I had to continue quarantining over the Memorial Day weekend before testing negative on Monday. That meant I was in the shack throughout the weekend listening to the radios except for Sunday when I spent the day watching motor sports and basketball. Since there was very little military aviation to listen to, I concentrated on something a little different – Marine VHF and Railroads over the weekend. Unfortunately, there as a tragic boating crash nearby on Saturday and that generated a lot of radio traffic as well.
The boat crash occurred around 10:30 AM on Saturday morning on the Wilmington River near Thunderbolt. One boat had six people on board and the other three; five of the nine died including four from one family (only the daughter and her friend survived on that boat). It generated a lot of radio traffic from USCG and Coast Guard Auxiliary assets, Chatham County Marine Patrol, a Savannah FD boat, and Georgia DNR, all through the day on Marine VHF Ch 16 and US Coast Guard related frequencies. Chatham Emergency Services FD and EMS units responded and used their talkgroups on the SEGARRN 700/800 MHz TRS.
156.800 - Marine VHF Ch 16 157.050 - Marine VHF Ch 21 157.100 - Marine VHF Ch 22 163.1375 ($293) - CG 113; encrypted 413.0000 ($293) - CG 410; encrypted 345.000 - USCG Air Station Savannah TG 241 - Chatham Emergency Services Tac 1 TG 2309 - Savannah FD Fireground 5
156.8000 - Marine VHF Ch 16; Hailing and Distress 157.0500 - Marine VHF Ch 21; US Coast Guard 157.1000 - Marine VHF Ch 22; US Coast Guard Liaison 156.7000 - Marine VHF Ch 14; Savannah Pilots 156.6500 - Marine VHF Ch 13; Savannah River Navigation Safety 156.9000 - Marine VHF Ch 18; Savannah River Tugboats 156.9500 - Marine VHF Ch 19; Savannah River activity 156.4500 - Marine VHF Ch 9; Drawbridges 156.5500 - Marine VHF Ch 11; Marinas 156.6000 - Marine VHF Ch 12; Unknown 156.3250 - Marine VHF Ch 66; Unknown 156.4250 - Marine VHF Ch 68; Marinas 156.4750 - Marine VHF Ch 69; miscellaneous traffic 156.6250 - Marine VHF Ch 72; Marinas 156.8750 - Marine VHF Ch 77; Unknown 156.9750 - Marine VHF Ch 79; Unknown 156.9750 - Marine VHF Ch 79; Unknown 157.1750 - Marine VHF Ch 83; Voice Inversion
160.3200 - AAR 14, CSX JE Dispatch (some stations with PL 250.3) 160.4100 - AAR 20, CSX BC Dispatch (some stations with PL 250.3) 161.1000 - AAR 66, CSX FA Dispatch (some stations with PL 250.3) 161.3700 - AAR 84, CSX AP Dispatch (some stations with PL 250.3) 160.5900 - AAR 32, CSX Road (some stations with PL 250.3) 160.4850 - AAR 25, CSX Southover Yard 160.2900 - AAR 12, CSX 160.6800 - AAR 38, CSX 161.3400 - AAR 82, CSX 160.9350 - AAR 55, Norfolk Southern Dispatch 161.0100 - AAR 60, Norfolk Southern Dillard Yard? 161.4900 - AAR 92, Norfolk Southern