Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; November 2018

The month of November was a bit short on activity due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but it did turn out to be rather productive: new frequencies for both MCAS Beaufort and Shaw AFB were identified over this month and last.

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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
34.200 – 2-3 AVN “KNIGHTHAWK Ops”
40.700 – B/2-3 AVN Air-to-Air
38.150 – 1/169 AVN “HURRICANE Ops”
345.000 – USCG AirSta Savannah Ops

ARMY 26458 (UH-60L, 92-26458, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26830 (UH-60L, 99-26830, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08173 (CH-47F, 14-08173, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08453 (CH-47F, 14-08453, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08454 (CH-47F, 14-08454, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08458 (CH-47F, 14-08458, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08459 (CH-47F, 14-08459, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08460 (CH-47F, 14-08460, B/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20310 (HH-60M, ??-20310, C-2/3 AVN)
ARMY 20506 (HH-60M, 12-20506, C/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 35389 (AH-64D, 03-05389, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 35395 (AH-64D, 03-05395, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 35403 (AH-64D, 03-05403, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 75518 (AH-64D, 07-05518, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 77045 (AH-64D, 07-07045, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95585 (AH-64D, 09-05585, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95591 (AH-64D, 09-05591, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95593 (AH-64D, 09-05593, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95597 (AH-64D, 09-05597, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95604 (AH-64D, 09-05604, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 20356 (UH-60M, 11-20356, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20358 (UH-60M, 11-20358, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20360 (UH-60M, 11-20360, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20365 (UH-60M, 11-20365, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20387 (UH-60M, 11-20387, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20388 (UH-60M, 11-20388, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20395 (UH-60M, 11-20395, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20434 (UH-60M?, 11-20434?, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20455 (UH-60M, 12-20455, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20458 (UH-60M, 12-20458, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20460 (UH-60M, 12-20460, 4-3 AVN)
ARMY 20461 (UH-60M, 12-20461, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 03741 (MH-47G, 04-03741, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03749 (MH-47G, 04-03749, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03765 (MH-47G, 06-03765, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 03766 (MH-47G, 06-03766, 160th SOAR)
ARMY 20018 (MH-60M, 05-20018, 3-160 SOAR)
ARMY 20211 (MH-60M, 09-20211, 3-160 SOAR)
SHADY 03 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 11 (MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 24 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 28 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 28 (MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 29 (MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 49 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 49 (MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 50 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 51 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 64 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 77 (MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 77 (MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 83 (MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 86 (MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn)
SHADY 80 (MC-12S, 224th MI Bn)
GUARD 08076 (CH-47F, 10-08076, 1/169 AVN)
HURRICANE 39 (CH-47F, 1/169 AVN)
COAST GUARD 6526 (MH-65D, 6526, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6531 (MH-65D, 6531, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6547 (MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah)
COAST GUARD 6567 (MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah)
GUARD 20606 (HH-60M, ??-20606, 1-111th AVN GA ARNG)

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)
123.350 – Gulfstream Test

DAWG 08 (C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW)
DAWG 1# (C-130H, 165th AW)
DAWG 2# (C-130H, 165th AW)
EAGLE ## (MD-500, Chatham Co)
GULFTEST 25 (G500, N614GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 33 (G550, N585GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 47 (G650, VP-CSG, HK Bellawings)
GULFTEST 48 (G650, N635GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 58 (G600, N601GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 62 (G550, N527GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 72 (G650, N660GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 75 (G500, N511GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 83 (G500, N516GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 92 (G550, N586GA, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 92 (G500, N512GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
GULFTEST 93 (G500, N515GD, Gulfstream Aerospace)
COAST GUARD 101 (C-37A, 01, CGAS Washington)
DAGGER 81 (U-28A, 08-0700, AFSOC)
FLASH 29 (C-37A, 01-0029, 6th AMW)
MYSTIC 27 (RC-12R, 92-03327, RDECOM-CERDEC)

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

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

GUARD 20308 (HH-60M, ??-20308, 1-111 AVN GA ARNG)

Hilton Head Airport
118.975 – Tower

MCAS Beaufort
119.050 – Tower
342.875 – Tower
269.125 – Approach/Departure
123.700 – Approach/Departure
292.125 – Approach/Departure
125.125 – Approach/Departure
281.800 – Base Ops
264.500 – PMSV
283.400 – VMFA-115 Base
339.500 – VMFA-115 Tac 1
225.875 – VMFA-115 Tac ?
305.800 – VMFA(AW)-224 Base
228.300 – VMFA(AW)-224 Tac 1
313.800 – VMFA-251 Base
251.400 – VMFA-251 Tac 1
262.700 – VMFA-312 Base
299.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
289.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 2
310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
234.075 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 1
299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
348.825 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 3
343.200 – VMFAT-501 Base
326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1
349.225 – VMFAT-501 Tac 2
341.825 – VMFAT-501 Tac 3

BLADE 2# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-115)
BENGAL 4# (F/A-18D, VMFA(AW)-224)
TBOLT 5# (F/A-18A+, VMFA-251)
CHECK 6# (F/A-18C, VMFA-312)
HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA(AW)-553)
SWEDE ## (F-35B, VMFAT-501)
FOX 840 (UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort)

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
335.600 – Approach/Departure
351.800 – Approach/Departure
377.050 – Approach/Departure
251.250 – 125th FW Maintenance/Ops
273.900 – 125th FW SOF
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7
343.000 – 125th FW Aux 8

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
225.800 – CNATRA T-45 Air-to-Air
290.500 – CNATRA T-45 Air-to-Air
362.425 – CNATRA T-45 Air-to-Air
362.475 – CNATRA T-45 Air-to-Air

MADFOX 01 (P-8A, VP-5)
MADFOX 21 (P-8A, 169011, VP-5)
MADFOX 29 (P-8A, 169340, VP-5)
MADFOX 98 (P-8A, 168428, VP-16)
TIGER 07 (P-8A, 169341, VP-8)
TIGER 86 (P-8A, 169341, VP-8)
LANCER 02 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
LANCER 12 (P-8A, 168763, VP-10)
LANCER 19 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
LANCER 27 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
LANCER 55 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
LANCER 77 (P-8A, 168439, VP-10)
NAVY LL 807 (P-8A, 169326, VP-30)
NAVY LL 811 (P-8A, 169326, VP-30)
NAVY LL 828 (P-8A, 169344, VP-30)
NAVY LL 836 (P-8A, 169344, VP-30)
NAVY LL 848 (P-8A, 169338, VP-30)
NAVY LL 881 (P-8A, 169344, VP-30)
NAVY LL 887 (P-8A, 169338, VP-30)
NAVY LL 888 (P-8A, 169326, VP-30)
PELICAN 69 (P-8A, 168761, VP-45)
PELICAN 99 (P-8A, 168435, VP-45)
PELICAN 99 (P-8A, 168761, VP-45)
NAVY CD 1## (T-45, CNATRA)
NAVY CD 2## (T-45, CNATRA)

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”
123.325 – Boeing Charleston

BASCO 27 (C-17A, 90-0534, 437th/315th AW)
LIFTER 35 (C-17A, 08-8190, 437th/315th AW)
MOOSE 10 (C-17A, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 767T (C-17A, 96-0002, 437th/315th AW)
REACH 110 (C-17A, 07-7184, 437th/315th AW)
BOEING 113 (B787, Boeing Test)
GIANT 4316 (B747 LCF, N747BC, Atlas Air)

Shaw AFB
125.400 – Columbia App/Dep
318.100 – Columbia App/Dep
273.700 – 77th FS “GAMBLER Ops”
274.875 – 77th FS Air-to-Air
320.525 – 77th FS “TIGER Ops”
276.150 – 79th FS Air-to-Air
259.900 – possible 20th FW Air-to-Air

LUCKY ## (F-16CM, 77th FS)
VEGAS ## (F-16CM, 77th FS)
HUNTER ## (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

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

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

LEGEND 04 (E-8C, 97-0200, 330th CTS)
STARGATE (E-8C backend, 97-0200, 330th CTS)

Ranges/Military Operating Areas
119.225 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
228.400 – Townsend Range/Coastal MOA
252.900 – 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
318.600 – SEALORD Discrete
339.700 – SEALORD Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete

Doubleshot (W-161/177)
127.725 – DOUBLESHOT Primary
228.275 – DOUBLESHOT Primary
258.400 – W-161/177 Discrete
279.725 – W-161/177 Discrete
289.700 – Raccoon AR Track

Miscellaneous
324.600 – AR-207
267.500 – Aerial Refueling
292.100 – 6th AMW/927th ARW Air-to-Air
148.125 (PL 107.2/$430) – SC CAP Repeater R21

ARMY 1778 (C-37B, 04-01778, OSCACOM PATD)
BOLT 34 flight (KC-135R, 6th AMW/927th ARW)
BOLT 35 (KC-135R, 63-8887, 6th AMW/927th ARW)
CONVOY 4964 (C-40A, 166694, VR-56)
DESERT 03 (C-27J, 10-27030, US Army)
DEVIL 91 (F-16C, 177th FW)
DINGO 81 (C-146A, 10-3068, 27th SOW)
DREW 31-33 (KC-135, 60-0336/63-8045/61-0305, 6th AMW/927th ARW)
NAVY 700 (C-37B, 166376, VR-1)
NOAA 57 (DHC-6-300, N57RF, NOAA)
OPEC 78 (KC-10A, 84-0192, 305th AMW)
PAT 008 (UC-35A, 98-0008, US Army)
PIRAT 34 (KC-135R, 61-0323, 6th AMW/927th ARW)
PIRAT 47/DREW 48 (KC-135R, 63-8885/60-0336, 6th AMW/927th ARW)
RAWHIDE 71 (C-2A, 162140, VRC-40)
RAWHIDE 72 (C-2A, 162143, VRC-40)
REACH 013 (KC-135R, 60-0366, 108th Wing)
REACH 022 (KC-10A, 83-0082, 305th AMW)
REACH 197 (C-17A, 04-4132, 305th AMW)
REACH A612 (C-130J, 11-5740, 19th AW)
SODA 81 (KC-135, 151 ARW)
SPAR 30 (C-37A, 01-0030, 6th AMW)
LIFESTAR 1 (Bell 407, N407LS, Air Methods)
N133LN (EC-130, N133LN, Air Methods)
N239AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 96 Jesup)
N269AE (Bell 206L-3, AirEvac 91 Vidalia)
N296AE (Bell 206L-1, AirEvac 95 Statesboro)
N409AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac 90 Douglas)
N553AE (Bell 206L-4, AirEvac)
AIR LIFE 9 (Self ID as medical helicopter)
VDA 1161 (An-124, RA-82068, Volga-Dnepr Airlines)

ARTCC
323.300/133.700 – Jax Center Baxley Low
254.325/125.375 – Jax Center Taylor Low
269.250/133.325 – Jax Center Ocala 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
317.600/135.750 – Jax Center Cedar Key Low
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

269.175/129.925 – Atlanta Center Burne 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
353.925/125/375 – Atlanta Center Lanier High
360.750/134.500 – Atlanta South Departure 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 Log; November 2018

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.

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154094 – An-124, RA-82068, Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA1161)
424761 – G650, VP-CSG, HK Bellawings (GLF47)
A0875D – EC-130, N133LN, Air Methods (N133LN)
A229F4 – Bell 206L-1, N239AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup (N239AE)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A4C7AD – Bell 407, N407LS, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Douglas
A665C0 – G500, N511GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF75)
A66977 – G500, N512GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (N521GD on box, GULFTEST 92 on ATC)
A670E5 – G500, N514GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A6749C – G500, N515GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF93)
A67853 – G500, N516GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF83)
A70A95 – Bell 206L-4, N553AE, AirEvac (N553AE)
A739E7 – C-146A, 10-3068, 27th SOW (DINGO81)
A74D8D – DHC-6-300, N57RF, NOAA (N57RF)
A7566E – G550, N527GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF62)
A78912 – G550, N585GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF33)
A78CC9 – G550, N586GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF92)
A7CB8D – G600, N601GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF58)
A850E9 – G650, N635GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF48)
A8B4D3 – G650, N660GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF72)
AB65B6 – B787, N8290V, Boeing Test (BOE038)
ADFDC7 – C-130H3, 93-1561, 165th AW (DAWG 10 flight on ATC)
ADFDC9 – C-130H3, 95-1563, 165th AW
ADFDCF – RC-12R, 92-03327, RDECOM-CERDEC (PAT327 on box, MYSTIC 27 on ATC)
ADFDEB – C-130H3, 94-6706, 165th AW (DAWG 20 flight)
ADFDEC – C-130H3, 94-6707, 165th AW
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW (DAWG 08 on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW (DAWG 10 flight on ATC)
ADFDED – C-130H3, 94-6708, 165th AW (DAWG 20 flight)
ADFEAD – KC-10A, 84-0192, 305th AMW (OPEC78)
AE0154 – KC-135R, 63-8045, 6th AMW/927th ARW (DREW32)
AE01C0 – C-20G, 165094, VR-51
AE01C1 – C-20G, 165151, VR-48 (CATBRD1)
AE0218 – KC-10A, 83-0082, 305th AMW (RCHO22 on box, REACH 022 on ATC)
AE036E – UC-35A, 98-0008, US Army (PAT008)
AE0406 – C-37A, 99-0402, 86th AW
AE044B – C-2A, 162143, VRC-40 (RAWHD72)
AE045A – C-2A, 162140, VRC-40 (RAWHD71)
AE0503 – KC-135T, 60-0336, 6th AMW/927th ARW (DREW31)
AE0505 – KC-135T, 60-0366, 108th Wing (RCH013)
AE0507 – KC-135R, 61-0323, 6th AMW/927th ARW (PIRAT34)
AE0666 – KC-135R, 61-0305, 6th AMW/927th ARW (DREW33)
AE074E – UC-12M, 163840, MCAS Beaufort (FOX 840 on ATC)
AE07CD – C-17A, 89-1189, 437th/315th AW (SLAM95)
AE087F – C-37A, 01-0029, 6th AMW (FLASH29)
AE10C1 – C-37A, 01, CGAS Washington (C101)
AE115E – C-37A, 01-0030, 6th AMW (SPAR30)
AE123D – C-17A, 04-4132, 305th AMW (RCH197)
AE1258 – C-37B, 166376, VR-1 (VV700)
AE13D1 – C-37B, 04-01778, OSCACOM PATD (R1778)
AE146F – C-17A, 07-7177, 436th AW (ROYAL91)
AE20C5 – C-17A, 07-7184, 437th/315th AW (RCH110)
AE2674 – MH-65D, 6526, CGAS Savannah
AE2679 – MH-65D, 6531, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6531)
AE2686 – MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6547)
AE2699 – MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6567)
AE29FD – C-40A, 166694, VR-56 (CNV4964)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY03)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY24)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY28)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY49)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY50)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY64)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY83)
AE2FA2 – C-17A, 08-8190, 437th/315th AW (LFTR35)
AE4C63 – MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn (SHADY11)
AE4C63 – MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn (SHADY28 on box, SHADY 86 on ATC)
AE4C63 – MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn (SHADY49)
AE4C63 – MC-12S-2, 10-00737, 224th MI Bn (SHADY77)
AE4CFE – C-27J, 10-27030, US Army (DESERT3)
AE4E0D – C-130J, 11-57400, 19th AW (RCHA612)
AE4EB2 – P-8A, 168428, CPRW-11 (GRIFFN3)
AE4EB2 – P-8A, 168428, VP-16 (00000000 on box, MADFOX 98 on ATC)
AE4EB9 – P-8A, 168435, VP-45 (00000000 on box, PELICAN 99 on ATC)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-10 (LANCR27)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-10 (LANCR55)
AE4EBD – P-8A, 168439, VP-10 (LANCR77)
AE4EC6 – P-8A, 168761, VP-45 (PELCN99)
AE4EC6 – P-8A, 168761, VP-45 (PELICAN 69 on ATC)
AE4EC8 – P-8A, 168763, VP-10 (LANCR12)
AE51B1 – UH-60M, 11-20365, 4-3 AVN (20365)
AE51BB – UH-60M, 11-20387, 4-3 AVN (R20387)
AE57CB – P-8A, 169006, VP-45 (PELCN00)
AE58B6 – MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 28 on ATC)
AE58B6 – MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 29 on ATC)
AE58B6 – MC-12S, 11-00266, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 77 on ATC)
AE5B7E – U-28A, 08-0700, AFSOC (RCH1020 on box, DAGGER 81 on ATC)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL807)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL811)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL888)
AE5C61 – P-8A, 169335, VP-30 (00000000)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL848)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL860)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL887)
AE5C66 – P-8A, 169340, VP-5 (MADFX29)
AE5C67 – P-8A, 169341, VP-8 (00000000 on box, TIGER 86 on ATC)
AE5C67 – P-8A, 169341, VP-8 (00000000)
AE5C67 – P-8A, 169341, VP-8 (TIGER7)
AE5C6A – P-8A, 169344, VP-30 (VVLL828)
AE5C6A – P-8A, 169344, VP-30 (VVLL836)
AE5C6B – P-8A, 169345, VP-46? (00000000)
AF0000 – C-130T, 165349, VR-62

An Interesting Early Morning QSO with SN1918WAR, a History Related Special Event Station in Poland

Brunswick – Yesterday morning after breakfast I fired up the mobile HF station to try for some Skywarn Recognition Day contacts. I saw AB4UG tweet that WX4CHS at NWS Charleston, SC was active on 40 Meters, but propagation was too long for me to hear them. I did, however, manage to work two other NWS stations on 40 Meters: WX2PHI, NWS Mount Holly, NJ, and WX8GRR, NWS Grand Rapids, MI. In between those two, though I made one of the most interesting QSOs I’ve had in quite a while.

Since I wasn’t hearing a lot on 40 Meters (it was only just after 0700 local), I tuned over to 20 Meters to see if I could find anything there and was surprised to hear some DX stations. As I tuned around I found something that really caught my attention: a station using the callsign SN1918WAR. It checked two boxes that interest me: a station with a non-standard callsign and since it included 1918, a history-related special event. I already assumed that it was World War I related due to the use of 1918, but a station ID further identified it as having to do with Poland regaining its independence after World War I. I tried for quite a while to make contact with him, all the while hearing 2 area and 1 area US callsigns make it through. I persevered and finally made contact; I only got a 31 signal report (I gave him a 56 back), but neither one of us had any problems understanding the other (compared to WX8GRR, who really had to work to pull my signal out – many thanks by the way!).

The significance of SN1918WAR has to with the radio transmissions made announcing Poland’s independence on 18/19 November 1918. Using captured German military radio equipment in Warsaw and using the callsign WAR, Polish operators transmitted a message to Great Britain, France, the United States, Italy, Japan, Germany and other countries proclaiming their independence. SN1918WAR’s QRZ page describes the WAR station as:

“The WAR radio station was established by German troops in 1915 in the gunner plot in a road hidden between the third and fourth bastions of the Warsaw Citadel. The Telefunken transmitter, with a multiple spark gap Wiena cooled by a fan, generated a power of 4 kW. The L-shaped antenna of the Marconi system was suspended between two 70-meter masts. The receiver was based on a  Telefunken detector and an “E5″ receiver. The station operated on a wavelength of 900 m and the receiver between 600-9000 m.”

They will be operating through the end of 2018 on multiple bands and modes, and you can QSL via email for a PDF certificate. As you’re tuning through the HF bands, keep an ear out for them, this one is a nice one to put in your log!

Book Review: Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A few books ago, I read The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff; I enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue reading the other books in the Oxford History of the United States series. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood did not disappoint. It’s a long book that covers a short, but intense period of United States History. From the time the U.S. Constitution took effect to the end of the War of 1812 saw a massive amount of change and political discord. Wood covers it all; exploring the political and economic changes the country underwent and how our relations with other countries transformed. He looks at how the War of 1812 came to be and how it changed the country. He also explores the societal and cultural changes the country underwent, explaining how our character as a people changed. He discusses how the schism between north and south, slave and non-slave states came to be and shows how the stage for Civil War began to be set.

At 797 pages, it is indeed a long read, but it is an engaging and interesting one. You wouldn’t think you could get almost 800 pages from such a short period of History, but Wood does and does it without getting into tedious details. He gets into the personalities of both well known and lesser known figures; his insights into Jefferson, in particular, were something I really enjoyed about the book. The book is well documented and has an extensive bibliography for further reading and exploring his sources. Empire of Liberty is a book that anyone interested in US History should read because it’s a deep dive into an important, transformative period in our History and explains how we became who we are, how we developed our national character. The decision to rate Empire of Liberty five stars was an easy one and I heartily recommend it.

I think that Empire of Liberty also has lessons for the present. You can see shades of today in the sometimes personal struggle between the Federalists and Republicans and in the lack of willingness to compromise. We can see parallels with today in the trade policies that helped bring about the War of 1812. We can reflect on these and apply the lessons to today, hopefully avoiding the traps of the past.

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Coastal Georgia MilAir Information Page Updated

Over the last week or so, I’ve been working on revising and updating this blog’s MilAir page. I’ve finally finished this round of revisions and updates and it’s ready to go. I’ve changed the format a bit, added what I have for Robins AFB and Moody AFB, and expanded some of the bases that were already on the page. Savannah-Hilton Head IAP and Charleston IAP are also homes to a Gulfstream factor and service center and a Boeing facility respectively, so I added what I have for them as well. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list; it essentially covers what can be heard from the Coastal Georgia area (Savannah, Hinesville, and Brunswick) and the I-95 corridor through Georgia.