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.

Mini-Road Trip Report: Savannah to Forsyth and Back; 24 October 2018

Savannah – Yesterday, I had to make a short road trip from Savannah to Forsyth and back to Savannah for work. As I usually do, I let the HP2 and TRX-2 record what they heard for logging after the trip. The early morning drive from Savannah to Forsyth wasn’t all that productive, but the drive back in the afternoon provided some good logs from the radios and some interesting listening. As always, these logs don’t include any law enforcement activity (or at least activity that I know to be law enforcement).

Public Safety

My main interest in public safety monitoring/logging during the trip was Laurens County. I’m never able to spend an extended period of time in Laurens County, it usually just consists of driving through or stopping for gas or meal in Dublin, but on my last few times through I began getting the suspicion that the county’s DMR radio system wasn’t conventional, but trunked. For this trip, I had their DMR frequencies programmed into the TRX-2 as both conventional and trunked and things seemed to be trunked. I hope to get some more opportunities in the near future to listen to this system and try to figure it out more. It also turned out to be a good opportunity to catch hear activity on the CGIRRS system used by Macon-Bibb County and the Tattnall County NXDN TRS (which can be heard from parts of I-16).

154.3550 (PL 141.3) – Butts County FD Dispatch
453.9000 (PL 131.8) – Lamar County FD/EMS Dispatch
159.1950 (PL 100.0) – Upson EMS Dispatch

159.2250 (PL 123.0) – GFC D3 Repeater
159.1200 (DCS 47) – GFC D4 Repeater

Bulloch County TRS
TG 2704 – Bulloch Co FD FG1

Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System
TG 132 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Dispatch 1
TG 134 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Scene 2
TG 135 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Scene 3
TG 152 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Event 2
TG 1101 – Monroe County FD Dispatch

Houston-Peach Regional Radio System
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch

Laurens County DMR TRS
TG 100 – Laurens County EMS?
TG 300 – Laurens County FD?

Tattnall County NXDN TRS
TG 7 – Unknown (NXDN 48)
TG 00-0003 – Unknown (NXDN48-D)
TG 00-0007 – Unknown (NXDN48-D)

 

MilCom

While the drive to Forsyth was devoid of any MilCom activity except for some traffic on the US Army TRS at Fort Stewart and the USAF TRS at Robins AFB, the drive back to Savannah in the afternoon provided some highly interesting listening. There was some good SEAD/DEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses) training from 77th FS F-16 flights PINION ## and JACKPOT ## in the Bulldog MOA, but the most interesting traffic came from Townsend/Range Coastal MOA. For much of the drive down I-16 from Macon to Savannah, I could hear HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533), COWBOY 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-112), FANG 0# (F-15C, 125th FW), and GATOR 0# (F-15C, 125th FW) doing FAC-A and forward air controller training (more information in a future post). The USAF TRS site at Robins AFB can be heard from parts of I-16 and I-75 near Macon and it’s worth mentioning that this is the second trip in a row that all of the activity that I’ve heard from Robins site has been encrypted.

133.225 – Robins AFB Tower
257.975 – Robins AFB Tower
119.600 – Atlanta TRACON
124.200 – Atlanta TRACON
279.600 – Atlanta TRACON
322.325 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
234.075 – VMFA(AW)-553 Tac 1
250.300 – VMFA-112 Air-to-Air
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
298.300 – 169th FW Ops
141.825 – 169th FW V14
228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
252.900 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
226.975 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
343.750 – Bulldog MOA

US Air Force TRS (Robins AFB)
TG 56084 – unknown; enc
TG 56102 – Robins AFB ALC; enc
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire; enc
TG 56141 – 116th/461st ACW; enc
TG 56257 – unknown; enc

US Army TRS (Fort Stewart)
TG 169 – 4-64 Armor?
TG 1001 – unknown

 

Warner Robins and Macon Road Trip Scanning Report; 11/12 June 2018

Since my nephew is thinking about joining the military after he graduates from high school, I took him on a trip to the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, and the Andersonville National Historic Site/Cemetery on Monday and Tuesday. We went to the Museum of Aviation with a side trip to the big Bass Pro Shops in Macon on Monday, stayed overnight in Warner Robins and then went to the National Infantry Museum and Andersonville on Tuesday, driving back home to Savannah on Tuesday evening. Since I wasn’t traveling alone, I didn’t have as much radio time as usual, but I did let the Home Patrol 2 and TRX-2 in the mobile station and the BCD436HP and TRX-1 portables scan and log during the trip.

Of particular interest on the first day of the trip, was Robins AFB. I always enjoy listening to military aviation activity at Robins and on Monday I was able to hear the usual E-8 JSTARS and Air Logistics Center activity, but some P-8s from NAS Jacksonville doing pattern work as well. The USAF TRS site at Robins AFB is something I usually listen to as well.  During this trip, I was able to ascertain that the USAF TRS encrypted talkgroup that is listed as “Doghouse” on RadioReference seems to be associated with the 116th/461st ACW and that the encrypted talkgroup 56166 seems to be the 116th/461st ACW MOC net.

Robins AFB
133.225 – Tower
257.975 – Tower
121.850 – Ground
275.800 – Ground
134.100 – Base Ops
225.925 – Robins ALC Ops
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
119.600 – Atlanta TRACON
124.200 – Atlanta TRACON
279.600 – Atlanta TRACON
134.500 – ZTL South Departure Low
360.750 – ZTL South Departure Low

USAF TRS
TG 56046 – unknown
TG 56070 – ALC MOC
TG 56082 – ALC
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower
TG 56123 – Robins AFD FD Dispatch
TG 56141 – Doghouse (enc); related to 116th/46st ACW)
TG 56166 – 116th/461st ACW (enc) (suspect this is MOC net)
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown
TG 56257 – unknown

Monday evening and night’s weather around Warner Robins wasn’t very good. so it delayed several E-8 JSTARS flights at Robins AFB and generated a good bit of traffic on MOC nets at the base. TIGER 04 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8) and TIGER 88 (P-8A, 168760, VP-8) got in some pattern work at Robins before the storms came and DRACO 06 (E-8C, 00-2000, 116th/461st ACW) and PEACH 99 (E-8C, 94-0284, 116th/461st ACW) finally took off late in the evening after having to delay takeoff for lightning in the area.

TIGER 88 TIGER 4 3
ADS-B plot of TIGER 04 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8) and TIGER 88 (P-8A, 168760, VP-8) in the pattern at Robins AFB on 11 June 2018

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The laptop running with a RadarBox Micro ADS-B/Mode-S receiver, TRX-1 andBCD436HP scanners connected to the laptop, and a BC125AT at the motel room in Warner Robins

At the Museum of Aviation, a number of aircraft are under restoration, including their B-17G, HU-16, and VP-26B. All three are in the Scott Exhibit Hangar behind the Eagle Building (main building). Unfortunately, the EC-135 that used to be the CENTCOM command post aircraft is still out back behind the museum with parts of the aircraft removed. I hope they get some funding at some point to restore it. The last time I visited the museum, someone asked if John Travolta’s Gulfstream was still there; on this visit, I looked behind the hangars and it is still there.

 

 

After spending the night in Warner Robins, we left for Fort Benning and Andersonville on Tuesday morning. The morning was foggy and there were rain showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, so I didn’t hear all that much activity around Fort Benning. The radios did log some aviation activity from Lawson AAF and some land mobile traffic from the Fort Benning TRS, but nothing new was turned up since my last visit there in 2017.

Fort Benning
119.050 – Lawson AAF Tower
269.525 – Lawson AAF Tower
125.500 – Atlanta Approach/Departure
126.550 – Atlanta Approach/Departure
323.100 – Atlanta Approach/Departure
134.100 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
245.700 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
121.050 – Lawson AAF GCA
132.400 – Lawson AAF GCA
307.325 – Lawson AAF GCA

Fort Benning TRS
TG 3041 – unknown
TG 3255 – Bayonet Battalion
TG 3274 – unknown
TG 3389 – unknown
TG 3453 – Lawson AAF
TG 3517 – Transportation
TG 3636 – Ammunition
TG 3537 – unknown
TG 3567 – Range Control?
TG 3701 – E911
TG 3703 – Range Control

While my nephew, who is really interested in the Rangers, enjoyed seeing the Ranger related exhibits at the National Infantry Museum, I took particular interest in some of their World War I exhibits. I never get tired of seeing the Renault FT tanks there and the M1916 Armored Car. On this visit, they had the Global War on Terror memorial completed across from the Vietnam War memorial. Just as the Vietnam War memorial has all the names of those killed in action during the Vietnam War, the Global War on Terror memorial has all of the names of those killed in action during that conflict.

 

 

After we visited the National Infantry Museum, since it wasn’t very far away, I thought it was important that my nephew see the site of the Civil War prison camp, the Prisoner of War Museum, and the cemetery at the Andersonville National Historic Site. I felt that if he was going to see all of the “cool” stuff about military history at the National Infantry Museum, he should see the other side of military history at Andersonville. I wanted him to impress upon him that the military wasn’t always glamorous and that there was a downside to military history that we need to remember. Luckily we got there just as the afternoon guided tour was about to begin. Park Service intern Jessica gave the tour and did a magnificent job of it. She just didn’t point out was there and what happened there, but also encouraged us to think and contemplate upon what happened at Andersonville. It was something I’m glad my nephew was able to experience.

 

In the bottom left photo above, of the graves of Union prisoners of war who died at Andersonville, I’ll call your attention to the six gravestones that sit off to the right on their own. These are the graves of the Raiders, a group of POWs who robbed from and killed their fellow POWs. They were tried by a jury of the peers and hanged by their peers by permission of the Confederate camp commander. They are considered dishonorably discharged and aren’t honored on holidays as are the rest of the POWs buried at Andersonville.

On both Monday and Tuesday, we were within listening range of the Bulldog MOA in east/central Georgia and could hear F-16s from Shaw AFB and McEntire JNGB as well as F-35Bs from MCAS Beaufort operating in the MOA on 343.750. We could also hear them entering and exiting the MOA on 322.325 with Atlanta Center.

There was a lot of public safety radio traffic to hear during the trip. In addition to local agencies in Georgia, we could hear local public safety agencies in Alabama while around Fort Benning and Columbus. Given the mix of urban and rural areas we went through, there was a mix of conventional and trunked systems as well as a mix of analog and digital traffic.

Georgia Conventional Public Safety
154.3550 (PL 141.3) – Butts Co FD Dispatch
154.1750 (PL 88.5) – Crawford Co FD Dispatch
154.0700 (PL 186.2) – Laurens Co FD Dispatch (Analog)
155.4000 (PL 85.4) – Macon Co FD/EMS Dispatch
155.6475 (PL 110.9) – Schley FD Dispatch
155.5500 (PL 225.7) – Talbot Co VFD
154.2650 (PL 156.7) – Taylor Co FD Dispatch
160.6650 (PL 118.8) – Upson Co FD Dispatch
159.1950 (PL 100.0) – Upson Co EMS Dispatch

Georgia State Public Safety
159.2250 (PL 179.9) – GFC D2 Repeater
159.2250 (PL 123.0) – GFC D3 Macon Repeater
159.1200 (DCS 047) – GFC D4 Covington Repeater
159.2400 (PL 167.9) – GFC D6 Bleckley Repeater

Alabama Conventional Public Safety
159.4350 (PL 107.2) – Barbour Co, AL Fire 1
151.1150 (PL 167.9) – Lee Co, AL Common
155.1450 (PL 123.0) – Lee Co, AL FD East Dispatch
154.0250 (PL 167.9) – Lee Co, AL EMS 1
155.8950 (PL 107.2) – Lee Co, AL EMS 2
154.4000 (DCS 134) – Auburn FD (Lee Co, AL)
154.1900 (PL 123.0) – Russell Co, AL Fire North Dispatch
154.3250 (PL 123.0) – Russell Co, AL Fire West Dispatch
453.0750 (PL 151.4) – Phenix City FD 1 (Russell Co, AL)

Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System (P25)
TG 132 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Dispatch 1
TG 134 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Scene 2
TG 135 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Scene 3
TG 136 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Scene 4
TG 151 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Event 1
TG 152 – Macon-Bibb Co FD Event 2

Houston/Peach TRS (P25)
TG 16 – Houston Co FD Dispatch
TG 17 – Houston Co FD FG 1
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 64 – Warner Robins FD Training
TG 65 – Warner Robins FD Talk
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Muscogee County TRS (P25)
TG 71 – Columbus FD Dispatch

 

Savannah, GA to Clarkesville, GA Road Trip Scanning Report; 5/6 March 2018

Clarkesville, GA – On Monday and Tuesday I had to make a trip up to Clarkesville, GA for work; it’s an almost five-hour drive from Savannah, so it was good to have the radios in the car to keep me company on the way up. My route of travel was I-16 westbound from Savannah to US 1 in Swainsboro to SR 17 in Wrens to overnight in Lavonia and the to Clarkesville via SR17 on Tuesday morning. The trip home on Tuesday evening was a reverse of the trip up. The route took me through an area along SR 17 that featured a lot of public safety DMR trunking systems as well as some NXDN systems, so it was a great opportunity to get some more experience with DMR and listen to some NXDN traffic for the first time. During the trip, I used a Uniden Home Patrol 2, a Uniden BCD436HP, a Whistler TRX-1, and a Yaesu FT-8800 transceiver.

The Whistler TRX-1 definitely outperformed the Uniden BCD436HP on DMR, especially when all of the DMR TRS parameters were unknown. Although I haven’t been particularly pleased with the TRX-1 on 700/800 MHz P25 trunking, I was definitely pleased with its VHF DMR and NXDN performance during this trip. The audio from both DMR and NXDN was crisp, clear, and perfectly readable.

 

Amateur Radio

With the exception of one 70cm repeater, all of the repeaters I heard active during the trip were 2 Meter repeaters. It seemed that throughout the trip I was within the range of at least one repeater at all times. In hindsight, as well as I was hearing public safety traffic from the South Carolina counties bordering Georgia, I probably should have programmed in some repeaters from the South Carolina side of the Georgia/South Carolina border; the next time I make this trip I plan on doing so.

146.790 (CSQ) – Swainsboro (Emanuel Co)
147.000 (PL 156.7) – Twin City (Emanuel Co)
145.190 (PL 71.9) – Appling (Columbia Co)
147.120 (CSQ) – Wrens (Jefferson Co)
146.625 (CSQ) – Elberton (Elbert Co)
146.835 (CSQ) – Thomson (McDuffie Co)
146.715 (PL 100.0) – Lavonia (Franklin Co)
145.250 (PL 71.9) – Toccoa (Stephens Co)
147.330 (PL 127.3) – Toccoa (Stephens Co)
442.500 (PL 88.5) – Toccoa (Stephens Co)
147.180 (CSQ) – Baldwin (Banks/Habersham Co)

 

Public Safety

If you’re going to travel up SR 17 through east Georgia and/or northeast Georgia and want to monitor public safety communications along the way, you’ll want to use a DMR capable scanner or you may miss a considerable amount of traffic. Although some counties simulcast primary dispatch for Fire/EMS communications on an analog frequency, far more traffic is on the DMR and in some instances NXDN systems in Banks, Habersham, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie (encrypted), Stephens (encrypted) Washington, and White (encrypted except for Dispatch) counties

Local Conventional/Single Frequency TRS
154.3250 (PL 146.2) – Banks County FD Dispatch
154.0100 (PL 173.8) – Burke County FD/EMS Dispatch
154.2200 (PL 179.9) – Elbert County FD Dispatch
154.3700 (PL 167.9) – Franklin County FD Dispatch
155.3100 (PL 186.2) – Habersham FD Dispatch (Simulcast with DMR TRS)
154.2350 (PL 156.7) – Habersham EMS Dispatch (Simulcast with DMR TRS)
156.1650 (PL 97.4) – Clarkesville FD Dispatch (Habersham Co)
154.2950 (PL 218.1) – Madison County EMS Dispatch
154.3850 (PL 103.5) – Madison County FD Dispatch
151.4075 (NXDN) – McDuffie County FD; enc
154.4300 (PL 146.2) – Rabun County FD Dispatch
155.2050 (PL 100.0) – Rabun EMS/Rabun Hospital
155.6625 (PL 192.8) – Rabun County 911
154.2500 (PL 85.4) – Stephens County FD Dispatch
155.715 (CSQ) – White County FD Dispatch (simulcast with NXDN)
152.5325 (NXDN CC 15, TG 154600, SL 1) – White Co FD Dispatch South; enc/unenc
152.5475 (NXDN CC 15, TG 154600, SL 1) – White Co FD Dispatch North; enc/unenc
154.4450 (PL 210.7) – Wilkes County FD Dispatch
154.0100 (PL 179.9) – Abbeville County FD FD 1 (SC)
153.9500 (PL 151.4) – Anderson County FD Dispatch (SC)
155.5650 (D 464) – Anderson City FD Dispatch (Anderson Co, SC)
156.1950 (PL 162.2) – Belton FD (Anderson Co, SC)
158.8050 (D 464) – Honea Path FD (Anderson Co, SC)
154.1300 (PL 103.5) – Oconee County FD Dispatch (SC)
150.8050 (PL 103.5) – Oconee County FD Tac (SC)
453.4000 (PL 136.5) – Jackson County FD Dispatch (NC)

State Conventional
159.1200 (PL 127.3) – Georgia Forestry District 1 Repeater

Banks County NXDN TRS
TG 80 – Banks County Fire/EMS Dispatch

Bulloch TRS
TG 2224 – Statesboro FD Dispatch

Habersham County DMR TRS
TG 100 – unknown
TG 152 – unknown
TG 180 – unknown
TG 300 – Fire/EMS Dispatch
TG 602 – unknown
TG 604 – School Bus Dispatch

Jefferson County DMR TRS
TG 109 – Jefferson County FD Dispatch
TG 115 – Public Works?
TG 116 – Public Works?

Washington County DMR TRS
TG 42 – unknown
TG 700 – unknown

Palmetto 25 (Richmond County, GA)
TG 55242 – Richmond County FD Tac 2

North Carolina VIPER TRS
TG 52109 – NC Wildlife Resources District 9

 

FedCom

For those interested in FedCom monitoring, there are a number of agencies in east and northeast Georgia to listen to. East Georgia offers some opportunities with from the US Army Corps of Engineers at Strom Thurmond Lake and the Department of Energy from the Savannah River Site TRS.  Northeast Georgia offers opportunities from the National Park Service at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the US Forestry Service at several National Forests.

Conventional FedCom
169.5500 ($4C5) – NPS, Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park, Clingman’s Dome
170.8375 ($4C5) – NPS, Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park, Fry Mountain
173.5375 ($100) – USACE, Strom Thurmond Lake
171.5500 (PL 103.5) – USFS, Nantahala Natl Forest Zone 2 East

Savannah River Site TRS
TG 48240 – Savannah River Site FD
TG 48592 – unknown
TG 48624 – unknown
TG 49072 – unknown
TG 49392 – unknown (enc)
TG 50032 – unknown

 

Aviation/MilCom

I didn’t hear nearly as much MilCom traveling through east and northeast Georgia as I normally do in coastal Georgia, but you do have great signals on the Bulldog MOA in East Georgia as you’re practically underneath the MOA in some areas. I was hoping to get some signals on the Fort Gordon sites of the US Army TRS, but it wasn’t to be, I never heard a bit of it. On the other hand, I was within easy range of Augusta Regional Airport and Fort Gordon related aircraft that were using it. You’re also within the range of Shaw AFB, McEntire JNGB, and Charleston AFB during parts of the trip.

If you’re interested in civilian aviation, you’re in great luck as you’ll be on the east and northeast sides of Atlanta’s airspace, making it an extremely target rich environment. As far as the airports along the route go, all of them with the exception of Augusta Regional use Unicom frequencies, although Athens does have an approach/departure frequency before aircraft switch to its airport’s Unicom frequency.

339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
225.675 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3
354.325 – MAG-31, VMFT-401 Air-to-Air
361.800 – MAG-31, VMFT-401 Air-to-Air

318.100 – Columbia, SC Approach/Departure
141.900 – 55th FS Air-to-Air

318.100 – Columbia, SC Approach/Departure
298.300 – 169th FW Ops
141.825 – 169th FW V14

132.475 – Athens Approach/Departure
122.950 – Unicom; Athens

118.700 – Augusta Regional Tower
119.150 – Augusta Approach/Departure
126.800 – Augusta Approach/Departure

119.300 – Charleston Approach/Departure
120.700 – Charleston Approach/Departure

124.200 – Atlanta Approach/Departure, Warner Robins/Macon
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”

122.700 – Unicom; Cornelia/Washington/Wrens/Oconee
122.800 – Unicom; Toccoa/Jefferson/Thomson/Elberton
122.900 – Unicom; Canon/Waynesboro/Louisville/Millen
123.000 – Unicom; Sandersville
123.075 – Unicom; Gainesville
123.600 – Unicom; Anderson, SC

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
124.425 – ZTL Charlotte High
124.875 – ZTL Allatoona Ultra High
125.025 – ZTL High Rock Ultra High
125.575 – ZTL LaGrange High
125.625 – ZTL Spartanburg High
125.825 – ZTL Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – ZTL Dublin High
126.675 – ZTL Crossville High
128.100 – ZTL Augusta Low
129.925 – ZTL Burne High
132.050 – ZTL Dalas Low
132.625 – ZTL Shine Low
132.975 – ZTL Pulaski High
133.100 – ZTL Departure North
133.150 – ZTL Locas Low
133.175 – ZTL Rocket High
133.600 – ZTL Hinch Mountain Low
134.075 – ZTL Blue Ridge Ultra High
134.500 – ZTL South Departure Low
134.550 – ZTL Moped Low
134.800 – ZTL Commerce Ultra Low
135.350 – ZTL Unarm Low
263.125 – ZTL Unarm Low
269.100 – ZTL Spartanburg High
269.175 – ZTL Burne High
269.625 – ZTL Sinca Low
291.750 – ZTL High Rock Ultra High
296.600 – ZTL Lawtey Ultra High
322.325 – ZTL Augusta Low
353.925 – ZTL Lanier High
360.750 – ZTL South Departure Low

343.750 – Bulldog MOA

284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete

364.200 – NORAD AICC

324.600 – AR-207

 

If it wouldn’t have been such a quick trip, 600 miles over two days, it would have been a wonderful road trip, but as it was it wasn’t all that bad. Getting to see the mountains was quite the departure from the normal coast scenes of coastal Georgia. While in northeast Georgia, I took the opportunity to visit both the Currahee Museum in Toccoa and Tugaloo State Park between Toccoa and Lavonia; I’ll have a post up about that later. I definitely want to get back up to northeast Georgia and spend some more time, so it’s been added to my vacation to-do-list.