Townsend Range JTAC Activity; 12 February 2019

Monday and Tuesday were the first days I’ve had the opportunity to turn on the radios in about a week. Monday was a slow MilCom day as usual, but Tuesday proved interesting with a lot of activity from MCAS Beaufort F/A-18s and F-35s working with a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) at Townsend Range in McIntosh and Long County south of Fort Stewart.

CHECK 6# (F/A-18C, VMFA-312), HAWK 8# (F/A-18D, VMFA-533), and NITRO 5# (F-35B, VMFAT-501) all worked with the JTAC DESTROYER on 252.900 Tuesday afternoon and evening after initially checking into the range on 228.400. The most interesting activity was in the evening as the F-35Bs from VMFAT-501, the F-35B training unit worked with DESTROYER at the same time as F/A-18s from VMFA(AW)-533; the F-35 training unit working with the regular F/A-18 units isn’t an everyday occurrence. Here’s a recording of some of the evening activity:

Here’s a list of the frequencies in use during Tuesday’s activity:

  • 228.400 – Townsend Range
  • 252.900 – Townsend Range
  • 282.200 – Jax Center Jekyll Low
  • 363.200 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
  • 371.875 – Savannah TRACON
  • 292.125 – Beaufort Approach/Departure
  • 262.700 – VMFA-312 Base
  • 299.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 1
  • 289.275 – VMFA-312 Tac 2
  • 264.925 – VMFA-312 Tac 3
  • 310.200 – VMFA(AW)-533 Base
  • 299.300 – VMFA(AW)-533 Tac 2
  • 343.200 – VMFAT-501 Base
  • 326.700 – VMFAT-501 Tac 1

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