Presidential & Secret Service Radio Frequencies and Code Names


President Nixon's Limousine (1972)

The United States Secret Service uses FM radio frequencies for all of their mobile communications between the protective details and the primary people they are assigned to protect. Whether they are in a motorcade, in the air or traveling by any other means, the Secret Service is always in touch with other agents on a worldwide basis. Code names for U.S. presidents, first ladies, and other prominent persons, organizations, groups and locations. The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity, and tradition. The Secret Service does not choose these names, however. The White House Communications Agency assigns these names. WHCA was originally created as the White House Signal Detachment under Franklin Roosevelt.

The WHCA, an agency of the White House Military Office, is headquartered at Anacostia Navy Yard and consists of six staff elements and seven organizational units. WHCA also has supporting detachments in Washington, D.C. and various locations throughout the United States of America.

According to established protocol, 'good' code words are unambiguous words that can be easily pronounced and readily understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language. Traditionally, all family members' code names start with the same letter.

The code names change over time for security purposes, but are often publicly known.  For security, code names are generally picked from a list of such 'good' words, but avoiding the use of common words which could likely be intended to mean their normal definitions.

Presidential & Secret Service-Radio Frequencies  
032.2300                           ABLE  -  WHCA - TRANSPORTATION
166.5125                           ALPHA -  ESCORT/SECURITY
165.7875                           BAKER - FLD OFFC - PRES/VP/VIP ESCORTS - NATIONAL
165.3750                           CHARLIE-FLD OFFC-PRIMARY/COMMAND POST-NATIONAL
169.9250                           DELTA-WHCA-VANS/PHONE PATCH/MARINE SERV DETACH
407.8500                           ECHO - AF1/AF2 - PHONE PATCH - UPLINK
415.7000                           FOXTROT - AF1/AF2 - PHONE PATCH - DOWNLINK
166.4000                           GOLF - FLD OFFC - CHARLIE REPEATER - INPUT
165.6875                           HOTEL - WHCA - VP STAFF/WHITE HOUSE GARAGE
166.2125                           HOTEL - PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION
167.9000                           HOTEL - WHCA - VP STAFF/WHITE HOUSE GARAGE
166.2000                           INDIA - HQ/PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION
407.9250                           INDIA - HQ/PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION/TREASURY
170.0000                           JULIET - CAMP DAVID PAGING
167.8250                           KILO - PRESIDENTS RES (LBJ) PHONE - DUPLEX
168.7875                           LIMA - PRESIDENTS RES (LBJ) PHONE - DUPLEX
165.2125                           MIKE - FORMER PRESIDENTS/DIGNITARY PROTEC)
166.7000                           NOVEMBER - WHCA - WHITE HOUSE STAFF
164.8875                           OSCAR - PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION - PRIMARY
164.4000                           PAPA - FLD OFF/WHITE HOUSE PERIMETER PATROLS
166.7000                           QUEBEC - WHITE HOUSE STAFF
166.4000                           ROMEO - X-RAY REPEATER - INPUT)
165.5125                           SIERRA - WHCA - WHITE HOUSE STAFF/PAGERS
164.6500                           TANGO - FLD OFF/PRESIDENT/VICE PRES PROTEC
165.0875                           UNIFORM - AF1 - COMMUNICATIONS
361.6000                           UNIFORM - AF1 - COMMUNICATIONS
164.1000                           VICTOR - WHCA - PRESIDENT/VICE PRES PROTEC
167.0250                           WHISKEY - PAGING
166.4625                           X-RAY - TREASURY COMMON
162.6875                           YANKEE - AF1/AF2 - PHONE PATCH - UPLINK
171.2875                           ZULU - AF1/AF2 - PHONE PATCH - DOWNLINK History

Secret Service Code Names-Locations/Groups/Organizations

ACROBAT                       ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MARYLAND
ANDY                              ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MARYLAND
ANGEL                            AIR FORCE ONE
BACKSEAT                     SECRET SERVICE MOTOR SCOOTER UNIT
BAGPIPE                         SECRET SERVICE LIASON UNIT
BAMBOO                        PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE
BANDBOX                      SECRET SERVICE WHITE HOUSE UNIT
BASE                                THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT
BASEBALL                    SECRET SERVICE TRAINING DIVISION
BEEHIVE                         SECRET SERVICE TECH DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
BELLHOP ONE              SECRET SERVICE ELIPSE MOTOR SCOOTERS
BELLHOP TWO              SECRET SERVICE WHITE HOUSE MOTOR SCOOTERS
BIG TOP                         SECRET SERVICE TREASURY SECURITY DIVISION
BIRDSEYE                     DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BLACKBOARD              SECRET SERVICE PROTECTIVE INTELLIGENCE DIVISION
BLACKTOP                     SECRET SERVICE FOREIGN MISSION UNIT
BLOWTORCH                SECRET SERVICE EXECUTIVE PROTECTION COMMAND POST 
BLUEPRINT                    SECRET SERVICE TECH SECURITY DIVISION
      BOARDWALK                     SECRET SERVICE FOREIGN MISSION DIVISION
BOOKSTORE                 WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
BRIMSTONE                  REAGAN RANCH, CALIFORNIA
BROADSIDE                 NYC VIP PROTECTION COMMAND POST
BUCKEYE                       COTTAGE AT CAMP DAVID, MARYLAND
BUCKSHOT                   NYC SPECIAL COORDINATION CENTER
BULLDOG                     DC VIP PROTECTION COMMAND POST
BUNGALOW                 SECRET SERVICE FOREIGN MISSION SUBSTATION
CABLE BOY                   ADVANCE TEAM:  MEXICO CITY TRIP (CARTER)
CACTUS                          CAMP DAVID, MARYLAND
CADRE                            WHCA SITE R BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT PA
CALIBER                        PORTABLE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE     
CALICO                          THE PENTAGON
CANDLESTICK                    VIP PORTABLE COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND POST
CANNONBALL               WHCA MERCERSBURG PA.
CARAVAN                       VP FOLLOW CAR (CARTER)
CARBINE ONE               PORTABLE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE
CARBINE                         CCT ANACOSTIA NAVAL AIR STATION, DC
CARGO                             MRS. MONDALE'S CAR
CAROUSEL                    AIR FORCE TWO
CARNATION                  CCT, FT RITCHIE, MD
CARPET                           ARMY GARAGE, WHITE HOUSE
CARTWHEEL                 WHCA FT. RENO WASHINGTON DC
CASTLE                           SIGNAL CORP. SHOP, 26TH ST
CEMENT MIXER           WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM
CENTRAL                       THE EOB
CHALLENGER               PRESIDENTIAL NIGHTWATCH
CHAMPION                    AF2 (AGNEW)
CHANDELIER                DEPARTMENT OF STATE
CHARCOAL                   THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT
CHARIOT                        MONDALE VEHICLE  
CHECKERBOARD        ADVANCE TEAM (CARTER)
CHECKMATE                 WHCA SHOP M St. WASHINGTON DC
CITADEL                         WASHINGTON D.C. AREA
CLOUDBURST               WHCA, ANACOSTIA NAVAL AIR STATION
CLOVERLEAF               VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE
CLOSEBRUSH               WASHINGTON D.C. AREA
COACH HOUSE             DULLES AIRPORT, WASHINGTON DC
COBWEB                         VICE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
COMPANION                 BLAIR HOUSE, WASHINGTON DC
CORK                               FBI HQ
CORKSCREW                 WHCA BOONSBORO MD.
COWPUNCHER             WHCA MARTINSBURG WV.
CROSSBOW                    WHCA OP'S DESK
CRATE                             WHCA PRESIDENTIAL RAIL CAR
CREED                             WHCA TOWER SITE R BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT PA
CROWN                           WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
CRYSTAL                        WHCA MT WEATHER
CURBSIDE                      NATIONAL AIRPORT, WASHINGTON DC
DOG POUND                  PRESS AIRCRAFT
DRIFTWOOD                  CARTER HOME, GEORGIA
ELECTRIC                       NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMAND AIRCRAFT
ELM                                  CAMP DAVID, MARYLAND
FALCON                          PRESIDENT'S AIR COVER AIRCRAFT
FIRESIDE                        SECRETARY OF STATE RESIDENCE
FOG HORN                     STATE DEPARTMENT SECURITY DIVISION
FREEDOM                       DEAN RUSK SECY. OF STATE
FULLBACK                    STATE DEPARTMENT SECURITY VAN
HANDSHAKE                SECRET SERVICE OFFICE
HALFBACK                    PRESIDENT'S FOLLOW VEHICLE     
HEADLIGHT                  SECRET SERVICE GARAGE, WASHINGTON DC
HERCULES                     COUNTER-SNIPER RESPONSE TEAM
HEDGEHOG                   FIRE TRUCK
HILL TOP                        TREASURY DEPARTMENT
HOLLY                            ARMY HELICOPTER
HORSEHIDE                   AMBULANCE
HORSEPOWER              WHITE HOUSE PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTIVE DIV
HOT SHOT                      WHITE HOUSE
HUDSON                         NIXON OFFICE, NEW YORK
HUNTSMAN                   NEW YORK CITY SURVEILLANCE HELICOPTER
KNEECAP                       EMERGENCY ESCAPE AIRCRAFT
LIGHTFOOT                   MADISON HOTEL, WASHINGTON DC
LIZARD                           SECRET SERVICE MOBILE COMMAND POST
MAGIC                            HELICOPTER COORDINATION COMMAND POST
MARINE ONE                PRESIDENT'S HELICOPTER
MARINE TWO                VICE PRESIDENT'S HELICOPTER
NIGHTHAWK                 PRESIDENT'S HELICOPTER
PACEMAKER                 VICE PRESIDENT'S STAFF
PATROLLER                   VICE PRESIDENT'S HELICOPTER
PAVILLION                    VICE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
PENINSULA                   NEW SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
PINCUSHION                 RAYBURN OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON DC
PIVOT                              MEDEVAC - BETHESDA, MARYLAND
PLAYGROUND              HELICOPTER PAD, PENTAGON
PORK CHOP                   OLD SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
PROFESSOR                   LONGWORTH BUILDING, WASHINGTON, DC
PUNCH BOWL               CAPITOL BUILDING
RIDGELINE                    REAGAN RESIDENCE, CALIFORNIA
RINGSIDE                       MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK
ROAD HOUSE                WALDORF ASTORIA, NEW YORK
ROADRUNNER             WHCA COMMUNICATIONS VAN
SANDSTONE                  REAGAN RESIDENCE, CALIFORNIA
SATURN                          VICE PRESIDENT'S AIRCRAFT
SHOTGUN                       NEW YORK CITY COMMAND POST
SIGNATURE                   MARINE 1 PRESIDENTIAL HELICOPTER
SKY MASTER                 ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE COMMAND POST
SOFTPACK                     A SHOTGUN USED BY THE SECRET SERVICE
STAGECOACH               PRESIDENT'S LIMOUSINE
STORE ROOM                TRUMAN LIBRARY, MISSOURI
STORM KING                 NIXON RESIDENCE, NEW JERSEY
TOOL ROOM                  VICE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
TOWER                            ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MARYLAND
TRACER                          VICE PRESIDENT'S LEAD VEHICLE
TRACKER                       VICE PRESIDENT'S FOLLOW VEHICLE
TRAIL BREAKER          VICE PRESIDENT'S OFFICIAL LIMO
TRANQUILITY              HQ DAILY IN NYC
TREASURE SHIP           AIR FORCE TWO (REAGAN)
VOLCANO                      LBJ RANCH, TEXAS
WAREHOUSE                SHERATON CENTER, NEW YORK
WHEELS DOWN            PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT HAS LANDED
WHEELS UP                   PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT HAS TAKEN OFF
WILLOW                         EVELYN LINCOLN PRESIDENT KENNEDYS SECRETARY
WINDSTONE                  REAGAN RESIDENCE, CALIFORNIA

Secret Service Code Names-People

CALICO                           ELEANOR MONDALE
CAMEO                           JOAN MONDALE
CANNONBALL              REAR ADMIRAL J.A. CHANEY
CAVALIER                     WALTER MONDALE
CEDAR                            MENACHEM BEGIN
CENTURION                  THEODORE MONDALE
CHESSMAN                    WILLIAM MONDALE
CHRISTOPHER              BEBE REBOZO
CLAM CHOWDER         RON NESSEN
CLAW HAMMER           ALEXANDER HAIG
COPPERTONE                ROSE KENNEDY
CRYSTAL                        CHASSIAH BEGIN MILO
DAILY                             PRINCE CHARLES
DANCER                         ROSALYNN CARTER
DASHER                          JIMMY CARTER
DEACON                         JIMMY CARTER
DECKHAND                   JEFF CARTER
DERBY                            JACK CARTER
DIAMOND                      CHIP CARTER
DIGGER                          JAMES CARTER IV
DRAGON                        WALTER MONDALE
DRUM MAJOR               WALTER MONDALE (LATER CAVALIER)
DUCHESS                       SARAH CARTER
DUSTY                             JASON CARTER
DYNAMO                        AMY CARTER
EAGLE                             BILL CLINTON
ENERGY                         CHELSEA CLINTON
EVERGREEN                  HILLARY CLINTON    
FADEAWAY                   SECRETARY OF STATE
FAN JET                           JOHN BLOCK
FENCING MASTER       SECRETARY OF TREASURY
FINLEY                           SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
FIREPLUG                      SECRETARY OF LABOR
FIRE TRUCK                  JAMES EDWARD
FISTFIGHT                      SECRETARY OF HEW
FLAG DAY                     SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FLIVVER                         WILLIAM FRENCH SMITH
FLOTUS                           THE FIRST LADY
FLYING FISH                 SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
FOOTPRINT                    SENATOR STROM THURMOND
FOREFINGER                 JAN PIERCE
FORWARD LOOK         NEIL BALDRIGGER
FOXCRAFT                     TERRELL BELL
HALO                               POPE JOHN PAUL II
HAWKEYE                     Z. BRZEZINSKI
HERCULES (#)               COUNTER-SNIPER RESPONSE TEAM MEMBER
HOTSHOT                       DUTY OFFICER, WHCA
INSTRUCTOR                 EUGENE MCCARTHY
KITTYHAWK                 QUEEN ELIZABETH II
LACE                               JACQUELINE KENNEDY
LANCER                          JOHN F. KENNEDY
LARK                               JOHN F. KENNEDY JR
LOCK MASTER              JIMMY CARTER
LOTUS PETAL                ROSALYNN CARTER
LYRIC                              CAROLINE KENNEDY
MIRACLE                        JOHN ANDERSON
NAPOLEON                    FRANK SINATRA
PACMAN                         JACK FORD
PANDA                            SUSAN FORD
PASS KEY                       GERALD FORD
PEN ROD                         GERALD FORD (LATER PASS KEY)
PESO                                SUSAN FORD
PINAFORE                      BETTY FORD
POTUS                             PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
PRINCIPAL                     PRINCE CHARLES
PROFFESSOR                 MICHEAL FORD
RADIANT                        DORIA REAGAN
RAINBOW                      NANCY REAGAN
RAMROD                        BOB DOLE
RAWHIDE                       RONALD REAGAN
REDFERN                       QUEEN ELIZABETH II
REDWOOD                     GARY HART
RELIANT                         RONALD P. REAGAN
RHYME                           MAUREEN REAGAN
RIBBON                          PATTI REAGAN DAVIS
RIDDLER                        MICHAEL REAGAN
ROSEBUD                       MAUREEN REAGAN
SANDSTORM                 NELSON ROCKEFELLER
SAWHORSE                    PRESIDENTIAL PHSYSIAN (LUCAS)
SCARLET                        KELE ANDERSON
SCORECARD                 DWIGHT D EISENHOWER OR DAN QUAYLE
SEARCHLIGHT              RICHARD NIXON
SHEEPSKIN                    GEORGE BUSH
SHOOTING STAR          HAPPY ROCKEFELLER
SNAPSHOT                     HOWARD BAKER
SNOWBANK                  BARBARA BUSH
SNOWSTORM                GEORGE BUSH
SPECTATOR                   SPIRO T AGNEW
SPRINGTIME                  MAMIE EISENHOWER
STAIRCASE                    FIRST FAMILY DETAIL OFFICER
STARBURST                   JOHN ANDERSON
STARDUST                     JOHN ANDERSON
STARLIGHT                    PAT NIXON
STRAWBERRY              ROSEMARY WOODS
SUNBURN                      TED KENNEDY
SUNDANCE                    ETHEL KENNEDY
SUNSHINE                      MARILYN QUAYLE
SUPERVISOR                 DAN QUAYLE
SWORDFISH                  PHILLIP CRANE
TEMPO                             LAURA BUSH
THUNDER                       JESSE JACKSON
TILLER                            DOROTHY BUSH
TIMBERWOLF               GEORGE BUSH
TRAILBLAZER              GEORGE W BUSH
TRANQUILITY              BARBARA BUSH
TRAPLINE                      NEIL BUSH
TRIPPER                          JEB BUSH
TUMBLER                       GEORGE W BUSH
TUNER                             MARVIN BUSH
TURQUOISE                   BARBARA BUSH
TWINKLE                        JENNA BUSH
UNICORN                       PRINCE CHARLES
VELVET                          LYNDA BIRD JOHNSON
VENUS                            LUCI BAINES JOHNSON
VICTORIA                      LADYBIRD JOHNSON
VOLUNTEER                  LYNDON JOHNSON
VPOTUS                          VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
WAYSIDE                       PIERRE SALANGER PRESS SECTY
WELCOME                      H.R. HALDEMAN
WHALEBOAT                RON ZIEGLER
WISDOM                         J. EHRLICHMAN
WOODCUTTER              HENRY KISSINGER



1 comment:

  1. What is that dome I saw on top of one of the security escorts following the Pope when he arrived in Washington? It looks like a radar/satellite or GPS system of some sort...Mike, KE8BYU

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