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Charleston, SC Road Trip Scanning Report; 6 January 2014

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Charleston, SC – I arrived in Charleston shortly after 0700 this morning to dismal weather.  It misted, then rained and as the clouds cleared and things dried out the wind picked up heavily and the temperatures began to drop.  It all made for quite choppy conditions on the water, which cancelled the ferry trips out to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.  It was disappointing, but understandable – the Park Service and ferry provider have to keep everyone’s safety in mind.  In place of Fort Sumter, I visited Fort Moultrie then visited the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum.   There were some radio/scanning related things to be seen at both Fort Moultrie and the Fire Museum:

World War II Harbor Entrance Command Post at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island.

World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island.

Radio Room inside of the Harbor Entrance Command Post.

Radio Room inside of the Harbor Entrance Control Post.

1930s Fire Station Dispatch Desk.  Note the switches and lights in front of the operator - they controlled traffic signals so that the fire trucks wouldn't have to stop.

1930s Fire Station Dispatch Desk. Note the switches and lights in front of the operator – they controlled traffic signals so that the fire trucks wouldn’t have to stop.

MilCom or Aviation enthusiasts would find the Fire Museum a good place to visit for another reason.  It just so happens to sit under the departure path of Charleston AFB.  Right after I pulled up to the museum, this C-17 passed overhead:

C-17A departing Charleston AFB flying over the North Charleston & American LaFrance Fire Museum.

C-17A departing Charleston AFB flying over the North Charleston & American LaFrance Fire Museum.

With that out of the way, here is the scanning report for the day.  Among what I was monitoring was the Palmetto 800 TRS, the Palmetto 25 TRS, the Department of Defense TRS, Aviation/MilAir, Marine VHF, USCG, and various conventional frequencies.  Four talkgroups on the Palmetto 25 system seemed to be being used by Charleston Dispatch to automatically dispatch calls; the calls were being dispatched by a computerized female voice but no responses were noted from units being dispatched (the calls were also being dispatched normally on other talkgroups by live dispatchers.  Due to driving in an urban environment I wasn’t familiar with, I let the laptop log from the Home Patrol scanner while I casually kept up with the BC780XLT.  I also monitored some with the BCD396XT.  Once at the motel for the evening, I set up both with the laptop and netbook in the motel room to log/record activity.

Palmetto 25
575 – Parris Island FD/EMS
704- Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
1567 – Awendaw FD Ops
1620 – Port Authority Ops 1
1628 – Incident 7
1629 – Incident 8
1631 – Incident 10
1634 – Incident 13
1649 – Incident 20
1721 – Mt Pleasant FD Ops
1760 – Charleston Aviation Authority PD Ops
1856 – Isle of Palms Dispatch
1893 – St Johns FD Training
1905 – NCFD Ops
2030 – Charleston FD 1 Ops
2051 – Charleston County Dispatch
2053 – CC West Ops
2057 – Incident 4
2062 – Incident 5
2063 – Incident 6
2066 – unknown, possibly an FD dispatch
2071 – St Andrews FD
2086 – Automated Dispatch?
2092 – Automated Dispatch?
2094 – Automated Dispatch?
2095 – Automated Dispatch?

Palmetto 800
2608 – Medshore
50368 – Meducare Air Ambulance
61360 – Colleton County F/R Dispatch

DOD TRS – NWS Charleston & Joint Base Charleston sites
28630 – NWS Charleston?
28648 – NWS Charleston FD Tac
28665 – NWS Charleston?
28685 – NWS Charleston?
28673 – NWS Charleston
28693 – NWS Charleston?
28738 – Charleston AFB?
28739 – Charleston AFB?
28740 – Charleston AFB?
28742 – Charleston AFB?
28745 – Charleston AFB?
28753 – Charleston AFB (CP? traffic ref inbound C-17s)
28760 – Charleston AFB?
28766 – Charleston AFB?

Dorchester County
154.205 (PL 131.8) – DCFD Ashley River
154.250 (PL 127.3) – DCFD Caromi

USCG
171.2375 – CG 127 (NAC 293)
413.000 – CG 410 (NAC 293)
156.800 – Marine VHF Ch. 16
157.050 – Marine VHF Ch. 21
157.100 – Marine VHF Ch. 22
157.125 – Marine VHF Ch. 82
157.175 – Marine VHF Ch. 83

Marine VHF – Ports
156.650 – Ch. 13
156.700 – Ch. 14
156.800 – Ch. 16
156.175 – Ch. 63
156.675 – Ch. 73
156.925 – Ch. 78

*156.225 – Russian language, probably from ship in port

Aviation/MilAir
126.000 – Charleston AFB Tower
239.000 – Charleston AFB Tower
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep
306.925 – Charleston App/Dep
135.800 – Charleston App/Dep
349.400 – Charleston AFB CP
258.400 – Doubleshot
279.725 – Doubleshot
127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
319.200 – Jax Center Aiken High
133.625 – Jax Center Georgetown High
370.950 – Jax Center Georgetown High
134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
317.550 – Jax Center Charleston Low
351.700 – Jax Center Summerville High
124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
132.925 – Jax Center Millen/Savannah Low
363.200 – Jax Center Millen/Savannah Low
124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low

Patriots Point
453.300 (PL 173.8)

I’ll post an updated version of the list above here after I get home to Savannah from the second day of the two day trip.  Hopefully it will be useful for anyone traveling the Charleston area.


3 Comments

  1. […] The list of talkgroups and frequencies would probably be a bit longer, but an issue with ARC Patrol and the laptop caused me to lose the computer logging data from the trip from Charleston home to Savannah.  Sometime between shutting down the laptop and turning it back on and starting ARC Patrol back up, the log file got corrupted – so I lost all of the log from the trip home.  I was able to log a bit during the day so there is some information added to the list, which is a continuation of the one from yesterday. […]

  2. […] from Patriots Point are next up.  Scanning and Monitoring reports have also been posted from Day 1 and Day 2 of the two day […]

  3. […] Fire Museum, and Patriots Point.   Scanning and Monitoring reports have also been posted from Day 1 and Day 2 of the two day […]

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