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I'd like to program my hand held radio with all frequencies that I can expect to need around my area. Specifically, I'd like to find an official list of all the frequencies used by the local Tracon facility.

Looking in the Chart Supplement for the primary airport, I get a list of frequencies for approach and departure at that airport.

If I look at charts for airports around the periphery, I can find other frequencies not listed in the supplement for the primary airport.

My example is Salt Lake City. Outlying airport is Provo Municipal from which you can reach Salt Lake Approach on 118.85. I'd guess terrain prevents collocation of the 118.85 antenna with the others.

I'd also be interested to know if there are maps available for ATC sectors within facilities.

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  • $\begingroup$ radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=2958 $\endgroup$ – abelenky Nov 8 '17 at 22:55
  • $\begingroup$ I visited that site while wanting to program my radio. Very valuable, however, it misses the example frequency of 118.85 $\endgroup$ – 2NinerRomeo Nov 8 '17 at 22:59
  • $\begingroup$ What is your question? $\endgroup$ – Steve Kuo Nov 9 '17 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ Emphasis added to the heart of the question. I could also add "Do you know if this list exists and where to find it?" $\endgroup$ – 2NinerRomeo Nov 9 '17 at 6:01
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There are sector maps available, and each facility updates them periodically. They are published. My understanding is that sectors are joined and separated frequently, even based on the minute to minute workload. (I have a set of charts showing High, Low Center and tracon sectors. I haven't found a public source for those charts yet. Here is a set of maps, but I would like to provide direct FAA maps. https://ivaous.org/academy/index.php/controllers/procedures-and-organization )

The chart supplement and AFD are good places for common frequencies, however most facilities have additional frequencies. They might be used for certain events, emergencies, when VIPs are being handled, during extreme congestion and when there are problems with the primary frequencies. I do not know of a good source for those backup frequencies, which is published.

There are radio reference listings of ATC frequencies, however, they are not always accurate. While the may show the station frequency assignments, they may not show the true facility usage.

As an example, here is a compilation of Boston Air Route Traffic Control Sectors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Air_Route_Traffic_Control_Center#Low_Altitude_Sectors_2

Addendum: FAA Facility Transmitting Authorization (FTA) would be the document, prepared for each facility, which would list all the frequencies that facility is authorized to use. The genesis and use of the FTA is covered in this FAA Order: https://www.faa.gov/documentlibrary/media/order/6050_32b_with_chg_1_and_2_incorporated.pdf

For FAA-owned systems, this number will be the Facility Transmitting Author ization (FTA) number assigned by FAA Spectrum Engineering. For non-federally-owned systems, this number will be the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license number or “call sign” assigned by the FCC. For military-owned systems, this number will be the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) serial number assigned by the FTIA.

So if you are trying to obtain frequencies for a military base, which may be working with local FAA facilities, you will also need to get the NTIA/FTIA data.

The FTA is public information, but I am unaware of an Order or publically accessible database for the FTA. When I see an avionics inspector later today, I will ask her if she knows where FTAs can be looked up.

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These might help.

https://www.natca.org/index.php/insider-articles/630-facility-spotlight-salt-lake-tracon

https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?aid=2237

I use radioreference.com to find ATIS and Tower frequencies at KSFO my home airport.

Hope this helps, Charlie :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Please include here the relevant parts of those pages. The pages might disappear and your answer would not be useful anymore. $\endgroup$ – Federico Nov 10 '17 at 9:05

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