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Road Trip Report – Savannah to Columbus; 10/11 January 2017

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Savannah – I took a two-day trip from Savannah to Columbus on 10/11 January to visit the National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus as well as the Little White House in Warm Springs. Along the way, I listened to amateur radio, public safety communications, and military communications using my mobile station composed of a Yaesu FT-857D and Uniden Home Patrol 2 along with a Uniden BCD436HP handheld. This trip offered me the opportunity to monitor communications at Fort Benning since it was the first time I’ve been to Columbus since I picked up the MilCom hobby. It was also the first time I’ve had the opportunity to monitor the public safety DMR communications in Laurens County since I added the DMR upgrade to my BCD436HP. I still don’t have a good grasp on DMR and this was my first time listening to it at all so I’m still getting used to slots and colors. Anyway, what I heard is listed below.

 

Amateur Radio
147.390 (CSQ) – KF4DG (Statesboro)
147.330 (PL 77.0) – KD4IEZ, Dublin
147.360 (CSQ) – WA4HZX Dublin
145.110 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Cochran (Peach State Intertie)
146.670 (PL 82.5) – WR4MG, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
147.300 (PL 107.2) – WR4MG, Warner Robins
443.150 (PL 82.5) – WM4B, Warner Robins
146.850 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
146.640 (PL 97.4) – W4VIR, Montezuma (Peach State Intertie)
146.880 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Columbus
146.745 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Box Springs
441.975 (CSQ) – WB4ULK, Columbus (NOAA WX Alerts)

Jax Center
124.675 – Jekyll Low
126.125 – Statesboro High
126.750 – Brunswick Low
127.575 – Waycross Low
132.425 – Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Millen/Savannah Low
133.300 – Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
282.200 – Jekyll Low
363.200 – Millen/Savannah Low

Atlanta Center
120.450 – Tiroe Low
120.550 – Montgomery Low
123.950 – Macon Low
125.575 – LaGrange High
125.825 – Hampton Ultra High
125.875 – Martin Lake Ultra High
128.025 – Montgomery High
128.100 – Augusta Low
134.500 – Macon Low
134.950 – West Departure Low
298.850 – Tiroe Low
322.325 – Augusta Low
353.950 – LaGrange High

Columbus Airport
120.100 – Tower
257.800 – Tower

Ft. Benning
125.500 – Atlanta App/Dep
126.550 – Atlanta App/Dep
323.100 – Atlanta App/Dep
119.050 – Lawson AAF Tower
134.100 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
245.700 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
126.200 – Doughboy Advisory
121.050 – Lawson AAF GCA
307.325 – Lawson AAF GCA

Ft. Benning P25 TRS (most TG IDs from RadioReference)
TG 3041 – unknown
TG 3101 – unknown
TG 3132 – unknown
TG 3137 – unknown
TG 3242 – unknown
TG 3253 – Rock Steady
TG 3255 – Bayonet Battalion
TG 3256 – unknown
TG 3257 – Rock Force
TG 3274 – unknown
TG 3330 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3331 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3332 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3389 – unknown
TG 3450 – Fire Department
TG 3453 – Lawson AAF
TG 3458 – unknown
TG 3516 – KINGPIN Transportation
TG 3517 – unknown; seems to be related to TG 3516
TG 3530 – unknown
TG 3537 – unknown
TG 3566 – Range Control?
TG 3567 – Range Control?
TG 3568 – Range Control
TG 3569 – Range Control
TG 3636 – Ammunition
TG 3658 – unknown
TG 3662 – unknown
TG 3668 – unknown
TG 3701 – E-911
TG 3702 – Range Control Life Net
TG 3703 – Range Control
TG 3704 – unknown
TG 15159 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15160 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15162 – Fire Department Dispatch

Robins AFB
119.600 – Atlanta Tracon
124.200 – Atlanta Tracon
279.600 – Atlanta Tracon

Robins AFB TRS
TG 56012 – unknown
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown

Bulloch TRS
TG 2416 – Bulloch County FD South Dispatch
TG 2740 – Bulloch County FD Firegound 1

Crawford County
154.1750 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch

Houston-Peach TRS
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 17 – Houston County FD Fireground 1
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Laurens County
155.3550 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.0700 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.4000 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Tac?
154.8225 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County EMS
154.1150 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
154.1900 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
155.0850 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)

Notes:
-Traffic on 154.4000 was tactical traffic ref fire dispatched on 155.355
-Unit on 154.8225 picking up patient at Farview Park Hosp for transport to Macon

Monroe County
154.2200 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch

Muscogee County P25 TRS
TG 071 – Columbus Fire & EMS FD Dispatch
TG 073 – Columbus Fire & EMS Tac 1
TG 093 – Columbus Fire & EMS EMS Dispatch
TG 117 – Columbus Public Works
TG 121 – Columbus Public Works
TG 125 – Columbus Public Works
TG 143 – Columbus Public Works
TG 147 – Columbus Public Works

Taylor County
154.265 (PL 156.7) – Taylor County FD Dispatch

Troup County
460.6000 (PL 100.0) – West Point FD Dispatch

Troup County P25 TRS
TG 1040 – LaGrange FD Dispatch
TG 1048 – LaGrange FD Fire Inspectors
TG 1060 – Troup County FD Dispatch

AirEvac
159.6525 (DCS 065) – AirEvac 77, LaGrance
151.7300 (DCS 115) – AirEvac 91, Vidalia
151.9100 (DCS 072) – AirEvac 95, Statesboro
151.8500 (DCS 047) – AirEvac 102, Dublin

Georgia Forestry Commission
159.2250 (PL 179.9) – District 7 Repeater
159.2250 (PL 100.0) – District 10 Repeater
159.2400 (PL 167.9) – District 11 Repeater

Alabama First Responders Network
TG 11717 – Phenix City FD Dispatch (enc)
TG 11722 – Public Works
TG 11724 – Public Works
TG 11726 – Public Works
TG 11728 – Public Works
TG 11816 – unknown (enc)
TG 11828 – unknown

Barbour County, AL
159.4350 (PL 107.2) – Barbour County Fire 1

Lee County, AL
151.1150 (PL 167.9) – Lee County Common
154.0250 (PL 167.9) – Lee County EMS 1
155.1450 (PL 123.0) – Lee County FD East Dispatch
154.4000 (DCS 134) – Auburn FD Dispatch

Russell County, AL
154.1900 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch North
154.3250 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch West

I stayed overnight in Columbus, which gave me an opportunity to do some Ft. Benning listening. I didn’t hear as much as I would have liked to, but I did hear some helicopter traffic: RAVEN flights of H-60s, SABER flights (unknown helicopters), and ARMY 08757 (CH-47F). I also heard CONGO flights of T-1s from NAS Pensacola working the pattern at Lawson AAF. I stayed in the area of I-185 and Macon Rd, so I was close enough to the airport in Columbus to hear the ground side Lawson AAF and Doughboy Control transmitters and Approach/Departure and Atlanta Center transmitters at Columbus Airport.

There is A LOT of activity on the Ft. Benning P25 TRS, much of it unidentified. A good bit of it is related to training and I think it would take better knowledge of their training operations than what I possess to even begin to try to figure out what is what on it. Their public safety may be undergoing some changes because I never heard anything that sounded like MP communications and I heard three talkgroups in use for Fire Department dispatch that aren’t listed on RadioReference.


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