A Visit to the USS Laffey (DD-724) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

The USS Laffey (DD-724) may be moored in the shadow of the USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC, but she isn't overshadowed by the larger aircraft carrier. She stands large as a symbol of courage and determination through the actions she saw in World War II. The USS Laffey was commissioned in February … Continue reading A Visit to the USS Laffey (DD-724) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

A Visit to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

On Friday, I took a trip up to Charleston, SC from Savannah to visit Patriot's Point, home of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) and USS Laffey (DD-724), both veterans of World War II and the Cold War. This post concentrates on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10); subsequent posts will feature the Laffey and the park's … Continue reading A Visit to the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC

14 June 2019 Charleston/Beaufort Road Trip Scanning Report

On Friday morning, I called an audible and took a short road trip to Charleston, SC to visit Patriot's Point and the North Charleston Fire Museum, then spent the night in Beaufort, SC before going back home on Saturday morning. As usual, I had the mobile station radios going but it was hard to pay … Continue reading 14 June 2019 Charleston/Beaufort Road Trip Scanning Report

A Visit to the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation – 11 June 2019

During my short Central Georgia road trip, I visited the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation to walk through one of my favorite museums and see how the restoration of their B-17 is going. I noticed that there was a change in the Eagle Building since my last visit. The P-51D that was in the Eagle … Continue reading A Visit to the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation – 11 June 2019

10/11 June 2019 Central Georgia Road Trip Scanning Report

On Monday and Tuesday, I took a short road trip to Central Georgia, staying in Warner Robins overnight and visiting the Robins AFB Museum of Aviation on Tuesday before returning to Savannah. Over the course of the trip, I used the mobile station's Uniden Home Patrol 2 and Whistler TRX-2 not just to scan, but … Continue reading 10/11 June 2019 Central Georgia Road Trip Scanning Report

Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; May 2019

Despite the last week or so of the month being slower than usual because of the Memorial Day holiday (and my listening opportunities limited for the same reason), May 2019 was a good month for military monitoring in the Coastal Georgia area. There were two standouts in May; the first was the presence of an … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Military Monitoring Recap; May 2019

Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; May 2019

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. 0A4005 - GLF4, 7T-VPR, Government of Algeria (X7TVPR on box, GULFTEST 44 on ATC) 194E97 - T154, RF-85655, Russian AF (OPEN … Continue reading Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; May 2019

My Reading List is Set, Probably for the Rest of the Year

After listening to a few recent podcasts that have influenced my reading list, I've got it set and it will probably take me the rest of the year to finish it. The book I'm currently reading is on medieval maritime warfare. The next three are books from the Oxford History of the United States series; … Continue reading My Reading List is Set, Probably for the Rest of the Year

Royal Air Force KC2 Voyager Refueling VMFAT-501 F-35Bs off of the Georgia/South Carolina Coast

Savannah - Yesterday evening, I caught something unexpected, an RAF KC2 Voyager entering the offshore W-areas controlled by SEALORD. Initially I wasn't able to understand the callsign, but I was able to identify it by its number and its plot on ADS-B Exchange. Shortly thereafter, some F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort came up and … Continue reading Royal Air Force KC2 Voyager Refueling VMFAT-501 F-35Bs off of the Georgia/South Carolina Coast

Mystery Mode-S Codes That Could Be P-8A Flights

In the April 2019 Military Monitoring Recap and Mode-S Log, I wrote about two interesting Mode-S codes and flights that showed up during the month. They're two Mode-S codes, AE66B9 and AE66BA that I'd never picked up before and they used air traffic control callsigns that don't fit with anything known, so they do seem … Continue reading Mystery Mode-S Codes That Could Be P-8A Flights