121.5

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  1. Fearless Tower

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    Where did the term ‘Guard’ come from in reference to 121.5?

    We always monitored it on the ship, but it was referred to as IAD and MAD (International Air Distress 121.5/Military Air Distress 243.0)
     
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  2. flyingron

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    "Guard" because all stations were required to keep a watch on it.
     
  3. Rich Holt

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    No way. We can’t afford VHF. It’s cheerleader or Winchester for us.
     
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  4. EvilEagle

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    Us either. 243.0 has always been navy common. I always found myself on cheapsuit, full house or rifle although cheerleader is a favorite also.
     
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    When I Googled "faa notams" this is the first thing that came up:

    https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/nsapp.html#/

    After poking around there for a while, I figured out how to find it:

    Open the dropdown at the upper left and select Predefined Queries.
    Select the button that says FDC Special Notices.
    Select the Search button.
    The 121.5 NOTAM is at the top of a long list.​

    Here's an alternate procedure:

    Leave the dropdown on the default choice, which is "Location."
    In the box to the right of that, type "fdc" and select Search.
    Open the Filters dropdown, click on Procedure, select the SPECIAL checkbox, and select the Apply button.
    The 121.5 NOTAM is at the top of a much shorter list.
    The Flight Service page mentioned previously is probably better for someone who doesn't already know about this NOTAM.
     
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  6. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    We are blessed that the FAA makes it so easy to find essential information like this.
     
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  7. Let'sgoflying!

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    egg-ZACK-ly!
     
  8. asicer

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    I've got pretty good guesses on cheerleader (246.8), rifle (300.6) and full house (335.55), but I'm drawing a blank on cheap suit.
     
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    299.5

    Nauga,
    and Eddie, who might be kidding
     
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    What surprises me is that I can't find it on a ForeFlight briefing.
     
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    Not much to add for whats already been said. I do monitor Guard if I have 2 coms. Pilots in SE AK give position reports on 122.9, that is what I monitor and report on during a flight.
     
  12. Low Level Flyer

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    Thanks palmpilot, those worked perfectly!!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  13. Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe

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    Showed up on a briefing from 1800wxbrief - very last thing. After all of the UAS Notams and Washington special whatever.
     
  14. EvilEagle

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    Or some suits are slightly less cheap 299.9; I always said 95 but have heard it as 99
     
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  15. Sundancer

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    Not too much, not with just two radios in busy airspace - talking on one, ATIS/AWOS etc. on the other, or setting up for hand offs. . .IF CAPABLE, SHALL MAINTAIN A LISTENING WATCH ON VHF GUARD 121.5. In busy environments I judge my aircraft is not capable.
     
  16. asicer

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    A week or two ago I maintained a listening watch on 121.5 and as I was approaching the airport I heard an ELT. It was a few minutes past the hour so I figured it to be someone testing. Later that night, I found out someone had actually crashed. I felt bad that I didn't report it but am glad someone else apparently did. Next time, I'm going to listen longer and be more diligent about reporting it if it persists.
     
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