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It's approaching that time once again for the Thunderbird Balloon classic! http://www.thunderbirdballoonandairclassic.com/

Oct 20 thru 22nd at Goodyear Airport. Ever see 100+ balloons lift off all at once?


After the balloons land there will be lots of aerobatic, warbird and jet fighter goodness, topped off with a performance by the Blue Angels afterwards. Since 10/22 is my birthday, that's the day I plan to go - I can't think of a better present for myself! :D

Here's some frequencies you'll want to have handy if you go:

GOODYEAR AIRPORT (from Airnav.com)
TOWER: 120.1
GROUND: 121.7

GOODYEAR PD (from the RRDB)
CH 1: 855.96250
CH 2: 855.48750

BLUE ANGELS (courtesy of MilAirComms.com)
143.6000 AM A-A & GND Support
237.8000 AM A-A X-C Blue Angels
238.1500 AM A-A X-C Blue Angels
237.8000 AM Startup Blue Angels
273.3000 AM Startup Blue Angels
275.3500 AM Startup Blue Angels
284.2500 AM Startup Blue Angels
173.8250 FM Comm Cart
143.0000 FM ATC Observer
238.1500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
263.3500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
264.3500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
264.5500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
265.0000 AM Diamond Blue Angels
275.3500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
284.2500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
299.6500 AM Diamond Blue Angels
307.7000 AM Diamond Blue Angels
237.8000 AM Solos Blue Angels
249.6250 AM Solos Blue Angels
251.6000 AM Solos Blue Angels
345.9000 AM Solos Blue Angels
346.5000 AM Solos Blue Angels
237.8000 AM Delta Blue Angels
275.3500 AM Delta Blue Angels
236.4500 AM Fat Albert Blue Angels
263.3500 AM Fat Albert Blue Angels
263.5000 AM Fat Albert Blue Angels
273.3000 AM Fat Albert Blue Angels
305.5000 AM Fat Albert Blue Angels
254.5000 AM Unk Blue Angels
262.8500 AM Unk Blue Angels
381.0000 AM Unk Blue Angels
255.2000 AM Unk Blue Angels
302.1000 AM Unk Blue Angels

Other Freq's likely to be in use (Thanks FLANO - I stole these from your DMAFB thread! :D)
-Civil Air Patrol - 143.90/PL107.2; 148.15/PL107.2
-Tim Weber - 127.15mhz
-Heritage Flight (2x P51, 1x A10, 1x F16) - 123.15mhz

If anyone knows of any more, feel free to add on to this thread. Enjoy!
-AZ
 

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AZ check out the MT airshows link in our Wiki. I recognize several of those BA freqs as being old; in addition, there have been 2 or 3 NFM freqs in the 138-144 mhz band used for ground ops that started being used sometime last year.

Unfortunately George's website hasn't had any updates on freq lists like this in a long time; they tend to get stale. In fact, if memory serves, I have an Excel spreadsheet made up with just about everything in that article. Email me direct at ka3jjz@netscape.com
if you want a copy.

In addition, I'd use the search tools in the forum to search for others that have reported BA frequencies. Lots of folks forget they're even here; that would be an additional source of info. Of course, if you're using a BCD396 or BR330, wasting a few channels isn't going to be much of an issue, hi

73s Mike
 
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Thanks Mike!

I think I found that Excel file here on the forum - here's the direct link to download for anyone who is interested:

http://www.radioreference.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3614&d=1150925995

Very nice file! I'll make sure to print a few copies of the relevant pages and bring them with! (lots of people come up to me at these things and ask if I have any good frequencies to share - Now I can just hand them a copy!)

Thanks for sharing!
-AZ
 

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AZScanner said:
It's approaching that time once again for the Thunderbird Balloon classic! http://www.thunderbirdballoonandairclassic.com/

Other Freq's likely to be in use (Thanks FLANO - I stole these from your DMAFB thread! :D)
-Civil Air Patrol - 143.90/PL107.2; 148.15/PL107.2
-Tim Weber - 127.15mhz
-Heritage Flight (2x P51, 1x A10, 1x F16) - 123.15mhz

If anyone knows of any more, feel free to add on to this thread. Enjoy!
-AZ

I remember when I first was stationed at DMAFB back in the early 90's and those balloons were here...I took some pictures of the race from "A" mountain. I was also there for the "glows". That is very cool if you haven't seen the hot air balloons a glow at night.

Thanks for the tip to this one. I'll have to see about making it up there on Saturday, even though it conflicts with our SouthEast AZ Radio Monitoring Group meeting. We gotta make sacrifices some time :)

BTW, feel free to beg, borrow, and/or steal the info I post here :) I wouldn't put in the PL tones for the CAP folks. They're likely to be using a different PL tone up there. Time to capture what they do use :)

John, aka FLANO
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Did anyone happen to dial up the Civil Air Patrol frequencies while up there?

I had our local CAP Flight-228 active, as well as others in the area. The airshow folks wanted to get in contact with them, when they were just about home to Tucson.

CAP Flight-228 talked with home on 148.15mhz, PL 107.2, Channel-9.

I'm interested in the frequency or frequencies used, and the associated PL tones, and Channel ID, if given.

Thanks,
John
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Sorry, I ended up not going after seeing the absolute debacle they had on Saturday with the shuttle busses and the parking situation - lots of paying customers didn't even get to the gates before the whole damn show was over! So I don't have any info to share unfortunately. Maybe next year. :-(
 
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