Savannah – While visiting the Savannah NWR yesterday I was also able to get in some good mobile monitoring time, and there was plenty to listen to yesterday. Using the BC780XLT and new Home Patrol 2, I was able to catch a variety of activity including AWACS, air to air combat training, close air support training, F-35B training, and approach training from visiting aircraft.
- CHALICE (E-3C, 82-0006, 963rd ACCS) was one of the two AWACS in the area yesterday morning and it worked with Air Force F-16s from Shaw AFB off of the South Carolina coast on 279.275 and 258.400. Later in the morning, they worked with Florida ANG F-15s from Jacksonville off of the GA/FL coast on 293.600 and 316.300.
- DARKSTAR (E-3, 965th ACCS) also showed up in the area and worked with Air Force F-16s from Shaw AFB in the Bulldog MOA on 343.750 and 346.825.
- HAWK 8# flights, F/A-18Ds from VMFA(AW)-553 at MCAS Beaufort worked with a JTAC using the callsign VAGRANT at Townsend Range on 228.400 and 252.900.
- SWEDE flights of F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort were out throughout the morning doing training flights with air-to-air traffic on 315.300 and 319.500.
- On the way home from the Refuge, I caught NOMAD 13 (C-130T, 165313, VR-62) from NAS Jacksonville (temporarily Cecil Field while NAS Jacksonville’s runway is being resurfaced) on approach to Hunter AAF with Savannah Approach/Departure on 120.400 and Hunter Tower on 124.975. I was even able to catch a photo since I still had a zoom lens on the camera from the Refuge visit.