Coastal Georgia Mode-S Log; September 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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0D001B – B752, TP-02, Mexican Air AF CGTAP (MEXICAN AIR FORCE 1 on ATC)
424775 – G550, VP-CLK, Great Prespa Ltd (GLF58)
43EAEC – G450, M-LFBB, Oviation Two Ltd (GLF48)
44F481 – F900, CD01, 21 Sqn, Belgian Air Force (BAF612)
83AEFC – C-12U, 84-24378, C/2-228 AVN (PAT 784 on box, WING 99 on ATC)
A022E9 – B350, N108F, US DHS (N108F on ATC)
A022E9 – B350, N108F, US DHS (N108F on box, OMAHA 08 on ATC)
A04ECF – B757, N119NA, FBI (JENA 02 on ATC)
A0875D – EC-130, N133LN, Air Methods (N133LN)
A0AA61 – P-3 AEW, N142CS, CBP (OMAHA 42 on ATC)
A0B586 – P-3 AEW, N145CS, CBP (OMAHA 45 on ATC)
A0B586 – P-3 AEW, N145CS, CBP (OMNI39 on box, OMAHA 45 on ATC)
A0C462 – P-3 AEW, N149CS, CBP (OMAHA49)
A229F4 – Bell 206L-1, N239AE, AirEvac 96 Jesup (N239AE)
A2A071 – Bell 206L-3, N269AE, AirEvac 91 Vidalia (N269AE)
A2BA22 – G450, N275M, Bridges Porter (GLF29)
A2D600 – G650, N282GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF89)
A30BC9 – Bell 206L-1, N296AE, AirEvac 95 Statesboro (N296AE)
A38DAA – C-146, 15-3086, 492nd SOW (DINGO81)
A4B0E7 – G-IV, N401FT, Executive Jet Shares (GLF44)
A4C7AD – Bell 407, N407LS, Air Methods (LIFESTAR 1 on ATC)
A4CE15 – Bell 206L-4, N409AE, AirEvac 90 Douglas
A57AAF – EC135, N425MT, Med-Trans Corp (MEDEVAC 2MT on ATC)
A5EA33 – P-3B, N480SK, CBP (OMAHA 80 on ATC)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF48)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF6)
A64973 – G500, N504GS, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF76)
A65BF9 – G500, N509GD, Gulfstream Aersopace (GLF18)
A66209 – G500, N510GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF94)
A66252 – C510, N510KB, Aviation Research& Maintenance (COAST GUARD 510KB on ATC)
A6D883 – G550, N540GA, Gulfstram Aerospace (GLF10)
A70012 – G550, N526GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF96); route LAL > SAV
A715EF – G450, N556CH, Omni Air Transport (DRL55)
A75DDC – G550, N547GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF65)
A7706F – G550, N579GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF75); route LAL > SAV
A77DED – G550, N582GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A77DED – G550, N582GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF66)
A77DED – G550, N582GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF88)
A805F0 – G650, N616KG, Executive Jet Management (GLF29)
A821F9 – G650, N623GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF44)
A88CC0 – G650, N650AF, Vulcan Northwest Inc (GLF17)
A88DDF – G-VI, N650MT, Bank of Utah Trustee (GLF40)
A89108 – G650, N651GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF44)
A894C2 – G650, N652GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF65)
A89876 – G650, N653GA, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF46)
A96FB1 – 707, N707MQ, Omega Air (OMEGA 71 on ATC)
A9A426 – G600, N720GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF25)
A9A426 – G600, N720GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF35)
A9A426 – G600, N720GD, Gulfstream Aerospace (GLF76)
A9A683 – G550, N721MN, MGM Mirage Inc (GLF40)
AA5869 – G650, N766GA, R94924 LLC (GLF93)
AB00B8 – DHC-8, N808MR, US DHS
ACFFCA – G450, N937BG, Solarius Aviation (GLF14)
ADD307 – corresponded to HC-130H, 1503, CGAS Clearwaer arriving at Hunter AAF
ADDE07 – HC-130H, 1503, CGAS Clearwater (COAST GUARD 1503 on ATC)
ADFC8F – 92-0324, T-1A, 451st FTS (CONGO 22 on ATC)
ADFD76 – C-26B, 91-00506, OSACOM (PAT 542 on ATC)
ADFD76 – C-26B, 91-00506, OSACOM (PAT022)
ADFDC9 – C-130H3, 95-1563, 165th AW (RCH233)
ADFDEB – C-130H3, 94-6706, 165th AW (DAWG 63 on box, DAWG 61 on ATC)
ADFDEB – C-130H3, 94-6706, 165th AW (DAWG63 on box, DAWG 06 on ATC)
ADFE59 – HC-130N, 90-2103, 39th RQS (KING03)
ADFF78 – T-38C, ??-????, 14th FTW (DRAGON 0# at Townsend Range)
ADFF8F – T-38C, ??-????, 14th FTW (DRAGON 0# at Townsend Range)
ADFF9D – T-38C, 68-8215, 14th FTW
ADFFF6 – T-38C, 69-7079, 14th FTW
AE0113 – WC-130J, 96-5302, 53rd WRS (TEAL73)
AE0117 – WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS (TEAL71)
AE0117 – WC-130J, 97-5306, 53rd WRS (TEAL81)
AE016D – C-21A, 84-0075, 375th AW (HUSLR02)
AE0175 – C-21A, 84-0120, 119th Wing (SPAR150 on box, SPAR 192 on ATC)
AE022C – KC-10A, 86-0035, 305th AMW (NATN01)
AE0366 – KC-135R, 62-3575, 6th AMW/927th ARW (PIRAT45)
AE037A – KC-135R, 63-7993, 121st ARW (NATN26)
AE037E – KC-135R, 63-8887, 6th AMW/927th ARW (BOLT34)
AE0421 – KC-135T, 58-0089, 6th AMW (RCH646)
AE045C – C-2A, 162142, VRC-40 (RAWHD71)
AE0464 – C-2A, 162161, VRC-40 (RAWHD72)
AE0465 – C-2A, 162150, VRC-40 (RAWHD71)
AE0465 – C-2A, 162150, VRC-40 (RAWHD72)
AE04C1 – KC-135T, 58-0125, 6th AMW/927th ARW (DREW50)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4621)
AE04D7 – C-40A, 165829, VR-58 (CNV4822)
AE04F6 – KC-135T, 58-0069, 92nd ARW (ZAGS82)
AE04F9 – C-37A, 99-0404, 89th AW (SAM271)
AE0587 – C-5M, 87-0042, 60th AMW (RCH780)
AE05E3 – C-130H, 88-4401, USAF (KING01)
AE0673 – KC-135R, 63-8027, 6th AMW/927th ARW (RCH141)
AE06E4 – UC-12M, 163836, MCAS Beaufort (FOX 836 on ATC)
AE087F – C-37A, 01-0029, 6th AMW (SPAR27)
AE087F – C-37A, 01-0029, 6th AMW (SPAR29)
AE08FC – C-12U, 84-24379, A/2-228 AVN (PAT907)
AE093B – UC-35B, 00-01052, OSACOM PATD (R01052)
AE0945 – C-40B, 01-0040, 89th AW (VENUS30)
AE0A85 – unknown
AE0CAE – UH-60A, 83-23891, ARNG (popped up when 23891 departed Hunter AAF)
AE10C1 – C-37A, 01, CGAS Washington (C101)
AE10E8 – HC-130J, 2002, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2002)
AE10EA – HC-130J, 2004, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2004)
AE10EB – HC-130J, 2005, CGAS Elizabeth City (C2005)
AE1443 – C-130J, 05-8157, 403rd AW (HOBBY11)
AE145F – C-17A, 06-6161, 60th AMW (RCH114)
AE148B – E-8C, 92-3290, 116th/461st ACW (KOMODO4)
AE148B – E-8C, 92-3290, 116th/461st ACW (PEACH99)
AE1493 – E-8C, 96-0043, 116th/461st ACW (PEACH99)
AE1498 – E-8C, 00-2000, 116th/461st ACW (PHENOM8)
AE1BF1 – C-130J, 07-4638, 19th AW (RCHA612)
AE20B6 – C-31A, 85-1608, US Army Golden Knights (GOLDEN KNIGHT 608 on ATC)
AE20C3 – C-17A, 07-7182, 437th/315th AW (EAGLE70)
AE20C8 – C-17A, 07-7187, 437th/315th AW (REACH 102H on ATC)
AE2679 – MH-65D, 6531, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6531)
AE2680 – MH-65D, 6538, CGAS New Orleans (C6538)
AE2686 – MH-65D, 6547, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6547)
AE268D – MH-65D, 6555, USCG (C6555)
AE2699 – MH-65D, 6567, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6567)
AE2709 – HC-144A, 2311, CGAS Miami (COAST GUARD 2311 on ATC)
AE27FD – MH-60T, 6012, CGAS Clearwater (C6012)
AE290D – MH-60T, 6030, CGAS Clearwater (C6030)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY13)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY23)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY29)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY60)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY80)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY83)
AE2F61 – MC-12S-2, 09-00642, 224th MI Bn (SHADY86)
AE2FA8 – C-17A, 08-8196, 62nd AW (RCH565)
AE4DDD – C-37B, 11-0550, 89th AW (SAM209)
AE4DDD – C-37B, 11-0550, 89th AW (SAM228)
AE4DDD – C-37B, 11-0550, 89th AW (SAM296)
AE4E0E – C-130J, 11-5732, 317th AG (RCHA612)
AE4EB1 – HC-130J, 09-5708, 79th RQS (KING15)
AE4EB6 – P-8A, 168432, VP-30 (VVLL817)
AE4EBA – P-8A, 168436, VP-16 (TALON15)
AE4EC4 – P-8A, 168759, VP-16 (TALON33)
AE4EC4 – P-8A, 168759, VP-16 (TALON44)
AE4EC4 – P-8A, 168759, VP-16 (TALON89)
AE4EC7 – P-8A, 168762, VP-16 (TALON12)
AE509F – MH-65D, 6544, CGAS Savannah (CGNR6544)
AE51C2 – UH-60M, 11-20395, 4-3 AVN? (20395)
AE53FD – MC-12S, 12-00281, US Army (EVAL18)
AE5718 – C-40A, 168980, VR-58 (CNV4282)
AE57B4 – P-8A, 168848, VP-26 (TRIDENT 29 on ATC)
AE57B8 – P-8A, 168852, VP-30 (VVLL800)
AE57B8 – P-8A, 168852, VP-30 (VVLL856)
AE57B8 – P-8A, 168852, VP-30 (VVLL881)
AE57BA – P-8A, 168854, VP-16 (RIDER69)
AE57BA – P-8A, 168854, VP-16 (TALON 48 on ATC)
AE57BB – P-8A, 168855, VP-16 (TALON44)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL801)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL817)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL822)
AE57BC – P-8A, 168856, VP-30 (VVLL826)
AE57BF – P-8A, 168859, VP-26 (TRIDENT 96 on ATC)
AE58B4 – MC-12S, 11-00265, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 18 on ATC)
AE58B4 – MC-12S, 11-00265, 224th MI Bn (SHADY 80 on ATC)
AE596D – HC-130J, 13-5782, 71st RQS (KING15)
AE596F – HC-130J, 13-5790, 71st RQS (KING21)
AE5C56 – P-8A, 169324, VP-26 (TRIDENT 14 on ATC)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL833)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL845)
AE5C58 – P-8A, 169326, VP-30 (VVLL848)
AE5C60 – P-8A, 169334, VP-8 (TIGER19)
AE5C61 – P-8A, 169335, VP-30 (VVLL818)
AE5C61 – P-8A, 169335, VP-30 (VVLL854)
AE5C62 – P-8A, 169336, VP-5 (MADFX72)
AE5C62 – P-8A, 169336, VP-8 (TIGER6)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL815)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL816)
AE5C64 – P-8A, 169338, VP-30 (VVLL869)
AE5C66 – P-8A, 169340, VP-5 (MADFX29)
AE5C66 – P-8A, 169340, VP-5 (MADFX93)
AE5C69 – P-8A, 169343, VP-30 (VVLL855)
AE5C69 – P-8A, 169343, VP-30 (VVLL869)
E492BD – C-767, 2900, Brazilian Air Force 2 GT (BRS2900)

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Aircraft Update; 28 September 2018

Savannah – A few weeks ago, I posted some listings of 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade aircraft; some more monitoring time in Savannah has yielded a few more additions to the list, so it’s time for another update:

ARMY 26458, UH-60L, 92-26458, A/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 26482 (UH-60L, 93-26482, A/2-3 AVN)2
ARMY 26587 (UH-60L, 94-26587, A/2-3 AVN)1
ARMY 26596 (UH-60L, 95-26596, A/2-3 AVN)1
ARMY 26812 (UH-60L, 98-26812, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26830 (UH-60L, 99-26830, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 26841 (UH-60L, 99-26841, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 27055 (UH-60L, 05-27055, A/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 08171 (CH-47F, 14-08171, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08454 (CH-47F, 14-08454, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08455 (CH-47F, 14-08455, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08456 (CH-47F, 14-08456, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08457 (CH-47F, 14-08457, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08460 (CH-47F, 14-08460, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 08461 (CH-47F, 14-08461, B/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20310 (HH-60M, ??-20310, C-2/3 AVN)2
ARMY 20498 (HH-60M, 11-20498, C/2-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20505 (HH-60M, 12-20505, C/2-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20615 (HH-60M, 13-20615, C/2-3 AVN)
ARMY 20616 (HH-60M, 13-20616, C/2-3 AVN)

ARMY 25326 (AH-64D, 02-05326, 3-17 CAV)
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 77046 (AH-64D, 07-07046, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 87048 (AH-64D, 08-07048, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 87049 (AH-64D, 08-07049, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95591 (AH-64D, 09-05591, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95592 (AH-64D, 09-05592, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95593 (AH-64D, 09-05593, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95597 (AH-64D, 09-05597, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95602 (AH-64D, 09-05602, 3-17 CAV)
ARMY 95604 (AH-64D, 09-05604, 3-17 CAV)

ARMY 20354 (UH-60M, 11-20354, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20357 (UH-60M, 11-20357, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20358 (UH-60M, 11-20358, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20360 (UH-60M, 11-20360, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20362 (UH-60M, 11-20362, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20365 (UH-60M, 11-20365, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20366 (UH-60M, 11-20366, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20387 (UH-60M, 11-20387, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20388 (UH-60M, 11-20388, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20392 (UH-60M, 11-20392, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20395 (UH-60M, 11-20395, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20397 (UH-60M, 11-20397, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20402 (UH-60M, 11-20402, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20404 (UH-60M, 11-20404, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20409 (UH-60M, 11-20409, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20416 (UH-60M, 11-20416, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20422 (UH-60M, 11-20422, 4-3 AVN)22
ARMY 20428 (UH-60M, 11-20428, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20450 (UH-60M, 12-20450, 4-3 AVN?)
ARMY 20455 (UH-60M, 12-20455, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20458 (UH-60M, 12-20458, 4-3 AVN)2
ARMY 20460 (UH-60M, 12-20460, 4-3 AVN?)

In other 3rd AVN news, I recently found the new 2-3 AVN Ops freq. Prior to their last deployment, they were using 37.975 FM for KNIGHTHAWK Ops, but their ops frequency post-deployment seems to be 34.200 FM.

  1. 94-26587 and 95-26596 were previously heard as A/2-3 AVN aircraft until 2009 but unheard between 2009 and 2018. I’m guessing both are still A/2-3 AVN aircraft because C/2-3 AVN converted to the HH-60M and 4-3 AVN converted to the UH-60M.
  2. The unit associations for these aircraft are based on traffic heard on other frequencies including Base Ops and Battalion Ops frequencies.

History Related Amateur Radio Special Event Stations for October 2018

Four history-related Amateur Radio special event stations during October stand out to me. Two o the special event stations honor important figures from US History: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Roger Williams. A third commemorates the birth of one of our armed forces: the US Navy. The fourth commemorates a key battle of the American Revolution and the subsequent surrender of British Forces at Yorktown, VA.

The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club in Sherman, TX will be operating special event station W5I from 8 October to 16 October in commemoration of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday on 14 October 1890 in Denison, TX. Eisenhower was a pivotal figure in American History during World War II and the early part of the Cold War. After the Pearl Harbor Attack, Eisenhower was assigned as a Brigadier General in the US Army to the General Staff in Washington DC where he was responsible for developing war plans against both Japan and Germany. Just six months later, despite having never held an active command higher than Battalion Commander, he was appointed Commanding General, European Theater of Operations and promoted to Lieutenant General. In the run-up to the North African invasion, he was named Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force, North African Theater of Operations. In late 1943, Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and Supreme Allied Commander Allied Expeditionary Force. He would hold both commands until the end of World War II in Europe. Despite not having the experience of command above the battalion commander, Eisenhower proved to be an excellent appointment by President Roosevelt. The job of Supreme Allied Commander was just as much a political job as it was a military job and he did a terrific job juggling the different aims, wants, and politics of the various Allied powers as well as dealing with extraordinary personalities like DeGaulle, Montgomery, and Patton. After World War II, Eisenhower, by now a five star General of the Army served as Military Governor of the American Occupation Zone in Europe, as Chief of Staff of the Army, and finally as NATO Supreme Commander before retiring in 1952. In 1952, Eisenhower was pressed to run for President by the Republican Party and was elected. As President, Eisenhower was noted in the foreign policy arena for working to bring the Korean War to an end, Cold War policy including nuclear policy and the “domino theory,” and his handling of the Sputnik crisis and U-2 incident and in the domestic policy arena for continuing New Deal programs such as Social Security, creating the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (later split into the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education), authorizing the Interstate Highway System, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and the Little Rock Crisis. On the political spectrum, Eisenhower considered himself a moderate, progressive Republican. It can easily be argued that his experience as Supreme Commander during and after World War II gave him the experience in handling disparate groups and personalities that enabled him to be a great President; he was ranked the 5th greatest President in the 2017 C-Span Presidential Historians Survey. In his farewell address, he offered us advice which is still pertinent today:

“As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

W5I will be operating on or near 14.250 USB, 7.200, LSB, 14.040, and 7.040. QSL via Grayson County ARC, PO Box 642, Sherman, TX 75091.

Providence Emergency Management Agency RACES, KK1PMA, in Providence, RI will be honoring Roger Williams with a special event station on 13 October. Williams is a fascinating figure in US History. A Puritan minister, Williams came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England in 1630. Before long, his beliefs in religious freedom and separation of Church and State and his dealings with Native Americans brought him into conflict with the Colony’s leadership. First, he believed that individuals should be able to follow their own path when it comes to religion and that they should not be coerced into following a particular church; in his mind, a state religion was a religion forced upon the people.  Second, he believed that it was not the place of civil authorities to enforce religious laws such as those found in the first five of the Ten Commandments: idolatry (Thou shalt have no other God before me/Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image), blasphemy (Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain), and the breaking of the Sabbath (Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy). These arguments were the antithesis of most of his contemporaries but they would influence our Founding Fathers and the direction our government would take. Also contrary to most of his contemporaries in the Colony was how he dealt with Native Americans; Williams believed in fair dealings with Native Americans. He came to question colonial charters that didn’t reimburse Native Americans for land taken to form those colonies. It was because of those beliefs that Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After his banishment, he eventually founded Providence Plantation, which eventually became the colony of and then the state of Rhode Island It’s also worth mentioning that Williams was opposed to slavery and attempted to prevent its legalization in Rhode Island. Unfortunately, it was an admirable but unsuccessful attempt.  KK1PMA will be operating on or around 53.02 USB, 14.275 USB,  and 7.275 LSB. QSL for a certificate via Barry Noel, P.O. Box 28091, Providence, RI 02908.

Also on 13 October, NI6IW, the USS Midway (CV-41) museum ship will be commemorating the establishment of the US Navy on 13 October 1775. The United States Navy celebrates its birthday on 13 October because the Second Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two ships, marking the beginning of the Continental Navy. The Continental Navy was shortlived; it was disbanded at the end of the American Revolution because the new government lacked the funds to maintain a standing navy. Between 1790 and 1797, the US Revenue Cutter Service (a forerunner of the US Coast Guard) provided the only armed maritime service that the United States had. In 1794, however, Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 authorizing a permanent standing Navy; the US Navy was established and by 1797, the first three of the US Navy’s first six frigates were commissioned and in service. For more information on and a good read about the beginnings of the United States Navy, I highly recommend Ian W. Toll’s Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. NI6IW will be operating on or around 14.320 USB, 7.250 LSB, and 14.070 as well as D-STAR on REF001C. QSL via USS Midway (CV-41) COMEDTRA, 901 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

On 20 October, K4RC, the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club in Yorktown, VA will commemorate the surrender of British forces after the Battle of Yorktown. The Battle of Yorktown lasted from 28 September to 19 October 1781. Yorktown was more of siege than a battle, American and French forces surrounded the British Army on land and at sea. The Continental Army under George Washington and the French Army under the Comte de Rochambeau surrounded the British Army under Charles Cornwallis. At sea, the French Navy under the Comte de Grasse blockaded the British and prevented reinforcement attempts. The siege began on 28 September and throughout the first half of October, the Americans and French worked closer to the British positions. On 14 October, assaults of the British defenses began and on 17 October the British offered to surrender. Negotiations began and on 19 October, the surrender was official. The British surrender at Yorktown didn’t end the American Revolution, it would continue until 1783, but it did give American morale a much-needed boost. It also caused a collapse of public support for the war in Great Britain and moved the British government to negotiations to end the Revolution. To read more about the American Revolution, I would recommend Robert Middlekauff’s The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 and for reading about the last years of the American Revolution following Yorktown, I would recommend American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783 by William M. Fowler Jr. K4RC will be operating on or around 14.265 USB and 7.265 LSB. QSL via K4RC, P.O. Box 1470, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visit; 27 September 2018

Savannah – I made my first visit to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in quite some time this morning. My parents hadn’t had the opportunity to visit recently either, so they came along as well. The tide was coming up, rapidly so in the diversion canal, so there weren’t a lot of Alligators to be seen, but it turned out to be a great bird day. Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, White and Glossy Ibis, and Cattle Egrets were numerous. We also saw a solitary Wood Stork. In a surprise given the still Summer-like temperatures, we saw some Blue Winged Teal. It may not feel like Autumn yet, but it’s good to some of the migratory waterfowl beginning to show up!




21st FS F-16s and 14th FTW T-38s at the Savannah Air Dominance Center

21st_Fighter_SquadronSavannah – Last week, F-16s from the 21st Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB and T-38s from the 14th FTW at Columbus AFB arrived at the Georgia Air National Guard’s Air Dominance Center (ADC) at Savannah-Hilton Head IAP for training. The 21st FS, the unit that trains Taiwan Air Force F-16 pilots, has visited here for training sporadically but this is the first time that they’ve been here in a few years (the last time I’ve got them in my logs is April/May 2014). The 14th FTW T-38s seem to be here to augment their training. I didn’t get very many opportunities last week to listen to them but I did yesterday so I’m finally able to post something about them.  The F-16s have been flying as DEALER and GAMBLER flights and using ADC frequencies 140.500, 141.150, and 142.700. I also noted that they used 141.925 yesterday, but I don’t have that as one usually used at the ADC so it may be one of theirs. The T-38s have been flying as DRAGON and VENT; DRAGON flights that I’ve heard haven’t seemed to be related to the F-16s but the VENT flights have. So far, the only air-to-air frequency I found for the T-38s is 142.375. The F-16s have been working in the offshore SUAs doing air-to-air training. The VENT T-38 flights have been supporting that and I’ve heard DRAGON flights working in the Coastal MOA/Townsend Range complex. Yesterday, the DEALERs, GAMBLERs, and VENTs were training with the Florida ANG 125th FW F-15s from Jacksonville IAP using NORAD discretes 293.600 and 316.300. Here’s where you can tune in and find them:

119.100/257.800 – Savannah-Hilton Head IAP Tower
120.400/353.775 – Savannah Approach/Departure
125.300/371.875 – Savannah Approach/Departure
132.925/363.200 – Jax Center Allendale/Savannah Low
124.675/282.200 – Jax Center Jekyll Low

120.950/284.500 – SEALORD North Primary
349.800 – W-137 Discrete
376.900 – W-137 Discrete
293.600 – NORAD Discrete
316.300 – NORAD Discrete
228.400 – Townsend Range

237.000 – ADC Ops; 21st FS Ops
140.500 – ADC; 21st FS Air-to-Air
141.150 – ADC; 21st FS Air-to-Air
142.700 – ADC; 21st FS Air-to-Air
141.925 – 21st FS Air-to-Air?
142.375 – 21st FS Air-to-Air?

251.250 – 125th FW Ops
234.800 – 125th FW Aux 5
253.700 – 125th FW Aux 6
314.200 – 125th FW Aux 7

DEALER – F-16, 21st FS
GAMBER – F-16, 21st FS
DRAGON – T-38C, 14th FTW
VENT – T-38C, 14th FTW
FANG – F-15C, 125th FW
GATOR – F-15C, 125th FW

It’s also worth mentioning that some of the T-38s have shown up on Mode-S as ADFF9D, ADFFF6, ADFF78, and ADFF8F. The F-16s and T-38s arrived last Wednesday, but I’m not sure how long they’ll be here so catch them while you can.