Wings Over Houston Air Show Frequencies         10/21/17
                            by Myles Barkman KG5AI
                         http://freqzone.mototaku.net
                             kg5ai*at*comcast.net

119.6000 * "Air Boss" (2017)-coreographs all aircraft in show
124.5000 * "Air Boss" backup/discrete/intercom (2017)
other freqs from 121.950-123.575 may be used by teams during performances

Note: All frequencies 118-137 MHz and 225-400 MHz use AM mode unless otherwise noted.

126.0500 * Ellington Airport Tower
121.6000 * Ellington Airport Ground
135.5750 * Ellington Airport ATIS
165.3125 * US Coast Guard encrypted P25 NAC 293 Ch.CG121
413.0250 * US Coast Guard encrypted P25 NAC 293 Ch.CG411
345.0000 * US Coast Guard Ellington Ramp "Comm-1"
163.4625 * Ellington Fire/Crash/Rescue repeater (P25 N293)
163.4875   Ellington Air National Guard Security (P25 N293)
167.5000 * Ellington Flight Line Ops-repeats ground control units on 121.600 (P25 N147)
168.1750 * Ellington Air National Guard Security Primary (P25 N100)
173.5125   Ellington Air National Guard Security (P25 N293)
235.4000 * NASA at Ellington
253.5000 * Ellington Airport Tower
269.9000 * Ellington Airport ATIS
275.8000 * Ellington Airport Ground

122.9500 * Signature Flight Support FBO (fuel)
451.8500 * Signature Flight Support FBO (DPL 731)

Amateur Radio Nets:
147.060  * repeater PL 118.8 (low range)
444.800    repeater PL 141.3 (low range)

151.9550   Family Use
154.5700   Concessions PL 100.0
461.0375   "drop zone to high bird" (2012)
462.5750 * GMRS 2 unk use PL 94.8 (2016)
462.5875 ? FRS 02 gate security?
462.6875 * FRS 06 used by pyrotechnics PL 67.0 (2016)
462.7125   FRS 07 Unk use
463.5625 x Golf Cart control (portable repeater-DPL 532-about 2.5 mile range)
464.5000   beer concession (DPL 071)
464.5500 * National Concession Company (DPL 245) (2016)
467.6875 * FRS 13 CAP Ramp Control pl 71.9 (2016)
467.7625   Concessions DPL 074
467.8125   related to people jumping out of plane (2012)
467.8375   Unk, parking related?
467.9000 * shirt vendor pl 107.2
467.9250   Film Crew
469.5000   various users "command post" DPL?
469.5500   CAP Command Post PL 131.8

Houston Airport System on TxWARN P25 Trunked system:
1393 Security at Ellington
1423 Ellington Ops
1425 Ellington Ops 1
1427 Ellington Ops 2
30110 HPD Airport (TDMA)
30112 HPD Hobby TAC 2 ENC
30191 HPD Airport (FDMA on 305 site)
Best sites to hear Ellington TG is Hobby Airport site or Galveston Co simulcast.
They might be using the Beltway 152 site.

ommonly used Thunderbirds freqs:
139.2250   Diamond formation primary air-air for 2008
139.8000   try as new "Victor 1 or 2" (march 2008, Alliance practice 2011)
140.4000   use enroute to airshows air-air (AM mode) "T-bird ops"
141.0750   new Diamond formation Victor 3
141.1500   try as new freq
141.1750 * Diamond formation (2017)
141.4000   try as new freq
141.8500   "Victor 1" (AM mode) Airshow formations primary (or channel 2)
142.1750   Maint (FM mode)
142.5750   Program audio/Air-Ground comms (FM mode?)
143.2500   try as new freq (startup)
143.7000   try as new diamond formation
143.8500   "Victor 2" (AM mode) Airshows (or channel 1)
143.9000   Maint
148.1250   try as new freq Victor 1
148.8500   try as new "Victor 2" (march 2008)
149.6500   Diamond Formation (2015)
150.1500   try as new freq (alternate to Victor 2?)
150.2500   try as new freq
150.3000   heard after practice (2015)
216.7250   music/recorded audio for public address-Comtek Ch.55
216.7750   public address-Comtek Ch.56
216.9750   pilot audio (repeat of 139.225 & 322.950)-Comtek Ch.60
225.1750   try as new freq (reported use in FTW) Uniform 1
235.2000   Thunderbird control/comm cart (AM mode)
235.2500 * Pre-engine start & Solo aircraft-Uniform 1 (AM mode)(heard 2017)
235.3500   listed on RR as ground ops taxi/startup and solos (maybe typo)
250.8500   "Team leader" (AM mode)
257.8000   used on ground at Ellington after landing (2015?)
322.6000   Air-Air (AM mode)
322.9500   Engine starts & Solo aircraft 5/6-"Uniform 2" (AM mode)
352.6000   seen on RR as arial refueling
372.6000   one reported use 2014
413.0000   ground ops-digital
413.0250   "Fox 6" Ground ops analog/digital (or channel 1)
413.1000   "Fox 1" Ground ops analog/digital (or channel 2)
413.1250   ground ops
413.2500   ground ops-analog
413.2750   ground ops-analog (dpl 431) N293
413.3250   ground ops-analog (dpl 503) reported at Alliance air show 2008
413.3500   ground ops-digital
413.3750   ground ops-digital
901.5000   comm cart headset
905.3500   comm cart headset

Reportedly used by the Tora Tora Tora Warbirds Team (Commemorative Air Force)(have never confirmed any of these personally):
118.7500
122.8500
122.8750
123.1500
123.4500
FRS radios
469.5000
469.5500

Reportedly used by USAF Demonstration Teams:
118.5000   air/air
122.4750 * Heritage (A10) (2017)
123.1500   heritage discrete (2016)-also used by Skydive Houston
123.3500   Texas Flying Legends (2016)
123.4250
123.4500
127.1500
131.4500   Houston Wing Commemorative Air Force (West Houston airport)
136.5750
136.6750
238.1500   B-1B flyovers
282.8000
376.0250   F15E Strike Eagle
384.5500   heard guys on ground testing (2016)

Try these for possible Civil Air Patrol comms:
141.5750   Command & Control 1 (pl 127.3) N4F9
141.0000   Command & Control 2 (pl 131.8) N526
149.2750   Air 1 (pl 141.3) N585
150.2625   Air 2 (pl 151.4) N5EA
150.2250   CAPGuard (pl 162.2)
139.8750   TAC 1 (pl 173.8) N6CA
148.1250   Primary repeater
148.1500   Secondary repeater
148.1375   Aero/Portable repeater

These are the airshow staff channels for 2017 (DMR)
Simplex channels are Color Code 5, Talk group 1
1  463.2250   Operations/Security repeater Color Code 15, Time slot 1, Talk group 1
2  467.7625   Fuel/Oil/Smoke
3  466.7875   Food/Eagle Squadron/Pilor registration/volunteers
4  469.1625   Parking/HPD
5  468.6125   Finance/Gates
6  466.0625   Waste Ops
7  466.7800   Pyro
8  461.0875   Open (Finance)
9  461.1875   Pilot Shuttle/Motor Pool
10 462.7875   Ground Safety
11 464.9625   Media
12 463.2250   Medical repeater Color Code 15, Time slot 2, Talk group 1
13 468.9375   Water Carts

Wreckers(?) in parking lot using DMR repeater 464.1625 CC9 TG1 TS2.

Might even try listening to the Federal Government's version of FRS (called ISR for Inter-Squad Radio).
The only radios I know of so far that is used in this band is the ICOM IC-4008M.  Narrowband FM is the mode.
Main user of this radio service is military and CAP (have heard little usage of this at past Ellington airshows):
1  396.875
2  397.125
3  397.175
4  397.375
5  397.425
6  397.475
7  397.550
8  397.950
9  398.050
10 399.425 CAP not allowed
11 399.475 CAP not allowed
12 399.725
13 399.925 obsolete?
14 399.975 obsolete?

Show announcers can be heard around a 1.5-mile radius of the field on 87.9 MHz in the FM
broadcast band.

Thunderbirds/Blue Angels practice Thursday/Friday about 2:45pm.
Special Show Friday 10a-Noon. 
Full show Saturday/Sunday gates open 8am, flying starts 10am.  Gates close 6pm.
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