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User currently offlinesunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 776 posts, RR: 14
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

Does anyone know what ACARS frequencies Southwest may be using in the Greater Washington/Baltimore area? I monitor 130.025 and 131.550 but I rarely pick up any WN aircraft - or at least I can't see aircraft in the logs that I know went right over my house.

Thanks in advance
Sunil

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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Try any of the US frequencies listed here:
http://www.acarsd.org/ACARS_frequencies.html

I don't think SWA has their own frequency but they should be on one of the US common frequencies (there are more than two).

These guys also have the HF ACARS list, but SWA shouldn't be using that:
http://www.qsl.net/g4hbt/cars.htm

Tom.


User currently offlinesunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 776 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Thanks Tom,
I have tried the various freqs but it seems that WM is sporadic at best. Other airlines like UA and DL show up like clockwork on the same freqs on the same flights.

I have read that certain airlines are put on certain freqs by default (by ARINC I suppose). I also once read that WN was holding out for digital ACARS (forgot the proper name) but gave in due to delays and "turned on" the ACARS system on their fleet. I would have expected that we would start seeing them show up much more often.

WN aircraft pop up very infrequently on the two freqs I monitor. For example, I know Colorado One was in at BWI in the past weeks, but no trace of it anywhere on my ACARS logs, my SBS box or any other data source that I'm aware of.... quite strange!

Sunil


User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Quoting sunilgupta (Reply 2):
I also once read that WN was holding out for digital ACARS (forgot the proper name)

VDL Mode 2?



B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4263 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

Quoting sunilgupta (Reply 2):


I have read that certain airlines are put on certain freqs by default (by ARINC I suppose). I also once read that WN was holding out for digital ACARS (forgot the proper name) but gave in due to delays and "turned on" the ACARS system on their fleet. I would have expected that we would start seeing them show up much more often.

Part of Next Gen is going to be that at the Center level...the need for radio calls is going to be greatly reduced as most of the contolling in the enroute enviornment is going to be over ACARS....much like you see on the North Atlantic these days. Southwest probably wanted to wait for this to come online so they wouldn't have to double invest, but gave in.


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