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Charleston, SC Road Trip Scanning Report; 7 January 2014

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Charleston, SC – A lot of the Fire Departments around Charleston were VERY busy today, partly due to the frigid conditions.  The lowest I saw it get this morning was 17F with a 7F windchill.  The highest I saw it get was 32F this afternoon on the way home to Savannah.  The automated dispatch testing continued with the computerized female voice, with it showing up a on a total of 9 talkgroups.  That will be something interesting for radio hobbyists in the Charleston area to keep an ear on.  The Palmetto 25 system is probably the best one to listen to for public safety comms in the Charleston area, followed by the Palmetto 800 system.  For Savannah area readers, the Incident Channels on the Palmetto 25 system are used much like the Chatham Fire Tac channels, Savannah Fireground channels, and the Effingham Incident channels – they respond to the calls on the Incident channels and all incident communications are handled on them.

On the ham radio front, I was able to have a eyeball QSO with Eugene, AB4UG over lunch at the East Bay Deli.  Unfortunately, due to a power outage Connie, NR4CB wasn’t able to make it.  I’m sure there will be a next time though – I’ll be making a trip back in the future to try Fort Sumter again and take in the Charleston Aquarium.

Today was much more active MilCom-wise, partly because it was Tuesday and partly because of the better weather.  Continuing to drive in an unfamiliar area led me to not try to log individual flights, but I can provide a general overview of the activity.  C-17s using LIFTER, GRITS, and REACH callsigns (as expected) were very active out of Charleston AFB.  F-16s from Shaw AFB and McEntire JNGB were up working in the DOUBLESHOT areas off of the coast, the Bulldog MOA in Georgia, and doing approaches at Charleston AFB.  A number of Army PAT flights were heard going into Charleston AFB and MCAS Beaufort.  While in Beaufort County on the way home,  I heard a flight of BLADEs from VMFA-115 at MCAS Beaufort going to Townsend Range.

It looks like the Department of Defense P25 TRS is very active in Charleston and is being used by both the Naval Weapons Station (abbreviated NWS below) Charleston and Charleston AFB. Hopefully Charleston area radio hobbyists will be able to hammer out some good IDs on the talkgroups.  Most of the ones I logged I’ve ID’d with educated guesses, thus the “?” at the end of many.

As with yesterday, there was more radio geekery to be found while visiting the attractions.  Below are photos of the radio rooms aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) and USS Laffey (DD-724).  Unfortunately, both are behind plexiglass barriers, so it was hard to get photos.  A photo of the exterior of the USS Laffey is also included, she just bristled with various types of antennas.

Radio Room on board USS Yorktown (CV-10).

Radio Room on board USS Yorktown (CV-10).  Note the callsign NWKJ.

Radio Room aboard the USS Laffey (DD-724).

Radio Room aboard the USS Laffey (DD-724).

USS Laffey (DD-724) looking like a porcupine with all of her antennas.

USS Laffey (DD-724) looking like a porcupine with all of her antennas.

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.

Palmetto 25
575 – Parris Island FD/EMS
704 – Beaufort County FD Dispatch 1
1567 – Awendaw FD Ops
1620 – Port Authority Ops 1
1628 – Charleston County Incident 7
1629 – Charleston County Incident 8
1631 – Charleston County Incident 10
1634 – Charleston County Incident 13
1646 – Charleston County Incident 17
1649 – Charleston County Incident 20
1721 – Mt Pleasant FD Ops
1763 – Charleston Aviation Authority Admin
1771 – St Pauls FD Ops
1805 – North Charleston FD Ops
1806 – North Charleston FD Admin
1851 – Isle of Palms FD Ops
1856 – Isle of Palms Dispatch
1871 – Sullivans Island FD Ops
1881 – Johns Island FD Ops
1893 – St Johns FD Training
1905 – NCFD Ops
2030 – Charleston FD 1 Ops
2051 – Charleston County Dispatch
2053 – CC West Ops
2054 – Charleston County Incident 1
2055 – Charleston County Incident 2
2056 – Charleston County Incident 3
2057 – Charleston County Incident 4
2062 – Charleston County Incident 5
2063 – Charleston County Incident 6
2066 – Charleston County Dispatch, FD units returning to quarters
2071 – St Andrews FD
2085 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2086 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2087 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2088 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2090 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2092 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2093 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2094 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing
2095 – Charleston County Automated Dispatch testing

Charleston City Public Safety TRS
33264 – Charelston FD Ops

Palmetto 800
2608 – Medshore
14896 – Summerville FD
50368 – Meducare Air Ambulance
61360 – Colleton County F/R Dispatch

DOD TRS – NWS Charleston & Joint Base Charleston sites
28038 – unknown
28626 – NWS Charleston?
28630 – NWS Charleston?
28647 – NWS Charleston?
28648 – NWS Charleston FD Tac
28654 – NWS Charleston?
28665 – NWS Charleston?
28682 – NWS Charleston?
28685 – NWS Charleston
28673 – NWS Charleston
28674 – NWS Charleston?
28693 – NWS Charleston?
28709 – NWS Charelston?
28726 – Charleston AFB?
28738 – Charleston AFB?
28739 – Charleston AFB
28740 – Charleston AFB?
28742 – Charleston AFB?
28745 – Charleston AFB?
28753 – Charleston AFB
28760 – Charleston AFB FD

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

USCG
171.2375 – CG 127 (NAC 293), Sector Charleston
163.1375 – CG 113 (NAC 293), Station Tybee
413.000 – CG 410 (NAC 293), Sector Charleston Air Ops
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
379.925 – Charleston App/Dep
349.400 – Charleston AFB CP
372.200 – Charleston AFB PTD
125.125 – Beaufort App/Dep
292.125 – Beaufort App/Dep
120.400 – Savannah App/Dep
353.775 – Savannah App/Dep
127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
319.200 – Jax Center Aiken High
133.625 – Jax Center Georgetown High
370.950 – Jax Center Georgetown High
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
317.550 – Jax Center Charleston Low
124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
351.700 – 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
126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
269.550 – Jax Center Columbia Low
128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
323.000 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
127.725 – Doubleshot Primary
258.400 – Doubleshot Discrete
279.725 – Doubleshot Discrete
228.400 – Townsend Range
343.750 – Bulldog MOA
311.200 – 55th FS Ops
364.200 – NORAD AICC
318.300 – JSTARS Discrete

FedCom
171.650 – USFWS Savannah NWR Complex (probably Pinckney Island)

Patriots Point
453.300 (PL 173.8)

Over the next day or so, I’ll be putting up some posts with photos from Fort Moultrie, the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum, and Patriots Point.   I thought it would be easier on the reader and myself if I broke them down into more manageable chunks.


3 Comments

  1. […] 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 […]

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

  3. […] 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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