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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : vnc|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
procedure or policy : unspecified
Unicom frequencys are too crowded with pilots trying to keep track of each other. Flying from my home airport of venice, fl, I can hear pilots calling in to 9 different airports. While trying to give my position, I can hear pilots doing the same thing from venice, sebring, charlotte county, wymama, leesburg, winter haven, lanatana, keystone and crystal river. There is no time that the air is clear. I have to start transmitting when someone else is on the air. I do not know if my message went through or if perhaps it was unreadable, coming through as a loud squeal. Venice is not the only airport with this problem. When I fly cross country I run into the same problem at every non controled airport I come to. We need more frequencys to use for unicom. A first step would be to use the .05 frequencys like 122.75 and 122.95. We would have fewer airports in close proximity using the same frequency. I received a communication that said we should be more careful when arriving at airports, looking around more and announce our position on unicom. This is impossible to do with the frequencys as they are. It is a very dangerous situation. Please give us more frequencys to use for unicom which will help us avoid accidents. We have radios with the frequencys, let's use those extra ones.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTR COMPLAINT OF FREQ CONGESTION AT MOST NON TWR ARPTS UNICOM.
Narrative: UNICOM FREQS ARE TOO CROWDED WITH PLTS TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF EACH OTHER. FLYING FROM MY HOME ARPT OF VENICE, FL, I CAN HEAR PLTS CALLING IN TO 9 DIFFERENT ARPTS. WHILE TRYING TO GIVE MY POS, I CAN HEAR PLTS DOING THE SAME THING FROM VENICE, SEBRING, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, WYMAMA, LEESBURG, WINTER HAVEN, LANATANA, KEYSTONE AND CRYSTAL RIVER. THERE IS NO TIME THAT THE AIR IS CLR. I HAVE TO START XMITTING WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS ON THE AIR. I DO NOT KNOW IF MY MESSAGE WENT THROUGH OR IF PERHAPS IT WAS UNREADABLE, COMING THROUGH AS A LOUD SQUEAL. VENICE IS NOT THE ONLY ARPT WITH THIS PROB. WHEN I FLY XCOUNTRY I RUN INTO THE SAME PROB AT EVERY NON CTLED ARPT I COME TO. WE NEED MORE FREQS TO USE FOR UNICOM. A FIRST STEP WOULD BE TO USE THE .05 FREQS LIKE 122.75 AND 122.95. WE WOULD HAVE FEWER ARPTS IN CLOSE PROX USING THE SAME FREQ. I RECEIVED A COM THAT SAID WE SHOULD BE MORE CAREFUL WHEN ARRIVING AT ARPTS, LOOKING AROUND MORE AND ANNOUNCE OUR POS ON UNICOM. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DO WITH THE FREQS AS THEY ARE. IT IS A VERY DANGEROUS SIT. PLEASE GIVE US MORE FREQS TO USE FOR UNICOM WHICH WILL HELP US AVOID ACCIDENTS. WE HAVE RADIOS WITH THE FREQS, LET'S USE THOSE EXTRA ONES.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.