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Chicago Lake Front Air and Water Show 2006 Frequencies

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The actual air show platform control frequency usually isn't assigned
until late Thursday night before the Friday dress rehersal show.

Here's some used in the previous years, probably won't see re-use,
however:

128.8000 Chgo Airshow 2004 Platform
132.3000 Chgo Airshow 2005 Platform w/348.000
235.7750 Chgo Airshow 2004 Platform
348.0000 Chgo Airshow 2005 Platform w/132.300

126.800 / 308.400 is often used for arrival/departure

Most stuff flies out of Chicago Gary International Airport:

120.6250 Gary Chgo Intl Airport ATIS
121.9000 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Ground
123.6500 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Terre Haute FSS via Crown Point
125.6000 Gary Chgo Intl Airport tower w/256.700
127.8750 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Arv/dep via Chgo Radar
133.1000 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Arv/Dep w/285.600
138.2000 Gary Intl Airport IN ANG Ops
256.7000 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Tower w/125.600
285.6000 Gary Chgo Intl Airport Arv/Dep w/133.100
385.7000 Gary Intl Airport IN ANG Ops
385.7000 IN ANG R4201/Gary Airport/ Alpena MI CRTCC STEELGATE


Blue Angels are headlining:

139.8125 USN Blue Angels 2005 ground support
142.6125 USN Blue Angels 2005 ground support
163.0000 USN Blue Angels 2004 ground
164.9000 USN Blue Angels ground
170.9000 USN Blue Angels 2003
235.4500 USN Blue Angels past use by Fat Albert
236.4500 USN Blue Angels past use as alternate to 238.150
236.4500 USN Blue Angels reported Fat Albert alternate
237.8000 USN Blue Angels 2006 solos
238.1500 USN Blue Angels 2004 Diamond alternate F8
249.6250 USN Blue Angels 2003 solos alternate
251.4000 USN Blue Angels reported alternate frequency
251.6000 USN Blue Angels 2004 spotting and solos to lead
254.5000 USN Blue Angels reported alternate frequency
254.5500 USN Blue Angels reported solos alternate frequency
255.2000 USN Blue Angels 2005 ground alternate 2006 ground alt
257.9500 USN Blue Angels reported use by advance team
263.3500 USN Blue Angels reported Diamond
263.5000 USN Blue Angels reported solos
265.0000 USN Blue Angels 2004 Diamond to solos
273.3000 USN Blue Angels 2003
275.3500 USN Blue Angels 2003 Delta comm 1
275.3500 USN Blue Angels 2006 Diamond
284.2500 USN Blue Angels 2006 Diamond Single Freq F2 and delta
299.6500 USN Blue Angels 2003 reported alternate frequency
302.1000 USN Blue Angels 2005 Fat Albert alternate
305.5000 USN Blue Angels 2005 Fat Albert primary
307.7000 USN Blue Angels past use for Delta
319.5000 USN Blue Angels reported alternate frequency
345.9000 USN Blue Angels past use for solos and taxi out
346.5000 USN Blue Angels 2005 ground primary 2006 comm cart
365.0000 USN Blue Angels reported alternate frequency
381.0000 USN Blue Angels 2003


CPD - All the citywides, zone 4 and the trunked system for the marine
units
CFD - All the VHF simplex stuff, plus the new T-Band P25 digital repeaters
Park District: 151.295, 151.190
Lifeguards: 458.025
Coast Guard: (All)
Marine Band: (All)
Media VHF and UHF freqs
UHF business band for the event renatl radios
FRS and Intersquad 390 Mhz radios

The list goes on...
 

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Air Show Info

-Joel reports CPD detail supervisors are configued and operating this
morning. "AIR-1" through "AIR-6", and so tagged. Keep an ear out for
them on the usual CPD freqs.

-376.025 (AM) I had some traffic on here this morning. Air to Air
stuff between two unidentified planes, likely either the ACC's F-16 or
more likely the F-15's demo team from the USAF.

-125.600 (AM) Caught a pilot leaving Gary this morning. He was going
up the lakeshore for visual spotting of the show box, which is
apparently already configured and has a "floor" of 1700 feet. From
here he went to 118.400, the Chicago ARSA south sector - which is
normally paired with 388.000 (AM). From there he worked Midway Tower
on 118.700, and did a couple of circuits north from Northerly Island.

-123.150 (AM) Caught an unknown team practing loops here. Cant confirm
as an airshow specific team, but will likely be a good freq for the
weekend.

-122.725 (AM) Caught another team here working air to air at an
unknown location. Another likely good freq to keep an ear on.

-No sign of the Blue Angels flying in, yet...

Happy Scanning! - Ted
 

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Thursday Report

I was amazed to find the platform set up and staffed for a Thursday spotting run. Trouble was, there were no ATC people there and they never plugged in and performed the actual ATC function. Still, I caught a couple of key-ups on 348.000 (AM), and I suspect it is the UHF Platform frequency for the weekend. There is an evening show at Gary tonight, sounds like it's running right now. Hearing air to air traffic on 123.150 as I type this.

Staff has the usuual Moto Comm Direct UHF simplex rental radios. Staff was using only two channels today:

469.8625 (D244) Security
467.1125 (D606) Staff & Labor

139.8125 (000.0) (FM) Blue Angels Ground (analog)
284.2500 (AM) Blue Angels Delta
275.3500 (AM) Blue Angels Diamond
305.5000 (AM) Fat Albert & Ground Spotters
237.8000 (AM) Solos Comm 2
255.2000 (AM) Solos Comm 1

I also had some unaccounted for Scout hits on:
469.9125
469.9875
469.8875

Blue Angels were the only performers today. As others noted, Sean D. Tucker was doing some flight ops with one or two other unidentified aircraft, probably photo-ops stuff, south of the show site. Blue Angels coordinated the airspace with him on 123.475 (AM).

Caught a lot of park district and LPZ activity on 151.190 and 151.295, both 114.8 Hz PL Tone in repeat mode.

Just caught DARK42 and DARK## coordinating operations on 398.950. One returning to O'Hare and the other en-route Gary. I'm assuming these are the B1's. Still looking for a "real" air to air for these big boys. Hearing a jet demo team (F-15's?) talking now on 376.025 (AM).

AM 1650 has the Lakeshore Traffic Advisory broadcast going.

Red Baron Stearman sitting parked on the tennis court north of the baseball diamond at the south end of Lincoln Park.

The Military Channel has a film crew at the show this year.

My thanks to all the CARMA members who came out for the mini-show today, it was great to see you all there, special thanks to Jeff.
 

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125.175 appears to be the VHF Platform frequency for the show at Gary this evening. This also makes it a good bet for the VHF Platform frequency for the Chicago Lake Front this weekend, possibly paired with 348.000. If we get some flying weather tomarrow I should be able to confirm them both. Happy Air Show! - Ted
 

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Keep a close ear on the Blue Angels frequencies (listed above). The pilots are an absolute BLAST to listen to during shows. I have heard them in the past on one of their alternates of 251.4.
 

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Friday Report

125.175 / 348.000 Platform
126.050 / 398.950 Show Arv/Dep
123.475 Golden knights & possible heritage flight
123.150 show discrete
277.700 KC-135 demo flyby
138.475 Sfld F-16's
142.6125 Blue Angels ground (FM analog)
280.800 Apaches air to air "Tiger flight"
123.175 Lima Lima
138.750 (AM) A-10's air to air CT ANG "Yankee Flight"
255.200 Angels Fat Albert
275.350 Angels Diamond
284.250 Angels Delta
237.800 Angels Solos

KC10 is callsign OPEC

I'm pretty sure CFD EMS is on the T-Band digital system. Lots of them tooling around on Segues ("Segways"???) and carrying cutting edge Moto UHF digital capable handhelds.

Scout counter got lots of hits on the previously reported UHF simplex show ops freqs plus a bunch of other interstitials in the 469 Mhz ranges, merits searching. You'll find the Castaways staff there. It's totally booked all weekend.

Intermod central, my Icom R2 actually got swamped out for the first time when I walked out to the shore line.

Great show today, just hazy and humid. Thanks to all who came out, it was great to see you all there.

Come to the show! Way fun.

Happy Scanning! - Ted
 

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Sat/Sun Air Show Odds and Ends

242.400 Midway Blackhawks air to air
157.075 USCG Patrol Commander
468.075 (210.7) Lifeguards simplex
478.4625 City P25 (EMS)
477.5125 City P25 (EMS)
777.4000 Channel 7 Camera crew wireless mike
151.955 (D065) Lincoln Park Zoo
123.475 American Airlines Heritage Flight air to air (767/DC-3) / Golden Knights
125.175 / 348.000 Platform
126.050 / 398.950 Show Arv/Dep primary
126.000 / 308.400 Show Arv/Dep aux
123.150 Show Discrete
460.250 (162.2) CPD Event Primary Citywide 6
460.300 CPD Citywide 7 Traffic Management "Aides"
453.775 (107.2) City Towing
148.150 Civil Air Patrol
145.770 (151.4) CARMA Simplex
 

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Show Ops

126.800 / 308.400 Show Arv/Dep Outer
126.050 / 398.950 Show Arv/Dep final
125.175 / 348.000 Show Platform
120.350 / 317.400 Show Arv/Dep via Chicago Center
123.150 Show Discrete
123.475 Show Discrete
138.750 (AM) A-10's
252.925 Chgo ARTCC
317.400 Chgo ARTCC
297.100 Chgo ARTCC
319.400 Show Refuelling
 
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