About the Blog:

Welcome to KF4LMT's Shack. I blog on scanning and monitoring, amateur radio, and motor sports. MilAir, Fire/EMS, and Search and Rescue communications are the focus of my scanning posts. Amateur Radio posts mostly focus on events I participate in and mobile operating, which is my primary means of getting on HF. Sports Car racing, IndyCar, and F1 racing are what most of my motor sports posts are about. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line at kf4lmt @ gmail.com. Sorry, but I don't program scanners – it has led to too many requests that I just don't have time to accommodate.
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Savannah Weather

Brunswick Weather

Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • ARLHS Spring Lites Contest 17 April 2014 – 23 April 2014
  • MI QSO Party 19 April 2014 – 21 April 2014
  • Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous Special Event Station 19 April 2014 Apr 19, 1200Z-2359Z, KD0MRV, Greenville, MO. Greenville Ama teur Radio Club. 14.269 7.284. QSL. Danny Jaco, 174 Walnut St, Greenville , MO 63944. www.no0n-garc.com
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories 30th Anniversary 19 April 2014 Apr 19-Apr 27, 1600Z-2359Z, K7SEL, Pullman, WA. SEL Amateur Radio Club. 14.240 14.040 7.240 7.040. QSL. SEL Amateur Radio Club, 2350 NE Hopkins Ct, Pullman, WA 99163. www.qrz.com/db/k7sel
  • ON QSO Party 19 April 2014 – 21 April 2014
  • CARS Activates Tybee Island Lightouse 19 April 2014 The Coastal Amateur Radio Society will activate the Tybee Islan d Lighthouse for the ARLHS Lite Houses QSO party.
  • ARRL Rookie Roundup Phone 20 April 2014
  • Jackson, MO Bicentennial Special Event Station 25 April 2014 – 27 April 2014 Apr 25-Apr 26, 1500Z-2300Z, W0QMF, Jackson, MO. Southeast M issouri Amateur Radio Club. 28.450 14.260 7.260 3.950. QSL. SEMO Amateur Ra dio Club, PO Box 98, Jackson, MO 63755. semoarc.org
  • FL QSO Party 26 April 2014 – 28 April 2014
  • Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Trail Hike 26 April 2014 – 28 April 2014 Apr 26-Apr 27, 1400Z-2000Z, N9L, Springfield, IL. Sangamon Valley Radio Club. SSB 14.230 7.260; CW 14.030 7.030. QSL. Sangamon Valley Radio Club, C/O American Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr, Springfield, I L 62704.

New Uniden BCD436HP

I ordered a Uniden BCD436HP and it arrived last week.  After playing with it for a week, I thought I’d pass on a few initial thoughts/observations about the radio. Since I also have a BCD396T, BCD396XT, and HP-1 Home Patrol, I’m including comparisons where applicable.  So far I’ve been able to scan the Glynn County TRS (Analog Type II), SEGARRN (P25), and Department of the Army/Fort Stewart-Hunter AAF TRS (P25) as well as various digital and analog conventional frequencies.  I’ve monitored a little bit of aviation and MilAir with it but I still want to do some more on it before making any judgments in those areas.

Positives

  • The radio is larger than the BCD396T/BCD396XT but not by much; the size differential is primarily down to the larger display.  The size is really not enough to make a difference when carrying it on your hip.  It’s just as thin at the 396 is, just a bit longer and wider.  For those of us who remember the earliest hand held scanners – it’s not that big.

    BCD396XT and BCD436HP side by side for size comparison.

    BCD396XT and BCD436HP side by side for size comparison.

  • The larger display presents a lot more information in a more readable format than the screen on the BCD396T/BCD396XT does.  You can see what system you’re monitoring, what department or group you’re monitoring, and the channel you’re monitoring plus talkgroup number and UID information without the display cycling through multiple screens.  My only complaint here is that it doesn’t show the frequency when a talkgroup is displayed even though there seems to be room to do so (although this is something that would only bother a minority of hobbyists).

    BCD436HP, note the large display which can present a lot more information than the 396's smaller display.

    BCD436HP, note the large display which can present a lot more information than the 396′s smaller display.

  • If you have used or are familiar with the BCD396T/BCD396XT or Home Patrol scanners, you will be able to easily navigate the BCD436HP.  It operates via menus in much the same way the Home Patrol does but since it doesn’t have the Home Patrol’s touch screen, you can activate and deactivate systems and departments via the 396′s system of quick keys.  The 436 also has an extra row of keys along the bottom for System, Department and Channel which take the place of the touch screen for selecting holding on systems, departments, and channels. While there are some differences, you’ll quickly adapt to them and be on your way. I find that I can easily switch back and forth between the three without confusion.
  • So far, reception seems to be on a par with the BCD396T/BCD396XT and Home Patrol scanners but before I pass any judgement I want to spend more time comparing how they do side-by-side.
  • I like that the BCD436HP charges through the same USB port that it used for programming and control.  My only question is this:  why does it use a USB mini plug instead of a USB micro plug?  Using a micro would keep you from having to keep track of different types of cables, most phones and other devices are now using the micro plug.  It seems that amateur radio and scanner gear stays a step behind in terms of cabling and connectors.  

Negatives

  • Battery life seems to be less than the BCD396T/BCD396XT but that is to be expected with the larger and more complex display; after a full charge, the battery will last 6-7 hours of intermittent use over the course of several days.  If you are going to use this radio for all day carry or for an event, I would strongly recommend carrying spare AA batteries (it uses 3 at a time) or perhaps consider a USB power supply such as a Go Puck.
  • The BCD436HP’s audio through the external speaker doesn’t seem to be as strong as the audio through the external speaker on either my BCD396T or BCD396XT.  I don’t have any complaints on the audio through the headphone jack.
  • While monitoring the Glynn County TRS (Type II analog) side by side with the BCD396XT I noticed that the 436 wasn’t always displaying UIDs when the 396 did.  Both radios were using the stock duck antenna and seemed to be receiving the system at the same signal strength.  Otherwise, it monitored the system just fine.  I haven’t noticed it happen while monitoring P25 systems.

I’ve been using ARC536PRO from Butel to program favorite lists into the BCD436HP and so far I’ve been very happy with it.  When I first downloaded the software (right after it was released) I noticed there was a problem with it accepting frequencies between 54-107 MHz.  While that probably wouldn’t cause an issue for most scanner enthusiasts, it definitely can if you are a MilCom scanning enthusiast.  I sent Butel and email and quickly received a response that there was a new version coming out that day that fixed that issue.  After downloading the new version, everything has worked fine.  After using Butel software with everything from a BC780 up to the current 436, I definitely recommend Butel’s software for programming, control, and logging.

After getting to use the radio some more and gaining more experience I plan on updating this post with more observations and information.  One of the things I’m interested in is how well it handles P25 audio when when in areas where simulcast sites coverage areas overlap; so far I’ve not had the chance to test that. That will be something that those in the Savannah area (SEGARRN simulcast sites in Chatham County) would need to take into consideration.  Stay tuned…

Scouting Amateur Radio Event Locations on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, GA – Yesterday morning I went out to Jekyll Island to scout some potential locations for the Coastal Amateur Radio Society‘s Lighthouse Weekend station.  CARS had planned to operate for the Lighthouse Weekend from the Tybee Island Lighthouse but the event falls on the same weekend as Orange Crush.  That would make it just too difficult for operators to easily get on and off of Tybee Island so they decided to investigate other options.  One of those options is the Saint Simons Island Lighthouse but it turns out that they won’t be able to operate at the Lighthouse itself because it is scheduled for a wedding that Saturday.  My mission on Jekyll Island was to ascertain if there were any locations that would be suitable.  The only two locations I found were the north end beaches and the pier area.  Both will probably be last resort options as the operating rules state you have to be able to see the lighthouse and while you can see it from the pier, you can’t see it from the picnic area where the station would be set up and the beach offers accessibility issues and transport issues getting batteries, etc. out to the location.  Both locations could also provide challenges for using wire/dipole antennas.

CARS is also assessing other locations and lighthouses to replace the Tybee Island Lighthouse; once I know what they’ll be doing I’ll post it on the blog as well as Twitter and Facebook.

While I was on Jekyll, I took the opportunity to take some photos around the pier and the north beaches.  It was a pretty windy morning and with the cloudy conditions and early time the lighting wasn’t all that great but I saw some Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, a Great Egret, Laughing Gulls, a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, and what I think was a Caspian Tern.  I also saw the R/V Savannah anchored in St. Simon’s Sound; based out of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, its schedule shows it currently out for Long Term Ecosystem Research.

 

This Gray Squirrel was using one of the picnic area grills as its breakfast table.

This Gray Squirrel was using one of the picnic area grills as its breakfast table.

Brown Pelican perched on the pier

Brown Pelican perched on the pier

I think this is a Caspian Tern but I'm not sure, I'd appreciate any identification on it.

I think this is a Caspian Tern but I’m not sure, I’d appreciate any identification on it.

Cormorant floating near the pier

Cormorant floating near the pier

Great Egret hunting in the surf just off of the beach.

Great Egret hunting in the surf just off of the beach.

Laughing Gulls on the beach

Laughing Gulls on the beach

Brown Pelican floating off of the beach

Brown Pelican floating off of the beach

Brown Pelican flying just above the surface of St. Simon"s Sound

Brown Pelican flying just above the surface of St. Simon”s Sound

R/V Savannah, later in the morning I heard the Savannah on Marine VHF Ch. 16 as it  got underway northbound.

R/V Savannah, later in the morning I heard the Savannah on Marine VHF Ch. 16 as it got underway northbound.

Blue-Gray Gnatchatcher in the brush

Blue-Gray Gnatchatcher in the brush

Mode-S Log; March 2014

Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah, GA:

000BD2 – C-146A, 27 SOW (HOUND91)
005A14 – C-146A, 12-3060, 27 SOW (HOUND 93 on ATC)
A0E531 – MZ-3A, N157LG/167811, VXS-1
A33DA1 – G-IV, N308GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A60F3C – G-AV, N49RF, NOAA (NOAA 49 on ATC)
A7260E – DHC-6-300, N56RF, US Dept of Commerce
A768D4 – C-146A, N577EF, 27 SOW
A786D4 – C-146A, N577EF, 27 SOW (HOUND92)
A90EF6 – G650, N683GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF44)
ADBE4E – G650, N985GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF52)
ADFDD3 – C-130H, 95-6709, 130 AW (ANVIL67)
ADFE89 – C-130H, 92-0554, 19 AW (RCHA612 on box, AIREVAC 554 on ATC)
ADFED4 – C-12U, 85-1266, OSACOM VA RFC (PAT 488 on ATC)
AE010E – C-37A, 97-0401, 89 AW (SAM467)
AE016F – C-21A, 84-0077, 375 AW (JOSA164)
AE0233 – KC-10A, 87-0121, 305 AMW (RCH051)
AE029E – 3rd AVN helo?
AE02FC – C-310H, 78-0806, 314 AW (JODY11)
AE036F – UC-35A, 98-0009, US Army (PAT 009 on ATC)
AE0425 – KC-135T, 60-0342, 6 AMW (BOLT21)
AE0425 – KC-135T, 60-0342, 6 AMW (BOLT26)
AE0503 – KC-135T, 60-0336, 6 AMW (BOLT21)
AE0566 – C-5B, 85-0009, 439 AW (RCH442)
AE05A7 – KC-135R, 62-3544, (TOPCAT4)
AE0600 – C-130H, 80-0321, 165 AW (DAWG 44 on box, DAWG 1# flight on ATC)
AE0602 – C-130H, 80-0323, 165 AW (DAWG 55 on ATC)
AE0603 – C-130H, 80-0324, 165 AW (DAWG 66 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW (DAWG44 on box, DAWG 06 on ATC)
AE06D9 – UC-12F, 163561, USMC
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort (FOX 283 on ATC)
AE07F3 – C-17A, 97-0041. 437/315 AW (GRITS25)
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89 AW
AE0E62 – Altitude 530ft, probably one of the UH-60s in KSVN pattern
AE10E0 – RC-12X, 92-13122, B/224 MI Bn
AE10E2 – RC-12P, 92-13124, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 49 on ATC)
AE10E2 – RC-12P, 92-13124, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY29)
AE10E8 – HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2002)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW
AE146D – C-17A, 07-7175, 436 AW (RCH563)
AE14F5 – HC-130P, 65-0970, 920 RQW (KING 51 on box, KING 70 on ATC)
AE1BEF – C-130J, 07-4636, 19 AW (RCH414)
AE1BF3 – C-130J, 07-46310, 19 AW (RCH741)
AE20C8 – C-17A, 07-7187, 437/315 AW (GRITS99)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2678 – MH-65D, 6530, CGAS Savannah (C6530)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, CGAS Savannah (C6555)
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE30FC – C-12U, 84-00176, US Army
AE49C1 – C-17A, 09-9205, 437/315 AW (RCH475)
AE4D6A – C-17A, 10-0217, 62 AW (RCH459)
AE4EB1 – P-8A, 167956, VX-1 (PION44)
AE4EB5 – P-8A, 168431, VP-45 (PELCN79)
AE4EB6 – P-8A, 168432, VP-30 (LL 808 on ATC)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-45 (PELCN02)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-45 (PELCN32)
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-5
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-5 (MADFOX 09 on ATC)
AE4EBB – P-8A, 168437, VP-5 (MADFOX 31 on ATC)
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30

Military Monitoring Recap; March 2014

I didn’t plan on doing a March recap because I didn’t have a lot of radio time during March and I didn’t think I’d heard enough to justify putting a post together.  As I sat down and went through my notes for the month, however, I realized that I’d heard more than I thought so I decided to go ahead and do a March recap instead of waiting until the end of April and doing a combined March/April recap.

Hunter AAF
124.975 – Tower
279.575 – Tower
285.425 – Tower
121.800 – Ground
291.675 – Ground
126.200 – Base Ops
285.425 – Base Ops
309.000 – PMSV
51.050 – Helicopter Advisory
49.625 – 1-3 AVN “VIPER Ops”
51.375 – 3-17 Cav “LIGHTHORSE Ops”
36.525 – 3-17 Cav air-to-air
38.150 – 1/169 AVN Ops; in use by PR ARNG
150.300 – CG 113, USCG AirSta Savannah Ops (P25)
406.1625 – Base Ops
406.7625 – POL

ARMY/APACHE 35395 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95591 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95594 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95596 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95597 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95601 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95605 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26540 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 96544 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08022 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08054 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08807 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/KIOWA 50087 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60022 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00129 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00965 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26304 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26483 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26798 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26810 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26813 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26829 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26841 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27057 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27078 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26269 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26303 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26445 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26479 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26527 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26795 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKAHWK 26799 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26801 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27079 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03748 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03750 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03755 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03756 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03770 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03771 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
SUNNY ## (RC-12, B/224 MIB Bn)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6530 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6550 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6562 (MH-65D, Savannah)
GUARD 23290 (UH-60A, 1-171 AVN)
GUARD 23353 (UH-60A, 79-23353, 1-111 AVN)

Savannah IAP/CRTC
119.100 – Tower
257.800 – Tower
121.900 – Ground
348.600 – Ground
120.400 – Approach/Departure
353.775 – Approach/Departure
125.300 – Approach/Departure
371.875 – Approach/Departure
118.400 – Approach/Departure
307.225 – Approach/Departure
225.750 – 165th AW CP “ANIMAL CONTROL”
225.050 – 165th AW
237.000 – CRTC CP (F-22, T-38, KC-135 Ops)
298.300 – 154th Wing Aux 21
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream
TG 199 (SEGARRN TRS) – EAGLE 0# air-to-air, Flight Ops

DAWG ## (C-130H, 165th AW)
JEST ## (F-22A, 154 Wing)
HOUND 91 (C-146A, 27th SOW)
HOUND 92 (C-146A, N577EF, 27th SOW)
HOUND 93 (C-146A, 12-3060, 27th SOW)
GULFTEST ## (Gulfstream Test)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham County)

Fort Stewart/Wright AAF
127.350 – Marne Radio
279.626 – Marne Radio
126.250 – Wright AAF Tower
269.275 – Wright AAF Tower
51.050 – Helicopter Advisory

MCAS Beaufort
328.425 – Approach/Departure
123.700 – Approach/Departure
292.125 – Approach/Departure
125.125 – Approach/Departure
281.800 – Base Ops
264.500 – PMSV
361.800 – VMFA-115 Base
339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
225.675 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
327.475 – VMFA-251 Tac 2
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
289.275 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
FOX 840 (UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort)
FOX 283 (UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort)
EXPO 81 (KC-135R, 141 ARW)

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
122.800 – CTAF

Malcolm McKinnon Airport
123.050 – CTAF

Jekyll Island Airport
123.000 – CTAF

Charleston AFB
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep
306.925 – Charleston App/Dep
349.400 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO OPS”
134.100 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO OPS”
118.150 – North Field CCT
235.775 – North Field CCT
233.950 – Charleston AFB PMSV
372.200 – Charleston AFB PTD

GRITS 19 (C-17A, 95-0102, 437th/315th AW)
GRITS 25 (C-17A, 97-0041. 437/315 AW)
REACH 459 (C-17A, 10-0217, 62 AW)
REACH 475 (C-17A, 09-9205, 437/315 AW)

Shaw AFB
141.150 – 79th FS air-to-air

DICE (F-16CM, 55th FS)
HAMMER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
BEAST (F-16CM, 79th FS)
HOOKER (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TIGER (F-16CM, 79th FS)

McEntire ANGB
298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14
143.200 – 169th FW V15

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)
VIPER (F-16CM, 169th FW)

Jacksonville IAP
322.400 – Jacksonville App/Dep
351.800 – Jacksonville App/Dep
377.050 – Jacksonville App/Dep
251.250 – 125th FW Maintenance/Ops
273.900 – 125th FW SOF
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

FANG (F-15, 125th FW)
SNAKE (F-15, 125th FW)
VENOM (F-15, 125th FW)

NAS Jacksonville/Mayport NS/Cecil Field
340.200 – Jacksonville IAP Tower
322.400 – Jacksonville App/Dep
351.800 – Jacksonville App/Dep
377.050 – Jacksonville App/Dep
371.350 – CPRW-11 Base
246.800 – P-8/P-3 air-to-air

NAVY LL 06 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 28 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 31 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 56 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 72 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 808 (P-8A, 168432, VP-30)
NAVY LL 818 (P-8A, VP-30)
MAD FOX ## (P-8A, VP-5)
LANCER ## (P-3C, VP-10)
PELICAN ## (P-8A, VP-45)
TRIDENT ## (P-3C, VP-26)

Robins AFB
324.650 – JSTARS Discrete
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete

Moody AFB
140.200 – 23rd FG air-to-air
143.000 – 23rd FG air-to-air
236.725 – 23rd FG air-to-air

EXAM (A-10, 23rd FG)
GROWL (A-10, 23rd FG)
SPEEDY (A-10, 23rd FG)

Ranges/Military Operating Areas
228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
343.750 – Bulldog MOA

SEALORD (USN FACSFAC Jax)
120.950 – North Primary
133.950 – South Primary
284.500 – North Primary
267.500 – South Primary
349.800 – W-157 Discrete
376.900 – W-157 Discrete

Miscellaneous
228.900 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

COAST GUARD 2002 (HC-130J, CGAS Elizabeth City)
COWBOY 11 (F/A-18, VMFA-112)
FREIGHT TRAIN 71 (CH-47, Fort Eustis)
HAMMERHEAD 12 (CH-53E, HMH-366)
INDY 62 (KC-135R, 434 ARW)
KING 70 (HC-130P, 65-0970, 920 RQW)
NAVY HW 72 (MH-60S, HSC-26)
NOAA 49 (G-IV, N49RF, NOAA)
NOAA 56 (DHC-6-300, N56RF, NOAA)
PAT 009 (UC-35A, 98-0009, US Army)
PAT 488 (C-12U, 85-1266, OSACOM VA RFC)
REACH 414 (C-130J, 07-4636, 19 AW)
REACH 563 (C_17A, 07-7175, 436th AW)
REACH 741 (C-130J, 07-46310, 19 AW)
SAM 467 (C-37A, 97-0401, 89 AW)
WARLOCK 9 (MZ-3A, N157LG/167811, VXS-1)

ARTCC
256.900/133.700 – Jax Center Baxley Low
269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 – Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
290.400/132.300 – Jax Center Waycross Low
307.250/126.350 – Jax Center St. Augustine High
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
351.700/124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Millen Low
379.100/127.950 – Jax Center Charleston Low

273.600/123.950 – Atlanta Center Macon Low
290.375/125.825 – Atlanta Center Macon Ultra High
307.050/126.425 Atlanta Center Dublin High
323.000/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low

255.400/123.650 – FSS

Review: One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a long time fan of the Allman Brothers Band. Their music has appealed to me since late in high school when I began to lose interest in harder rock, metal, and pop music and became more interested in music like theirs and Eric Clapton’s. The emotion and the varied influences drew me in and with the Allman Brothers Band so did the sound: it was blues, jazz, rock, and country all stewed together; drums crashing like waves on a beach, a rhythm section that was rolling and artistic instead of just keeping time, guitars soaring harmonically and weaving in and out of the rhythm section’s foundation and finally the Hammond B3 – what a sound! When I saw One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band on Amazon for Kindle, I knew it was a book I had to read.

“Alan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single-level story-line used by other writers who have attempted telling the Allman Brothers Band’s story. He gets right to the hows and whys that give his narrative real substance.” – Butch Trucks in the Foreward

Alan Paul has written this book in much the same way that James O’Connell wrote another book I’ve recently read – Three Days in June. He doesn’t try to tell the story himself, he lets those that were there and lived it tell the story. This book is an oral history. Paul has interviewed the surviving members of the band, surviving members of the crew, managers, producers, wives, significant others, family members, fellow musicians and more and has pieced interview segments together roughly chronologically to tell not only what happened but why it happened. You may get multiple versions of what happened but that’s normal – everyone sees everything differently but as with everything in life you get the idea that what actually happened falls somewhere in the middle.

Getting the story from sources both inside the Allman Brothers Band and observers on the outside looking in, the reader gets a very thorough and complete (as possible given the deaths of some important figures) view of the band’s history. Most importantly, Paul doesn’t try to judge any members or influence the reader’s interpretation of the interviews; it simply tells what happened in the words of those who were there. One Way Out tells the story of the formation and rise of the band through multiple triumphs and multiple tragedies. It’s clear how not only the force of Duane Allman’s personality and musical ability but also his emphasis and family and teamwork – his selfless approach to the music – made the band what it was and laid the foundation for 45 years of musical magic. It’s amazing how the band survived the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, rising like a phoenix multiple times. It illustrates the effect of drug and alcohol abuse on lives of the band and crew as well as their effects on the music. It tells the story of how musical styles and backgrounds of the members blended to create the band’s sound and how new members were encouraged to bring their own styles and sound when they joined. It tells the story of personalities clashed and meshed to bring the band both to the points brink of failure and the heights of brilliance.

“Duane was a natural-born leader. His philosophy was ‘Get on my back. Follow me.’”

Particularly towards the end of the book, one could easily get the idea that it’s “pile on Dickey Betts” time but I wouldn’t agree with that assessment. Betts’ side of the story is told and each of the other band members and observers have slightly different stories of how the final separation went down. One of the most compelling elements of the book to me is how Duane Allman was a natural leader of the team that was the Allman Brothers Band and how Dickey Betts tried to pick up the mantle of leadership but wasn’t as natural at it. Over time I think he lost the team concept of the band and that’s what eventually led to him being fired or quitting depending upon your interpretation of events.

One of the most compelling personalities in the books is Jaimoe, his observations are possibly the most balanced of all. Of all the band members (with the exception of Duane Allman), I think I learned more about him by reading One Way Out. I think he put it best in his Afteward:

“One thing I’ve learned in life is hindsight ain’t always 20/20. History is complicated and everyone sees it differently, understands it in his or her own way. The Allman Brothers Band history involves a lot of people and there are as many versions of what happened as there are people involved in making it happen. That’s why this book gets the history as right as possible; Alan Paul spoke to everyone he could, let them have their say – tell their version of the truth – and then laid it out. You can’t try to escape the shit you did in life.”

When I first started reading One Way Out, I tweeted that I thought it was going to be a hard book to put down. It was. I frequently found myself with the Kindle in hand, iPod beside me, and headphones on my head. I’d read about an album, song, or performance and if I had it stop reading then listen to it before picking the Kindle back up and reading on. I honestly think reading it that way enhanced my experience of the book. If you are a fan of the Allman Brothers, this book should be at the top of your list. It certainly enhanced my knowledge of the band any my appreciation of their music. It may just be the Allman Brothers Band fan deep within me, but I see no reason not to give One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band a five star rating.

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AFTERTHOUGHT: Another one of my favorite musicians is (was) Stevie Ray Vaughn. The thought that Stevie Ray Vaughn and Duane Allman were similar never crossed my mind until I read this from Dr. John in One Way Out:

“Dr. John: Years later, when I met Stevie [Ray Vaughn], one of the first things I thought was that he reminded me of Duane. They were both eccentric as hell and had the same kind of musical concepts – rooted in the past but totally open to whatever came by.”

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