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Savannah Weather

Brunswick Weather

Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • CARS Net 1 October 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • CARS Meeting 2 October 2017 at 20:00 – 21:00 White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31406, United States Coastal Amateur Radio Society Monthley Meeting White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31406, United States
  • California QSO Party 7 October 2017 – 8 October 2017
  • CARS Net 8 October 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • Arizona QSO Party 14 October 2017 – 15 October 2017 Arizona, USA
  • Pennsylvania QSO Party 14 October 2017 – 15 October 2017
  • CARS Net 15 October 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • Illinois QSO Party 21 October 2017 – 22 October 2017 Illinois, USA
  • New York QSO Party 21 October 2017 – 22 October 2017 New York, USA
  • ARRL Sweepstakes (Phone) 18 November 2017 – 19 November 2017

Post Hurricane Irma Update

Yesterday was my first day off since last Friday and most of those were 12-hour shifts, as a result I wasn’t able to turn on any amateur radio gear or scanners so I have no idea what went on as far as amateur radio response to Hurricane Irma or government/military response communications go. All I can reliably report is that I heard helicopters from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter AAF going to Lawson AAF in flights of three to four on the Thursday before the storm; undoubtedly they moved somewhere else when the storm’s track moved to the west but I don’t know know were they went from there. As far as I know, the SEGARRN system and other public safety radio systems in the coastal Georgia area stayed up and working throughout the hurricane, I haven’t heard of any system failures.

The coastal Georgia area has taken a hit from storm surge. A 12.4 foot tide was recorded at Fort Pulaski; they say the water wasn’t as high as it was during Matthew but they still had flooding and apparently some roofing on the fort was taken off by wind. The Savannah NWR has a lot of water damage including areas of roadway and dikes that were washed away. There was a lot of storm surge flooding along coastal and riverside areas. A lot of docks were damaged and boats displaced (two of them turned up on top of US 80 between Wilmington Island and Tybee Island). All in all, it seems that there were not as many downed trees to deal with after Irma because Matthew seemed to cull the weaker growth last year. There were still, however, a lot of power outages but most power has been restored.

I’m thankful that it wasn’t worse than what it was for coastal Georgia, when I left home on the Thursday before the storm, the forecast had the hurricane aimed right at Savannah. I didn’t expect to come home to much. The storm moved to west after causing widespread destruction in the Caribbean, sparing the Georgia coast the worst of the damage. My prayers go out to those in the Caribbean and Florida who took the full brunt of one of the worst storms in my memory.

Please keep an eye on Tropical Storm Maria, as it is forecast to become another major Hurricane and could be threatening us next week.

Hurricane Irma

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is projected to move inland near the Georgia/South Carolina line sometime on Monday. This means home in Savannah and work in Brunswick are likely to be hit hard. I will be going back to Brunswick sometime today and will go wherever work sends for me however long the job takes. My home station will be shut down and I will have the mobile station but I won’t have time do volunteer communications with amateur radio because of how busy I’ll be with work. I will have the mobile station and a couple of HTs with me but I don’t know when I’ll be able to use them. Plans have been made by my family members and they’ll be able to evacuate and have places to go if or when the time comes. If you live in the projected path of the storm, I hope you’ve done the same.

 

Almighty God, who calmed the storm tossing the disciples’ boat, calm the fears that beset us as we await Hurricane Irma: Grant us the peace that comes from you alone as we sit with the uncertainty of evacuation and in fear of damage to our homes and our communities, draw us ever closer to you, and give us the grace to comfort and aid others in need; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

The Rev. Frank S Logue
Canon to the Ordinary
Diocese of Georgia

 

Be safe, take care of each other, and God Bless.

Mac McCormick III, KF4LMT

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; August 2017

August turned out to be a good month for playing radio in both Savannah and Brunswick. The helicopter lineup at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah solidified as three of the five MH-65Ds there were swapped out during the end of July and first of August. August also saw E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS aircraft operating the southeast and coastal Georgia area. A detachment from VMFT-401 came back to MCAS Beaufort to work with VMFAT-501 on F-35B pilot training. A handful of VFA-103 F/A-18Fs worked out of Savannah for the last two weeks of the month as well. During the last week of the month, I also caught a flight of 125th FW F-15Cs returning to Jacksonville IAP from a deployment to Romania. Unfortunately, the month did end on a tragic note. Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and I caught one of the Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65Ds heading that way followed a few days later by a Coast Guard Auxiliary flight transporting more crew. On 28 August, there was a fatal plane crash in Bryan County near the Effingham County line that Chatham County and Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopters responded to.

 

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
80.425 – 2-3 AVN Air-to-Air
40.875 – C/2-3 AVN Air-to-Air
34.125 – 3-17 CAV “LIGHTHORSE Ops”
43.625 – 4-3 AVN “BRAWLER Ops”
345.000 – USCG AirSta Savannah Ops
150.300 – CG 107 (P25), Air Station Savannah Ops (NAC 293)
157.175 – Marine VHF Ch 83 (Air Station Savannah Maintenance Control)

ARMY 26831 (UH-60L, 99-26831, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 27055 (UH-60L, 05-27055, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08148 (CH-47F, 13-08148, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08153 (CH-47F, 14-08153, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08445 (CH-47F, 14-08445, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20609 (HH-60M, 13-20609, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20614 (HH-60M, 13-20614, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20615 (HH-60M, 13-20615, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20616 (HH-60M, 13-20616, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20683 (HH-60M, 14-20683, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20684 (HH-60M, 14-20684, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20685 (HH-60M, 14-20685, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 35395 (AH-64D, 03-05395, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77043 (AH-64D, 07-07043, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77045 (AH-64D, 07-07045, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 87049 (AH-64D, 08-07049, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95591 (AH-64D, 09-05591, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95592 (AH-64D, 09-05592, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95596 (AH-64D, 09-05596, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95597 (AH-64D, 09-05597, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95604 (AH-64D, 09-05604, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 20539 (UH-60M, 12-20539, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20579 (UH-60M, 12-20579, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20581 (UH-60M, 13-20581, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20589 (UH-60M, 13-20589, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20657 (UH-60M, 14-20657, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 03756 (MH-47G, 05-03756, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03761 (MH-47G, 05-03761, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20012 (MH-60M, 05-20012, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20209 (MH-60M, 09-20209, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 09-20211, 3-160 SOAR)
SHADY 06 (MC-12S-2, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 23 (MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 31 (MC-12S-2, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 33 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 45 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 49 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 60 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 80 (MC-12S-2, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 80 (MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 99 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
GUARD 08761 (CH-47F, 08-08761, 1/169 AVN)
GUARD 08768 (CH-47F, 08-08768, 1/169 AVN)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6531 (MH-65D, 6531, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6544 (MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6547 (MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6567 (MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah)
GUARD 26169 (UH-60L)

 

SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn) working off of the Georgia coast on 16 August 2017

 

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”
225.050 – 165th AW Air-to-Air
173.5625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 302)
237.000 – CRTC Ops; 43rd FS “HORNET Ops”
257.500 – VFA-103 Air-to-Air
263.450 – VFA-103 Air-to-Air
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream Aerospace
128.925 – Gulfstream Service Center
130.375 – Signature Flight Support

DAWG 08 (C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW)
DAWG 10 flight (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 81 (C-130H, 89-1181, 165th AW)
DAWG 99 (C-130H3, 94-7321, 165th AW)
EAGLE ## (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 06 (G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 11 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 11 (G600, N601GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 25 (G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 33 (G650, N3CP, Peak Enterprises/Pfizer)
GULFTEST 42 (G650, N290GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 46 (G650, N292GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 65 (G650, N302TR, Bank of Utah Trustee)
GULFTEST 69 (G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 69 (G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 83 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 89 (G650, N312ZW, Bank of Utah Trustee)
GULFTEST 93 (G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
VICTORY 2# (F/A-18F, VFA-103)

 

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

 

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
123.000 – CTAF

 

Malcolm McKinnon Airport/Jekyll Island Airport
123.050 – CTAF

 

Plantation Air Park, Sylvania, GA
122.800 – CTAF

N104JF (C208, Jump Georgia)

 

Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport
122.800 – CTAF

JUMPER 2 (C182, The Jumping Place)

 

Hilton Head Airport
118.975 – Tower

 

MCAS Beaufort
119.050 – Tower
342.875 – Tower
269.125 – Approach/Departure
123.700 – Approach/Departure
292.125 – Approach/Departure
125.125 – Approach/Departure
281.800 – Base Ops
264.500 – PMSV
339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
274.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 3
313.800 – VMFA-251 Base
251.400 – New VMFA-251 Tac 1?
327.475 – VMFA-251 Tac 2
376.425 – VMFA-251 Tac 3
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
348.825 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 3
343.200 – VMFAT-501 Base
326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3
305.800 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base, in use by VMFT-401
228.300 – VMFT-401 Air-to-Air
250.300 – VMFT-401 Air-to-Air
258.900 – VMFT-401 Air-to-Air

BLADE 2# (F/A-18C, VMFA-115)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
CONVICT 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533)
SWEDE ## (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
SNIPER ## (F-5N, VMFT-401)
FOX 401 (UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort)

 

Jacksonville IAP
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
251.250 – 125th FW Maintenance/Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5

TABOR 6# (F-15C, 125th FW)

Note: TABOR 6# flight returning home from deployment to Romania

 

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
310.200 – NAS Jacksonville Base Ops
264.200 – VP-45 Base

NAVY HR 501 (MH-60R, HSM-48)
MADFOX 14 (P-8A, 168436, VP-5)
MADFOX 34 (P-8A, 168998, VP-5)
MADFOX 50 (P-8A, 169003, VP-5)
MADFOX 67 (P-8A, 169011, VP-5)
MADFOX 77 (P-8A, 168998, VP-5)
LANCER 07 (P-8A, 168850, VP-10)
LANCER 08 (P-8A, 168763, VP-10)
LANCER 12 (P-8A, 168763, VP-10)
LANCER 89 (P-8A, 168764, VP-10)
GRIFFIN 18 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
TIGER 04 (P-8A, 168997, VP-8)
TIGER 04 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8)
TIGER 28 (P-8A, 168754, VP-8)
TIGER 56 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8)
NAVY LL 800 (P-8A, 169327, VP-30)
NAVY LL 801 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30)
NAVY LL 804 (P-8A, 169000, VP-30)
NAVY LL 806 (P-8A, 169006, VP-30
NAVY LL 807 (P-8A, VP-30)
NAVY LL 811(P-8A, 169004, VP-30)
NAVY LL 811 (P-8A, 169010, VP-30)
NAVY LL 813 (P-8A, 169004, VP-30)
NAVY LL 814 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30)
NAVY LL 821 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30)
NAVY LL 822 (P-8A, 168429, VP-30)
NAVY LL 822 (P-8A, 169002, VP-30)
NAVY LL 824 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30)
NAVY LL 824 (P-8A, 169004, VP-30)
NAVY LL 824 (P-8A, 169006, VP-30)
NAVY LL 833 (P-8A, 168435, VP-30)
NAVY LL 833 (P-8A, 169006, VP-30)
NAVY LL 846 (P-8A, 168435, VP-30)
NAVY LL 868 (P-8A, 168429, VP-30)
NAVY LL 871 (P-8A, 169002, VP-30)
NAVY LL 878 (P-8A, 169004, VP-30)
NAVY LL 887 (P-8A, 168435, VP-30)
NAVY LL 887 (P-8A, 169010, VP-30)
NAVY LL 898 (P-8A, 169004, VP-30)
PELICAN 02 (P-8A, 168860, VP-45)
PELICAN 19 (P-8A, 168858, VP-45)
PELICAN 25 (P-8A, 168761, VP-45)
PELICAN 57 (P-8A, 168761, VP-45)
PELICAN 99 (P-8A, 168860, VP-45)
NAVY LT 624 (P-3C, VP-62)
CONVOY 4162 (C-40A, 166696, VR-58)
CONVOY 4883 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)

 

NAVY LL 801 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30) doing approaches at Hunter AAF on 15 August 2017

 

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”

REACH 7184 (C-17A, 07-7184, 437th/315th AW)

 

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
381.300 – Shaw AFB CP
311.200 – 55th FS “SHOOTER Ops”
140.700 – 55th FS Air-to-Air
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
320.525 – 79th FS “TIGER Ops”
141.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
141.700 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
143.200 – 79th FS Air-to-Air

CUSTER ## (F-16CM, 55th FS)
DUDE ## (F-16CM, 55th FS)
FLUSH ## (F-16CM, 77th FS)
LUCKY ## (F-16CM, 77th FS)
BEAST ## (F-16CM, 79th FS)
DEADLY ## (F-16CM, 79th FS)
GUNNER ## (F-16CM, 79th FS)
JAKE ## (F-16CM, 79th FS)
STORMY ## (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)

 

Robins AFB
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE OPS”
225.725 – JSTARS Discrete
346.675 – JSTARS Discrete
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete
376.125 – JSTARS Discrete
123.475 – Encrypted Traffic from JSTARS

Enc HQ: 225.150, 235.050, 252.925, 257.250, 267.850, 271.950, 314.450

DRACO 06 (E-8C, 94-0284, 116th/461st ACW)
PEACH 99 (E-8C, 94-0284, 116th/461st ACW)
STARGATE (E-8C backend, 330th CTS)

 

Moody AFB
143.150 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air
143.600 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air
240.100 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air

BRONCO 5# (A-10C, 23rd FG)
JOLLY 41 (HH-60G, 41st RQS)

 

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
350.675 – North TACTS Range

 

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

 

Miscellaneous
228.900 – NORAD Discrete
311.000 – MacDill AFB “LIGHTNING Ops”
292.100 – 6th AMW Air-to-Air
277.800 – USN Fleet Common
242.750 – USN, Air to Surface with DDG-99
268.300 – VMM-263 Air-to-Air
148.1250 – SC CAP R25 Repeater (PL 107.2, NAC 430)
148.1375 – Civil Air Patrol R67 Repeater (PL 203.5)

ARMY 01053 (UC-35B, 00-01053, OSACOM PATD)
BELGIAN AIR FORCE 616 (F900, CD-01, 21 Sqn Belgian AF)
BLUE 42 (KC-135T, 58-0062, 127th Wing)
BOLT 11 (KC-135R, 60-0320, 6th AMW)
CAP 3957 (SC Civil Air Patrol)
COAST GUARD 2002 (HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City)
COAST GUARD 510KB (C510, N510KB, Aviation Research & Maintenance)
CONVOY 4522 (C-40A, 165831, VR-59)
DINGO 81 (C-146, 12-3040, 27th SOW)
DRAGNET UNIFORM (E-3, 966th ACCS)
EVAC 15748 (C-130J, 11-5748, 19th AW)
FIRST 72 (F-22A, 1st FW)
FULL SPEED (USS Farragut, DDG-99)
GOLDEN KNIGHT 263 (UV-18C, 10-80263, US Army Golden Knights)
GYPSY 21 (F/A-18F, VFA-32)
HOUND 92 (C-146A, 95-3058, 27th SOW)
HOUND 93 (C-146A, 11-3104, 27th SOW)
HUNTRESS (NORAD EADS)
JIMBO 29 (T-38, 14th FTW)
JIMBO 75 (T-38, 14th FTW)
KBAR 558 (UC-12M, 163839, USMC)
LANDING GEAR ##/### (GA Civil Air Patrol)
NAVY 400 (C-37B, 166376, VR-1)
OMEGA 10 (DC-10, N974VV, Omega Air)
OTIS 28 (KC-130J, 168071, VMGR-252)
PAT 702 (C-12U, 84-24380, A/2-228 AVN)
PHOENIX 11 (CH-53E, HMHT-302)
PIRAT 04 (KC-135R, 63-8031, 6th AMW)
REACH 491 (C-130J, 08-5692, 317th AG)
REACH 605 (KC-135R, 64-14829, 161st ARW)
REACH 2099 (C-17A, 02-1099, 97th AMW)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 07-6311, 19th AW)
RIPPER 11 (F/A-18F, VF-11)
RIPTIDE 10 (LJ36, N10FN, Phoenix Air Group)
RIPTIDE 24 (LJ36, N527PA, Phoenix Air Group)
ROGUE 09 (T-38, 14th TW)
SAM 064 (C-37A, 99-0404, 89th AW)
SAM 159 (C-37B, 11-0550, 89th AW)
SAM 270 (C-40B, 01-0040, 89th AW)
SAM 325 (C-37B, 06-0500, 89th AW)
SANDLAPPER ## (SC Civil Air Patrol)
SCORE 87 (P-8A, 167953, VX-20)
SENTRY 61 (E-3B, 71-1408, 966th ACCS)
SPUR 62 (KC-10A, 87-0118, 305th AMW)
THUMPER (E-3B, 78-0577, 552nd ACW)
THUNDER 11/12 (MV-22B, VMM-263)
N8NR (Bell 407, N8NR, Georgia DNR)
N239AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 96 Jesup)
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)
N409AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 90 Douglas)

 

GOLDEN KNIGHT 263 (UV-18C, 10-80263, US Army Golden Knights) holding northeast of Savannah then going into Savannah IAP on 7 August 2017

 

SHADY 99 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn) and DINGO 81 (C-146, 12-3040, 27th SOW) over Savannah on 25 August 2017

 

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 Log; August 2017

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.

 

SHADY 99 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn) and DINGO 81 (C-146, 12-3040, 27th SOW) over Savannah on 25 August 2017

 

SCORE 87 (P-8A, 167953, VX-20) off of the Georgia coast on 25 August 2017

 

SHADY 60 (MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn) working off of the Georgia coast on 16 August 2017

 

NAVY LL 801 (P-8A, 168856, VP-30) doing approaches at Hunter AAF on 15 August 2017

 

GOLDEN KNIGHT 263 (UV-18C, 10-80263, US Army Golden Knights) holding northeast of Savannah then going into Savannah IAP on 7 August 2017

 

SPUR 62 (KC-10A, 87-0118, 305th AMW) transiting across southeast Georgia on 1 August 2017

 

GRIFFIN 18 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10) northwest bound over south Georgia on 9 August 2017

 

00014A – UC-12M, 163839, USMC (KBAR 558 on ATC)
44F481 – F900, CD-01, 21 Sqn Belgian AF (BAF616)
A002E5 – LJ36, N10FN, Phoenix Air Group (RIPTIDE 10 on ATC)
A044FA – M20T, N1161B, Tolman Aviation (N1161B on box, COAST GUARD 161B on ATC)
A229F4 – Bell 206L-1, N239AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup (N239AE)
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A2F611 – G650, N290GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF42)
A2FD7F – G650, N292GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GULFTEST 46 on ATC)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A31AE0 – G650, N3CP, Peak Enterprises/Pfizer (GLF33)
A32879 – G650, N302TR, Bank of Utah Trustee (GLF65)
A35093 – G650, N312ZW, Bank of Utah Trustee (GLF89)
A3BE59 – C-146, 12-3040, 27th SOW (DINGO81)
A4C4B5 – Bell 407, N406UH, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Douglas
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF83)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF93)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF6)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69)
A66252 – C510, N510KB, Aviation Research& Maintenance (COAST GUARD 510KB on ATC)
A6A435 – LJ36, N527PA, Phoenix Air Group (RIPTIDE 24 on ATC)
A74ED3 – C-146A, 95-3058, 27th SOW (HOUND92)
A7CB8D – G600, N601GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
AADE67 – Bell 407, N8NR, Georgia Dept of Natural Resources
AC8997 – C-146A, 11-3104, 27th SOW (HOUND 93 on ATC)
AD9470 – DC-10, N974VV, Omega Air (OMEGA 10 on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW
ADFE78 – C-130H, 92-1453, 145th AW (EPIC53)
ADFEA1 – C-130H3, 94-7321, 165th AW (DAWG99)
AE0130 – KC-10A, 87-0118, 305th AMW (SPUR62)
AE02D9 – C-130H, 89-1181, 165th AW (DAWG 81)
AE036D – UC-35A, 98-0007, PATD
AE037F – KC-135R, 64-14829, 161st ARW (RCH605)
AE041C – E-6B, 164410, VQ-4 (MILT21)
AE04D9 – C-40A, 165831, VR-59 (CNV4522)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4883)
AE04F9 – C-37A, 99-0404, 89th AW (SAM064)
AE053C – KC-135T, 58-0062, 127th Wing (BLUE42)
AE05C1 – C-130H, 79-0479, 152nd AW (SKULL76)
AE05CE – C-130H, 82-0055, 189th AW (SKULL75)
AE065D – KC-135R, 60-0320, 6th AMW (BOLT 11 on ATC)
AE0694 – KC-135R, 63-8031, 6th AMW (PIRAT04)
AE06D9 – UC-12F, 163561, MCAS New River
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort (FOX 401 on ATC)
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort (FOX 840 on ATC)
AE0814 – C-17A, 00-0178, 445th AW (CODY01)
AE08FD – C-12U, 84-24380, A/2-228 AVN (MOHWK97)
AE08FD – C-12U, 84-24380, A/2-228 AVN (PAT702)
AE093C – UC-35A, 00-01053, OSACOM PATD (ARMY 01053 on ATC)
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89th AW (SAM270)
AE10E8 – HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2002)
AE10EB – HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City
AE11D3 – E-3B, 71-1408, 966th ACCS (SNTRY61H)
AE11E5 – E-3B, 78-0577, 552nd ACW (SCOUT12H)
AE1258 – C-37B, 166376, VR-1 (VV400)
AE13D1 – C-37B, 04-1778, OSCACOM PATD (R1778)
AE148E – E-8C, 94-0284, 116th/461st ACW (DRACO06)
AE148E – E-8C, 94-0284, 116th/461st ACW (PEACH99)
AE1BF4 – C-130J, 07-6311, 19th AW (RCHA612)
AE206D – C-37B, 06-0500, 89th AW
AE206D – C-37B, 06-0500, 89th AW (SAM325)
AE20C5 – C-17A, 07-7184, 437th/315th AW
AE222E – P-8A, 167953, VX-20 (SCORE87 on ATC)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6516)
AE2679 – MH-65D, 6530, USCG (CGNR6531)
AE2686 – MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah
AE2686 – MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah (C6547)
AE2686 – MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah? (C6547)
AE2699 – MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6567)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY45 on box, SHADY 60 on ATC)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY45)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY60)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY99)
AE2F9D – KC-130J, 168071, VMGR-252 (OTIS28)
AE2FB0 – C-17A, 08-8204, 437th/315th AW (PRIME95)
AE4A60 – C-40A, 166696, VR-58 (CNV4162)
AE4AFD – C-130J, 08-5692, 317th AG (RCH491)
AE4C61 – MC-12S-2, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 06 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 31 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 80 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn (SHADY23)
AE4C62 – MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn (SHADY60)
AE4C62 – MC-12S-2, 10-00742, 224th MI Bn (SHADY80)
AE4DDD – C-37B, 11-0550, 89th AW (SAM159)
AE4EB3 – P-8A, 168429, VP-30 (VVLL822)
AE4EB3 – P-8A, 168429, VP-30 (VVLL868)
AE4EB9 – P-8A, 168435, VP-30 (VVL846, no 2nd L in flight ID)
AE4EB9 – P-8A, 168435, VP-30 (VVLL833)
AE4EB9 – P-8A, 168435, VP-30 (VVLL887)
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-5 (MADFX14)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-10 (00000000)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-10 (GRIFN18)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-26 (LANCR50)
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-8 (TIGER 28 on ATC)
AE4EC6 – P-8A, 168761, VP-45 (00000000 on box, PELICAN 25 on ATC)
AE4EC6 – P-8A, 168761, VP-45 (PELCN57)
AE4EC8 – P-8A, 168763, VP-10 (LANCR08)
AE4EC8 – P-8A, 168763, VP-10 (LANCR12)
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-10 (LANCR89)
AE509D – UV-18C, 10-80263, Golden Knights (GKA263)
AE509F – MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6544)
AE5686 – UH-60M, 12-20539, 3 AVN (0206 on box, ARMY 20539 on ATC)
AE5774 – C-12V, 10-00259, 2-228th AVN
AE57B6 – P-8A, 168850, VP-10 (LANCR07)
AE57B6 – P-8A, 168850, VP-10 (LANCR18)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL801)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL814)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL821)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL824)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL830)
AE57BE – P-8A, 168858, VP-45 (PELCN19)
AE57C0 – P-8A, 168860, VP-45 (PELCN02)
AE57C0 – P-8A, 168860, VP-45 (PELCN99)
AE57C2 – P-8A, 168997, VP-8 (TIGER4)
AE57C3 – P-8A, 168998, VP-5 (MADFOX77)
AE57C3 – P-8A, 168998, VP-5 (MADFX34)
AE57C5 – P-8A, 169000, VP-30 (00000000)
AE57C5 – P-8A, 169000, VP-30 (VVLL804)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL822)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL871)
AE57C8 – P-8A, 169003, VP-5 (MADFX50)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL811)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL813)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL824)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL877)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL878)
AE57C9 – P-8A, 169004, VP-30 (VVLL898)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-30 (VVLL806)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-30 (VVLL824)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-30 (VVLL833)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (TIGER4)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (TIGER56)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL804)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL811)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL869)
AE57CF – P-8A, 169010, VP-30 (VVLL887)
AE57D0 – P-8A, 169011, VP-5 (00000000 on box, MADFOX 67 on ATC)
AE57D7 – C-12V, 10-00261, 2/228 AVN
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 33 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 49 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 60 on ATC)
AE5C59 – P-8A, 169327, VP-30 (VVLL800)
AE5D2A – MH-53E, 164771, HM-14

 

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; August 2017

July/August 2017 MH-65D Changes at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah

Savannah – It seems that Coast Guard Air Station Savannah at Hunter AAF has finished swapping out aircraft for the time being. Over the end of July and beginning of August, three of the five MH-65Ds were swapped out, resulting in the following lineup (including Mode-S codes):

 

MH-65D, 6516 (AE266A)
MH-65D, 6531 (AE2679)
MH-65D, 6544 (AE509F)
MH-65D, 6547 (AE2686)
MH-65D, 6567 (AE2699)

 

6516 and 6544 are the two aircraft that have been previously stationed at CGAS Savannah and 6531, 6547, and 6567 are the three new to the Air Station. 6516, 6531, 6547, and 6567 are in the usual orange and white paint and 6544 is the commemorative centennial white with red and blue paint.

6547 has deployed to Texas as part of the Coast Guard’s Hurricane Harvey response. It left last Friday and was followed yesterday by COAST GUARD 510KB (C510, N510KB, Aviation Research & Maintenance). 510KB was flying as a Coast Guard Auxiliary flight and was transporting extra crews from Air Station Savannah to Texas to assist in Hurricane Harvey response operations. 6567 flew yesterday searching for the aircraft that crashed in Bryan County after departing Savannah IAP.

Book Review: The Japan-Russia War by Sydney Tyler

The Japan-Russia War by Sydney Tyler is a book that must be graded on a curve since it was written in 1905. It is not only written in the style of the time, it was written not long after the end of the war and didn’t have the benefit of documentation and information that would come later. Tyler tells the story of the Japan-Russia War (now known as the Russo-Japanese War), giving a good description of the causes of the war, the naval battles, and the land battles. Unfortunately, he blows through the diplomacy that ended the war; most of the final chapter consists of the text of the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the war. It is both informative and entertaining; despite the older style of writing and vocabulary I still found it easy to read and follow. The battles are well described and seem to be well analyzed. As a History geek, I found it interesting to read a book in which the battles were compared to those from wars such as the American Civil War, Boer Wars, and the Franco-Prussian War. One big problem with The Japan-Russia War is its lack of objectivity; the author is clearly biased toward Japan, early on it’s almost over the top. With that in mind, a lot of his criticism of the Russians is warranted because the Japanese were better prepared and performed to a higher level than the Russians. Maps are an issue in this book, but mainly because they are the original 1905 maps; since a lot of the geography of Korea and Manchuria where the battles occurred won’t be familiar to most readers, it would probably be a good idea to have an atlas or Google Maps handy when reading.

The Japan-Russia War gets you thinking about wars that were to come. It really gives you an idea of how warfare was developing as World War I approached. You can see in the land battles between Russia and Japan the seeds of how World War I battles would be. You also get foreshadowing of the World War I naval war in the naval battles off of Port Arthur and at Tsushima. Looking ahead at World War II, you wonder how the Allies maintained contempt for Japan’s military abilities. The Japanese were clearly more prepared for the war, their leadership was better, and they performed brilliantly on both land and sea. There are parallels that can be seen between Port Arthur and Pearl Harbor. At the same time, given how the Russians performed during the war, you can see how the Japanese developed a superiority complex toward Western militaries.

The Japan-Russia War has issues, but overall it really is worth reading if you’re interested in the Russo-Japanese War and how warfare developed leading into World War I. If it were written in the modern day, I wouldn’t rate it high, but considering when it was written I’m giving it four stars. There aren’t many books on the subject and this one definitely expanded my knowledge of the war.

 

Small Aircraft Crashes in Bryan County

Savannah – When you turn on the scanner and the first thing you hear is something along the lines of “we’ve got to find the plane first, but we’ll probably be coming back to Memorial,” you quickly get the impression that things aren’t good. That’s what happened when I got in the car this morning after breakfast and turned on the Home Patrol 2; it almost immediately stopped on 345.000 and that’s the partial transmission I heard. It seemed that there was an aircraft down somewhere in the area so I put the FT-8800 on 345.000 and 157.050 and let the Home Patrol scan. On the way home, I heard one of Chatham County’s MD-500s asking if an aircraft had been found and also heard Pooler FD units talking about looking for an airplane. When I got home, I started using multiple radios to track the activity and it quickly became apparent that an aircraft had crashed after losing its engine after takeoff from Savannah International Airport. Initially, they were looking for it in Pooler just to the west of the airport, but the search area shifted farther west to Effingham County and then Bryan County as further information came in. After several hours, the aircraft, a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza was located off of Eldora Rd in Bryan County. While I never heard it said, the nature of the traffic indicated all aboard were deceased and subsequent reports on the local news confirmed it. Since I don’t know that families have been notified, I’m not going to post the aircraft’s N-number. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those that died in the crash.

The response was a multi-agency response consisting of fire departments from Chatham County, Bryan County, and Effingham County. Chatham County MD-500s and a US Coast Guard MH-65D took part. Georgia Forestry also responded to cut an access way into the wooded/swampy area where the aircraft crashed. Units are still on scene as I write this post and it sounds like they will be for some time. Among the SEGARRN talkgroups and conventional frequencies in use today were:

SEGARRN Talkgroups
TG 199 – Chatham Aviation
TG 223 – Chatham Fire Dispatch
TG 227 – Chatham Fire Tac 1
TG 239 – SSFD Dispatch
TG 249 – SSFD Division 5
TG 263 – SSFD Medic 4
TG 415 – ANG FD 1
TG 1075 – Effingham Fire/Rescue Admin 2
TG 1541 – Effingham Fire Dispatch
TG 1663 – Effingham Incident 4 (patched to Bryan Tac 1)
TG 5090 – North Bryan FD Dispatch
TG 5108 – Bryan County Tac 1
TG 1541 – Effingham Fire Dispatch

Conventional Frequencies
120.400 – Savannah TRACON
123.025 – Savannah Helicopter Advisory
125.300 – Savannah TRACON
159.225 – Georgia Forestry D10 Repeater (PL 100.0)
345.000 – Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
413.000 – CG 410 (encrypted)

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