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Savannah Weather

Brunswick Weather

Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • CARS Net 2 April 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • CARS Meeting 3 April 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
  • Georgia QSO Party 8 April 2017 – 9 April 2017 Georgia
  • CARS Net 9 April 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • Michigan QSO Party 15 April 2017 – 16 April 2017 Michigan, USA
  • Ontario QSO Party 15 April 2017 – 16 April 2017 Ontario, Canada
  • ARRL Rookie Roundup (Phone) 16 April 2017
  • CARS Net 16 April 2017 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • Florida QSO Party 29 April 2017 – 30 April 2017 Florida, USA
  • Indiana QSO Party 6 May 2017 – 7 May 2017 Indiana, USA

2017 Wings Over the Golden Isles Airshow (Brunswick, GA) Frequencies

Update 26 March 2017:  118.650 is indeed “Tower” for the airshow.

Brunswick, GA – Due to my work schedule, I’m not able to attend or do any attended listening of this weekend’s Wings Over the Golden Isles Airshow at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport (KBQK), but I did set up a radio to do some computer logging/recording yesterday. It logged what seems to be the Air Boss frequency along with frequencies for the Blue Angels, the F-22 Demo Team, and the Sky Soldiers Demo Team. Additionally, it recorded several references to 118.650 as “the tower frequency.” KBQK doesn’t have a control tower, so it’s possible that a portable tower has been set up for the air show and it’s using 118.650. I’ll put it in the scan list today and try to confirm it.

123.150 – Air Boss

237.800 – Blue Angels Solos
284.250 – Blue Angels Show Box
275.350 – Blue Angels Squadron Common; Diamond

376.025 – F-22 Demo Team

234.500 – Sky Soldiers
123.025 – Sky Soldiers

I also checked Mode-S logs and found several aircraft that should be static displays or performers for the airshow.  It looks like C-17A, 92-3293 from the 437th/315th Airlift Wing at Charleston AFB, C-130H3, 94-6705 of the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, and P-3C, 161121 from VP-62 and NAS Jacksonville are static displays. It’s possible that a Georgia Army National Guard UH-72A, 12-72231 is a static display as well, but given the last altitude my receiver saw it, I’m not fully sure it landed at KBQK. One of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team AT-6Gs showed up on Mode-S as well.

AE07D7 – C-17A, 92-3293, 437th/315th AW (TURTLE8)
AE1FF6 – UH-72A, 12-72231, GA ARNG?
AE14D1 – P-3C, 161121, VP-62
AABCD7 – AT-6G, N791MH, AeroShell Aerobtic Team
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG75)

I’ll be recording today as well and will update this list for the Sunday show if any new frequencies show up in today’s logs. If you have the chance to attend, don’t hesitate to go and have a good time; we don’t get the Blue Angels this close to Savannah or Brunswick very often, we usually have to go to one of military bases like Jacksonville, Moody, Robins, or Beaufort.

Review: The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942
The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942 by Nigel Hamilton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked up Mantle of Command at the Little White House gift shop while visiting the Historic Site on vacation this year. It looked like it would be an interesting read and it would be nice to have a book on FDR that came from his Little White House at Warm Springs. Mantle of Command essentially takes a look at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s leadership as Commander in Chief during the early stages of World War II, essentially from the Argentia Conference in 1941 to the Torch Landings in North Africa in 1942. Hamilton’s intent was to show that Roosevelt was not being led by the nose by Churchill, as some would have you believe, but was the true leader and decision maker in the direction and strategy of the early days of World War II after the United States’ entry into the war. In my opinion, however, Hamilton goes beyond biography and History into hagiography. It seems that from Hamilton’s perspective everything that Churchill, Stimson, Knox, Hull, Marshall, King, and others do wrong and everything that Roosevelt does is right. Furthermore, he is downright hostile toward Churchill and Stimson in particular. He goes too far and the book lacks objectivity; it feels like he started out with a premise and instead of exploring that premise only attempted to prove it. I have to admit that I was profoundly disappointed with this book after having good expectations of it. I don’t like giving bad reviews, but this is a History book that I just can’t recommend.

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Military Monitoring Recap; February 2017

The shortest month of the year, February was an interesting one. As has been customary the last few years, February saw both a Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) at MCAS Beaufort and a Sentry Savannah exercise at the Air Dominance Center at the Savannah International Airport. For the MDTC, assets from MAWTS-1, VMFAT-401, VMFA-112, and the 142nd FW, Oregon ANG came to the area to support training for aircrews from various MAG-31 squadrons. While on the subject of MCAS Beaufort and MAG-31, it seems that they are undergoing some frequency changes (see list below) for VMFA-115, VMFA-122, VMFA-312, and VMFAT-501 which I am still in the process of trying to work out. Sentry Savannah‘s participants this February were the 43rd FS from Tyndall, the 142nd FW from Portland (they were in Savannah for a total of three weeks), the 2nd FTS from Tyndall, and VFA-143 from Oceana.

43rd FS F-22A

43rd FS F-22A

2nd FTS T-38A, 68-8139

2nd FTS T-38A, 68-8139

142nd FW F-15C, 78-0482

142nd FW F-15C, 78-0482

VFA-143 F/A-18E

VFA-143 F/A-18E

Another interesting catch for February was what seems to be a new US Coast Guard C-37 testing out of the Gulfstream facilities at the Savannah IAP. Flying with the callsign COAST GUARD 202 its Mode-S code is AE5F07 and its callsign on Mode-S is C202. It’s worth noting that it was sending ADS-B data during its apparent testing.

An ADS-B track on COAST GUARD 202, which seems to be a new Coast Guard C-37.

An ADS-B track on COAST GUARD 202, which seems to be a new Coast Guard C-37.

While not military, it’s worth mentioning that one of the coastal Georgia area air ambulances has changed aircraft. LifeStar 1, the Air Methods air ambulance helicopter that flies out of Springfield, GA began using a new (for them) helicopter in February. They switched from the BK-117, N911MZ that they’ve been flying for years to a Bell 407 Jet Ranger, N406UH. N406UH’s Mode-S code is A4C4B5 and thus far it has not transmitted ADS-B data.

 
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
34.125 – 3-17 CAV “LIGHTHORSE Ops”
345.000 – USCG AirSta Savannah Ops
150.300 – CG 113, USCG AirSta Savannah Ops (P25)
157.175 – Marine VHF Ch. 83, AirSta Savannah Maintenance

ARMY 26831 (UH-60L, 99-26831, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26832 (UH-60L, 99-26832, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26841 (UH-60L, 99-26841, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20610 (HH-60M, 13-20610, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20683 (HH-60M, 14-20683, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20777 (HH-60M, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 35395 (AH-64D, 03-05395, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 75517 (AH-64D, 07-05517, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77046 (AH-64D, 07-07046, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95596 (AH-64D, 09-05596, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95605 (AH-64D, 09-05605, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 20571 (UH-60M, 13-20571, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20573 (UH-60M, 13-20573, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20588 (UH-60M, 13-20588, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20646 (UH-60M, 13-20646, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20654 (UH-60M, 14-20654, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20657 (UH-60M, 14-20657, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20658 (UH-60M, 14-20658, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 03746 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03752 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03786 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20018 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20019 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20022 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
SHADY 03 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 08 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 10 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 64 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 77 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 80 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 85 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 93 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, 6516, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6550 (MH-65D, 6550, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, 6555, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6562 (MH-64D, 6562, 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”
225.050 – 165th AW Air-to-Air/Air-to-Ground
173.5625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 302)
237.000 – CRTC/Air Dominance Center CP (43rd FS Ops)
253.200 – CRTC/Air Dominance Center CP (142nd FW Ops)
350.675 – North TACTS Range (VFA-143 Base)
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
290.675 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
352.100 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
226.750 – 142nd FW Air-to-Air
321.000 – 142nd FW Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air
268.500 – VFA-143 Air-to-Air
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream Aerospace
128.925 – Gulfstream Service Center
130.375 – Signature Flight Support

DAWG 02 (C-130H, 89-9102, 165th AW)
DAWG 1# flight (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 21 (C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW)
DAWG 58 (C-130H, 92-0548, 165th AW)
DAWG 81 (C-130H, 165th AW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 06 (G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 07 (G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 11 (G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 11 (G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 17 (G650, N658GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 18 (G650, N659GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 20 (GA5C, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GUFLTEST 47 (G-IV, N44BB, Bollinger Enterprises)
GULFTEST 52 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 62 (G450, N361GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 67 (G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 69 (G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 83 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 83 (G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
CAP 938 (C182, N639CP, GA Civil Air Patrol)
COAST GUARD 202 (new C-37A?, USCG?)
ATLAS ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
RAPTOR ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR ## (F-22A, 43rd FS)
EAGLE 0# (F-15C, 142nd FW)
RAGE ## (F-15C, 142nd FW)
HOUND ## (T-38, 2nd FTS)
TALON ## (T-38, 2nd FTS)
TAPROOM ## (F/A-18E, VFA-143)
GRIFFIN ## (F/A-18E, VFA-143)

Sentry Savannah 17-1
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; STEALTH Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Fighter Direction
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Fighter Direction
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
371.100 – 134th ARW Air-to-Air

BOLT 32 (KC-135R, 6th AMW)
SODA ## (KC-135R, 134th ARW)
STEALTH (117th ACS)
DRAGON (RTO)

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

VALKYRIE 36 (MQ-1?, E/3 AVN?)

Brunswick/Golden Isles Airport
123.000 – CTAF

Malcolm McKinnon Airport/Jekyll Island Airport
123.050 – CTAF

Plantation Air Park, Sylvania, GA
122.800 – CTAF

Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport
122.800 – CTAF

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
274.500 – VMFA-122 Base (normally VMFA-115 Tac 3)
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
336.225 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 3
376.425 – VMFA-251 Tac 3
299.275 – VMFA-312 Air-to-Air (formerly VMFAT-501 Base)
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1 (new)
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2 (new)
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3 (new)
336.225 – MAG-31 MDTC Air-to-Air (normally VMFA-224 Tac 3)
376.425 – VMFA-112 Air-to-Air (normally VMFA-251 Tac 3)
309.800 – VMFT-401 Air-to-Air
369.700 – VMFT-401 Air-to-Air?

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
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)
LATCH ## (F/A-18, MAG-31 MDTC)
SALEM ## (F/A-18, MAG-31 MDTC)
COWBOY 1# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-112)
SNIPER ## (F-5N, VMFT-401)
DEUCE (MACS-2)

Hilton Head Airport
118.975 – Tower

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
35.600 – Approach/Departure
351.800 – Approach/Departure
377.050 – Approach/Departure
251.250 – 125th FW Maintenance/Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6

FANG (F-15C, 125th FW)
GATOR (F-15C, 125th FW)

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
264.200 – VP-5/8 Base
306.000 – VP-30 Base
233.750 – P-8A use; unknown designator/use
302.000 – P-8A use; unknown designator/use

MADFOX 24 (P-8A, 168437, VP-5)
MADFOX 88 (P-8A, 168762, VP-5)
IGER 02 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8)
TALON 12 (P-8A, 169000, VP-16)
TALON 18 (P-8A, 168853, VP-16)
TALON 77 (P-8A, 169003, VP-16)
TALON 81 (P-81A, 169003, VP-16)
TIGER 12 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8)
TIGER 34 (P-8A, 168758, VP-8)
TIGER 56 (P-8A, 168758, VP-8)
TIGER 88 (P-8A, 169007, VP-8)
TRIDENT 00 (P-8A, 168848, VP-26)
TRIDENT 12 (P-8A, 168857, VP-26)
TRIDENT 13 (P-8A, 168757, VP-26)
TRIDENT 42 (P-8A, 168857, VP-26)
NAVY LL 11 (P-3C, VP-30)
NAVY LL 52 (P-3C, 158225, VP-30)
NAVY LL 804 (P-8A, 168999, VP-30)
NAVY LL 805 (P-8A, 169002, VP-30)
NAVY LL 805 (P-8A, 169009, VP-30)
NAVY LL 818 (P-8A, 169008, VP-30)
NAVY LL 819 (P-8A, 169006, VP-30)
NAVY LL 856 (P-8A, 168754, VP-30)
NAVY LL 859 (P-8A, 169001, VP-30)
NAVY LL 864 (P-8A, 169001, VP-30)
NAVY LL 871 (P-8A, 168754, VP-30)
NAVY LL 888 (P-8A, 169006, VP-30)
NAVY LL 899 (P-8A, 169002, VP-30)
CONVOY 4941 (C-40A, 165829, VR-58)
CANFORCE 0450 (CP-140, 140112, RCAF)

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”

BASCO 71 (C-17A, 08-8198, 437th/315th AW)
BASCO 7# (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
IMPAC 9# flight (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
TURTLE 05 (C-17A, 08-8191, 437/315 AW)

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
138.250 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
139.825 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
141.950 – 77th FS Air-to-Air

NOBLE ## (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
143.250 – 169th FW V16

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

Robins AFB
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE Ops”
225.725 – JSTARS Discrete
228.050 – JSTARS Discrete
324.650 – JSTARS Discrete
367.275 – JSTARS Discrete
372.150 – JSTARS Discrete
376.125 – JSTARS Discrete
379.825 – JSTARS Discrete

PEACH 32 (E-8C, 92-3289, 116th/461st ACW)
PEACH 99 (E-8C, 116th/461st ACW)
STARGATE (E-8C backend, 330th CTS)

Moody AFB
143.750 – 23rd FG Air-to-Air

DUDE 0# (A-10C, 23rd FG)
POPS 0# (A-10C, 23rd FG)
KING 15 (HC-130J, 13-5785, 71st RQS)
KING 21 (HC-130J, 11-5727, 71st 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

Miscellaneous
260.900 – NORAD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

ARMY 90104 (UC-35B, 99-0104, A/2-228 AVN)
COAST GUARD 1718 (HC-130H, 1718, CGAS Clearwater)
COBRA 55 (WC-135C, 62-3582, 55th Wing)
GUARD 72239 (UH-72A, 12-72239, NE ARNG)
KBAR 558 (C-12, USMC)
KNIGHTHAWK 31 (?, HMX-1)
MARINE 374 (UC-35D, 166374, VMR Det – KADW)
MOHAWK 06 (C-12U, 84-00488, F/6-52 AVN)
MOHAWK 92 (C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN)
PAT 203 (C-12F, 86-0088, FL ARNG)
PAT 428 (C-12U, 84-00176, US Army)
PAT 986 (C-12, US Army)
PIONEER 07 (P-8A, 167956, VX-1)
RANGER 27 (KC-130T, VMGR-234)
REACH 156 (C-5M, 86-0013, 436th AW)
REACH 166T (C-17A, 00-0174, 3rd Wing)
REACH 735 (C-17A, 01-0192, 105th AW)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 08-3175, 317th AG)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 08-3178, 317th AG)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 11-5734, 19th AW)
SAM 500 (C-37B, 09-0525, 89th AW)
VENOM (JTAC, 165th ASOS)
LIFESTAR 1 (Bell 407, N406UH, Air Methods)
N79AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 96 Jesup)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)

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

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.

In February, I started seeing what I’m guessing to be a new US Coast Guard C-37A operating out of Savannah IAP; it appeared to be doing flight testing out of the Gulfstream facilities at Savannah IAP as COAST GUARD 202. Its Mode-S code is AE5F07 and its callsign on Mode-S is C202. It’s worth noting that it was sending ADS-B data during its apparent testing.

An ADS-B track on COAST GUARD 202, which seems to be a new Coast Guard C-37.

An ADS-B track on COAST GUARD 202, which seems to be a new Coast Guard C-37.

83AEFC – C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN (MOHWK92)
83AEFC – C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN (PAT482)
A152F2 – BE36, N18474, US Dept of Justice
A22E3C – LJ60, N24G, Goodyear Tire & Rubber
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A326C5 – Bell 206L-1, N302AE, AirEvac EMS
A339BD – C-146A, 11-3097/N307EF, 27th SOW/Sierra Nevada Corp (HOUND76)
A3DF3E – G150, N22G, Goodyear Tire & Rubber
A4109A – G450, N361GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF62)
A4C4B5 – Bell 407, N406UH, Air Methods (N406UH on box, LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A5396A – G150, N480JJ, Hendrick Motorsports
A5485F – G-IV, N44BB, Bollinger Enterprises (GLF47)
A589BD – CL-600, N520JG, Joe Gibbs Racing (N520JG)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF20)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF52)
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GULFTEST 83 on ATC)
A63B45 – CL-600, N500PR, Penske Racing Inc (N500PR)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF67)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF18)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF7)
A65CDE – ERJ-145, N509RH, Hendrick Motorsports
A7C7D5 – G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A7C7D5 – G600, N600G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF69)
A85F6B – C182, N639CP, GA Civil Air Patrol (CAP 938 on ATC)
A8AB09 – G650, N658GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF17)
A8AEC0 – G650, N659GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF18)
AAB5B1 – Bell 206L-1, N79AE, AirEvac EMS (N79AE)
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG 05 on box, DAWG 21 on ATC)
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG05 on box, DAWG 10 flight on ATC)
ADFDEA – C-130H3, 94-6705, 165th AW (DAWG05)
ADFE1E – HC-130H, 1718, CGAS Clearwater
ADFE83 – C-130H, 92-0548, 165th AW (DAWG58)
ADFEC1 – UC-35, 96-00111, US Army (PAT225)
ADFECE – C-12U, 84-00488, F/6-52 AVN (PAT323 on box, MOHAWK 06 on ATC)
ADFEDE – C-12F, 86-0088, FL ARNG (PAT203)
AE0130 – KC-10A, 87-0118, 305th AMW (BANKR35)
AE013A – KC-135R, 59-1488, 101st ARW (SPUR81)
AE015F – KC-135R, 58-0119, 134th ARW (SODA82)
AE0169 – C-20B, 86-0204, 89th AW
AE022D – KC-10A, 86-0036, 305th AMW (BANKR99)
AE0268 – KC-135R, 59-1523, 171 ARW (STEEL83)
AE026B – KC-135R, 62-3515, 157th ARW (SPUR84)
AE02C6 – C-130H, 89-9102, 165th AW (DAWG02)
AE02C6 – C-130H, 89-9102, 165th AW (DAWG10 on box, DAWG 02 on ATC)
AE02D9 – C-130H, 89-1181, 165th AW (DAWG12)
AE038C – KC-135R, 62-3573, 6th AMW
AE0394 – KC-135R, 64-14832, 134th AW (SODA81)
AE03DB – KC-130T, 165316, VMGR-452
AE03FC – C-12U, 84-00176, US Army (PAT 428 on ATC)
AE0405 – C-37A, 97-1944, OSACOM PATD (ALLIED1)
AE040A – KC-130J, 165738, VMGR-252 (OTIS17)
AE0471 – KC-135R, 57-1451, 134th ARW (SODA81)
AE04AD – UC-35B, 99-0104, A/2-228 AVN
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4941)
AE04D8 – C-40A, 165830, VR-59 (CNV4330)
AE056A – C-5M, 86-0013, 436th AW (RCH156)
AE0677 – C-17A, 00-0172, 97th AMW (EAGLE63)
AE0679 – C-17A, 00-0174, 3rd Wing (RCH166T)
AE06D9 – UC-12F, 163561, USMC
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort
AE07B6 – KC-135R, 62-3519, 6th AMW
AE07B9 – KC-135R, 62-3550, 161st ARW (BANKR31)
AE07D0 – C-17A, 89-1192, 437th/315th AW
AE07EA – C-17A, 95-0107, 437th/315th AW (RCH165T)
AE0808 – C-17A, 99-0062, 437th/315th AW (BASCO35)
AE087E – C-37A, 01-0028, 6th AMW
AE08F8 – C-12U, 84-24375, C/2-228 AVN (PAT942)
AE093A – UC-35B, 10-1051, B/2-228 AVN
AE0940 – UC-35D, 166374, VMR Det – KADW
AE0940 – UC-35D, 166374, VMR Det – KADW (MARINE 374 on ATC
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89th AW (SAM507)
AE0978 – C-37A, 01-0076, 86th AW
AE10B3 – C-21A, 84-0110, 86th AW (RCH317)
AE10B5 – C-17A, 01-0186, 436th AW (RIDER69)
AE10BB – C-17A, 01-0192, 105th AW (RCH735)
AE10E7 – HC-130J, 2001, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2001)
AE10E8 – HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2002)
AE10EA – HC-130J, 2004, CGAS Elizabeth City (2004)
AE1173 – C-17A, 02-1101, 437th/315th AW (RCH147T)
AE1178 – C-17A, 02-1106, 62nd AW (RCH102)
AE13E5 – WC-135W, 62-3582, 55th Wing (COBRA55)
AE13E6 – C-12C, 78-23128, USASOC Flt Det
AE1463 – C-17A, 06-6165, 436th AW (RCH170T)
AE146B – C-17A, 07-7173, 436th AW (RCH171T)
AE146C – C-17A, 07-7174, 436th AW (ROYAL90)
AE148A – E-8C, 92-3289, 116th/461st ACW (PEACH32)
AE17EF – C-40C, 05-0730, 932nd AW (SPAR11)
AE1CFC – P-3C, 158225, VP-30 (LL 52 on ATC)
AE1D7D – P-3C, 163000, VP-30
AE1D84 – P-3C, 163290, VP-30
AE1FFE – UH-72A, 12-72239, NE ARNG
AE20C5 – C-17A, 07-7184, 437th/315th AW (RCH552)
AE20C8 – C-17A, 07-7187, 437th/315th AW (IMPAC99)
AE222D – P-8A, 167952, VX-1
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah
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)
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE2907 – MH-60T, 6023, CGAS Clearwater (C6023)
AE2F9B – KC-130J, 168069, VMGR-252 (OTIS52)
AE2F9D – KC-130J, 168071, VMGR-252 (OTIS25)
AE2FA3 – C-17A, 08-8191, 437/315 AW (TURTLE5)
AE2FAA – C-17A, 08-8198, 437th/315th AW (BASCO71)
AE49C1 – C-17A, 09-9205, 437th/315th AW (RCH9205)
AE4A81 – C-37B, 09-0525, 89th AW (SAM 500 on ATC)
AE4AF0 – C-130J, 08-3175, 317th AG (RCHA612)
AE4AF3 – C-130J, 08-3178, 317th AG (RCHA612)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 03 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 08 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 64 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 80 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224th MI Bn (SHADY85)
AE4E0F – C-130J, 11-5734, 19th AW (RCHA612)
AE4E18 – HC-130J, 11-5727, 71st RQS (KING21)
AE4EB1 – P-8A, 167956, VX-1 (PIONR07)
AE4EBB – P-8A, 168437, VP-5 (MADFX24)
AE4EBC – P-8A, 168438, VP-5
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-30 (VVLL856)
AE4EBF – P-8A, 168754, VP-30 (VVLL871)
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-26
AE4EC2 – P-8A, 168757, VP-26 (TRIDNT13)
AE4EC3 – P-8A, 168758, VP-8
AE4EC3 – P-8A, 168758, VP-8 (TIGER34)
AE4EC3 – P-8A, 168758, VP-8 (TIGER56)
AE4EC5 – P-8A, 168760, VP-8
AE4EC7 – P-8A, 168762, VP-5 (00000000)
AE4EC7 – P-8A, 168762, VP-5 (MADFX5)
AE54B3 – C-17A, 10-0223, 437th/315th AW (BASCO75)
AE57B4 – P-8A, 168848, VP-26 (TRDNT00)
AE57B7 – P-8A, 168851, VP-8
AE57B9 – P-8A, 168853, VP-16 (TALON18)
AE57BD – P-8A, 168857, VP-26 (TRDNT42)
AE57BD – P-8A, 168857, VP-26 (TRNDT13 on box, TRIDENT 12 on ATC)
AE57C4 – P-8A, 168999, VP-30 (VVLL804)
AE57C5 – P-8A, 169000, VP-16 (TALON12)
AE57C6 – P-8A, 169001, VP-30 (VVLL859)
AE57C6 – P-8A, 169001, VP-30 (VVLL864)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL805)
AE57C7 – P-8A, 169002, VP-30 (VVLL899)
AE57C8 – P-8A, 169003, VP-16 (TALON77)
AE57C8 – P-8A, 169003, VP-16 (TALON81)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-30 (LL864 on box, LL 819 on ATC)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-30 (VVLL888)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (00000000 on box, TIGER 88 on ATC)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (TIGER12)
AE57CC – P-8A, 169007, VP-8 (TIGER88)
AE57CD – P-8A, 169008, VP-30 (VVLL818)
AE57CE – P-8A, 169009, VP-30 (VVLL805)
AE57D7 – unknown (at 24,0000 ft)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 64 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 77 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 93 on ATC)
AE596E – HC-130J, 13-5785, 71st RQS (KING15)
AE5AEB – possibly ARMY 20777, HH-60M, C/2-3 AVN (1075 ft and below corresponding to 20777)
AE5F07 – C-37?, 202?, US Coast Guard (C202)
C2B215 – CP-140, 140112, RCAF (CANFORCE 0450 on ATC)
C2B369 – CC-144C, 144617, 412 Sqn RCAF (CFC3007)

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan PD Encryption

Savannah – In answer to a lot of questions I’ve been getting lately, the Savannah Chatham Municipal PD (SCMPD) has gone encrypted with their communications on the SEGARRN system. Based on recent monitoring, their Primary Dispatch, Car-to-Car, Records, and Tac channels are all encrypted. It sounds like any interoperability channels are still unencrypted. Fire and EMS channels for Savannah, other municipalities, and Southside are still unencrypted.

SCMPD joins Brunswick PD, Glynn County PD (partially encrypted), and what I believe to be the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools school buses as encrypted users of the SEGARRN system. The various Fire Departments and EMS services remain unencrypted with the exception of some of the EMS to Hospital talkgroups, so there is still activity to listen to.

Sentry Savannah Update; 6 February 2017

Brunswick – The first Sentry Savannah exercise should continue this week. The units involved so far are the 43rd FS from Tyndall, the 142nd FW from Portland, the 2nd FTS from Tyndall, and the VFA-143 from Oceana operating from the CRTC/Air Dominance Center at Savannah IAP along with the 169th FW at McEntire and various KC-135s as tanker support. I haven’t had the chance to get out to the airport to get some photos, but a reader has been kind enough to pass these along:

43rd FS F-22A

43rd FS F-22A

2nd FTS T-38

2nd FTS T-38

142nd FW F-15C

142nd FW F-15C

VFA-143 F/A-18E

VFA-143 F/A-18E

Since my first post last week, I’ve had the chance to listen a few more times and have some updates for the frequency/callsign list. The 142nd FW F-15s may have left on Friday or over the weekend, but I’m not sure yet (in past exercises, some of the units have swapped out weeks). I won’t have the opportunity to listen today, but I’ll be back in Savannah on Tuesday and should find out then.

Frequencies

119.100/257.800 – Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
118.400/307.225 – Savannah Approach/Departure

269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low
351.700/124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
313.700 – Sealord North Secondary
133.950/267.500 – Sealord South Primary

288.400 – STEALTH (117th ACS) Check-In
293.600 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air
265.400 – NORAD Discrete; Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range Control

237.000 – CRTC CP; 43rd FS “HORNET Ops”
256.750 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
288.900 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
290.675 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
352.100 – 43rd FS Air-to-Air
253.200 – CRTC CP; 142nd FW “REDHAWK Ops”
226.750 – 142nd FW Air-to-Air
321.000 – 142nd FW Air-to-Air
320.600 – 2nd FTS Air-to-Air
350.675 – North TACTS Range; VFA-143 Base
268.500 – VFA-143 Air-to-Air
298.300 – 169th FW Ops
141.825 – 169th FW V14
143.250 – 169th FW V16

Callsigns

ATLAS (F-22A, 43rd FS)
RAPTOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)
SAVAGE (F-22A, 43rd FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43rd FS)
VAPOR (F-22A, 43rd FS)

EAGLE (F-15C, 142nd FW)
RAGE (F-15C, 142nd FW)

HOUND (T-38, 2nd FTS)
TALON (T-38, 2nd FTS)

TAPROOM (F/A-18E, VFA-143)
GRIFFIN (F/A-18E, VFA-143)

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

SODA (KC-135R, 134th ARW)

STEALTH (117th ACS)
DRAGON (RTO)

DVIDS Article on Marine Division Tactics Course at MCAS Beaufort

Recently I posted about the Marine Division Tactics Course that has been underway at MCAS Beaufort; this DVIDS article below appeared about it yesterday including the information that the graduation takes place today. Based on monitoring over the last few weeks, VMFA-112 and the 142nd FW assisted in the MDTC as adversaries in addition to VMFT-401.

 

Fightertown pilots are scheduled to graduate from Marine Division Tactics Course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Feb. 3.

The four-week course takes the top tier of Marine Aircraft Group 31 pilots and refines their skills in offensive anti-air warfare and anti-air defense. Six F-18 Hornet pilots and one Weapons Systems Operator will graduate, earning a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One qualification and a MDTC Instructor patch.

The course is held twice a year aboard MCAS Beaufort for all of MAG-31 F-18 squadrons. Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One instructor pilots, based out of MCAS Yuma, Ariz., instructs and evaluates the MCAS Beaufort pilots. For those pilots who do graduate it provides a stepping stone to go on to the top flight school, Weapons Tactics Instructor course.

“This course is one pre-requisite among others to eventually go on to the WTI course,” said Maj. Timothy Farag, the MAWTS-1 tactical air department head. “This course makes them proficient at air to air tactics.
Upon completion of WTI, they will be experts on both air to air and air to
ground tactics. They will be the overall subject matter experts of the F-18 Hornet.”

Both MDTC and WTI are fast paced, compact courses that test the top
level pilots and turn them into masters of airborne tactics, prepared to meet the needs of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. Because of the sharp learning curve for both courses, the pilots need to be top notch with an aptitude far above their peers.

“The first week of MDTC is dedicated to academics,” said Maj. Benjamin Apple, the operations officer with Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401. “Then the pilots spend a week doing dogfighting within visual range. The
last two weeks are spent doing beyond visual range flights and simulations.”

The week of academics covers complex tactics, briefing and debriefing.
The pilots not only need to excel in their flight time, but also in the debriefing time. Debriefing after a mission is critical, so that the pilots and WSO’s can see exactly what happened and how to improve. The
second week of dogfighting is when Apple’s unit, VMFT-401, comes into the picture.

“We are the Marine Corps’ only adversary squadron,” said Apple. “Often the Marine Corps utilizes civilian defense contractors. What sets us apart is both our aircraft and the fact that we are uniform wearing Marines. Adversary air is something we specialize in and provide to our customers. We study what the enemy does and we know what our pilots should be doing. We provide the anvil on which our Marine pilots sharpen their word.”

The VMFT-401 squadron frequently visits MCAS Beaufort to provide adversary air for the squadrons. During this visit their primary focus was
to support MDTC. After the second week of air to air dogfighting, the pilots start to work up to larger, longer and more complex flying exercises. The exercises start off with a section, comprised of two pilots. Over the final two weeks they work up to a division flying against 10
adversary aircraft.

“We have the pilots train with both offensive and defensive anti-aircraft warfare,” said Farag. “Essentially the pilots will either be attacking a simulated enemy asset or defending against an oncoming adversary force, protecting a friendly asset. The entire time they are flying they are monitored by controllers who watch, record and analyze everything. When the pilots come back and have their debrief they need to know everything that happened during the exercise and learn from it.”

The debrief conducted after the flight is just as important as the flight itself. This is the pilot’s chance to show his control over the situation and most importantly, learn how they can improve. The competition for a seat at MDTC is stiff. Pilots need to be able to execute in flight and show control in the debrief.

“VMFT-401 works as an extension of MAWTS-1 for the duration of the exercise, working hand in hand as the instructor pilots,” said Farag. “As far as organizing and coordinating MDTC, that comes from Marine Aviation Training System Site Beaufort.”

The MATTS Beaufort coordinates and provides, adversary air, space to
conduct briefs, debriefs, and reserves airspace. The MAG-31 provides the
aircraft, assets, and maintainers. All of these components work together to ensure that everything is ready and available to ensure MDTC runs smoothly.

“The need for MDTC is huge,” said Farag. “The Marine Corps Training and Readiness Manual dictates that each squadron requires a certain number
of WTI’s to ensure the Hornet community continues to meet the needs of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.”

The course is scheduled to culminate with a final flight and evaluation followed by a graduation at the Officer’s club aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Feb. 3. The course is a stride towards becoming a top aviator and subject matter expert within the F-18 Hornet community.

“We are honing pilots in air to air tactics maneuver and air superiority,” said Apple. “This has been a great trip for us. I love coming out to Beaufort and we are happy to be here, take our capabilities and bring
those to the fleet.”

 

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