Aviation Photography and Airport Monitoring from the Charlotte Airport Overlook

While researching the Carolinas Aviation Museum before my road trip, I noticed on Google Maps that Charlotte Douglas IAP (CLT) has an airport overlook. After visiting the museum and grabbing a bite to eat, I drove the short distance to the overlook to watch and listen to the airport activity. The overlook is a parking area with some benches on a hill between the north ends of Runway 18R/36L and Runway 18C/36C that overlooks Runway 18C/36C, the Air Carrier Terminal, and the Tower. You can even see downtown Charlotte’s skyline in the distance. On the day I visited, it put you at the departure end of Runway 36C (I don’t know if that’s the usual direction they work in or not) and in a great spot to get photos of the aircraft lifting off of the runway and departing.

The Charlotte Airport Overlook at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Downtown Charlotte’s skyline as seen from the Charlotte Airport Overlook

It didn’t turn out to be that great of a location for monitoring and listening, though. You’re alright if you’re going to be listening to the airport frequencies, but the transmitter site for the airport is right behind the overlook and it creates a lot of interference on other bands. I was using the Home Patrol 2 and TRX-2 in the mobile station to record/log on multiple bands and I ended up having to turn them off while I was at the overlook because of all the interference.

The airport transmitter site behind the Charlotte Airport Overlook that creates the radio interference


Here’s what I was listening to while I was at the overlook:

118.100 – Charlotte Tower
126.400 – Charlotte Tower
133.350 – Charlotte Tower
119.000 – Charlotte TRACON
120.050 – Charlotte TRACON
124.000 – Charlotte TRACON
125.350 – Charlotte TRACON
126.150 – Charlotte TRACON
128.325 – Charlotte TRACON
135.600 – Charlotte TRACON
307.800 – Charlotte TRACON
292.250 – 145th Airlift Wing Ops

The Charlotte Airport Overlook is a great place to go plane spotting, but if you plan on trying to listening to anything other than VHF air traffic control frequencies, you’re going to run into interference issues. That aside, it’s a great place to spend a bit of time at in Charlotte if you’re an AvGeek. If you’re a parent with a child that loves airplanes, it would make a good stop as well. I noticed more than one parent with small children taking a lunch break at the Overlook. It’s a nice little site that it was thoughtful of the airport to provide!

South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Scanning Report; 8-10 January 2019

Yesterday, I left Charlotte, NC for Columbia, SC to visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens and the South Carolina Military Museum. Afterward, I came back to Savannah, ending the trip. I’ll be posting about the places I visited on the trip over the next few days: Musgrove Mill State Park, the BMW Zentrum, the Greenville Zoo, the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the North Carolina Transportation Museum, Riverbanks Zoo, and the South Carolina Military Museum. The list below builds on the previous two days to cover the entire trip through the Clinton, Greenville, Spartanburg, Charlotte, and Columbia areas. Yesterday, without a doubt was the best military monitoring day of the trip since I was close to both McEntire JNGB and Shaw AFB. I was able to firm up some 20th FW air-to-air frequencies that I’ve been tracking: 262.000 for the 77th FS and 270.900 at 276.150 for the 79th FS. I was also able to hear some VMFAT-501 F-35Bs from Beaufort doing pattern work at Shaw AFB. I was hoping to hear some activity on the Shaw AFB P25 TRS, but all I heard were a few transmissions on what RadioReference lists as the Police talkgroup. Most of the unencrypted traffic that I heard from Fort Jackson on the US Army P25 TRS was range control type traffic.

Penguins at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, SC
Well restored Bell H-13B at the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia, SC

South Carolina Public Safety Conventional
453.075 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD A Repeater
453.175 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD B Repeater
453.025 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD C Repeater
453.425 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD D Repeater
453.900 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD E Repeater
154.235 (PL 94.8) – Bamberg County EMS Dispatch
154.370 (PL 162.2) – Bamberg County FD Dispatch
154.400 (PL 118.8) – Barnwell County FD Dispatch
154.250 (PL 127.3) – Berkeley County FD/EMS South Dispatch
151.025 (PL 118.8) – Calhoun County FD Dispatch
154.400 (PL 123.0) – Cherokee County FD Dispatch
155.0325 (DCS 051) – Cherokee County EMS Dispatch
150.935 (PL 114.8) – Edgefield County EMS Dispatch South
155.235 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch VHF
453.500 (PL 118.8) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch UHF
462.950 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Dispatch
462.975 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Tac 1
154.175 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD Dispatch 1 (Greenville Co)
154.100 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD 2 (Greenville Co)
452.500 (PL 141.3) – Berea FD Ch 2 (Greenville Co)
460.375 (PL 203.5) – Mauldin FD Dispatch (Greenville Co)
453.375 (DCS 331) – Parker FD (Greenville Co)
156.120 (PL 85.4) – Pelham-Batesville FD (Greenville Co)
154.205 (PL 192.8) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.130 (PL 162.2) – Lexington County FD Dispatch
154.220 (PL 141.3) – Newberry County FD Dispatch
155.625 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Dispatch
154.995 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County FD Dispatch
155.385 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County EMS Dispatch
154.310 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Dispatch
154.025 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Ops
155.925 (PL 85.4) – Hilltop FD (Spartanburg Co)
154.445 (PL 127.3) – Union County FD Dispatch
155.175 (PL 203.5) – Union County EMS Dispatch

159.225 (DCS 306) – SC Forrestry Draytonville
159.330 (DCS 271) – SC Forestry Lake Murray
159.375 (DCS 116) – SC Forestry Hampton
159.405 (DCS 155) – SC Forestry Cottageville

Palmetto 800 P25
TG 704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
TG 6542 – Jasper FD Tac 1
TG 23541 – Kershaw County FD Dispatch
TG 24542 – Lexington County FD Dispatch
TG 24543 – Lexington County FD Admin
TG 25053 – Orangeburg County FD Dispatch
TG 25057 – Orangeburg County FD Dispatch
TG 25552 – Columbia FD Dispatch
TG 25569 – Richland County FD 5 HazMat
TG 26101 – Sumter County FD Dispatch
TG 27871 – SC National Guard
TG 28609 – SC LifeNet Medevac Helicopters
TG 40012 – SC Regional Gov’t 4
TG 44351 – Greenville FD Dispatch 1
TG 44385 – Greer FD (Greenville Co)
TG 48642 – Spartanburg County Regional 1
TG 51704 – MedTrans SC Medevac Helicopters

York County P25 TRS
TG 49602 – York County FD Ops 2

North Carolina Public Safety Conventional
154.400 (PL 156.7) – Gaston County FD Dispatch

151.3625 (PL 94.8) – NC Forestry D12 Ops

NC VIPER P25 TRS
TG 15504 – Davie County FD Dispatch
TG 25005 – Iredell County Fire Dispatch
TG 50210 – NC HART Ops
TG 51581 – LZ West (Medevac Helicopters)
TG 51962 – Statewide Bravo 4
TG 51973 – Statewide Echo 3
TG 51985 – Statewide Hotel 3

Charlotte UASI P25 TRS
TG 413 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 6
TG 453 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Dispatch
TG 457 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 3
TG 459 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 4
TG 461 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 5
TG 463 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 13
TG 467 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Conference
TG 983 – Charlotte FD 1I (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1027 – Charlotte FD Alarm (automated voice dispatch)
TG 1029 – Charlotte FD 1B (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1031 – Charlotte FD 1C (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1033 – Charlotte FD 1D (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1035 – Charlotte FD 1E (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1037 – Charlotte FD 1F (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1039 – Charlotte FD 1G (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1041 – Charlotte FD 1H (Tac/Fireground)
TG 1247 – Mecklenburg County Event 23
TG 1249 – Mecklenburg County Event 24
TG 1251 – Mecklenburg County Event 25
TG 1253 – Mecklenburg County Event 26
TG 1255 – Mecklenburg County Event 27
TG 7047 – Concord FD Dispatch
TG 7058 – Concord FD Training 2
TG 7121 – Carrabus County EMS Mutual Aid
TG 18533 – Gastonia FD 2
TG 18554 – Gastonia FD Dispatch
TG 25119 – Moorseville FD Dispatch 1
TG 26988 – Kannapolis FD 2

Rowan County P25 TRS
TG 40521 – Salisbury FD Dispatch

Aviation/MilCom
119.300 – Charleston TRACON
120.700 – Charleston TRACON
349.400 – JB Charleston Ops

119.150 – Augusta TRACON
126.800 – Augusta TRACON

125.400 – Columbia TRACON
318.100 – Columbia TRACON
254.250 – Shaw AFB Tower
273.700 – 77th FS Ops
139.825 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
262.000 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
314.100 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
320.525 – 79th FS Ops
270.900 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
276.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
253.500 – McEntire JNGB Tower
41.300 – 1-151 AVN Ops
298.300 – 169th FW Ops
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15
143.250 – 169th FW V16

120.100 – Greer Tower
119.900 – Greenville Downtown Tower
133.325 – Donaldson Tower
118.800 – Greer TRACON
119.400 – Greer TRACON
270.275 – Greer TRACON

118.100 – Charlotte Tower
126.400 – Charlotte Tower
133.350 – Charlotte Tower
119.000 – Charlotte TRACON
120.050 – Charlotte TRACON
124.000 – Charlotte TRACON
125.350 – Charlotte TRACON
126.150 – Charlotte TRACON
128.325 – Charlotte TRACON
135.600 – Charlotte TRACON
307.800 – Charlotte TRACON
292.250 – 145th AW Ops
173.4625 ($123) – 145th AW?; enc

343.750 – Bulldog MOA
264.700 – Poinsett Range
350.300 – Gamecock MOA

258.400 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)
279.725 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)

364.200 – NORAD AICC

251.100/133.150 – Atlanta Center Locas Low
263.000/125.150 – Atlanta Center Wilkes Ultra Low
263.125/135.350 – Atlanta Center Unarm Low
269.100/125.625 – Atlanta Center Spartanburg High
290.200/134.550 – Atlanta Center Moped Low
291.750/125.025 – Atlanta Center High Rock Ultra High
307.050/126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
307.350/132.975 – Atlanta Center Pulaski High
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
323.025/124.425 – Atlanta Center Charlotte High
360.625/124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High
360.625/126.775 – Atlanta Center Baden Ultra High
379.200/128.800 – Atlanta Center Leeon Low
360.625/126.775 – Atlanta Center Baden Ultra High
269.550/124.700 – Jacksonville Center Columbia Low
278.300/134.975 – Jacksonville Center Ridgeway Ultra High
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
306.300/133.450 – Jacksonville Center Florence Low
319.200/127.875 – Jacksonville Center Aiken High
322.450/118.925 – Washington Center Raleigh High
346.375/121.925 – Washington Center Wahoo Super High
363.225/132.225 – Washington Center Tar River High

US Army TRS – Fort Gordon
TG 2 – Fort Gordon PMO 1 (unenc)
TG 27 – Fort Gordon Range Control (unenc)
TG 44 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)
TG 75 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)

US Army TRS – Fort Jackson
TG 530 – Fort Jackson MPs (enc)
TG 555 – Fort Jackson FD Dispatch (enc)
TG 737 – Fort Jackson Range Control (unenc)
TG 780 – unknown (unenc)

Shaw AFB P25 TRS
TG 25 – Security Police (unenc)

FedCom
172.4500 ($140) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Fishers Peak Digital; unenc
172.7250 (DCS 051) NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Mitchell Analog; unenc
172.7250 ($120) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Mitchell Digital; unenc
172.7500 ($110) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Pisgah Digital; unenc
172.7500 ($130) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Doughton Mountain Digital; unenc
173.7625 ($130) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Rich Mountain Digital; unenc

171.5500 (PL 103.5) – USFS Pisgah District/Natnahala NF Zone 2; unenc

163.5375 ($067) – unknown; enc

406.5375 – USPS Processing & Distribution Center Charlotte (DMR Slot 1- Color 1)

Savannah River Site Motorola Type II
TG 48592 – unknown (unenc)
TG 49072 – unknown (unenc)
TG 50464 – unknown (unenc)

Savannah River Site P25
TG 3001 – unknown (enc)
TG 3005 – unknown (enc)
TG 3009 – unknown (enc)
TG 3023 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3027 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3031 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3035 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3037 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3087 – unknown (enc)

Note: Some talkgroups are multicast between the two SRS systems

Yesterday, my string of good luck in choosing restaurants continued. After visiting the zoo, I found an Italian restaurant, Delucca’s Italian Grill, nearby and went there for lunch. It’s a small restaurant in a small strip of stores, but it is very much worth a visit. The food is outstanding and the owner likes Blues music – so that’s what they have playing. The prices aren’t bad, either; I filled up on Chicken Parmesan with tea for $12.

The Chicken Parmesan at Delucca’s Italian Grill in Columbia, SC

South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Scanning Report; 9 January 2019

On the second day of my road trip, I traveled to Charlotte, NC to visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum and the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. Today’s list builds on yesterday’s list from the first day. Added to the list today were talkgroups from the NC VIPER P25 TRS and the Charlotte UASI P25 TRS. As conventional frequencies go, a few more National Park Service Blue Ridge Parkway P25 repeaters were added. Frequencies for Charlotte/Douglas IAP, Atlanta and Washington ARTCCs, and the NC Air National Guard were added in the aviation/MilCom category.

F-14D, Bu No 161166 at the Carolinas Aviation Museum
Atlantic Coast Lines No 1031, built in 1913, at the North Carolina Transportation Museum

After lunch at the excellent Niko’s Grill near Charlotte/Douglas IAP after visiting the Carolinas Air Museum, I hung out at the Charlotte Airport Overlook for a while and watched some of the airliners taking off. This is a great spot for plane spotters to watch airport activity and take photos of planes. If you’re primarily into military aviation spotting, don’t expect to see much, but you’ll see a lot of commercial traffic. The only problem is that you’re right next to the transmitter site for the airport so radio monitoring/scanning can be an issue; I ended up just turning off the Uniden Home Patrol 2 and the Whistler TRX-2 in my mobile station due to interference. Niko’s Grill, by the way, was a great choice for lunch; I had a delicious gyro with fries. If you go, avoid the lunch rush around noon, it fills up very quickly – it’s obviously a very popular place for lunch.

South Carolina Public Safety Conventional
453.075 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD A Repeater
453.175 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD B Repeater
453.025 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD C Repeater
453.425 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD D Repeater
453.900 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD E Repeater
154.235 (PL 94.8) – Bamberg County EMS Dispatch
154.370 (PL 162.2) – Bamberg County FD Dispatch
154.400 (PL 118.8) – Barnwell County FD Dispatch
154.250 (PL 127.3) – Berkeley County FD/EMS South Dispatch
154.400 (PL 123.0) – Cherokee County FD Dispatch
155.0325 (DCS 051) – Cherokee County EMS Dispatch
150.935 (PL 114.8) – Edgefield County EMS Dispatch South
155.235 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch VHF
453.500 (PL 118.8) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch UHF
462.950 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Dispatch
462.975 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Tac 1
154.175 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD Dispatch 1 (Greenville Co)
154.100 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD 2 (Greenville Co)
452.500 (PL 141.3) – Berea FD Ch 2 (Greenville Co)
460.375 (PL 203.5) – Mauldin FD Dispatch (Greenville Co)
453.375 (DCS 331) – Parker FD (Greenville Co)
156.120 (PL 85.4) – Pelham-Batesville FD (Greenville Co)
154.205 (PL 192.8) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.130 (PL 162.2) – Lexington County FD Dispatch
154.220 (PL 141.3) – Newberry County FD Dispatch
154.995 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County FD Dispatch
155.385 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County EMS Dispatch
154.310 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Dispatch
154.025 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Ops
155.925 (PL 85.4) – Hilltop FD (Spartanburg Co)
154.445 (PL 127.3) – Union County FD Dispatch
155.175 (PL 203.5) – Union County EMS Dispatch

159.225 (DCS 306) – SC Forrestry Draytonville
159.375 (DCS 116) – SC Forestry Hampton

Palmetto 800 P25
TG 704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
TG 6542 – Jasper FD Tac 1
TG 24542 – Lexington County FD Dispatch
TG 24543 – Lexington County FD Admin
TG 25552 – Columbia FD Dispatch
TG 25569 – Richland County FD 5 HazMat
TG 27871 – SC National Guard
TG 28609 – SC LifeNet Medevac Helicopters
TG 40012 – SC Regional Gov’t 4
TG 44351 – Greenville FD Dispatch 1
TG 44385 – Greer FD (Greenville Co)
TG 48642 – Spartanburg County Regional 1
TG 51704 – MedTrans SC Medevac Helicopters

York County P25 TRS
TG 49602 – York County FD Ops 2

North Carolina Public Safety Conventional
154.400 (PL 156.7) – Gaston County FD Dispatch

NC VIPER P25 TRS
TG 15504 – Davie County FD Dispatch
TG 25005 – Iredell County Fire Dispatch
TG 50210 – NC HART Ops
TG 51581 – LZ West (Medevac Helicopters)
TG 51962 – Statewide Bravo 4
TG 51973 – Statewide Echo 3
TG 51985 – Statewide Hotel 3

Charlotte UASI P25 TRS
TG 413 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 6
TG 453 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Dispatch
TG 457 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 3
TG 459 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 4
TG 461 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 5
TG 463 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Ops 13
TG 467 – Mecklenburg Co Fire/EMS Conference
TG 983 – Charlotte FD 1I
TG 1027 – Charlotte FD Alarm (automated voice dispatch)
TG 1029 – Charlotte FD 1B
TG 1031 – Charlotte FD 1C
TG 1033 – Charlotte FD 1D
TG 1035 – Charlotte FD 1E
TG 1037 – Charlotte FD 1F
TG 1039 – Charlotte FD 1G
TG 1041 – Charlotte FD 1H
TG 1247 – Mecklenburg County Event 23
TG 1249 – Mecklenburg County Event 24
TG 1251 – Mecklenburg County Event 25
TG 1253 – Mecklenburg County Event 26
TG 1255 – Mecklenburg County Event 27
TG 7047 – Concord FD Dispatch
TG 7058 – Concord FD Training 2
TG 7121 – Carrabus County EMS Mutual Aid
TG 18533 – Gastonia FD 2
TG 18554 – Gastonia FD Dispatch
TG 25119 – Moorseville FD Dispatch 1
TG 26988 – Kannapolis FD 2

Rowan County P25 TRS
TG 40521 – Salisbury FD Dispatch

Aviation/MilCom
120.700 – Charleston TRACON

119.150 – Augusta TRACON
126.800 – Augusta TRACON

125.400 – Columbia TRACON
318.100 – Columbia TRACON
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15

120.100 – Greer Tower
119.900 – Greenville Downtown Tower
133.325 – Donaldson Tower
118.800 – Greer TRACON
119.400 – Greer TRACON
270.275 – Greer TRACON

126.400 – Charlotte Tower
133.350 – Charlotte Tower
120.050 – Charlotte TRACON
124.000 – Charlotte TRACON
125.350 – Charlotte TRACON
126.150 – Charlotte TRACON
128.325 – Charlotte TRACON
135.600 – Charlotte TRACON
307.800 – Charlotte TRACON
292.250 – 145th AW Ops
173.4625 ($123) – 145th AW?; enc

343.750 – Bulldog MOA
264.700 – Poinsett Range

258.400 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)
279.725 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)

364.200 – NORAD AICC

251.100/133.150 – Atlanta Center Locas Low
263.000/125.150 – Atlanta Center Wilkes Ultra Low
263.125/135.350 – Atlanta Center Unarm Low
269.100/125.625 – Atlanta Center Spartanburg High
290.200/134.550 – Atlanta Center Moped Low
291.750/125.025 – Atlanta Center High Rock Ultra High
307.050/126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
307.350/132.975 – Atlanta Center Pulaski High
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
323.025/124.425 – Atlanta Center Charlotte High
360.625/124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High
360.625/126.775 – Atlanta Center Baden Ultra High
379.200/128.800 – Atlanta Center Leeon Low
360.625/126.775 – Atlanta Center Baden Ultra High
269.550/124.700 – Jacksonville Center Columbia Low
319.200/127.875 – Jacksonville Center Aiken High
322.450/118.925 – Washington Center Raleigh High
346.375/121.925 – Washington Center Wahoo Super High
363.225/132.225 – Washington Center Tar River High

US Army TRS – Fort Gordon
TG 2 – Fort Gordon PMO 1 (unenc)
TG 27 – Fort Gordon Range Control (unenc)
TG 44 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)
TG 75 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)

US Army TRS – Fort Jackson
TG 737 – Fort Jackson Range Control (unenc)

FedCom
172.450 ($140) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Fishers Peak Digital; unenc
172.725 (DCS 051) NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Mitchell Analog; unenc
172.725 ($120) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Mitchell Digital; unenc
172.750 ($110) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Mount Pisgah Digital; unenc
172.750 ($130) – NPS Blue Ridge Pkwy, Doughton Mountain Digital; unenc

171.550 (PL 103.5) – USFS Pisgah District/Natnahala NF Zone 2; unenc

163.5375 ($067) – unknown; enc

Savannah River Site Motorola Type II
TG 48592 – unknown (unenc)
TG 49072 – unknown (unenc)
TG 50464 – unknown (unenc)

Savannah River Site P25
TG 3001 – unknown (enc)
TG 3005 – unknown (enc)
TG 3009 – unknown (enc)
TG 3023 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3027 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3031 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3035 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3037 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3087 – unknown (enc)

Note: Some talkgroups are multicast between the two SRS systems

Miguel’s Mexican/American Restaurant, don’t let appearances fool you

Tucked away off of I-85 Exit 32 in Charlotte, is Miguel’s Mexican/American Restaurant. Don’t let the small, decidedly unfancy appearance of Miguel’s fool you, the food is outstanding. They serve both Mexican and American cuisine; I don’t know about the American part, but the Mexican is outstanding. For supper tonight, I had shrimp enchiladas (grilled shrimp with grilled peppers and onions) and they might just have been the best enchiladas I’ve ever eaten. If you’re around Charlotte/Douglas Airport, you’ve got to eat at Miguel’s!

South Carolina/North Carolina Road Trip Scanning Report; 8 January 2019

I’m on the first day of a three-day trip through parts of South Carolina and North Carolina. Today’s travels took me through the Clinton, Greenville, and Spartanburg areas. I was originally planning to visit the Ninety Six battlefield today, but since it is closed due to the government shutdown, I visited the Musgrove Mill State Park in Clinton, SC, the BMW Zentrum in Spartanburg, SC, and the Greenville Zoo in Greenville, SC.

Horseshoe Falls at Musgrove Mill State Park; in August 1870, a Revolutionary War battle took place near these falls
The BMW M3 GT2 car campaigned in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2012 on display at the BMW Zentrum in Spartanburg, SC
Bornean Orangutan at the Greenville Zoo

I let the Uniden Home Patrol 2 and the Whistler TRX-2 scan, log, and record while I did the driving and both were very productive. There was a lot of VHF/UHF public safety conventional and a lot of public safety activity on the Palmetto 800 P25 statewide trunked repeater system in South Carolina. F-16s from the 20th FW and the 169th FW were heard working in the Bulldog MOA and at Poinsett Range and 20th FW F-16s were also working in W-161/177 with an E-3 AWACS. There were a couple of surprises, too – with the government shutdown in effect, I didn’t expect to hear any National Park Service or US Forestry activity, but there were a few brief catches on some of their frequencies.

South Carolina Public Safety Conventional
453.075 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD A Repeater
453.175 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD B Repeater
453.025 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD C Repeater
453.425 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD D Repeater
453.900 (PL 118.8) – Aiken County FD E Repeater
154.235 (PL 94.8) – Bamberg County EMS Dispatch
154.370 (PL 162.2) – Bamberg County FD Dispatch
154.400 (PL 118.8) – Barnwell County FD Dispatch
154.250 (PL 127.3) – Berkeley County FD/EMS South Dispatch
154.400 (PL 123.0) – Cherokee County FD Dispatch
155.0325 (DCS 051) – Cherokee County EMS Dispatch
150.935 (PL 114.8) – Edgefield County EMS Dispatch South
155.235 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch VHF
453.500 (PL 118.8) – Greenville County Fire Dispatch UHF
462.950 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Dispatch
462.975 (PL 123.0) – Greenville County EMS Tac 1
154.175 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD Dispatch 1 (Greenville Co)
154.100 (PL 85.4) – Greer FD 2 (Greenville Co)
452.500 (PL 141.3) – Berea FD Ch 2 (Greenville Co)
460.375 (PL 203.5) – Mauldin FD Dispatch (Greenville Co)
453.375 (DCS 331) – Parker FD (Greenville Co)
156.120 (PL 85.4) – Pelham-Batesville FD (Greenville Co)
154.205 (PL 192.8) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.130 (PL 162.2) – Lexington County FD Dispatch
154.220 (PL 141.3) – Newberry County FD Dispatch
154.995 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County FD Dispatch
155.385 (PL 141.3) – Saluda County EMS Dispatch
154.310 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Dispatch
154.025 (PL 85.4) – Spartanburg County Fire Ops
155.925 (PL 85.4) – Hilltop FD (Spartanburg Co)
154.445 (PL 127.3) – Union County FD Dispatch
155.175 (PL 203.5) – Union County EMS Dispatch

159.225 (DCS 306) – SC Forrestry Draytonville
159.375 (DCS 116) – SC Forestry Hampton

Palmetto 800 P25
TG 704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
TG 6542 – Jasper FD Tac 1
TG 24542 – Lexington County FD Dispatch
TG 24543 – Lexington County FD Admin
TG 25552 – Columbia FD Dispatch
TG 25569 – Richland County FD 5 HazMat
TG 27871 – SC National Guard
TG 28609 – SC LifeNet Medevac Helicopter
TG 40012 – SC Regional Gov’t 4
TG 44351 – Greenville FD Dispatch 1
TG 44385 – Greer FD
TG 51704 – MedTrans SC Medevac Helicopter

North Carolina Public Safety Conventional
154.400 (PL 156.7) – Gaston County FD Dispatch

Aviation/MilCom
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep

119.150 – Augusta App/Dep
126.800 – Augusta App/Dep

125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15

120.100 – Greer Tower
119.900 – Greenville Downtown Tower
133.325 – Donaldson Tower
118.800 – Greer App/Dep
119.400 – Greer App/Dep
270.275 – Greer App/Dep

343.750 – Bulldog MOA
264.700 – Poinsett Range

258.400 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)
279.725 – DOUBLESHOT Discrete (W-161/177)

364.200 – NORAD AICC

263.125/135.350 – Atlanta Center Unarm Low
269.100/125.625 – Atlanta Center Spartanburg High
291.750/125.025 – Atlanta Center High Rock Ultra High
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
360.625/124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High
269.550/124.700 – Jacksonville Center Columbia Low
319.200/127.875 – Jacksonville Center Aiken High


TG 27 – Fort Gordon Range Control (unenc)
TG 44 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)
TG 75 – Fort Gordon unknown (unenc)

US Army TRS – Fort Jackson
TG 737 – Fort Jackson Range Control (unenc)

FedCom
172.750 ($110) – NPS Blue Ridge Mountains, Mount Pisgah Digital

171.550 (PL 103.5) – USFS Pisgah District/Natnahala NF Zone 2

Savannah River Site Motorola Type II
TG 48592 – unknown (unenc)
TG 49072 – unknown (unenc)
TG 50464 – unknown (unenc)

Savannah River Site P25
TG 3001 – unknown (enc)
TG 3005 – unknown (enc)
TG 3009 – unknown (enc)
TG 3023 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3027 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3031 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3035 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3037 – unknown (unenc)
TG 3087 – unknown (enc)

Note: Some talkgroups are multicast between the two SRS systems

For supper tonight, I stopped at Southern Barbecue in Spartanburg. I love North Carolina style vinegar based barbecue and Southern Barbecue is the best I’ve had since Don’s BBQ in Pooler, GA closed. If you find yourself around I-85 and US-221 in Spartanburg, it’s well worth the stop for great food and friendly service.

January Blog Update: No MilCom Recap, New Air-to-Air Frequencies, Moody AFB Update

As I posted on social media a few days ago, I won’t be doing a January MilCom Recap or Mode-S log. I’ve been busy with work, was down with the sinuses, and have also been busy trying to get ready for a vacation trip next week. In the meantime, there are some updates to pass along regarding some new USAF or ANG air-to-air frequencies, an MCAS Beaufort air-to-air, and a MilAir page update for Moody AFB.

Over the holidays, the 125th FW was heard working with the 20th FW in the Bulldog MOA in Central/East Georgia. During that activity, both Jim (also here inGA) and I heard some new air-to-air frequencies in use. Jim as identified them as 125th FW air-to-air frequencies while I’m leaning toward them being new 20th FW frequencies; either way, they were definitely in use and it will be worth listening to them to confirm an ID on them. Those new frequencies are 228.275, 236.150, 262.000, and 267.600.

A South Florida source passed on via the blog’s Facebook page that VMFA-251 was heard using 267.250 while working at NAS Key West over the holidays. That’s one that I haven’t heard used by VMFA-251 or any unit at MCAS Beaufort before, but I’ve programmed it in my radios and will be listening out for it in the future.

Finally, a while back a very reliable source passed on some Moody AFB information but I haven’t had the chance to do anything with it until recently. That information has been incorporated into this blog’s MilAir page.

Next week, I’ll be traveling through South Carolina so keep an eye out for travel and mobile scanning posts.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to figure out some more about those new USAF air-to-air frequencies during my travels…

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’d like to thank those that passed on information over the course of the year and I hope you’ll continue to support this blog with your efforts.