I'm an Amateur Radio Operator, Radio Monitoring enthusiast, Motor Sports fan, and Blogger. Most of my amateur radio activity is voice because I mostly operate from a mobile station (listen out for me operating from Jekyll Island, IOTA NA-058). On the radio monitoring side of things, I enjoy listening to military aviation, Fire/EMS, and USCG/Federal comms. I'm a sports car/touring/GT, Formula 1, and IndyCar racing fan who's become disenchanted with NASCAR racing.
Due to my job, I split time between Savannah and Brunswick, GA
Darien, GA – My folks and I attempted to Opt Out on this Black Friday by visiting the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. Unfortunately, when we got there it was closed due to today’s abnormally high tide causing the refuge’s diversion canal to overflow the roadway. We decided to give Harris Neck NWR a try instead and by the time we got down there, the weather had turned into a windy, chilly mist. We walked down to Bluebill Pond and saw a large number of Snowy Egrets along with some Great Egrets and Little Blue Herons along with some Blue Winged Teal, but most everything was out of camera range. Most of the waterfowl seemed to be more interested in huddling out of the wind than anything else. Even though it was around 11:30 AM when we got to Woody Pond, there were still some Black Crowned and Yellow Crowned Night Herons perched around the pond, but unfortunately they were out of camera range as well.
By the time we finished at Woody Pond, the mist had turned into a light rain so we just cruised through the rest of the wildlife drive hoping to see something from the car, but both Greenhead and Goose Ponds were drained and we didn’t even see any turkeys or deer. It was still a better day than spending it inside a shopping mall…
After we left Harris Neck, we decided to find something for lunch and ended up at Skipper’s Fish Camp in Darien. All of us ended up trying the crab cakes and they were excellent – a simple pan-fried recipe without a lot of additives (I got the combination of crab cakes and Mahi with baked potato and coleslaw and it was wonderful). After I ate, I went out in the rain on Skipper’s dock and took a few photos of the shrimp boats docked nearby. I think these black and white versions suit the day perfectly.
Shrimp Boat Miss Jackie docked at the Darien, GA waterfront
Shrimp Boats Miss Jackie and Miss Lewis docked at the Darien, GA waterfront
Shrimp Boat Grave Digger docked at the Darien, GA waterfront
Shrimp Boat Grave Digger docked at the Darien, GA waterfront
Brunswick – The USMC MAG-31 F/A-18 squadrons and the F-35B FRS squadron at MCAS Beaufort have recently undergone a number of air-to-air and Base frequency changes, leading to an update of my Milair page, but I thought I would also make those changes a blog post as well. A basic overview is that VMFA-115 has changed their Base (squadron ops) frequency and have a possible new air-to-air frequency, VMFA(AW)-224 changed one of their air-to-air frequencies, VMFA-251 changed one of their air-to-air frequencies, VMFA-312 has changed their Base and air-to-air frequencies, and VMFA(AW)-553 has changed one of their air-to-air frequencies. The changes are detailed below:
Brunswick – Last week, I posted about the 20th Fighter Wing moving to UHF air-to-air frequencies from VHF. I got some good feedback from readers offering what they’ve heard, so I thought I would post an updated list:
228.275 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
242.000 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
259.900 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
270.900 – reported in use by 20th FW F-16s
384.550 – F-16 Demo Team
I’ll be keeping an ear on the possible 79th FS and 20th FW Air-to-Airs in an attempt to help confirm and ID the squadron using them. Thanks to Jared Soergel on Twitter and Scannerman2016 by email for the feedback and information; if I get any more or are able to find anything further, I’ll post another update.
Savannah – Last month, I got a post comment from a reader mentioning the lack of activity on VHF air-to-air frequencies from 20th Fighter Wing F-16CMs from Shaw AFB working in the Bulldog MOA. I’d been noticing the same trend over the course of this year as well so I’ve been searching when home in Savannah (I don’t receive activity from Shaw F-16s from Brunswick due to its distance from their usual operating areas). So far I’ve found a couple of UHF air-to-airs for the 55th Fighter Squadron and the 77th Fighter Squadron but none yet for the 79th Fighter Squadron:
I’ll keep on searching when I’m in Savannah and post updates as I find anything. If anyone else happens to find some UHF air-to-air frequencies for the Shaw F-16s, post them in the comments, tweet them to me, post them on the Facebook page, or send me an email at kf4lmt @ gmail.
October was another bittersweet monitoring month. There was good listening, but it was tempered by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael upon the Florida Panhandle and Southwest Georgia. Luckily, Coastal Georgia escaped Michael’s wrath, but it did cause hurricane evacuations by Gulfstream aircraft and 165th Airlift Wing C-130s. I wasn’t able to hear as much of the activity as I did with Hurricane Florence, but military aircraft including C3I and ISR resources such as the MC-12s at Hunter provided support in the aftermath of Michael. In better news, the 21st Fighter Squadron and 14th Fighter Training Wing continued their late September training into early October. As I posted during the month, MCAS Beaufort F/A-18s and F-15Cs from Jacksonville IAP did some very interesting air-to-ground combat training in the Coastal MOA and at Townsend Range during the month as well.
Note: In addition to posting Blog Posts and near-real-time reports on Twitter, I am now also using a Facebook page to put out scanning, history, and photography information. If you’re interested, you can follow KF4LMT’s Radio Shack on Facebook.
Please keep the people of the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia in your prayers and help with donations or contributions as you can. Many will remain out of their homes for quite a while and have lost most if not all of what they had.
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
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