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Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby bassist5 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:29 pm

I'm in South Down in N.Ireland and have been listening for the past 1/2 hour to the Red Arrows on 242.2 mhz,clear as a bell.Does anyone know where they are today?I've tried Googling but getting nowhere.There are no displays listed for November,although,to be fair,this doesn't sound like your usual display comms.
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby Staffs Paul » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:47 pm

Are you sure it is the red arrows?

242.200 is RAF Marham. I can hear 242.2 right now indeed very active here in Leek but it is quite week and just about opening the squelch so hard to make out what they are saying so it looks like they are a lot closer to you.
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby thelad » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:47 pm

Reds have been up today at Scampton training. They use 243.450 mhz. 242.200 mhz is listed on some websites as the Reds but in the many years of scanning i have never heard them use it.
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby bassist5 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:08 pm

Ok guys,thanx for your input.I have that frequency stored as 'Red Arrows Air-Ground' on my scanner.I've heard them use it on the Festival of Flight display here in N.Ireland in recent years.I can't be sure that what I heard today was in fact the Arrows.I just presumed it when I saw the readout on the scanner.The comms were very clear which made me think they were close by whoever they were.Where is RAF Marham Paul?

Edit: Just found out it's Norfolk.No way could I have heard that from here. :shocker:
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby Staffs Paul » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:52 pm

It cleared up a bit after that and I can tell why you said red arrows as it did sound like display team type communications.

Marham is in Norfolk but that is one of their ATA air to air frequencies so can be used wherever they are by them :wink:
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby RadioWatcher » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:38 pm

242.20 is a back up frequency the red arrows use. used around 3 times a year if that.
141.10 Transit
243.450 Interplane Primary

242.200 RAF Marham Tornado GR.4 c/s Bulkhead - Fang - Tirpitz and more use it
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby thelad » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:07 pm

RadioWatcher wrote:242.20 is a back up frequency the red arrows use. used around 3 times a year if that.
141.10 Transit
243.450 Interplane Primary

242.200 RAF Marham Tornado GR.4 c/s Bulkhead - Fang - Tirpitz and more use it


Why would they use a Marham used A/A as a back up? :laughs:
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby Neil57uk » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:51 pm

Staffs Paul and Thelad have hit the nail on the head.

These freqs have been doing the rounds for years but think we have been the victims of either honest mis-reports or even worse, mischief. If the Reds had a secondary freq it is unlikely to be one of the studs of a front line NATO base.

The 141mhz so called transit frequency cropped up a couple of years ago but it happens to be a protected freq that the UK have agreed not to use so as not to clash with a French freq. May be wrong but suspect that this may have been invented by a well known fantasist who claims RAF connections and who has be thrown out of this and other groups in the past.

No authenticated reports of their use so a few years ago I was able to speak to a couple of Reds but they knew nothing of secondary or transit frequencies.......
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby thelad » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:23 pm

Haha Mr Firecrest.
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Re: Red Arrows whereabouts

Postby RadioWatcher » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:28 am

thelad wrote:
RadioWatcher wrote:242.20 is a back up frequency the red arrows use. used around 3 times a year if that.
141.10 Transit
243.450 Interplane Primary

242.200 RAF Marham Tornado GR.4 c/s Bulkhead - Fang - Tirpitz and more use it


Why would they use a Marham used A/A as a back up? :laughs:



RIAT 2015-16 & 17 Back up was used, as the airshow is on a weekend when normal GR4 sortie's are not underway.



No authenticated reports of their use so a few years ago I was able to speak to a couple of Reds but they knew nothing of secondary or transit frequencies......

The pilots will not disclose information on this.
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