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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Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • GB2VJ Commemorating the 70th anniversary of VJ day in Europe and US A 8 August 2015 – 5 September 2015 Essex, UK Aug 8-Sep 4, 0000Z-0000Z, GB2VJ, London, GREAT BRITAIN. Ess ex CW Club, England. 21.042 14.042 10.022 7.022. QSL. Steve G4ZUL, 1 Chur ch Rd, Laindon, Essex SS15 4EH, GREAT BRITAIN. www.essexcw.org.uk
  • Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Week-Long Special Event: Aug 26 - Sept 2 (Mississippi) 26 August 2015 – 3 September 2015 Hattiesburg, MS, USA Aug 26-Sep 2, 0000Z-2359Z, K5H + others, Multiple QTHs, MS. Thanks to the 599 DX Association & Hattiesburg (MS) ARC for help in making this event possible. Multiple bands/modes. Certificate. Larry Morgan, AG5 Z, 96 Oak Haven Road, Purvis, MS 39475. katrina5h.com
  • USS Requin and LST 325 Celabrating Submarine Vets Convention and LS T 325 Visit to Pittsburgh, PA 5 September 2015 – 13 September 2015 McDonald, PA 15057, USA Sep 5-Sep 12, 1500Z-2100Z, NY3EC, Mc Donald, PA. USS Requin SS481 Amateur Radio Club. 7.260 7.050 14.235 14.040. Certificate. Art Muel ler, 1532 Millers Run Rd, Mc Donald, PA 15057. www.qrz.com/db/ny3ec
  • CARS Net 6 September 2015 at 20:30 – 21:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • CARS Meeting 7 September 2015 at 19:00 – 20:00 White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road, Savanna h, GA 31406, United States Coastal Amateur Radio Society Monthley Meeting
  • National POW MIA Recognition Day Special Event Station 9 September 2015 – 21 September 2015 Loxahatchee, FL 33412, USA Sep 9-Sep 20, 0000Z-2359Z, K4MIA, Loxahatchee, FL. PBSE Rad io Society. 21.300 18.150 14.265 7.185. QSL. Michael Bald, 6758 Hall Blvd , Loxahatchee, FL 33470. Observances of National POW MIA Recognition Day a re held across this country on the third Friday in September each year. Thi s year it will be on September 18th.…
  • 9th Annual Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-In 10 September 2015 – 13 September 2015 Mauldin, SC, USA Sep 10-Sep 12, 1200Z-2200Z, N4T, Woodruff, SC. Triple Tree Aerodrome and it's Volunteers. 14.330 14.030 7.268 7.030. QSL. Stan Nafzige r, KF4BY, 406 Holly Ln, Mauldin, SC 29662. We are anticipating nearly 1 000 aircraft to attend this year at the Home of FUN, FELLOWSHIP & HOSPITAL ITY. www.tripletreeaerodrome.com/triple-tree-fly-in.php
  • SATERN's First International Response - Hurricane Gilbert 1988 11 September 2015 – 13 September 2015 Comstock Park, MI, USA Sep 11-Sep 12, 2359Z-2359Z, W8SAT, Comstock Park, MI. The S alvation Army / West Michigan Northern Indiana Division Emergency Disaster Services. 14.265 7.265 3.977. Certificate & QSL. WMNI SATERN, 1215 Fulton St E, WMNI DHQ, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 2nd annual special event, comme morating The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio network's origination and first…
  • SS Badger Ham Cruise 12 September 2015 – 14 September 2015 Chili, WI 54420, USA Sep 12-Sep 13, 1800Z-1600Z, W9AA, Chili, WI. Hamfesters Rad io club. 28.410 21.310 14.310 7.260. QSL. Hamfesters Radio Club, PO Box 47 4, Midlothian, IL 60445. Third annual S-1 noise level ham radio cruise ab oard the S.S. Badger. The Badger is the only coal-fired steam ship in daily operation within the borders of the…
  • USS Midway Commissioning and VJ Day Special Event 12 September 2015 USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 , United States Sep 12, 1600Z-2300Z, NI6IW, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-4 1) Museum Ship. 14.320 7.250; PSK31 14.070; D-STAR REF 1C. QSL. USS Midwa y Museum Ship Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apologies for the Lack of Amateur Radio Content

My amateur radio readers will have noticed a lack of amateur radio posts in recent months. I explained why on Twitter awhile back, but I want to offer an explanation here on the blog as well. I apologize for the lack of amateur radio content and assure you that at some point, it will return.

My job also involves radio and radio related issues have been creating a lot of stress. The result of that stress is a reduction in the urge to get on the radio; when I’m off of work, I simply haven’t wanted to get on the radio as a hobby. Sometimes the last thing I want to see is a radio. It has even cut in to the amount of time I’ve spent on scanning and listening, which is my first love in the radio hobby. Aviation and Military Aviation is different from what I deal with at work, so listening to them has kept me anything close to active in the radio hobby.

These things too shall pass and as the work situation gets better, the hobby radio situation will get better. Rest assured that I have not abandoned the amateur radio hobby – I will be back and there will be amateur radio content in the future.

Amateur Radio Calendar Updated for September 2015

I’ve updated my amateur radio calendar for the month of September; it contains special event stations of interest to me (mostly history, aviation, or military related – but really anything that catches my interest as I look through the listings) as well as major contests. I’ve found that trying to show every special event station and contest simply clogs up the calendar. That said – if you have a special event station you’d like me to add to the calendar, I’d be glad to do it, just leave the information in the comments section below.

Mode-S Log; August 2015

Mode-S hits from Military, Government, and Public Safety related aircraft as well as various other aircraft that catch my attention from attended monitoring of my RadarBox in Savannah, GA:

GULFTEST 67 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B

GULFTEST 67 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B as GLF67 (in white)

ASCOT 4018 (C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B

ASCOT 4018 (C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B as RRR4018 (in white)

0A4006 – G-IV, 7T-VPS, Algerigan Gov’t (GULFTEST 35 on ATC)
435CDD – C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn (RRR4018)
480C1A – G-IV, V-11, Royal Netherlands Air Force 334 Sqn (NAF11)
A0062B – Hawker 900XP, N100R, NASCAR/ISC
A0AAB6 – G650, N142GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF35)
A1ECBD – N223GA, G-V, FBI
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac EMS, AirEvac 95 Statesboro
A45199 – B767, N378AX, Omni Air International (OMNI 342 on ATC)
A4B1F8 – G450, N401SR, Gulfstream Leasing (GLF44)
A4EA6F – Bell 206L-4, N416AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup (N416AE)
A54B34 – G-IV, Gulfstream Test (GLF58)
A54B34 – G-IV? (GLF77)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF67)
A66206 – G550, N510GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF19)
A6A36E – MD-500N, N527FB, Chatham Co (EAGLE 03 on ATC)
A77AE7 – UC-28A, 08-0581, 1 SOW (SLAYER 31 on ATC)
A865D5 – G650, N640GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A874AE – G550, N644GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GUFLTEST 50 on ATC)
A88D66 – G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing (GLF77)
A8AEC3 – G650, N659GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF65)
A99257 – MC-12W, N716A, Dept of Homeland Security (N716A)
ABA1DF – G550, N849GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF48)
AC70A3 – Hawker 900XP, N900R, NASCAR/ISC (N900R)
AC9B8D – BK-117, N911MZ, OmniFlight (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
AD54D2 – HC-130J, 12-5769, 71 RQS (KING21)
ADFD04 – T-1A, 95-0056, 14 FTW
ADFD7D – C-26B, 91-0513, SC ARNG (PAT 409 on ATC)
ADFE10 – HC-130H, 1704, CGAS Sacramento
ADFEDA – C-12U, 86-0084, VA ARNG
AE012E – UC-35A, 97-00104, US Army
AE012E – UC-35A, 97-00104, US Army (PAT104)
AE012E – UC-35A, 97-00104, US Army (PAT104)
AE0212 – KC-10, 82-0193, 60 AMW (PRIMO 81 on ATC)
AE0226 – KC-10A, 86-0027, 305 AMW (DUCE23)
AE0233 – KC-10A, 87-0121, 305 AMW (HOIST80)
AE02C9 – C-130H, 89-9105, 910 AW (VADER 05)
AE02CF – C-130H, 91-9143, 914 AW (SHARK 67)
AE0409 – KC-130J, 165737, VMGR-252 (OTIS24)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (VVJV832)
AE04E7 – KC-135T, 60-0343, 22 ARW
AE0565 – C-5M, 85-0008, 436 AW
AE05FF – C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW (SHARK67)
AE0602 – C-130H, 80-0323, 165 AW (DAWG 50 on ATC, one of DAWG 10 flight)
AE0604 – C-130H, 80-0325, 165 AW (DAWG 06 on box, DAWG 75 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW (DAWG 08)
AE0674 – KC-135R, 63-8040, 108 Wing (LIMA16)
AE0690 – KC-135R, 62-3538, 6 AMW (BOLT06)
AE07B5 – KC-135R, 62-3505, 6 AWM (BOLT21)
AE07CF – C-17A, 89-1191, 105 AW (RCH258)
AE07DB – C-17A, 93-0601, 62 AW (RCH742)
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89 AW (SAM994)
AE0977 – C-40A, 165834, VR-58 (CNV4944)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW
AE1197 – C-17A, 03-3114, 172 AW (RULER21 on box, RULER 99 on ATC)
AE11E6 – E-3C, 78-0578, 552 ACW (SNTRY60H)
AE1239 – C-17A, 04-4129, 437/315 AW (RCH804)
AE12BB – MC-130P, 69-5828, 1 SOW (FLIP33)
AE146D – C-17A, 07-7175, 436 AW (RCHA612)
AE1481 – KC-130J, 166764, VMGR-252 (OTIS28)
AE1481 – KC-130J, 166764, VMGR-252 (OTIS33)
AE149A – E-8C, 02-9111, 116/461 ACW (PEACH32)
AE149A – E-8C, 02-9111, 116/461 ACW (PEACH88)
AE152C – C-37B, 166378, VR-1 (VV700)
AE1D7D – P-3C, 163000, VP-30 (VVLL29 on box, LL 02 on ATC)
AE1E84 – T-6B, 166038, TAW-5
AE20C3 – C-17A, 07-7182, 437/315 AW (LIFTR81)
AE20C8 – C-17A, 07-7187, 437/315 AW (MOOSE 11)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2678 – MH-65D, 6530, CGAS Savannah (C6530)
AE2688 – MH-65D, 6550, CGAS Savannah (CG6550)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, CGAS Savannah
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE29DB – C-130J, 06-3171, 317 AG (RCHA612)
AE49C2 – C-17A, 09-9206, 437/315 AW (RCH9206)
AE49C4 – C-17A, 09-9208, 437/315 AW (LIFTR31)
AE4AF8 – C-130J, 08-5683, 317 AG (HAVOC93)
AE4BDD – C-130J, 10-5700, 317 AG (AEGIS24)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 12 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 14 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 66 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY09)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY20)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY24)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY28)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 09 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 66 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY14 on box, SUNNY 20 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY14)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY20 on box, SUNNY 14 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY66 on box, SUNNY 24 on ATC)
AE4E09 – C-130J, 08-5715. 317 AG (RCHA612)
AE4EB3 – P-8A, 168429, VP-16 (TALON17)
AE4EB5 – P-8A, 168431, VP-16 (00000000 on box, TALON 68 on ATC?)
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-5 (00000000 on box, MADFOX 13 on ATC)
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-5 (MADFX29)
AE4EBB – P-8A, 168437, VP-5 (MADFX50)
AE4EC0 – P-8A, 168755, VP-30 (LL848)
AE4EC0 – P-8A, 169755, VP-30 (VVLL817)
AE4EC5 – P-8A, 168760, VP-8 (TIGER23)
AE4EC8 – P-8A, 168763, VP-30 (VVLL815)
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-30 (VVLL803)
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-30 (VVLL809)
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-30 (VVLL825)
AE509C – C-12D, 81-23541, USAARL (EVAL 13 on ATC)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 168849, VP-30 (VVLL822)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 168849, VP-30 (VVLL825)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 168849, VP-30 (VVLL859)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 168849, VP-30 (VVLL862)
AE57B6 – P-8A, 168850, VP-8 (TIGER13)
AE58B4 – MC-12S (EMARS 65 on ATC)
AE58B7 – MC-12S, EMARSS (EMARS 67 on ATC)

Military Monitoring Recap; August 2015

August was another month in which I didn’t get a lot of radio time in, but it turned out to be a productive month on the radios! Exercises Atlantic Spear, Boar’s Nest, Palmetto Fire, and Sentry Savannah brought in aircraft from outside the area and resulted in extra activity during the month. For the first time this month, I heard an RAF C1 Atlas (Airbus A400M) and tracked it on Mode-S/ADS-B. Test flights on the new Gulfstream G500 continued as well. It was a wonderful month on the radios!

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”
80.425 – 2-3 AVN air-to-air
46.750 – 4-3 AVN air-to-air
142.200 – 4-3 AVN air-to-air
38.150 – 1/169 AVN 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 77048 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95592 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95593 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95599 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95605 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27055 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20573 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20586 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20587 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20647 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20171 (UH-60M, 3 AVN?)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20658 (UH-60M, 3 AVN?)
ARMY 03782 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03784 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03786 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20012 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20015 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20019 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20022 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20209 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20482 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SUNNY 09 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 12 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 14 (MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 20 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 20 (MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 24 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 24 (MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 28 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 66 (MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn)
SUNNY 66 (MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08078 (CH-47F, B/2-3 or 1/169 AVN?)
GUARD 08080 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
ARMY 08411 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
ARMY 08416 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN?)
GUARD 08761 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN?)
GUARD 08767 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN?)
GUARD 08768 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
ARMY 08787 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
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)
EMARS 65 (MC-12S, EMARSS)
GUARD 20299 (CH-47D)
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”
237.000 – CRTC, “SPEAR Ops”
259.900 – 104th FW air-to-air
349.400 – 104th FW air-to-air
306.700 – 104th FW air-to-air
298.300 – 144th FW air-to-air
306.700 – 144th FW air-to-air
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream Aerospace
128.925 – Gulfstream Service Center

DAWG 01 (C-130H, 165 AW)
DAWG 04 (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 06 (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 08 (C-130H, 80-0332, 165th AW)
DAWG 10 flight (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 75 (C-130H, 80-0325, 165 AW)
STEALTH (117th ACS)
SHARK 67 (C-130H, 80-0320, 165 AW)
HAWK 4# (F-15C, 104th FW)
KILLER 0# (F-15C, 104th FW)
LETHAL 0# (F-15C, 104th FW)
CUERVO 0# (F-15C, 144th FW)
DOGS 0# (F-15C, 144th FW)
HYPER 0# (F-15C, 144th FW)
RAZOR 0# (F-15C, 144th FW)
SAVAGE 0# (F-15C, 144th FW?)
PRIMO 81 (KC-10, 82-0193, 60th AMW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 19 (G550, N510GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 25 (G650, N640GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 35 (G-IV, 7T-VPS, Algerigan Gov’t)
GULFTEST 35 (G650, N142GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 44 (G450, N401SR, Gulfstream Leasing)
GULFTEST 48 (G550, N849GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 50 (G550, N644GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 58 (G-IV, Gulfstream Test)
GULFTEST 65 (G650, N659GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 67 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 77 (G-IV?, Gulfstream Test)
GULFTEST 77 (G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing)
GULFTEST 94 (Gulfstream Test)
CAP 927 (Georgia Civil Air Patrol)
COAST GUARD Auxiliary 041C
NETHERLANDS AIR FORCE 11 (G-IV, V-11, RNAF 334 Sqn)

GULFTEST 67 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B

GULFTEST 67 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B as GLF67 (in white)

Exercise ATLANTIC SPEAR
269.025/127.575 – Jax Center Waycross Low
269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
290.350/132.425 Jax Center Hunter Ultra High
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
346.300/133.300 – Jax Center Moultrie Ultra High
120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
288.400 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete
276.075 – JSTARS Discrete
228.400 – Townsend Range Control
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Exercise frequency
303.100 – Exercise frequency
226.225 – Air-to-Air; PRIMO/CUERVO

Fort Stewart/Wright AAF
127.350 – Marne Radio
279.625 – Marne Radio
126.250 – Wright AAF Tower
269.275 – Wright AAF Tower
51.050 – Helicopter Advisory
271.100 – Fort Stewart Range Control
349.300 – Fort Stewart Range Control?

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
253.100 – VMFA-122 Base
283.400 – VMFA-122 Tac 1
305.800 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
258.800 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
289.275 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
319.500 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
SWEDE ## (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
FOX 840 (UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort)
COWBOY ## (F/A-18, VMFA-112)
CAP 3920 (South Carolina Civil Air Patrol)

Hilton Head Airport
118.975 – Tower

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
122.800 – CTAF

Malcolm McKinnon Airport
123.050 – CTAF

Jekyll Island Airport
123.000 – CTAF

Jacksonville IAP
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)

NAS Jacksonville/Mayport NS/Cecil Field
303.000 – HSM-48 air-to-air
249.900 – HSM-72 air-to-air
246.800 – miscellaneous USN

AIRWOLF 05 (MH-60R, HSM-40)
VENOM 0# (MH-60R, HSM-48)
SPARTAN ## (MH-60R, HSM-70)
BIG CHIEF 7## (MH-60R, HSM-72)
NAVY JV 832 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)
NAVY LL 02 (P-3C, 163000, VP-30)
NAVY LL 29 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 803 (P-8A, 168764, VP-30)
NAVY LL 809 (P-8A, 168764, VP-30)
NAVY LL 815 (P-8A, 168763, VP-30)
NAVY LL 817 (P-8A, 169755, VP-30)
NAVY LL 825 (P-8A, 168849, VP-30)
NAVY LL 848 (P-8A, 168755, VP-30)
NAVY LL 859 (P-8A, 168849, VP-30)
NAVY LL 862 (P-8A, 168849, VP-30)
NAVY LL 881 (P-8A, VP-30)
MADFOX 06 (P-8A, VP-5)
MADFOX 11 (P-8A, VP-5)
MADFOX 13 (P-8A, 168436, VP-5)
MADFOX 29 (P-8A, 168436, VP-5)
MADFOX 50 (P-8A, 168437, VP-5)
TIGER 13 (P-8A, 168850, VP-8)
TIGER 23 (P-8A, 168760, VP-8)
TALON 17 (P-8A, 168429, VP-16)
TALON 68 (P-8A, 168431, VP-16)
CONVOY 4944 (C-40A, 165834, VR-58)
N716A (MC-12W, N716A, Dept of Homeland Security)

Charleston AFB
119.300 – Charleston App/Dep
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep
135.800 – Charleston App/Dep
134.100 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
349.400 – Charleston AFB “PALMETTO Ops”
118.150 – North Field CCT
235.775 – North Field CCT

GRITS 03 (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
IMPAC ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
LIFTER 81 (C-17A, 07-7182, 437th/315th AW)
MOOSE 1# (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
BOEING 23 (C-17A, Depot flight)
BOEING 411 (787, Boeing Test Charleston)

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
342.500 – Shaw AFB PMSV
311.200 – 55th FS “SHOOTER Ops”
141.775 – 55th FS air-to-air
142.400 – 55th FS air-to-air
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
141.950 – 77th FS air-to-air
320.525 – 79th FS “TIGER Ops”
138.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.625 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.700 – 79th FS air-to-air

HICK (F-16CM, 55th FS)
STRUT (F-16CM, 55th FS)
BOOKIE (F-16CM, 77th FS)
MEAT (F-16CM, 77th FS)
MUSTANG (F-16CM, 77th FS)
CLAW (F-16CM, 79th FS)
JAKE (F-16CM, 79th FS)
KING (F-16CM, 79th FS)
POUNCE (F-16CM, 79th FS)

McEntire ANGB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
298.300 – 169th FW “SWAMP FOX Ops”
141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15
143.250 – 169th FW V16
225.700 – 169th FW air-to-air

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

Moody AFB
143.150 – 23rd FG air-to-air

BENDER (A-10, 23rd FG)
KING 21 (HC-130J, 12-5769, 71 RQS)

Robins AFB
PEACH 32 (E-8C, 02-9111, 330th CTS)
PEACH 88 (E-8C, 02-9111, 128 ACCS)
VULTURE (E-8C backend, 128th ACCS)

293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
276.075 – JSTARS Discrete
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete
395.150 – JSTARS Discrete

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
313.700 – North Secondary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete

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

Miscellaneous
157.075 – Marine VHF Ch. 81 (used by USN MDSU-2)
364.200 – NORAD AICC
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

AMBUSH 11 (F/A-18, VFC-12)
ASCOT 4018 (C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn)
BACKY ## (KC-135, 916 ARW)
BANDSAW (E-3, 964th ACCS)
BEAR (E-2C, VAW-124)
BOLT 06 (KC-135, 6 AMW)
BONES (F-22A, 95th FS)
CHALICE (E-3, 963rd ACCS)
COAST GUARD 1704 (HC-130H, 1704, CGAS Sacramento)
DOOM 3# (B-52H, 2nd BW)
ELVIS 37 (C-17A, 164th AW)
EVAL 13 (C-12D, 81-23541, USAARL)
FLIP 33 (MC-130P, 69-5828, 1 SOW)
MASH 8# (KC-135, 434 ARW)
NAVY 700 (C-37B, 166378, VR-1)
NAVY SD 201 (T-45C, VX-23)
OTIS 27 (KC-130J, VMGR-252)
OTIS 33 (KC-130J, 166764, VMGR-252)
PAT 104 (UC-35A, 97-00104, US Army)
PAT 409 (C-26B, 91-0513, SC ARNG)
PEGASUS (unknown, probable command/control type a/c)
PHOENIX ## (CH-53E, HMHT-302)
REACH 258 (C-17A, 89-1191, 105th AW)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 06-3171, 317 AG)
REACH A612 (C-17A, 07-7175, 436 AW)
RULER 99 (C-17A, 03-3114, 172 AW)
SABER 85 flight (unknown helos)
SENTRY 60/DRAGNET (E-3C, 78-0578, 966th ACCS)
SENTRY 61/DRAGNET (E-3, 966th ACCS)
SHARK 67 (C-130H, 91-9143, 914th AW)
SLAYER 31 (UC-28A, 08-0581, 1 SOW)
STINGRAY (JTAC)
TOPCAT 0# (KC-135, 108 ARW)
VADER 05 (C-130H, 89-9105, 910th AW)
VENOM (JTAC, 165th ASOS)
LIFESTAR 1 (BK-117, N911MZ, LifeStar 1)
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)
N416AE (Bell 206 L-4, AirEvac 96 Jesup)

ASCOT 4018 (C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B

ASCOT 4018 (C1, ZM403, RAF 70 Sqn) tracking on Mode-S/ADS-B as RRR4018 (in white)

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
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
135.050 – Jax Center Meta Low/High

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
322.325/128.100 – Atlanta Center Augusta Low

255.400/123.650 – FSS

USCG
156.8000 – Marine VHF Ch. 16
157.0500 – Marine VHF Ch. 21; Sector Charleston/Station Tybee
157.1000 – Marine VHF Ch. 22
162.3250 – USCG Net 111 (NAC 293); Sector Jacksonville
163.1375 – USCG Net 113 (NAC 293); Station Tybee
164.9000 – USCG Net 118 (NAC 293); Station Brunswick
412.9750 – USCG Net 409 (NAC 293); Sector Jacksonville
413.0000 – USCG Net 410 (NAC 293); Sector Charleston

Sentry Savannah 2015 Takes Off Once More

This is another DVIDS article that popped up in my news feed this week. It appears that intermediately in the wake of Atlantic Spear/Boar’s Nest, we have another round of Savannah Sentry running from 21 August to 14 September. I’m not sure how many opportunities I’ll have to listen in, but it seems that most of the units involved will be the local bunch from Beaufort, Jacksonville, and Shaw (and likely McEntire) using the local SUAs and ranges. Most likely the usual frequencies will be used along with frequencies used during Sentry Savannah 15-1 and 15-2.


 

Story by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Marines, airmen and national guardsmen are participating in Exercise Sentry Savannah 2015 hosted by the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center, Ga. Aug. 21 to Sept. 14.

Several squadrons from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, including Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, flew training exercises for Sentry Savannah, Aug 21.

“Sentry Savannah is a large force exercise conducted out of Savannah,” said Maj. Paul Pfeifer, the executive officer for VMFA-115. “It brings in all the assets that are in local areas. The Florida Air National Guard flies their F-15Cs during the exercise. F-35Bs and F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort fly as well as F-16s from Shaw and Mcguire Air Force Bases.”

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, also known as the Silver Eagles, are participating alongside their fellow Marines in the annual event to give pilots valuable experience flying alongside a large number of aircraft and simulating large scale joint missions.

“I flew a red air mission simulating enemy aircraft in a large force exercise,” said Pfeifer. “It was a joint exercise with Air Force and Marine Corps assets.”

A total force of 1,400 air warfighters are training off the coast of Savannah and performing bombing runs at the Townsend Bombing Range throughout the exercise. Each available squadron aboard Fightertown will send a detachment of jets in the coming weeks.

“Most of the squadrons aboard MCAS Beaufort right now, such as VMFA-115, VMFA(AW)-224 and VMFA(AW)-533, all participate in the exercise flying various roles,” said Pfeifer.

Marines may be required to coordinate with the Air Force, Army, and Air National Guard in a time of war. This exercise puts a huge emphasis on teamwork regardless of the branch of service.

“The exercise is preparing us for a battlefield environment where we would have to work with the other services to accomplish a mission,” said Pfeifer. “It’s an exercise that helps us work on interoperability among our fellow branches.”

Working with other branches gives Marines the opportunity to improve their skills as pilots by learning techniques and maneuvers from their fellow servicemen. Every branch has a unique way of conducting missions that Marines can learn from.

“We were the only Marines there and we rarely get to integrate with other branches,” said Capt. Nathaniel Griggs, a pilot with Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron. “They all wanted to know how we do things and we wanted to know how they do things.”

This is the second year the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center has hosted the exercise and they plan to continue facilitating Sentry Savannah in the future. Squadrons aboard MCAS Beaufort train constantly to prepare themselves to be effective in a deployed environment.

JSTARS Hosts Large Joint-Force Exercise: Integrates With Navy’s P-8A for Simulated War at Sea

I came across this article from DVIDS in my news feed this week. It gives some insight into the exercise was going on here the last few weeks. In addition to being “Atlantic Spear” (the name heard for it in radio traffic), it was also “Boar’s Nest.” It gives some good insight into what was going on, particularly for the JTARS/P-8 traffic that was heard.


 

Story by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.—The Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing hosted the eighth annual Boars Nest Large Force Exercise bringing together more than 20 joint-force units and 55 different aircraft for aircrew training in a realistic threat environment, Aug. 18-20.

Boars Nest provided the unique opportunity for aircrews from the 116th ACW; flying the E-8C Joint STARS manned, battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform, to integrate with the Navy’s newest marine patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon from Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN out of Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.

One of the chief planners for the exercise, Capt. Clayton Gibbs, an air battle manager with the 116th Air Control Wing, served as a liaison officer at the exercise air operation center based at The Air Dominance Center inSavannah, Georgia.

“This exercise showed that the JSTARS manned platform and the P-8 provided an amazing capability to detect, locate and classify maritime targets when the two aircraft are linked in together working cooperatively,” said Gibbs.

Broadening the integration between the ANG and naval air assets, two JSTARS liaison officers flew missions aboard the P-8, a first for the 116th ACW.

“I learned a lot of very useful information and was able to share a lot of information while flying with the P-8 Poseidon crew,” said Lt. Col. Victor Ellis, liaison officer for the exercise from the 116th ACW.

“During the Boars Nest simulated war at sea, we used the complementary strengths of JSTARS and the P-8 to positively identify maritime vessels over a large area of responsibility and determine whether they were friendly, enemy, or neutral. Our timeline to successfully interdict enemy maritime targets was significantly shortened using our collective capability,” said Ellis.

Adding another joint aspect to the maritime portion of the exercise, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG-31), flying F/A-18 Hornets out of Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina acted as mission commander for all JSTARS controlled maritime strike packages.

“We don’t normally train with the F-18’s so this was another highlight for us,” said Gibbs.

In all, this year’s Boars Nest allowed the 116th ACW to bring together joint assets including fifth-generation F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighters for a large force exercise in keeping with one of the wing’s long-term goals according to Gibbs.

“Our long-term goal is to tap into on-going exercises and resources available at The Air Dominance Center and take it to the next level with JSTARS integration,” said Gibbs.

“Traditionally when a unit comes to The Air Dominance Center it’s for more of an air-to-air type of environment. With exercises like Boars Nest, we bring the air-to-ground perspective and are able to do it more economically by tagging onto an existing exercise.”

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