All of you knew it would be just a matter of time until NATO communications got covered here! A thread started at RadioReference on this very topic, and the very kind N9INO posted notes from CARMA at that very thread. Now is the best time to also mention that you want to watch this site and THIS POST for LIVE NATO COMMUNICATIONS LOGGING! The live log starts at the bottom of this post.
Here is that screen shot:
The thread also has information that the USCG Cutter Hollyhock was observed patrolling off of Monroe Harbor yesterday morning. CG-HOLLYHOCK - MMSI:369932000 http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shi...mmsi=369932000 (posted by MtnBiker2005 at RadioReference) An extra note says that USCG might have turned off the transponder on Hollyhock.
Here is the NATO Security Transportation Plan PDF File
Under fair use, and giving all credit to CARMA and RadioReference for their work on this, here is the most useful information in print just so no one has to rely on copying stuff from the screen shot above.
Searching-Unlike broadcast communications, two-way transmissions tend to be rather short. That means that if you search too big a frequency range, your chances of capturing a signal are quite poor. Experienced scannists recommend searching no more than 1 MHz at a time. While this can be time-consuming, your odds of finding that previously-unknown frequency go way up. So search, search, search!
• Search the military bands: 137-144 & 148-150.8 MHz. DoD radios have been loaned to local agencies for events such as this in the past. They've even set up local repeaters.
• Search 30-88 MHz. National Guard reported to be providing some motorcade security. "...we're getting 500 State Troopers and 600 National Guardsmen along with assorted hardware to combat a worst-case scenario."
• Search 403-430 MHz. It's the fed UHF band. Also search 163-174MHz.
• Secret Service. "The security perimeter and overall event plan are under the auspices of the United States Secret Service, with support from a variety of federal, state and local partners, including the Chicago Police Department".
MT Fed Files: Secret Service Frequency List
• United States Coast Guard. They'll be enforcing the security zone on US Navigable Waterways.
United States Coast Guard - The RadioReference Wiki
• Marine VHF Channels. Pay particular attention to 156.8 and 157.1MHz.
Marine VHF Channels - The RadioReference Wiki
• Aviation "Guard" channels; 121.5 & 243.0, plus 123.025 & 123.45.
• Federal Agencies. Department of State. "Federal Protective Services is in charge of securing their buildings, some of which are on or nearby the anticipated routes of permitted events such as parades and protests that will take place during the summit."
Federal Agencies Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• CPD Tactical Trunked Radio System
• CITY OF CHICAGO. Pay particular attnetion to CPD Zones 4 & 5, Citywide channels, CTA supervisors & Rail control, CFD EMS (both old and new) and CFD VHF.
Cook County, Illinois (IL) Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• Chicago O’Hare Airport. AM aviation & trunked systems.
• MilAir. Listen for a possible CAP.
• Mutual Aid. ISPERN, IFERN, I-Tac, V-Tac & U-Tac, as well as Homeland Defense, Federal Aid and Terrorism Response.
• State of Illinois. Pay particular attention to IDOT channels. They're going to want to keep those roads clear for motorcades, etc.
• Gary/Chicago International Airport
AirNav: KGYY - Gary/Chicago International Airport
• Cook County. Cook County InterOp System.
• RadioMan911. Live Fire/Emergency Radio From Chicago & 36 Neighboring Counties.
Radioman911 on Justin.tv
Hancockfeed on Justin.tv (John Hancock Center Remote Fire Radio Feed)
• Chicago Area Media Frequencies
Chicago Area Media Frequencies
• MCCORMICK PLACE HOTEL: 451.4000, 451.6000, 452.2000, 452.4500, 452.9750, 456.4000, 462.9250 (reported, not confirmed)
• McCormick Place Security & Fire Safety 453.8500 (114.8). Security - Convention Center 464.9500 (D 261)
Attractions Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• FEMA/OPERATION SECURE (State Emergency Capability Using Radio Effectively) NATIONWIDE HF NETS
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) FREQUENCIES
Mutual Aid/Common Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference
• SHared RESources High Frequency Radio Program (SHARES)
NCS | SHared RESources High Frequency Radio Program (SHARES)
EXTRA NATO MONITORING TIPS
Now, interestingly enough, if you want REAL TIME live streaming coverage of the NATO event that will not be seen on main stream media, go to Livestream and look up OccupyChi, OccupyChicago, and other occupy / NATO related Chicago live feeds. UStream is also a great source to match what you hear with some live video footage. Again, you will need to do a keyword search.
TWITTER is your friend when it comes to looking for tweets about who is live streaming what, and other tidbits that will always be helpful to radio monitors. (vague hint is left vague for good reason)
Remember that the Chicago Fire Department is now on the P25 SINGLE REPEATED NON-TRUNKED frequencies, so when programming them...do not program as a trunked system. If you don't have a P25 radio, go to RadioReference and listen to the live audio feed for CFD.
Don't place any bets on the digital P25 systems being in the clear unless someone makes a mistake on their rig. HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) are using VHF and might be P25 as well. Monitoring the analog fed freqs might be a possibility for basic, but, telling communications.
Good places to listen to amateur radio traffic where NATO comms might be discussed is the WA9ORC repeater, 146.760 with a PL of 107.2, SARA 146.880 PL 107.2, and NS9RC 442.725 PL 114.8, as well as 442.975 PL 114.8 for any amateur radio emergency communications that might be called up if needed. Amateur Radio simplex frequencies could be active in certain areas of the city, so listen there as well.
Train communications enthusiasts can monitor NATO comms on 161.355 (South Shore Line) 161.340 (Rock Island), 160.920 (Metra Heritage), 160.680 (PBX), 161.205 (Metra Police), and 160.305 (Amtrak) these are the lines most affected by NATO.
Monitoring the Citizens Band frequencies won't be a bad idea, especially CB Channel 18 - 27.185 MHz in AM mode.
NATO Choppers were observed patrolling the Chicago lakefront on 5/16/2012. This brings us to the idea of monitoring not just the freqs mentioned above, but also the Chicago Department of Aviation emergency link on 158.760Mhz.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is using VHF communications that might possibly be P25, or analog or a mix.
Chicago Police frequencies to monitor that have been listed as future use for quite some time now: 460.03750 (Tact), 460.58750 (Mounted), 460.51250 (Zone 14), 460.43750 (Zone 15), 460.38750 (Zone 16), 460.23750 (Area Wide 1), 460.46250 (Area Wide 2), 460.26250 (Area Wide 3), 460.41250 (Area Wide 4), and 460.21250 (Area Wide 5)
SEE THIS for FCC listing and other information.
Audio: Chicago CB Operators on Channel 18 talk about NATO. (NSFW for foul language and violence)
20 May 2012 coverage:
0150UTC MASS Tweets coming in with speculation saying that at least one protester has died as a result of alleged police brutality. This report is not confirmed, and Shortwave America will be working to confirm the veracity of the rumor of a protester death. At 0200UTC it is found that NO DEATH HAS OCCURRED.
0156UTC OccupyChicago is saying that President Obama is at the Chicago Art Institute. OccupyChicago says "we want to talk to him".Shortwave America confirms that Obama DID arrive in Chicago last night. (May 19th 2012)
0204UTC ABC7 Chicago reports via twitter: "45 people arrested so far today and four officers suffered injuries. abc7.ws/MyGt4r #NATO"
0205UTC CPD says all the bridges have HEAVY Police coverage.
0205UTC Platoon 9 is at Monroe and Michigan, Platoon 11 is at State and Lake with Platoon 4
0208UTC Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that CPD Superintendent McCarthy has released the following information: 4 Chicago Police Officers have been taken to area hospitals, one of them was stabbed in the leg.
0212UTC WBBM - AM Radio reporting new information: "Protesters from @OccupyChicago are staging a sit-in on Michigan Avenue in front of Art Institute where Michelle Obama is holding reception."
0235UTC Fake twitter account @FCCAlert telling me the practice of radio jounalism constitutes violation of U.S. Communications Act. Told faker "If you would kindly fuck off -----> over there, that would be great" LOLOLOL All reporting here is legitimate journalism protected by public records act and 1st amendment. Police and all other public safety radio that is not encrypted can be reported on, especially in such a time as a major political event.
Screenshot of the Jaggoff's Twitter account:
0241UTC ABC7 Chicago Twitter Report: "Supt. McCarthy is at the Art Institute #NATO protest. Protesters sitting in the street. Cops in riot gear."
Here's a funny statement for everyone: "A #NATO protester fishes for policemen on Jackson Blvd. prior to march to McCormick Place pic.twitter.com/yJGqPwvL"
0257UTC Occupy Chicago Medics stating they need water at the Art Institute, STAT
Given the weather conditions at this time and the slow down in activity, there are no foreseen events that would be of any worth reporting. This means that today's coverage is over. If anything newsworthy happens, you'll see it here at Shortwave America.
Much of this coverage is going to come from Metro2 (B9)
1822UTC Homeland Command and CPD are concerned about an old guy with a colostomy bag at 201 N. Stetson. Why is this a threat?
Platoon 11 going to Wacker and Columbus on re-deployment orders. SW Corner of Randolph and Michigan is a water truck they say.
1827UTC 6 males and 2 females are being stopped for being Black Bloc members with backpacks..(can we say profiling?)
1828UTC Northbound Michigan from Washington
1839UTC Homeland Command says to let the groups break up or let them disperse, but they are going to hold the bridges, CPD is complaining about people with masks somewhere in State St. (OOH!! Masks are real scary!!) Eyes rolling
NOTE: CPD Dispatch is working with Homan Command and Homeland Command
1842UTC CPD is worried about Eastbound lanes of Randolph near the Prudential Bldg. there is a M/W Black Shorts, Black Shirt, Black Backpack with jars of liquid. 1846UTC this male was stopped and it was just water in his jars.
1843UTC CPD Metro2 (B9) getting QRM BIG TIME!!! (A protester grabbed a CPD radio yesterday) not sure if this is that person or an officer with an open key.
1847UTC Michigan Avenue being opened, but just temporarily and it could get shut down at a moment's notice.
Note: 1902UTC After this weekend, I think I have these "platoons" all figured out. CPD just put a certain number of officers together in these vans and they have no real focus other than just going where they're needed. They have no apparent plan of action and seem to act as nothing more than rapid response mobile strike teams.
1905UTC CPD Command has stated that there are two planes being flown into the restricted area by the FBI, and the planes are NOT part of the event.
1906UTC NLG Attorneys will be at Michigan and Randolph soon for a press conference
1920UTC Homeland Command has someone on camera in the median somewhere spray painting a female's shirt. They said they aren't worried about him.
1920UTC Platoon 15 to relieve Platoon 1 so Platoon 1 can go to lunch
1923UTC Platoon 16 relieving Platoon 2 at Randolph and State for lunch
1925UTC Platoon 9 relieving Platoon 18, 18 going to lunch
1956UTC ALL incident response teams are going to East Randolph upper Columbus NOW
2004UTC These platoons are on the way to 400 E. Randolph: 4, 5, 13, 20, 11, 22, and 9 plus all Incident Response Teams
2013UTC Primary switched back to Metro1 due to heavy QRM on Metro2. Interfering radio must be many miles away, cause there's nothing on the input.
2019UTC CPD says a white female is in the crowd wearing surgical gloves handing out some sort of pills. They now know it was just candy. Hey, as long as she has enough for everyone, what's the beef? Some of these damn cops could use something to relax em!
2025UTC Communications and Command activities are dieing down right now. .
This concludes the coverage of NATO Summit Chicago 2012, and the related civic minded citizen responses. Overall, the numbers of violent anarchists were actually much lower than expected, and non-violent civic minded citizens outnumbered the violent folks. Chicago Police made more of a focus on Black Bloc than any other group. See this link to learn more about Black Bloc.Black Bloc members who become violent are not true Black Bloc. This NBC report details participants of Black Bloc who took things too far. Thanks to all of you who chose to make Shortwave America your home for up to the second NATO Chicago 2012 Communications and Command coverage!