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Here is a rundown of
the Portland HYDRA shipboard trunked system:
USS Portland (LPD-27)
System ID – 003
LCN-1 and LCN-2 were showing as part of the system, but were not active, so I could not confirm the frequencies. There was no LCN-4 showing.
Dockside security was using 395.2500, N293 and 398.6500,
N293 for simplex communications.
item that came via “close-call” near field monitoring, a UHF air band beacon on 313.6250
MHz. It was a continuous AM carrier with Morse characters “A-I-A” being send
every 10 seconds. My assumption is since this vessel handles helicopters and
tilt-rotor aircraft, a navigation/homing beacon to the ship would be a must. But I was also told by a friend who spent time in the US Navy that all Navy vessels carry such beacons.