Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base - Carswell Field(FWNASJRB) use to be Carswell Air Force Base. The air force base was scheduled for closure, but is now scheduled for growth. While the Air Force does not have a big presence any more, the there's still going to be plenty of scanning to do. Several units from Dallas NAS are moving to FWNASJRB. Others already have. I believe when all the changes are done, the Navy, Air Force Reserves, Army Reserves, and Marines will be on base. Please let me know if I left anyone out. If you are new to the area FWNASJRB is located in west of downtown Fort Worth off of I-30, just west of Ridgemar Mall (a good viewing area).
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Air Traffic Control
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FWNAS JRB Dispatch
VMFA 112 Cowboys (F/A-18A's)
Squadron aircraft freq: 318.6 AM
Ground Maint: 141.95 FM or 140.325
As for VMGR-234 (C-130's), they are no longer the Bears. The new CO of the Marine Aircraft Group is a big sports fan. He renamed them to be the Rangers.
Ground Control (Ramp-net) 149.205
Used for towing aircraft across runways and taxiways by maint. crews.
They will be going to a UHF government trunking system in the near future, so listeners should listen now while they still can. The new system will be a Motorola Astro system, so all transmissions will be digital.
5/13/97 Military Aviation Call Signs
Here is some information that might be beneficial to you in regards to scanning military aircraft at NAS Ft.Worth JRB, TX. Being in the F-14 squadron assigned to NAS Ft. Worth I have learned the following radio call signs:
"Hunter" is our squadron call sign, VF-201 "Hunters". We fly the F-14A Tomcat.
"Cowboy" is the radio call sign for VMFA-112 "Cowboys" a Marine reserve squadron that flies the F/A-18 Hornet.
"Rodeo" is the call sign for the 181st Airlift Squadron of the Texas Air National Guard that flies the C-130H
"Bear" is the call sign of VMGR-234 "Thundering Herd" a Marine reserve squadron that flies the KC-130F/T
and of course numbers are usually assigned based on what "event" or sortie they are on the flight schedule for their respective squadrons. Like '"Hunter 11" is one of our F-14's that is the eleventh sortie of the week or some squadrons break down thru the month instead of the week. I hope any of this information would be helpful when you and your friends are scanning to hear what your Navy is up to in the air over North Texas.
6/4/97 More Call Signs
The HUNTER's of VF-201 are also using the callsign PISTOL for daily
ops. I monitored at Navy Fort Worth yesterday and saw an F-14 from
VF-201 using the callsign PISTOL. Right now, PISTOL01 is working Fort
Worth Center for the block. Just wanted to let others know.