RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3964 posts, RR: 17 Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8524 times:
Was listening to NYC Oceanic on 6.577 MHz last Saturday (24 Apr) and heard an American-crew flight call up for radio and selcal check at 1808z. Callsign sounded like 'Badly 44' but I can't find anything for that (nor similar) on the FAA callsign list. Selcal code doesn't give any clues either. It is possibly (but unlikely imho) military, but I think it's more likely to be a bizjet operator.
Thanks - yes I noticed that but it doesn't have that mil sound to it. It's not the frequency where mil aircraft call up for radio and selcal check either, and also I'm pretty sure the ANG C130s are not selcal-equipped. It *could* be that, but I'd still put money on it being a biz operator.
atcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3594 times:
Definitely military. For example, Arizona Air National Guard (ANG) KC-135's are the "Copperheads", so they go by the callsign "Copper". Some C-5A's use the callsign "Big Boy" because....well, it's obvious. Pretty much any time you hear a ridiculous callsign in the US, it's military.