I took an overnight road trip to Jacksonville from Sunday morning, 21 November through Monday, 22 November to visit Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Kingsley Plantation, the Jacksonville Zoo, and Huguenot Memorial Park. I was hoping to see some ducks at Harris Neck on the way down to Jacksonville, but I only saw a couple of Northern Shovelers and Blue Winged Teal from a distance. The only things that were within camera range were an Anhinga and an Alligator. The visit to the Huguenot Memorial Park was to listen to and watch helicopters from Naval Station Mayport. The day started off rainy and foggy and remained overcast, but several of Mayport’s MH-60Rs were flying and I was able to get some photos of three of them. Interestingly enough, one of them was one of the Royal Saudi Navy MH-60Rs that are at Mayport for training Saudi crews (it’s the last photo in the park photo slideshow below)
Photos from Harris Neck NWR
Photos From Huguenot Memorial Park
Sunday, naturally, wasn’t a very active radio day, but I did hear a little bit of MilCom from some F/A-18s out of MCAS Beaufort; some VMFA(AW)-533 aircraft were working out of Savannah and some VMFA-115 aircraft seemed to be working out of one of the Jacksonville airfields. Monday was much more active with MH-60Rs active at NS Mayport, P-3s an P-8s active out of NAS Jacksonville, and F-15s active out of Jacksonville IAP. On both days, the US DOD TRS was very active with NS Mayport, NS Jacksonville, and NSB Kings Bay radio traffic. More so on Monday than Sunday, the Coast Guard was active on both Marine VHF Ch. 23 and their VHF and UHF Rescue 21 frequencies. The First Coast P25 TRS stayed busy with traffic from Jacksonville Fire/Rescue. Even with Sunday morning’s rain and fog, Marine VHF frequencies were steady with St Johns River Pilots traffic, tugboats, and other St Johns River activity. Two Florida State Parks repeaters were heard as well as the Jacksonville Zoo’s DMR repeaters.
MilCom/Aviation NS Mayport 118.750/239.300 - NS Mayport Tower 250.900 - HSM-40 Base 273.800 - Unknown Base (only unidentified ground side heard) 274.800 - Mayport SESEF 156.6000 - Marine VHF Ch 12 - Mayport Port Control AIRWOLF 10 (MH-60R, 166588, HSM-40) AIRWOLF 44 (MH-60R, 168170, HSM-40) AIRWOLF 47 (MH-60R, ??????, HSM-40) AIRWOLF 50 (MH-60R, 166563, HSM-40) AIRWOLF 801 (MH-60R, 801, Royal Suadi Navy/HSM-40) NAS Jacksonville 125.150/340.200 - NAS Jax Tower 264.200 - VP-5/VP-10 Base 271.400 - VP-8/VP-26 Base 306.000 - VP-30 Base TIGER 15 (P-8A, ??????, VP-8) TIGER 88 (P-8A, ??????, VP-8) NAVY LL 12 (P-3C, ??????, VP-30) NAVY LL 818 (P-8A, ??????, VP-30) NAVY LL 821 (P-8A, ??????, VP-30) NAVY LL 848 (P-8A, ??????, VP-30) Jacksonville IAP 118.300/317.700 - Jax IAP Tower 119.000/121.300/124.900/127.000/127.775/132.775 - Jax TRACON 284.600/308.400/322.400/335.600/351.800/377.050 - Jax TRACON 251.250 - 125th FW/159th FS Maintenance/Ops 234.800 - 125th FW/159th FS Aux 5 253.700 - 125th FW/159th FS Aux 6 314.200 - 125th FW/159th FS Aux 7 FANG 0# (F-15C, 159th FS) GATOR 0# (F-15C, 159th FS) JAGS 0# (F-15C, 159th FS) Cecil Field 126.100 - Cecil Field Tower Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island USMC TRS (MCSF Blount Island site) TG 2701 - MCSF Blount Island Security; enc TG 13715 - MCSF Blount Island unknown; enc Op Areas 120.950/284.500 - Sealord North Primary 133.950/267.500 - Sealord South Primary 270.600 - Sealord 376.900 - W-137 Discrete 318.600 - Sealord Discrete BLADE 1# (F/A-18C, VMFA-115) HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533) SLIMBIRD 71 (KC-135R, N573MA, Cass Professional Services/Meta Aerospace) Misc MilCom 324.600 - AR-207 DANTE 15/16 (KC-135T, 58-0094/KC-135R, 62-3498, 6th AMW/927th ARW) Jacksonville ARTCC 254.325/125.375 - Jax Center Taylor Low 256.875/135.450 - Jax Center Keystone Ultra High 269.025/127.575 - Jax Center Waycross Low 277.400/126.750 - Jax Center Brunswick Low 282.200/124.675 - Jax Center Jekyll Low 282.300/135.975 - Jax Center Alma High 285.650/126.125 - Jax Center Statesboro High 290.350/132.425 - Jax Center Hunter Ultra High 307.250/126.350 - Jax Center St. Augustine High 322.475/133.875 - Jax Center Lake City High 323.300/133.700 - Jax Center Baxley Low 346.250/127.475 - Jax Center Green Cove High US DOD TRS (NSB Kings Bay and NS Mayport sites) TG 28053 - NSB Kings Bay Unknown; enc TG 28054 - NSB Kings Bay Unknown; enc TG 28065 - NSB Kings Bay Unknown; enc TG 28081 - NSB Kings Bay Unknown; enc TG 28082 - NSB Kings Bay unknown; enc TG 28138 - Unknown Squadron TG (NAS Jax or NS Mayport); unenc TG 28146 - NAS Jax FD Dispatch; unenc TG 28174 - NS Mayport FD Tac 2; unenc TG 28264 - NS Mayport Tower; unenc TG 28306 - NS Mayport Unknown; unenc TG 28313 - NS Mayport Basin; unenc TG 28318 - HSM-40; unenc TG 28329 - NS Mayport Crash Net; unenc TG 28344 - NS Mayport Ship POL?; unenc TG 28346 - NS Mayport Ship POL?; enc/unenc TG 28354 - NS Mayport FD Dispatch; unenc TG 28355 - NS Mayport FD?; unenc TG 28372 - NS Mayport Unknown; enc TG 28444 - NSB Kings Bay unknown; enc TG 28448 - HSM-40?; unenc TG 28557 - Regional Fire Dispatch Southeast 1; unenc TG 29411 - NAS Pensacola FD; unenc TG 29999 - NS Mayport Unknown; unenc FedCom US Coast Guard 156.8000 - Marine VHF Ch 16 157.0500 - Marine VHF Ch 1021 157.1000 - Marine VHF Ch 1022 157.1500 - Marine VHF Ch 1023 162.3250 ($293) - CG 111, Sector Jacksonville; enc/unenc 412.9750 ($293) - CG 409, Sector Jacksonville Air Ops; unenc Public Safety 154.4000 (PL 173.8) - Baker County FD 462.9500 (PL 173.8) - LifeFlight (Jacksonville) 453.0750 (PL 146.2) - Trauma One Jacksonville 159.2400 (PL 97.4) - FL Dept of Forestry Jacksonville First Coast P25 TRS TG 149 - JFRD A-4 Supression TG 1085 - JFRD A-1 EMS East TG 1087 - JFRD A-2 Dispatch TG 1089 - JFRD A-3 EMS West TG 1099 - JFRD A-8 Support TG 1113 - JFRD B-1 Fireground B-1 TG 1563 - Jacksonville Airport Authority Events 1 TG 2503 - Jacksonville Metro ISSI Misc 151.0100 (PL 103.5) - Fl Parks - Little Talbot State Park 159.1425 (PL 151.4) - FL Parks - Fort George Island Cultural State Park 156.6500 - Marine VHF Ch 11 - St Johns River Piltos Fernandina 156.7000 - Marine VHF Ch 14 - St Johns River Pilots Jacksonville 156.6500 - Marine VHF Ch 13 - St Johns River Navigation Safety 156.3500 - Marine VHF Ch 7 - St Johns River Tugboats 156.5000 - Marine VHF Ch 10 - St Johns River Tugboats 156.9000 - Marine VHF Ch 18 - St Johns River Tugboats 156.9500 - Marine VHF Ch 19 - St Johns River activity (Tugs?) 157.0750 - Marine VHF Ch 81 - St Johns River Unknown 463.2500 (TG 1, Slot 1, Color 8) - Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Keeper 1 463.2500 (TG 2, Slot 2, Color 8) - Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Keeper 2 464.1875 (TG 3, Slot 1, Color 12) - Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Ops/Security 1 464.1875 (TG 4, Slot 2, Color 12) - Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Ops/Security 2
Whenever I visit the Jacksonville Zoo and/or Huguenot Memorial Park, I always stop at the Sandollar Restaurant. Not only is their seafood good, the restaurant offers a great view of the St Johns River, the ships traveling the river, porpoises and birds, and helicopters from Naval Station Mayport.
I’ll eventually have a couple of posts up on the Zoo visit and a combination post on the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick and the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville. This will be a busy week at work and home with the Thanksgiving Holiday, so I’ll probably wait to work on them until next week.