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Review: Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913

Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913
Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 by Edward Robert Hooton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Balkan Wars are some of the lesser known and written about wars even though they set helped set the stage for and foreshadowed World War I. In this centennial year of the beginning of World War I, I wanted to read up on this prelude to the great war. I came away from reading Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 with mixed feelings. I was looking forward to reading it, I wanted to like it, but ultimately just couldn’t get past “meh.”

This isn’t a bad book. It’s very informative; it sets the stage for the wars, takes a look at the capabilities of the combatants, explains why things happened the way they did and frames what happened in reference to World War I to come. The problem is that this book falls into an easy trap for military history books; for the most part it was dry. It mostly consists of “such and such Division/Corps/Army had X number of troops, Y number of guns, and moved toward so and so. Without a doubt, the forces and equipment are important, but I feel that the author could have done more to develop the personalities of the key players. Another issue is that there were maps in line with the text, but they were somewhat misplaced; it would have been nice to have them closer to the battles they were relevant to.

After thinking about it for a few days, I can only give Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913 three stars. I never felt that I got really into the book or drawn into the history of the Balkan Wars. Despite the fact that it was informative and I learned a lot about the topic, I never really felt engaged. If you really want to learn about the Balkan Wars, I would recommend it but if you’re just looking for a casual read this is not the book for you.

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Mode-S Log; November 2014

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

00014A – UC-12M, 163839, Norfolk (CNV512)
06A001 – A-340, A7-HHK, Qatari Air Force/Qatari Amiri Flight (QAF5)
4068D6 – G650, G-ULFS, Profred Partners/James Dyson (GLF66)
83AEFC – C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN (R24378 on Box, PAT 361 on ATC)
894060 – G-VSP, Bahrain Amiri Flight (BAH5)
924924 – unknown, USN (CNV3322)
A03438 – G150, N112GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (N112GA on box, GULFTEST 13 on ATC)
A18D50 – C560, N2, FAA
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro
A31C1A – BAe-125, N3RC, Richard Childress Racing
A37A0C – G450, N323GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF35)
A37DC3 – G450, N324GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF30)
A47561 – B767, N387AX, Omni Air Intl (OAE272 on box, OMNI 805 on ATC)
A4EA6F – Bell 206L-4, N416AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup
A50EC9 – G450, N425GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF34)
A50EC9 – G450, N425GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF7)
A63A40 – ERJ-145, N500DE, Champion Air (500DE) (Dale Earnhardt, Inc)
A63B45 – CL-600, N500PR, Penske Racing Inc (N500PR)
A63B6F – G-V, N500RH, Hendrick Motorsports
A63F2C – G150, N501RP, Penske Jet (N501RP)
A781A4 – G550, N583GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF22)
A781A4 – G550, N583GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF88)
A7855B – G550, N584GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF44)
A7F30C – G650, N611GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GULFTEST 77 on ATC)
A7F6C3 – G650, N612GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69 on Box, GULFTEST 66 on ATC)
A8059F – G650, N616GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF61)
A80D0D – G650, N618GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A80D0D – G650, N618GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69)
A810C7 – G650, N619GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF18)
A8657E – B373, N640CS, USMS JPATS (DOJ420 on box, JUSTICE 57 on ATC)
ABA4FE – CL-600, N85, FAA (FLC85)
AC9B8D – BK-117, N911MZ, OmniFlight (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
ADFC79 – T-1A, 91-0085, 479 FTG
ADFCF0 – T-1A, 94-0145, 14 FTW (MOON 51 on ATC)
ADFCFE – T-1A, 95-0050, 14 FTW (MOON 07 on ATC)
ADFD02 – T-1A, 95-0054, 14 FTW
ADFED4 – C-12U, 85-1266, VA ARNG (PAT1266)
ADFED6 – C-12U, 85-01268, OSACOM VA RFC
AE0168 – C-20B, 86-0203, 89 AW (SAM664)
AE016D – C-21A, 84-0075, 375 AW (PACER07)
AE0314 – C-130H, 74-1680, 103 AW (RCH461)
AE036D – UC-35A, 98-0007 (PAT007)
AE0371 – KC-135R, 59-1483, 121 ARW
AE038A – KC-135R, 62-3531, 121 ARW
AE03CC – KC-130T, 163591, VMGR-452 (CONVOY 3422 on ATC)
AE03E8 – C-130T, 165160, VR-54
AE03F4 – C-12U, 84-0145. DE ARNG (PAT 137 on ATC)
AE0484 – KC-135R, 62-3509, 916 ARW (BACKY95)
AE04A8 – KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252 (OTIS 20 on ATC)
AE04AC – UC-35B, 99-0103, B/2-228 AVN
AE04BD – KC-135R, 58-0076, 434 ARW (INDY66)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4147)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4306)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4366)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4662)
AE0600 – C-130H, 80-0321, 165 AW (DAWG 22 on ATC)
AE0601 – C-130H, 80-0322, 165 AW (DAWG88)
AE0604 – C-130H, 80-0325, 165 AW (DAWG 06)
AE0605 – C-130H, 80-0326, 165 AW (DAWG 07)
AE0658 – KC-153T, 59-1462, 92 ARW (GHOST53)
AE0663 – KC-135R, 60-0364, 434 ARW
AE0663 – KC-135R, 60-0364, 434 ARW (INDY63)
AE0668 – KC-135R, 62-3523, 22 ARW (KANZA96)
AE068D – KC-135R, 62-3517, 6 AMW (PIRAT14)
AE06C6 – UC-12B, 161326, Pax River
AE07D3 – C-17A, 90-0534, 437/315 AW (LIFTR51)
AE07D3 – C-17A, 90-0534, 437/315 AW (RCH979)
AE080B – C-17A, 99-0165, 445 AW
AE080B – C-17A, 99-0165, 445 AW (RHINO90)
AE08FD – C-12U, 84-24380, A/2-228 AVN
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89 AW (SAM630)
AE0977 – C-40A, 165834, VR-58 (CNV4122)
AE0977 – C-40A, 165834, VR-58 (CNV4722)
AE10BA – C-17A, 01-0191, 436 AW (RIDER90)
AE10BA – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL850)
AE10EC – HC-30J, 2006, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2006)
AE1167 – C-40C, 02-0202, 113 Wing (BOXER43)
AE117D – C-17A, 02-1111, 62 AW (RCH701)
AE118A – C-37A, 02-1863, US Army (R1863)
AE1191 – UC-35B, 03-0016, B/2-228 AVN (PAT533)
AE1192 – UC-35D, 166474, VMR-1
AE13EC – C-130T, 164763, Blue Angels “Fat Albert”
AE145D – C-17A, 06-6159, 60 AMW (RCH179)
AE148E – E-8C, 94-0284, 116/461 ACW (PEACH99)
AE1528 – KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252 (OTIS 16)
AE1D45 – P-3C, 161126, VP-26 (TRDNT03 on box, TRIDENT 25 on ATC)
AE1D45 – P-3C, 161126, VP-26 (TRIDENT 11 on ATC)
AE20C3 – C-17A, 07-7182, 437/315 AW (RCH183)
AE2237 – HC-144A, 2301, CGAS Mobile
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)
AE2ED5 – T-6B, 166088, VT-3 (3E 088 on ATC)
AE49C6 – C-17A, 09-9210, 62 AW (RCH215)
AE4AF9 – C-130J, 08-5864, 317 AG (RCH984)
AE4AFB – C-130J, 08-5686, 317 AG (RCH552)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY22)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY50)
AE4DDD – C-37B, 11-0550, 89 AW (SAM597)
AE4E0A – C-130J, 08-5724, 317 AG (E85724)
AE4E8E – T-6B, 166165, TAW-5
AE4E8E – T-6B, 166165, VT-3 (3E 165 on ATC)
AE4EB3 – P-8A, 168429, VP-16 (TALON17)
AE4EB4 – P-8A, 168430, VP-16 (TALON08)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-30
AE4EBE – P-8A, 168440, VP-30 (LL840)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL832)
C2B3B9 – CC-150, 15003, RCAF 8 Wing (CFC3701)

Military Monitoring Recap; November 2014

Overall, November was, for the most part, an unremarkable month. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend reduced activity for about a week, as well it should, so there wasn’t much activity at the end of the month. Throughout the month, however, I noticed that the usual 169th FW V15 air-to-air frequency usually used by VIPER flights wasn’t being heard; the VIPERs were using 140.125 instead (140.125 has previously been known as their V18). Could it be that 140.125 is a new V15? BLUE ANGEL 7 was also heard traveling across the area a number of times, no doubt working on preparations for the coming airshow season.

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
34.125 – 1-3 AVN “VIPER Ops”
34.975 – 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 77043 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 77046 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 87048 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95592 (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 95602 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26831 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26832 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08053 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/KIOWA 00085 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00965 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00992 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 10557 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 20597 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60012 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60022 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 60030 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 70328 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26304 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26767 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20580 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20581 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20588 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20591 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20592 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20612 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20613 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20679 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20683 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26799 (UH-60L, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20584 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20616 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20648 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20650 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20651 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20653 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY 03746 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03753 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03754 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03781 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20209 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SUNNY ## (MC-12W, B/224 MI Bn)
TESTHAWK ## (UH-60, RASM-East)
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 03773 (MH-47G, 160 SOAR)
ARMY 08887 (CH-47F)
GUARD 23490 (UH-60A)

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”
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)
GHOST 53 (KC-153T, 59-1462, 92 ARW)
CAP 927 (GA Civil Air Patrol)

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-122 Base
283.400 – VMFA-122 Tac 1
354.325 – VMFA-122 Tac 2
269.700 – VMFA-122 Tac 3
344.200 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base

NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
SWEDE 7# (F-35B, VMFAT-401)

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
122.800 – CTAF

Malcolm McKinnon Airport
123.050 – CTAF

Jekyll Island Airport
123.000 – CTAF

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

NAVY LL 04 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 44 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 832 (P-8A, 168757, VP-30)
NAVY LL 840 (P-8A, 168440, VP-30)
NAVY LL 850 (P-8A, 168757, VP-30)
TALON 17 (P-8A, 168429, VP-16)
TRIDENT 11 (P-3C, 161126, VP-26)
TRIDENT 25 (P-3C, 161126, VP-26)
CONVOY 4147 (C-40A, 165829, VR-58)
CONVOY 3422 (KC-130T, 163591, VMGR-452)
CONVOY 4722 (C-40A, 165834, VR-58)

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

IMPAC ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
LIFTR ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 183 (C-17A, 07-7182, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 979 (C-17A, 90-0534, 437th/315th AW)

Shaw AFB
318.100 Columbia App/Dep
320.525 – 79th FS “TIGER Ops”
138.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.700 – 79th FS air-to-air

MADCAT (F-16CM, 79th FS
TOPCAT (F-16CM, 79th FS)
UPSET (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)

Robins AFB
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete

PEACH 99 (E-8C, 94-0284, 116/461 ACW)
ROGUE ## (F-15, ALC)

Moody AFB
143.600 – 23rd FG air-to-air

EASY (A-10, 23rd FG)

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

SEALORD (USN FACSFAC Jax)
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
318.600 – SEALORD Discrete
339.700 – SEALORD Discrete

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

Miscellaneous
364.200 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
388.950 – NORAD Discrete
317.950 – AWACS Discrete
324.600 – AR-207
301.000 – possible VT-3 air-to-air
363.300 – VMA-231 Tac
300.225 – 4t FW air-to-air

ADLER 5# (F-15E, 4th FW)
ADVANCE (JTAC, 15th ASOS)
BACKY ## (KC-135, 916th ARW)
BACKY 95 (KC-135R, 62-3509, 916th ARW)
BLUE ANGEL 7 (F/A-18, Blue Angels)
CHALICE (E-3, 963rd ACCS)
JENA 622 (G-V, N977GA, FBI)
JOKER 11/12 (F/A-18C, VFA-34)
JUSTICE 57 (B373, N640CS, USMS JPATS)
LOBO 02 (C-9B, VMR-1)
MOON 07 (T-1A, 95-0050, 14 FTW)
MOON 51 (T-1A, 94-0145, 14 FTW)
NAVY 3E 088 (T-6B, 166088, VT-3)
NAVY 3E 165 (T-6B, 166165, VT-3)
NAVY 7E 072 (TH-57, HT-28)
OTIS 16 (KC-130J, 167112, VMGR-252)
OTIS 20 (KC-130J, 165810, VMGR-252)
PAT 361 (C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN)
PAT 1268 (C-12U, 85-01268, OSACOM VA RFC)
PIRAT 14 (KC-135R, 62-3517, 6th AMW)
REACH 179 (C-17A, 06-6159, 60th AMW)
REACH 552 (C-130J, 08-5686, 317th AG)
REACH 701 (C-17A, 02-1111, 62nd AW)
REACH 984 (C-130J, 08-5684, 317th AG)
RICAN 76 (C-130, 156th AW)
SAM 630 (C-40B, 01-0040, 89 AW)
SCORE 03 (UC-12B, 161326, Pax River)
SENTRY 51/DARKSTAR (E-3, 965th ACCS)
SENTRY 60/DRAGNET (E-3, 966th ACCS)
SODA 82 (KC-135, 134 ARW)
VENOM (JTAC, 165th ASOS)
WILDCAT 11 (F/A-18C, VFA-131)
WING 92 (C-12U, 84-24380, A/2-228 AVN)
N2 (Cessna 560, FAA)
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)
LIFESTAR 1 (BK-117, N911MZ, Omniflight)

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

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

Frequencies
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

Callsigns
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.

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