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Welcome to KF4LMT's Shack. I blog on scanning and monitoring, amateur radio, and motor sports. MilAir, Fire/EMS, and Search and Rescue communications are the focus of my scanning posts. Amateur Radio posts mostly focus on events I participate in and mobile operating, which is my primary means of getting on HF. Sports Car racing, IndyCar, and F1 racing are what most of my motor sports posts are about. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line at kf4lmt @ gmail.com. Sorry, but I don't program scanners – it has led to too many requests that I just don't have time to accommodate.
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Atlanta Monitoring; 21 May 2015

Atlanta – On Friday, I was in Atlanta for a few hours and had the chance to do a bit of scanning while I was there. I didn’t have time to do any searching and just listened to Fire/Rescue communications on some of the public safety trunked repeater systems. The trip included the morning rush hour so there was plenty to listen to, including a response to a crash involving a tractor trailer on I-285 that created quite a bit of traffic problems.

Here’s what the BCD436HP recorded/logged (talkgroup IDs from the Radio Reference website):

Atlanta P25 TRS
TG 19377 – East Point FD Dispatch
TG 19406 – College Park FD Dispatch
TG 19450 – Atlanta Streetcars
TG 19567 – Hartsfield-Jackson IAP FAA Crash
TG 19614 – Hartsfield-Jackson IAP Atlanta FD Dispatch
TG 19631 – Atlanta FD Tac 3
TG 19632 – Atlanta FD Tac 2
TG 19654 – Atlanta FD Med 1
TG 19657 – Atlanta FD Dispatch

DeKalb P25 TRS
TG 6121 – DeKalb Co FD Dispatch
TG 6122 – DeKalb Co Ops
TG 6296 – Emory Hospital Midtown Public Safety Dispatch
TG 6303 – Emory Hospital Environmental Services
TG 6319

Fulton Co TRS
TG 44816
TG 47152 – Fulton Co FD Dispatch
TG 47184 – Fulton Co FD Tac 1
TG 47248 – Chattahoochee River Communications Fire Tac 2
TG 49104 – Chattahoochee River Communications Fire Dispatch

MARTA TRS
TG 2416 – N/S Trains
TG 2448 – E/W Trains
TG 2480 – Yard Amor
TG 2512 – Yard South
TG 2544 – Yard Avon
TG 2576 – Rail Maintenance
TG 2608 – Rail Agents

B.B King (1925-2015) – The Thrill is Not Gone

Just before midnight I began seeing the news that B.B. King passed away. Over the last few hours I’ve listening to his music and watching videos of his performances online. With his passing, we’ve lost a legend, a true man of the blues. When he sang the blues, you felt it. He knew what he was singing about, there was nothing fake about it. He played with one of the most beautiful, distinctive guitar tones ever; B.B. King could put more into one note than many could put into an entire song.

My eyes were moist as I listened and I held it together until I got to this song he did with Buddy Guy. When I started listening to it, I couldn’t help it. The tears began to flow.

One of B.B. King’s most popular songs was “The Thrill is Gone.” The thrill is not gone. The man himself may have passed, but he left the legacy of his music and the many musicians he influenced. His music and our memories of him will last forever.

Sentry Savannah 15-2 Update (and Most Likely Wrap-Up); 14 May 2015

Tomorrow (Friday, 15 May 2015) is probably the last day of Sentry Savannah 15-2 and since I won’t be around the radios tomorrow this update is most likely also a wrap up of the exercise:

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

269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken 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

237.000 – Air Dominance Center CP
256.750 – 43 FS air-to-air
288.900 – 43 FS air-to-air
290.675 – 43 FS air-to-air (19 Aux)
352.100 – 43 FS air-to-air (17 Aux)
306.700 – 144 FW air-to-air
314.200 – 144 FW air-to-air
149.4875 – CRTC; aircraft maintenance

298.300 – 169 FW Ops
141.825 – 169 FW V14
140.125 – 169 FW V15
225.700 – 169 FW air-to-air (VIPER 4# flight)

300.025 – 335 FS air-to-air

361.800 – VMFA-115 Base
339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
228.200 – VMFA-312 Tac Base
301.950 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1

293.600 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts
311.300 – STEALTH (117 ACS) Discrete (intercepts)

320.600 – F-22/T-38

265.400 – NORAD Discrete, AR check in
288.400 – NORAD Discrete, AR check in
235.900 – AR check in, Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

ATLAS (F-22A, 43 FS)
HORNET (F-22A, 43 FS)
WASP (F-22A, 43 FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43 FS)

BEAGLE (T-38, 325 FW)

DOGS (F-15, 144 FW)
RAZOR (F-15, 144 FW)

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

BLADE (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
CHECK (F/A-18C, VMFA-312)
SWEDE (F-35B, VMFAT-501)

CHIEF (F-15E, 335 FS)

BAT (KC-135R, 185 ARW)
COPPER (KC-135R, 161 ARW)
DEECEE (KC-135R, 459 ARW)
PIRAT (KC-135R, 6 AMW)

STEALTH (GCI, 117 ACS)
DRAGON (RTO)

Sentry Savannah 15-2 Update; 6 May 2015

Updated frequencies/callsigns for Sentry Savannah 15-2 as of 6 May 2015:

Here’s an updated list of frequencies and callsigns being used during exercise Sentry Savannah out of the ANG Air Dominance Center (CRTC) at Savannah IAP:

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

269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
319.200/127.875 – Jax Center Aiken 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

237.000 – Air Dominance Center CP
256.750 – 43 FS air-to-air
288.900 – 43 FS air-to-air
290.675 – 43 FS air-to-air (19 Aux)
352.100 – 43 FS air-to-air (17 Aux)
306.700 – 144 FW air-to-air
314.200 – 144 FW air-to-air

298.300 – 169 FW Ops
141.825 – 169 FW V14
140.125 – 169 FW V15
225.700 – 169 FW air-to-air (VIPER 4# flight)

300.025 – 335 FS air-to-air

299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1

293.600 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; intercepts

320.600 – F-22/T-38

265.400 – NORAD Discrete, AR check in
288.400 – NORAD Discrete, AR check in
278.000 – Aerial Refueling
235.900 – Aerial Refueling

ATLAS (F-22A, 43 FS)
HORNET (F-22A, 43 FS)
WASP (F-22A, 43 FS)
STINGER (F-22A, 43 FS)

BEAGLE (T-38, 325 FW)

DOGS (F-15, 144 FW)
RAZOR (F-15, 144 FW)

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

CHIEF (F-15E, 335 FS)

BAT (KC-135R, 185 ARW)
COPPER (KC-135R, 161 ARW)
DEECEE (KC-135R, 459 ARW)
PIRAT (KC-135R, 6 AMW)

STEALTH (GCI, 117 ACS)
DRAGON (RTO)

BLADE (unknown)

Apologies for the Lack of Amateur Radio Content

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

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

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

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