Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Cleary HF Counter Narco Net List Posted

I have added the latest Mark Cleary U.S. Counter-Drug/Law Enforcement/Homeland Security HF ALE List to my Btown Monitor Post blogspot. If you are interested in the ALE addresses and frequency information for the COTHEN Net, TISCOM Net, FBI ALE Net, US Army/DEA PANTHER Net, and US Army South Flight Following Service (SKYWATCH) Net, jump over to my other blog and take a peak.

Friday, December 29, 2006

More Washington, DC Frequency Coverage

I have posted additional material on Washington DC government frequencies and area major airport frequencies on my other blogspot, the Btown Monitoring Post.

Andrews AFB Aeronautical Frequencies

Since there is going to be a lot of traffic in and out of Andrews AFB over the next few days, here is my latest list of aero freqs for the base.

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

Washington D.C. Combat Air Patrol - GUARD DOG (DC and Camp David Airspace)
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

The following military trunk systems should be monitored for support of the President Ford funeral events in the Washington, DC area. Reports, updates, additions and corrections would be most appreciated. Send your stuff to larryvanhorn @

380-400 MHz Trunk Radio Systems

MCB/MCAS Quantico, VA
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

Site-1616 380.8875/390.8875c

VHF Trunk Systems

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

UHF Trunk Systems

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: Motorola
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

by John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service

12/28/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Military tradition will be evident throughout the events associated with the Dec. 26 death of former President Gerald R. Ford, as the services join the nation in bidding farewell to their former commander in chief.

Ford's three-stage state funeral will begin Dec. 29 with the former president's remains lying in repose at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. He then will be honored in the nation's capital, and finally in his home state of Michigan, where he will be buried.

President Ford's casket will arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 30. A motorcade will travel through Alexandria, Va., where he resided while serving as a congressman and vice president. After a pause at the World War II Memorial -- the former president served in the Navy during the war -- the motorcade will proceed to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state.

President Ford's coffin will be draped in a U.S. flag, with the blue field over his left shoulder. The custom began in the Napoleonic Wars of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when flags were used to cover the dead as they were taken from the battlefield on a caisson.

Graveside military honors in Michigan will include the firing of three volleys each by seven servicemembers. This commonly is confused with an entirely separate honor, the 21-gun salute. But the number of individual gun firings in both honors evolved the same way.

The three volleys came from an old battlefield custom. The two warring sides would cease hostilities to clear their dead from the battlefield, and the firing of three volleys meant that the dead had been cared for properly and the side was ready to resume the battle.

The 21-gun salute traces its roots to the Anglo-Saxon empire, when seven guns constituted a recognized naval salute, as most naval vessels had seven guns. Because gunpowder in those days could be more easily stored on land than at sea, guns on land could fire three rounds for every one that could be fired by a ship at sea.
Later, as gunpowder and storage methods improved, salutes at sea also began using 21 guns. The United States at first used one round for each state, attaining the 21-gun salute by 1818. The nation reduced its salute to 21 guns in 1841 and formally adopted the 21-gun salute at the suggestion of the British in 1875.

An "order of arms" protocol determines the number of guns to be used in a salute. A president, ex-president or foreign head of state is saluted with 21 guns. A vice president, prime minister, secretary of defense or secretary of the Army receives a 19-gun salute. Flag officers receive salutes of 11 to 17 guns, depending on their rank. The rounds are fired one at a time.

A U.S. presidential death also involves other ceremonial gun salutes and military traditions. On the day after the death of the president, a former president or president-elect -- unless this day falls on a Sunday or holiday, in which case the honor will rendered the following day -- the commanders of Army installations with the necessary personnel and material traditionally order that one gun be fired every half hour, beginning at reveille and ending at retreat.

On the day of burial, a 21-minute gun salute traditionally is fired starting at noon at all military installations with the necessary personnel and material. Guns will be fired at one-minute intervals. Also on the day of burial, those installations will fire a 50-gun salute -- one round for each state -- at five-second intervals immediately following lowering of the flag.

The playing of "Ruffles and Flourishes" announces the arrival of a flag officer or other dignitary of honor. Drums play the ruffles, and bugles play the flourishes - one flourish for each star of the flag officer's rank or as appropriate for the honoree's position or title. Four flourishes is the highest honor.

When played for a president, "Ruffles and Flourishes" is followed by "Hail to the Chief," which is believed to have been written in England in 1810 or 1811 by James Sanderson for a play by Sir Walter Scott called "The Lady of the Lake." The play began to be performed in the United States in 1812, the song became popular, and it became a favorite of bands at festive events. It evolved to be used as a greeting for important visitors, and eventually for the president, though no record exists of when it was first put to that use.

The bugle call "Taps" originated in the Civil War with the Army of the Potomac. Union Army Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield didn't like the bugle call that signaled soldiers in the camp to put out the lights and go to sleep, and worked out the melody of "Taps" with his brigade bugler, Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton. The call later came into another use as a figurative call to the sleep of death for soldiers.

Ford will be buried with full military honors at his presidential museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 3.

(John D. Banusiewicz of American Forces Press Service contributed to this article. Information from Web pages of the Military District of Washington and Arlington National Cemetery was used in this article.)

Photo Credit: Military tradition will be evident throughout the events associated with the Dec. 26 death of former President Gerald R. Ford, as the services join the nation in bidding farewell to their former commander in chief. (DOD photo/Cherie A. Thurlby)

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."

Monitoring Times - Helping You to Master the World of Radio.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

No More Marine 121.5/243.0 MHz EPIRBs

From my original post on my Btown Monitoring Post Blog last week.

U.S. Coast Guard - Press Release
Date: Dec. 8, 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: 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

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 @

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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
4848 Security
4864 Security
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
19600 Alpha
20800 Unknown user/usage
20864 Unknown user/usage
24900 Tiger
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!

This message below has been posted to the Navy/Marine Corps MARS website.

DE NNN0ASA 139P 211235Z DEC 2006
BOB --------, NNN0APR

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:

  • The education of Midhsipmen in Aerospace Engineering See their RAFT WEB page.
  • Development of our ability to design/construct CUBESAT/Picosat type spacecraft

  • Provide a 217 MHz transmitter/receiver for Navy Space Surveillance System (NSSS) Radar Fence experiments.
  • Provide TDMA packet, and FDMA Multiuser PSK-31 transponders for experiments in the Amateur Satellite Service.
  • Provide voice/data experiments in support of the Navy/MarineCorp MARS programs and the Naval Academy's boats.

    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:

    RAFT1 Satellite
    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.

    MARScom Satellite
    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

    Several C-17 Globemaster IIIs fly as part of a 20-ship formation Dec. 21 over South Carolina. The C-17s, assigned to the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings at Charleston AFB, were part of the largest formation in history from a single base and demonstrated the strategic airdrop capability of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
    And via Mark Cleary:
    Charleston AFB breaks C-17 flying record
    by Airman 1st Class Sam Hymas 437th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
    12/21/2006 - CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The largest formation of C-17 Globemaster IIIs from a single base took off from here Dec. 21 in a demonstration of Charleston AFB's strategic airdrop capability.
    After taking off at 9:30 a.m. at 30-second intervals, the 20 C-17s flew over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and then back over the base to "wave" at maintenance, aerial port and other support Airmen who helped make the flight possible.
    The formation continued to North Auxiliary Field near Orangeburg, S.C., and completed a massive airdrop.
    "The 437th and 315th Airlift Wing partnership allows us to deliver a huge amount of airpower in a short amount of time," said Col. Steven Harrison, 437 AW vice commander. "This training demonstrates the outstanding teamwork between both organizations to be mission ready when the nation needs this critical capability."
    The formation was designed to help Airmen involved complete needed training. More than 500 training events took place during the flight and seven aircrews were certified as formation airdrop leads.
    "We had a chance to see the muscle and the might the 437th Airlift Wing can put forward," said Capt. Jaron Roux, 15th Airlift Squadron pilot who was the aircraft commander on the second plane in the formation.
    The 437th Airlift Wing must be able to meet the Army's goal of airdropping a brigade's worth of Soldiers and their equipment within 30 minutes. An Army brigade includes about 3,250 Soldiers and 3,450 tons of equipment.
    Additionally, nine of the C-17s practiced aerial refueling as part of the training. "It's important to us to stress our organization occasionally and make sure we're able to support the Global War on Terrorism and still respond to any other contingency in the world. We must make sure we can generate the crews and the aircraft in a timely manner," said Colonel Harrison.
    On average, more than 200 tons of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom cargo is processed through the 437th Aerial Port Squadron daily with approximately 65 percent of all air cargo bound for American warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan originating here.
    "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

    Several C-17 Globemaster III's wait on the flightline prior to launching as part of a 10-ship formation training exercise Dec. 20 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. Key players included the 62nd Airlift Wing and 446th Maintenance Group, which will generate, launch and recover the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Abner Guzman)

    by Tyler Hemstreet
    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 .

    Taking off in five-minute intervals from McChord AFB, C-17s with aircrews from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings rendezvoused in the sky to align into a single file formation before performing an airdrop over a site near Moses Lake.

    The objective of the exercise was to test all the organizations and different aspects of the mission that have to come together to facilitate launching, executing and recovering a large formation of C-17s in a short period of time, said Lt. Col. Gregory Schwartz the 8th Airlift Squadron and mission commander.

    "It's a great chance to get some valuable training and test our abilities to work together to meet a significant mission requirement," Colonel Schwartz said.

    Flying a mere 2,000 feet between each plane, the 10-ship exercise added a level of difficulty pilots don't get when they are just simulating flying in routine, three-ship formations, Colonel Schwartz said.

    The yearly exercise also enlisted the work of the 62nd and 446th Maintenance Groups members, who generated, launched and recovered the aircraft; 62nd Aerial Port Squadron members who built and recovered the platforms for the airdrop portion of the mission; and from 62nd Logistics Readiness Squadron members who supplied the transportation and fuel for the aircraft.

    The 62nd Maintenance Group started planning for the operation a month ahead of time calling in reinforcements to help prepare all the jets, said Lt. Col. Thomas Jackson the deputy group commander of the 62nd Maintenance Group.

    Several maintenance training crews were pulled from their programs to get "real, live hands-on training" and a team from the 373rd Training Detachment Squadron even pitched in, Colonel Jackson said.

    "It's probably the biggest undertaking we've had since the Operational Readiness Inspection," Colonel Jackson said.

    While the exercise utilized the same training drop zones as usual for aircrews, the large formation presented a unique opportunity for pilots, said Col. Damon Booth the commander of the 62nd Operations Group.

    "It's routine training, just more complex because there are that many planes in the air at one time," Colonel Booth said. "We're trying to exercise the formation because it could be something we are required to do."

    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
    DSN Prefix: 874 ICAO Code: KNFW

    Area/Base Aero Frequencies
    ATIS 273.575
    Base Operations 139.300 291.775
    Brownwood MOA (FTW Center) 380.050 317.700 (Hornet) 343.600 (Tomcat) 282.200 (Loon)
    DFW Regional Approach/Departure 125.800 257.950 363.150
    Falcon Range (FTW Center) 290.100
    Ground Controlled Approach 128.775 132.225 371.875
    Navy Fort Worth Arrival 128.775 371.875
    Navy Fort Worth Tower 120.950 269.325 284.725
    Navy Fort Worth Ground 126.400 254.325 279.575
    PMSV Metro 342.550
    Sheppard AFB Monitor 335.900
    Lockheed Fort Worth Operations 123.150 (Tertiary) 123.400 (Secondary) 123.575 (Primary) 284.100 (Primary) 292.500 (Secondary) 349.725 (Tertiary)
    Flight Test Support 231.450 277.750 300.400 349.700

    Base Unit List
    USAF 136AW/181AS (Callsign Rodeo) No frequencies currently identififed
    USAF 301FW/457FS (Callsign Spad) 252.100 (Ops) 276.500 (A-A) 306.000 (A-A)
    VHF Freqs: 140.175 140.275 141.650 149.050 149.075 149.125
    USMC VMFA-112 (Callsign Cowboy) 252.525 (A-A) 318.600 (Ops) 318.650 (A-A)
    VHF Freqs: 140.325 141.950
    USMC VMGR-234 (Callsign Ranger) 233.900 289.800 Operations (Range Ops)
    USN VFA-201 (Callsign Pistol) 291.675 (A-A) 299.500 (A-A) 320.500 (A-A) 344.200 (Ops) 344.250 (A-A) 355.100 (A-A)
    Unknown Unit 355.400 (Ops)

    Lockheed-Martin Callsigns:
    Lightning F-35 Aircraft
    Picasso Aircraft Painters
    Rocket Civilian Test Pilots
    Viper USAF Test Pilots
    Wagon Wheel Lockheed Flight Test Support Van

    Land Mobile Frequencies
    Lockheed Fort Worth 72.040 72.180 72.240 72.360 72.440 152.345/157.605 153.080/158.310 153.140/160.065 153.230 153.350/160.185 451.225/456.225 451.3625 456.3625 461.1875 461.825 462.0125 462.0625 462.1125 462.1625 462.3625 462.4000/467.4000 462.9125 462.3250 462.8875 463.2375/468.2375 463.3125/468.3125 463.7375 463.8125 463.8500 463.8625 464.0125 464.3375 464.7125 464.9625 466.1875 466.8125 466.8250 467.0125 467.0625 467.1125 467.1625 467.7500 467.9125 468.8125 468.3500 469.0125 469.3375 469.9625 855.3375/810.3375

    49.2375 Unknown user/usage
    138.575 Fire/EMS repeater (103.5-Hz PL tone)
    140.025 Miscellaneous Net
    140.050 Miscellaneous Net
    140.100 Fire/Crash Net
    140.325 Marine Ground Maintenance Frequency (tentative)
    141.950 Marine Ground Maintenance Frequency (tentative)
    149.200 Flight Line/Transit Ops (linked to TG 24576) [This is NOT 149.205 that has been reported on some list-LVH]
    163.4635 Lockheed Security Repeater (114.8-Hz PL tone)
    163.4875 Miscellaneous Net
    461.8125 Lockheed Flightline (123.0-Hz PL tone)
    Base Trunk System
    Motorola ASTRO 3600 baud (APCO 25 Mixed Mode)
    System ID: 7504
    Base Frequency: 406.500 MHz, Spacing: 12.5-kHz, Offset: 380
    Frequencies: 407.3635 407.9625 408.5625 408.9625 409.4375 409.9625 410.3625 410.7625

    48 Base Security (Analog)
    80 Base Security
    112 Base Security
    144 Base Security
    192 Unknown user/usage
    272 Unknown user/usage
    8240 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    8272 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    8304 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    8752 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    9360 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    9456 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    9648 Unknown user/usage(Digital)
    9760 Unknown user/POL (P25) [tentative]
    24576 Flight Line/Transit Ops (P25)
    24608 VFA-201 Maintenance (P25)
    24624 Base Public Works (P25)
    24640 136AW/181AS Texas ANG
    32784 301FW Aircraft Maintenance [Viper/Red]
    32816 Unknown user/usage (Digital)
    32880 Aircraft Maintenance [Red]
    32912 Aircraft Maintenance/Inspection [Maverick] (P25)
    32944 Unknown user/usage
    33008 301FW Security
    40992 Fire Dispatch (P25)
    41008 Fire Talk
    41072 Fire Prevention (P25)
    41088 Fire Talk (P25)

    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

    Here is a little profile I have put together on an Italian Air Force HF ALE network that is being heard on a regular basis over in Europe. The NCS for this net appears to be the 46th Aerial Brigade, ALE Address - Charly 46 .

    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 @

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    New antenna begins testing

    by Maj. Dean Bellamy
    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

    WASHINGTON - Air Force officials announced December 15, 2006, the release of an updated draft Request for Proposals for the KC-X, the aerial tanker replacement aircraft.

    "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

    Tacsat-2/Roadrunner (JWS D1/ST-6ISC) is operating on-orbit. Here is the updated information we have on this new milsat. International Designator: 2006-058A , SSC#: 29653

    Updated orbital parameters: 92.93 period, 40.01 degree inclination, 426 by 410 km

    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

    Tacsat-2 and GeneSat-1 were launched this morning aboard the Minotaur-1 rocket from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (aka Wallops island) at 1200 UTC (7:00 am EST). Preliminary information indicates that the satellites were placed into a 410 km circular orbit inclined 40 degress. No other information is currently available, except the video of the launch at the link below which was just released.
    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
    126.500 Wallops Tower
    156.600 Wallops Plot
    170.350 Security Operations
    171.000 Wallops Island Fire Department
    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.
    [Photo above is Tacsat-2 during ground testing. USAF Photo]

    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

    Two US milsat launches in 2007 courtesy of Brian Webb and the Launch Alert:

    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?

    I have been meaning to post this for quite sometime, but I have been a bit busy lately. ;-))

    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 @ (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

    Paul Marsh passed along this link which has an interesting STS-116 audio track from the Saturday launch:

    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 @

    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

    By Corey Pein

    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

    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 @

    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Boeing Military Satellite Launch Schedule

    Here is the latest Boeing Military Satellite Payload 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

    Mark Cleary checked in this morning with a bit more info on yesterday's blog post on FEMA operating on the COTHEN network.

    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 @

    New Indy ARTCC Henryville RCAG Freqs Uncovered

    A regular reader of this blog has made a trip out to the Henryville, Indiana RCAG site used by the Indianapolis ARTCC. By monitoring and using the Uniden Close Call feature, our Hoosier State reporter files the following frequencies for this site:

    Low Altitude Discrete: Approach/Departure services for various small airports via this RCAG
    124.775 -- 269.025

    High Altitude
    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 @

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    FEMA Shows up on COTHEN

    One of the more interesting government nets on HF is the COTHEN net. The COTHEN (Customs Over the Horizon Enforcement Net) HF radio system replaced the older DoD JTF designated frequencies/system. Not only are ICE and DEA units using this net, but US Mil, USCG, US Army Corps of Engineers, and now FEMA have shown up on COTHEN. Here are the current COTHEN Scan frequencies:

    5732.0 Scan 1
    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

    Yesterday (Dec 12, 2006), Mark Cleary reported the following FEMA stations on COTHEN:

    014FEM, 034FEM, and SC4FMA.

    Mark also noted the USCGC Seneca (WMEC 906) on this net using ALE address: FMK.

    US Air Force HF Frequencies

    Here are some 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

    Keith Stein, the editor of Launchspace, is reporting that the TacSat-2/Minotaur 1 launch set for Monday, December 11 (as previously reported here on MT-Milcom), has been delayed until at least Friday, December 15, 2006, as the earliest possible launch date.

    Milair Nationwide Frequencies Part 10

    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

    The launch of Tacsat 2 on a Minotaur-1 rocket from Wallops has been postponed. Tacsat is having problems pointing its solar panels properly (possibly software related). There is no estimate when the launch will occur now. One official at the pre-launch press conference said, "It could be a couple of days, it could be three weeks, it's too early to tell right now."

    More as we get it on the launch of this new military communications satellite.