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Charleston Road Trip Monitoring Wrap Up; 12-14 January 2016

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Yesterday was the last day of my Charleston, SC road trip. Radio-wise, it was a very interesting trip with a good variety of traffic heard. During the trip, I monitored conventional Fire/Rescue, trunked Fire/Rescue, US Coast Guard, MilCom, and FedCom. Most of my monitoring was done mobile and late in the evening; during the day I was mostly playing tourist and enjoying the South Carolina Aquarium, Patriot’s Point, and Fort Sumter. On Thursday, I made a swing through Beaufort while on the way home to give the MCAS Beaufort TRS a listen; other than aircraft handling, it didn’t sound very busy and surprisingly I heard very little from Parris Island. As always, no known law enforcement information is included; if there is, it is unintentional. Some observational notes precede the list of frequencies and talkgroups heard:

  • For some time, I’ve been curious about how LifeStar One (medical helicopter) is dispatched. They are based in Springfield (Effingham County) and cover part of the southeast Georgia and Southeast South Carolina. During this trip, I heard them making operations reports with LifeNet dispatch on TG 3888 of the Palmetto 800 system.
  • As I mentioned in a previous post, Charleston area Fire Departments and EMS are dispatched using an automatic system with a synthesized female voice. The initial dispatch is done by the automatic system, assigning responding units to an incident channel. Once the units are on the incident channel they are handled by a human dispatcher. The synthesized voice also moves EMS units around, apparently using GPS and incident data to keep them spread evenly to keep response times down. It seemed to work well, but it was definitely a bit odd to listen to.
  • While monitoring the US DOD TRS in Charleston, I wasn’t able to nail down any new talkgroup IDs, but as seen below, some of the talkgroups are definitely related to handling 437th/315th Airlift Wing C-17s and one talkgroup seems to be Trans Alert, as traffic on it was related to handling transient aircraft.
  • A Marine Division Tactics Course may be ongoing at MCAS Beaufort, during the trip I heard aircraft using the LATCH callsign (which seems to be used by MCAS Beaufort aircraft participating in the course). In the afternoons, I was also hearing activity between F/A-18Ds from VMFA(AW)-533 at MCAS Beaufort and F-16CMs from the 77th FS at Shaw. The F/A-18Ds and F-16CMs were both refueling with SNAP 90, a KC-135 that was operating out of MCAS Beaufort for the week (SNAP 90 has departed Beaufort to the north, apparently heading home as I compile this report).

Since this is a radio related post, I thought I’d include a few photos of radio equipment from Patriot’s Point.  The first photo below is from Radio 3 aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10), note the ship’s callsign, NWKJ, on the far wall.. The third photo is of the Air Traffic Control Center aboard the Yorktown. The last three photos are of the Comm Shack at Patriot Point’s Vietnam Experience Exhibit and the equipment inside (the glare was unavoidable due to sunlight coming in through the open door).

Radio 3 aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot's Point

Radio 3 aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point

The Air Traffic Control Center aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot's Point

The Air Traffic Control Center aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point

Comm Shack made out of a conex box at the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot's Point

Comm Shack made out of a conex box at the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point

Radio gear inside the comm shack at Patriot Point's Vietnam Experience Exhibit

Radio gear inside the comm shack at Patriot Point’s Vietnam Experience Exhibit

Radio gear inside the comm shack at Patriot Point's Vietnam Experience Exhibit

Radio gear inside the comm shack at Patriot Point’s Vietnam Experience Exhibit

Conventional Fire/EMS
154.3550 (PL 118.8) – Beaufort Co. FD
154.2350 (PL 186.2) – Islandton FD (Colleton Co.)
154.1600 (PL 167.9) – St. George FD (Dorchester Co.)
154.2050 (PL 131.8) – Ashley River FD (Dorchester Co.)
154.2500 (PL 127.3) – Caromi Village VFD (Dorchester Co.)
159.2325 (DPL 131) – SCFC Huger
159.2475 (DPL 115) – SFC Okatee
159.3750 (DPL 116) – SCFC Hampton
159.4050 (DPL 155) – SCFC Cottageville

Palmetto 800
3856 – State Air to Ground
3888 – LifeNet Helo (LifeStar going en route to Memorial)
7120
7248
7296
8080
14608 – Dorchester Co Fire/Rescue
17952 – Citadel?
17984 – Citadel?
18496 – Summerville FD Dispatch
39504
43312 – Jasper County FD
43600
50368 – Meducare Air
50928 – Omniflight
56128 – Hanahan FD (Berkeley Co.)
61360 – Colleton Co Fire/Rescue Dispatch
61376 – Colleton Co Fire/Rescue Paging
61552 – Colleton Co Fire/Rescue Ops 4

Palmetto 25
550 – Hilton Head Fire Rescue Dispatch
552 – Hilton Head Fire Rescue Tac 1
676 – Beaufort Co. Major Incident 3
704 – Beaufort Co. FD Dispatch 1
1512
1567 – Awendaw FD Ops
1578 – Charleston Co. FD Rescue Admin
1628 – Charleston Co. Incident 7
1629 – Charleston Co. Incident 8
1631 – Charleston Co. Incident 10
1632 – Charleston Co. Incident 11
1721 – Mount Pleasant FD Ops (Automated Dispatch)
1771 – St Pauls FD Ops (Autmoated Dispatch)
1805 – North Charleston FD Ops (Automated Dispatch)
1847
1851 – Isle of Palms FD Ops
1871 – Sullivans Island FD Ops
1892 – St. Johns FD Command
1893 – St. Johns FD Training
1914
1997
2030 – Charleston FD 1 Ops (Automated Dispatch)
2049 – unknown Charleston FD/EMS (Automated Dispatch)
2051 – Charleston Co. Dispatch (Automated Dispatch)
2053 – Charleston Co. West Ops (Automated Dispatch)
2056 – Charleston Co. Incident 3
2062 – Charleston Co. Incident 5
2066 – Charleston Co. Incident channel?
2073

Charleston TRS
TG 33312 Charleston FD 4
TG 33504 Buses

MCAS Beaufort TRS
38421 – MCAS Beaufort Tower
38424 – MCAS Beaufort Flight Line*
38425 – MCAS Beaufort Flight Line Fueling*
38441 – MCAS Beaufort Flight Line*
38442 – MCAS Beaufort Flight Line Ordnance*
38448 – MCAS Beaufort Flight Line Hangar Ops*
38605 – MCAS Beaufort Facilities Maintenance
38817
38993 – Parris Island?

* – These talkgroups were all related to preparing aircraft for flights,
referred to a/c by two digits numbers 17, 24, etc.

US DOD TRS
28630 – Naval Weapons Station
28647 – Naval Weapons Station FD
28654 – Naval Weapons Station
28673 – Naval Weapons Station
28685 – Naval Weapons Station
28709 – Naval Weapons Station
28721 – Naval Weapons Station FD?
28737 – 437/315 AW*
28738 – 437/315 AW*
28739 – 437/315 AW*
28740 – 437/315 AW*
28740 – Charleston AFB
28742 – Charleston AFB
28745 – 437/315 AW*
28746 – Charleston AFB
28753 – Charleston AFB Trans Alert?+
28760 – Charleston AFB FD

* – These talkgroups were all related to preparing aircraft for flights
and receiving returning aircraft
+ – Traffic was related to arriving transient aircraft

ATC
122.700 – Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport
122.800 – Johns Island Airport
123.000 – Summerville Airport

Charleston AFB
126.000 – Charleston AFB Tower
119.300 – Charleston App/Dep
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep
349.400 – Charleston AFB “Palmetto Ops”
235.775 – North Field CCT

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
273.700 – 77 FS Ops “Gambler OPS”
139.825 – 77 FS a2a
141.950 – 77 FS a2a
320.525 – 79 FS Ops “Tiger OPS”
138.150 – 79 FS a2a
141.700 – 79 FS a2a

McEntire JNGB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
298.300 – 169 FW “Swamp Fox Ops”
141.825 – 169 FW V14
140.125 – 169 FW V15
143.250 – 169 FW V16

MCAS Beaufort
125.125 – Beaufort App/Dep
292.125 – Beaufort App/Dep
123.700 – Beaufort App/Dep
328.425 – Beaufort App/Dep
327.475 – VMFA-251 Tac 2
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
289.275 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
319.500 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2

SUAs
120.950 – SEALORD North Primary
284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
313.700 – SEALORD North Secondary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete
127.725 – Doubleshot Primary
258.400 – Doubleshot Discrete
279.275 – Doubleshot Discrete

MOAs
228.400 – Townsend Range
269.000 – Gamecock D MOA
343.750 – Bulldog MOA

Misc MilCom
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
234.800 – 125 FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125 FW Aux 6
348.900 – AR-600

Jacksonville ARTCC
256.900/133.700 – Jax Center Baxley Low
269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
278.300/134.975 – Jax Center Ridgeway Ultra High
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
306.300/133.450 – Jax Center Florence Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
351.700/124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
354.075/120.125 – Jax Center Knemo Ultra High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
370.950/133.625 – Jax Center Georgetown High

Atlanta ARTCC
273.600/123.950 – Atlanta Center Sinca Low
307.050/126.425 – Atlanta Center Dublin High
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low
360.625/124.325 – Atlanta Center Clark Hill Ultra High

FedCom
170.0500 (NAC 293) – Ft Sumter National Monument

Marine VHF/USCG
156.4500 – Marine VHF Ch. 9
156.6500 – Marine VHF Ch. 13
156.7000 – Marine VHF Ch. 14
156.8000 – Marine VHF Ch. 16
157.0500 – Marine VHF Ch. 21
157.1000 – Marine VHF Ch. 22
157.1250 – Marine VHF Ch. 82

150.7250 – CG 05, USCG/FLETC tactical vessel training
150.3000 (NAC 293) – CG 107, Air Station Savannah Ops (enc)
161.1375 (NAC 293) – CG 113, Station Tybee (enc)
171.2375 (NAC 293) – CG 127, Sector Charleston (enc)
413.0000 (NAC 293) – CG 410, Sector Charleston Air (enc)

If anyone has any IDs on any of the unidentified talkgroups above, please give me a shout and I’ll fill them in, the same with any corrections.


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