A Visit to the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

St Augustine, FL – On Wednesday, I visited the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in St Augustine, FL. It was a dismal day, but I truly enjoyed the visit despite getting soaked. More than just a lighthouse, this museum is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. In addition to the lighthouse and the keepers’ house, the museum carries on the art of boat building using historical plans and traditional techniques. They also operate the independent Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), which studies St Augustine area shipwrecks, including locating the wrecks, diving on them, and raising and conserving artifacts from them. Take the time to take one of the guided tours, the volunteers are very knowledgeable and give you some insight into the maritime history of the area, the lives of the Lightkeepers, and give you an explanation of what the LAMP program is up to.

The current lighthouse replaces a lighthouse that was built in the 1820s but fell into the sea due to shore erosion. Knowing that the previous lighthouse wasn’t going to last much longer, construction began on the current one in 1871 and it was lit in 1874. It has been restored to its 1888 colors and appearance.

 

The St Augustine Lighthouse

 

Lightkeepers’ office and oil room of the St Augustine Lighthouse

 

The St Augustine Lighthouse

 

Oil storage for the St Augustine Lighthouse used before electric light

 

This was the bucket used to carry oil from the oil storage to the light at the top of the tower. The bucket held 5 gallons of oil and weighed 30 lbs; it had to be carried up 219 steps every 2.5 hours

 

The Lightkeepers’ house at the St Augustine Lighthouse

 

The Lightkeepers’ house at the St Augustine Lighthouse

 

Model of the original St Augustine Lighthouse

 

Boat building at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

 

British yawl at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum awaiting restoration by the boat builders

 

British yawl under construction by the boat builders at the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum (note the steam box in back for bending the planking)

 

Intern working on artifact conservation in the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program conservation lab

 

Cannon recovered from the wreck of the British sloop Industry by the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program

 

Road Trip Scanning Report – Jacksonville/St Augustine; 9-11 January 2018

From the radio perspective, my three-day road trip to St Augustine this week was an interesting one. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a chance to listen to things I normally don’t get to hear or hear as well as I usually do in Savannah or Brunswick. As I mentioned in my previous scanning report for this road trip, the list of frequencies and talkgroups below was compiled from real-time listening and from letting the Uniden HP-2 and BCD436HP do unattended logging/recording. I also made use of the logging/recording feature of the Whistler TRX-1 I just bought; I didn’t make use of it as much because I’m still in the process of learning the radio.

 

Sailboats in the fog on the Mantanzas River off of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. If you look closely, you can see the Bridge of Lions going to Anastasia Island in the background.

 

There were a number of Amateur Radio repeaters in use in the Jacksonville and St Augustine areas. While I didn’t make any QSOs since I was driving in an unfamiliar area in slick conditions, I did listen in and some of the QSOs I heard filled me in on some traffic conditions and issues.

147.000- (PL 127.3) – W4NAS, Callahan
146.700- (PL 127.3) – W4IZ, Jacksonville
442.900+ (PL 127.3) – KC5LPA, Yulee*
146.670- (PL 127.3) – WB4CGD, Orange Park
146.925- (PL 156.7) – KI4UWC, Orange Park
146.625- (CSQ) – KF4MX, St Augustine
442.800+ (PL 127.3) – KC5LPA, St Augustine*

*Indicates the repeater is part of the Florida Statewide Amateur Radio Network

 

The weather did not cooperate over the three days I was in Jacksonville and St Augustine. It was foggy and raining much of the time, so I didn’t hear as much military aviation activity as I had hoped to. On the other hand, there were a lot of rain-related traffic crashes, so there was a lot of public safety traffic to hear. P-8As from NAS Jacksonville, MH-60s from NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport, and F-15s from Jacksonville IAP were what I heard the most MilCom-wise. On the first day, there was a lot of offshore activity, but due to weather, more of it moved inland on the other two days. Pinecastle Range was fairly active as well when the ceilings and visibility allowed aircraft to work. A-10s from Moody AFB were regular users of Pinecastle Range while I was in the area. If you plan on doing some listening in the area, you will need multiple radios if you have a wide range of listening interests. You could use one radio alone just for Jacksonville public safety, the Jacksonville Fire/Rescue talkgroups are almost always active. As far as aviation goes, Jacksonville IAP and the approach/departure frequencies stay busy; unless you plan on using separate radios for military and civilian aviation, you’ll have to pick and chose what you want to listen to or you will miss a lot of activity.

 

Florida Conventional Public Safety
154.1300 (PL 167.9) – Baker County FD/EMS
154.2050 (PL 156.7) – Keystone Heights VFD Dispatch (Clay County)
460.5750 (PL 146.2) – JFRD (Duval County)
155.9250 (PL 156.7) – Nassau County Fire/Rescue 1
156.1200 (DCS 516) – Putnam Emergency Services 3
154.1900 (CSQ) – Putnam Emergency Services 10
155.8275 (DCS 243) – Putnam Emergency Services 11
151.7300 (CSQ?) – ShandsCair 3 (Perry)
462.9500 (PL 173.8) – Life Flight Jacksonville

Florida Forestry
159.2400 (PL 97.4) – FL Forest Service Field Unit 7, Jacksonville “72”
159.4500 (PL 100.0) – FL Forest Service Field Unit 10, Bunnell Ops
159.3375 (PL 88.5) – FL Forest Service, FLDOF 196

Florida State Parks
151.0100 (PL 103.5) – Little Talbot State Park

Clay County P25 TRS
TG 300 – CCFR Dispatch

First Coast P25 TRS (Duval Co)
TG 149 – JFRD A4 Suppression
TG 1087 – JFRD A2 Dispatch
TG 1113 – JFRD B2 Fireground B1
TG 1141 – JFRD B15 Fireground C1
TG 1371 – unknown
TG 1445 – unknown
TG 1447 – unknown
TG 1453 – unknown
TG 1539 – unknown
TG 1563 – Jax Airport Authority, JIA Ops
TG 1601 – unknown
TG 1603 – unknown

Nassau County P25 TRS
TG 1001 – A1 NNCFR Dispatch

St Johns County P25 TRS
TG 10000 – SJCFR A1 Primary Dispatch
TG 10025 – SJCFR A6 Tac 3
TG 10620 – NPS Fort Matanzas
TG 10640 – Trauma 1 South

Federal Government
164.6250 (PL 103.5) – Okefenokee NWR East
164.5750 (PL 206.5) – Okefenokee NWR North
167.1250 (PL 156.7) – Okefenokee NWR West

170.5250 (PL 123.0) – Osceola NF Admin
170.5250 (PL 192.8) – Osceola NF Admin
172.3750 (PL 123.0) – Osceola NF Fire Net

157.0750 – Marine VHF Ch. 81
150.3000 ($293) – CG 107 (Helo/Vessel training in Jax area)
162.3250 ($293) – CG 111, Sector Jacksonville (enc)
412.9750 ($293) – CG 409, Sector Jacksonville Air Ops (enc)
345.000 – USCG

US DOD TRS
TG 28057 – unknown
TG 28058 – unknown
TG 28118 – NAS Jacksonville Tower
TG 28138 – NAS Jacksonville?
TG 28174 – NS Mayport FD Tac 2
TG 28178 – unknown
TG 28179 – unknown (enc)
TG 28192 – unknown (????? clg MAINTENANCE)
TG 28195 – unknown (c/s ROVER #)
TG 28275 – Naval Support Activity Panama City FD
TG 28306 – unknown
TG 28318 – unknown
TG 28319 – unknown
TG 28344 – unknown
TG 28346 – unknown
TG 28527 – unknown
TG 28585 – unknown
TG 28591 – unknown
TG 28592 – unknown
TG 28593 – unknown
TG 28611 – unknown
TG 29411 – NAS Pensacola Fire Dispatch

Military Aviation
143.150 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air
237.725 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air

118.300/317.700 – Jacksonville IAP Tower
251.250 – 125th FW Ops
273.900 – 125th FW SOF
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

125.150/340.200 – NAS Jacksonville Tower
134.775 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops/Clearance Delivery
310.200 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops
263.500 – HM-72 Base
357.000 – HM-72 Air-to-Air
264.200 – P-8A Base (VP-45)
271.400 – P-8A Base (VP-10, VP-16)
306.000 – VP-30 Base
246.900 – P-8A Air-to-Air
361.300 – VR-58 Base

118.750/239.300 – NS Mayport Tower
308.500 – NS Mayport Base Ops
264.350 – HSM-46 Base
299.750 – HSM-48 Base

126.100 – Cecil Field Tower

127.625/269.475 – NE Fl Regional Airport
123.200 – Grumman “ECHO Base”
275.200 – Grumman “ECHO Base”
360.300 – mentioned on 123.200 but nothing heard

125.175/360.700 – ZJX Mayo High
125.375/254.325 – ZJX Taylor Low
126.350/307.250 – ZJX St Augustine High
127.475/346.250 – ZJX Green Cove High
132.825/269.600 – ZJX Lawtey Ultra High
133.325/269.250 – ZJX Ocala Low
134.850/327.100 – ZJX Torry Low/High
135.450/256.875 – ZJX Keystone Ultra High
135.750/317.600 – ZJX Cedar Key Low

228.400 – Townsend Range
252.900 – Townsend Range

289.200 – Pinecastle Range Ops
225.350 – Pinecastle Range Target

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete
318.600 – SEALORD Discrete
339.700 – SEALORD Discrete
320.500 – BRISTOL Discrete

293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

Marine VHF
156.450 – Marine VHF Ch 9 (Bridge of Lions, St Augustine)
156.650 – Marine VHF Ch 13
156.700 – Marine VHF Ch 14
156.800 – Marine VHF Ch 16
156.625 – Marine VHF Ch 72

Road Trip Scanning Report – Jacksonville/St Augustine; 9 January 2018

St Augustine – Yesterday I began a three-day road trip to St Augustine, FL via Jacksonville. Along the way, I did some searching and scanning with the radios to log public safety and military radio systems and frequencies. Jacksonville Fire/Rescue, as expected was quite busy, especially with the fog in the morning and rain in the afternoon. Surrounding counties’ fire departments were heard, but none quite as busy. NAS Jacksonville was busy with P-8A flights coming and going along with some helicopter activity. NS Mayport had a number of helicopters up throughout the day as well. Unfortunately, I forgot to program in the NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport sites of the US DOD TRS, so I didn’t log anything from those; that has been rectified and I’ll be able to get some activity from them on the way back north on Thursday. F-15s from the 125th FW at Jacksonville Internationa Airport flew several sorties offshore for air-to-air combat training. Even with the dismal weather throughout the day, it wasn’t a bad radio day.

 

 

A foggy view of downtown Jacksonville and the John T. Alsop bridge over the St. Johns River.

 

Florida Conventional Public Safety
154.1300 (PL 167.9) – Baker County FD/EMS
154.2050 (PL 156.7) – Keystone Heights VFD Dispatch (Clay County)
460.5750 (PL 146.2) – JFRD (Duval County)
155.9250 (PL 156.7) – Nassau County Fire/Rescue 1
156.1200 (DCS 516) – Putnam Emergency Services 3
154.1900 (CSQ) – Putnam Emergency Services 10
155.8275 (DCS 243) – Putnam Emergency Services 11
151.7300 (CSQ?) – ShandsCair 3 (Perry)
462.9500 (PL 173.8) – Life Flight Jacksonville

Florida Forestry
159.2400 (PL 97.4) – FL Forest Service Field Unit 7, Jacksonville “72”
159.4500 (PL 100.0) – FL Forest Service Field Unit 10, Bunnell Ops
159.3375 (PL 88.5) – FL Forest Service, FLDOF 196

Florida State Parks
151.0100 (PL 103.5) – Little Talbot State Park

Clay County P25 TRS
TG 300 – CCFR Dispatch

First Coast P25 TRS (Duval Co)
TG 149 – JFRD A4 Suppression
TG 1087 – JFRD A2 Dispatch
TG 1113 – JFRD B2 Fireground B1
TG 1141 – JFRD B15 Fireground C1
TG 1371 – unknown
TG 1445 – unknown
TG 1447 – unknown
TG 1453 – unknown
TG 1539 – unknown
TG 1563 – Jax Airport Authority, JIA Ops
TG 1601 – unknown
TG 1603 – unknown

Nassau County P25 TRS
TG 1001 – A1 NNCFR Dispatch

St Johns County P25 TRS
TG 10000 – SJCFR A1 Primary Dispatch
TG 10025 – SJCFR A6 Tac 3
TG 10620 – NPS Fort Matanzas

Federal Government
164.6250 (PL 103.5) – Okefenokee NWR East
164.5750 (PL 206.5) – Okefenokee NWR North
167.1250 (PL 156.7) – Okefenokee NWR West

170.5250 (PL 192.8) – Osceola NF Admin

157.0750 – Marine VHF Ch. 81
150.3000 ($293) – CG 107 (Helo/Vessel training in Jax area)
162.3250 ($293) – CG 111, Sector Jacksonville (enc)
412.9750 ($293) – CG 409, Sector Jacksonville Air Ops (enc)
345.000 – USCG

US DOD TRS
TG 28057 – NSB Kings Bay unknown
TG 28058 – NSB Kings Bay unknown
TG 28527 – NSB Kings Bay?
TG 28585 – NSB Kings Bay?
TG 28591 – NSB Kings Bay unknown
TG 28592 – NSB Kings Bay?
TG 28611 – NSB Kings Bay?
TG 29411 – NAS Pensacola Fire Dispatch

Military Aviation
143.150 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air
237.725 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air

118.300/317.700 – Jacksonville IAP Tower
251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

125.150/340.200 – NAS Jacksonville Tower
134.775 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops/Clearance Delivery
310.200 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops
306.000 – VP-30 Base
264.200 – P-8A Base
271.400 – P-8A Base

118.750/239.300 – NS Mayport Tower
264.350 – HSM-46 Base
299.750 – HSM-48 Base

126.100 – Cecil Field Tower

127.625/269.475 – NE Fl Regional Airport
275.200 – Grumman “ECHO Base”

125.375/254.325 – ZJX Taylor Low
126.350/307.250 – ZJX St Augustine High
133.325/269.250 – ZJX Ocala Low
134.850/327.100 – ZJX Torry Low/High

289.200 – Pinecastle Range Ops
225.350 – Pinecastle Range Target

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
133.950/267.500 – SEALORD South Primary
318.600 – SEALORD Discrete
339.700 – SEALORD Discrete
320.500 – BRISTOL Discrete

293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

 

US Army Corps of Engineers 62′ Survey Vessel Florida II on the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville

 

Marine VHF
156.450 – Marine VHF Ch 9
156.650 – Marine VHF Ch 13
156.700 – Marine VHF Ch 14
156.800 – Marine VHF Ch 16
156.625 – Marine VHF Ch 72

 

Road Trip Report – Savannah to Columbus; 10/11 January 2017

Savannah – I took a two-day trip from Savannah to Columbus on 10/11 January to visit the National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus as well as the Little White House in Warm Springs. Along the way, I listened to amateur radio, public safety communications, and military communications using my mobile station composed of a Yaesu FT-857D and Uniden Home Patrol 2 along with a Uniden BCD436HP handheld. This trip offered me the opportunity to monitor communications at Fort Benning since it was the first time I’ve been to Columbus since I picked up the MilCom hobby. It was also the first time I’ve had the opportunity to monitor the public safety DMR communications in Laurens County since I added the DMR upgrade to my BCD436HP. I still don’t have a good grasp on DMR and this was my first time listening to it at all so I’m still getting used to slots and colors. Anyway, what I heard is listed below.

 

Amateur Radio
147.390 (CSQ) – KF4DG (Statesboro)
147.330 (PL 77.0) – KD4IEZ, Dublin
147.360 (CSQ) – WA4HZX Dublin
145.110 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Cochran (Peach State Intertie)
146.670 (PL 82.5) – WR4MG, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
147.300 (PL 107.2) – WR4MG, Warner Robins
443.150 (PL 82.5) – WM4B, Warner Robins
146.850 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
146.640 (PL 97.4) – W4VIR, Montezuma (Peach State Intertie)
146.880 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Columbus
146.745 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Box Springs
441.975 (CSQ) – WB4ULK, Columbus (NOAA WX Alerts)

Jax Center
124.675 – Jekyll Low
126.125 – Statesboro High
126.750 – Brunswick Low
127.575 – Waycross Low
132.425 – Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Millen/Savannah Low
133.300 – Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
282.200 – Jekyll Low
363.200 – Millen/Savannah Low

Atlanta Center
120.450 – Tiroe Low
120.550 – Montgomery Low
123.950 – Macon Low
125.575 – LaGrange High
125.825 – Hampton Ultra High
125.875 – Martin Lake Ultra High
128.025 – Montgomery High
128.100 – Augusta Low
134.500 – Macon Low
134.950 – West Departure Low
298.850 – Tiroe Low
322.325 – Augusta Low
353.950 – LaGrange High

Columbus Airport
120.100 – Tower
257.800 – Tower

Ft. Benning
125.500 – Atlanta App/Dep
126.550 – Atlanta App/Dep
323.100 – Atlanta App/Dep
119.050 – Lawson AAF Tower
134.100 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
245.700 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
126.200 – Doughboy Advisory
121.050 – Lawson AAF GCA
307.325 – Lawson AAF GCA

Ft. Benning P25 TRS (most TG IDs from RadioReference)
TG 3041 – unknown
TG 3101 – unknown
TG 3132 – unknown
TG 3137 – unknown
TG 3242 – unknown
TG 3253 – Rock Steady
TG 3255 – Bayonet Battalion
TG 3256 – unknown
TG 3257 – Rock Force
TG 3274 – unknown
TG 3330 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3331 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3332 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3389 – unknown
TG 3450 – Fire Department
TG 3453 – Lawson AAF
TG 3458 – unknown
TG 3516 – KINGPIN Transportation
TG 3517 – unknown; seems to be related to TG 3516
TG 3530 – unknown
TG 3537 – unknown
TG 3566 – Range Control?
TG 3567 – Range Control?
TG 3568 – Range Control
TG 3569 – Range Control
TG 3636 – Ammunition
TG 3658 – unknown
TG 3662 – unknown
TG 3668 – unknown
TG 3701 – E-911
TG 3702 – Range Control Life Net
TG 3703 – Range Control
TG 3704 – unknown
TG 15159 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15160 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15162 – Fire Department Dispatch

Robins AFB
119.600 – Atlanta Tracon
124.200 – Atlanta Tracon
279.600 – Atlanta Tracon

Robins AFB TRS
TG 56012 – unknown
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown

Bulloch TRS
TG 2416 – Bulloch County FD South Dispatch
TG 2740 – Bulloch County FD Firegound 1

Crawford County
154.1750 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch

Houston-Peach TRS
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 17 – Houston County FD Fireground 1
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Laurens County
155.3550 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.0700 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.4000 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Tac?
154.8225 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County EMS
154.1150 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
154.1900 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
155.0850 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)

Notes:
-Traffic on 154.4000 was tactical traffic ref fire dispatched on 155.355
-Unit on 154.8225 picking up patient at Farview Park Hosp for transport to Macon

Monroe County
154.2200 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch

Muscogee County P25 TRS
TG 071 – Columbus Fire & EMS FD Dispatch
TG 073 – Columbus Fire & EMS Tac 1
TG 093 – Columbus Fire & EMS EMS Dispatch
TG 117 – Columbus Public Works
TG 121 – Columbus Public Works
TG 125 – Columbus Public Works
TG 143 – Columbus Public Works
TG 147 – Columbus Public Works

Taylor County
154.265 (PL 156.7) – Taylor County FD Dispatch

Troup County
460.6000 (PL 100.0) – West Point FD Dispatch

Troup County P25 TRS
TG 1040 – LaGrange FD Dispatch
TG 1048 – LaGrange FD Fire Inspectors
TG 1060 – Troup County FD Dispatch

AirEvac
159.6525 (DCS 065) – AirEvac 77, LaGrance
151.7300 (DCS 115) – AirEvac 91, Vidalia
151.9100 (DCS 072) – AirEvac 95, Statesboro
151.8500 (DCS 047) – AirEvac 102, Dublin

Georgia Forestry Commission
159.2250 (PL 179.9) – District 7 Repeater
159.2250 (PL 100.0) – District 10 Repeater
159.2400 (PL 167.9) – District 11 Repeater

Alabama First Responders Network
TG 11717 – Phenix City FD Dispatch (enc)
TG 11722 – Public Works
TG 11724 – Public Works
TG 11726 – Public Works
TG 11728 – Public Works
TG 11816 – unknown (enc)
TG 11828 – unknown

Barbour County, AL
159.4350 (PL 107.2) – Barbour County Fire 1

Lee County, AL
151.1150 (PL 167.9) – Lee County Common
154.0250 (PL 167.9) – Lee County EMS 1
155.1450 (PL 123.0) – Lee County FD East Dispatch
154.4000 (DCS 134) – Auburn FD Dispatch

Russell County, AL
154.1900 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch North
154.3250 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch West

I stayed overnight in Columbus, which gave me an opportunity to do some Ft. Benning listening. I didn’t hear as much as I would have liked to, but I did hear some helicopter traffic: RAVEN flights of H-60s, SABER flights (unknown helicopters), and ARMY 08757 (CH-47F). I also heard CONGO flights of T-1s from NAS Pensacola working the pattern at Lawson AAF. I stayed in the area of I-185 and Macon Rd, so I was close enough to the airport in Columbus to hear the ground side Lawson AAF and Doughboy Control transmitters and Approach/Departure and Atlanta Center transmitters at Columbus Airport.

There is A LOT of activity on the Ft. Benning P25 TRS, much of it unidentified. A good bit of it is related to training and I think it would take better knowledge of their training operations than what I possess to even begin to try to figure out what is what on it. Their public safety may be undergoing some changes because I never heard anything that sounded like MP communications and I heard three talkgroups in use for Fire Department dispatch that aren’t listed on RadioReference.

Road Trip Report and Changes to the Robins AFB TRS – Warner Robins, 5 October 2015

Yesterday, I took a trip to Warner Robins to visit the the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB. Along the way and while in Warner Robins, I did some scanning and monitoring of public safety and military/military aviation communications. As far as public safety monitoring goes, there was nothing out of the ordinary going on and I didn’t notice anything different from the last time I traveled up I-16 to Central Georgia. On the military monitoring front, however, things were a bit interesting. Once I got within listening range of Robins AFB, I noticed I wasn’t hearing anything from the base’s 400 MHz TRS; once I got to the museum I still wasn’t hearing anything and eventually discovered that the system has undergone a change. NASA 928 (WB-57), which has been at Robins AFB for hurricane research operations, was still at Robins yesterday morning and left between 1030 and 1100 local on a research mission to Hurricane Joaquin.

When I was in Warner Robins and Macon in January of this year, the Robins TRS was Motorola Type II system with System ID 542E and one site, 0-001. After putting the gear in search mode this morning, I found out that it is now a Motorola P25 system with System ID 0157 and one site, 1-015. It appears that the same frequencies are in use, with traffic heard on 406.3625 (Control Channel), 406.7625, 407.9625, 408.1625, 409.1625, and 409.3625.  While visiting the museum, I left the BCD436HP in search and store in the car and logged the following talkgroup IDs:

TG 56046 – unknown
TG 56071 – ALC
TG 56075 – ALC
TG 56077 – ALC
TG 56079 – ALC
TG 56083 – ALC
TG 56085 – ALC
TG 56087 – ALC
TG 56088 – ALC
TG 56091 – ALC
TG 56101 – ALC
TG 56102 – ALC
TG 56121 – Crash/Fire or Base Ops
TG 56122 – Crash/Fire or Base Ops
TG 56141 – 166/461 ACW
TG 56166 – unknown
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown

Due to the weather (rain/mist and low overcast) and the date (a Monday, when things typically aren’t that busy), it wasn’t a particularly active day for military aviation communications. I  heard the aforementioned NASA 928 and several Air Logistics Center test flights depart Robins AFB, but not much else. As always, civilian aviation frequencies were busy and the closer you get to Atlanta the busier they get.

Robins AFB
133.225 – Tower
257.975 – Tower
121.850 – Ground
275.800 – Ground
119.600 – Approach/Departure
124.200 – Approach/Departure
269.625 – Approach/Departure
279.600 – Approach/Departure
225.925 – ALC CP, ROGUE Ops/EAGLE Ops

ROGUE 01 (F-15, ALC)
ROGUE 30 (C-130, ALC)
ROGUE 33 (C-130, ALC)
NASA 928 (WB-57, N928NA, NASA)

Atlanta Center
119.375 – ZTL Macon High
120.425 – ZTL Georgia High
120.450 – ZTL Tiroe Low
121.350 – ZTL Logen Low
123.950 – ZTL Sinca Low
124.325 – ZTL Clark Hill Ultra High
124.375 – ZTL Lanier High
124.450 – ZTL East Departure Low
125.575 – ZTL LaGrange High
125.825 – ZTL Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – ZTL Dublin High
128.100 – ZTL Augusta Low
133.100 – ZTL Atlanta North Departure
134.500 – ZTL Atlanta South Departure
135.000 – ZTL Atlanta Workload
360.575 – ZTL Atlanta South Departure

Jacksonville Center
124.700 – ZJX Columbia Low
126.475 – ZJX Jekyll Low
126.750 – ZJK Brunswick Low
127.575 – ZJX Waycross Low
127.875 – ZJX Aiken High
132.425 – ZJX Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – ZJX Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – ZJX Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – ZJX Alma High

Despite the weather and road construction on I-16, there weren’t any major travel problems or crashes and none of the Fire/EMS departments along the way seemed to be very busy. I only heard traffic from Houston County FD, Centerville FD, Perry FD, Warner Robins FD, Swainsboro FD (Emanuel County), and Laurens County FD.

Public Safety Conventional
155.880 (PL 173.8) – Swainsboro FD Dispatch (Emanuel County)
154.070 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch

Houston/Peach TRS
TG 16 – Houston Co FD Dispatch
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Overall it wasn’t a bad trip. The museum visit was a great one; if you get the chance, check out my post about their new additions – a B-17G, P-51H, and MRAP. The change to the Robins AFB TRS was a nice find; I’ve always enjoyed figuring out and tracking new systems and I look forward to working on this one some more on my next trip up. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll put the info together and submit it to RadioReference.