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Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • 3 Generations of Mars Rovers 19 January 2017 – 22 January 2017 Seattle, WA, USA Jan 19-Jan 23, 0000Z-2359Z, N7R, Seattle, WA. KB7QPS (L Greg Magone). 146.52 14.275 14.250. Certificate & QSL. L Greg Magone, 27492 254th PL SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038. This is the January special event station part of the 2017 KB7QPS Air, Space, and Technology Operating Event. airspacetechnology.webs.com
  • North American QSO Party 21 January 2017 – 22 January 2017 160 - 10 Meters
  • ARRL January VHF Contest 21 January 2017 – 22 January 2017
  • CARS Net 22 January 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • Discovery of Gold in California 169th Anniversary 28 January 2017 – 29 January 2017 Coloma, CA, USA Jan 28-Jan 30, 1700Z-0100Z, AG6AU, Coloma, CA. El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club. 28.348 21.348 14.248 7.248. QSL. El Dorado ARC, PO Box 451, Placerville, CA 95667. www.edcarc.net
  • Zane Grey's 145th Birthday 28 January 2017 – 29 January 2017 Payson, AZ 85541, USA Jan 28-Jan 31, 0000Z-2359Z, K7Z, Payson, AZ. Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc.. 21.250 14.250 7.250. QSL. Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc., P.O. Box 765, Payson, AZ 85547. https://www.qrz.com/db/k7z
  • Winter Field Day 28 January 2017 – 29 January 2017
  • 2nd Annual Cabin Fever Special Event 28 January 2017 Loudonville, OH 44842, USA Jan 28, 1700Z-2300Z, K8PRC, Loudonville, OH. Pedestrian Amateur Radio Club. 14.250 14.050 7.250 7.050. QSL. K8PRC, 1661 Manor Ave NW, Canton, OH 44708. www.qrz.com/db/k8prc
  • Montana QSO Party 28 January 2017 Montana, USA
  • CARS Net 29 January 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater

Another Option for a BCD436HP Radio Holster

I’ve been looking for a radio holster for my Uniden BCD436HP handheld scanner ever since I bought it. I’ve tried several generic radio holsters by various manufacturers but I haven’t been happy with them. Some of the BCD436HP specific ones I’ve seen online just don’t look like they’re worth the price being asked for them so I didn’t bother ordering them. Recently, however, I came across a new option:  AR-15 magazine pouches.

AR-15 Magazine Pouch as BCD436HP radio holster

AR-15 Magazine Pouch as BCD436HP radio holster

As it turns out, the width and depth of a BCD436HP is very similar to that of an AR-15 magazine so the radio fits in many AR Magazine pouches. Almost every area has a gun shop or uniform store that carries these magazine pouches and they’re usually not as expensive as a dedicated radio holster. The one that I’m using is a 5.11 AR Magazine  holder (around $24.95 in stores, $19.99 online) that uses MOLLE attachments. The MOLLE straps easily work as a belt loop and the way the 5.11’s work, it holds the radio higher on the hip which makes wearing the radio easier when sitting down. If you use a MOLLE pack or gear bag, you also have the added benefit of being able to attach your radio to your bag if need be.

Marine Division Tactics Course Ongoing at MCAS Beaufort

marines_mawts-1-bw_m2810Savannah – It sounds like there is a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) ongoing at MCAS Beaufort. Once the fog burned off this afternoon, I heard a SNIPER flight of F-5Ns from VMFT-401 working with a SALEM flight of MAG-31 F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort, SC. In the past, F/A-18s from Beaufort flying as LATCH or SALEM flights have been associated with aircrews involved with in an MDTC. A prerequisite for personnel attending the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course at MCAS Yuma, the MDTC provides training in aerial combat for both fighter pilots and intercept controllers. The training is conducted by instructors from MAWTS-1 (Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 and personnel and aircraft from VMFT-401.

The aerial training takes place in the offshore Special Use Areas off of the South Carolina and Georgia coasts controlled by SEALORD. So far, VMFT-401 has been using their squadron frequencies with the MAG-31 flights apparently using their respective squadron frequencies. MAG-31 flights are apparently also checking in with their Squadron Base on normal Base frequencies and with what sounds like KAISER Base (KAISER is a callsign associated with MAG-31) on 274.500 (normally a VMFA-115 frequency). MCAS Beaufort squadron frequencies can be found on the MilAir page of this blog; other frequencies to monitor for the MDTC are below:

  • 274.500 – KAISER(?) Base
  • 264.925 – VMFT-401 Tac
  • 268.300 – VMFT-401 Tac
  • 284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
  • 349.800 – W-137 Discrete
  • 376.900 – W-137 Discrete

Based on what I’ve been able to find, the MDTC consists of one week of classroom training followed by three weeks of intercept training. I didn’t hear any MDTC flight activity last week, so I’m guessing this is the first of the three weeks of flight training. If I get the chance to hear more, I’ll post an update.

Road Trip Report – Savannah to Columbus; 10/11 January 2017

Savannah – I took a two-day trip from Savannah to Columbus on 10/11 January to visit the National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus as well as the Little White House in Warm Springs. Along the way, I listened to amateur radio, public safety communications, and military communications using my mobile station composed of a Yaesu FT-857D and Uniden Home Patrol 2 along with a Uniden BCD436HP handheld. This trip offered me the opportunity to monitor communications at Fort Benning since it was the first time I’ve been to Columbus since I picked up the MilCom hobby. It was also the first time I’ve had the opportunity to monitor the public safety DMR communications in Laurens County since I added the DMR upgrade to my BCD436HP. I still don’t have a good grasp on DMR and this was my first time listening to it at all so I’m still getting used to slots and colors. Anyway, what I heard is listed below.

 

Amateur Radio
147.390 (CSQ) – KF4DG (Statesboro)
147.330 (PL 77.0) – KD4IEZ, Dublin
147.360 (CSQ) – WA4HZX Dublin
145.110 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Cochran (Peach State Intertie)
146.670 (PL 82.5) – WR4MG, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
147.300 (PL 107.2) – WR4MG, Warner Robins
443.150 (PL 82.5) – WM4B, Warner Robins
146.850 (CSQ) – WA4ORT, Warner Robins (Peach State Intertie)
146.640 (PL 97.4) – W4VIR, Montezuma (Peach State Intertie)
146.880 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Columbus
146.745 (PL 123.0) – W4CVY, Box Springs
441.975 (CSQ) – WB4ULK, Columbus (NOAA WX Alerts)

Jax Center
124.675 – Jekyll Low
126.125 – Statesboro High
126.750 – Brunswick Low
127.575 – Waycross Low
132.425 – Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Millen/Savannah Low
133.300 – Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
282.200 – Jekyll Low
363.200 – Millen/Savannah Low

Atlanta Center
120.450 – Tiroe Low
120.550 – Montgomery Low
123.950 – Macon Low
125.575 – LaGrange High
125.825 – Hampton Ultra High
125.875 – Martin Lake Ultra High
128.025 – Montgomery High
128.100 – Augusta Low
134.500 – Macon Low
134.950 – West Departure Low
298.850 – Tiroe Low
322.325 – Augusta Low
353.950 – LaGrange High

Columbus Airport
120.100 – Tower
257.800 – Tower

Ft. Benning
125.500 – Atlanta App/Dep
126.550 – Atlanta App/Dep
323.100 – Atlanta App/Dep
119.050 – Lawson AAF Tower
134.100 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
245.700 – Lawson AAF Base Ops
126.200 – Doughboy Advisory
121.050 – Lawson AAF GCA
307.325 – Lawson AAF GCA

Ft. Benning P25 TRS (most TG IDs from RadioReference)
TG 3041 – unknown
TG 3101 – unknown
TG 3132 – unknown
TG 3137 – unknown
TG 3242 – unknown
TG 3253 – Rock Steady
TG 3255 – Bayonet Battalion
TG 3256 – unknown
TG 3257 – Rock Force
TG 3274 – unknown
TG 3330 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3331 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3332 – Armor/APC training?
TG 3389 – unknown
TG 3450 – Fire Department
TG 3453 – Lawson AAF
TG 3458 – unknown
TG 3516 – KINGPIN Transportation
TG 3517 – unknown; seems to be related to TG 3516
TG 3530 – unknown
TG 3537 – unknown
TG 3566 – Range Control?
TG 3567 – Range Control?
TG 3568 – Range Control
TG 3569 – Range Control
TG 3636 – Ammunition
TG 3658 – unknown
TG 3662 – unknown
TG 3668 – unknown
TG 3701 – E-911
TG 3702 – Range Control Life Net
TG 3703 – Range Control
TG 3704 – unknown
TG 15159 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15160 – Fire Department Dispatch
TG 15162 – Fire Department Dispatch

Robins AFB
119.600 – Atlanta Tracon
124.200 – Atlanta Tracon
279.600 – Atlanta Tracon

Robins AFB TRS
TG 56012 – unknown
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown

Bulloch TRS
TG 2416 – Bulloch County FD South Dispatch
TG 2740 – Bulloch County FD Firegound 1

Crawford County
154.1750 (PL 88.5) – Crawford County FD Dispatch

Houston-Peach TRS
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 17 – Houston County FD Fireground 1
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Laurens County
155.3550 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.0700 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch
154.4000 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County FD Tac?
154.8225 (S1, Color 1) – Laurens County EMS
154.1150 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
154.1900 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)
155.0850 (S1, Color 1) – unknown (Laurens County)

Notes:
-Traffic on 154.4000 was tactical traffic ref fire dispatched on 155.355
-Unit on 154.8225 picking up patient at Farview Park Hosp for transport to Macon

Monroe County
154.2200 (PL 88.5) – Monroe County Emergency Services Dispatch

Muscogee County P25 TRS
TG 071 – Columbus Fire & EMS FD Dispatch
TG 073 – Columbus Fire & EMS Tac 1
TG 093 – Columbus Fire & EMS EMS Dispatch
TG 117 – Columbus Public Works
TG 121 – Columbus Public Works
TG 125 – Columbus Public Works
TG 143 – Columbus Public Works
TG 147 – Columbus Public Works

Taylor County
154.265 (PL 156.7) – Taylor County FD Dispatch

Troup County
460.6000 (PL 100.0) – West Point FD Dispatch

Troup County P25 TRS
TG 1040 – LaGrange FD Dispatch
TG 1048 – LaGrange FD Fire Inspectors
TG 1060 – Troup County FD Dispatch

AirEvac
159.6525 (DCS 065) – AirEvac 77, LaGrance
151.7300 (DCS 115) – AirEvac 91, Vidalia
151.9100 (DCS 072) – AirEvac 95, Statesboro
151.8500 (DCS 047) – AirEvac 102, Dublin

Georgia Forestry Commission
159.2250 (PL 179.9) – District 7 Repeater
159.2250 (PL 100.0) – District 10 Repeater
159.2400 (PL 167.9) – District 11 Repeater

Alabama First Responders Network
TG 11717 – Phenix City FD Dispatch (enc)
TG 11722 – Public Works
TG 11724 – Public Works
TG 11726 – Public Works
TG 11728 – Public Works
TG 11816 – unknown (enc)
TG 11828 – unknown

Barbour County, AL
159.4350 (PL 107.2) – Barbour County Fire 1

Lee County, AL
151.1150 (PL 167.9) – Lee County Common
154.0250 (PL 167.9) – Lee County EMS 1
155.1450 (PL 123.0) – Lee County FD East Dispatch
154.4000 (DCS 134) – Auburn FD Dispatch

Russell County, AL
154.1900 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch North
154.3250 (PL 123.0) – Russell County FD Dispatch West

I stayed overnight in Columbus, which gave me an opportunity to do some Ft. Benning listening. I didn’t hear as much as I would have liked to, but I did hear some helicopter traffic: RAVEN flights of H-60s, SABER flights (unknown helicopters), and ARMY 08757 (CH-47F). I also heard CONGO flights of T-1s from NAS Pensacola working the pattern at Lawson AAF. I stayed in the area of I-185 and Macon Rd, so I was close enough to the airport in Columbus to hear the ground side Lawson AAF and Doughboy Control transmitters and Approach/Departure and Atlanta Center transmitters at Columbus Airport.

There is A LOT of activity on the Ft. Benning P25 TRS, much of it unidentified. A good bit of it is related to training and I think it would take better knowledge of their training operations than what I possess to even begin to try to figure out what is what on it. Their public safety may be undergoing some changes because I never heard anything that sounded like MP communications and I heard three talkgroups in use for Fire Department dispatch that aren’t listed on RadioReference.

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; December 2016

Normally I wouldn’t post a recap with just the data from a few days of monitoring , but since it was December and the end of the year I didn’t want to combine it with January and a new year. December threw a number of curve balls at me; there was the normal busy time at work which cut down the amount of radio time, the dual holidays of Christmas and New Years which reduced the amount of activity to listen to, and added to that was a computer failure which damaged my monitoring logs. About halfway through the month, my desktop computer failed; at the time it had the thumb drive on which I keep my monitor logs in it and it contained the backup to the thumb drive. When the computer failed, it somehow managed to wipe the contents of the thumb drive, eliminating twelve years of monitoring logs! Fortunately I was eventually able to recover everything but the files that contained October, November, and the first couple of weeks of December 2016. The failure also knocked my Mode-S receiver off of the air for awhile, but a new desktop has it back up and running (as a result, this month’s Mode-S post is also quite slim).

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 – Test Area/Marne Advisory
37.975 – 2-3 AVN “KNIGHTHAWK Ops”
80.425 – 2-3 AVN air-to-air
345.000 – USCG AirSta Savannah Ops
150.300 – CG 113, USCG AirSta Savannah Ops (P25)

ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26812 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26831 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27055 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/CHINOOK 08444 (CH-47F, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20681 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 35395 (AH-64D, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20649 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20651 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 03784 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20008 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20015 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SHADY 06 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 11 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 12 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 18 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 18 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 77 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 80 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 93 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn)
TESTHAWK 22 (H-60, RASM-East)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6544 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6550 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, Savannah)

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
123.025 – Savannah Helicopter Advisory
225.750 – 165th AW CP “ANIMAL CONTROL”
173.5625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 302)
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream Aerospace

DAWG 48 (C-130H, 89-1181, 165 AW)
DAWG 81 (C-130H, 89-1181, 165 AW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 11 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 14 (G650, N626GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 17 (G550, N554GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 30 (G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 41 (G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 58 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 65 (G650, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 83 (G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing)
GULFTEST 92 (G650, N288WR, WFBN)

Fort Stewart/Wright AAF
127.350 – Marne Radio
279.625 – Marne Radio
126.250 – Wright AAF Tower
269.275 – Wright AAF Tower

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
305.800 – 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
228.200 – VMFA-312 Base
301.950 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
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

NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
CHECK 6# (F/A-18C, VMFA-312)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
SWEDE ## (F-35B, VMFAT-501)

Hilton Head Airport
118.975 – Tower

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
123.000 – CTAF

Malcolm McKinnon Airport/Jekyll Island Airport
123.050 – CTAF

NAS Jacksonville/Mayport NS/Cecil Field
118.000 – Approach/Departure
121.300 – Approach/Departure
123.800 – Approach/Departure
124.900 – Approach/Departure
127.000 – Approach/Departure
322.400 – Approach/Departure
335.600 – Approach/Departure
351.800 – Approach/Departure
377.050 – Approach/Departure
271.400 – VP-5 Base
264.200 – VP-8 Base

CONVOY 4743 (C-40A, 165829, VR-58)
MADFOX 34 (P-8A, 168438, VP-5)
TIGER 34 (P-8A, 168760, VP-8)
TIGER 42 (P-8A, 168760, VP-8)
TRIDENT 11 (P-8A, 168430, VP-26)
TRIDENT 14 (P-8A, 168430, VP-26)

Charleston AFB
120.700 – Charleston App/Dep
135.800 – Charleston App/Dep
306.925 – Charleston App/Dep
379.925 – 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

EAGLE 68 (C-17A, 10-0223, 437th/315th AW)
LIFTER 31 (C-17A, 07-7184, 437/315 AW)
MOOSE ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 9207 (C-17A, 09-9207, 437/315 AW)

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
311.200 – 55th FS “SHOOTER Ops”
141.675 – 55th FS air-to-air
141.900 – 55th FS air-to-air
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”

FLEX ## (F-16CM, 55th FS)
FLUSH ## (F-16CM, 55th FS)
WEASEL ## (F-16CM, 55th FS)
GAMBLER ## (F-16CM, 77th 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

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

Robins AFB
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete
395.150 – JSTARS Discrete

KOMODO 06 (E-8C, 01-2005, 116/461 ACW)

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
385.300 – W-137 Discrete

Miscellaneous
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
324.600 – AR-207

7T-VPS (G-IV, Algerigan Gov’t)
ARMY 1944 (C-37A, 97-1944, OSACOM PATD)
BOLT 24 (KC-135R, 62-3519, 6th AMW)
BOLT 33 (KC-135R, 63-8033, 6th AMW)
CAP 3935 (Cessna 182, SC CAP)
COAST GUARD 102 (102, C-37A, SCGAS Washington DC)
COAST GUARD 6033 (MH-60T, 6033, CGAS Cape Cod)
CONVOY 4501 (C-40A, 169036, VR-59)
EMPIRE 1# (F/A-18, VFA-106)
FLASH 30 (C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW)
KBAR 558 (UC-12M, 163839, USMC)
PIRAT 01 (KC-135R, 61-0315, 6th AMW)
PRIDE 1# (F/A-18C, VFA-15)
REACH 544 (KC-135R, 62-3505, 6th AWM)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 07-6312, 19th AW)
SPAR 30 (C-37A, 01-0030, 6th AMW)
TUN 16 (C-130J, Z21122, 21 Sqn, Tunisian Air Force)
LIFESTAR 1 (BK-117, N911MZ, Air Methods)
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N282AE (Bell 206-L3, N282AE, AirEvac EMS)
N409AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 90 Waycross)

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
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

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Logs; December 2016

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 and RadarBox Micro in Brunswick, GA.

Note:  A computer failure knocked my Mode-S receiver in Savannah offline for part of the month, so December’s log is shorter than normal.

 
00014A – UC-12M, 163839, USMC (KBAR 558 on ATC)
02B26A – C-130J, Z21121, 21 Sqn, Tunisian Air Force (TUN26)
0A4006 – G-IV, 7T-VPS, Algerigan Gov’t
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A2D56E – Bell 206-L3, N282AE, AirEvac EMS (N282AE)
A2EDB7 – G650, N288WR, WFBN (GLF92)
A31A9F – Cessna 560, N3, FAA
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Waycross
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF30)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF49 on box, GULFTEST 41 on ATC)
A70EE1 – G550, N554GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF17)
A7C7D5 – G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace
A82D1E – G650, N626GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF14)
A88D66 – G650, N650GX, Gulfstream Leasing (GLF83)
AC9B8D – BK-117, N911MZ, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
AE0237 – KC-135R, 61-0315, 6 AMW (PIRAT01)
AE02D9 – C-130H, 89-1181, 165 AW (DAWG81 on box, DAWG 48 on ATC)
AE0405 – C-37A, 97-1944, OSACOM PATD (R1944)
AE0411 – E-6B, 163919, VQ-3
AE0465 – C-2A, 162150, VRC-30
AE04A6 – KC-135R, 63-8033, 6 AMW (BOLT33)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4743)
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort (GABLESEN on box, FOX 840 on ATC)
AE0752 – RC-12F, 163563, VXS-1
AE07B5 – KC-135R, 62-3505, 6 AWM (RCH544)
AE07B6 – KC-135R, 62-3519, 6 AMW (BOLT24)
AE07F8 – C-17A, 97-0046, 437/315 AW (MOOSE21)
AE080F – C-17A, 99-0169, 437/315 AW (LIFTR27)
AE0C46 – UH-60L? (probably TESTHAWK 22)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW (FLASH 30 on ATC)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW (SPAR30)
AE11F6 – C-40B, 01-0041, 89 AW (SAM326)
AE143A – UC-35D, 166715, VMR-1
AE1499 – E-8C, 01-2005, 116/461 ACW (KOMODO6)
AE1BF5 – C-130J, 07-6312, 19 AW (RCHA612)
AE20C5 – C-17A, 07-7184, 437/315 AW (LIFTR31)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2688 – MH-65D, 6550, CGAS Savannah (C6562 on box, 6550 on ATC)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, CGAS Savannah (C6555)
AE2910 – MH-60T, 6033, CGAS Cape Cod (C6033)
AE49C3 – C-17A, 09-9207, 437/315 AW (RCH9207)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 11 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 12 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 77 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY18)
AE4E05 – 102, C-37A, SCGAS Washington DC (02)
AE4EB4 – P-8A, 168430, VP-26 (TRDNT11)
AE4EB4 – P-8A, 168430, VP-26 (TRIDENT14)
AE4EBC – P-8A, 168438, VP-5 (MADFX34)
AE4EC1 – P-8A, 168756, VP-30 (VVLL819)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-30 (TRDNT11)
AE4EC5 – P-8A, 168760, VP-8 (TIGER34)
AE4EC5 – P-8A, 168760, VP-8 (TIGER42)
AE4F17 – C-17A, 10-0223, 437/315 AW (EAGLE70 on box, EAGLE 68 on ATC)
AE509F – MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah (C6544)
AE571A – C-40A, 169036, VR-59 (CNV4082 on box, CONVOY 4501 on ATC)
AE5799 – HH-60M, 14-20681, C/2-3 AVN (R20681)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 06 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 80 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 85 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 93 on ATC)

Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB Trip Monitoring Report; 30 December 2016

SavannahYesterday I posted about the trip my nephew I took to the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.; this post is a monitoring report about what I was able to hear on the trip from Savannah to Warner Robins and back. Since I had a passenger on this trip, I didn’t do a lot of listening (I didn’t do any amateur radio on this trip either for the same reason); I mostly put the Home Patrol 2 in the mobile station in record mode and let it do most of the work.  While at the museum, I also put my BCD436HP in record mode on the Houston Peach Regional Radio System, the Central Georgia Regional Radio System, and the Robins AFB TRS.

During my last visit to Robins and the museum in October 2015, I discovered that the base’s trunked radio system and been changed from a Motorola Type II system to a Motorola P25 system. On that visit, I wasn’t able to identify much in the way of talkgroups except for ALC talkgroups because of how busy they are. On this trip, I locked out what I had previously identified as ALC talkgroups and was better able to make some IDs on airfield Base Ops and the control tower as well as one for the base Crash/Fire department (and of course a few more ALC talkgroups). In the post from October 2015 I link to above, a radio hobbyist from the central Georgia area passes on in the comments section that encryption has recently been noted on the system as well.

It’s the end of the year holiday, so there weren’t a lot of military aircraft in the air and there wasn’t a lot to listen to in the way of military communications (unless you enjoy listening to the ALC at Robins AFB, they were busy as usual). That said, we did hear some F-16s in Bulldog MOA but we never caught their callsign and F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 were heard working in Townsend Range (in McIntosh County) from all the way in Dublin (Laurens County).

Public Safety wise, it wasn’t altogether unproductive. The Home Patrol 2 caught morning radio checks and some transmissions from three different AirEvac helicopter bases: Dublin, Statesboro, and Vidalia. During the morning trip up, there wasn’t a lot of traffic on the roads and not a lot of fire/rescue traffic on the airwaves, but once we got up to Warner Robins, the traffic began to pick up and the crashes did as well. We heard the fire departments around the Warner Robins area working a number of crashes, including several on I-75 (thankfully we were using GA 96, GA 358, and I-16!). On the way back to Savannah two smoke plumes were visible, one in Georgia Forestry’s District 11 area and one in the District 10 area; both of those district repeaters were active with related traffic.

As far as civilian aviation goes, the only Atlanta Center frequencies I scanned were the low-level sectors around Warner Robins and Macon; that close to Atlanta, the higher level sector frequencies would have been non-stop with commercial traffic coming and going to Atlanta.

Jax Center
124.675 – Jekyll Low
126.125 – Statesboro High
126.750 – Brunswick Low
127.575 – Waycross Low
132.425 – Hunter Ultra High
132.925 – Millen/Savannah Low
133.300 – Moultrie Ultra High
135.975 – Alma High
282.200 – Jekyll Low
363.200 – Millen/Savannah Low

Atlanta Center
123.950 – Macon Low
128.100 – Augusta Low
322.325 – Augusta Low

MOAs/Ranges
228.400 – Townsend Range
343.750 – Bulldog MOA

MCAS Beaufort
253.100 – VMFA-122 Base
354.325 – VMFA-122 Tac 2
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
319.500 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2

Robins AFB
124.200 – Atlanta Tracon
124.800 – Atlanta Tracon
279.600 – Atlanta Tracon

Robins AFB TRS
TG 56072 – Robins AFB ALC
TG 56080 – Robins AFB ALC
TG 56092 – Robins AFB ALC
TG 56121 – Robins AFB Base Ops
TG 56122 – Robins AFB Tower
TG 56123 – Robins AFB Crash/Fire
TG 56192 – unknown
TG 56193 – unknown

Bulloch TRS
TG 2224 – Statesboro FD Dispatch
TG 2704 – Bulloch County FD Fireground 1
TG 2736 – Bulloch County FD Fireground 2

Houston-Peach TRS
TG 16 – Houston County FD Dispatch
TG 17 – Houston County FD Fireground 1
TG 61 – Warner Robins FD Dispatch
TG 91 – Centerville FD Dispatch
TG 121 – Perry FD Dispatch

Laurens County
154.070 (PL 186.2) – Laurens County FD Dispatch

CGIRRS TRS
TG 132 – Macon Bibb FD Dispatch 1
TG 134 – Macon Bibb FD Scene 2
TG 136 – Macon Bibb FD Scene 4

AirEvac
151.730 (DCS 115) – AirEvac 91, Vidalia
151.910 (DCS 072) – AirEvac 95, Statesboro
151.850 (DCS 047) – AirEvac 102, Dublin

Georgia Forestry Commission
159.225 (PL 100.0) – District 10 Repeater
159.240 (PL 167.9) – District 11 Repeater

Review: Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean
Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean by Alex von Tunzelmann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean is a great read on the Cold War in the Caribbean. In it, Von Tunzelmann looks at US foreign policy in regards to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti during the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. She offers a brief history of how each country got to where they were at the beginning of the Cold War then details the changes (and attempted changes) in governments and the dictatorships in each and the US government’s relationship with them. Conservatives may not take a liking to this book, but it seems a balanced take on our missteps in supporting dictatorships in the Caribbean as anti-communist measures and failures in how we our relationship with Cuba and Castro. Additionally, she developed the personalities of the relevant Caribbean leaders, giving insight into their decision making. If you’re interested in learning more about the “fight against communism” close to home during the Cold War and Vietnam era, Red Heat is an excellent choice. It is not only well researched and informative, it’s captivating. Once you get started reading, you won’t want to put it down.

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