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SPACE SHUTTLE & ROCKET LAUNCH FREQUENCIES

Updated 07/22/09

All KSC, PAFB and CCAFS VHF frequencies are no longer in use. They have all switched over to the Motorola Astro SmartZone Digital 400 MHz Trunked Systems.
See Brevard County Military Trunked Systems for more information.

KSC UHF FREQUENCIES
LAUNCH OPERATIONS
Frequency PL USE
411.4000 118.8 Direct 2
411.4500 123.0 Direct 7
411.7375 131.8 Direct 8
413.2500 210.7 Shuttle Landing Facility - Net 500

Direct 7 is the most interesting (and active) to listen to, any radio comms that take place at the pad on launch day pretty much happen here, Final Inspection Teams, Rescue Leader, Hardtops, Astrovan Convoy, etc.
These frequencies are simplex and can only be heard near KSC.

KSC / CCAFS
AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
VHF UHF USE CALLSIGN / NOTES
32.65 - Range Safety Helicopter (Jolly) Air to Air
46.65 - Range Safety Launch Danger Zone Surveillance Aircraft
118.625 239.05 Cape Tower Cape Canaveral AFB Skid Strip
121.75 - NASA Ground Control NASA Shuttle Landing Facility
126.65 - NASA Air Support Runway and Weather Surveillance / Security Aircraft / Shuttle Trainer Aircraft (STA), "Range Weather"
128.55 284.00 NASA Tower NASA Shuttle Landing Facility -  "NASA Tower"
133.80 264.80 Approach / Departure "Cape Control", "Cape Leader"
138.45 349.60 DOD Cape Air Rescue
141.30 294.60 Range Safety "Cape Leader" & "Variety" - Launch Danger Zone Surveillance Aircraft  (AM mode)
- 259.70 Shuttle to ground  
- 344.60 Weather "Cape Metro"
- 349.60 Range Safety "Cape Radio"

HF OPERATIONS
FREQUENCY USE CALLSIGN / NOTES
5180 kHz Cape Radio/DOD Cape (All HF frequencies are in USB)
5190 kHz SRB Recovery Boats  
5810 kHz Cape Radio USCG Ships
6751 kHz Cape Radio  
6937 kHz Cape Radio  
10780 kHz Cape Radio/DOD Cape (Primary)
11104 kHz Cape Radio/DOD Cape  

PAFB - NASA EASTERN TEST RANGE
AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
VHF UHF USE CALLSIGN / NOTES
118.40 289.40 Clearance Delivery  
119.175 273.50 ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service)
121.05 - FAA Patrol Aircraft Launch Danger Zone
122.85 372.20 Dispatcher "Patrick Dispatch"
124.35 335.80 Ground Control "Patrick Ground"
133.75 269.375 Tower "Patrick Tower"
138.30 383.00 Command Post "Patrick Command Post"
138.475 - Rescue Helo's Air to air
- 251.90 SAR Training Judy Drop Zone
- 255.50 Rescue Aircraft "Rescue Ops"
- 321.00 King Ops "King #", "Jolly #"
- 344.60 Weather "Patrick Metro"
- 381.80 Tactical  
- 413.30 Rescue Helicopters Training  "Uniform 1 frequency"

EASTERN TEST RANGE SAFETY
Launch Danger Zone Surveillance Aircraft Designators
CALLSIGN AIRCRAFT TYPE BASE
Clearance 1 E2C / Falcon FanJet
King # C-130 Search/Rescue PAFB
Jolly # HH-60G Black Hawk Helo Search/Rescue PAFB
NASA 1, 2 Gulfstream I various
NASA 9## T-38 Trainer Ellington Field, TX - NASA 901, 902, 904, 907, 909 915, 916, 918, 919, 924, 955, 956, 961, 962, 963
NASA 944 Gulfstream III (STA) Ellington Field, TX
November # NASA Gulfstream various
Parrish 1   Florida Observer Air
Patrol # Civil Air Patrol Aircraft various
Relay 1   Melbourne International Airport
Robin #    
Search # NASA UH-1H Helo Search/Rescue CCAFS
Survey #    
Weather 1   various


MILITARY MOTOROLA UHF TRUNKED SYSTEMS
- These systems are used by Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, USAF Malabar Annex
  and Patrick Air Force Base.
- They are Motorola Astro SmartZone Digital Trunked Systems.
- You can monitor the digital talkgroups only with the following digital scanners:
  Bearcat BC250D and BC785D Digital Scanners with a BCi25D board installed
  Bearcat BC296D and BC796D Digital Scanners
  Radio Shack PRO-96 Digital Scanner
- See Brevard County Military Trunked Systems

EASTERN TEST RANGE CONTROL
U.S. COAST GUARD RANGE CONTROL
FREQ. CH. USAGE 156.60 12 Port Canaveral Operations 156.80 16 Launch Danger Zone Announcements 157.10 22 Launch Danger Zone Announcements & Surveillance 157.15 23 Port Canaveral Coast Guard Station - Working Channel (clear & DES modes) 157.075 81 Launch Danger Zone Surveillance - Cutters, Boats & Aircraft Range Control goes into operation three hours before the scheduled launch time.

AMATEUR RADIO SHUTTLE REBROADCASTS
NASA SELECT AUDIO
146.940R     LISATS - Merritt Island
421.250R     NASA TV - Amateur Television - Cocoa
             (Cable channel 57 connected to a TV antenna)

FAA PATROL AIRCRAFT
The FAA patrol aircraft are called "Patrol 1, 2 & 3". They are directed by Patrick Tower
or Cape Control where to chase off aircraft that are violating the range restricted air
space. Patrol 1 & 2 are based at Orlando Executive Airport.
118.70      Orlando Executive Tower
121.05      Patrick Air Force Base Eastern Test Range Safety
133.80      Cape Control

AIRSCAN, INC.
AirScan, Inc., based out of the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, provides
Airborne Surveillance and Security Operation to the Kennedy Space Center. The aircraft
callsigns are "Bat##" and their base is called the "Bat Cave".
118.90      Space Coast Regional Airport - Tower
121.80      Space Coast Regional Airport - Ground
126.65      NASA Air Support
128.55      NASA Tower
133.80      Cape Control

BOEING CORPORATION
Boeing's main operation is the Space Station Processing Facility located at the Kennedy Space Center.
All comms are in digital mode. You can monitor the digital comms only with a Digital Scanner.
451.400     Safety - Radio Net 1
451.925     (unknown)
452.175     Security / Delta Control
452.225     (unknown)  

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP.
462.200     Security  (pl 165)

KSC VISITORS COMPLEX
Delaware North Company
152.285R    Food Service (pl 123.0) (input 157.545)
152.345R    Operations/Security (pl 167.9) (input 157.605)
152.375R    Tour Buses (pl 88.5) (input 157.635)
152.405R    Custodial/Maintenance (pl 167.9) (input 157.665)
152.420R    Operations (pl 179.9) (input 157.680)
154.60      Portable Radios

KSC AREA NATIONAL PARKS
KSC Security & Fire Rescue are also able to communicate on these frequencies.
165.45      Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Park Rangers / Fire Dept. / Maintenance (pl 103.5)
            (Clear & digital modes)
164.75      Canaveral National Seashore (pl 156.7)

BREVARD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The countdown status is transmitted over the EOC talkgroup.
800 MHz     Brevard County Trunked System - Talkgroup 01-44

KCS/CCAFB SECURITY GATES

            GATE #      LOCATION
              1         CCAFB  Phillips Parkway (South Gate)
              2         KSC    State Road 3 (Main Gate)
              2B        KSC    NASA Parkway (East Gate)
              3         KSC    NASA Causeway (West Gate)
              4         KSC    Kennedy Parkway (North Gate)

FIRE STATIONS
NASA/USAF FIRE RESCUE DEPT.
     STATION    LOCATION
        1       Industrial Area - 3rd. St. & "C" Rd.
        2       Shuttle Landing Facility - Sharkey Rd.
        3       Pads 39A & B Area - Intrumentation Rd.

CCAFS FIRE/RESCUE
     STATION    LOCATION
        1       CCAFS Main Station - Industrial Area - Phillips Pkwy. & Skid Strip Rd.
        2       CCAFS Port Station
        3       CCAFB ITL Station

PAFB FIRE/RESCUE/CRASH
     STATION    LOCATION
       54       950 S. Patrick Dr.

WARNINGS

WEATHER WARNINGS
Weather warnings are transmitted over most KSC / CCAFB nets.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch:   Does not require immediate action. A severe thunderstorm watch
                             is issued to heighten public awareness.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Indicates that imminent danger to life and/or property is possible
                             in the path of the storm.
Phase I Lightning Advisory:  Issued when lightning is present or expected within five nautical
                             miles of the announced location which may produce cloud to ground
                             lightning within thirty minutes. 
Phase II Lightning Warning:  Issued when lightning is imminent or observed within the five
                             nautical mile boundary of all or a specific area of PAFB, KSC
                             or CCAFS. 
Tornado Watch:               Conditions are favorable for tornado development.
Tornado Warning:             A tornado has been sighted or is imminent.
HURCON IV:                   Issued 72 hrs in advance of the earliest possible arrival of a
                             tropical storm / hurricane with 58 mph winds.
HURCON III:                  Issued 48 hrs before the earliest possible arrival of a tropical storm /
                             hurricane with 58 mph winds.
HURCON II:                   Issued 24 hrs in advance of the earliest predicted arrival of a tropical
                             storm / hurricane with 58 mph winds.
HURCON I:                    Tropical storm / hurricane is imminent.

FORCE PROTECTION CONDITIONS
ALPHA:                       A general warning of possible hostile activity
BRAVO:                       An increased and more predictable threat of hostile activity
CHARLIE:                     An incident occurred or a confirmed intelligence report has been received
                             indicating some form of terrorist action a is imminent.
DELTA:                       An attack occurred or is underway. 

NOTES
- The airspace for all three bases is controlled by Daytona Approach / Departure Control
  North 134.95 / 239.335
  South 132.65 / 281.425
- For more information on monitoring NASA frequencies go to the Monitoring Times
  "The NASA Frequency List" at http://www.grove-ent.com/nasa.html.
- For launch information go to the KCS Launch Info Web Page at http://www.ksc.nasa.gov
  or SPACE.com at http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/next_launch.html.

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