20th Fighter Wing UHF Air-to-Air Update

Brunswick – Last week, I posted about the 20th Fighter Wing moving to UHF air-to-air frequencies from VHF. I got some good feedback from readers offering what they’ve heard, so I thought I would post an updated list:

228.800 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
236.150 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

274.875 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
314.100 – 77th FS Air-to-Air

276.150 – possible 79th FS Air-to-Air

228.275 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
242.000 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
259.900 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
270.900 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s

384.550 – F-16 Demo Team

I’ll be keeping an ear on the possible 79th FS and 20th FW Air-to-Airs in an attempt to help confirm and ID the squadron using them. Thanks to Jared Soergel on Twitter and Scannerman2016 by email for the feedback and information; if I get any more or are able to find anything further, I’ll post another update.

20th Fighter Wing F-16s Moving From VHF to UHF for Air-to-Air Frequencies

Savannah – Last month, I got a post comment from a reader mentioning the lack of activity on VHF air-to-air frequencies from 20th Fighter Wing F-16CMs from Shaw AFB working in the Bulldog MOA. I’d been noticing the same trend over the course of this year as well so I’ve been searching when home in Savannah (I don’t receive activity from Shaw F-16s from Brunswick due to its distance from their usual operating areas). So far I’ve found a couple of UHF air-to-airs for the 55th Fighter Squadron and the 77th Fighter Squadron but none yet for the 79th Fighter Squadron:

228.800 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
236.150 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

274.875 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
314.100 – 77th FS Air-to-Air

I’ll keep on searching when I’m in Savannah and post updates as I find anything. If anyone else happens to find some UHF air-to-air frequencies for the Shaw F-16s, post them in the comments, tweet them to me, post them on the Facebook page, or send me an email at kf4lmt @ gmail.

Road Trip Radio Report – Savannah, GA to Darlington, SC

Savannah, GA – Earlier, I posted about the road trip I took with my nephew to the Darlington Raceway Museum.  During the trip, we had the mobile station in operation with the exception of the HF radio:  The Uniden HP-1, the Uniden BC780XLT, and the Yaesu FT-8800. As I experimented with last week, I hooked up the portable monitoring station netbook computer to the Uniden HP-1 during the trip and used it to log activity with Butel’s ARC-Patrol software so I wouldn’t have to scribble as much down.  It worked out quite well and most of the list below was collected with the HP-1/netbook computer combo.

KF4LMT mobile at Darlington Raceway
KF4LMT mobile at Darlington Raceway

As I tweeted for both the northbound and southbound legs of the trip, I was monitoring the 2 Meter and 70 cm call frequencies 146.520 and 446.000.  Instead of scanning repeaters this time, I was curious to see if I heard any activity.  Disappointingly, I didn’t.  I wonder how many people monitor the call frequencies while on road trips or have them in their radio’s scan list?  I usually don’t monitor them exclusively like I did on this trip, but I always have them in the FT-8800’s scan list.  While we were stopped at one of the rest area’s on I-95, I did meet a fellow ham who was northbound on I-95 (Apologies – I didn’t write his callsign down so of course I forgot), he saw the antennas on my car and as he is interested in operating mobile HF we discussed the Opek HF antenna I use and how I ran the power from the radio into the car.

On the scanning side, there was plenty to listen to on both the public safety and aviation/military bands.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol was very active on the statewide Palmetto 800 system.  Activity from Clarendon County, Darlington County, Kershaw County, Lee County, and Orangeburg County were also heard on the Palmetto 800 system.  Public Safety activity in Florence County and Sumter County was heard on those counties’ respective trunked repeater systems.  VHF/UHF conventional frequencies were also in use by Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Orangeburg, and Sumter counties. (Other than SCHP, I didn’t monitor any other law enforcement)  Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC is close enough that you can listen to the base’s VHF TRS while passing through Sumter County on I-95.  Military activity was slim today, but the VHF airband was very busy with Jacksonville Center activity. (Public Safety frequencies and talkgroups identified with Radio Reference data)

Palmetto 800 TRS
TG 144 – Lee County FD Dispatch
TG 3184 – Kershaw County FD Dispatch
TG 4816 – Darlington and Hartsville FDs
TG 6896 – SCHP Richland
TG 7152 – SCHP 3 Kershaw/Lee
TG 10128 – Orangeburg County FD
TG 12816 – SC Criminal Justice Academy Training
TG 21392 – SCHP 52 Chester/Fairfield
TG 21520 – SCHP 1 Sumter/Clarendon
TG 21616 – SCHP 72 DPS5 (SHEP)
TG 21648 – SCHP 88 DPS6 (SHEP)
TG 29200 – SCHP 67 Florence/Marion/Dillon
TG 29328 – SCHP Horry
TG 29584 – SCHP 65 Darlington/Marlboro
TG 42576 – Clarendon County FD Dispatch
TG 44400 – SCHP 83 Dorchester/Colleton
TG 44656 – SCHP 68 Georgetown/Williamsburg
TG 44752 – SCHP 81 Charleston/Berkeley
TG 45904 – SCHP 99 Orangeburg/Calhoun
TG 46128 – SCHP 51 York
TG 52752 – SCHP Insurance Enforcement (MEMO)

Florence County TRS
TG 1616 – Florence County EMS Alert 1
TG 1632 – Florence County Rescue 1
TG 1776 – Florence County Rescue 2
TG 3312 – Windy Hill FD

Sumter County TRS
TG 4848 – Sumter FD Dispatch

Shaw AFB TRS
TG 19 – Fire/Rescue
TG 21 – EMS? (discussion of Medic Units)
TG 22 – unknown
TG 22 – unknown
TG 25 – Police
TG 31 – unknown

Conventional Public Safety
154.355 (PL 118.8) – Beaufort County FD Dispatch
154.240 (PL 127.3) – Berkeley County South Fire Dispatch
155.8125 (DPL 134) – Berkeley County North Fire Dispatch
155.220 – Berkeley County EMS Ops
151.025 (PL 118.8) – Calhoun County FD Dispatch
154.0175 – Calhoun County FD
156.195 – Calhoun County FD
154.370 (PL 123.0) – Clarendon County FD Dispatch
154.145 (PL 103.5) – Colleton County FD Dispatch
159.105 – Colleton Rural FD
153.755 – Hendersonville FD (Colleton County)
154.235 (PL 118.8) – Islandton FD (Colleton County)
154.445 (PL 118.8) – Darlington County FD Dispatch
154.175 (PL 118.8) – Darlington City FD Dispatch
154.205 (PL 131.8) – Ashley River FD Dispatch (Dorchester County)
154.250 (PL 127.3) – Caromi Village VFD Dispatch (Dorchester County)
855.2125 – Dorchester County Conventional Repeater
155.9325 – Howe Springs FD (Florence County)
453.325 – Florence County FD Dispatch
154.175 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD East Dispatch
155.625 (PL 91.5) – Orangeburg County FD Central Dispatch
154.175 (PL 118.8) – Orangeburg City FD Dispatch
154.340 (PL 123) – Sumter FD Dispatch

Aviation/Military
124.075 – Jacksonville Center Summerville High
124.700 – Jacksonville Center Columbia Low
126.125 – Jacksonville Center Statesboro High
285.650 – Jacksonville Center Statesboro High
127.875 – Jacksonville Center Aiken High
132.925 – Jacksonville Center Millen/Savannah Low
363.200 – Jacksonville Center Millen/Savannah Low
133.450 – Jacksonville Center Florence Low
133.625 – Jacksonville Center Georgetown High
134.375 – Jacksonville Center Charleston Low
134.975 – Jacksonville Center Ridgeway Ultra High
135.050 – Jacksonville Center Meta Low/High
128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low

118.600 – Florence Approach/Departure

328.025 – JSTARS Discrete
355.250 – JSTARS Discrete
395.150 – JSTARS Discrete

Shaw AFB Gains New Fighter Group

by 9th Air Force Public Affairs

3/7/2013 – SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.  — The 495th Fighter Group will stand up during an activation ceremony here March 8 at 9:45 a.m. at the Carolina Skies Club and Conference Center.

The 495th Fighter Group’s activation is part of the Air Force’s ongoing initiative to integrate traditional, active-duty Airmen with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units to streamline training and resource use. Such integrated units are called active associate units.

The 495th Fighter Group staff will be headquartered here. The group will guide 10, 9th Air Force-affiliated, active associate fighter detachments co-located with host Guard and Reserve units across the country.

Five years ago, Air Force leaders recognized a changing force structure and budget constraints demanded creative ways to generate experienced fighter pilots. Their solution was to leverage the Guard’s and Reserve’s experience, continuity and assets through an initiative called Total Force Integration.

Volga-Dnepr An-124 Lands at Shaw AFB

It’s fun when you get to correlate things you hear on the radios with happenings in the news.  In this instance, I was able to match up a hit on the RadarBox with a news story out of Shaw AFB.  On 30 June, the RadarBox picked up An-124 with Mode-S of  15407E and registration  RA-82046 from the Volga-Dnepr Group.  The massive An-124s aren’t something you get to see or hear from very often in this area so both the intercept and this news story were attention-getters.

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