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Saturday, December 30, 2006
New Cleary HF Counter Narco Net List Posted
Friday, December 29, 2006
More Washington, DC Frequency Coverage
Andrews AFB Aeronautical Frequencies
Potomac Approach 119.300 335.500
Potomac Departure 125.650 348.725
Andy Tower 118.400 349.000
Andy Ground Control 121.800 275.800
ATIS 113.100 251.050
Clearance Delivery 127.550 285.475
Pilot-to-Dispatcher 139.300 USN/USAF/372.200 USAF/386.800 USN
PMSV Metro 344.600
Base/Unit Command Post
141.550/378.100 89AW Command Post
141.700/292.200 89AW/1HS Operations Mussel Control/Ops
143.800/351.200 459AW/756AS Command Post/Operations
251.900 89AW/1HS UH-1 Mussel c/s
266.500 113FW Safety of Flight (SOF)
314.250 113 Wing/201AS Operations Boxer Ops
328.400 VR-53 Squadron Common
351.800 113 Wing/121FS Command Post/Supervisor of Flight
129.525 89AW SAM Aircraft Interplane
136.725 89AW SAM Aircraft Interplane
225.600 89AW SAM Aircraft Interplane
283.875 357AW/457AS Aircraft Interplane
297.500 89AW/1HS Aircraft Interplane
320.400 HMX-1 Com 3
DoD Switchboard 268.000 287.500 293.500
Guard Dog Washington Area NORAD CAP Profile
Since there will be a lot of VIPs in the Washongton, D.C. area over the next few days, here is a small profile on NORAD CAP frequencies and callsign that will surely be up 24/7.
121.500 International Civilian Calling/Emergency
135.525/350.250 Washington ARTCC Guard Dog Coordination Frequencies (UHF new ex-288.350 MHz)
134.150/327.000 Washington ARTCC
228.900 NORAD Discrete "Huntress"
243.000 International Military Calling/Emergency
255.400 FAA Flight Service Station Leesburg, Virginia
260.900 NORAD Discrete "Huntress"
320.600 CAP Aerial refueling Boom Freq
324.000 CAP Aerial refueling Boom Freq
364.200 NORAD AICC369.150 Occasional CAP unit air-air
Arrow ## 33FW/60FS (Eglin AFB) 338.750/369.150 MHz
Brave ## 113 Wing/121FS (DC ANG) 139.700 MHz A-A
Cosmic ## 177FW/119FS (NJ ANG) 138.200 MHz A-A
Harass ## 1FW/27FS (Langley AFB)
Pittman ## 20FW/79FS (Shaw AFB) 142.125 143.800 MHz A-A
Spider ## 119FW (ND ANG) 138.000 MHz A-A
Tanker ## Aerial refueling aircraft
Huntress NEADS/SEADS NORAD Air Defense Control Center
Military TRS Freqs to Monitor During Prez Ford Funeral Events
Site 1 385.6750/395.6750c
Site 2 385.6250/395.6250c 386.4375/396.4375 386.9125/396.9125 387.9500/397.9500
Site 3 380.4875/390.4875c 381.2000/391.2000 381.3375/391.3375 381.6875/391.6875 381.83750/391.8375
Washington, D.C. – Joint National Capitol Region System
Site 1 386.1875/396.1875 386.9875/396.9875 387.0625/397.0625 388.1125/398.1125 388.1375/398.1375 388.1625/398.1625 388.1875/398.1875 388.2125/398.2125 388.2625/398.2625 388.3125/398.3125 388.3375/398.3375
Ft. Detrick, Maryland
Site 1 385.7000/395.7000c 385.8000/395.8000c 385.9500/395.9500 387.2375/397.2375 387.5375/397.5375 387.6375/397.6375
Ft. A. P. Hill, Virginia System 00a
System ID: 00a P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 385.7875/395.7875c 387.2250/397.2250c 387.5250/397.5250 387.8250/397.8250 389.1250/399.1250 389.3000/399.3000
Washington, D.C. System 00c
System ID: 00c P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 385.7125/395.7125c
Tyson's Corner, Virginia System 00d
System ID: 000d P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 380.1250/390.1250c 380.4250/390.4250c 380.4875/390.4875
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia System 1
System ID: 001 P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 381.6750/391.6750c 381.8250/391.8250c 381.9750/391.9750 385.0125/395.0125 385.2125/395.2125 385.8875/395.8875 386.3375/396.3375
Ft. Meyer, Virginia System 2
System ID: 002 P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 380.0625/390.0625 380.3250/390.3250 380.3750/390.3750 380.6250/390.625 380.6750/390.6750 380.8250/390.8250 380.9750/390.9750 381.0875/391.0875 381.2375/391.2375c 381.2875/391.2875 381.6250/391.6250 381.7750/391.7750 381.9250/391.9250Site 2 380.5250/390.5250c
Fort Meade, Maryland System 7
System ID: 007 P25 WACN: 580a0
Site 1 380.3875/390.3875c 380.5500/390.5500c 380.8375/390.8375c 380.9875/390.9875c 381.3250/391.3250 381.7875/391.7875Site 2 380.5750/390.5750 386.5625/396.5625
Washington, D.C. System 8
System ID: 008 P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 380.0750/390.0750c 380.4250/390.4250c 380.7250/390.7250
Washington, D.C. System 9
System ID: 009 P25 WACN: 580A0
Site 1 380.2750/390.2750c 380.5750/390.5750c 380.8750/390.5750
Washington, D.C. – Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC)
System ID: 032 P25 WACN: BEE0A
Site 1 385.7125/395.7125c 385.9125/395.9125c 386.2125/396.2125c 386.5625/395.5625c
Andrews AFB, Maryland
System ID: 017a P25 WACN: BEE00
Site 1 385.2125/395.2125c 385.3125/395.3125c 385.9000/395.9000 385.9125/395.9125 386.0375/396.0375 386.2000/396.2000 386.3375/396.3375 386.5000/396.5000 386.6375/396.6375 386.8000/396.8000
US Department of Defense System
Fort Meade, Maryland and other areas
System ID: 001 P25 WACN: 1b5c8
Site 202 380.1750/390.1750 380.4125/390.4125 380.6875/390.6875 380.7375/390.7375 381.1125/391.1125 381.1625/391.1625c 381.4250/391.4250 381.5625/391.5625 381.7500/391.7500c 381.8750/391.8750c
Site 303 385.0625/395.0625 385.9250/395.9250 386.9625/396.9625c 388.2625/398.2625 388.8875/398.8875 389.1625/399.1625 389.2375/399.2375 389.4875/399.4875 389.8375/399.8375
Site 404 380.4375/390.4375 380.8625/390.8625Site 505 380.4625/390.4625 380.9125/390.9125
Site 707 380.6625/390.6625 385.7125/395.7125c
Site 808 380.7125/390.7125
Site 909 385.7750/395.7750 386.3125/396.3125c 387.3375/397.3375c 387.6750/397.6750c
Site 1010 380.8875/390.8875
Washington Naval District, D.C.
System: EDACS Regular
Site 1 Washington Naval Shipyard: 138.775 (LCN1) 140.125 (LCN2) 140.625 (LCN3) 138.650 (LCN4) 140.275 (LCN5) 140.225 (LCN6) 140.550 (LCN7) 139.525 (LCN8) 139.475 (LCN9) 140.300 (LCN10) 150.150 (LCN11) According to reports only the first four channels are being used. Not sure the status of LCN 5-11.
Site 2: Bethesda Naval Hospital: No frequencies available, need reports from the area.
Site 3 Annapolis Naval Academy: 138.125 (LCN1) 142.100 (LCN2) 142.600 (LCN3) 143.700 (LCN4)
System wide frequencies: 138.575 (Security talk around) 138.550 (Fire talk around) 143.550 (Non-public safety talk around). Unconfirmed reports indicate that 138.775 could have replaced 138.175 in this system.
Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
System: Motorola Type II SmartNet (Analog)
141.2000c 142.4750c 142.9250c 143.3250c 143.4000
Andrews AFB, Maryland
System: Motorola Type II Smartzone 3600 baud (Mixed Mode)
406.3500c 406.9500c 407.1500c 407.4250c 408.0250 408.2000 408.7500 408.9500 409.3500 409.7250
Fort Detrick, Maryland
System: Motorola Type II Smartnet
406.3500 407.0750 408.5500 409.1500 409.7500
Fort Meade, Maryland
System: Motorola Type II Smartnet
406.3250 407.4000 407.5750 409.4500
Fairfax County, Virginia – Department of Defense FED-SMR
System: Motorola Type II SmartNet
406.2000 406.3000 406.5250 406.7750 407.0250 407.9500 408.8500 409.2500 410.2750 411.2000
Fort Belvoir Area, Virginia – Unknown Federal System
System 1 406.1125 406.3625 406.5250 406.7750 406.9250 407.0875 407.2375 407.4125 407.5625 407.7125 407.8875 408.0875 408.2625 408.4250 408.5750 408.7375 408.9125 409.1125 409.2750 409.4750 409.6375 409.9125 410.7625
System 2 409.9125 410.5625 410.7625
Will have additional information on area government systems and frequencies on my Btown Monitoring Post Blog.
Military tradition to be evident in Ford funeral events
Nearly 4,000 servicemembers to support Ford's funeral
by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
12/28/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Almost 4,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members are gearing up to support the national farewell to former President Gerald R. Ford that will span a seven-day period with events in California, Maryland, the nation's capital and Michigan.
"This is DOD's way of showing respect and honor to a former commander in chief and president, so it's very important to us," said Army Col. Jim Yonts, public affairs officer for the Military District of Washington.
The military's experience in planning, attention to detail and execution makes it ideally suited to conducting state funerals honoring former presidents, Colonel Yonts said.
"It ensures the synchronization of many, many moving parts, with ground assets, air assets, intelligence assets and all kinds of other assets coming together to ensure a safe and secure state funeral that properly honors a former commander in chief and president," he said.
The MDW, operating as the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, will serve as the Defense Department's command and control headquarters for the funeral activities. Military support ranges from color guards and honorary pallbearers to airlift and other transportation to logistics, Colonel Yonts said.
About 100 members of a joint-service honor guard from throughout the National Capital Region arrived Dec. 27 in Palm Desert, Calif., where Ford will lie in repose Dec. 29 and 30, he said.
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., will coordinate events in California, and the Michigan National Guard will coordinate events in Michigan, he said.
The U.S. Marine Corps Twentynine Palms Band will play a military arrival ceremony and private family prayer service at 4 p.m. Dec. 29 at Palm Desert's St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.
After the service, Ford's remains will lie in repose through early Dec. 30. Members of the Washington-based 3rd U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, "the Old Guard"; the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company; the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard; the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard will attend the casket, Yonts said.
A military honor guard will accompany Ford's remains as they are flown to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 30.
There, a joint-service honor cordon and color guard will meet them for a 5:30 p.m. arrival ceremony. The U.S. Air Force Band will provide music, and The Old Guard's Presidential Salute Battery will render a 21-gun salute, Colonel Yonts said.
Joint-service pallbearers will carry the casket to a hearse, which will lead a motorcade through Washington, D.C., en route to the U.S. Capitol. The motorcade will pause in front of the World War II Memorial, a tribute to Ford's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Once at the east side of the Capitol, the pallbearers will carry Ford's casket into the House chambers, where he will lie in state to commemorate his many years as a U.S. congressman. From there, the pallbearers will carry the casket to the rotunda to lie in state, before moving it again to the Senate chambers to honor Ford's time as vice president, and therefore, president of the Senate.
On Jan. 2, the pallbearers will carry the casket down the Senate steps to the awaiting hearse. His motorcade will proceed to a 10:30 a.m. state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, where President Bush will speak.
Following the state funeral, Ford's body will be flown to Grand Rapids, Mich., for burial on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the former president's hometown.
There, he will lie in repose before being moved at 1 p.m. Jan. 3 for a private funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church, Colonel Yonts said. Following the ceremony, the casket will be returned to the presidential museum for burial.
Throughout the funeral events, every branch of the armed forces and the U.S. Coast Guard will provide personnel, support and ceremonial units to the Joint Task Force National Capital Region, Colonel Yonts said. These ceremonial units have participated in state funerals for Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan.
Photo Credit: President Ronald Reagan was the last former president to receive a state funeral, in June 2004. The bugle call "Taps" originated in the Civil War with the Army of the Potomac to signal the end of the day. The call later came into another use at funerals as a figurative call to the sleep of death for soldiers. (U.S. Air Force file photo)
Thursday, December 28, 2006
What is in the January MT Milcom Column?
We have some really neat stuff in our January 2006 Monitoring Times Milcom column.
Titled, The FLTSATCOM System - we cover indepth the FLTSATCOM UHF milsat birds, including their entire frequency bandplan (downlink/uplinks) and current operational status. This is the most comprehensive coverage of this satellite system since I first wrote up this system in my old book, Communications Satellites. And yes, we still have two of these satellites on station and in operation. So as I have said before, "miss one issue of MT and you miss a lot."
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
No More Marine 121.5/243.0 MHz EPIRBs
U.S. Coast Guard - Press Release
Date: Dec. 8, 2006
BOATERS MUST NOT OPERATE 121.5/243 MHZ EPIRBs AFTER 31 DECEMBER 2006
WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard reminds all boaters that beginning January 1, 2007, both 121.5 and 243 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) are prohibited from use in both commercial and recreational watercraft. Boaters wishing to have an emergency rescue beacon aboard their vessel must have a digital 406 MHz model.
The January 1, 2007, date to stop using 121.5 MHz EPIRBs is in preparation for February 1, 2009, when satellite processing of distress signals from all 121.5/243 MHz beacons will terminate. Following this termination date, only the 406 MHz beacons will be detected by the International Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System which provides distress alert and location data for search and rescue operations around the world.
The regulation applies to all Class A, B, and S 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs. It does not affect 121.5/243 MHz man overboard devices which are designed to work directly with a base alerting unit only and not with the satellite system.
This change, in large part, was brought about by the unreliability of the 121.5/243 MHz beacons in an emergency situation. Data reveals that with a 121.5 MHz beacon, only one alert out of every 50 is a genuine distress situation. This has a significant effect on expending the limited resources of search and rescue personnel and platforms. With 406 MHz beacons, false alerts have been reduced significantly, and, when properly registered, can usually be resolved with a telephone call to the beacon owner. Consequently, real alerts can receive the attention they deserve.
When a 406 MHz beacon signal is received, search and rescue personnel can retrieve information from a registration database. This includes the beacon owner's contact information, emergency contact information, and vessel/aircraft identifying characteristics. Having this information allows the Coast Guard, or other rescue personnel, to respond appropriately.
In the U.S., users are required by law to directly register their beacon in the U.S. 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database at: http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov/ or by calling 1-888-212-SAVE. Other users can register their beacon in their country's national beacon
registration database or, if no national database is available, in the International Beacon Registration Database at https://www.406registration.com/.
The United States Coast Guard is the lead agency for coordinating national maritime search and rescue policy and is responsible for providing search and rescue services on, under and over assigned international waters and waters subject to United States jurisdiction.
Thanks to Leo Salas and the DFW Scan gang for passing along this press release. And remember if you have something to share with the blog and our readers, please send it along to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
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Profile: MacDill AFB, Florida, Trunk Radio System
My old friend and former MT columnist Robert Wyman has made a couple of trips to MacDill AFB, Florida, area and did some VHF/UHF monitoring. During those sessions Robert intercepted the base trunk system and he has passed along the following profile of the TRS at that base. Thanks Robert.
MacDill AFB, Florida
System: Motorola Type II Smartzone (APCO-25 Exclusive)
Motorola System ID: b112
Base Frequency: 406.5625; Spacing: 12.5-kHz; Offset: 380
Frequencies: 406.5625c 406.7625c 406.9625 407.3625 407.5625 407.7625c 407.9625c 408.1625 408.3625 408.5625
16 Unknown user/usage
64 Unknown user/usage
1600 Unknown user/usage
1616 Unknown user/usage
1632 Unknown user/usage
1648 Unknown user/usage
4800 MacDill Control
4816 Unknown user/usage
4832 Unknown user/usage
4880 Unknown user/usage
8000 Unknown user/usage
9600 Unknown user/usage
11200 Unknown user/usage
12800 Unknown user/usage
14400 Unknown user/usage
16000 Unknown user/usage
19200 Unknown user/usage
20800 Unknown user/usage
20864 Unknown user/usage
25600 Unknown user/usage
25616 Unknown user/usage
25632 Unknown user/usage
25648 Unknown user/usage
27200 Unknown user/usage
30400 Unknown user/usage
35216 Unknown user/usage
35248 Unknown user/usage
Saturday, December 23, 2006
MARScom Satellite Launched - Where to Hear It!
DE NNN0ASA 139P 211235Z DEC 2006
FM NNN0ASA VA
SUBJ: MARSCOM SATELLITE INITIAL OPERATIONS
1. THE FOLLOWING WAS RECEIVED FROM NNN0APR MDE, ON THE LATEST STATUS OF THE MARSCOM SATELLITE:
FOR ALL NAVY MARINE CORPS MARS AND ALL ARMY AND AF MARS:
AT 0156Z ON 21 DECEMBER, THE MARSCOM SATELLITE WILL DEPLOY FROM THE SPACE SHUTTLE AND BEGIN OPERATING. IT'S PACKET CALLSIGN IS NMARS ANDWE INVITE ALL ACTIVE MARS MEMBERS TO TRY TO COPY ITS WEAK SIGNAL ON------ MHZ +/- 2 KHZ. THE MODE WILL BE AX.25 PACKETS BUT IN SSB MODE.
IT WILL ONLY TRANSMIT ONE PACKET A MINUTE UNLESS WE HAVE USERS PINGING THE SPACECRAFT. TO PING NMARS, SIMPLY SEND AN UNPROTO PACKET VIA NMARS ON THE NAVY MARS UPLINK OF ------- FM STANDARD PACKET. IF THE SPACE CRAFT HEARD YOU, IT SHOULD DIGIPEAT THE PACKET. THIS WILL GIVE YOU A SIGNAL TO TUNE IN AS THE DOPPLER CHANGES.THE PRIMARY MISSION OF MARSCOM WILL EVENTUALLY BE FOR VOICE NETS, BUT THE COMMAND AND CONTROL REQUIRES PACKET. AND SO WE CANNOT ACTIVATE THE VOICE TRANSPONDER UNTIL WE HAVE COMMAND. THIS WILL BE HARD DUE TO THE DOPPLER AND SSB DOWNLINK.
SO WE INVITE ALL MARS STATIONS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF PACKET, TO PING ON------- FOR THE FIRST DAY OR SO OF OPERATION DURING PASSES OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE (THEY WILL BE IN SIMILAR ORBITS FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS).
PLEASE MONITOR THE ------- FREQUENCY BEFORE TRANSMITTING BECAUSE IT IS A VERY COMMON INPUT OR OUTPUT TO OVER 60 NAVY MARS REPEATERS ACROSS THE USA. IT IS OFTEN PAIRED WITH ------- MHZ SO CHECK BOTH FREQUENCIES TO MAKE SURE A NET IS NOT IN PROGRESS BEFORE TRANSMITTING TO THE SATELLITE ON -------. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE HTTP://WWW.EW.----------------/MARSCOM.HTML
BOB --------, NNN0APR
US NAVAL ACADEMY SATELLITE LAB
NOTE: THE SATELLITE OPERATES 1200 BAUD VHF PACKET.
2. A LATER E-MAIL UPDATE INDICATES MARSCOM WAS SUCCESFULLY DEPLOYED AND NNN0APR REPORTS THAT TELEMETRY HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE SATELLITE INDICATING BATTERIES ARE CHARGING UP.
3. NAVMARCORMARS: PROUDLY SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE.
Since Bo and the Navy MARS folks continue to play their secrecy game, here is the scoop in the MARScom (ie frequencies) direct from a public website associated with the mission. Someone really needs to teach these people that you can't run from Google.
As first published on this blog July 24, 2006:
If STS-116 launches in December, it will carry two experimental satellites into orbit built by students at the US Naval Academy.
RAFT is a US Naval Academy Aerospace student project currently manifested on Space Shuttle Mission STS-116. It is designed to give students real hands on experience in satellite engineering, design and operations. The USNA RAFT hopes to accomplish the following objectives:
As usual there is the usual MARS frequency disclaimer on the main webpage stating that the MARS frequencies are sensitive and will not be published. But also as usual digging around the website and its links revealed the following:
Downlink 145.825 MHz, 2 watts 20 kHz bandwidth FM with both AX.25 packet and PSK-31 signals, Uplinks
28.122 MHz linear PSK-31
216.980 MHz NSSS transponder (Radar fence)
RAFT1 Satellite Operating Modes:
Telemetry Mode, Packet Transponder Mode, PSK-31 Transponder Mode, Packet/Voice transponder, and the XP217 radar fence mode.
148.975 MHz Uplink
27.9635 (27.962) MHz SSB downlink
123.100 MHz SAR AM Monitor
MARScom Satellite Operating Modes:
Telemetry Mode, Packet Transponder Mode, Voice Relay Mode, and SAR Monitor Mode.
What is amazing to me is that the brain thrust in MARS actually thought they could keep the frequencies of their orbiting satellite secret. It is obvious that they are not technically the sharpest knives in the drawer. Someone needs to educate these folks that low earth orbiting platforms are quite easy to hear, even on simple multimode handhelds. Duh huh!
20 Charleston C-17s fill the sky
"I don't know if there's another unit in the world that could do this," said Colonel Harrison.
10 Globemaster IIIs fly in formation over Washington state
12/21/2006 - MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFPN) -- Like an iron alligator in the sky, a band of 10 C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew in formation Dec. 21 from Puget Sound to eastern Washington .
Lightning in sky for first time
12/22/2006 - The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off for its initial flight Dec. 15 over Fort Worth, Texas. (Lockheed Martin photo/Tom Harvey)
This information originally appeared in the July 2006 MT Milcom column. Copyright 2006 by Monitoring Times magazine and Teak Publications. For personal use only. All rights reserved and not for redistribution in any form.
NAS/JRB Fort Worth Base Communications Profile
Lockheed Fort Worth Operations 123.150 (Tertiary) 123.400 (Secondary) 123.575 (Primary) 284.100 (Primary) 292.500 (Secondary) 349.725 (Tertiary)
Base Unit List
Land Mobile Frequencies
461.8125 Lockheed Flightline (123.0-Hz PL tone)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
HCS-5 Decomms, HCS-4 to Follow
Thanks to Adam (AirShowFreak) for this piece he cross posted to several list. So time to remove HCS-5 callsign and squadron common frequencies from our databases and websites. Wonder how many will really do it? We will know pretty soon, won't we!
Firehawks of HCS-5 Disestablish at NAS North Island
Navy News Story Number: NNS061205-06
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Margaret A. Peng
Fleet Public Affairs Center San Diego
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- More than 500 Sailors, former unit members, and family attended the disestablishment ceremony Dec. 3 for Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HCS) 5 aboard Naval Air Station North Island.
The ceremony served to commemorate the past missions of HCS-5 and the official end of activities for the specialized Reserve helicopter squadron.
"Today we disestablished the Navy's most combat effective helicopter squadron of the past 30 years," said Cmdr. Patrick Baccanari, the unit's commanding officer.
Established in 1988, HCS-5 was a Naval Air Reserve Squadron under Commander, Helicopter Wing Reserve, San Diego, and Naval Air Reserve Force, New Orleans. The squadron, which was composed of selected and full-time support Reservists, flew the HH-60H Seahawk helicopter primarily for combat search and rescue, and to support Sea, Air, Land (SEALs) and other special warfare units.
HCS-5, along with its sister squadron, HCS-4, were the only Navy squadrons that perform both combat search and rescue and special warfare support as their primary missions.
The keynote speaker was former HCS-5 Commanding Officer, Capt. Dan Pinkerton, who spoke proudly of the lineage and the history of the unit. Pinkerton had served in various division officer tours for Vietnam-era Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron (HAL) 5, the precursor to HCS-5.
During his speech, Pinkerton saluted all the men and women who had served in the unit, past and present. He ended his speech with an emotional goodbye and the words, "Born in combat, standing down in combat. We did our duty."
The disestablishment is part of the Naval Air Reserve's plan to reshape its aviation forces. The "Firehawks" filled a role shared by its sister squadron, the Norfolk, Va.-based "Red Wolves" of HCS-4, which also is slated to be disestablished.
"This ceremony marks a transition for our Sailors, but we are not losing the capability nor the talent of our people," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Lemmons, vice commander, Naval Air Forces. "They will go on to serve in other units and keep this mission alive, and their skill sets well-honed."
Guests at the ceremony included Sailors from the early days of Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3, HAL-5, and HCS-5. Many used this opportunity to reunite with old friends and reminisce about the "old days."
"I am glad to be here," said Dennis Russell, a former HCS-5 member who flew in from El Paso, Texas. "I am lucky to have served with such great people."
Some felt the bond to the unit very strongly and got emotional when they spoke of their feelings about the disestablishment.
"As a junior Sailor in the unit, I got to work with people who had combat experience in Vietnam," said Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Shawn Porter. "They took me in and showed me how to do things right. I will never forget them. The experience I gained here will be with me for the rest of my Navy career."
Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Richard Sanchez, a member who had been with the unit for 15 years, said that this has been the best unit he has worked with and they have proved what they can do for the Navy.
"I see the same pride and dedication to service in the Sailors today that we had during the days of Vietnam. This unit is the best of the best," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Mike Dobson, a member of HAL-3 "Seawolfs," the grandfather of HCS-5.
Capt. James Iannone, commodore of Helicopter Wing Reserve San Diego and New Orleans, summarized his thoughts about the unit after the ceremony.
"When I think of this unit, I think of the words, 'The many have come to rely on the few.' These men and women are the proud few who stand together and have served whenever and wherever they are called," Iannone said.
Earlier this year, the Firehawks received the Navy Unit Commendation for exceptionally meritorious service from March 2003 through April 2004.
During this period, the squadron completed more than 1,700 combat flight hours and 900 combat air missions in direct support of U.S. and multinational special operations forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After reading the orders of disestablishment and words of goodbye from their commanding officer, the Sailors of HCS-5 were dismissed by the executive officer. The Sailors filed out proudly and silently to begin a new chapter in their lives.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Keeping the fuel flowing
12/19/2006 - A KC-10 Extender from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing pulls into a parking spot Dec. 19 after returning from a mission over Iraq. The air refueler is part of the largest air-refueling unit in Southwest Asia consisting of KC-10s and KC-135 Stratotankers. The KC-10 can carry about 56,000 gallons of gas, enough to fill a sport-utility vehicle 1,400 times. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jason Tudor)
Iraq Area Control Centers
Balad Center 123.525/274.575
Kirkuk Center 125.300/237.325
Ali Center 132.775/322.050
Terminal Control Areas
Al Asad Approach 147.850/298.025
Al Taqaddum Approach 147.300/125.250/295.850
Balad Approach Sctr A/B 131.900/246.425, Sctr C 123.525/274.575
Basrah Approach 119.400/233.225
Kirkuk Approach Sctr A/B 129.750/264.200, Sctr C 125.300/237.325
Mosul Approach 119.450/259.125
Ali Approach Sctr A/B 126.925/324.925, Sctr C 132.275/322.050
Vandenberg successfully launches Delta II
Vandenberg successfully launches Delta II
by Airman 1st Class Erica Stewart
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
12/19/2006 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- Vandenberg AFB officials successfully launched a Delta II rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-2 at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 here.
The Delta II, a 125.75-foot expendable launch, medium-lift vehicle, launches civil and commercial payloads into low-earth, polar, geosynchronous transfer and stationary orbits.
"(This) successful launch was accomplished from the outstanding teamwork from all organizations to include the 30th Space Wing, Space and Missile Systems Center, NRO, and recently named United Launch Alliance," said Col. Jack Weinstein, 30th SW commander.
"Vandenberg ensures national security with each executed launch, continuously proving that no one does it better," he said.
"The perfect orbit insertion we achieved is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the professional Airmen of the 30th Space Wing," said Lt. Col. David Goldstein, commander of the 4th Space Launch Squadron. "The 4th SLS along with the 30th Launch Support Squadron and the Aerospace corporation conducted launch base mission assurance guaranteeing 100 percent mission success and we delivered; the satellite launched will provide invaluable intelligence data to support the war on terrorism."
The next United Launch Alliance mission from Vandenberg AFB will be an Atlas V in the spring.
Italian Air Force HF ALE Net
Frequencies: 3932.0 4716.0 5712.0 6600.0 6748.0 8020.0 kHz
ALE Addresses:Charly 46 - 46ªBrigata Aerea Pisa - San Giusto "Arturo Dall'Oro" (LIRP)
40 - Unknown user/usage
41 - 41° STORMO ANTISOM "Athos Ammannato" Catania - Sigonella "Capitano Pilota Cosimo di Palma" (LICZ) [Tentative]
44 - Unknown user/usage
46 - Unknown user/usage
47 - Unknown user/usage
50 - 50° STORMO Piacenza - San Damiano "Gaetano Mazza" (LIMS) [Tentative]
51 - 51° STORMO "Ferruccio Serafini" Istrana - Treviso "Vittorio Bragadin" (LIPS) [Tentative] 54 - Unknown user/usage
55 - Unknown user/usage
56 - Unknown user/usage
57 - Unknown user/usage
59 - Unknown user/usage
61 - 61° STORMO Lecce - Galatina "Fortunato Cesari" (LIBN) [Tentative]
If you have any additional frequencies, corrections or ALE address IDs to add, please send it along to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
New antenna begins testing
23rd Space Operations Squadron
12/18/2006 - NEW BOSTON AIR FORCE STATION, N.H. (AFPN) -- The 23rd Space Operations Squadron here began operations confidence testing of its newest Air Force Satellite Control Network antenna Dec. 14.
Operational testing will verify the antenna is fully prepared to conduct satellite supports as part of the squadron's 24-hour mission, said station manager Bill Rayfield.
"It's important that we do this testing right so we can get this asset online," said Lt. Col. Stan Stafira, the 23rd SOPS commander.
Passive autotrack tests went exceptionally well, said 1st Lt. Jason Parslow, the chief of the hardware and communication projects for the Space and Missile Systems Center detachment at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and site Government Program Office lead.
"We're excited to prove our system through operational space vehicle supports," Lieutenant Parslow said.
The testing that began Dec. 14 is the first of four rounds of tests. Phase two will be a second operations confidence test; the third phase will be a segment verification test, and the final phase will comprise integrated system testing.
Installation of the new antenna began July 12, 2004. Construction of the radome housing the antenna was finished Sept. 15, 2005. The radome's primary purpose is to protect the antenna from the environment, keeping maintenance and downtime to a minimum.
The new antenna replaces a 44-year-old antenna that was decommissioned in 2004 due to a bad azimuth bearing. Master Sgt. Mike Norton, a quality assurance evaluator with 23rd SOPS, recalled seeing the original antenna before it was retired.
"Imagine an antenna weighing 119,000 pounds moving 15 degrees per second," Sergeant Norton said. "That was impressive for an antenna built during the early days."
Increasing demand on AFSCN resources took its toll on the antenna, which was originally designed for a 10- to 12-year lifetime.
"We loved that old antenna," said Randy Smith, an ARTS operator. "Taxpayers sure got their money's worth out of it."
While the new antenna was under construction, SMC's Transportable Space Test and Evaluation Resource filled in for the original antenna.
Monday, December 18, 2006
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USAF Releases KC-X Draft Request For Proposals
"This continues our open and transparent acquisition process," said Mrs. Sue Payton, the Air Force senior acquisition executive. "We're releasing this document so our partners in Congress, the Department of Defense and industry can continue the dialogue we've established."
Payton said the release of the final RFP is expected in January and that her goal remained to complete the source selection process by the end of the current fiscal year.
The KC-X, the Air Force's number one acquisition priority, is the replacement vehicle for the KC-135 which recently celebrated its 50th year of service with the Air Force.
Officials said the KC-X will have a primary mission of aerial refueling, allowing the Air Force to retain the Global Reach that supports the Global War on Terror.
"The tanker is the number one procurement priority for us right now. In this global Air Force business, the single point failure of an air bridge, the single point failure for global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance or the single point failure for global strike is the tanker," said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff. Additionally, service officials expect the KC-X to have the capability to carry cargo as well as airlifting personnel.
"All three missions of the aircraft are vitally important," said Lt. Gen. Donald Hoffman, the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, "but first and foremost the KC-X is the next generation in aerial refueling."
The draft RFP incorporates changes that respond to concerns expressed by Congress, DOD and potential offerors, to include addressing the litigation concerning large civil aircraft pending before the World Trade Organization.
"The Air Force has revisited its position on the WTO issue concerning the tanker replacement program based upon discussions with the offerors," said Mr. Kenneth Miller, Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. "In the updated draft RFP we've added a clause that makes certain costs associated with the WTO litigation unallowable expenses under the contract."
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tacsat-2/Roadrunner Orbital/Freq Information
Current kep set:
1 29653U 06058A 06351.51897935 .00027404 00000-0 48774-3 0 100
2 29653 040.0115 071.4772 0009861 165.3254 218.5825 15.49403942 143
Known communications payload: 8 GHz (X-band) downlink.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Tacsat-2 Launched from Wallops This Morning
Hope to have some sort of official launch announcement before the day is out.
Jason R. posted to the Milcom newgroup the following scanner frequencies that he monitored pre-launch. Thanks Jason for sharing that with all of us.
121.950 Range Air Control
156.600 Wallops Plot
170.350 Security Operations
311.200 Air Operations
Range Aircraft Used:
NASA 8 and 14-Yankee (used for keeping range waters clear)
NASA 8 is the King Air (N8NA) that is assigned to Wallops-LVH.
USA 193/NROL-21 Launched
The National Reconnaisance Office, in conjunction with United Launch Alliance, has successfully launched USA 193/NROL-21 into low earth orbit.
USA-193/NROL-21 Launch specifics:
Launch date/time: December 13, 2006 2100 UTC 16:00 EST
Launcher: Delta 2/7920-10
Launch location: Western Test Range, Vandenberg AFB, California
Launch complex/pad: SLC2W
International Designator: 2006-057A
SSC #: 29651
Latest orbital parameters: 376 by 354 km orbit (91.83 minute period), inclined 58.5 degress.
Ted Molczan posted the preliminary orbital elset below on SEESAT-L:
USA 193 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.8 v
1 29651U 06057A 06350.25405986 .00011325 00000-0 10000-3 0 03
2 29651 58.4865 114.2852 0013244 81.7541 278.5044 15.68046894 05
WRMS error = 0.026 deg
Ted noted the following observations in his post:
"The ground track nearly repeats every 2 days (30.92 revs), enabling frequent revisit of observational targets of interest. The first four Lacrosses behaved similarly (28.9 revs in 2 days). Lacrosse 5 makes 43.05 revs in 3 days. Keyholes nearly repeat every 4 days; NOSS every 4 days."
Looking at the early Lacrosse satellite missions, Ted is correct, but, of course, the Lacrosse radar imaging missions are launched into much higher altitude orbits (nearly double the height of NROL-21).
Intl Desig SSC # USA Number Period Inc Apogee Perigee
*1988-106B 19671 USA 034 97.91 56.98 660 657
1991-017A 21147 USA 069 98.00 68.00 667 660
*1997-064A 25017 USA 133 98.22 57.35 674 673 [Replaced Lacrosse 1]
2000-047A 26473 USA 152 98.47 67.99 690 681 [Replaced Lacrosse 2]
*2005-016A 28646 USA 182 99.08 57.01 718 712 [Replaced Lacrosse 3]
* Indicates a 57 degree inclination orbit, just 1.5 degree off the Lacrosse 57 deg inc plane.
As Jonathan McDowell points out in his Jonthan's Space Report Next Issue Draft:
"In contrast to most secret launches, analysts appear to have little clue as to what this payload may be."
My best guess, at this early stage, is that this is probably some sort of mission sensor platform other than a visual photo recon imaging mission. It also could be a new sensor development mission. But that is "only" a best guess!
Milsat Launches 2006-2007
15 March 2007 Delta II WTR SLC-2W Payload: Missile Defense Agency's Block 2010 satellite
3 April 2007 Atlas V WTR SLC-3E Payload: Classified National Reconnaissance Office NROL-28
And a year end Russian launch:
25 Dec 2006 Proton K-DM2 Baikonur Cosmos-Glonass M6, M7, M8 Navigation Satellites
Friday, December 15, 2006
Monitor Project - What Fleet Broadcast Freqs Do You Hear?
But let's get this party started. Here is a fun satellite monitoring project anyone with a VHF/UHF scanner can participate in.
One of the best ways to determine if you can monitor the UHF Milsats with your present scanner setup is to check for activiy on the four major fleet broadcast downlinks. These are 24/7 frequencies that broadcast an unmistakable data signal as noted on the frequencies below.
Here is my local list
UFO November 250.350 MHz Strong here
UFO Oscar/Fleet Alpha 250.450 MHz Nothing here
UFO Papa/Fleet Bravo 250.550 MHz Very strong here
UFO Quebec/Fleet Charlie 250.650 MHz Weak here
So here is the game. It would be interesting for all my blog reporters to plug these frequencies in and let the rest of us know which ones you are hearing. As part of this project if you have a directional capability, let us know the direction you hear these broadcast from. But you must include your monitoring location. Now if you wish to remain anonymous, you can send your report directly to me at larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com (obviously close this up when you email me).
Everyone with a scanner can participate and let's see what UHF milsat bandplans look like from around the world. I will post complete results on the blog in about a week. If this is successful then I will add more milsat projects on the list.
So give that dial a whirl and let us all know which of the big four above you are hearing from your shack.
73 de Larry
STS-116 Shuttle Audio File Available Online
This is a compilation of five stations under the ground track from 259.700 MHz AM. The stations who recorded parts were #hearsat members: fltsatcom (USA), BLH (USA), pjm (UK), typhoon (Germany) and geraki (Greece).
Thanks Paul for the fine work and the great audio file. And remember if you have something to share with the blog and our readers, please send it along to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
Out of Thin Air - The NSA is Coming to Georgia
This link comes courtesy of Jack NeSmith, thanks Rocket.
From the Metro Spirit National Security Blogspot:
Out of thin air
Huge new NSA facility suddenly appears on Fort Gordon’s radar
It’s a boom time for spooks. Much like the Pentagon’s Cold War megaprojects put entire cities on the map virtually overnight, the untold billions in tax dollars now pouring into the intelligence agencies fighting the Global War on Terrorism are beginning to trickle down to the local level.And Augusta is about to get a $340-million taste of Sweet Tea.
Editors Note: This new NSA construction project at Fort Gordon is called "Project Sweet Tea."
You can see this rest of this piece at http://augustans.blogspot.com/2006/12/out-of-thin-air.html
And from the MT-Milcom frequency database, here is a frequency profile for the Fort Gordon/Jackson trunk system:
Fort Gordon (Augusta GA)/Fort Jackson (Columbia SC)
System Type: Motorola 9600 baud ASTRO Project 25 Standard, IMBE Exclusive
Motorola System ID: 01C
Fort Gordon 101 406.1125c 406.5000 406.7625 407.0750 407.5000 407.7625 407.8875 408.0500 408.3625 409.7000c
Fort Gordon 102 406.1625c 407.9625c 408.1250c
Fort Gordon 103 407.8125c 410.5500c 410.7625c
Fort Gordon 104 407.5500 408.8875 410.5625
Fort Gordon 105 408.0875c 409.3625c 410.9000c
Fort Jackson 106 406.3625c 406.7625c 407.7625c 408.1625 408.3625c 409.3625 410.1625 410.5625
Fort Jackson 107 406.5625 407.1625c 407.3625c 410.7625c
I would strongly advise listeners in the Gordon/Jackson area to watch the 380-390 MHz portion of the spectrum for one of the new DoD LMR TRS to pop up soon.
And additions and corrections you have on this or any other trunk system, or material you would like to share can be sent to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Boeing Military Satellite Launch Schedule
Satellite Model Owner Launch Date Launch Vehicle
WGS-F1 702 U.S. Air Force 2007 Delta IV
WGS-F2 702 U.S. Air Force 2007 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-1 GPS U.S. Air Force 2008 Atlas V
WGS F-3 702 U.S. Air Force 2008 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-2 GPS U.S. Air Force 2009 Delta IV
GPS IIF SV-3 GPS U.S. Air Force 2009 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-4 GPS U.S. Air Force 2009 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-5 GPS U.S. Air Force 2009 Delta IV
GPS IIF SV-6 GPS U.S. Air Force 2010 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-7 GPS U.S. Air Force 2010 Atlas V
GPS IIF SV-8 GPS U.S. Air Force 2010 Atlas V
WGS-F4 702 U.S. Air Force 2011 EELV
GPS IIF SV-9 GPS U.S. Air Force 2011 Delta IV
GPS IIF SV-10 GPS U.S. Air Force 2011 Delta IV
GPS IIF SV-11 GPS U.S. Air Force 2011 TBD
WGS F-5 702 U.S. Air Force 2012 EELV
GPS IIF SV-12 GPS U.S. Air Force 2012 TBD
WGS F-6 option 702 U.S. Air Force 2013 EELV
DIO -- Delivery in Orbit
DOG -- Delivery on Ground
FEMA Shows up on COTHEN - ALE Addresses
From Mark, "I've seen a gradual increase in FEMA activity on the COTHEN network in the past year. I've noticed FEMA stations became active on the network during the last two significant weather events in the southeastern United States, Tropical Storm Ernesto, and the major storm that blew through the Carolinas in November. This past weekend some new stations appeared conducting phone patches via the Customs Service Center to emergency management EOCs in South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama. Perhaps we may see some operational FEMA traffic on the network the next time a hurricane makes landfall in the southeast."
Mark passes along these FEMA ALE station addresses he has monitored on the COTHEN network this year:
014FEM FEMA Station WGY9014
019FEM FEMA Station WGY9019
034FEM FEMA Station WGY9034
437FEMAUX FEMA Auxiliary
AL4 FEMA WGY954, Alabama EOC, Montgomery, AL
AL4FMA FEMA WGY954, Alabama EOC, Montgomery, AL
FC4 FEMA WGY904 Region 4, Thomasville, GA
FM1 FEMA Station working USCGC DILIGENCE during TS Ernesto
FP4FEM001 FEMA Station during TS Ernesto
FP4PFEM001 FEMA Station during TS Ernesto
FR4FMA FEMA Station, voice callsign "WGY9024 Region 4, Atlanta"
SC4FMA FEMA Region 4, South Carolina EOC
Thanks to Mark for this update on FEMA operating on COTHEN. And remember if you have something to share with the blog and our readers, please send it along to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
New Indy ARTCC Henryville RCAG Freqs Uncovered
Low Altitude Discrete: Approach/Departure services for various small airports via this RCAG
124.775 -- 269.025
133.050 -- 293.225 (I think this is sector 82-LVH)
Ultra High Altitude
134.275 -- 353.825 (I think this is sector 92-LVH)
Unknown usage (This is a high atitude sector, 66 if my notes are correct-LVH)
128.375 -- 317.525
Thanks to our field reporter for this update on the Henryville RCAG. And remember if you have something to share with the blog and our readers, please send it along to larryvanhorn @ monitoringtimes.com.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
FEMA Shows up on COTHEN
7527.0 Scan 2
8912.0 Scan 3
10242.0 Scan 4
11494.0 Scan 5
13907.0 Scan 6
15867.0 Scan 7
18594.0 Scan 8
20890.0 Scan 9
23214.0 Scan 10
25350.0 Scan 11
US Air Force HF Frequencies
Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
Frequency/Designator Matrix (USB)
3044.0 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom Maintenance
3134.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida
4450.0 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom Exercise Operations
5204.5 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom (Blackhat) Primary
5349.0 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom (Blackhat)
5687.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida (Plantation/Seminole Operations)
5732.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida (Emerald Ops/Seminole Operations) FOX 2?/Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
6730.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida
9018.0 AFSOC Air-to-Air
9019.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida (Plantations Operations) FOX 4? ex-9017
9026.0 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom (Blackhat)
9161.5 352SOG RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom (Blackhat) Primary
11611.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida (Seminole/Emerald Operations)
13206.0 Hurlburt Field, Florida (Plantations Operations) FIX 1? ex-13207
I have had no recent reports on 18027.0 (FOX 9) or 23271.0 kHz (FOX 8). Has anyone in the last year heard any AFSOC units using the FOX designators above? Also, the following frequencies were active with AFSOC activity until the overhaul of the OR frequencies several years ago. Does anyone know what frequencies have taken their place? 4721.0 6712.0 9017.0 9023.0 kHz.?
RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom
6761.0 Aerial refueling tankers interplane (worldwide)
Ramstein AB, Germany
AMC Command Post (Metaphor)
Frequencies (USB): 6730.0 9022.0
JStars Aircraft Discrete
Frequency (USB): 11181.0
Any and all updates are appreciated. I am especially interested in any Euro HF frequencies.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
TacSat-2 Launch Update
Milair Nationwide Frequencies Part 10
This is part 10 of our exclusive nationwide milair assignment list.
Here is a list of previous parts and the dates they appeared on this blog:
Part 1 Monday May 29, 2006
Part 2 Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Part 3 Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Part 4 Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Part 5 Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Part 6 Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Part 7 Thursday, August 24, 2006
Part 8 Thursday, September 14, 2006
Part 9 Thursday, November 9, 2006
280.100 UHF Wideband
280.150 Duress Alarm System
280.500 Supervisor of Flying Common
281.400 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.425 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.450 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.475 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.500 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.525 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
281.550 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.000 Coronet aerial refueling - east coast
282.200 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.225 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.250 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.275 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.300 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.325 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.350 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.375 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
282.400 ICE Air-Ground/Air Pursuit
282.425 ICE Air-Ground/Air Pursuit
282.600 NORAD Tactical - CAP/AWACS/Refueling
282.675 USAF Command and Control
282.700 Aerial Refueling Established Tracks
282.800 DoD Search and Rescue (worldwide)
283.250 USAF Command and Control/JStars discrete
283.400 USN Command and Control
283.550 USCG District 5 Command Center SAR frequency
283.700 USAF AETC East Coast T-6 Texan II Flight Demon Team
283.750 USAF AMC/JOSAC interplane common
283.800 USAF ACC Air-to-Air Flight Support
283.875 USAF AMC/JOSAC interplane common
283.900 Aerial Refueling Established Tracks
284.000 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.100 DoD Range Control Common
284.150 USAF Command and Control/Have Quick
284.200 USN Command and Control
284.250 USN Command and Control/Blue Angel Discrete
284.400 USN Command and Control
284.425 USAF Metro (Europe)
284.450 USN Afloat Training Nets
284.475 USN Afloat Training Nets
284.600 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.625 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.650 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.675 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.700 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.725 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
284.750 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.100 USN Command and Control
285.300 USN Command and Control
285.400 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.425 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.450 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.475 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.500 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.525 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.550 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.575 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.600 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.625 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
285.650 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.250 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.275 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.300 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.325 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.350 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
288.400 NORAD Tactical - CAP/AWACS
288.900 USAF Aerial Refueling ACC Spare/Exercise/Contigency CONUS & ACC Pilot Training Comms
289.050 USAF Command and Control/Have Quick
289.175 USAF AMC Special Operations Air-to-Ground
289.400 Air Traffic Control -- Various functions
289.700 USAF Aerial Refueling Coronet CONUS
Monday, December 11, 2006
Wallops Milsat Launch Delayed
More as we get it on the launch of this new military communications satellite.
STS-116 Launch Report: Update
Thanks to Milo for the time lapse shot of the STS-116 launch.
STS-116 Launch specifics:
Launch date/time: December 10, 2006 0147 UTC; December 9, 2006 9:47 EST
Launcher: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch location: Kennedy Space Center, Launch complex/pad: 39B
International Designator: 2006-055A
SSC #: 29647
Here is the latest frequency report related to the STS-116 launch:
SRB Ship Recovery Net (Freedom/Liberty Star/Cape Radio)
7765.0 7833.0 10780.0 kHz (USB)
UHF Milsat SAR Support Net 252.150 MHz (NFM) Cape Osborne, DOD Cape, DoD Moron, Herky 641/651, and Wolfden. Audio recordings from Paul Marsh and UHF-Satcom.com are available at http://www.uhf-satcom.com/sounds/252150_081206.wav and http://www.uhf-satcom.com/sounds/252150_081206a.wav
46.6500 CCAFS JOLLY 1-4 air-air
118.625 CCAFS Tower
118.900 Space Coast Regional Tower
121.750 NASA Ground
121.850 Space Coast Regional Ground
123.600 FSS St Pete Radio
124.800 Orlando Approach
126.650 KSC WX / STA
128.550 NASA Tower
132.650 Orlando Approach
133.475 Miami Center – Melbourne
133.750 Patrick Tower
133.800 Cape Control
138.450 ETR/Launch Contingency Forces DOD CAPE (AM Mode)
139.825 Shaw AFB 77th FS PITMAN air-air
141.300 ETR Range/Restricted Area Surveillance VARIETY Net (AM) also 294.600
143.800 NORAD CAP 20FW aircraft air-to-air PITMAN
152.345 Spaceport USA repeater [pl 167.9]
152.405 Spaceport USA repeater [pl 167.9]
154.515 Space Port USA Tour Control [pl 167.9]
156.600 Marine Ch 12 FREEDOM STAR
156.800 Marine Ch 16 SECTOR JACKSONVILLE, STATION PORT CANAVERAL
157.075 Marine Ch 81A RANGE CONTROL
157.125 Marine Ch 82A BRD, FREEDOM STAR
157.150 Marine Ch 23A STATION CANAVERAL
157.175 Marine Ch 83 BEAR COVE
228.900 NORAD KSC CAP HUNTRESS
251.900 Patrick AFB
252.000 NORAD KSC CAP HUNTRESS
253.600 CCAFS WAVE GROUND, probable B3 Range Safety Net
255.500 Patrick AFB JOLLY OPS
259.700 Shuttle Air-Ground 1
260.900 NORAD CAP AR boom
264.800 Range Support/Control CAPE RADIO/CONTROL
269.300 Miami Center – Melbourne
270.000 CCAFS Projects
284.000 NASA Tower
294.600 ETR Range/Restricted Area Surveillance VARIETY Net (AM) also 141.300
311.000 Patrick AFB Command Post/King-Jolly AR Boom
321.000 Patrick AFB Command Post/Air-to-Air
343.700 Miami Center – Melbourne
345.000 USCG Primary
349.600 Range Contingency Support
411.400 [pl 118.8]
411.450 [pl 123.0] Direct 7
KSC Trunk Radio System:
Complete information on this system can be found on our Monitoring NASA and Space Communications file available on the Monitoring Times website.
TG 336 Comm 107
TG 416 Radio Maint
TG 656 Test counts
TG 688 Alarm Tech
TG 976 Fire 116
TG 1120 Unknown user/usage
TG 1136 Fire Tac 1
TG 1200 Fire Training
TG 1296 KSC Medical-117
TG 1616 Safety-105
TG 1648 Orbiter Safety-110
TG 1680 Safety-205
TG 1760 Safety B Net
TG 1936 KSC Security 103
TG 1952 CCAFS Security 203
TG 2016 Security Escort
TG 2112 Security Tac 1
TG 2128 Security Tac 2
TG 2208 Unknown user/usage
TG 2896 Convoy Commander Net
TG 2928 Purge Net
TG 2960 Cooling Net
TG 5136 Unknown user/usage
TG 5392 Environmental Health
TG 5776 Maintenance
TG 6736 Photo / Timing
TG 7056 Unknown user/usage
TG 7760 Unknown user/usage
TG 7792 Unknown user/usage
TG 9936 PAO-108
TG 9952 PAO-1
TG 11600 NASA Tower
TG 12176 Unknown user/usage
TG 12192 Unknown user/usage
TG 12496 Support-104
TG 13136 Transportation-206
TG 13776 KSC TV Ops
TG 14096 Utilities-101
TG 14256 Utility-301
TG 18144 Unknown user/usage
TG 18256 FCA
TG 18272 Unknown user/usage
TG 20208 Unknown user/usage
As always your reports are appreciated and welcomed for this and future missions. Email address is in the masthead.