On Tuesday, I visited the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex as part of my Space Coast area vacation. Even though parts of the complex are closed for COVID and others for construction, it was still a very informative and fun visit. Without giving too much away, the Atlantis Exhibit and the Launch Experience aren’t to be missed.
The highlight of my visit to the KSC Visitors Complex was the Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit. I was born too late for the Apollo program, but I remember all of the Space Shuttle program, from the first flight in 1977 to the last flight in 2011. I remember the losses of the Challenger and Columbia and their crews. Getting to stand within feet of the Atlantis was exhilarating and the memorials to the lost Challenger and Columbia crews were touching.
When you visit the Kennedy Space Center, there are several radio systems you can monitor if you happen to be a radio geek as well as a space geek. The first is the KSC Visitors Complex DMR TRS, which is unencrypted. The second is the Kennedy Space Center P25 TRS, which is also unencrypted. The third is the US Air Force (157) P25 TRS (use the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick AFB sites). You’ll need a DMR capable scanner for the Visitors Center system and a P25 capable scanner for monitoring the other two. It’s worth mentioning that the Visitors Center and KSC systems are unencrypted, but the USAF (157) system is encrypted and unencrypted (in the list below, enc = encrypted, unenc = unencrypted). SpaceX has two DMR systems – a UHF one and a 900 MHz one, but both are fully encrypted so they aren’t really worth listening to unless you want to see how busy that might be on the given day. ULA has a DMR TRS and the traffic I heard on it was unencrypted, so you may want to give it a listen as well. You can follow the links above for a full list of system frequencies and talkgroups, but here’s what I heard:
KSC Visitors Center DMR TRS TG 102 - Facilities TG 104 - Exhibit TG 105 - Shuttle Launch Experience TG 106 - Atlantis Exhibit TG 109 - Operations
KSC P25 TRS TG 104 - Comm Net 107 TG 104 - Comm Net 107; unenc TG 211 - Unknown; enc TG 221 - Fire Net 116; unenc TG 245 - Fire Tac 1; unenc TG 431 - KSC 1; unenc TG 431 - KSC-1 Crawler; unenc TG 451 - LETF 1; unenc TG 503 - Medical Net 117; unenc TG 557 - NASA SLF Tower TG 620 - Pad B Ops; unenc TG 635 - NPS National Seashore; unenc TG 664 - PS Alarm 1; unenc TG 665 - PS Alarm 2; unenc TG 666 - PS Talk; unenc TG 705 - Gator Units (Facilities Maintenance) TG 735 - Safety Net 105; unenc TG 736 - Safety Net 110; unenc TG 737 - Safety Net 205; unenc TG 743 - CCSFS/ER Safety; unenc TG 757 - Unknown; unenc TG 841 - SSPF Test Ops; unenc TG 855 - Launch Support Net 104; unenc TG 875 - Test Net 1; unenc TG 879 - Test Net 5; unenc TG 909 - Unknown; unenc TG 961 - Utilities Net 10; unenc TG 963 - Utilities Net 30; unenc TG 975 - Unknown; unenc
USAF TRS (157); Cape Canaveral AF Station Site TG 48011 - Patrick AFB FD 2; enc/unenc TG 48015 - Patrick AFB FD 1; enc/unenc TG 48015 - Patrick AFB FD 1; unenc TG 48046 - Patrick AFB MOC; enc/unenc TG 48056 - Patrick AFB Unknown; unenc TG 48057 - Patrick AFB Unknown; enc TG 48062 - Patrick AFB FD 4; unenc TG 48103 - Patrick AFB Unknown; enc TG 48105 - Patrick AFB Tower; enc TG 48107 - Patrick AFB Unknown; enc TG 48301 - CCSFS Tower; enc TG 48311 - CCFAS Fire Control; enc TG 48316 - CCSFS Fire 2; enc TG 48323 - CCSFS Unknown; unenc TG 48335 - CCSFS Unknown; enc TG 48351 - CCSFS Safety 1; enc/unenc TG 48361 - CCSFS Unknown; enc/unenc TG 48371 - CCSFS Unknown; enc/unenc TG 48379 - CCSFS Unknown; enc TG 48382 - CCSFS Unknown; enc TG 48388 - CCSFS Unknown; enc TG 48393 - CCSFS Unknown; enc
United Launch Alliance UHF DMR TRS TG 2 - Unknown; unenc TG 4 - Unknown; unenc TG 5 - Unknown; unenc