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.
24 Hours of Le MansJune 13th, 2015
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Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • Fort Clark Springs Festival 6 March 2015 – 9 March 2015 Mar 6-Mar 8, 0808Z-0812Z, AA5KC, Brackettville, TX. Las Mor as Amateur Radio Club. 28.400 21.300 14.200 7.200. Certificate. Las Moras A mateur Radio Club, PO Box 122, Brackettville, TX 78832. Commemorating Ol d Fort Clark. A US Army Fort built to protect the stage route from San Anto nio to El Paso, TX. The Fort…
  • W1BSA from the USS Massachusetts 7 March 2015 Mar 7, 1700Z-2100Z, W1BSA , Fall River, MA. Massasoit Amate ur Radio Association. 14.259 7.259. Certificate & QSL. Rick Emord, KB1TEE , 135 Wareham St , Middleboro, MA 02346. We are doing a presentation of a mateur radio for the public from the Ward Room on board the ship. Scouts wi ll be staying on…
  • ARRL International DX Contest - Phone 7 March 2015 – 9 March 2015
  • Pennsylvania Charter Day 8 March 2015 Mar 8, 1400Z-2300Z, WM3PEN, Philadelphia, PA. Holmesburg Am ateur Radio Club. 14.260. QSL. Holmesburg ARC, 3341 Sheffield Ave, Philad elphia, PA 19136. www.qrz.com/db/wm3pen
  • 100th Anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exibition, 1 915, San Francisco 13 March 2015 – 17 March 2015 Mar 13-Mar 16, 0000Z-2359Z, N6E, Healdsburg, CA. Will Pattu llo. 28.450 21.265 14.265 7.265 . QSL. Will Pattullo, 161 Presidential Cir , Healdsburg, CA 95448. The Panama Pacific International Exposition was a World's Fair held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. It was widely seen in the city…
  • Pi Day 14 March 2015 Mar 14, 1300Z-1900Z, N2RE, Princeton, NJ. David Sarnoff Rad io Club. 28.314 21.314 24.314. QSL. Bob Uhrik, WA2BSP, 104 Knoll Way, Ro cky HIll, NJ 08553. To receive a special event QSL card send a self-addres sed stamped business envelope along with your QSO information (call sign, state abbreviation, band, UTC time of contact).
  • WE7GV Celebrates 100 Years of QST Magazine 14 March 2015 Mar 14, 1600Z-2000Z, WE7GV, Sahuarita, AZ. Green Valley Ama teur Radio Club. 14.246 14.244 14.242. Certificate & QSL. Green Valley Amat eur Radio Club, 601 N La Canada Dr (SAV), Green Valley, AZ 85614. WE7GV Helps celebrate 100 years of QST Magazine from the Titan Missile Museum 52 year old Discage antenna. gvarc.us
  • World Wide Pi Day / Einstein's Birthday 14 March 2015 Mar 14, 0001Z-2359Z, N8P, Marquette, MI. Lake Effect Amateu r Radio Club. 28.450 14.070 7.180 7.083 (Hell). QSL. Lake Effect ARC/Pi, 3 6 Southfork St, Marquette, MI 49855. Strictly a fun/geeky event to apprec iate the irrational universe and celebrate Albert Einstein. School teachers and parents of middle school math students are especially welcome to…
  • Commemoration of the 96th Birthday of The American Legion 14 March 2015 Mar 14, 1300Z-2030Z, K9TAL, Indianapolis, IN. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club. 14.275; IRLP Node 9735; 146.46. Certificate & QSL. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, The American Legion National HQS, 700 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. www.legion.org/hamra dio
  • Commemoration of the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Co urthouse 14 March 2015 – 16 March 2015 Mar 14-Mar 15, 1300Z-1900Z, N4G, Greensboro, NC. Greensboro Amateur Radio Association. 21.324 14.324 7.234 3.900. QSL. N4G - GARA, PO Box 7054, Greensboro, NC 27417. Frequencies +/- QRM. Watch for spots on DXSUMMIT. www.n4g-gch.org

Mode-S Log; February 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:

43C12A – Hercules C5, ZH833, Royal Air Force
A1ECBD – N223GA, G-V, FBI (N223GA on box, JENA 624 on ATC)
A39666 – G450, N330GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF94)
A6A36E – MD-500N, N527FB, Chatham Co
A7F6C6 – G650, N612GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF50)
A82698 – B707, N624RH, Omega Air
A83843 – G650, N629GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58)
AD3253 – G-V, N59AE, National Express Co. Inc. (GLF22)
AE021A – KC-10, 84-0186, 305 AMW (HOIST55)
AE0265 – KC-135R, 57-1436, 134 ARW (SODA55)
AE0265 – KC-135R, 57-1436, 134 ARW (SODA66)
AE02F9 – C-130H, 84-0418, 440 AW (PACKR61)
AE0313 – C-130H, 74-1679, 120 AW (POSSE69 on box, DAWG 0# on ATC?)
AE032C – C-130H, 74-1690, 120 AW (POSSE88 on box, DAWG 0# on ATC?)
AE0443 – C-32B, 99-6143, 150 SOS
AE047A – KC-315R, 58-0073, 117 ARW (DIXIE24)
AE049C – KC-135R, 59-1517, 134 ARW (SODA55)
AE049C – KC-135R, 59-1517, 134 ARW (SODA66)
AE04B2 – KC-135R, 57-1453, 117 ARW (DIXIE71)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4262)
AE0603 – C-130H, 80-0324, 165 AW (DAWG 05)
AE0605 – C-130H, 80-0326, 165 AW (DAWG 07 on box, DAWG 99 on ATC)
AE061F – C-130H, 84-0209, 166 AW (E40209)
AE0651 – KC-135R, 58-0057, 185 ARW (BAT81)
AE068D – KC-135R, 62-3517, 6 AMW (BOLT96)
AE07B6 – KC-135R, 62-3519, 6 AMW (PIRAT34)
AE07F8 – C-17A, 97-0046, 437/315 AW (LIFTR51)
AE1225 – KC-130J, 166511, VMGR-252 (OTIS 07 on ATC)
AE1234 – C-17A, 03-3123, 437/315 AW (REACH 548 on ATC)
AE1240 – C-17A, 04-4135, 305 AMW (RCH624)
AE13D1 – C-37B, 04-1778, US Army (PAT78)
AE13E6 – C-12C, 78-23128, USASOC Flt Det
AE1CEC – P-3C, VP-30 (VVLL85)
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 (6562)
AE26A1 – MH-65C, 6575, USCG (C6575)
AE2FAB – C-17A, 08-8199, 62 AW (RCH588)
AE2FB0 – C-17A, 08-8204, 437/315 AW (RCH732)
AE4A81 – C-37B, 09-0525, 89 AW (SAM352)
AE4BDD – C-130J, 10-5700, 317 AG (REACH A612 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-0739, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY 14 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-0742, B/224 MI Bn (SUNNY22)
AE4EB6 – P-8A, 168432, VP-30 (VVLL822)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (VVLL846)

Military Monitoring Recap; February 2015

For a variety of reasons, I didn’t end up with a lot of radio time in February but it still turned out to be a good month. A lot of poor weather and catching the “bug” that was going around was more than made up for by the Sentry Savannah exercise that was being held out of Savannah IAP and Hunter AAF for two weeks. The 43rd FS, 113th Wing, and 148th FW and the 117th, 134th, and 185th ARWs participated along with a number of local area units. It’s worth mentioning that most of my monitoring for February was done from the mobile station. I didn’t find myself home very often and when I was, I spent most of it ill with the crud/bug/whatever they want to call it this go around. It’s proof positive that you don’t have to have a bunch of radios and an antenna farm to have fun with the radio hobby (it also doesn’t hurt when you have views from your monitoring spot like below)!

It doesn't hurt when your mobile monitoring spot has a view like this!

It doesn’t hurt when your mobile monitoring spot has a view like this!

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”
37.975 – 2-3 AVN “KNIGHTHAWK Ops”
46.975 – 4-3 AVN “BRAWLER Ops”
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 77043 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95591 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95592 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95593 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 95605 (AH-64D, 1-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKAHWK 26812 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26831 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08804 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/KIOWA 00019 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 00361 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/KIOWA 71328 (OH-58D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26841 (UH-60L, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20573 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20646 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20680 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY 03754 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03782 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03784 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20002 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20008 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20022 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20208 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20209 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SUNNY ## (MC-12W, B/224 MI Bn)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6530 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6550 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6562 (MH-65D, Savannah)
BAT 81 (KC-135R, 185th ARW)
DIXIE 71 (KC-135R, 117th ARW)
SODA 55 (KC-135R, 134th ARW)
SODA 66 (KC-135R, 134th ARW)

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 air-to-air
166.625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 293)
237.000 – CRTC CP; 43rd FS Ops
293.300 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
328.500 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
363.900 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
379.800 – CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
256.750 – 43rd FS air-to-air
138.625 – CRTC CP; 113th Wing, 148th FW Ops
139.150 – 113th Wing air-to-air
143.150 – 113th Wing air-to-air
143.600 – 113th Wing air-to-air
141.150 – 148th FW air-to-air
298.300 – 148th FW air-to-air
306.700 – 148th FW air-to-air
139.4125 – CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.4875 – CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.5875 – CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.7125 – CRTC; Support (NAC 293)*123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream

DAWG ## (C-130H, 165th AW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST ## (Gulfstream Test Flight)
DEMON ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
ROCKET ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
WASP ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
BEAGLE ## (T-38, 325th FW)
ANGRY ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
BULLY ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
GUNNY ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
RAVAGE ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
SCARY ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
WILD ## (F-16C, 113th Wing)
GUNDOG ## (F-16CM, 148th FW)
LAKER ## (F-16CM, 148th FW)
WOLF ## (F-16CM, 148th FW)
PISTOL ## (C-130H, MT ANG?)

Savannah Sentry 15-1
296.300 – NORAD Discrete; GCI
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; GCI
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
351.000 – Tanker Coordination
320.600 – F-22/T-38

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

OTIS 07 (KC-130J, 166511, VMGR-252)

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
50.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
361.800 – VMFA-115 Base
339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
253.100 – VMFA-122 Base
283.400 – VMFA-122 Tac 1
354.325 – VMFA-122 Tac 2
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
228.200 – VMFA-312 Base
301.950 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac
319.500 – VMFAT-501 Tac?
310.200 – VMFA(AW)_533 Base (in use by VMFT-401)
289.275 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1 (in use by LATCH)
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2 (in use by LATCH)
249.900 – VMFA-112 Tac

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
CHECK 6# (F/A-18C, VMFA-312)
SWEDE ## (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
FOX 836 (UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort)
COWBOY 2# (F/A-18, VMFA-112)
SNIPER ## (F-5, VMFT-401)
LATCH 6# (F/A-18?)

Note: LATCH using VMFA(AW)-533 Tacs, but VMFA(AW)-533 is deployed to Pacific

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
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

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
SNAKE (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 85 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 822 (P-8A, 168432, VP-30)
NAVY LL 846 (P-8A, 168757, VP-30)
TALON ## (P-8A, VP-16)

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

LIFTER ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 548 (C-17A, 03-3123, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 732 (C-17A, 08-8204, 437th/315th AW)

Shaw AFB
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

MISTY (F-16CM, 55th FS)
STRUT (F-16CM, 55th FS)

McEntire ANGB
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
309.850 – 169th FW U14

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

Moody AFB
139.700 – 23rd FG air-to-air
141.650 – 23rd FG air-to-air
238.250 – Aerial Refueling by 71st RQS

FELON (A-10C, 23rd FG)
SPEEDY (A-10C, 23rd FG)
KING 21 (HC-130, 71st RQS)

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

Miscellaneous
364.200 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
311.000 – MacDill AFB “LIGHTNING Ops”
303.000 – 916th ARW air-to-air
324.600 – AR-207

BACKY ## (KC-135R, 916th ARW)
BOLT 96 (KC-135R, 62-3517, 6 AMW)
COAST GUARD 6575 (MH-65C)
HOIST 55 (KC-10, 84-0186, 305th AMW)
JENA 624 (N223GA, G-V, FBI)
OMEGA 74 (B707, N624RH, Omega Air)
PACKER 61 (C-130H, 84-0418, 440th AW)
PAT 78 (C-37B, 04-1778, US Army)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 10-5700, 317th AG)
REACH 588 (C-17A, 08-8199, 62nd AW)
REACH 624 (C-17A, 04-4135, 305th AMW)

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

Book Review: Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage by Noah Andre Trudeau

10083850My most recent read was Noah Andre Trudeau’s Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage. Many books have been written about the battle at Gettysburg, so you’re easily forgiven if you ask – why bother reading another one? The answer is that I previously read Trudeau’s book Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea and enjoyed it tremendously. Southern Storm was compelling and detailed, including the perspectives of not only the northern invaders and southern defenders but the population they were fighting among as well. Trudeau also took the time to explore the generals’ decisions and thought processes. If Gettysburg was written like Southern Storm was, I thought that it too would be a great read.

The book is divided into sections. Trudeau begins with a section on the prelude to the battle, examining Lee’s reasoning for the invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania as well as the Army of Northern Virginia’s move northward and the Army of the Potomac’s response to it. As the armies gather around Gettysburg and the battle begins, each day becomes a section of the book. Finally, as the Army of Northern Virginia begins to fall back southward a section covers their retreat and the fallout of the battle.

Trudeau’s account of Gettysburg is very detailed. He doesn’t stop at the Corps or Division level when examining the fighting; instead he gets right down to the regiment and company level. Using individual officers’ and soldiers’accounts of the battle, the story is at times told from their perspective. When writing about an entire war or a theater of a war, this much detail is problematic, but when narrowing the focus down to a single battle, it sheds light on not just how things happened, but why things happened the way they did. Furthermore, he doesn’t focus on just specific parts of the battle, he focuses on it as a whole. Day by day, hour by hour, his account demonstrates how successes and failures on one part of the field influenced what happened on other parts of the field. He also looks at how Lee and Meade managed their armies, why decisions and orders were made, and how those orders were interpreted. He considers how the personalities of the commanders and their interpersonal relationships effected the battle. Furthermore, he includes not only the accounts of the military participants, but accounts from newspaper reporters and citizens of Gettysburg. The citizen’s perspectives are particularly useful; you not only get an understanding about how they were effected by the battle, you get a non-military look at how the battle unfolded.

One of Trudeau’s missions in writing Gettysburg was to dispel some myths about the battle. Overall, one of the myths Trudeau examines is the one that lays a great deal of fault for the Confederate loss at Stuart’s absence; instead of blaming Stuart, he shows how Stuart was delayed and why he as late as well as showing that Lee did in fact have some cavalry available to him. On the first day, he looks at whether it was Heth’s decisions that brought about the battle, coming to the conclusion that it was not Heth’s but Ewell’s actions that brought about the battle. On the third day after, he holds that Lee had nothing to apologize for; instead that he considered what had happened on the previous days and made a “well-considered plan.” You may or may not agree with his conclusions, but Trudeau does make solid arguments for all but the last. He argues that “If all the parts had worked as they were designed to do, the grand attack might very well have succeeded” yet throughout the book there are criticisms of his command style, exposures of fissures in the command structure, and evidence that Lee overestimated the damage done to the Army of the Potomac that weakens his argument that Lee didn’t have anything to apologize for.

I only have one other complaint about the book, the final section on the Army of Northern Virginia’s withdrawal and the battle’s fallout. The first four sections of the book are incredibly detailed accounts of movement and fighting but the last section lacks that same detail. It would have made the book longer than its already considerable length but I still felt somewhat shortchanged at the end.

Despite that reservation, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gettysburg, finding that it indeed was written similarly to Southern Storm. It’s easily the best book I’ve read about the battle and one that I’d easily recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the battle. It could be easy to get lost in the details of the command structure, but Trudeau’s writing style generally prevents it and there is an order of battle for both armies at the back of the book if you forget which brigade, division, or corps a unit belongs to. He also makes frequent use of maps which allow the reader to visualize the relationships of units on the field and their movements. As usual I read the Kindle version of the book and unusually, these maps were of excellent quality and placed with the relevant text. Rating this book took a lot of consideration; I really wanted to give it 5 stars but the lack of detail in that last section compared to the previous four just nagged on me. The result is a four star rating, but don’t let that deter you from reading this book; it truly is a must read on one of our nation’s most famous battles.

F/A-18D From MCAS Beaufort Crashes in South Georgia

In unpleasant military aviation news, I woke up to news that there was a military aviation crash in south Georgia yesterday afternoon. WSAV in Savannah and the Beaufort Gazette are reporting that an F/A-18D from the 2nd MAW at MCAS Beaufort crashed yesterday afternoon near Statenville, GA in Echols County.  Although details are scant, the media is reporting that there are no fatalities; both pilots ejected and were transported to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment. It appears from what I’ve seen that it crashed in a wooded area. WALB also had coverage from near the scene yesterday evening. It sounds like the wreckage wasn’t located yet at the time of WALB’s report and that a search will resume this morning.

Note: I’m pretty sure I know which squadron was involved but since I don’t know if families have been notified yet, I’m not going to state which one it was.

Update (1830 hrs, 23 Feb 2015): The aircrew’s names have been released so I’ll add the squadron the aircraft and crew was from: VMFA(AW)-224. I just didn’t feel comfortable including it this morning without knowing if the families had been notified. An article from the Havelock News states that they were conducting low altitude training in the Moody MOA when the crash occurred. The article states that they ejected after getting warning lights:

“One of them just said that a warning light went off and they didn’t have but a few seconds to make a decision,” Chandler Register said. “I guess when that warning light went off they had to make a choice, but that’s all they said.”

That Havelock News article is the best report I’ve seen on the crash and is worth a read. Today’s news reports have the aircraft coming down in a swampy area, so it may be awhile before it’s recovered. The last time I know of one of VMFA(AW)-224’s aircraft crashing was five years ago in March 2010.

Sentry Savannah 15-1 Wrap Up

Savannah – The two weeks of Sentry Savannah 15-1 have come and gone (15-1 is what all the military news releases are calling it, so that’s what I’m calling it) and it was quite fun to listen to. For most of the time I was down in Brunswick and working midnight shifts, so I was asleep instead of awake and listening during many of their sorties. That aside, I was able to catch a few of the morning sorties and was in Savannah for a couple of days.  Using a number of sources, including radio monitoring, Mode-S receiver information, and news photos/video, I was able to come up with the callsign, frequency, and tail number lists below.

A number of the frequencies, callsigns, and aircraft involved are the same as last year, but that’s no surprise with the same operating areas being used and a number of the same units participating. Participating units this year were F-22s (43rd FS) and T-38s (2nd FTS) from the 325th FW at Tyndall AFB, F-16Cs from the 113th Wing, DC ANG, F-16CMs from the 148th FW, MN ANG, KC-135s from the 117th ARW,  AL ANG, 134th ARW, TN ANG, and 185th ARW, IA ANG. Local area units involved were F-35s and F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort, F-16s from the SC ANG, and F-15s from the FL ANG. The 117th ACS, GA ANG also participated. There is also a possibility that some B-2s participated late in the exercise; I heard the callsign REAPER used but I was never able to identify the user and I was only around the radios a short time, so I wasn’t able to catch where they entered the SUAs from or departed the SUAs to.

43rd FS F-22A

43rd FS F-22A

Frequencies
119.100/257.800 Savannah IAP Tower
124.975/279.575 Hunter AAF Tower
120.400/353.775 Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 Savannah Approach/Departure
277.400/126.750 Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 Jax Center Jekyll Low
363.200/132.925 Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
138.625 CRTC CP; SENATE (113 Wing), DOGPOUND (148 FW)
237.000 CRTC CP; HORNET Ops (43rd FS), AIR DOMINANCE OPS
126.200/285.425 Hunter AAF Base Ops

293.300 CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
328.500 CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
363.900 CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
379.800 CRTC; 43rd FS air-to-air
256.750 43rd FS air-to-air

139.150 113th Wing air-to-air
143.150 113th Wing air-to-air
143.600 113th Wing air-to-air

141.150 148th FW air-to-air
298.300 148th FW air-to-air
306.700 148th FW air-to-air

351.000 Tanker Coordination

251.250 125th FW CP
234.800 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 125th FW Aux 7

141.825 169th FW V14
140.125 169th FW V15

283.400 VMFA-122 Tac 1
315.300 VMFAT-501 air-to-air

120.950/284.500 Sealord North Primary
133.950/267.500 Sealord South Primary
376.900 W-137/138 Discrete

296.300 NORAD Discrete; GCI
316.300 NORAD Discrete; GCI
265.400 NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
288.400 NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
274.400 Aerial Refueling
278.000 Aerial Refueling
320.600 F-22/T-38

228.400 Townsend Range
252.900 Townsend Range

139.4125 CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.4875 CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.5875 CRTC; Support (NAC 293)
149.7125 CRTC; Support (NAC 293)

113th Wing, DC ANG F-16C

113th Wing, DC ANG F-16C

Callsigns
DEMON (F-22, 43rd FS)
ROCKET (F-22, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22, 43rd FS)
WASP (F-22, 43rd FS)

ANGRY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
BULLY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
GUNNY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
SCARY (F-16C, 113th Wing)
WILD (F-16C, 113th Wing)
RAVAGE (F-16C, 113th Wing)

GUNDOG (F-16CM, 148th FW)
LAKER (F-16CM, 148th FW)
WOLF (F-16CM, 148th FW)

BEAGLE (T-38)
FRAG (T-38?)

FANG (F-15C, 125 FW)

VIPER (F-16CM, 169th FW)

NIKEL (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
SWEDE (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
PULSAR (F-35?, VMFAT-501?)

BAT (KC-135, 185th ARW)
DIXIE (KC-135, 117th ARW)
SODA (KC-135, 134th ARW)

DRAGON (RTO)
STEALTH (GCI, 117th ACW)

REAPER (B-2?)

148th FW, MN ANG F-16C

148th FW, MN ANG F-16C

Tail Numbers
02-4029, F-22A, 43rd FS
02-4039, F-22A, 43rd FS

62-3715, T-38A, 2nd FTS
70-1559, T-38A, 2nd FTS

86-0340, F-16C, 113th Wing
86-0369, F-16C, 113th Wing
87-0292, F-16C, 113th Wing
87-0306, F-16C, 113th Wing
87-0320, F-16C, 113th Wing
87-0328, F-16C, 113th Wing

90-0846, F-16DM, 149th FW
91-0405, F-16CM, 148th FW
91-0408, F-16CM, 148th FW
91-0409, F-16CM, 148th FW
91-0410, F-16CM, 148th FW
91-0414, F-16CM, 148th FW
91-0421, F-16CM, 148th FW
96-0081, F-16CM, 148th FW
96-0082, F-16CM, 148th FW

57-1453, KC-135R, 117th ARW
58-0073, KC-135R, 117th ARW
57-1436, KC-135R, 134th ARW
59-1517, KC-135R, 134th ARW
58-0057, KC-135R, 185th ARW

Due to my lack of radio time I’m sure that the list above is far from complete, but at least it’s a starting point if their plans to have two more exercises this year come to fruition. If you’re interested in more photos of the F-16s and F-22s that were visiting, I posted some in a post earlier this month.

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