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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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  • Steamship Portland Commemorative Special Event 28 November 2014 Nov 28, 1300Z-2100Z, W1P, East Falmouth, MA. Seehund U-5075 Amateur Radio Association. 21.260 14.260 7.230 3.997. QSL. Henry Brown, K 1WCC, 19 Sao Paulo Dr, East Falmouth, MA 02536. SASE required. www.qrz.c om/db/ww2man
  • The First Pilgrim Landing at Plymouth 29 November 2014 Plymouth Nov 29-Nov 30, 1300Z-1900Z, NI1X, Plymouth, MA. Whitman Ama teur Radio Club. 18.160 14.260 7.260 3.860; EchoLink: WA1NPO-R, IRLP:8691 . Certificate & QSL. Whitman ARC, PO Box 48, Whitman, MA 02382. www.wa1n po.org
  • Battle of Franklin, TN 29 November 2014 – 1 December 2014 Nov 29-Nov 30, 0720Z-0720Z, N4S, Franklin, TN. WCARES - Wil liamson County ARES. 21.310 14.260 7.220 3.850. Certificate & QSL. Jeff Sta ndifer, 111 Gilbert Dr, Franklin, TN 37064. On November 29-30, 2014 a s pecial event station will operate at the historic Carnton Plantation in Fra nklin, TN. 150 years ago more than 8,000…
  • Monongah Mine Disaster of 1907 5 December 2014 – 8 December 2014 Dec 5-Dec 7, 0000Z-2300Z, KC9HYY/MMD, Muskego, WI. KC9HYY. 28.365 21.265 14.265 7.165. QSL. Nathan Banks, Attn: Monongah Mine SES, P O Box 324, Muskego, WI 53150. All QSL's need to be submitted with SASE by mail by Feb 1 2015 to be guaranteed a QSL. www.qrz.com/db/kc9hyy
  • 407th Anniversary of Capture of Captain John Smith 6 December 2014 Dec 6, 1500Z-2100Z, W4HZL, Hayes, VA. Middle Peninsula Amat eur Radio Club. 14.262 7.262. QSL. QSL Manager, MPARC, PO Box 1121, Glou cester Point, VA 23062. December 2014 marks the 407th anniversary of the c apture of Captain John Smith by the Powhatan Confederacy, led by Chief Pow hatan. 2014 is also the 400th anniversary…
  • W2W - Pearl Harbor Commemoration 6 December 2014 Dec 6-Dec 13, 1300Z-2200Z, W2W, Baltimore, MD. Amateur Radi o Club of the National Electronics Museum. 14.241 14.041 .241 7.041. Certif icate & QSL. W2W – Special Event Station, Box 1693, MS 4015, Baltimore, MD 21203. Additional operation is possible during December 8-13, 2014 per iod. ww-2.us
  • 73rd Anniversary of Civil Air Patrol 6 December 2014 Dec 6, 1700Z-2300Z, N0C, Saint Charles, IL. Illinois Wing C ivil Air Patrol. 18.125 14.250 7.255. QSL. Maj Ron Walerowicz, ILWG CAP, PO Box 4027, Saint Charles, IL 60174. Frequencies will move as band condi tions change; info at www.n0c.info
  • ARRL 10 Meter Contest 13 December 2014 – 15 December 2014
  • B-36 Special Event 13 December 2014 – 15 December 2014 Dec 13-Dec 14, 1600Z-0100Z, K5WPH, El Paso, TX. Sun City Am ateur Radio Club. 14.260 14.070 7.260. QSL. Sun City Amateur Radio Club, B -36 Special Event, 3709 Wickham, El Paso, TX 79904. Remembering the crew of the B-36D that crashed in the El Paso, Texas, Franklin Mountains on D ecember 11, 1953. Send SASE…
  • 50th Anniversary of the Cullman Amateur Radio Club 13 December 2014 Dec 13, 1500Z-1900Z, N4TUN, Cullman, AL. Cullman Amateur Ra dio Club. 14.220 145.310 (-). Certificate. Mike Fromhold, 1705 Emil Dr NW , Cullman, AL 35055. Celebrating the Anniversary of the first club meeting of the Cullman Amateur Radio Club 50 years ago this month. See our Faceboo k Page for information. www.facebook.com/CullmanARC

A True Legend Retires – Thoughts on Tom Kristensen’s Retirement

Last week, Tom Kristensen announced his retirement from professional racing. Like Alan McNish (one of his teammates) last year, another of my motor sport heroes has hung up his helmet. I’m sad that he’s decided to retire but I respect and understand his decision. With his retirement, one of motor sport’s greats has decided to step aside. Kristensen has been a great racer on the track and a great man off of the track; we’ll likely not see another like him for a long time.

Tom Kristensen is the consummate endurance racer. He mastered endurance racing and over his career has won in traditional gasoline prototypes such as the Porsche in 1997 and the Audi R-8 five times, diesel prototypes such as the Audi R10, and finally with the hybrid R18 E-tron. He’s not only won in a variety of equipment but with many different teammates as well, proving that he is not just a winning racer, but a great teammate. You can’t win endurance races without being a great teammate and Kristensen has proved that he is one nine times, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record nine times in his career, an accomplishment that if repeated, will be a long time coming. Kristensen isn’t just fast. He is fast in cars that were set up as compromise between multiple drivers. He is consistently fast in any condition, be it light or dark, dry or wet.

As great as Tom Kristensen is on the track, he is just as great off of the track. I have always been impressed by the way he has carried himself out of the car. He doesn’t call attention to himself and isn’t the kind of athlete always looking to get his highlight on Sportscenter (not that you’re going to get that in endurance racing anyway, but you know what I mean). He hasn’t had to, he lets his racing speak for itself. Behind closed doors he may have had a cross word or complaint, but you’ve never known it from the interviews he’s given. He has always been composed, gracious, and polite.  He may not always be able to give the answer the interviewer is looking for, but he’s always seemed to tell the truth; you never get the impression you’re being blinded with bullcrap. It’s almost become a rarity in sport these days, but he acts like a gentleman; perhaps more professional athletes should look to him as a role model.

The word legend is thrown about carelessly these days and has almost lost its meaning, but Tom Kristensen is without a doubt a Legend. Regardless of what form of motor sport, or what form of sport, he will be remembered as Legend, and properly so. I am thankful that I am a fan of endurance racing and got to be witness to the career of one of history’s greatest racers.

Thank You, Tom – and good luck in your retirement.

High Falls State Park Road Trip Report; 13 November 2014

Yesterday, I took my parents up to see High Falls State Park just north of Forsyth, GA. Photos from High Falls are in a previous post. On the way up, I enjoyed monitoring public safety, aviation, and military aviation traffic with the mobile station. Once we got off of the Interstate and bigger state highways, there was some beautiful driving to be done. With the spectacular fall foliage colors and some undulating and curvy roads, the scenery was beautiful and the driving could be fun!

Once you get off of the "big roads" there are some beautiful roads to travel in Central Georgia

Once you get off of the “big roads” there are some beautiful roads to travel in Central Georgia

With curves like these, they can also be fun roads to drive

With curves like these, they can also be fun roads to drive

If you’re a Twitter user, here’s a tip for traveling. The Georgia Department of Transportation maintains Twitter accounts for reporting traffic conditions and incidents on the interstates and other highways. One of those is for I-16, and it came in very handy yesterday.  We left Savannah around 0600, but overnight there had been a tractor trailer fire on I-16 near Old River Road. Luckily I follow the I-16 Twitter account; I checked my feed before we left home, saw that the road was closed and was able to plan a way around it.

It turned out to be a good day for public safety monitoring. We were traveling around the time the Georgia Forestry units were making their morning reports and that combined with very good VHF conditions to allow us to hear six Georgia Forestry District Repeaters.  Conditions were also good enough to accidentally stumble across Carroll County FD dispatch from the Forsyth area!  Some traffic was also heard on the Bulloch County TRS as we traveled through the Statesboro area on I-16. The Central Georgia Interoperability Regional Radio System continues to be a mystery; I never got a sniff of it while traveling through the Macon area on I-16 or I-75.  There was a bit of traffic on the Macon-Bibb County TRS from Animal Control and Public Works.

Public Safety
159.120 (PL 127.3) – Georgia Forestry District 2 Repeater
159.120 (PL 146.2) – Georgia Forestry District 4 Repeater
159.225 (PL 123.0) – Georgia Forestry District 5 Repeater
151.280 (PL 114.8) – Georgia Forestry District 5 Admin
159.225 (PL 179.9) – Georgia Forestry District 7 Repeater
159.225 (PL 100.0) – Georgia Forestry District 10 Repeater
159.240 (PL 167.9) – Georgia Forestry District 11 Repeater
159.360 (PL 156.7) – Georgia Forestry Base-to-Base

151.430 (PL 173.8) – Emanuel County EMS Dispatch
155.880 (PL 173.8) – Swainsboro FD Dispatch (Emanuel County)

154.070 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch

154.265 (PL 146.2) – Wilkinson County FD Dispatch

154.220 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch
159.465 (PL 162.2) – Forsyth FD Dispatch (Monroe County)

453.900 (PL 131.8) – Lamar County FD/EMS Dispatch

160.665 (PL 156.7) – Upson County FD Dispatch
154.415 (PL 192.8) – Thomaston FD Dispatch (Upson County)

154.175 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch

154.355 (PL 141.3) – Butts County FD Dispatch

154.145 (PL 156.7) – Carroll County FD Dispatch

Bulloch TRS
TG 2794 – Bulloch County FD Fireground 1
TG 3856 – GSP Post 45 Statesboro

Macon-Bibb TRS
TG 235 – unknown
TG 413 – Animal Control?
TG 507 – Public Works

The area between Savannah and Atlanta is always busy with Civil Aviation traffic; the closer you get to Atlanta, the busier the VHF air traffic control frequencies become. Both Atlanta Center (ZTL), covering the northern part of the trip and Jax Center (ZJX), covering the southern part of the trip were as busy as always. Since I have both civil aviation and military aviation in the same scanner, I ended up having to lock out some of the civil aviation frequencies in order to hear some military activity.

Civil Aviation
119.600 – Macon area TRACON
124.200 – Macon area TRACON
122.800 – Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport CTAF

119.375 – ZTL Macon High
120.425 – ZTL Georgia High
120.450 – ZTL Tiroe Low
121.350 – ZTL Logen Low
123.950 – ZTL Sinca Low
124.325 – ZTL Clark Hill Ultra High
124.375 – ZTL Lanier High
124.450 – ZTL East Departure Low
125.575 – ZTL LaGrange High
125.825 – ZTL Hampton Ultra High
126.425 – ZTL Dublin High
128.100 – ZTL Augusta Low
133.100 – ZTL Atlanta North Departure
134.500 – ZTL Atlanta South Departure
135.000 – ZTL Atlanta Workload

124.075 – ZJX Summerville High
124.675 – ZJX Jekyll Low
124.700 – ZJX Columbia Low
126.125 – ZJX Statesboro High
126.750 – ZJX Brunswick Low
127.575 – ZJX Waycross Low
127.875 – ZJX Aiken High
127.925 – ZJX Aiken High
132.425 – ZJX Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – ZJX Allendale/Savannah Low
133.300 – ZJX Moultrie Ultra High
133.700 – ZJX Baxley Low
135.975 – ZJX Alma High

It also turned out to be a decent day for military monitoring. On the way up to Forsyth, one AWACS was working in the area and on the way back to Savannah from Forsyth, two AWACS were working in the area. During the trip home in the afternoon, starting just south of Macon, we could hear CHALICE (E-3, 963rd ACCS) working with FANGs and SNAKEs (F-15C, 125th FW) off of the coast. While in the Macon area, we could hear a flight of VMA-231 talking air-to-air on 363.300 but never did hear them on ATC frequencies. Closer to Savannah, F/A-18s from VMFA-122 were heard working at Townsend Range and an MH-47G from 3-160 SOAR was heard in the pattern at Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport. It’s also possible to monitor the Robins AFB TRS from parts of I-16 and I-75 as you pass through the Macon area.

Military Communications

228.400 – Townsend Range
343.750 – Bulldog MOA
120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary

364.200 – NORAD AICC
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
317.950 – AWACS Discrete

363.300 – VMA-231 Tac
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6

PAT 841 – unknown Army Transport (probably C-12)
CHALICE FOXTROT – E-3, 963rd ACCS (morning)
CHALICE GOLF – E-3, 963rd ACCS (afternoon)
DRAGNET VICTOR – E-3, 966th ACCS (afternoon)
TOPCAT – F-16CM, 79th FS
FANG – F-15C, 125th FW
SNAKE – F-15C, 125th FW
NIKEL – F/A-18A+, VMFA-122
ARMY 03781 – MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR
ARMY 26832 – UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN

Robins AFB TRS
TG 4912 – Robins AFB Ops
TG 4944 – Robins AFB Crash
TG 13648 – ALC?
TG 40048 – 116th/461st ACW

For lunch, we tried a restaurant in Forsyth that I wanted to try the last time I was in Forsyth but never got the chance to and turned out to be an excellent experiment. We stopped at the Eggs-Traordinry Southern Grill, which is on Indian Springs Dr. just before you get to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. They have a regular menu as well as daily specials. It looks like that if you want to try the special, get there early for lunch, we got there shortly after 1300 and the specials were already sold out! I tried their Cuban Sandwich and loved it; the ham and the roast pork were wonderful and not the least bit dry. The side order was beer battered onion rings and they were both delicious and plentiful. If you find yourself in Forsyth for lunch, I highly recommend stopping in.

Overall, it was an excellent day trip and well worth it to see the Autumn foliage. Hopefully if you’re a radio geek like I am and plan on heading up to that area, this will give you a place to start on what to listen out for and where to listen for it at.

Review: The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871

The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871
The Franco-Prussian War: The German Conquest of France in 1870-1871 by Geoffrey Wawro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Franco-Prussian War is one little read about, less often written about, and frequently forgotten. In fact, many Americans may not have even heard of it. This is unfortunate because along with other wars such as the Crimean War and American Civil War, it was a war in which modern technology met old tactics and foreshadowed the death and destruction of World War I. Like the Crimean War, it also helped set the stage for World War I. During this centennial of World War I, I have been looking for books to read on the war and it occurred to me that reading about wars that helped set the stage for it would be just as important as reading books about World War I itself. Along those lines, I just finished reading The Franco-Prussian War by Geoffrey Wawro.

The war was a brief war but important one and to ignore the origins and the after effects of the war would have been a mistake. The Franco-Prussian War can be divided into three sections, one on what brought the war about, another composed of 2/3 of the book on the fighting, and a final section on the aftermath of the war and its after effects. Each section explores both the military and political/foreign policy aspects of the war.

In the lead up to the war, Wawro explains how politics and foreign policy brought France and Germany to war and discusses the military readiness of both countries as well as the states of the armies and schools of thought on tactics and strategy. The contrast between the German Army and the French Army was stark. The Germans, under Prussian leadership, had a modern, forward thinking military that emphasized initiative and education. In the German army, not just the officers were educated, many of the common soldiers were literate. Not so in the French Army; it looked more to the past and there was a distinct cultural divide between the aristocratic officers and the illiterate lower class soldiers. The French Army looked more to the defense and lacked the flexibility at lower ranks that the Germans enjoyed. The Franco-Prussian War very much seemed to be contest between a disorganized and apathetic French Army and a well-organized and professional German Army. When it came to political leadership, it seemed Napoleon III was seeking to put the Prussians in their place after being diplomatically outmaneuvered and stumbled into a trap Bismarck had set to create an environment in which he could finish German unification.

The section about the war itself doesn’t limit itself to a discussion of the strategy and tactics employed by the generals but also how their political masters’ actions shaped those strategies. Just as Bazaine and Moltke and the Chassepot rifle and the Krupp cannon were important militarily, Napoleon III and Bismarck were just as important politically, it was their actions and policy that impacted the decision making of the generals and the use of the weapons. Wawro discusses how the superior French Chassepot rifle shaped and the superior German Krupp artillery shaped the German tactics. He also discusses how errors by the French squandered their advantages and how errors by German leadership led them to take heavier casualties than they should have. Essentially, leaders on both sides committed many errors, but the errors on the part of the French leadership were more grievous and contributed toward their defeat. Particularly in the closing stage of the war, he shows how the political leadership of both sides and political upheaval in France shaped strategy in attempt to bring about each sides’ desired outcome.

Perhaps the most important part of the book is the final section about what happened post-war; Wawro writes about what the military leadership took away as lessons learned, how the war altered the map of Europe, and how the outcome of the war led to World War I. He discusses how the military leadership of both France and Germany (and the generals of other countries) came away from the Franco-Prussian War with a false reading on offensive tactics and how those false readings led to the massive loss of life in World War I. He tells how the landscape was altered through annexation and how Bismarck’s humiliating terms to France primed the pump for World War I, much as the terms of peace following World War I led to World War II. It is easy to come away from this last section of the book that in the short term, the Germans won the war but that in the long term they lost it by setting themselves up for defeat in World War I.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and well researched. Political and military histories can easily become dry but Wawro wrote a book that is easy to read and captures the reader’s attention and touches on tactics, strategy, and technology without getting bogged down in minutiae. Perhaps it was because I was reading about a war that doesn’t receive a lot of attention but I genuinely found this book hard to put down. Each chapter has extensive end notes; it’s obvious that he did a massive amount of research. As usual, I read the Kindle version and it’s important to note that The Franco-Prussian War has maps in their appropriate place – with the relevant text (see, it can be done!!),  making it easy to visualize the military maneuvers that Wawro was writing about. I enthusiastically give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend it if you are interested in learning about an overlooked yet historically important war.

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Mode-S Log; October 2014

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

35350A – Falcon 900B, T.18-4, Spanish AF 451 Esc (AME4587)
7CF925 – C-17A, A41-211, RAAF 36 Sqn (ASY710)
A1ECBD – N223GA, G-V, FBI (IDAHO23 on box, JENA 624 on ATC)
A24B56 – G150, N247PS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF7)
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro
A359FB – G450, N315GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF89)
A35DB2 – G450, N316GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF20)
A37DC3 – N324GA, G450, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF55)
A39BC8 – Bell 206L-1, N269AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A41F76 – G150, N365GA, Gulfstream Leasing
A45A2D – Bell 206B, N38NR, GA DNR
A49929 – B757, N396AX, Omni Air Intl (OAE556)
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Waycross
A4EA6F – Bell 206L-4, N416AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup
A4EA6F – Bell 206L-4, N416AE, AirEvac Brunswick (N416AE)
A5F09E – G550, N482GA, Gulfatream Aerospace (GLF34)
A756C6 – G650, N612GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF50)
A7A923 – G550, N593GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF41)
A7ACDA – G550, N594GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF50)
A7ACDA – G550, N594GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF7)
A7F6C6 – G650, N612GD, Gulfstream Aerosapce (GLF16)
A7FA7D – G650, N613GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF47)
A7FA7D – G650, N613GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF54)
A801EB – G650, N615GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF66)
A87E06 – King Air 350, N6461F, PM ARES/US Army (SUNNY 50 on ATC)
A88D51 – G650, N650GA, Gulfstream Aerospace
A88D66 – G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing (GLF20)
A88D66 – G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing (GLF77)
A932BB – G650, N692GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF17)
A93672 – G650, N693GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58 on box, GULFTEST 16 on ATC)
A93A29 – G650, N694GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58)
A94197 – G650, N696GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
AC9B8D – BK-117, N911MZ, OmniFlight (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
ACE83F – B-17G, N93012, Collings Foundation
ADFD7D – C-26D, 91-0513, SC ARNG (PAT943)
ADFE1B – HC-130H, 1715, USCG
ADFE5D – C-130H, 90-1794, 139 AW (RCH311)
ADFE5F – C-130H, 90-1796, 139 AW (RCH598)
ADFE6D – C-130H, 91-1653, 139 AW (GNARL11 on box, REACH 664 on ATC)
AE0168 – C-20B, 86-0203, 89 AW (SAM585)
AE01AB – C-21A, 84-0072, 103 FW (SPAR411)
AE0265 – KC-135R, 57-1436, 134 ARW (SODA82)
AE02F4 – C-130H, 86-0411, 440 AW (BREWR61)
AE030B – C-130H, 74-1667, 103 AW (ALLIED 1 on box, YANKEE 42 on ATC)
AE031D – C-130H, 74-2069, 103 AW (GLEAN92 on box, YANKEE 41 on ATC)
AE03E9 – C-130T, 165161, VR-64 (CNV3541)
AE03E9 – C-130T, 165161, VR-64 (CONVOY 3562 on ATC)
AE03FC – C-12U, 84-0176, US Army
AE03FC – C-12U, 84-0176, US Army (PAT 301 on ATC)
AE047F – KC-135R, 59-1509, 134 ARW (SODA92)
AE0485 – KC-135R, 62-3521, 434 ARW (INDY64)
AE04A8 – KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252 (OTIS 51 on ATC)
AE04A8 – KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252 (OTIS50)
AE04A8 – KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252 (OTIS51)
AE04A8 – KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252 (OTIS53)
AE04D7 – 165829, C-40A, VR-58
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4046)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4263)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4462)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4668)
AE04E5 – KC-135R, 59-1478, 134 ARW (SODA 81 on ATC)
AE04F5 – KC-135T, 58-0050, 6 AMW (BOLT99)
AE04F7 – KC-135R, 59-1501, 6 AMW (BOLT35)
AE04F7 – KC-135R, 59-1501, 6 AMW (BOLT41)
AE0503 – KC-135T, 60-0336, 6 AMW (GOLD52)
AE052C – C-5A, 69-0006, 433 AW (REACH 9006 on ATC)
AE0582 – C-5B, 87-0037, 439 AW
AE05E1 – C-130H, 87-9285, 914 AW (BISON84)
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (DAWG 01 on ATC)
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (RCH968 on box, DAWG 02 on ATC)
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (RCH968 on box, DAWG 10 on ATC)
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (RCH968 on box, DAWG 11 on ATC)
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (RCH968)
AE0603 – C-130H, 80-0324, 165 AW (DAWG 22 on bxo, DAWG 88 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW (DAWG 05 on box, DAWG 12 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW (DAWG 08 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW (DAWG 08)
AE065D – KC-135R, 60-0320, 6 AMW (PIRAT42)
AE07DF – C-17A, 94-0065, 164 AW (RCH105)
AE07E3 – C-17A, 94-0069, 437/315 AW (GRITS37)
AE07E8 – C-17A, 95-0105, 105 AW
AE0806 – C-17A, 99-0600, 445 AW (RHINO90)
AE087E – C-37A, 01-0028, 6 AMW
AE093B – UC-35B, 00-1052, OSACOM PATD (R01052)
AE093D – UC-35B, 01-0301, OSACOM PATD
AE0A83 – unknown, 530ft
AE0A83 – unknown, briefly showed at 810 ft
AE0E65 – UH-60L, 98-26798, 4-3 AVN
AE10E7 – HC-130J, 2001, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2001)
AE10E8 – HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2002)
AE114F – C-17A, 05-5145, 452 AW (RCH116)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW (FLASH 30 on ATC)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW (FLASH30)
AE118A – C-37A, 02-1863, US ARMY (R1863)
AE1251 – C-40A, 165835, VR-57 (CNV4226)
AE1279 – EC-130H, 73-1588, 55 ECG (AXIS26)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS 50 on ATC)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS 51 on ATC)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS 52 on ATC)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS16)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS52)
AE1C94 – unknown (possibly an OH-58D – 10557)
AE1CF9 – P-3C, 158215, VP-30 (LL 19 on ATC)
AE1D66 – P-3C, 161595, US Navy
AE20C6 – C-17A, 07-7185, 437/315 AW (RCH802S)
AE20C9 – C-17A, 07-7188, 437/315 AW (RCH802A)
AE223B – HC-144A, 2304, USCG
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2678 – MH-65D, 6530, CGAS Savannah (C6530)
AE2688 – MH-65D, 6550, CGAS Savannah (C6550)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, CGAS Savannah (C6555)
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE29DE – C-130J, 08-3174, 317 AG (RCH383)
AE2EF9 – T-6B, 166124, TAW-5
AE4A21 – T-6B, 166152, TAW-5 (NAVY 2E 152 on ATC)
AE4AF4 – C-130J, 08-3179, 317 AG (RCHA612)
AE4AF4 – C-130J, 08-3179, USAF (RCHA612)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, 224 MI Bn? (SUNNY22)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY50)
AE4E17 – HC-130J, 11-5725, 71 RQS (KING21)
AE4EB2 – P-8A, 168428, VP-30 (PELCN32)
AE4EB2 – P-8A, 168428, VP-45 (PELCN1)
AE4EB2 – P-8A, 168428, VP-45 (PELCN9)
AE4EB6 – P-8A, 168432, VP-30 (VVLL833)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-45 (PELICAN 23 on ATC)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168435, VP-45 (PELCN01)
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30 (VVLL800)
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30 (VVLL801)
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30 (VVLL824)
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30 (VVLL829)
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-30 (VVLL826)
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-30 (VVLL846)
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-30 (VVLL895)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL825)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL833)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL840)
AE4FAC – MH-60S, 5000ft (FFAB123)

Military Monitoring Recap; October 2014

October turned out to be a pretty good month for military monitoring. Things continue to evolve with the 3rd Aviation Brigade at Hunter AAF as they transition to the UH-60M from the UH-60L. Also at Hunter AAF, 224 MI Bn has begun flying an MC-12W after flying a test aircraft for a few weeks; interestingly, I haven’t heard them flying RC-12s in several months now. At MCAS Beaufort, F-35B training flights have begun and a couple of VMFAT-501 frequencies have been found. Over time, the class sizes will get bigger and more F-35B flights will take off from MCAS Beaufort and we’ll be able to find more unit frequencies for them.

Hunter AAF
124.975 – Tower
279.575 – Tower
121.800 – Ground
291.675 – Ground
126.200 – Base Ops
285.425 – Base Ops
309.000 – PMSV
51.050 – Helicopter Advisory
45.925 – 1-3 AVN air-to-air
77.825 – 1-3 AVN air-to-air
37.975 – 2-3 AVN “KNIGHTHAWK Ops”
69.575 – 3-17 Cav air-to-air
46.975 – 4-3 AVN “BRAWLER Ops”
38.150 – DUSTOFF OPS (visiting ARNG unit?)
345.000 – USCG Air Station Savannah Ops
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 45434 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 77043 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 77045 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 77046 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 87048 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 87049 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95951 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95596 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95597 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95604 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26544 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20609 (UH-60M, 2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20613 (UH-60M, 2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08022 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08028 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08053 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08054 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08804 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08807 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/KIOWA 00019 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00157 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 10557 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 20597 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 40173 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60012 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60030 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 70133 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26304 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27078 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20572 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKAHWK 20573 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20579 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20585 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20588 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20592 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20612 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20646 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20647 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20679 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20681 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20682 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20683 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 03746 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03748 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03785 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20002 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20018 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20209 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20278 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SUNNY ## (MC-12W, 10-0739, 224 MI Bn)
SUNNY ## (King Air 350, N6461F, PM ARES/US Army)
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)
ARMY 08054 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08402 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08403 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08864 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08865 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08867 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08868 (CH-47F)
ARMY 08887 (CH-47F)
GUARD 26169 (UH-60L)
GUARD 08862 (CH-47F, 1-228 AVN) (Also used ARMY 08862)
GUARD 08874 (CH-47F)

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
166.625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 293)
237.000 – CRTC Ops
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream
123.100 – Mosquito Control Helicopter air-to-air
TG 199 (SEGARRN TRS) – EAGLE 0# air-to-air, Flight Ops

DAWG ## (C-130H, 165th AW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST ## (Gulfstream Test Flight)
BOEING 93012 (NL93012, B-17G, Collings Foundation – “Nine-O-Nine”)
LIBERATR 24J (N224J, B-24J, Collings Foundation – “Witchcraft”)
NL251MX (TP-51C “BETTY JANE”, Collings Foundation)

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
253.100 – VMFA-115 Base
283.400 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
354.325 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
344.200 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
313.800 – VMFA-251 Base
290.000 – VMFA-251 Tac 1
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac

NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
TBOLT 2# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
SWEDE 7# (F-35B, VMFAT-401)
CAP 3935 (SC Civil Air Patrol)

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”
233.950 – Charleston AFB PMSV
372.200 – Charleston AFB PTD
118.150 – North Field CCT
235.775 – North Field CCT

GRITS 18 (C-17A, 437/315 AW)

Shaw AFB
318.100 Columbia App/Dep
311.200 – 55th FS “SHOOTER Ops”
140.700 – 55th FS air-to-air
141.675 – 55th FS air-to-air
141.900 – 55th FS air-to-air
142.400 – 55th FS air-to-air
320.525 – 79th FS “TIGER Ops”
141.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.700 – 79th FS air-to-air

BULLET (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE (F-16CM, 55th FS)
KILLER (F-16CM, 55th FS)
MEAT (F-16CM, 55th FS)
MISTY (F-16CM, 55th FS)
MOJO (F-16CM, 55th FS)
RAZOR (F-16CM, 55th FS)
SANTEE (F-16CM, 55th FS)
GUNNER (F-16CM, 79th FS)
JAKE (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SCAR (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SLASH (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TALON (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TURBAN (F-16CM, 79th FS)

McEntire ANGB
318.100 Columbia App/Dep
298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14
143.250 – 169th FW V16
140.125 – 169th FW V18

MACE (F-16CM, 169th FW)
VIPER (F-16CM, 169th FW)
DEMON (F-16CM, 169th FW)
HEAT (F-16CM, 169th FW)
STALK (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
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7
343.000 – 125th FW Aux 8

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

NAS Jacksonville/Mayport NS/Cecil Field
322.400 – Jacksonville App/Dep
351.800 – Jacksonville App/Dep
377.050 – Jacksonville App/Dep
310.200 – NAS Jax Base Ops
250.900 – HSM-40 Base
371.350 – CPRW-11 Base

NAVY HK 007 (MH-60R, HSM-40)
NAVY HR 513 (MH-60R, HSM-48)
NAVY LL 19 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 19 (P-3C, 158215, VP-30)
NAVY LL 50 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 800 (P-8A, 168440, VP-30)
NAVY LL 801 (P-8A, 168440, VP-30)
NAVY LL 824 (P-8A, 168440, VP-30)
NAVY LL 825 (P-8A, 168757, VP-30)
NAVY LL 826 (P-8A, 168754, VP-30)
NAVY LL 833 (P-8A, VP-30)
NAVY LL 833 (P-8A, 168432, VP-30)
NAVY LL 840 (P-8A, 168757, VP-30)
NAVY LL 846 (P-8A, 168754, VP-30)
NAVY LL 879 (P-8A, VP-30)
JAGUAR 605 (SH-60B, HSL-60)
TALON ## (P-8A, VP-16)
PELICAN ## (P-8A, VP-45)
PELICAN 01 (P-8A, 168435, VP-45)
CONVOY 4263 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)
CONVOY 4462 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)
CONVOY 4668 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)
AUSSY 710 (C-17A, A41-211, RAAF 36 Sqn)

Robins AFB
133.225 – Tower
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
225.725 – JSTARS Discrete
324.650 – JSTARS Discrete
328.025 – JSTARS Discrete
367.275 – JSTARS Discrete
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete
395.150 – JSTARS Discrete

PEACH 81 (E-8C, 128th ACCS)
PEACH 99 (E-8C, 116th/461st ACW)
KOMODO ## (E-8C, 461st ACW)
PHENOM ## (E-8C, 461st ACW)

Moody AFB
228.225 – Moody AFB “ANGEL Ops”
142.125 – 23rd FG air-to-air
143.150 – 23rd FG air-to-air
143.750 – 23rd FG air=to-air

KING 21 (HC-130J, 11-5725, 71 RQS)
BLOODY (A-10, 23rd FG)
NAIL (A-10, 23rd FG)
RIPSAW (A-10, 23rd FG)

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

120.950 – North Primary
133.950 – South Primary
284.500 – North Primary
267.500 – South Primary
313.700 – North Secondary
349.800 – W-157 Discrete
376.900 – W-157 Discrete
385.300 – W-157 Discrete

DOUBLESHOT (W-161/177)
127.725 – Primary
258.400 – W-161/177 Discrete
279.725 – W-161/177 Discrete

364.200 – NORAD Discrete
228.900 – NORAD Discrete
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
324.600 – AR-207
289.700 – Aerial Refueling in W-161/177
319.400 – Aerial Refueling
299.500 – VFC-12 air-to-air

AMBUSH 21/22 (F/A-18A, VFC-12)
AME 4587 (Falcon 900B, T.18-4, Spanish AF 451 Esc)
ARMY 01052 (UC-35B, 00-1052, OSACOM PATD)
AXIS 26 (EC-130H, 73-1588, 55th ECG)
BACKY ## (KC-135, 916th ARW)
BATTLEAXE 27 (MV-22B, 165947, VMM-365)
BOBCAT ## (T-45, VT-9)
CONVOY 3541 (C-130T, 165161, VR-64)
CONVOY 3562 (C-130T, 165161, VR-64)
FLASH 30 (C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW)
HUNTER 99 (U-28A, 1st SOW)
JENA 624 (G-V, N223GA, FBI)
LOBO 474 (UC-35D, 166474, VMR-1)
MASH 67 (KC-135, 434th ARW)
NAVY 2E 152 (T-6B, 166152, TAW-5)
NAVY 8E 128 (TH-57, HT-8)
OTIS 16 (KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252)
OTIS 50 (KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252)
OTIS 50 (KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252)
OTIS 51 (KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252)
OTIS 51 (KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252)
OTIS 52 (KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252)
OTIS 53 (KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252)
PAT 301 (C-12U, 84-0176, US Army
PIRAT 42 (KC-135R, 60-0320, 6 AMW)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 08-3179, 317 AG)
REACH 116 (C-17A, 05-5145, 452nd AW)
REACH 311 (C-130H, 90-1794, 139 AW
REACH 383 (C-130J, 08-3174, 317 AG)
REACH 664 (C-130H, 91-1653, 139 AW)
REACH 9006 (C-5A, 69-0006, 433 AW)
RENO ## (F-15E, 4th FW)
SODA 81 (KC-135R, 59-1478, 134th ARW)
SODA 82 (KC-135R, 57-1436, 134th ARW)
SODA 92 (KC-135R, 59-1509, 134 ARW)
STONE 2# (AV-8B, VMA-223)
VICTORY 1# (F/A-18F, VFA-103)
WILDCAT 21 (F/A-18C, VFA-131)
YANKEE 41 (C-130H, 74-2069, 103rd AW)
YANKEE 42 (C-130H, 74-1667, 103rd AW)
N716A (B300C, DHS)
N72764 (UH-60, DHS)
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)
N409AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 90 Waycross)
N416AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 96 Jesup)
N216S (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac EMS)
LIFESTAR 1 (BK-117, N911MZ, Omniflight)

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

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