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Savannah – There is a military exercise operating out of the Savannah area this week and as near as I can tell from web research, it is called BOLD QUEST.  BOLD QUEST is designed to improve interoperability between the armed forces of multiple countries; as such, the participants are from multiple branches of the armed forces and multiple countries:

  • F-16s from the 85th TES at Eglin AFB are at Savannah IAP
  • F/A-18Fs from VFA-211 at NAS Oceana are at Savannah IAP
  • Learjet 35 D-CARL from Germany is at Savannah IAP
  • MC-12S from the 224th MI Bn at Hunter AAF is participating
  • A possible UAV from the 3rd ID is participating
  • F/A-18A+s from VMFA-122 at MCAS Beaufort are participating
  • F-15Es from the 336th FS at Seymour-Johnson AFB are participating
  • An apparent multinational-crewed E-3 Sentry from the 552nd ACW is participating

Additionally, both German and Canadian flags have been seen at the Savannah CRTC, so there is Canadian participation as well. There are also a number of ground units at Townsend Range and the Fort Stewart Ranges that I can’t hear, so there may be more international participation there. If you’re in the Savannah area and have a radio capable of receiving the military UHF portion of the spectrum, you can hear part of the action.

 
Frequencies
119.100/257.800 – Tower
120.400/353.775 – App/Dep
125.300/371.875 – App/Dep
118.400/307.225 – App/Dep

237.000 – CRTC CP
138.625 – CRTC CP

277.400/126.750 – Jax Center Brunswick Low
281.550 – Jax Center Georgetown High
282.200/124.675 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
351.700/124.075 – Jax Center Summerville High
363.200/132.925 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low

265.950 – Check-in with DEUCE
279.175 – Check-in with DEUCE

120.950/284.500 – Sealord North Primary
345.625 – Controlled Intercepts
362.250 – Controlled Intercepts

127.350/279.625 – Marne Radio
235.950 – Air-to-Ground
283.050 – Air-to-Ground

228.400 – Townsend Range
252.900 – Townsend Range

270.150 – unknown if related

237.000 – CRTC CP
138.625 – CRTC CP
139.200 – 85th TES air-to-air
273.850 – VFA-211 air-to-air?
253.100 – VMFA-122 Base
283.400 – VMFA-122 Tac 1

Callsigns
KITE 0# (LJ35, D-CARL, Gesellschaft fuer Flugzieldarstellung)
NIKEL ## (F/A-18F, VFA-211)
NIKEL 3# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-122)
RACER ## (F-16, 85th TES)
ROCKET ## (F-15E, 336th FS)
SENTRY ## (E-3, 552nd ACW)
SHADY ## (MC-12S, 224th MI Bn)
VALKYRIE (MQ-1?, E/3 AVN?)
DEUCE (MACS-2)
SHOWTIME (RTO?)
STEALTH (117th ACS)
VIKING (E-3 backend?)
ADVANCE (JTAC, 15th ASOS)
COPPERHEAD (JTAC)
DAGGER (unknown)
GUNSHOT (unknown)
NEPTUNE (unknown)
VORTEX (unknown)


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