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Brunswick Weather

Upcoming Ham Radio Events

  • Indianapolis 500 (100th Running!) 23 May 2016 – 29 May 2016 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, United States May 23-May 29, 1400Z-2359Z, W9IMS, Indianapolis, IN. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club. 18.140 14.245 7.240 3.840. Certificate & QSL. Indianapolis Motor Speedway ARC, PO Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. 100th running of the Indy 500. See URL for all the details about getting the special certificate and QSL card! www.qrz.com/db/w9ims
  • Burning Man - Flipside 26 May 2016 – 30 May 2016 Rockdale, TX 76567, USA May 26-May 30, 1400Z-1800Z, K5E, Rockdale, TX. KI5DQ. 14.265 7.265. QSL. James Hunt, 1026 Valentine Dr, Sherman, TX 75090. Times and frequencies will be dependent on propagation and EMT duties at the event. www.qrz.com/db/k5e
  • Memorial Day Special Event Station 27 May 2016 – 30 May 2016 Cleburne, TX, USA May 27-May 30, 0001Z-2359Z, K1A, Cleburne, TX. Menasco Amateur Radio Club: KC5NX. 24.945 21.305 18.115 14.055. QSL. Special Event Station: K1A, 9200 Summit Ct W, Cleburne, TX 76033. Sponsored by the Menasco Amateur Radio Club, KC5NX. We will be on the air to celebrate and remember the heroes of the Armed Forces of the United…
  • CQWW WPX Contest CW 28 May 2016 – 29 May 2016
  • Klickitat County World War I Memorial 29 May 2016 – 31 May 2016 Appleton, WA 98635, USA May 29-May 31, 1500Z-1259Z, K7M, Appleton, WA. Radio Amateurs of the Gorge. All bands, as conditions permit. QSL. Rich Warren, N7TCO, Special Event, PO Box 50, Appleton, WA 98602. rwarren@gorge.net or w7rag.com
  • 100th Anniversary of Red Cross in Iowa 30 May 2016 – 5 June 2016 Ames, IA, USA May 30-Jun 5, 0000Z-2359Z, W0YL, Ames, IA. Story County Amateur Radio Club. 14.320 14.080 14.050 7.270. QSL. Ron Nelson, KN0R, 3918 Phoenix St, Ames, IA 50014. www.w0yl.com
  • Memorial Day 30 May 2016 Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave, Pooler, GA 31322, United States May 30, 1430Z-2000Z, WW2COS, Pooler, GA. Mighty 8th Air Force Radio Club. 14.252. QSL. Stephen Jonas, K4SDJ, 7611 Central Ave, Savannah, GA 31406. We will be activating to honor all Veterans and all who have died for our country. www.mightyeighth.org
  • CARS Net 29 May 2016 at 21:30 – 22:00 Savannah, GA, USA Coastal Amateur Radio Society Weekly Net, 442.700+ Repeater
  • 127th Anniversary of Johnstown Flood 31 May 2016 South Fork, PA, USA May 31, 1200Z-2359Z, W3J, South Fork, PA. Nittany Amateur Radio Club. 14.280 14.070 7.260 7.040. QSL. Evan Duffey, 121 N Penn St, Bellefonte, PA 16823. Will be an NPOTA activation as well, for NM14.
  • Kirtland Warbler Festival 3 June 2016 – 13 June 2016 Roscommon, MI 48653, USA Jun 3-Jun 13, 1200Z-1200Z, K8W, Roscommon, MI. Ogemaw Arenac Amateur Radio Society. 28.350 18.250 14.250 7.250. QSL. W8WDR, 5725 W M76, West Branch, MI 48661. Special event to promote awareness of the endangered species the Kirtland's Warbler which winters in the Bahamas and summers in Michigan for breeding. This tiny bird has been brought from…

In the Log: W9IMS for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Savannah – I don’t set many goals in my hobbies, but I did set an amateur radio goal for 2016: to work W9IMS for this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. It’s a milestone race for IndyCar, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and for motor sport as a whole so as an IndyCar and motor sport fan I wanted to get the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club in the log. The club operates under the callsign W9IMS and they do special event stations for each race at the Speedway. They always have nice QSL cards, so contacts with them are eagerly sought after by hams who are and aren’t motor sport fans.

Front of the W9IMS 2010 Indianapolis 500 QSL Card featuring race winner Dario Franchitti

Front of the W9IMS 2010 Indianapolis 500 QSL Card featuring race winner Dario Franchitti

Back of the W9IMS QSL Card for the 2010 Indianapolis 500

Back of the W9IMS QSL Card for the 2010 Indianapolis 500

Front of the 2011 W9IMS Indianapolis 500 QSL Card featuring race winner Dan Wheldon

Front of the 2011 W9IMS Indianapolis 500 QSL Card featuring race winner Dan Wheldon

Back of the 2011 W9IMS Indianapolis 500 QSL Card

Back of the 2011 W9IMS Indianapolis 500 QSL Card

This morning I fired up the mobile HF station after watching qualifying for the Grand Prix of Monaco, found W9IMS calling on 7.238 and they came back to me after my first call! 40 Meters is not the best band for my mobile station, so I was surprised at how easy it was. I looked around 20 Meters for them later in the afternoon but couldn’t find them (although they were still at it on 40 Meters) so I won’t be picking them up on multiple bands this year. Two weeks ago, I also worked W9IMS on 40 Meters for their IndyCar Angie’s List Grand Prix (on the road course at IMS) special event, so even though the mobile station’s best bands are 14, 15, and 10 Meters, the repaired FT-857D is definitely working on 40 Meters.

I’ll be sending out QSL cards for both the 500 and Angie’s List races on Tuesday; when I receive the QSL Cards from W9IMS later this year, I’ll make sure to post them here.

Sentry Savannah Exercise in Progress?

Savannah – Last week I wrote about hearing the 142nd FW F-15s here in Savannah and wondered if a Sentry Savannah exercise was underway. After last week’s and Monday’s listening, I’m pretty much convinced that there is a Sentry Savannah underway. There aren’t as many visiting aircraft as previous ones, but the offshore training activity matches what went on in previous Sentry Savannah exercises as do the frequencies in use. Even though there aren’t F-22s involved this time, some F-35s from Eglin AFB were participants in today’s morning sortie, arriving from and returning back to Eglin. Activity  should continue through the rest of the week, so there should be three or four more days left to listen to. I’ll have limited radio time over the next few days, but these frequencies and callsigns should give you a good baseline of where to listen for them at.

Frequencies
257.800/119.100 – Savannah IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure

124.975/279.575 – Hunter AAF Tower

269.550/124.700 – Jax Center Columbia Low
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
282.300/135.975 – Jax Center Alma High
285.650/126.125 – Jax Center Statesboro High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

120.950/284.500 Sealord North Primary

235.900 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air Check In
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air Check In

293.600 – NORAD Discrete; ACM
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; ACM with STEALTH

274.400 – Aerial Refueling
278.000 – Aerial Refueling

228.400 – Townsend Range

226.750 – 142nd AW air-to-air
276.800 – 142nd AW air-to-air
321.000 – 142nd AW air-to-air

234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

141.825 – 169th FW V14
140.125 – 169th FW V15

339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
225.675 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
283.400 – VMFA-122 Tac 1
354.325 – VMFA-122 Tac 2
250.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
258.900 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 2
301.950 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
320.300 – VMFA-312 Tac 2

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

EDDIE (KC-135R, 64-14840, 121st ARW)
EXPO (KC-135T, 59-1520, 141st ARW)

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

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

BLADE 1# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA-224)
CHECK 6# (F/A-18D, VMFA-312)

HUSKY (F-35A, Eglin AFB)
PRIMUS (F-35A, Eglin AFB)

STEALTH (117th ACS)
DRAGON (RTO)

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) Visits Its Namesake City

Brunswick, GA – On Friday, the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6), a  Military Sealift Command Spearhead class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship arrived in its namesake city Brunswick to take part in they city’s Blessing of the Fleet festivities. For some reason I thought it was going the visit and festivities were next week, but upon realizing my mistake I decided to go back to Brunswick for the afternoon and get a look at the new ship in a new class of ship. Tours didn’t start until Saturday, but there were other plans made for Saturday and my parents also rode along – my father, a retired USN Chief Petty Officer (CPO) wanted to see it, too.

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) docked at downtown Brunswick's Mary Ross Park

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) docked at downtown Brunswick’s Mary Ross Park

Regular and long time readers of this blog may remember a post from a couple of years ago that included photos of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) undergoing tests in Pensacola. In the time since those photos, the Navy has changed the classification of the type from JHSV for Joint High Speed Vessel to EPF for Expeditionary Platform Fast. The Brunswick is the same class of ship, so the photos in this post give a bit closer look at these interesting ships. While taking some photos of the ship, a CPO of the Brunswick’s USN crew (they have a combined civilian and Navy crew) was out on the pier and we talked with him for a bit about the ship.

The Brunswick is indeed an interesting ship. Besides the non-traditional catamaran hull, the first thing you notice is that it isn’t painted traditional US Navy haze gray (I’m sure that causes some consternation among the traditionalists!):  with the exception of the ship’s markings, the hull is bare aluminum. The reason behind the lack of paint is found in its type classification: Expeditionary Platform Fast. Paint is heavy and weight is the enemy of speed; powered by water jet drives in each catamaran sponson, the Brunswick is capable of going over 40 knots, hence the designation fast. It’s designed to transport an Army or Marine Corps company sized unit with all of its vehicles and personnel from one coastal location to another; its shallow draft (under 15 ft) and built-in ramp allow it to operate from unimproved piers and port facilities. While the catamaran hull allows it to travel quickly, it also means that it trades stability for that speed, particularly in more “blue water” situations. From what the Chief we talked to said, the EPFs can be unstable both fore/aft and port/starboard, causing the crews seasickness issues at times. The speed is also dependent upon sea state – the heavier the seas, the slower it can go.

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) docked at downtown Brunswick's Mary Ross Park

USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) docked at downtown Brunswick’s Mary Ross Park

Inside the catamaran hull, the Brunswick is basically a big aluminum box. It can carry vehicles (the ramp is capable of handling 100 tons) as well as up to 312 troops. Due to the speed/instability mentioned above, the troops use airliner type seating.  The ship has a crew of around 25, but the crew size can also be up to 40-something depending upon the mission. It also has a helicopter deck (in the photos below, the helicopter deck is where the white tents are set up on top of the ship) which can handle up to CH-53 Super Stallion sized helicopters. The EPFs aren’t combatant ships, but they do have mountings for machine guns on each corner for security purposes and security detachments are embarked depending upon the mission at hand (you can see the two on the bow in the phone above).

Bow shot of the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6), note the location of the anchor between the catamaran sponsons

Bow shot of the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6), note the location of the anchor between the catamaran sponsons

The stern of the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) including the ramp capable of handling 100 ton vehicles. There are two white tents set up on the ship's helicopter deck

The stern of the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) including the ramp capable of handling 100 ton vehicles. There are two white tents set up on the ship’s helicopter deck

The USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6)'s helicopter deck "control tower" and short mast

The USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6)’s helicopter deck “control tower” and short mast

The USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6)'s bridge and its various navigational and communications antennas

The USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6)’s bridge and its various navigational and communications antennas

While taking bow shots of the Brunswick, I turned around and saw something interesting tied up at a dock just downriver from the pier at Mary Ross Park: a very Navy looking boat with the markings “672 Brunswick, GA” on the stern. It was tied up at a civilian dock and despite appearances it didn’t appear to be active duty so I was naturally very curious. I had no idea what it was so I took some photos of it and did some web research later that evening when I got back to Savannah.

Former US Navy YP-672, a YP-654 class Yard Patrol Vessel now in private hands

Former US Navy YP-672, a YP-654 class Yard Patrol Vessel now in private hands

It turns out that the boat is former US Navy YP-672, a YP-654 class Yard Patrol Vessel that is now privately owned by someone in Brunswick. 80 feet long with an 18 foot beam and 5 foot draft and displacing 56 tons, the YP-654 class boats had a wooden hull and aluminum superstructure and were primarily used for training purposes. This one appears to be well restored and despite spending most of my time in Brunswick since late 2009, I never knew it was there. It’s definitely an interesting sight and stands out among the rest of the boats tied up at the docks and marinas along downtown Brunswick.

No doubt one of the reasons T-EPF-6 was named after Brunswick is they city’s history during World War II. One of the port cities that were designated to build Liberty ships. J.A. Jones Construction Company in Brunswick built 85 Liberty ships and 14 smaller “knot” ships designed for coastal use between July 6, 1942 and August 1945. This history is remembered at Mary Ross Park with a scale model of a Liberty ship based on a scale model used for training that was donated to the city after World War II. The original model was a cut-away model and deteriorated after a number of years; the new one is not cut-away but still reminds visitors of Brunswick’s contributions to war efforts during World War II.

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Scale model of a World War II Liberty ship in downtown Brunswick's Mary Ross Park

Scale model of a World War II Liberty ship in downtown Brunswick’s Mary Ross Park

Scale model of a World War II Liberty ship in downtown Brunswick's Mary Ross Park, the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) is in the background

Scale model of a World War II Liberty ship in downtown Brunswick’s Mary Ross Park, the USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) is in the background

 

Military Monitoring Recap; March/April 2016

Due to a lack of radio time in both March and April, I consolidated both months into one post. I didn’t catch anything “special” over the two month period, but I did begin hearing a new callsign on Marne Radio frequencies at Fort Stewart:  VALKYRIE. I’ve never heard them out of Fort Stewart’s airspace, so I’m thinking they might be UAVs; some internet research makes me wonder if they might be 3rd AVN Brigade MQ-1s. Additionally, the 125th FW at Jacksonville has made a callsign change:  they’re now using GATOR in place of SNAKE.

Hunter AAF
124.975 – Tower
279.575 – Tower
121.800 – Ground
291.675 – Ground
126.200 – Base Ops
285.425 – Base Ops
309.000 – PMSV
51.050 – Helicopter Common
37.975 – 2-3 AVN “KNIGHTHAWK Ops”
80.425 – 2-3 AVN
34.125 – 3-17 Cav “LIGHTHORSE Ops”
46.750 – 4-3 AVN air-to-air
345.000 – USCG AirSta Savannah Ops
150.300 – CG 113, USCG AirSta Savannah Ops (P25)

ARMY/BLACKHAWK 26832 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 27055 (UH-60L, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20616 (HH-60M, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20685 (HH-60M, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY/APACHE 35395 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 45436 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 75518 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 77043 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 77046 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 87048 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 95591 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 95594 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/APACHE 95599 (AH-64D, 3-17 Cav)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20539 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20572 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20576 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20577 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20584 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 25087 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20592 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20610 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20657 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20679 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20680 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY/BLACKHAWK 20681 (UH-60M, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20648 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY 20658 (UH-60M, 3 AVN)
ARMY 03749 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03753 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03756 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03786 (MH-47G, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20002 (MH-60M, 3-160 SOAR)
SHADY 11 (MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 12 (MC-12, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 27 (MC-12, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 45 (MC-12, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 45 (MC-12S, 11-00266, EMARSS)
SHADY 45 (MC-12S, 11-00268, EMARSS/224 MI Bn)
SHADY 47 (MC-12W, 09-0644, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 55 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 64 (MC-12W, 09-0644, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 66 (MC-12, 224 MI Bn)
SHADY 66 (MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn)
GUARD 08076 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
GUARD 08767 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
TESTHAWK 22 (H-60, RASM-East)
COAST GUARD 6516 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6530 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6550 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6555 (MH-65D, Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6562 (MH-65D, Savannah)

Savannah IAP/CRTC
119.100 – Tower
257.800 – Tower
121.900 – Ground
348.600 – Ground
120.400 – Approach/Departure
353.775 – Approach/Departure
125.300 – Approach/Departure
371.875 – Approach/Departure
118.400 – Approach/Departure
307.225 – Approach/Departure
225.750 – 165th AW CP “ANIMAL CONTROL”
225.050 – 165th AW
173.5625 – 165th AW MOC (NAC 302)
123.200 – WCM9, Gulfstream Aerospace

DAWG 08 (C-130H-3, 94-6708, 165 AW)
DAWG 1# (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 22 (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 75 (C-130H, 80-0323, 165th AW)
EAGLE 0# (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 16 (G650, N698GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 18 (G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 25 (G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 27 (G650, N667GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 30 (G-500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 33 (G550, N531GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 44 (G650, N620GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 44 (G-IV, N799CP, SLMF LLC)
GULFTEST 45 (G550, N514VA, Aviation LLC)
GULFTEST 61 (G650, N680GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 65 (G650, N673GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 90 (G550, N542GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)

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

VALKYRIE 26 (MQ-1?, E/3 AVN?)
VALKYRIE 30 (MQ-1?, E/3 AVN?)

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
225.675 – VMFA-115 Tac 2
313.800 – VMFA-251 Base
290.000 – VMFA-251 Tac 1
228.200 – VMFA-312 Base
301.950 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
320.300 – VMFA-312 Tac 2
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
289.275 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
348.825 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 3
299.275 – VMFAT-501 Base
315.300 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
319.500 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
285.000 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3?

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
CHECK 6# (F/A-18C, VMFA-312)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18C, VMFA-251)
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

Jacksonville IAP
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
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

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

NAS Jacksonville/Mayport NS/Cecil Field
NAVY HK 00 (MH-60R, HSM-40)
NAVY HR 501 (MH-60R, HSM-48)
SPARTAN 704 (MH-60R, HSM-70)
MADFOX 22 (P-8A, VP-50)
LANCER 27 (P-8A, 168764, VP-10)
NAVY LL 803 (P-8A, 168432, VP-30)
NAVY LL 812 (P-8A, VP-30)
NAVY LL 848 (P-8A, 168849, VP-30)
NAVY LL 855 (P-8A, VP-30)
PELICAN 11 (P-8A, VP-45)
PELICAN 12 (P-8A, 168859, VP-45)
PELICAN 27 (P-8A, 168434, VP-45)
PELICAN 44 (P-8A, 168859, VP-45)
PELICAN 52 (P-8A, VP-45)
CONVOY 4862 (C-40A, 165832, VR-58)
NOMAD 13 (C-130T, 165313, VR-62)

Charleston AFB
126.200 – Charleston AFB Tower
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”

LIFTR 35 (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
MOOSE ## (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 677 (C-17A, 99-0062, 437th/315th AW)
BOEING 05 (Depot Return Aircraft)

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
320.525 – 79th FS “TIGER Ops”
138.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.150 – 79th FS air-to-air
141.700 – 79th FS air-to-air

CLAW (F-16CM, 79th FS)
GUNDOG (F-16CM, 79th FS)
JAKE (F-16CM, 79th FS)
SPIDER (F-16CM, 79th FS)
TOPCAT (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)
HEAT (F-16CM, 169th FW)

Moody AFB
KING 15 (HC-130J, 12-5768, 71st RQS)
KING 21 (HC-130J, 71st RQS)

Robins AFB
293.525 – 116th/461st ACW “PEACHTREE OPS”

Ranges/Military Operating Areas
228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
252.900 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
226.975 – Coastal MOA
343.750 – Bulldog MOA
354.300 – BEEFEATER ECM Range

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

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

Miscellaneous
364.200 – NORAD AICC
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
335.950 – NORAD Discrete
303.100 – AWACS Discrete
346.825 – AWACS Discrete
324.600 – AR-207
300.525 – 335th FS air-to-air
236.000 – USN/Phoenix Air Group Air-to-Surface

ADVANCE (JTAC, 15th ASOS)
BANDSAW (E-3, 964th ACCS)
BOLT 05 (KC-135R, 62-3538, 6th AMW)
CAP 3935 (Cessna 182, SC CAP)
CHALICE (E-3C, 82-0006, 963rd ACCS)
COAST GUARD 2004 (HC-130J, 2004, CGAS Elizabeth City)
COWBOY ## (F/A-18, VMFA-112)
DARKSTAR (E-3, 965th ACCS)
DRAGNET (E-3, 966 ACCS)
FELIX 0# (F/A-18E, VF-31)
FIRST 7# (F-22A, 1st FW)
FLIGHT CHECK 89 (CL-600, N89, FAA)
FLIGHT CHECK 140 (JC-12D, 78-23140, Flight Test)
GLEAN 25 (C-130J, 14-5788, 19th AW)
GREYHAWK 72 (C-2 or E-2, VAW-120)
GUARD 72045 (UH-72A, 08-72045, 2-151 AVN)
GUARD 72231 (UH-72A, 12-72231, GA ARNG?)
JENA 02 (B757, N119NA, FBI)
MARS 53 (AV-8B, VMA-203)
MUDBUG 01 (F-15C, 159th FW)
NAVY 6E 021 (T-6B, 166021, VT-6)
NAVY CD 1## (T-45)
NOAA 56 (DHC-6-300, N56RF, NOAA)
OMEGA 71 (707, N707MQ, Omega Air)
PAT 521 (C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN)
PAT 628 (C-12U, 84-24375, C/2-228 AVN)
PHOENIX 11 flight (HMHT-302)
PIRAT 23 (KC-135T, 59-1480, 6th AMW)
PIRAT 24 (KC-135, 6th AMW)
REACH 175 (C-17A, 10-0217, 62nd AW)
REACH 241 (C-5M, 87-0035, 436 AW)
REACH 421 (C-17A, 02-1109, 62 AW)
REACH 502 (C-17A, 02-1098, 305th AMW)
REACH 812 (C-17A, 98-0053, 62nd AW)
REACH 930 (C-17A, 10-0216, 62nd AW)
RIPTIDE 51 (Learjet, Phoenix Air Group)
ROMAN ## (F/A-18, VFA-106)
SCALP 4# (F-15E, 335th FS)
SHARK 67 (C-130H, 89-9102, 913th AG)
SHOOTER 18 (T-6B, 166118, VT-6)
TOPCAT 06 (KC-135R, 60-0366, 108st Wing)
VAGRANT (JTAC)
VOODOO 01 (F-15C, 159th FW)
LIFESTAR 1 (BK-117, N911MZ, Air Methods)
N106HN (AS-350, N106HN, US Bancorp Finance) landing Memorial
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)
N409AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 90 Waycross)
N416AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 96 Jesup)

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

Mode-S Log; March/April 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, GA. Note:  Mode-S information for the 165th AW’s “new” C-130s are in red and for the new MC-12s at Hunter AAF are in green. 

000004 – F-15E of SCALP 4# flight (4FW for flight ID)
0C2065 – B787, XC-MEX, CGTAP (MAF01)
43E9D5 – G650, M-JCBB, JC Bamford Excavtors
83AEFC – C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN (PAT521)
A00181 – BD-100, N1RH, Hendrick Motorsports (CDR376)
A0062B – C650, N100, NASCAR/Intl Speedway Corp/Real Air Leasing
A01BBA – AS-350, N106HN, US Bancorp Finance (Air Methods?)
A04ECF – B757, N119NA, FBI (JENA 02 on ATC)
A13C5F – B747, N179UA, United Airlines (UAL2296)
A1ECBD – G-V, N223GA, FBI (JENA624)
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A3A878 – Hawker Hunter F.58, N335AX, Hunter Aviation Intl (N335AX)
A3B39D – Hawker Hunter F.58, N338AX, Hunter Aviation Intl (N338AX)
A4C301 – Kfir C2, N406AX, Airborne Tactical Advantage Inc (N406AX)
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Waycross
A63A87 – G500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A63A87 – G-500, N500GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF30)
A64205 – G500, N502GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF11)
A645AB – G500, N503G, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF18)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF76)
A67227 – G550, N514VA, Aviation LLC (GLF45)
A6B4BB – G550, N531GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF33)
A6DFF4 – G550, N542GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF90)
A816D7 – G650, N620GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GULFTEST 44 on ATC)
A8CED4 – G650, N667GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF27)
A8E777 – G650, N673GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GULFTEST 65 on ATC)
A8F213 – G550, N676AS, WFBN/Icaro Investments (GLF84)
A903D1 – G650, N680GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF61)
A94908 – G650, N698GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF54 on box, GULFTEST 16 on ATC)
A96FB1 – 707, N707MQ, Omega Air (OMEGA 71 on ATC)
A9E9D7 – B737, N783MA, Miami Air Intl (BISCAYNE 168 and 268 on ATC)
AAD9B4 – G-IV, N799CP, SLMF LLC (GLF44)
AC24FA – CL-600, N89, FAA (FLC89)
AC9B8D – BK-117, N911MZ, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
ADFDEC – C-130H3, 94-6707, 165 AW (DAWG 77)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165 AW (DAWG 10 on box, DAWG 08 on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165 AW (DAWG 10)
ADFE06 – HC-130H, 1502, CGAS Clearwater
ADFE79 – C-130H3, 92-1454, 145 AW (EPIC10)
ADFEA4 – C-130H, 96-7324, 302 AW (ANVIL13)
AE012E – UC-35A, 97-00104, US Army
AE0191 – C-21A, 84-0124, 103 FW (SPAR107)
AE02C6 – C-130H, 89-9102, 913 AG (SHARK67)
AE0318 – C-130H, 74-1691, 120 AW (POSSE69)
AE03EA – C-130T, 165313, VR-62 (NOMAD 13 on ATC)
AE0405 – C-37A, 97-1944, OSACOM PATD (R1944)
AE0433 – C-32B, 02-5001, 486 FLTS
AE0452 – C-2, 162158, VRC-30
AE046D – C-2A, 162172, VRC-30
AE04C6 – KC-135T, 59-1480, 6 AMW (PIRAT23)
AE04DA – C-40A, 165832, VR-58 (CNV4862)
AE04F9 – C-37A, 99-0404, 89 AW
AE0505 – KC-135R, 60-0366, 108 Wing (TOPCAT6)
AE0567 – C-5M, 85-0010, 60 AMW (RCH530)
AE0580 – C-5M, 87-0035, 436 AW (REACH 241 on ATC)
AE0602 – C-130H, 80-0323, 165 AW (DAWG 55 on box, DAWG 75 on ATC)
AE0606 – C-130H, 80-0332, 165 AW
AE068D – KC-135R, 62-3517, 6 AMW (PIRAT 13 on ATC?)
AE0690 – KC-135R, 62-3538, 6 AMW (BOLT05)
AE0690 – KC-135R, 62-3538, 6 AMW (BOLT08)
AE06D9 – UC-12F, 163561, MCAS Beaufort
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort
AE06E9 – UC-12M, 163844, AOD Norfolk
AE07FF – C-17A, 98-0053, 62 AW (RCH812)
AE0808 – C-17A, 99-0062, 437/315 AW (RCH677)
AE087E – C-37A, 01-0028, 6 AMW
AE08F8 – C-12U, 84-24375, C/2-228 AVN (PAT628)
AE0977 – C-40A, 165834, VR-58 (VVJV834)
AE10EA – HC-130J, 2004, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2006 on box, but 2004 on ATC)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6 AMW
AE1170 – C-17A, 02-1098, 305 AMW (RCH502)
AE117B – C-17A, 02-1109, 62 AW (RCH421)
AE11EF – E-3C, 82-0006, 552 ACW (SNTRY30H)
AE1236 – C-17A, 03-3125, 305 AMW (RCH385)
AE1240 – C-17A, 04-4135, 305 AMW
AE1E73 – T-6B, 166021, TAW-5 (NAVY 6E 021 on ATC)
AE1F3C – UH-72A, 08-72045, 2-151 AVN FL ARNG
AE1FF6 – UH-72A, 12-72231, GA ARNG?
AE2005 – UH-72A, 12-72246, 2-151 AVN NC ARNG
AE20C6 – C-17A, 07-7185, 437/315 AW (MOOSE13)
AE2230 – P-8A, 167955, VX-1 (PIONR03)
AE266A – MH-65D, 6516, CGAS Savannah (C6516)
AE2678 – MH-65D, 6530, CGAS Savannah
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
AE2694 – MH-65D, 6562, CGAS Savannah (C6562)
AE2935 – JC-12D, 78-23140, Flight Test (FLIGHT CHECK 140 on ATC)
AE2EF3 – T-6B, 166118, VT-6 (SHOOTER 118 on ATC)
AE2F62 – MC-12W, 09-0644, 224 MI Bn
AE2F62 – MC-12W, 09-0644, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 47 on ATC)
AE2F62 – MC-12W, 09-0644, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 64 on ATC)
AE2FA5 – C-17A, 08-8193, 62 AW (RCH386)
AE4A60 – C-40A, 166696, VR-58 (CNV4844)
AE4A81 – C-37B, 09-0525, 89 AW
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 55 on ATC)
AE4C61 – MC-12W, 10-00739, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 66 on ATC)
AE4C62 – MC-12W, 10-00742, 224 MI Bn
AE4D69 – C-17A, 10-0216, 62 AW (RCH930)
AE4D6A – C-17A, 10-0217, 62 AW (RCH175)
AE4EB7 – P-8A, 168433, VP-10 (LANCR75)
AE4EB8 – P-8A, 168434, VP-45 (PELICAN 27 on ATC)
AE4EC8 – P-8A, 168763,
AE4EC9 – P-8A, 168764, VP-10 (LANCR27)
AE54B3 – C-17A, 10-0223, 437/315 AW (LIFTR35 on box, MOOSE 1# on ATC?)
AE54D1 – HC-130J, 12-5768, 71 RQS (KING15)
AE56D0 – HH-60M, 13-20616, C/2-3 AVN (20616)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 16849, VP-30 (VVLL887)
AE57B5 – P-8A, 168849, VP-30 (VVLL848)
AE57B9 – P-8A, 168853, VP-30 (VVLL806)
AE57BE – P-8A, 168858, VP-45 (PELCN11)
AE57BF – P-8A, 168859, VP-45 (PELICAN 44 on ATC)
AE57BF – P-A, 168859, VP-45 (PELICAN 12 on ATC)
AE57C0 – P-8A, , VP-45 (PELCN33)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 11 on ATC)
AE58B5 – MC-12S, 11-00268, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 45 on ATC)
AE58B6 – MC-12S, 11-00266, 224 MI Bn (SHADY 45 on ATC)
AE595C – C-130J, 14-5788, 19 AW (GLEAN25)
AF0E12 – unid, FL 35,000, nothing noted on ATC to match
E80643 – G-IV, 911, Chilean Air Force

Oregon ANG F-15s at Savannah IAP and possible Sentry Savannah Exercise

Savannah – A couple of days ago when I returned to Savannah from Brunswick, I discovered that some F-15s were at the Air National Guard’s Combat Readiness Training Center/Air Dominance Center at the Savannah International Airport. On both Thursday and Friday they flew sorties offshore for exercises with F-15s from Jacksonville IAP, F-16s from McEntire JNGB, and F/A-18s from MCAS Beaufort. They’ve been identified as Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing F-15Cs from Portland. The callsigns I’ve heard have been EAGLE and RAGE and I caught one flight using 226.750 for air-to-air; I’ve not heard them checking in/out with Ops on the CRTC’s Ops frequency of 237.000, however. Additionally, there are two KC-135s operating out of Hunter AAF in support of the fighter activity as EXPO 8# and EDDIE 9#.  The Georgia Air National Guard’s 117th Air Control Squadron (callsign STEALTH) has been providing intercept and airspace control.

The activity I’ve heard has somewhat pointed to a Sentry Savannah exercise. Although the timing is similar to Sentry Savannah exercises in previous years and the frequencies being used offshore are the same, there is only one fighter unit at the CRTC instead of two (its also worth noting that throughout the Sentry Savannah exercises, F-22s have almost always had a presence). Here’s what I heard in use on both Thursday and Friday:

282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
317.550/134.375 – Jax Center Charleston Low

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary

235.900 – NORAD Discrete; Red Air Check In
288.400 – NORAD Discrete; Blue Air Check In

293.600 – NORAD Discrete; ACM with STEALTH (117 ACS)
316.300 – NORAD Discrete; ACM with STEALTH (117 ACS)

228.400 – Townsend Range

While coming and going from the offshore training areas and Townsend Range, the aircraft have been using the usual Savannah area frequencies and the F-15s, F-16s, and F/A-18s have been using their normal callsigns and frequencies which can be found in the monthly recap postings and the MilAir page of this blog. One thing that hasn’t been updated on the MilAir page yet is a change in callsign by the Florida Air National Guard F-15s from Jacksonville; they’ve been using GATOR in place of SNAKE recently and they’ve also been heard using JAGUAR.

If it’s a Sentry Savannah exercise, there should be another week of activity although the Oregon ANG F-15s may switch out with another fighter unit and the KC-135 units may rotate aircraft.

The Mobile Station is Back on the Air

Savannah – As those of you who follow me on Twitter probably already know, I’ve been amateur radio-less in the car for about the last month and a half. Before I go any farther, let me say this – even if you listen far more than you talk (which I do), you don’t know how much you’re going to miss the radio until it’s not there! Around the beginning of the year, I decided to take the Yaesu FT-8800 out of the car and use the FT-857D for both HF and VHF/UHF, putting its control head on the dash where the FT-8800’s was. Since I do more receiving than transmitting and I haven’t had the need to use both radios at one time in quite awhile, I didn’t see any sense in having both radios in the car taking up space. This arrangement worked fine until the main tuning knob on the 857 quit working.

First, the main tuning knob quit tuning the radio up. I could still tune up using the smaller select knob, so I kept on using it with the idea of seeing about having it repaired after the Georgia QSO Party. I was thinking about operating from Brantley County or another of the small counties near work. That plan came to naught when the main tuning knob also quit functioning altogether. In addition to losing fine tuning, you also lose the ability to manipulate the menus to program the radio and adjust some of its functions. After an exchange of email with Yaesu, it went off to them for repairs. After a little over a month, it returned with $119 of repairs including the rotary encoder and various assorted hardware with labor. This past Saturday while still in Brunswick, I reinstalled the 857 and shot some preliminary programming into it with the ADMS-4B software and RT System’s USB programming cable I had ordered while it was away.

Yaesu FT-857D in its place under the dash and the Uniden HP-2 scanner I recently added to the mobile station. The cable under the 857 goes to an iPod connected to the car's stereo.

Yaesu FT-857D in its place under the dash and the Uniden HP-2 scanner I recently added to the mobile station. The cable under the 857 goes to an iPod connected to the car’s stereo.

The installation was a bit messy, with cables and wires still all over the place, but I wanted to see how it was going to work. After tuning around, up and down – everything worked – I found W1W, the 100 Watts and a Wire Podcast special event station on 20 Meters and worked Marty successfully. It was still relatively early and the conditions weren’t all that good, so I didn’t find anything else. On Sunday morning, a brief opportunity to get on the air yielded 4V1TL, a Haitian special event station honoring Toussaint Louverture. With that, I left things like they were and planned on cleaning up the installation once I got back to Savannah on Monday. The Monday morning drive from Brunswick to Savannah gave me an opportunity to try out the VHF/UHF side of things. A good roundtable QSO on the Savannah 442.700 repeater with Marc, W4MWM, Philip, KA4KOE, Jeff, WX4JDM, and others proved that side of the installation was working good as well.

Later on Monday morning after I got back home, the re-installation was pretty much finished. I sorted out all of the cabling and wiring and got everything tucked back back under the front seats. I also took the opportunity to sort out some of the scanner cabling that got a bit out of order after replacing the Uniden HP-1 with a new HP-2. The FT-857D programming still needs to be finished, however. I’ve got the Savannah, Brunswick, Hinesville, and Waycross areas programmed in but I still want to add repeaters for the drives to Beaufort and Charleston and Warner Robins and Forsyth. I also want to program the upper/lower limit memories for 40, 20, 17, 15, and 12 Meters with the General Class portions of the bands.

With the radio back in, I hope to be able to start hunting special event stations once again and giving out a few contacts in some of the contests. Even though I could care less about the contest aspect of it, I also want to start hunting National Parks on the Air Stations. I love the idea that amateur radio is helping celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service! The fact of the matter is, things just didn’t feel right without a piece of amateur radio gear in the car. Everything’s back to normal and I’m once again a happy ham.

 

P.S. – I’ve been thinking about replacing the HVT-400B HF antenna with a Yaesu ATAS-120. I haven’t fully convinced myself yet and I’m still contemplating that move. If and when I decide to do it, I’ll have more to tell about it.

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