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Title: overheard radio traffic
Post by: whatevah on July 10, 2005, 09:08:03 PM
post your funny/weird quotes overheard on the radio.  CAP, Military, Government channels only.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: whatevah on July 10, 2005, 09:09:10 PM
well, just heard this one on CAP's air-air channel.  "uhhh, ok, acknowledged, Capflight out"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Pace on July 10, 2005, 09:33:40 PM
At the 2002 LAWG Encampment:

Alpha Flight Commander:
"To all units, this is Alpha Flight Commander. Does anyone know where my flight is? Over."

LAWG Cadet Commander/ Encampment Cadet Commander:
*laughing* "You lost your entire flight?!"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: MIKE on July 10, 2005, 10:19:18 PM
Me on an FRS radio during a unit training exercise: "My bad, out"  ;D

It still gets laughs during COMM training when we discuss proper prowords... Doesn't help that I am the squadron DC.  I was very rusty on COMM at the time... It had been some time since I had used a radio and to date I am not using the radios as much as I had previously... I used to act as a net control station for a VHF net regularly as well as provide communications support for ES and other activities.

I think it serves as a great example that nobody is perfect, that everybody makes mistakes... Especially when they get a little flustered.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Cmdbuddy on July 10, 2005, 10:26:14 PM
At the 2002 LAWG Encampment:

Alpha Flight Commander:
"To all units, this is Alpha Flight Commander. Does anyone know where my flight is? Over."

LAWG Cadet Commander/ Encampment Cadet Commander:
*laughing* "You lost your entire flight?!"

Dude I sooo remember that. 
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Schmidty06 on July 13, 2005, 03:18:10 AM
(Me talking to a CAPFlight once upon a SAREX that was guiding us into a target)

Me: "So we turn left, right?  Over."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: JaL5597 on July 13, 2005, 11:51:35 PM
Capflight- "We have located the target.  What do we do now?"

Me- (Wondering if they payed attention to the briefings) "Now you go back and locate the ground team and lead them to the target."

This is 20 minutes after the ground team calls us on the phone.  Their question was now that they had an aircraft overhead, what were they supposed to do with them?
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Briski on July 19, 2005, 09:12:30 AM
GLR (N) Encampment 2005:
"What will the Flight Commanders be doing during the drill eval if the Flight Sergeants will be evaluated on commanding the flights? Over."

"Standing by to offer moral support as the poor little Basic Cadets quake in fear in front of the Standardization and Evaluations Team. Over."

OHWG Encampment 2005:
(quiet and muffled) "I wonder if we can tape this PPT button down."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Pylon on August 04, 2005, 09:13:36 AM
Well, it wasn't a government/military frequency, but I think I can bend the rules a bit.  ;)
 

At the NYWG encampment this past year, we used FRS for everything.  For the first night, everybody was on the same channel -- all the TACs, Command Staff, Medical, Executive Staffs (Logistics, Comm, etc), plus the DCC's staff (SET, Training, etc), ad nauseum.  The net was wide open. 
 
Out of the blue, a female Senior Member gets on there and says "Is there anybody out there?"  ...pause...  "Can anybody hear me?"  ...pause... "Hellloooo?"   ....pause... "Test 1, 2, 3"  ...long awkward pause while everybody looks at their radios and then each other.   Nobody replied and eventually she gave up. 
 
 
Two nights later, some kids apparently had FRS right around the base and were running around with them, swearing up a storm.  For over two hours, these kids were going back and forth with some of the filthiest language that would make a sailor blush.  It was a little difficult to explain to cadets why my radio was blasting out explectives in the cabin while I was out in the showers.  Whoops....   ::)
 
Lesson of the Day:  Don't use FRS.   :P
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Schmidty06 on August 06, 2005, 11:57:39 PM
Thank God for ISR, heh.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: pixelwonk on August 07, 2005, 01:26:18 AM
Thank God for ISR, heh.

Indeed.  Now if they only made a Garmin Rino with ISR freqs  :)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Major_Chuck on August 07, 2005, 10:10:58 AM
Several  years ago during a SARCAP I was working in the communications room.  A pilot left his mike open when we heard.  "oops...that's not good."  I looked over at my partner who had a blank look on his face.

I radio'd the aircraft and when the pilot came back on I asked him what his status was.  He stated everything was okay and that they weren't due to turn back around for another thirty minutes.

"I told him that his previous conversation was overheard and we were 'concerned'. 

When they landed the pilot told me that I had overheard a private conversation between him and the observer.  He never told me what it was.

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Greg on August 15, 2005, 06:59:52 PM
During the 2005 NJWG Encampment.....

"This is Comm 1, the Commander has asked that all van drivers bring their vans in front of the barracks and that the cadets come out in front and prepare to load, over."

"Cadet Commander, this is the first sergeant, over"

"First Sergeant, I'm currently taking a dump, can you handle that please? over"

"This is Comm 1......that brings on a disturbing mental image, over"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: whatevah on August 16, 2005, 04:37:57 PM
uhmm.... ::)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Jerry on August 17, 2005, 02:32:31 PM
OH, boy, do I ever have some good ones! :D

Here's one (for starters)

There's a memorable cadet in every unit--THAT, my friends never changes, believe me. After over 40 years in CAP, it is still true.

So in "there was this one cadet"  category, we had "this" cadet who was into EVERYTHING. Food? Better lock it UP!! Gear? Better HIDE it!  One day we were over the unit commander's house cleaning up our field kitchen. This was a truck that had everything needed to prepare all sorts of meals from breakfast to gourmet meals.  Well,
(I'll call him "Donnie" which is, of course, not his real name). Donnie got into Col Wisham's (again not real name) radio shack and fiddled with all the dials on his HF radio (OH, NO!!!). getting it all out of kilter.  Col. W and I discovered this AFTER D left and Col W called a technician friend over to re-tune the radio, a then-powerful HeathKit
Apache with sideband adapter. When the technician left, the radio must have needed some tuning anyway because, BOY!  If it was ever loud BEFORE Donnie messed up it, it was BOOMING all up and down Middle East Region like gangbusters!!!! Col W was very proud of his "new" radio and had forgotten how mad he was at the cadet whom he had privately cussed and called every name in the book :D
The Col put the transmitter on a 500 watt lightbulb "dummy" load and the thing would fairly blind you with light as he said into the mike, "Hello, Test! Hello Test! HaLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (this results in the lightbulb lighting because of the RF signal).  The Maryland Wing Net was on as it was late in the evening, and Col W would alternately put the antenna on and listen, then switch back to the lightbulb to admire the bright light that was indicating a HUGE signal.  Col was in his 70's and a bit forgetful as he got older, but he was also an amusing and wonderful CAP member of long standing. So he picked up the mike (forgetting to switch back to the lightbulb) and said, "HELLOOOO!  HELLOOOOO!  HELL------------ HELL! I'M ON THE AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  At which point, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  One was to NEVER cuss on the radio, but this was a slip of the tongue, a spoonerism that was absolutely hilarious! See, he was in the middle of the word "HELLO" when he realized he was transmitting to the whole world and he stopped in the middle of that word!  But it was too late!  The MD Wing net control operator was snickering as he struggled to maintain his composure as he recognized Col W's gravelly voice along with everyone else who checked into the net!


"SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!", Col W winced as I roared with laughter.  As if it would help.  The deed was done.

That occured nearly 30 years ago and members around who knew the old Col still recall the incident with laughter and fondness!


Lt/Col Jerry Oxendine
MERNC-024
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: MIKE on August 17, 2005, 02:56:30 PM
Nothing to do with CAP, but my brother and a bunch of his friends have those Nextel cell phones with the built in radio... And one of his friends almost always makes squelch-like noises when he ends a transmission... It cracks me up.  :D

That "rodger beep" they have though is pretty cool for when you key the push to talk.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Jerry on August 20, 2005, 11:44:29 AM
 Roger beeps?????     Don't even get me started about the chicken band (CB) >:(


 ;D


Jerry
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Slim on August 20, 2005, 06:05:30 PM
Roger beeps?????     Don't even get me started about the chicken band (CB) >:(


 ;D


Jerry

Nothing wrong with the candy band,  I wish I had a dollar for every time the candy band has saved me some time while travelling.  I have a cheap one wired with a 12v plug and a mag mount antenna that I plug in when I travel, otherwise both are stored under the back seat of my truck.  Also nice to have someone to yak at when driving to encampment at 5:00 in the morning. 

I think, by "Roger beep," that Mike maybe means repeater courtesy tones...
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: whatevah on August 20, 2005, 06:37:53 PM
the Nextel phones have a loud annoying beep at the end of the transmission.  Kinda like the repeater tones, but annoying. Especially if you're in an elevator with a homie talking to somebody back at his crib.  ::)

The main comm guy for my wing (former DC, now the "Comm Engineer") has a few choice words about the "Childrens Band", but we still have a CB in our Mobile Command Center.  Since it's the size of a truck, it's only fitting that we should have a CB. ;)  Great talking to the truckers on the long drives to see how traffic and such is doing ahead of us.  And, everybody in my Jeep Association uses CBs for comm when we're out on trails, and just for general chat.  They use channel 16 (4x4 = 16. ;D).
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Jerry on August 21, 2005, 09:35:12 PM








I, too, will use the chicken band to find out where the wrecks and backups are, but I refuse to listen to the mess on any regular basis. It simply gets on my nerves and I have no patience with childish antics and infantile junk associated with it.  And it interferes with legitimate communications (such as CAP and Amateur operators).  Truckers in particular, using illegal so-called "10 Meter" radios invade the 10M ham band and happily yap their traps--at least until FCC recently started sending the companies warning notices.  Some of them, and dealers, too, have been warned with some dealers getting HUGE fines.  So I am glad to see it as their stupid junk interferes with other radio services. I  would go so far as to say, it would not make me sad to see CB done completely away with as it is obsolete, redundant, and serves no useful purpose any longer since we have cell phones, computers, and AIM. Something that was not known when CB was authorized.  Now all it does is cause trouble when a cellphone works FAR better for the public. Only the hardcore troublemakers continue to hang on to 27 MHZ CB.  I have had to chase off "bandit" CB operators on a "certain" frequency or go on a fox hunt to locate them and report them to Wing Comm. >:(


Jerry
Nothing wrong with the candy band,  I wish I had a dollar for every time the candy band has saved me some time while travelling.  I have a cheap one wired with a 12v plug and a mag mount antenna that I plug in when I travel, otherwise both are stored under the back seat of my truck.  Also nice to have someone to yak at when driving to encampment at 5:00 in the morning. 

I think, by "Roger beep," that Mike maybe means repeater courtesy tones...
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Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SarDragon on August 23, 2005, 01:03:00 AM
But, but, but.....   If the truckers don't need their HF capability because they have cell phones, computers and AIM, why then should CAP be any different? They use CB for the same reason CAP maintains radio comm capacity - independence from fixed infrastructure.

I fully agree that the 11 meter band has turned into a sewer, and that any effort the FCC makes to clean it up is appreciated but probably futile. That doesn't mean CAP should abandon the frequency, though.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Jerry on August 23, 2005, 09:25:26 PM
Sometimes when I hear the truckers talking on the 10 meter band (28.085 AM--I CAN tell THAT frequency :D), I just fire up my 750 watt homebrew HF amp right on top of them and start in with rapid fire CQ CQ CQ CQ, DE K4---. They have no right to be there and no expectation of "protection" from the operations of legitimate Amateur operators on that, or any other frequency.

Years ago, we had a mission during which we tried to use a "certain" frequency for flight line and some air/ground work.  But we were stymied by a chicken bander who had turned some crystals around in his Johnson Whiteface to get him a "private" channel. We were absolutely infuriated! I looked for that yokel for 2 weeks but couldn't get a good bearing on him.  One saturday, I took a cadet home from a weekend activity in a nearby town. On the way out of town, I absent-mindedly flipped on our "certain" frequency and was startled out of my skin. This guy was LOUD and right nearby. I think I did one of those Smokey and the Bandit road turns (SKREEEEEEEEEEEEK) whirled around back towards the town. I stopped by
the police station (CB was BIG in the 70's) and asked if they knew the guy.
"Yeah", that's Mutton Chops on such-n-such street"!  GOTCHA!  (I'll fix your wagon, you sorry son(censored) of (censored). (BLEEP BLEEP! >:( ) I called the Wing DOK who got the Feds involved, who showed up a week later and charged him with operating on an illegal frequency, interfering with a LIVE search mission, reckless endangerment (we didn't know if the pilot was deceased), and they FINED him $1000--pretty big 30 years ago--- and seized his equipment. I heard that ole "Mutton Chops" went 10-7 after that!
 ;D ;D ;D


Jerry
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Schmidty06 on August 24, 2005, 09:24:34 PM
*SMACK!*  What now?!  Does it still take the feds a week to show up or have they tightened/losened their response times?
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Jerry on August 25, 2005, 10:49:14 AM
*SMACK!*  What now?!  Does it still take the feds a week to show up or have they tightened/losened their response times?

They are not all THAT fast, but they will respond.  CB enforcement was almost non-existent 5 years ago, but thanks to the efforts of a Riley Hollingsworth, an FCC attorney, they have come back to some extent. Some of their equipment has been upgraded in spite of reductions in force, and they have been citing and fining CB shops for selling uncertified "CB" radio---the most notable one was Pilot Truck Stops for $125,000!  *SMACK* ;)

When the truckers started showing up on the 28 MHZ band (10 Meters), the
hams and ARRL raised you-know-what.  And hams started monitoring and reporting these drivers who were yapping on 28 MHZ filing complaints of harmful and illegal (it IS!) interference to licensed communications. Mr Hollingsworth then sent letters to companies such as UPS, FedEx, Superior Carriers, Quality Carriers, Tidewater Transit and a whole bunch of others advising that such operations were illegal and would subject drivers to $10,000 fines and even imprisonment if they didn't quit it! Since these people use illegal transceivers that are often modified to cover from 24 to 32 MHZ, their bootleg operations CAN interfere with CAP on "certain" frequencies.

It's a situation and will be interesting to see how it plays out.


Jerry

(volunter airman and cadet since 1964)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: md132 on October 01, 2005, 07:32:59 AM
Here is one.  This is from a joint ops that MDDF and MD wing had in 2002.  We were at Ft McHenry and I was doing guard duty for a public function.  The MDDF and CAP had MDDF radios using the same freq.  Then this is what I had:

CAP cadet: "Hello, is anybody there?"
Me: " This is MDDF Towson 1, please identify yourself, over"
CAP Cadet: " This is c/Amn "name hidden"  Where am I suppose to go?"
Me: "Contact your OIC,over"
CAP Cadet: "My WHAT"
Me: "Your Officer in Charge, over"
CAP Cadet: "Oh.  Sorry"
Me: "MDDF Towson 1 out"


Now this cadet is in my squadron and has become c/CC.  I haven't let him forget it and we just laught about it now.  It wasn't funny at the time because the Adjudant General of MD was there listening.  So anytime when we have a mission I told the cadets and seniors to make sure they use proper prowords and messages because you never know who is listening. 
Oh by the way, that story I was a CPL in the MDDF and a brand new SM in CAP
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Major_Chuck on October 01, 2005, 09:31:42 AM
Privately I've never been a fan of CB radio.  It brings back too many bad memories of the 1970's (Disco, leisure suits, and Jimmy Carter).

However, in an emergency situation when you need to establish communications for effective command and control you use what is available.   Cell phones, wireless internet, and our VHF/HF radios are great but not everyone has them nor is coverage universal.

A good resourceful leader/team member will use what is available until something better arrives on scene.

Of course folks, I'm just preaching to the choir here...

-Chuck

** Yes this belongs on another topic board.  :)

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: lreichardt on October 16, 2005, 02:04:41 AM
Here's one: 

I'm at Encampment in COWG in summer of 'O6.  All the cadets (myself included) are participating in a very rudimentary SARX.  To teach the Basics at the Encampment leadership skills, every single member of the flight staff is removed from command in the middle of the excercise.  The Basics have to organize themselves, pick their team leaders, figure out where they are going, etc.  The Basics also, of course, have to communicate with two other teams and a main headquarters via radio.  Very few have had any radio training...as a result, normal procedures are ignored.  That really wasn't the worst of it, however.

From main headquarters: "Cadet, where is your Flight Sergeant?"
Cadet: "Sir, the entire staff is dead!" 

This was heard on about twenty different radios.  (I'm not sure what the technical term is...but the system was just for Encampment--the type of radios you can buy at Wal-Mart.) 

C/2d Lt Reichardt
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: whatevah on October 16, 2005, 02:23:56 PM
those were (hopefully) the ISR radios, the military version of the FRS radios (that WalMart carries). Pretty much the exact same radios, just with different frequencies programmed in.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: voopvoop on October 16, 2005, 04:02:30 PM
We were doing some ELT training and trying to get a handle on Triangulation.  In mid winter (Think REALLY cold) we were standing on an open area up high (Think WINDY) and called out our location and bearing/Azmuth.  Another team replied
"Sir we have a bearing of 275 degrees"   We waited for a while and then called
"XXXX Team where are you?"
*Bearings don't mean anything if you don't know where they are being taken from.

We waited for several minutes and this pimply faced voice responded "We are in our Van sir!"

SIGH........
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: lreichardt on October 17, 2005, 01:49:07 PM
those were (hopefully) the ISR radios, the military version of the FRS radios (that WalMart carries). Pretty much the exact same radios, just with different frequencies programmed in.

I don't know, exactly.  It was a closed systedm (!?), so it wasn't as if other people not participating in the excercise could have picked up our communication...which, under the circumstances... :D

C/2d Lt Laura Reichardt
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: arajca on October 17, 2005, 01:58:59 PM
Those were ISR radios so only DoD and other approved federal agencies could have heard it. Except for possibly scanner junkies.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: lreichardt on October 17, 2005, 02:53:56 PM
Those were ISR radios so only DoD and other approved federal agencies could have heard it. Except for possibly scanner junkies.

What does ISR stand for?  I pity the poor confused scanner junkies.  We all got a good laugh out of the incident, though.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: arajca on October 17, 2005, 03:00:28 PM
Intra Squad Radio
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: lreichardt on October 17, 2005, 03:11:14 PM
Thank you.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: airforcecolors on October 28, 2005, 03:51:02 PM
At the 2002 LAWG Encampment:

Alpha Flight Commander:
"To all units, this is Alpha Flight Commander. Does anyone know where my flight is? Over."

LAWG Cadet Commander/ Encampment Cadet Commander:
*laughing* "You lost your entire flight?!"

Your wing has a cadet commander??
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: BillB on October 28, 2005, 07:28:49 PM
Several Wings have a Cadet Commander, but I have never heard what the C/CC was supposed to do, or what if any authority they have. A Wing Cadet Commander is not listed in CAPR 20-1, but somewhere around the mid-1980's, the position popped up. It appears mainly to be an honorary position with no command authority.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: footballrun21 on October 29, 2005, 02:55:19 PM
Ok, I've got one.  We have a balloon festival at Solburg Airport in Readington, New Jersey every sumer.  My squadron was running it this year and there was this one senior member.  He looked like he was about 17, but he had to be over 21 because he was a 2nd. Lt.  He had no clue how to use the radio, or due much else for that matter, but he was good at recruiting so we put him at the recruiting booth.  Now, we had a tent in the bivouac area called "Mission Base," the festival commander we called Alpha (just for easy reference) and asst. commander was Bravo (he was acting like the middle man-made sure everything was going good).  The first day, we were the only squadron there because all the rest couldn't make it, so we had to work like 5 hour shifts.  This is one conversation we heard.

Senior Member: "Recruiting to bravo."
.........
Senior Member: "Recruiting to Bravo."
Asst. commander:  "This is Bravo, go ahead, over."
Senior Member: "I'm hungry"
......
Asst. Commander: "Roger, out"

This guy had no clue what he was doing, just blurted stuff out.  I don't think he even had ROA-B.  He never did get to eat (well, not then anyway).

This was one of those you had to be there events.  We still laugh about it today. :D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: NIN on October 29, 2005, 09:12:38 PM
Heard from a CH-47 which just got turned around from penetrating a prohibited zone..

(we're sitting in the refuel point getting gas, can't transmit)

Co-Pilot: "This is Blackcat One Zero, we're low on fuel, can we get into that refuel point?"

(we can't transmit, mind you, as we're still "nozzles in")

Co-Pilot: "Hey, look, we need to get gas, we're very low..."

(still no response from us)

Co-Pilot: (obviously forgot to switch from FM back to intercom) "Can we get some @$#$&@ gas or what?"

I fell down I was laughing so hard.  Someone in another aircraft keyed on that FM freq and was laughing hard.  My pilots were in tears.

Finally:

Pilot: "uuuh, I'd like to apologize for my copilot's words..."

More laughter...

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: c/LTCOLorbust on November 07, 2005, 06:30:53 PM
Not as bad when you are at a real mission and have to deal with with some of these pilots(non-CAP) and they talk like truckers on the radio,

at that point you want to find the guy who said come back good old Buddy.

yeah I feel sorry for High Bird but am glad I didn't have to talk to them.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: PhoenixRisen on November 12, 2005, 01:59:43 AM
Ok, while I was at the MCAS Miramar Airshow a few weeks ago, I was sitting in the bleachers watching the Blue Angels perform, and the commentators had the speakers hooked up so that they could recieve transmissions between what each Blue Angel pilot was saying back and fourth to each other.

This was said right before completeing a maneuver(I forgot the name) where they all turn in one direction, this time, being left):

Blue Angels flight commander: uhhhhhhhhhhhh, ummmmm, LEFT, LEFT LEFT!!!!!
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Twolf on November 21, 2005, 07:51:10 PM
One of my first jobs in the Army was as a radio operator. I've got some funny stories, but this one takes the cake.
     I was still at AIT learning all the different radios and everything. One day we were told to go out to our rat-rigs, setup the long-range antennas and complete the day's assignment. My partener and I were both competing for Honor Graduate (we tied in the end) so we got done with our assignment really quickly - we had some time to goof off so we wanted to see what we could do with these "long range" antennas....
     With a little scanning we were able to pickup a radio station from (we assume) Mexico as everything was in Spanish. We figured we'd be funny and start keying the mic, saying all kinds of nasty stuff in Spanish. We imagined some old mexican dude driving off the road because his radio was saying nasty things at him. We don't really know if they could hear us on the other end or not, but we'd like to think they could. Eventually we got bored with that.
     So we started scanning again and picked up a transmission from some Americans. We didn't have any com-sec loaded so we knew that they had to be training. We started messing with them and giving them all kinds of false information. They asked us who we were and gave them a call sign that we had heard on the radio. They asked us to authenticate so we asked THEM to authenticate. They came back with an answer and we told them it was wrong and they needed to get off the net. It was all fun and games really. This goes on for about... oh.... 10 minutes MAX. Suddenly the door to our rat-rig busts open and MPs throw us on the ground with M9s to our heads, zip tie us up and off we go! I was lucky I took a dump that morning because I would have seriously crapped my pants as this was happening. Next thing I know I'm in an office and they're interrigating me as to what we were doing!
     Turns out that the Americans we were communicating with were in Korea doing operations on the DMZ! I couldn't tell you why they weren't using any com-sec, but they were pretty upset that we were messing with them.....
     In the end, we met with the post commander and he couldn't see kicking 2 soldiers with 100% in their course out of school and ruining their military careers. Were were supposed to get an Article 15 and lose pay, get extra duty and all that - but to this day that Article 15 never materialized.
     Moral of the story? Long range antennas are really long range, so only go on the freq that you're supposed to be on as it can land you in a lot of trouble! The MPs are kind of rough too! Oh yeah, my partener and I both graduated with 100% in the course. The deciding factor for honor graduate was our PT scores and oddly enough we had the SAME PT score. He kicked my butt on the run, but I whooped him in the push-ups and sit-ups. Our company commander had never seen that happen before.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: thefischNX01 on November 22, 2005, 12:26:25 PM
You really had to be there for this one, but for those of us that were, it brings a chuckle and an eyeroll ::) :D ???

This was back when I was with NJ wing, I was with helping out with the Solberg Airshow.  The Commander and Deputy for that weekend had taken the callsigns "Alpha" and "Bravo" respectively.  We also had an aircraft with us for recruiting from the local squadron.  Of course, the local Squadron sent one of their members down to make sure that we "didn't mess up the plane".  This person, who earned the nickname "Captain America".  So we send him to the airplane, along with a radio.  Not five minutes after he gets there does he come on the radio saying
"Uh...Bravo....this is (Captain America), I'm kinda hungry"

So, the day went on, and everytime Captain America did something, he would report it. 
"Bravo, I'm going to the Bathroom"
"Bravo, I need some water"
"Bravo, I think I'm up for a break". 

Finally,Mission Base comes on and says
"Bravo is MIA". 

And of course, Bravo is standing next to the Radio Operator laughing. 
Finally, I was sent to go look after the Senior Member and take the radio away from Captain America. 

(As a Side note, by the end of that weekend, Alpha and Bravo had forgotten their real names and were simply referring to each other by their callsigns ::))
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Marine Corps Gal on July 15, 2006, 12:25:52 PM
Encampment 2006 Pass In Review practice; we're all standing in our respective flights and squadrons at attention.  I, being the guidon bearer, am standing behind the squadron commander.  Suddenly his radio bleeps.  Since we're at attention, he tries to shut up the guy on the other end.  Instead he gets:

"Encouraging you are not.  Need your help we do."

I have never, ever in my life heard such a perfect Yoda imitation as that.  It was amazing.

I was shaking like a leaf, trying not to make a sound.  The squadron commander pretended it wasn't funny.  He slowly raised the radio to his face so he could speak quietly.

"INTERRUPTING OUR PARADE YOU ARE."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ZigZag911 on July 15, 2006, 01:06:09 PM
"Amusing the young Jedi are!"

Side note: try to imagine a conversation between Yoda and Gollum!
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on June 06, 2007, 12:09:06 PM
This story was passed to me at my first SAREX. I was working with the GT. It was just after lunch, and we all decided to set up an antenna. We get that up, and one of the trainers decides to try to use his VX-150 on the 40 ft. mast. Thinking this isn't working, he gave up. It turns out that the mission base heard him, and was trying to talk back. He had his volume turned all the way down. That's not the story though. About 5 years before my first SAREX (so around 2000), a SAREX was held at the same location where my first was held. A few practice ELTs had been set out. It was about an hour before any GTs we sent out to locate it. They had a GBD out with them who didn't have a radio on him. From what I'm told, a cadet came up to him and told him that there was a strange call sign looking for the person in charge. He got on the mic and identified himself. The voice got friendly and asked if they needed help with that signal. He said no and asked who he was talking to. The other voice told him to look up. It was an AF AWACS Plane.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: WoodlandSARman on July 30, 2007, 05:01:19 PM
Back in my cadet years we were coming back from wing and my buddy was on the radio and one of the vans called asking something and he said "this is Red Fire 806 Wait one over" right after that you hear. Red Fire 806 this is red Fire 1 over. I look over at him and am like, dude, did I just hear who i thought I heard? A second later we hear the same call and everyone starts laughing out of there seats.

He gets on the radio and is like (in a really nervous voice "uh Red Fire 1 this is Red Fire 806, go ahead sir...... over"

He then goes on to tell him to say "stand by not WAIT" ect ect.


You never know who has their radio on :)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: WoodlandSARman on July 30, 2007, 05:19:17 PM
This story was passed to me at my first SAREX. I was working with the GT. It was just after lunch, and we all decided to set up an antenna. We get that up, and one of the trainers decides to try to use his VX-150 on the 40 ft. mast. Thinking this isn't working, he gave up. It turns out that the mission base heard him, and was trying to talk back. He had his volume turned all the way down. That's not the story though. About 5 years before my first SAREX (so around 2000), a SAREX was held at the same location where my first was held. A few practice ELTs had been set out. It was about an hour before any GTs we sent out to locate it. They had a GBD out with them who didn't have a radio on him. From what I'm told, a cadet came up to him and told him that there was a strange call sign looking for the person in charge. He got on the mic and identified himself. The voice got friendly and asked if they needed help with that signal. He said no and asked who he was talking to. The other voice told him to look up. It was an AF AWACS Plane.

Yeah, its funny what the millitary does when they get bored, or anyone in aviation. probably someone in the aircraft that was or is CAP that started scanning the freqs.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on August 01, 2007, 09:51:29 PM
Back in my cadet years we were coming back from wing and my buddy was on the radio and one of the vans called asking something and he said "this is Red Fire 806 Wait one over" right after that you hear. Red Fire 806 this is red Fire 1 over. I look over at him and am like, dude, did I just hear who i thought I heard? A second later we hear the same call and everyone starts laughing out of there seats.

He gets on the radio and is like (in a really nervous voice "uh Red Fire 1 this is Red Fire 806, go ahead sir...... over"

He then goes on to tell him to say "stand by not WAIT" ect ect.


You never know who has their radio on :)


Why would you say "uh" when the Wing Commander calls you? lol. Almost sounded like he signed his own death warrant.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Stonewall on August 01, 2007, 09:56:57 PM
Why you need to mount a bracket for you hand mic...

On my way to a meeting one night and monitoring the radio like a good ES guru would do and all of the sudden you hear someone talking about a wing staff member.  The guy is on his cell phone talking to another CAPer when his mic fell between the console and his seat in the car.  It lasted all of about 30 seconds, but 30 seconds was enough.

Funny thing was, I started getting a ton of calls on my cell because everyone knew I didn't like the person the guy was talking about so they thought it was me.  Hahaha, I had a mount for my mic so nothing like this would happen to me.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on September 09, 2007, 03:41:47 AM
Setting:  air show at 128th Air Refueling Wing, security gate.  The security forces kept doing full searches on our CAP van every time we came through, and this angered Lt.Col Curry.  He radioed CAP base, and the following ensued...

Curry: CAP Base, CAP transport

Inexpierienced radio operator (cadet):  Uh, uh, CAP transport go ahead

Curry: Give me Col Trossen

Cadet: Umm, he's busy

Curry: I need to talk to him, Now.

Cadet: Umm, he's really busy

Curry: Put on Col Trossen, NOW.

Cadet: He's talking to the security officer

Curry: I DONT CARE IF HE'S TALKING TO GOD PUT HIM ON!!!


Hillarity still ensues to this day
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on October 04, 2007, 03:32:10 PM
Just picked this one up a few minutes ago.

"Columbus *** this is Columbus ***, over"

Station responds

"Yes sir, are you busy? I'd like to meet up with you on the amateur bands for a short QSO."

Station responds PROPERLY

"Roger sir, we'll see you on the HAM Bands for a short QSO. This is Columbus *** QSY, out".


I wanted to start to scan for the guys, but it would have been pointless.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Cadet Tillett on October 04, 2007, 05:23:20 PM
At a VAWG SAREX:

Ground team: "we have rescued the ELT"

Mission Base: "Did you give it CPR?"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SJFedor on October 05, 2007, 02:08:42 AM
At a VAWG SAREX:

Ground team: "we have rescued the ELT"

Mission Base: "Did you give it CPR?"

My ongoing annoyance with people that call practice beacons, ELTs..... >:(
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: mikeylikey on October 05, 2007, 05:19:00 PM
At a VAWG SAREX:

Ground team: "we have rescued the ELT"

Mission Base: "Did you give it CPR?"

My ongoing annoyance with people that call practice beacons, ELTs..... >:(

Don't hold back....tell us how much you really hate it...... >:D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: flyerthom on October 06, 2007, 10:01:27 PM
Not sure if PA still uses 10 codes or not. 10-7 in the area meant out of service. On EMS duty and heard  to county comm center from a PA state trooper on a MVA with a fatality,

"<county name> County Control - driver is 10-7..."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: fyrfitrmedic on October 06, 2007, 11:34:00 PM
Not sure if PA still uses 10 codes or not. 10-7 in the area meant out of service. On EMS duty and heard  to county comm center from a PA state trooper on a MVA with a fatality,

"<county name> County Control - driver is 10-7..."

 Not in eastern PA at least. The move to plain speech in the SE PA counties took place a while ago.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on October 07, 2007, 03:07:31 AM
Not sure if PA still uses 10 codes or not. 10-7 in the area meant out of service. On EMS duty and heard  to county comm center from a PA state trooper on a MVA with a fatality,

"<county name> County Control - driver is 10-7..."

 Not in eastern PA at least. The move to plain speech in the SE PA counties took place a while ago.

Mention of 10 codes just reminded me of a local CB personality.  Theres somebody around the Milwaukee area who every day or so comes on and just starts raving in a middle eastern language over the CB channel 19.  Somehow he managed to earn the call sign of "Creamy Diapers."  Nobody knows who he is, but he's really famous.  Every time he comes on, people just start making fun of him and keying their mikes to step on him.  He just yells unintelligibly into the mike nonstop for 10-15min and eventually calms down.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: bosshawk on October 07, 2007, 04:19:46 PM
Heard on the FAA Norcal Approach frequency: transmitted by one of the Chinese students that fly from a flight school at the airport where I most often fly for CAP.

Norcal: Cessna**** say intentions.

Cessna****: oh, I become 737 copilot for China Airlines.

Norcal: Uh-----roger. Now tell me, what do you want to do next.

Just one of about a hundred that could be quoted from these Chinese students.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Dad2-4 on October 07, 2007, 08:14:24 PM
During a practice alert back during the cold war, the flight line was alive with trucks, tows, crew and maintenance vehicles, Security Police, missile racks, etc. About 2 AM our new 2ndLt Flight Leader gets on the radio to our Squadron 1st Sgt, 32 year vet, Chief MSgt, highly respected by our Sq. CC:
2Lt: "1st Sgt, can I see you at parking space #2 please?"
1stSgt: "I'll be there in a minute, Lt. I'm taking care of something."
2Lt: "1st Sgt, I need you down here ASAP."
1st Sgt: "Lt, be there in 5."
2Lt: "1st Sgt, This is LIEUTENANT *******, I need you here now!"
1st Sgt: "Lietentant ******, this is CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT *******. I need to see you in the Hangar."
Mind you every SP, base CC, wing CC, group CC, and 8thAF CC can hear this exchange. Amazing how one can hear a pin drop with all those B-52 engines running. :o
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: flyerthom on October 07, 2007, 08:19:44 PM
Not sure if PA still uses 10 codes or not. 10-7 in the area meant out of service. On EMS duty and heard  to county comm center from a PA state trooper on a MVA with a fatality,

"<county name> County Control - driver is 10-7..."

 Not in eastern PA at least. The move to plain speech in the SE PA counties took place a while ago.

This was in Eastern PA Region about 1992. I remember it because my partner about wrecked the ambulance on I 80 laughing.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: JCW0312 on November 20, 2007, 09:53:32 AM
Years ago when I started taking flying lessons (before I ran out of $$  :-\ ), I was up with my CFI who decided we should head back due to some bad weather that literally popped up out of nowhere. A lightning bolt came out of nowhere near the plane right as my CFI keyed up to announce our intentions on the unicom. Had you been listening at the time, you would have heard;

"[airport name] traffic, Cessna 1234A is.... F*&%! MY PLANE!"

That one got us a few smiles when we got back to the ground.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Pylon on November 20, 2007, 10:50:53 AM
Years ago when I started taking flying lessons (before I ran out of $$  :-\ ), I was up with my CFI who decided we should head back due to some bad weather that literally popped up out of nowhere. A lightning bolt came out of nowhere near the plane right as my CFI keyed up to announce our intentions on the unicom. Had you been listening at the time, you would have heard;

"[airport name] traffic, Cessna 1234A is.... F*&%! MY PLANE!"

That one got us a few smiles when we got back to the ground.

 :D  Hah!  Nice.   ;D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: iniedrauer on November 21, 2007, 02:29:18 AM
So...I'm Golf Flight Sergeant the TXWG Encampment Summer 07.  It was a really long day, I was ticked at my flight commander for several things.   I've been drilling the Flight for about a half hour in some distant paved area and am getting constantly annoyed by the random transmission on my radio.  Then I hear:

Voice: "Golf Flight Sergeant this Golf Commander, get your cadets over here now! Over. "
Me: "Golf Commander this is Golf Flight Sergeant where is here? Over."
Voice 2: "I don't know who that is that just called, but this is the real Golf Flight Commander, remain where you are! Over."
Voice: "That is NOT the real Golf Commander, get your cadets over to the chow hall now!"
Voice 2: "This IS the real Commander, hold your positon!"

They continued to argue for several minutes, before I elected to take my cadets to the chow hall as that voice sounded more desperate.  Turns out I was right.  Nonetheless I was so p***ed, that I was about ready to kill the guy, when I found out it was another Flight Commander that pranked us.


That was quite a week... :-\
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on November 21, 2007, 07:39:43 AM
So...I'm Golf Flight Sergeant the TXWG Encampment Summer 07.  It was a really long day, I was ticked at my flight commander for several things.   I've been drilling the Flight for about a half hour in some distant paved area and am getting constantly annoyed by the random transmission on my radio.  Then I hear:

Voice: "Golf Flight Sergeant this Golf Commander, get your cadets over here now! Over. "
Me: "Golf Commander this is Golf Flight Sergeant where is here? Over."
Voice 2: "I don't know who that is that just called, but this is the real Golf Flight Commander, remain where you are! Over."
Voice: "That is NOT the real Golf Commander, get your cadets over to the chow hall now!"
Voice 2: "This IS the real Commander, hold your positon!"

They continued to argue for several minutes, before I elected to take my cadets to the chow hall as that voice sounded more desperate.  Turns out I was right.  Nonetheless I was so p***ed, that I was about ready to kill the guy, when I found out it was another Flight Commander that pranked us.


That was quite a week... :-\


Next year, establish a code word to distinguish your commander if you aren't the commander. Saves you the trouble of looking like you don't know what you're doing :D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: iniedrauer on November 21, 2007, 06:04:34 PM
So...I'm Golf Flight Sergeant the TXWG Encampment Summer 07.  It was a really long day, I was ticked at my flight commander for several things.   I've been drilling the Flight for about a half hour in some distant paved area and am getting constantly annoyed by the random transmission on my radio.  Then I hear:

Voice: "Golf Flight Sergeant this Golf Commander, get your cadets over here now! Over. "
Me: "Golf Commander this is Golf Flight Sergeant where is here? Over."
Voice 2: "I don't know who that is that just called, but this is the real Golf Flight Commander, remain where you are! Over."
Voice: "That is NOT the real Golf Commander, get your cadets over to the chow hall now!"
Voice 2: "This IS the real Commander, hold your positon!"

They continued to argue for several minutes, before I elected to take my cadets to the chow hall as that voice sounded more desperate.  Turns out I was right.  Nonetheless I was so p***ed, that I was about ready to kill the guy, when I found out it was another Flight Commander that pranked us.


That was quite a week... :-\


Next year, establish a code word to distinguish your commander if you aren't the commander. Saves you the trouble of looking like you don't know what you're doing :D

Sounds like a wise idea...lol :D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Hoser on November 26, 2007, 10:17:51 PM
Overheard on a cross coutry flight:

KC Departure: "Citation 724 WT, contact Center 125.55"
Citation: "Kansas City Center Citation 724 WT with you out of 19000 for 26000"
unknown pilot: "724 Whiskey Tango, is that you Cousin Eddie?"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SKYKING607 on November 27, 2007, 06:40:22 PM
Years ago...when HF radios were as heavy as Mini-Coopers, this occurred:

A young Senior member hotshot (you know the type...knew a little about everything) sat in the radio operator's seat during an HF net.  He sits down, rubs his hands together and places the headset on his head.  He looks around the room, takes a deep breath and says out loud (with outstretched arms) "Talk-to-me-momma!"

When he looks down....our intrepid "lugnut" notices the "push-to-talk light" was on.  Indicating that he was "on-the-air!"  Another station was heard replying in a female's voice:  "Whatchu want me to say sonny?"

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: JCW0312 on November 28, 2007, 06:55:16 AM
Years ago...when HF radios were as heavy as Mini-Coopers, this occurred:


Ah, the good ole days. Now the HF rigs come small enough to throw in your lunchbox and with enough bells and whistles to make sure you never leave home without your owner's manual.  :-X
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SJFedor on November 29, 2007, 03:47:05 AM
This one happened on the way home from our Eval this summer. Nashville was working me for an ILS into JWN, and one of our other planes, CPF4154, was on it's way back to CHA. This took place ON THE APPROACH FREQ

CAP Pilot in Own A/C CAPFlight 4154, this is Cessna 123XX
...silence...
123XX CAPFlight 4154, Cessna 123XX, do you copy?
Nashville Approach CAPFlight 4154, you hear that guy calling you?
CPF4154 Affirm
Nashville Approach Well, you gonna answer him?
CPF4154 Uhm...go ahead Cessna 123XX
123XX Be advised, Barry is NOT aboard. I say again, Barry is NOT aboard. That is all.
CPF4154 Uhm....ok
Nashville Approach Hope Barry doesn't have to walk home. CAPFlight 4105, you're 3 miles from TWITTY, fly headind 190, maintain 3000 until established, cleared ILS 20 approach.

It took all my energy to get that readback in there without loosing it.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Matt on November 30, 2007, 03:17:22 PM
[...]
They continued to argue for several minutes, before I elected to take my cadets to the chow hall as that voice sounded more desperate.  Turns out I was right.  Nonetheless I was so p***ed, that I was about ready to kill the guy, when I found out it was another Flight Commander that pranked us.


That was quite a week... :-\

awww. Wright-Patt isn't THAT big...
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Capt M. Sherrod on December 03, 2007, 09:36:09 AM
As published in AvWeb today.

SHORT FINAL

Romance in the air is alive and well. While on a CAP flight I heard the following over departure control:

Control:
Bonanza 123, squawk 4567.

A short while later ...

Control:
Bonanza 123, do you have a passenger named [woman's first name] aboard?

Bonanza 123:
Affirmative.

Control:
Can you put her on? We are holding an important message for her.

Bonanza 123:
Stand by.

[pause]

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
This is [woman's name].

Control:
We have been asked to relay a message to you from [man's name] in [aircraft number]. Are you ready to copy?

[pause]

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
Yes.

Control:
[Man's name] sends the following message: "Will you marry me?"

Bonanza 123:
[garbled transmission]

Control:
We didn't get that. What is your answer?

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
I would be honored.

Control:
Bonanza 123, we copy and will relay.

[pause]

Cap Flight 2237:
Cap Flight 2237 offers best wishes to the bride.

Delta 0000:
Delta 0000 offers best wishes to the bride.

Control:
Bonanza 123, Cap Flight 2237 and Delta 0000 send best wishes to the bride.

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice again):Thank you.

CAP Flight 2237:
Nice to know romance on the airways is alive and well. Over 3,000 hours up here, and I never heard anything like that.

Control:
Me either. We have never played cupid before.

Tom Simmons
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: jeders on December 03, 2007, 12:04:58 PM
That's cool.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: DNall on December 23, 2007, 05:55:33 PM
My cousin told me a good one he was on the recieving end of a few weeks ago. He's an AF Acad grad down at UPT doing formations in T38s right now...

Swift 1 for Swift 2

Go for Swift 2

According to the clock it looks like your divorce should be final just about... NOW. I'd like to be the first to welcome you to the Del Rio singles club with your initiation to begin at the O-club tonight.

uhh, roger swift 1, out.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SSgt Rudin on January 20, 2008, 11:03:00 PM
I can't remember if this was over ISR or if I just overheard, it but either way it's funny. Between the Asst Safety Officer and the Commandant of Cadets.

ASO: Is there a live fire exercise tonight?
CoC: I don't know
ASO: well I keep hearing rapid explosions and am seeing bright flashes just below the tree line
CoC: It's New Years eve
ASO: Roger, out
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Brad on January 25, 2008, 11:50:04 AM
This may scream wanna-be, but I'm a poor college student right now, so sue me.

Anyways, I was working ATL TWR one night on VATSIM, APP was up as well. I had him on monitor.



ATL_TWR: Delta 3291, you are leaving my airspace, contact approach on 127.90 and have a good flight.

DELTA3291: Going to 127.90, thanks for the ATC.

<At this point ATL_APP gave his instruction, which I don't remember because I'm STILL working on my own APP certification>

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach did you copy my last transmission?

<pause>

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach, I say again, did you copy my last transmission sir?

DELTA3291: Atlanta Approach, Delta 3291, apologies sir, the cat was on my keyboard. <insert readback here>.

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach. Acknowledged sir. Be advised FAA advises against animals in the cockpit.



Or something like that.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: iniedrauer on January 25, 2008, 04:36:44 PM
This may scream wanna-be, but I'm a poor college student right now, so sue me.

Anyways, I was working ATL TWR one night on VATSIM, APP was up as well. I had him on monitor.



ATL_TWR: Delta 3291, you are leaving my airspace, contact approach on 127.90 and have a good flight.

DELTA3291: Going to 127.90, thanks for the ATC.

<At this point ATL_APP gave his instruction, which I don't remember because I'm STILL working on my own APP certification>

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach did you copy my last transmission?

<pause>

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach, I say again, did you copy my last transmission sir?

DELTA3291: Atlanta Approach, Delta 3291, apologies sir, the cat was on my keyboard. <insert readback here>.

ATL_APP: Delta 3291, Atlanta Approach. Acknowledged sir. Be advised FAA advises against animals in the cockpit.



Or something like that.


VATSIM is awesome!

-VATSIM ID 947516 ;D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on March 10, 2008, 02:13:53 PM
I wanted to find out if a local unit's meeting was cancelled due to the weather. I tried calling a member of the unit who I was almost positive would be monitoring, and is also the Wing HF operator. After I tried to contact him, a fellow Wing staff member came over the radio calling me. He asked if I was looking to be relayed into the net. I told him that that would be fine, but I was trying to contact him on VHF to find out if their meeting was cancelled. He told me that he would ask when he got to the net. After a few minutes, he called me on the radio again to inform me that his traffic (me inquery) would be taken at the end of roll call. Almost momentarily after that, the guy I was initially trying to contact called that unit's ESO to ask if the meeting was cancelled. The ESO informed him that it had not. The message was relayed back over HF to the guy who contacted me for a relay. Then this guy contacts me to let me know that the meeting wasn't cancelled.

Moral of the story: Contact the Unit's CC, or ESO to find out the fate of the night's meeting if the weather is nasty. I learned the hard way!!  :D

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: JoeTomasone on March 10, 2008, 05:09:08 PM
Paraphrasing from a book on the SR-71 Blackbird written by a former pilot.   They were on a training flight when a small plane contacted the tower to confirm their airspeed.   He mentions that the fighter jocks liked to show up the civilians...


GA Aircraft: Tower, this is ______, confirm radar contact.

Tower: Roger, _____, radar contact, heading 210 at 130 knots.

Fighter: Tower, this is ______, confirm radar contact.

Tower: Roger, _______, radar contact, heading 270 at 475 knots.

SR-71: Tower, this is Juliet 7, confirm radar contact.

Tower: Roger, Juliet 7, radar contact, heading 89 at 1130 knots.

"There were no further transmissions..."


:D

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: chimera388 on March 11, 2008, 10:37:55 PM
Here's one: 

I'm at Encampment in COWG in summer of 'O6.  All the cadets (myself included) are participating in a very rudimentary SARX.  To teach the Basics at the Encampment leadership skills, every single member of the flight staff is removed from command in the middle of the excercise.  The Basics have to organize themselves, pick their team leaders, figure out where they are going, etc.  The Basics also, of course, have to communicate with two other teams and a main headquarters via radio.  Very few have had any radio training...as a result, normal procedures are ignored.  That really wasn't the worst of it, however.

From main headquarters: "Cadet, where is your Flight Sergeant?"
Cadet: "Sir, the entire staff is dead!" 



This was heard on about twenty different radios.  (I'm not sure what the technical term is...but the system was just for Encampment--the type of radios you can buy at Wal-Mart.) 

C/2d Lt Reichardt

Heh heh.  That was me.  The best part was the SM in charge coming back over the radio right after me:

"Not dead, not dead.  Incapacitated!  Practice exercise! Practice exercise!"

Additionally, here is an excerpt from my blog (thtothersmayliveaz.blogspot.com):

Our new GT spent all of Sunday training in the field. This was invaluable, as we identified some weaknesses in the cadets navigation skills. First, we realized that compass skills need work:

"Team Bravo, Team Alpha. South mountain is on a heading of 3-8-0 degrees from our location, over."
"Team Alpha, Team Bravo. Be advised. There are only three hundred sixty degrees in a circle, over."

"Team Bravo, Team Alpha. We are heading north on a heading of 1-6-8 degrees."
"Team Alpha, Team Bravo. Walking backwards is not advised in this terrain, over."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on March 11, 2008, 11:37:59 PM
Here's one: 

I'm at Encampment in COWG in summer of 'O6.  All the cadets (myself included) are participating in a very rudimentary SARX.  To teach the Basics at the Encampment leadership skills, every single member of the flight staff is removed from command in the middle of the excercise.  The Basics have to organize themselves, pick their team leaders, figure out where they are going, etc.  The Basics also, of course, have to communicate with two other teams and a main headquarters via radio.  Very few have had any radio training...as a result, normal procedures are ignored.  That really wasn't the worst of it, however.

From main headquarters: "Cadet, where is your Flight Sergeant?"
Cadet: "Sir, the entire staff is dead!" 

...

Wait, I'm confused.  Lreichardt says it was at encampment of summer '06, but the date stamp on the post says 16OCT05...

Quote
"Team Bravo, Team Alpha. South mountain is on a heading of 3-8-0 degrees from our location, over."
"Team Alpha, Team Bravo. Be advised. There are only three hundred sixty degrees in a circle, over."

"Team Bravo, Team Alpha. We are heading north on a heading of 1-6-8 degrees."
"Team Alpha, Team Bravo. Walking backwards is not advised in this terrain, over."


Doh! (http://www.smileyhut.com/confused/doh.gif)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: chimera388 on March 12, 2008, 01:08:05 AM
Laura's a little confused :) It was '05
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on April 17, 2008, 03:59:03 PM
Could have went livid on this one. I was waiting at a unit's hq west of me for someone to arrive. On the radio, I heard one member call another, and asked if their HF had dried out. A wing issue HF at that. All I kept telling myself was that they knew what they were doing. Luckily, the radio had dried out, and had no long term damage.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on April 19, 2008, 02:58:36 AM
I AM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW!  I have my scanner set to the local fire dispatch, this is what I just heard.

"4352, dispatch"
"Dispatch, 4352 go ahead"
"Respond to call at <address>.  88 year old woman is stuck on the toilet and needs assistance getting back to her wheelchair."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: isuhawkeye on April 19, 2008, 03:00:28 AM
it may be funny to you, but its not really funny to the poor guy who has to wipe......

for the third time this week
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on April 19, 2008, 03:14:30 AM
it may be funny to you, but its not really funny to the poor guy who has to wipe......

for the third time this week

Oh believe me, I have the full respect for the crew that responded to that one.  But when your room is dead silent save a computer hum, and that just comes up out of nowhere, its pretty dang funny!
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Brad on May 03, 2008, 06:53:34 PM
At SCWG's SAREVAL, I was working Ground VHF, and the guy in the room next to me was working Air VHF, so we could hear bits of each other's traffic owing to repeaters and the half-window for passing papers. Well, it seems that one of the aircraft was getting too far ahead of the ground team, so the ground team asked the aircrew to slow down. Their response? "Roger, we can do that if you can do 120."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: N Harmon on May 16, 2008, 02:45:45 PM
Early morning of a SAREX before any aircraft were launched we were monitoring the local unicom in the comm room. We overhear, "Cherokee XXXX climbing to flight level two thousand five hundred."

I pick up the microphone and to the other radio operator's alarm reply, "Cherokee XXXX contact Houston Space Center on eight three five point two g'day".

But alas, I did not press the PTT switch.  ;D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: DC on May 16, 2008, 07:32:27 PM
Early morning of a SAREX before any aircraft were launched we were monitoring the local unicom in the comm room. We overhear, "Cherokee XXXX climbing to flight level two thousand five hundred."

I pick up the microphone and to the other radio operator's alarm reply, "Cherokee XXXX contact Houston Space Center on eight three five point two g'day".

But alas, I did not press the PTT switch.  ;D
You should have! I just about fell out of my chair laughing...

Seriously, someone needs to be skoold in proper radio terminology...
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Gunner C on May 17, 2008, 06:40:19 PM
On a CW net (Morse Code for you guys under 40), I was operating in a foreign country when I heard the following exchange:

E8Z DE B4D (DE means "this is")

INT QRT K (What time is it? Over)

B4D DE E8Z (E8Z was the net control)

QFA ZZZ K (quit "farting" around, I'm trying to sleep, Over)

E8Z DE B4D (calling back to the net control)

ZBM2 AR (put a competent operator on this frequency, Out)

:::Nothing but silence:::

(It's a real knee-slapper if you're an old CW guy)  :D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on July 29, 2008, 06:56:16 PM
Been listening to Air Force One, and its escourts all day out of Cleveland Hopkins. Not too much traffic, but still a blast to hear on the radio.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on July 29, 2008, 11:39:32 PM
Been listening to Air Force One, and its escourts all day out of Cleveland Hopkins. Not too much traffic, but still a blast to hear on the radio.

Neato.  Find out what the president is having for dinner?
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ThorntonOL on July 30, 2008, 08:47:22 AM
Reminds me of the first Crocodile Dundee movie where at the end Mick has to use three people to get a message through a crowd.


As published in AvWeb today.

SHORT FINAL

Romance in the air is alive and well. While on a CAP flight I heard the following over departure control:

Control:
Bonanza 123, squawk 4567.

A short while later ...

Control:
Bonanza 123, do you have a passenger named [woman's first name] aboard?

Bonanza 123:
Affirmative.

Control:
Can you put her on? We are holding an important message for her.

Bonanza 123:
Stand by.

[pause]

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
This is [woman's name].

Control:
We have been asked to relay a message to you from [man's name] in [aircraft number]. Are you ready to copy?

[pause]

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
Yes.

Control:
[Man's name] sends the following message: "Will you marry me?"

Bonanza 123:
[garbled transmission]

Control:
We didn't get that. What is your answer?

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice):
I would be honored.

Control:
Bonanza 123, we copy and will relay.

[pause]

Cap Flight 2237:
Cap Flight 2237 offers best wishes to the bride.

Delta 0000:
Delta 0000 offers best wishes to the bride.

Control:
Bonanza 123, Cap Flight 2237 and Delta 0000 send best wishes to the bride.

Bonanza 123 (woman's voice again):Thank you.

CAP Flight 2237:
Nice to know romance on the airways is alive and well. Over 3,000 hours up here, and I never heard anything like that.

Control:
Me either. We have never played cupid before.

Tom Simmons
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SDF_Specialist on July 30, 2008, 11:33:44 AM
Been listening to Air Force One, and its escourts all day out of Cleveland Hopkins. Not too much traffic, but still a blast to hear on the radio.

Neato.  Find out what the president is having for dinner?

Nah. Just listening to ATC. I'm sure it costs more than what you and I spend on food for a month alone though.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SAR-EMT1 on August 02, 2008, 03:23:56 AM
This was on the radio at work:

Dispatch:
XXX Ambulance respond code three to XXX Main for a twenty year old female bleeding heavily.

A: 10-4, show us enroute

D: Ambulance XXX enroute 1908, caller states she has been stabbed in her crotch, she claims she cannot get the object out.... she is bleeding heavily.

A: Uh... 10-4...uh... dispatch, has PD been notified?

D: Negative, caller states the object is a sex toy.

A: Uh... 10-4 dispatch, thank you

---
The soda I was drinking suddenly sprayed against the windshield, which is pretty far when it comes out your nose. My partner was in a similar state.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Fiddes_CAP-065 on September 02, 2008, 07:34:10 PM
2008 ORWG Encampment

We were driving back to the RTI from the Air N.G. Base, and the chaplain gets on the radio and says

"That large, brick building up ahead... one of my relatives owns that, and it is a motel, and a restraunt.  They also run a church out of it too."

there is a pause for about 5 seconds, everyone who heard was probably thinking (I know I was) 'ok... who really cares'  then out of the blue, one of are [awesome] TAC Officers gets on the air.

"Rooooger that sir..." 

The Encampment commander (The driver.  I, the half-asleep Alpha Flight Sgt., was shotgun) and I just busted up laughing.   You had to be there.





Earlier that trip, the CAP van right in front of us had one of its back double-doors cracked open, so I hopped out, SLAMMED it shut, and was back in the van before the ajar van knew what happened.  the look on the passengers' face's was priceless.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ol'fido on September 06, 2008, 03:45:28 PM
Couple of tidbits:

At one of our wing encampments, my usual partner in CAP crime came up with the following:

CC: Deputy Commander, this is Encampment Commander, over.

DC: This is deputy, over.

CC: What is your location over?

DC: I'm a little busy right now, over.

CC: I need to see you. What is your location, over?

DC: Building 432, Latrine, (and with sounds of straining in his voice)second stall on the left, over.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ol'fido on September 06, 2008, 03:51:08 PM
Forgot I said a "couple" of tidbits:

AC: Redfox **, this is CAPflight 1132, over.

GT: CAPflight 1132, this is Redfox **, over.

AC: Roger, Redfox **, how do you copy, over.

GT: I generally use a Xerox machine, over.

AC: Um, ...uh...roger, Redfox **. CAPflight1132, out.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SJFedor on September 09, 2008, 04:25:03 AM
This was on the radio at work:

Dispatch:
XXX Ambulance respond code three to XXX Main for a twenty year old female bleeding heavily.

A: 10-4, show us enroute

D: Ambulance XXX enroute 1908, caller states she has been stabbed in her crotch, she claims she cannot get the object out.... she is bleeding heavily.

A: Uh... 10-4...uh... dispatch, has PD been notified?

D: Negative, caller states the object is a sex toy.

A: Uh... 10-4 dispatch, thank you

---
The soda I was drinking suddenly sprayed against the windshield, which is pretty far when it comes out your nose. My partner was in a similar state.

Hm..penetrating trauma w/ heavy bleeding. That almost, by protocol, sounds like a helicopter shoulda been sent for transport to a tertiary care facility.  >:D >:D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Hill CAP on September 09, 2008, 07:02:51 AM
This was on the radio at work:

Dispatch:
XXX Ambulance respond code three to XXX Main for a twenty year old female bleeding heavily.

A: 10-4, show us enroute

D: Ambulance XXX enroute 1908, caller states she has been stabbed in her crotch, she claims she cannot get the object out.... she is bleeding heavily.

A: Uh... 10-4...uh... dispatch, has PD been notified?

D: Negative, caller states the object is a sex toy.

A: Uh... 10-4 dispatch, thank you

---
The soda I was drinking suddenly sprayed against the windshield, which is pretty far when it comes out your nose. My partner was in a similar state.

Hm..penetrating trauma w/ heavy bleeding. That almost, by protocol, sounds like a helicopter shoulda been sent for transport to a tertiary care facility.  >:D >:D

LOL Steve and let me guess it needs to be Wings and sent to Vandy right?
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SJFedor on September 09, 2008, 04:04:45 PM
This was on the radio at work:

Dispatch:
XXX Ambulance respond code three to XXX Main for a twenty year old female bleeding heavily.

A: 10-4, show us enroute

D: Ambulance XXX enroute 1908, caller states she has been stabbed in her crotch, she claims she cannot get the object out.... she is bleeding heavily.

A: Uh... 10-4...uh... dispatch, has PD been notified?

D: Negative, caller states the object is a sex toy.

A: Uh... 10-4 dispatch, thank you

---
The soda I was drinking suddenly sprayed against the windshield, which is pretty far when it comes out your nose. My partner was in a similar state.

Hm..penetrating trauma w/ heavy bleeding. That almost, by protocol, sounds like a helicopter shoulda been sent for transport to a tertiary care facility.  >:D >:D

LOL Steve and let me guess it needs to be Wings and sent to Vandy right?

HAH! heck no, I get enough crazy crap as it is that walks into my ER. Divert 'em to whatever is around there.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Hill CAP on November 19, 2008, 12:51:30 AM
Other day on tampa repeater

Unknown Station: Hello is any one there
TNCAP 20: This is TNCAP 20 unit calling please identify
Unknown Station: Hello is any one there
TNCAP 20 This is TNCAP 20 This is Government Freq please identify yourself

Nothing Heard for 5 minutes, then repeat above

Funny thing is FLCAP 8500, FLCAP 801, Head CAP 40 and Head CAP 57 all heard this guy also later in the day.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: RobG on November 19, 2008, 01:26:17 AM
When I lived back in MN, I was refueling a 10,000 gallon tanker truck after refueling a commercial jet. While standing up on top of the truck, someone starts calling on my radio. I think its dispatch, and start talking to this person. Turns out just some kid playing around with some kind of radio. He had no clue to what was going on.

After about 10 min. this gets old. I tell him he is on a private radio link. He gets off finally. I tell my manager, who tells me this kid has been doing this all day.
after a few days of this some tells him to stay off or we will turn him into the Feds.

He got the hint.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Polecat on June 08, 2009, 02:50:58 PM
I am going to 7 month bump this one because I like it and have a good one to tell.

The whole wing was on a FTX for an airshow and I was working KP and right after a meal, this SM walks in for seconds. He goes and gets what he wants and then on his little ISR we hear one of our larger SMs in the wing (great guy, ex-ranger) call him and it goes like this:
CAP XXX, CAP XXX, this is CAP XX, over.
CAP XX, this is CAP XXX, go ahead over.
What is you location? Over.
The chow hall, over.
Good, get me some cookies, CAP XX out.

Needless to say, everyone in th chow hall was laughing really hard.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: RiverAux on June 08, 2009, 04:46:12 PM
Mission-related logistical communication.  No problem.   >:D
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Major Carrales on June 08, 2009, 04:55:37 PM
UNKNOWN OPERATOR: TexasCAP...uhhhhh...(KEY to slight STATIC)...CAPFLIGHT...uhhhhhhh....(KEY)  (KEY)....this is... (KEY) What's our...!?!(KEY) (KEY)...CRAP!!!

STAGING AREA: THIS IS TXCAP 5XXX, please identify. OVER

UNKNOWN OPERATOR: (KEY)...uh...(KEY) We're trying (KEY)
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: RicL on October 31, 2009, 01:26:43 AM
I would have to go with "WTF Over" (Heard on the radio as a turkey hit a cap member's personal vehicle being used during a training exercise.. Radio happened to be keyed, with the member ready to call another unit when the turkey took out his windshield).                                                                                                                                                                       
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: cadetchris on April 24, 2010, 05:17:15 PM
Giant bump but it's a good one.

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.   ;D

If you didn't catch on yet refer to the post underneath. IT'S FAKE!
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Gunner C on April 24, 2010, 05:29:45 PM
Never get tired of that one.  ;D 

BTW, welcome.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SarDragon on April 24, 2010, 07:03:55 PM
Giant bump but it's a good one.

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.

Totally bogus. The Lincoln has never been homeported on the east coast, and was on post deployment stand down from Oct. 10 - Nov. 6, 1995, after returning from a WestPac deployment. Also, see Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/military/lighthouse.asp).
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: cadetchris on April 24, 2010, 07:14:01 PM
DING DING DING we have a winner! I was waiting for somebody to figure that out.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Gunner C on April 24, 2010, 08:30:53 PM
Well, that's the last time I'm nice to a cadet on his first post.  Yeah, it's bogus (I think it's been brought up here before).  Cadet, don't try to set people up.  Some of us will be nice to you no matter how dumb the stuff you post on here is. 

We give cadets a bit of a break here.  You've had yours.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: a2capt on April 24, 2010, 09:49:24 PM
What about their second post? ;-)

I wasn't even gonna say something (about snopes) at first, I wanted to see who was gonna whomp on it.. ;-)

At the local airport one afternoon, a series of stepped on conversations produced "Roll the equipment" and combined with some of the other words that made it out, the crash response came busting out from the perpendicular taxiway and from the other end, the county truck trying to figure out what was going on. A Citation 5 on take off roll aborts because he saw the fire response coming out onto the parallel taxiway and deployed something that caused a bunch of smoke to come out of the engines.

The fire truck sees the smoke and takes the next intersection onto the runway.

Foam was just about to be sprayed..  a series of hand signals and after some discussion .. they all went away and the Citation back to the runup area and after an extended runup, departed. Total closure, about 30 minutes.

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on April 26, 2010, 06:30:24 AM
Giant bump but it's a good one.

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.   ;D

If you didn't catch on yet refer to the post underneath. IT'S FAKE!

Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Mc Gehee, Cody on July 28, 2010, 02:46:10 AM
as for the GLR N Encampent comment I will second that motion... lol....

GLR N Encampment PAO Staff 2010



GLR (N) Encampment 2005:
"What will the Flight Commanders be doing during the drill eval if the Flight Sergeants will be evaluated on commanding the flights? Over."

"Standing by to offer moral support as the poor little Basic Cadets quake in fear in front of the Standardization and Evaluations Team. Over."

OHWG Encampment 2005:
(quiet and muffled) "I wonder if we can tape this PPT button down."
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: Blueyes on January 02, 2011, 06:50:17 PM
I know at the time of this posting, the thread is about 6 months old, I thought I would add some fire into this thread.

I was in Iraq in 2006 (Baghdad), and I was an intelligence analyst in an Air Assault unit for 4th ID (Army).  I literally worked back to back with the radio operators at the TOC.  So I have some stories...

Quiet day, NSR, and all of a sudden we start hearing the most foul mouth communications.  Apparently, a convoy was in the Green Zone and was lost.  So, the all powerful butter bar was trying to give directions to the rest of his convoy.  Now, when I say every other word was an expletive, I literally mean, "F'in turn F'in left, F'in dumb S."  Our "papa's" (15P-aviation radio operator) can't get a word in to tell them to get off the freq.  Neither can their NCOIC or the OIC.  This is a TOC so we have our ALL MIGHTY Lt. COL. roaming around.  (We called him Machine Gun Gawkins (another story) Tremendous respect for the man... He was a pilot in Mogadishu in 1993.  You can glean his experience from that.)

Anyhoo, he comes in and hears this and starts going off on everyone.  We explain the situation, and hes at the radio stack for a few minutes just TRYING to get a word in.  What follows is a paraphrase of the conversation  (Callsigns are classified).

Machine Gun Gawkins (MGG): "This is [call sign]6"
Lost LT in Green Zone (LGZ): "[call sign]6, this is [call sign], WTF do you want?"
MGG: "You are on an aviation freq. get off immediately.  This is a high priority freq.  Over." (this was as unprofessional that we ever saw at this point)
LGZ: "You F'in switch, F'in S.  I F'in have F'in permission from my F'in Company Commander for this F'in freq. So, take your F'in aviation S elsewhere."
MGG: (breaking ComSec and composure) "This is Lt. Col. Gawkins, Commander of the 4ID Air Assault BN.  GET! OFF! NOW!"
LGZ: "muffles" pause "S, Yessir!"
MGG: "Call me at [VOIP line] with your commanders present, out!"

Needless to say, seeing such a composed man break comsec and bearing had our jaws dislocated and hanging freely from our heads...  but GAWD was it funny.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: MikeD on January 18, 2011, 02:47:27 AM
Cool NASA Story Bro time:

So on my first project in mission control, for acoustic research, it's me and the RCO (Range Control Officer).  I'm talking to a couple of teams of people at ground mic arrays on a cell phone push to talk network.  No one had told me anything about what call signs to use on that net, so I improvised.  "Ground, this is control, comm check?"  "Major Tom reads you loud and clear."

There's been a ton of other good ones, I need to start writing a book.  I don't know if this was over the air or not, but one was "A Global Hawk over Barstow declaring an emergency?  Won't that take all week?"
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: BTCS1* on January 18, 2011, 06:52:33 PM
Cool NASA Story Bro time:

So on my first project in mission control, for acoustic research, it's me and the RCO (Range Control Officer).  I'm talking to a couple of teams of people at ground mic arrays on a cell phone push to talk network.  No one had told me anything about what call signs to use on that net, so I improvised.  "Ground, this is control, comm check?"  "Major Tom reads you loud and clear."


LMAO!!!! You worked at mission control!?! That's seriously my dream job!
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: SarDragon on May 05, 2017, 10:56:34 PM
Unlocked by request. Requester - make it good.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: waukwiz on June 10, 2017, 12:43:45 AM
Much apologies for the delay. A lot has come up in family, CAP, and school life. Hope I don't disappoint.

WIWG Ground Team Academy 2017

Engaging in a simulated radio relay net activity are six Advanced School teams paired up with six Basic School teams. Mission Base transmits instructions to the basic teams to relay to their respective advanced teams on another frequency.

So in total, we have: 13 stations, 12 conversations, 2 frequencies, partridge in pear tree.
All free-net. Which was... challenging on its own.

With cold fingers and wet socks, it was finally time for Mission Base to call us home.

"All stations, this is Mission Base. Exercise is terminated. RTB. Over."

"Mission Base, this is GT Alpha. Roger. Out."

"Mission Base, this is GT Bravo. Understood. Out."

"Mission Base, this is GT Charlie. Returning to base. Out."

(Epiphany)

"All stations, this is Mission Base. No acknowledgment is needed. (Wait for it) Over."

"Mission Base, GT Alpha acknowledges, OUT."

A hearty laugh was had around the academy.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: hamburgee on June 10, 2017, 03:06:20 PM
Another from WIWG GTA 2017:

NightNav, the basics (most of who have zero radio experience at all) were handling radio traffic for the Advanced and Team Leader teams. Just like Mayes said;
So in total, we have: 13 stations, 12 conversations, 2 frequencies, partridge in pear tree.
All free-net. Which was... challenging on its own.
Anywho. Captain T (don't know if he wants his name said) was the GTL evaluator for our team (I think we were GT Alpha? I don't remember). We'd been trying to call Alpha Base (the basics) so we could begin the course, but no-one was answering. Over the course of this whole thing, we'd heard Alpha Base briefly communicating with other stations, and we could hear our voices on other people's radios whenever we were calling, so we were both audible both ways.

GT A- Alpha Base, this is Ground Team Alpha, over. (repeat this 5 to 7 times)

*silence*

Between this, we heard Alpha Base once or twice on the radio talking to other stations.

At this point, after radioing about 30 minutes, Captain T is getting impatient and decides to call Alpha Base's instructor's cell to tell them to pick up the radio.

Alpha Base, this is Ground Team Alpha, over. (2 times-ish)

*silence again*

Captain T is literally ready to explode.

About 20 seconds of silence later, we hear this:

"Mission Base, this is Alpha Base, over."

Captain T SCREAMS AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS IN RAGE, effectively silencing everyone in about a mile radius. He then takes our radio to call them and we FINALLY got an answer (wonder why) and begun the course after a half hour of trying to call them.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: ♠SARKID♠ on June 10, 2017, 04:21:37 PM
Mock rage...ish...
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: hamburgee on June 10, 2017, 04:32:05 PM
Mock rage...ish...
Hilarious nonetheless.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: PHall on June 10, 2017, 07:46:43 PM
Mock rage...ish...
Hilarious nonetheless.

Not really.
Title: Re: overheard radio traffic
Post by: hamburgee on June 10, 2017, 08:29:57 PM
It's a fond memory from Ground Team Academy. At least for me it is.