Forsyth – I spent the last week in Forsyth for the third of three weeks of training. As I always do, I had radios with me; this time it was the mobile station and the Uniden BCD436HP handheld scanner. After two weeks spent in Forsyth earlier in the year I had a pretty good idea of what to listen for and where to look for it at so the scanning and monitoring was easier this time around. There were plenty of Fire/EMS related communications to listen to in the surrounding area and there also turned out to be a surprise in that area. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate throughout the week I heard more MilCom from Forsyth on this trip. As with the previous two trips to Forsyth, monitoring the Macon-Bibb TRS and the Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System was pretty much a bust. I never did get but a few hits on the Macon-Bibb TRS and never got a control channel lock on the Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System. Finally, on Thursday afternoon I turned on the mobile HF gear and was able to make a few contacts with it.
As busy as I-75 is between Atlanta and Macon, the area is a target rich environment for those looking to listen to Public Safety communications. Fire/EMS agencies from Monroe, Butts, Crawford, Fayette, and Upson counties could be heard from where I was staying in Forsyth. I probably could have picked up a few more, but I only had the counties immediately surrounding Monroe County and Forsyth programmed into the radios; hearing Fayette county was completely by accident. Earlier in the week, I posted about the surprise of being able to watch and listen to GSAR Central Task Force training at High Falls State Park. I also picked up agencies in Emanuel, Houston, and Laurens counties on the way home from Forsyth to Savannah. If I ever find myself staying in Forsyth again, I think I’ll expand the programming out to pick up a few counties more toward Atlanta and see how that works.
On the way home to Savannah, I took a brief side trip to Warner Robins via I-475 around Macon. This side trip along with almost nightly trips down I-75 to the Macon area for supper provided me with the opportunity to listen to the Macon-Bibb TRS and the Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System. On most every occasion I heard little to nothing on the Macon-Bibb TRS and on very few occasions did I get a control channel lock on the Central Georgia Interoperable Regional Radio System. As I result I don’t have anything to report on those two systems. Coming out of Macon on I-475 I did get good signals on the Houston-Peach TRS and was able to listen to it for a good amount of time while heading into Warner Robins from the west and heading eastbound toward I-16.
The Forsyth area is also a target rich environment for those interested in listening to aviation communications. With Atlanta and its tremendously busy airspace not far up I-75, there is a lot of civilian aviation traffic in the area. There is a lot to be heard from Atlanta Approach/Departure, Macon, and Atlanta ARTCC. Forsyth is also well located for hearing some of the higher altitude aircraft talking to northern sectors of Jacksonville ARTCC. If you want to listen to aviation communications and public safety communications in the Forsyth area, I strongly recommend using separate radios for it because the aviation traffic alone will tie up a single scanner.
As I mentioned above, I heard more MilCom activity on this trip than I did the previous two. The signals weren’t great, but I could still hear some 55th FS F-16s from Shaw AFB working in Bulldog MOA one afternoon. On another I heard one of the C-130s from the 165th AW at Savannah transiting through the area. On Thursday afternoon, I caught a P-3 talking to its Base in Jacksonville; I never heard it on ATC so I’m not sure where it was in relation to Forsyth. With Robins AFB just down I-75, on most afternoons I could hear aircraft arriving and departing from there.
Frequency/Talkgroup ID List
159.120 (PL 146.2) – Georgia Forestry District 4 Repeater
159.225 (PL 123.0) – Georgia Forestry District 5 Repeater
154.220 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch
159.465 (PL 162.2) – Forsyth FD Dispatch (Monroe County)
45.240 (PL 167.9) – listed as Monre County EMA, but comms from Public Works
154.570 (PL 67.0) – (MURS) GSAR Central training op at High Falls State Park
154.355 (PL 141.3) – Butts County FD Dispatch
154.175 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch
155.880 (PL 173.8) – Swainsboro FD Dispatch (Emanuel County)
155.385 (PL 94.8) – Fayette County FD Dispatch
463.900 (PL 131.8) – Lamar County FD/EMS Dispatch
154.070 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.385 (PL 186.2) – Dublin FD Dispatch (Laurens County)
160.665 (PL 156.7) – Upson County FD Dispatch
154.415 (PL 192.8) – Thomaston FD Dispatch (Upson County)
Houston-Peach P25 TRS
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 18 – Houston County FD FG2
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 65 – Warner Robins FD Talk
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch
225.925 – Robins AFB ALC Ops
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
349.850 – Robins AFB PMSV
343.750 – Bulldog MOA
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
311.200 – 55th FS “SHOOTER Ops”
371.350 – CPRW-11 Base
Robins AFB TRS
TG 2128 – unknown
TG 4912 – Robins AFB Ops
TG 4944 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire
TG 11248 – unknown
TG 13616 – ALC?
TG 13648 – ALC?
TG 13712 – ALC?
TG 16048 – HMLA-773?
TG 38640 – unknown (encrypted)
TG 40048 – 116th/461st ACW
TG 40304 – 116th/461st ACW
TG 40794 – 116th/461st ACW
133.225 – Robins AFB Tower
119.600 – Atlanta TRACON
124.200 – Atlanta TRACON
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
124.450 – ZTL East Departure Low
125.575 – ZTL LaGrange High
125.825 – ZTL Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – ZTL Dublin High
128.100 – ZTL Augusta Low
133.100 – ZTL Atlanta North Departure
134.500 – ZTL Atlanta South Departure
135.000 – ZTL Atlanta Workload
127.925 – ZJX Aiken High
132.925 – ZJX Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – ZJX Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – ZJX Alma High
160.650 – Ch. 36 – Norfolk Southern
On Thursday afternoon, I decided to play radio on the amateur radio side of things and turned on the mobile HF station. I started out on 20 Meters and heard a few nets and some ragchew but nothing really spectacular. Next I tried 15 Meters and heard practically nothing. On a whim I tuned through 10 Meters and hit the jackpot; in just a few minutes of operating I worked one of the ARRL Centennial stations, W1AW/6 from California and had short QSOs with Doug, WH6WI in Hilo, Hawaii and Steve W7CI in Arizona. The 10 Meter contact to Hawaii was the cherry on top of the sundae during a week of mobile/portable radio fun. It all goes to prove you don’t need the biggest station or the tallest antenna to have a bit of fun!