PHENOM 08 (E-8C, 00-2000, 116th/461st ACW)
REACH 102H (C-17A, 07-7187, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 1099 (C-17A, 02-1099, 437th/315th AW)
SANDLAPPER ## (SC CAP)
SHADY 29 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
TEAL 71 (WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS)
TEAL 73 (WC-130J, 96-5302, 53rd WRS)
TEAL 81 (WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS)
USCGC Chinook (WPB 87308)
USCGC Cormorant (WPB 87313)
SENTRY ## (E-3, 552nd ACW)

Hurricane Florence Related USCG and Military Aviation Activity; 15 September 2018

Savannah – By yesterday, the WC-130J flights to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence (now Tropical Depression Florence) had ended and rescue/communications/coordination flights to the South Carolina/North Carolina area were underway. A US Air Force E-8 JSTARS and E-3 AWACS supported rescue/response efforts yesterday along with a US Customs and Border Patrol P-3 AEW. US Air Force HC-130s seemed to be playing a role as well, and a Joint Base Charleston-based C-17 was going back and forth between Moody AFB and Charleston. Over the next couple of days, I’ll be trying to keep an ear on what I can and hopefully post a few more reports; what follows is yesterday’s activity.

Yesterday morning, I caught an E-8 JSTARS, KOMODO 04 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW), en route to the area. While most of its operations were out of my listening range, I did catch its backend STRIKESTSAR making calls for radio checks on 345.000, a USCG frequency, and 166.4625 ($001), DHS Common, while on its way to the area. Just after lunch, it aerial refueled with NATION 01 (KC-10A, 86-0035, 305th AMW). The two aircraft made initial contact on a NORAD frequency, 260.900, then moved to an aerial refueling frequency, 238.900, for refueling operations.

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KOMODO 04 (E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW) in an orbit around New Bern, NC for Hurricane Florence support. Track from the ADS-B Exchange tracker.

An AWACS also operated in the area yesterday. Using ADS-B Exchange‘s tracker, I saw SENTRY 25 (E-3G, 79-0001, 552nd ACW) orbiting in the Greenville, NC area throughout much of the afternoon. It was always too far to the north to be within my listening range, so I didn’t catch any communications from it.

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SENTRY 25 (E-3G, 79-0001, 552nd ACW) orbiting in the Greenville, NC area for Hurricane Florence support; track from the ADS-B Exchange tracker.

One of Customs and Border Patrol’s P-3 Airborne Early Warning aircraft also worked in the area affected by Hurricane Florence yesterday. OMAHA 42 (P-3 AEW, N142CS, CBP) headed to the area in the afternoon and remained in the area until around sunset. They told Jacksonville Center that they would be orbiting in the area to provide communications relay services. Once again, I caught them en route to the area, but they were operating too far away for me to any operational traffic from them.

Joint Base Charleston seemed to be back in operation by yesterday afternoon, if not for regular operations then definitely for Hurricane Florence related operations. A C-17 and two HC-130s flew in and out of JB Charleston on what seemed to be Florence related flights: REACH 1099 (C-17A, 02-1099, 437th/315th AW), KING 15 (HC-130J, 09-5708, 79th RQS), and KING 03 (HC-130N, 90-2103, 211th RQS?). I was able to hear all three checking in with PALMETTO Ops on 349.400. It seemed that KING 15 may have gone to Charleston from Moody AFB. REACH 1099 seemed to have made two trips from Moody AFB to Charleston and back. KING 03 seemed to go to Charleston from Patrick AFB and then flew from Charleston to Moody AFB. Both REACH 1099 and KING 03 were heard with Moody AFB’s ANGEL Ops on 228.225.

For part of the day yesterday, I was in Brooklet, GA, but I was able to use the mobile station, including the recording capabilities of its Home Patrol 2 and TRX-2 to record activity so I could log it later. While on the road between Savannah and Brooklet, I noticed a Motorola team from Savannah Communications seemed to be en route for Florence support and there were a lot of electrical line trucks and tree crew trucks headed that way as well.

Please keep those in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence in your prayers. The storm has dumped a lot of water and still has a lot more left. The storm is moving very slowly, exacerbating the flooding. The Carolinas, especially North Carolina, are going to need a lot of help. For all of us along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, remember – but for the grace of God, it could easily have been us. Try to find a way to donate or help out in some way.

Hurricane Florence Related USCG and Military Aviation Activity; 14 September 2018

Savannah – Throughout the week, as Hurricane Florence made her way toward the US east coast, I tried to keep an ear and eye on the skies for related US Coast Guard and military aviation activity. It seemed that some of the HC-130Js at CGAS Elizabeth City moved south to CGAS Clearwater and some helicopter assets staged at CGAS Savannah. USAF Reserve WC-130J “Hurricane Hunters” flew missions to Florence out of the Air Dominance Center at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP. I didn’t hear much before Friday due to my work schedule, but yesterday I was able to hear more yesterday after I got back to Savannah. I’ll be trying to devote some time to monitoring through the weekend to see what else happens.

Earlier in the week, while in Brunswick, I noted COAST GUARD 2002 (HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City) and COAST GUARD 2005 (HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City) heading southbound from CGAS Elizabeth City, NC to CGAS Clearwater, FL to stage until Hurricane Florence passed enough for them to return to Elizabeth City. Yesterday, 2005 seemed to be going back and forth between what looks like perhaps the Norfolk area and Clearwater.

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ADS-B track of COAST GUARD 2005 (HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City) on 14 September 2018 from the ADS-B Exchange tracker. Note the wide track around coastal North Carolina and South Carolina to avoid Hurricane Florence.

As you can see in the COAST GUARD 2005’s track above, a lot of aircraft are avoiding coastal routes and moving around Florence inland. Good Jacksonville center frequencies for catching aircraft moving around the storm on the inland side are:

363.200/132.925 – Jacksonville Center Allendale/Savannah Low
269.025/127.575 – Jacksonville Center Waycross Low
323.300/133.700 – Jacksonville Center Baxley Low
282.300/135.975 – Jacksonville Center Alma High
346.300/133.300 – JacksonvilleCenter Moultrie Ultra High

Three WC-130Js (96-5302, 97-5306, and 98-5308) from the 53rd WRS flew Hurricane Florence “Hurricane Hunter” missions out of the Georgia Air National Guard Savannah Air Dominance Center throughout the week as Hurricane Florence made her way toward the east coast. A 403rd AW C-130J (05-8157) was also there for support. The WC-130Js used TEAL 7# and 8# callsigns and used 237.000, the Savannah ADC Ops frequency. The C-130J used the callsign HOBBY 11 and was noted on 225.750 with 165th AW Ops. All appeared to return to Keesler AFB yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday afternoon, it seemed that Coast Guard helicopter assets began heading to the area, with two MH-65s and an MH-60T departing CGAS Savannah to the north. COAST GUARD 6030 (MH-60T, 6030, CGAS Clearwater) and COAST GUARD 6544 (MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah) left first, followed later by COAST GUARD 6567 (MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah). All three returned to CGAS Savannah later in the evening. They were using 345.000 as air-to-air and with CGAS Savannah and CG 410 (413.000) encrypted and CG 127 (171.2375) encrypted/unencrypted with Sector Charleston.

An interesting development yesterday afternoon was an E-3B AWACS moving to the North Carolina area. At one point during the day, SENTRY 50 (E-3B, 75-0559, 552nd ACW) was orbiting in the Pensacola area, probably working with fighters from Eglin AFB or Tyndall AFB. Later, it left the Pensacola area and went up to orbit in the Charlotte, NC area. That’s well outside of my listening range, but my guess is that they were being used to control and/or coordinate air rescue activity related to Hurricane Florence. It will be interesting to see if other E-3s, Navy E-2Cs, or perhaps CBP P-3 AEWs show up over the next few days.

 

There will certainly be a lot more USCG and military aircraft heading to the North Carolina/South Carolina area as Hurricane Florence weakens and eventually moves out of the area. I can only imagine that there will be a lot of helicopter rescues due to the flooding being caused by Florence’s extended rains and very slow movement. I’ll be listening out for more activity headed that way from the south.