The CARMA Board recommends that you monitor the festivities from the comfort of your home. While you probably won't hear the simplex activity, there will probably be plenty to listen to.
If you work or live in the area, you may have a rare opportunity to hear some unique communications. Although much of the comms are expected to be encrypted, not everything will be. You might also get the chance to hear security ops from foreign delegates.
Security Restrictions and Transportation Plan for the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21:
"What should I program into my radio for NATO?"
Here are some suggestions from several members on what to listen to 18-21 MAY. Customize this list to concentrate on your area(s) of interest:
• One of our members noted that when searching for new channels, even those broadcasting in a digital mode, he has better luck finding them searching with a non-digital scanner. Once he locates a locates a signal, he programs it into his digital radio. He believes that the digital radio tries to decode the digital information and if it can't, ignores the signal. An analog radio makes no attempt to decode the digital signal and either picks it up or doesn't.
• Searching-Unlike broadcast communications, two-way transmissions tend to be rather short. That means that if you search too big a frequency range, your chances of capturing a signal are quite poor. Experienced scannists recommend searching no more than 1 MHz at a time. While this can be time-consuming, your odds of finding that previously-unknown frequency go way up. So search, search, search!
• Search the military bands: 137-144 & 148-150.8 MHz. DoD radios have been loaned to local agencies for events such as this in the past. They've even set up local repeaters.
• Search 30-88 MHz. National Guard reported to be providing some motorcade security. "...we're getting 500 State Troopers and 600 National Guardsmen along with assorted hardware to combat a worst-case scenario."
• Search 403-430 MHz. It's the fed UHF band. Also search 163-174MHz.
• Secret Service. "The security perimeter and overall event plan are under the auspices of the United States Secret Service, with support from a variety of federal, state and local partners, including the Chicago Police Department".
MT Fed Files: Secret Service Frequency List
• United States Coast Guard. They'll be enforcing the security zone on US Navigable Waterways.
United States Coast Guard - The RadioReference Wiki
• Marine VHF Channels. Pay particular attention to 156.8 and 157.1MHz.
Marine VHF Channels - The RadioReference Wiki
• Aviation "Guard" channels; 121.5 & 243.0, plus 123.025 & 123.45.
• Federal Agencies. Department of State. "Federal Protective Services is in charge of securing their buildings, some of which are on or nearby the anticipated routes of permitted events such as parades and protests that will take place during the summit."
Federal Agencies Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• CPD Tactical Trunked Radio System
• CITY OF CHICAGO. Pay particular attnetion to CPD Zones 4 & 5, Citywide channels, CTA supervisors & Rail control, CFD EMS (both old and new) and CFD VHF.
Cook County, Illinois (IL) Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• Chicago O’Hare Airport. AM aviation & trunked systems.
• MilAir. Listen for a possible CAP.
• Mutual Aid. ISPERN, IFERN, I-Tac, V-Tac & U-Tac, as well as Homeland Defense, Federal Aid and Terrorism Response.
• State of Illinois. Pay particular attention to IDOT channels. They're going to want to keep those roads clear for motorcades, etc.
• Gary/Chicago International Airport
AirNav: KGYY - Gary/Chicago International Airport
• Cook County. Cook County InterOp System.
• RadioMan911. Live Fire/Emergency Radio From Chicago & 36 Neighboring Counties.
Radioman911 on Justin.tv
Hancockfeed on Justin.tv
(John Hancock Center Remote Fire Radio Feed)
• Chicago Area Media Frequencies
Chicago Area Media Frequencies
• MCCORMICK PLACE HOTEL: 451.4000, 451.6000, 452.2000, 452.4500, 452.9750, 456.4000, 462.9250 (reported, not confirmed)
• McCormick Place Security & Fire Safety 453.8500 (114.8). Security - Convention Center 464.9500 (D 261)
Attractions Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• FEMA/OPERATION SECURE (State Emergency Capability Using Radio Effectively) NATIONWIDE HF NETS
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) FREQUENCIES
Mutual Aid/Common Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• SHared RESources High Frequency Radio Program (SHARES)
NCS | SHared RESources High Frequency Radio Program (SHARES)