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Hurricane Katrina


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Radio Systems Statuses

The following is known about Public Safety Communications Systems in the affected areas.

If you have updates, please add them below!

Louisiana

  • NOPD's Wide Area EDACS ProVoice system is now up and operational. The system survived the initial hurricane, but subsequent flooding had knocked out generators, however the generators have been brought back online.
  • The Jefferson Parish APCO25 Smartzone system is currently down. The 350ft self supporting tower was knocked down during the storm. ITAC1 is being used for the East bank and ITAC3 for the West bank comms. Currently operating all the comms from the Galeria building at I-10 and Causeway Blvd. The Jefferson Parish analog system went down after the storm. Fire and EMS were operating on FG1 and FG4. The main site on the Westbank came back up, but the Galleria site is down with resulting poor portable coverage on the Eastbank.
  • St Tammany Parish's EDACS ProVoice system is currently back UP and operational.
  • Most sites for the Lousisiana State Smartzone system are operational, however reports indicate that the North Shore Smartzone sites are currently down. Communications are occuring on the Smartzone system in the New Orleans Metro Area.
    • The Bridge City Site is Down
    • The LaPlace Site is UP
    • Northshore Sites are Down
    • Michigan State Police is bringing hundreds of their portables, which have been reprogrammed to operate on the LSP system, to help support the state's recovery activities.
  • Wasington Parish - All power, Telephone, Water are down, The whole parish is with gas except for a few stations that some gas. The Police, Sheriff, and Emergency Management Agencies and their respective repeaters are on backup generators So they have Local Parish wide communications. But No communication in or out the parish.
  • Ad-Hoc Communications Systems
    • Motorola has delivered a 700 MHz Communications trailer to the Louisiana State Police ,however it is unknown where it is being used.
    • Remote agencies on site are using the following:
      • Orange County FL Units - 800 MHz NPSPAC Simplex Direct
      • Austin, TX Units - 800 MHz NPSPAC Simplex Direct

Mississippi

  • Harrison County EDACS system is currently operational
  • Jackson County Motorola II system is operational
  • Gulfport - Operational
  • Biloxi - Operational

Alabama

  • Mobile - Unknown

live feed when working at http://www.al.com/mobilepolice/audio/index.ssf

Live Feeds of Public Safety Communications

David Hitchner's Feed

David Hitchner in Baton Rouge is providing a dual stereo feed from Baton Rouge.

Please see the Hurricane Rita web page:

http://www.radioreference.com/wiki/index.php/Hurricane_Rita#Baton_Rouge

Feed by Dustin Childers

This feed is currently down.

Dustin Childers (dchilders@gmail.com, Google Talk: dchilders@gmail.com), located in West Monroe Louisiana (NW area of the state), is streaming talkgroups from the State Smartzone site located there:

Talkgroups being monitored are:

  • 656 LSP Troop B F1
  • 41264 Office of Public Health
  • 20656 National Guard B - Admin
  • 20688 National Guard B - Ops
  • 20720 National Guard B - Security
  • 6800 LSP Statewide F1
  • 43376 Louisiana Hospital Association

Houston AstroDome Operations

Might be down, none working as of 0400 ET 7 Sept

San Antonio Operations

This feed is currently down and not running.

Other Audio Feed's Operations

Someone Please Update this with where these feeds are broadcasting from?!?:


HF Amateur Radio Nets

Callsigns in Use on the Feeds

BASE on the Louisiana State System

Bayou77 EOC -- Bayou77 Emerg. Ops. Center
Bulldog JOC -- Military Police Joint Ops. Center
Eagle Base -- Colonels For Ft Bood 4 Avn Btn
HQ ## -- State Police Units Assigned to Headquarters
New Orleans EOC -- New Orleans Emerg. Ops. Center
OEP -- Office of Emergency Preparedness
Pelican Base -- Aircraft Joint Ops Center
Region 9 EOC -- Region 9 Emerg. Ops. Center
Saint Charles EOC -- St. Charles Emerg. Ops. Center
Scorpion ## -- Unk.
State EOC -- Louisiana State Emerg. Ops. Center
Saint Bernhard EOC- Saint Bernhard Emerg. Ops. Center

MOBILES on the Louisiana State System

Airvac ## -- Patient evacuation heli's flying to and from hospitals
Bulldog # -- Military Police Units
Defender 1 -- Military Aircraft providing coverage near troops operating in city area (SWAT)
Dragon 15 -- Unk.
Eagle ##  = 4th Avn Btn out of Fort Hood TX (Just back from Iraq)
Fuel Mobile 1 -- Fuel Truck
Fuel Mobile 2 -- Fuel Truck
Fuel Mobile 3 -- Fuel Truck seemed to be primarily for medical centers earlier
Jackson Barracks -- Most likely Guard Barracks in Jackson Parish
Pelican 6 -- Military aircraft working rescue operations.
Pelican 3 -- Military aircraft working rescue operations.
Refuel 2 -- Likely KC-130 Hercules tanker plane.
Roughneck # -- Unknown
Swamp Dog -- Unknown
Tiger 5 -- Likely WC-130 Hercules cargo plane.
Viper -- Cobra Attack Helo
Viper LNO -- Viper Liaison Officer

US Coast Guard / US Customs / US Navy

Cactus 7407 - Unid
HAMMER      - US Customs / ICE / CBP C3I --> March AFB CA
Hawk 01/04  - US Navy E2 Hawkeye - (ID'd as such 09/04/05)
Omaha 44    - US Customs P-3 AWACS Out of Corpus Christi TX (New Orleans TFR)
Omaha 45    - US Customs P-3 AWACS Out of Corpus Christi TX (Mississippi Coast TFR)
Omaha ##    - US Customs Aircraft
CLOSEOUT    - US Navy E2C Hawkeye AWACS Control Aircraft
NOLA AIR    - US Coast Guard New Orleans
MOBILE AIR  - US Coast Guard Mobile AL
Quitter 11  - Unid
Raptor ##   - Unid
RESCUE ##   - US Coast Guard
Wizard ##   - US Coast Guard (helicopter)
WOLF ##     - US Navy VAW-77 E2-C AWACS Aircraft (assisting CBP Omaha P-3's) 
NAVY NEW ORLEANS - Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

State Police Troops
Louisiana State Police Troops

TV News coverage of Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS TV

http://www.wwltv.com WWL TV has live coverage. They use Windows Media 9. Click on "watch WWL-TV live news broadcast".

http://www.wdsu.com WDSU TV New Orleans has live coverage.

BILOXI - GULFPORT - PASCAGOULA TV

http://www.wlox.com You will find archived videos of Katrina on WLOX TV. also this message : "WLOX managers suggest the best way to find news of friends and family is through HAM radio operators. There is a HAM radio operator stationed at WLOX."

NEW ORLEANS RADIO

http://www.wwl.com Live news provided by United Radio of New Orleans and WWL 870. You will need Windows Media to listen. WWL transmits with 50,000 watts on 870 and can be heard over most of the U.S. in the evenings.


Shortwave Radio Simulcast of WWL via WHRI

Shortwave frequencies:

daily schedule: (all times CDT)

5.835 Midnite to 6 AM CDT daily.

11.875 7 AM to 9 AM CDT

15.285 9 AM to 3 PM CDT

9.840 5 PM to 7 PM CDT

Saturday schedule:

5.835 midnite to 7 AM

15.285 9 AM to noon

9.840 6 PM to 7 PM

5.835 7 PM to 9 PM

5.835 10 PM to 7 AM

Sunday schedule:

5.835 9 PM to 7 AM

15.285 9 AM to noon

15.285 1 PM to 5 PM

5.835 9 PM to 12 AM


Rescue Operations

TFRs - Temporary Flight Restrictions

  • New Orleans / Baton Rouge TFR - Omaha-44 (US Customs P-3 AWACS out of Corpus Christi) is providing the primary TFR operational logistics and tasking to rescue aircraft in SE Louisiana.
  • NOTAMS for Louisiana (posted 12 Sep 2005)

KHDC HAMMOND NORTHSHORE REGIONAL

09/058 - TEMPO TWR 122.7 120.175/UHF 239.2 1130-0100 DLY WIE UNTIL UFN

KNBG NEW ORLEANS NAS JRB/ALVIN CALLENDER FIELD/

M0381/05 - ALL CARGO ACFT FOR HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF CHECK IN WITH TALCE TO PASS LOAD INFORMATION ON FREQ 252.8 11 SEP 15:20 UNTIL 11 OCT 15:20


  • Mississippi Coast TFR - Omaha-45 (US Customs P-3 AWACS out of Corpus Christi) is providing the primary TFR operational logistics and tasking to rescue aircraft for the Mississippi Coast. (No longer active, kept here for historical purposes)

NOTE: the Mississippi Coast TFR is still in effect, however ATC is back operational in Mississippi, therefor CBP P-3s are no longer providing Airborne support. T

  • US Ships - Aircraft operating in the vicinity of US Navy Ships must contact them on 277.800 / 123.450
  • NOTAMS for Mississippi (posted 12 Sep 2005)

KHSA STENNIS INTL

09/031 - TEMPO TWR 127.15/273.30 FM 34.10 1100-0300 DLY WIE UNTIL UFN

09/029 - CTAF 123.0 WIE UNTIL UFN

KBIX KEESLER AFB

M0167/05 - SPECIAL HELICOPTER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES IN EFFECT. ALL HELICOPTER ARRIVALS TO KBIX OR KGPT CONTACT KGPT APPROACH CONTROL ON 127.5 04 SEP 22:37 UNTIL 01 DEC 04:00

M0166/05 - CLASS D AIRSPACE EFFECTIVE 24 HOURS. CONTACT KEESLER TWR 269.075 UHF 120.75 VHF 04 SEP 22:26 UNTIL 01 DEC 04:00

M0155/05 - ALL CARGO RELATED ACFT CONTACT KEESLER TALCE 236.0 139.75 20 MINUTES OUT TO COORDINATE FUEL AND PARKING 03 SEP 16:15 UNTIL 15 SEP 23:59

KSLJ HAGLER AAF

M0006/05 - FREQS FLT OPNS FM 35.5000 HF 6.193 WIE UNTIL UFN

M0001/05 - CTAF 126.2000 WIE UNTIL UFN

KCBM COLUMBUS AFB

M0380/05 - APPCH "LOCAL" FREQ 285.4250 CHG TO 307.8000 09 SEP 19:00 UNTIL 30 SEP 23:49

M0378/05 - WHEN AERODROME IS OPERATIONAL AFTER CLASS C AIRSPACE HOURS: ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATING WITHIN 4 NM, AND 2500 FT AND BELOW ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT COLUMBUS TOWER ON 289.6000 OR 128.6500 IAW FAR 91.126 09 SEP 15:20 UNTIL 30 SEP 23:59

09/195 - RCAG NOW 132.7500 VICE 132.3500 WIE UNTIL UFN

KMEI KEY FIELD

08/032 - ATIS 291.6750 VICE 279.5750 WIE UNTIL UFN

VHF/UHF Operations

You can only hear these in the local area -- to monitor, see the feed above.

  • 123.0000 and 123.0250 AM is used for helo intercoordination in the New Orleans Metro area.
  • 345.0000 is the USCG Primary Air to Air / Air to Ground Frequency; also referred to as "OMAHA Control"
  • 126.8750 is an additional TFR Coordination Frequency
  • Marine Channel 16 (156.8000) and 22 (157.1000) are used by the USCG for operations.
  • 238.6500, 289.6500, 138.4500, 138.4750, 138.5250, and 142.2500 have been passed as New Orleans Scene Communications Frequencies.
  • 257.8000 New Orleans Convention Center Ops - Callsign: SUPERMAN (IDed by Omaha 44)
  • 351.2000 MOBILE AIR Primary
  • 233.3750 USS BATAAN Tower
  • 138.1250 Berman Highway LZ (AM mode)
  • 139.0000 AM BUFFALO LZ
  • 123.4500 AM CLOVER LZ (I-10 at Causeway Blvd)

VHF/UHF Unid Users

  • 228.9000
  • 321.3000 Armed support
  • 240.4000 "front end come up on 240.4000"
  • 165.2375 PL 100.0
  • 415.2000 PL 103.5
  • 408.8625 PL 141.3

HF Operations

  • The USCG is using their HF frequencies of 5696, 8983, 11202 USB for long distance comms. 11202 is the primary scene HF frequency for daytime operations.
  • The Department of Homeland Security Assets, USCG, and ICE are using the COTHEN network extensively for comms.
  • US Government SHARES (Shared Resources) freuquency assignments for Katrina response (traffic is being handled and has been monitored on the primary frequencies):
    • 14.396.5 - Primary national frequency (day)
    • 14.455.0 - Alternate national frequency (day)
    • 7.632.0 - Primary national frequency (night)
    • 9.064.0 - Alternate national frequency (night) old?
    • 5.901.0 - Alternate national frequency (night) old?
    • 3.216.0 - Primary regional frequency (night) old?
    • 3.361.0 - Alternate regional frequency (night) old?
    • 4.513.0 - Alternate regional frequency (night) old?

Courtesy of Hugh Stegman's hurricane list

  • SHARES Coordination Network (Voice/Pactor)
    1. 5236.0 Ch.1 (night voice primary)
    2. 14396.5 Ch.2 (daytime voice primary), also old National Communications System pri
    3.  ? Ch.3
    4. 7632.0 Ch.4
    5. 9106.0 Ch.5
    6.  ? Ch.6
    7. 20107.0 Ch.7
    8. 26812.0 Ch.8
    9. 6800.0 Ch.9 (PACTOR BBS)
    10. 13242.0 Ch.10
  • SHARES Coordination Network ALE
    1.  ? Ch.1
    2.  ? Ch.2
    3. 4490.0 Ch.3
    4. 5711.0 Ch.4
    5.  ? Ch.5
    6. 11217.0 Ch.6
    7. 15094.0 Ch.7
    8. 17487.0 Ch.8
  • SHARES Users
    1. 4582.0 CAP, National Clg & Emergency, Pacific Alternate -Katrina tfc heard here
    2. 7381.0 US Navy MARS
    3. 7540.0 US Air Force MARS
    4. 7552.1 NTA
    5. 7635.0 CAP Command Net
    6. 9197.0 Federal Highway Administration
    7. 10493.0 National Emergency Coordination Net day primary, also FEMA Foxtrot 26
    8. 10586.5 new SCN channel Xray Foxtrot
    9. 10891.0 Federal Highway Administration
    10. 13457.0 Primary (old?) - also Federal Aviation Administration
    11. 13993.0 USAF MARS
    12. 13996.0 US Army MARS primary guard fq
    13. 14383.5 US Navy MARS
    14. 14493.5 Federal Bureau of Investigation
    15. 14902.0 CAP rescue and relief, all regions

Amateur Radio - Ham Radio Operations

  • 14.325 USB - Primary Hurricane Net Related Operations
  • 14.265 USB - SATERN Net (Salvation Army Relief Network)
  • 7.285 LSB - Emergency traffic day primary
  • 3.873 LSB - Emergency traffic night primary
  • 7.290 LSB - Health and Welfare traffic day primary
  • 3.935 LSB - Health and Welfare traffic night primary
  • 7.260 LSB - Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Coordination (daytime)

St. Tammany Louisiana - western side of Parish using: 146.7150 repeater 147.2700 repeater - also covers Slidell

Mississippi Gulf Coast:

  • Red Cross Ops - 146.4200 / 147.4200
  • Harrison County EOC - 146.7300 / 146.8800 ALT.
  • Hancock County EOC - 146.7000

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