Saturday, February 22, 2020

Coast Guard plans to make Charleston one of its largest US bases



Coast Guard cutter sailing under suspension bridge. Multiple other watercraft visible including large cargo ship in background

PortandTerminal.com, February 19, 2020

The Coast Guard’s top officer is expected to announce this week that 

Charleston will become one of the largest concentrations of ships and 

guardsman in the nation.

CHARLESTON, VA – Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard’s top officer, will announce Thursday that
Charleston will become one of the largest concentrations of ships and guardsman in the nation.
The announcement will come during Adm. Schultz’ annual State of the Coast Guard address at the
Port of Charleston. This year will be his second time delivering the address. Last year’s address was
delivered at the Coast Guard Base in Los Angeles/Long Beach.
“The commandant will also announce the future investment in Charleston to support the arrival of the
service’s newest military surface assets,” the Coast Guard said in its press advisory.
“Over the next five years, the Coast Guard will homeport multiple new cutters and consolidate its
operations along one waterfront, growing Charleston into one of the nation’s largest concentrations
of Coast Guard assets and people,” the statement said.
Charleston currently hosts three cutters and more than a thousand service members. It has not yet
been announced how large the force footprint will grow here and what bases will be consolidated in
that five-year time frame. 
The Post & Courier reports that Thursday’s announcement shows how South Carolina’s military
presence is expanding rapidly. The Palmetto State has eight major military bases. At least one in
12 jobs in the state can be tied back to the Department of Defense, and South Carolina boasts
the ninth-highest military retiree population in the nation. 
Schultz is expected to reflect on the organization’s successes over the past year, including the
Coast Guard response to Hurricane Dorian, detail the fiscal year 2021 White House budget request
and outline the shared vision for the future of the service, according to the press release. 
Charleston’s Coast Guard station has been involved in many high-level rescues, drug seizures and 
other operations, ranging from far-away missions in the Caribbean and the Pacific this past year. 
In September, the Golden Ray, a cargo ship carrying automobiles, rolled onto its side as it was
leaving a port in Georgia bound for Baltimore. Coast Guard resources from Charleston rushed to
the area and assisted in the rescue of four men trapped inside. 
In May, Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton seized a fishing boat in the Galapagos Island
that had a half-ton of cocaine in the hold. In June, the Hamilton unloaded 26,000 pounds of cocaine
and 1,500 pounds of marijuana at a port in Florida. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The 2019 Milcom Files - TSM Edition - Now Available on Amazon


The Teak Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of its latest eBook in the Milcom Archive series – The Spectrum Monitor Volume 2 (2019) by Larry Van Horn.

Some of the topics covered in this new book during 2019 include:

• Base/Unit Profiles: TAW-5 (NAS Whiting Field FL), 180FW (Toledo OH), 14FTW (Columbus AFB MS), Phantoms in the Desert (Nevada Statewide Milair), and MCAS Cherry Point NC
• Profiles for the Venezuela Military, Pakistan, and Indian Navies
• A North American DoD Aerial Refueling Profile and Frequencies
• Monitoring Government/Military Aircraft in the VHF Aircraft Band
• Monitoring the Air Route Traffic Control Centers: FAA ARTCC Special Use Frequencies, Atlanta ARTCC
• Profiles for the DoD HFHCS HF Radio Network and various USAF HF ALE networks
• Aircraft Spotting in the Digital Age (ADS-B)
• Military Call Sign Lists
• WWV/WWVH Military Broadcasts
• Monitoring the Weather, the Old Fashion Way

The latest Milcom Files - TSM Milcom edition eBook is available now on Amazon at

All his early MT columns have been published in two eBooks. The first two books in the Milcom Files series cover his columns published in Monitoring Times and are available at Amazon.

Book one of The Milcom Files covers the columns published from 1998 to 2006 and sells for US$5.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NN7RQ5. Book Two in the series covers the period 2007 to 2013 and sells for US$6.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NQXH3C.

In 2017 Larry joined the Spectrum Monitor writing staff to continue his efforts to chronicle military communications in a new monthly TSM Milcom column.

His first TSM Milcom Archive eBook, the third book of the Milcom Archive series was published at Amazon in May 2019 and is available at https://www.amazon.com/Milcom-Files-Spectrum-Monitor-2017-2018-ebook/dp/B07RN1ZGLJ/ for US$4.99.

This third eBook in the series incorporates the first two years of his TSM Milcom columns written from September 2017 to the end of 2018. These Milcom columns documented HF military frequencies (both foreign and U.S.), and VHF/UHF spectrum military frequencies, mostly for U.S. based monitors. This third book in the series has over 200 pages of frequencies, call signs, monitoring tips, and how-to style articles.


Given recent international events and natural disasters, most radio listeners quickly learn that when the world is in crisis the military will usually be the first organization called upon to intervene. It pays to monitor military frequencies when international events heat up. Monitoring the military can offer some of the most productive and rewarding listening you will ever experience using your radio. The good news is you do not have to live close to a military installation to hear these communications. But you do need to learn where and when to tune in military communications.

Mention the words "Monitor the Military" and most radio hobbyists will immediately think of military air shows, military aircraft flybys or a whole host of other activities that can be heard via radio frequencies. There is a big radio frequency spectrum out there to monitor but if you know where to listen, and some cases when to listen, you can eavesdrop on some of the most fascinating radio communications you will ever hear on a scanner or shortwave radio.

If you are interested in monitoring military communications, own a scanner, shortwave radio, or have an Internet connection for web software-defined radio (SDR) monitoring, the Milcom Archive Files are a must reference on your radio shack shelf.

Larry Van Horn N5FPW, has been a radio hobbyist for more than 55 years listening to world events and monitoring military radio communications. He has spent over 33 years documenting activity in the military radio spectrum in his monthly Satellite, Utility World, and Milcom (Military Communications) columns in the pages of Monitoring Times, Satellite Times, and The Spectrum Monitor magazines. During this time, he has published a treasure trove of military communication monitoring information.


This book is being released internationally. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia can order the eBook from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

You do not need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon eBook publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps. There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle eBook allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps at this link on the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional eBooks that are currently in production. Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.


Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 15-17 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE14AA 160854 STGRY40 2020-02-17 20:48:08 T-44A United States USN | TW-4 | VT-31 [KNGP] 
AE14AA 160854 --- 2020-02-17 20:45:06 T-44A United States USN | TW-4 | VT-31 [KNGP] 
AE143A 166715 LOBO715 2020-02-17 19:12:09 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT] 
AE143A 166715 --- 2020-02-17 19:09:05 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT] 

AE54B3 10-0223 RCH936 2020-02-16 22:39:18 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  3641 35000
AE54B3 10-0223 --- 2020-02-16 22:36:18 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  3641 35000
AE13CC 04-3758 MAFIA92 2020-02-16 18:45:04 T-6A United States USAF | 71FTW [KEND]  --- 7850
AE13CC 04-3758 --- 2020-02-16 18:42:22 T-6A United States USAF | 71FTW [KEND]  --- 7850
AE146D 07-7175 --- 2020-02-16 16:18:13 C-17A United States USAF | 436AW | 3AS [KDOV] 

AE143A 166715 LOBO715 2020-02-15 21:57:04 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]  --- 36025
AE14AA 160854 STGRY40 2020-02-15 19:30:25 T-44A United States USN | TW-4 | VT-31 [KNGP] 
AE14AA 160854 --- 2020-02-15 19:27:37 T-44A United States USN | TW-4 | VT-31 [KNGP] 
AE143A 166715 --- 2020-02-15 18:36:10 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]  --- 36025

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 14 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE68A3 - --- 2020-02-14 22:48:09 - United States
AE143A 166715 LOBO384 2020-02-14 20:09:03 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]  1343 39025
AE143A 166715 --- 2020-02-14 20:06:17 UC-35D United States USMC | VMR-1 [KNKT]  1343 39025
AE022C 86-0035 HOSIT90 2020-02-14 19:48:09 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI] 
AE022C 86-0035 --- 2020-02-14 19:48:09 KC-10A United States USAF | 305AMW [KWRI] 
AE4D68 10-0215 --- 2020-02-14 19:39:04 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 
AE4AF8 08-5683 --- 2020-02-14 18:36:09 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 317AW [KDYS] 
AE04A2 60-0359 INDY81 2020-02-14 18:27:08 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]  6213 26975
AE04A2 60-0359 --- 2020-02-14 18:24:09 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]  6213 26975
AE1197 03-3114 RULER63 2020-02-14 17:00:09 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]  --- 33000
AE07B6 62-3519 EXPO116 2020-02-14 17:00:09 KC-135R United States USAF | 6AMW | 927ARW 
AE1197 03-3114 --- 2020-02-14 16:57:05 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]  --- 33000
AE07B6 62-3519 --- 2020-02-14 16:57:05 KC-135R United States USAF | 6AMW | 927ARW 
ADFE5D 90-1794 --- 2020-02-14 16:48:08 C-130H United States MO ANG | 139AW | 180AS [KSTJ] 
AE0663 60-0364 --- 2020-02-14 16:33:05 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW [KGUS] 
AE04A7 165809 --- 2020-02-14 15:51:07 KC-130J United States USMC | VMGR-252 [KNKT] 
AE11DA 75-0560 SNTRY63 2020-02-14 14:27:06 E-3B United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK] 
AE11DA 75-0560 --- 2020-02-14 14:27:06 E-3B United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK] 
AE1191 03-0016 --- 2020-02-14 13:54:05 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 
AE0812 00-0176 RCH364 2020-02-14 08:06:29 C-17A United States TN ANG | 164AW | 155AS [KMEM]  --- 30000
AE0812 00-0176 --- 2020-02-14 08:03:29 C-17A United States TN ANG | 164AW | 155AS [KMEM]  --- 30000
AE5E0C 17-46031 --- 2020-02-14 02:54:25 KC-46A United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB] 
AE67A8 various --- 2020-02-14 00:39:33 P-8A United States --- 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 12-13 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order. Horrible weather the last two days has kept the intercepts down. But we have had a few including a couple of USCG C-27Js in the area.

AE04EE 63-8041 --- 2020-02-13 21:21:21 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]  3056 32000
AE093B 00-1052 R01052 2020-02-13 20:42:20 UC-35B United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 23000
AE093B 00-1052 --- 2020-02-13 20:42:20 UC-35B United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 23000
AE2730 08-27014 C2705 2020-02-13 20:00:20 C-27J United States OH ANG | 179AW | 164AS [KMFD] 
AE05A0 61-0298 --- 2020-02-13 19:45:19 KC-135R United States WI ANG | 128ARW | 126ARS [KMKE] 
C2B21F 140113 --- 2020-02-13 17:39:18 CP-140 Canada CFC | 407SQ (MPS) [CYQQ] 
AE0265 57-1436 SODA81 2020-02-13 16:03:16 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 
AE0265 57-1436 --- 2020-02-13 16:03:16 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS] 
AE5F38 169543 00000000 2020-02-13 13:45:15 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] 
AE5F38 169543 --- 2020-02-13 13:42:15 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] 
AE4BE1 09-5708 --- 2020-02-13 00:09:05 HC-130J United States USAF | 563RQG | 79RQS [KDMA] 

AE272F 08-27013 C2704 2020-02-12 22:06:06 C-27J United States OH ANG | 179AW | 164AS [KMFD] 
AE20C2 07-7181 EAGLE63 2020-02-12 17:45:05 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  6210 26000
AE048C 63-8883 DREW131 2020-02-12 16:57:05 KC-135R United States USAF|6AMW [KMCF]  --- 26975
AE048C 63-8883 --- 2020-02-12 16:54:11 KC-135R United States USAF|6AMW [KMCF]  --- 26975
AE1498 00-2000 PHENOM6 2020-02-12 14:48:08 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB] 
AE1498 00-2000 --- 2020-02-12 14:45:06 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB] 
AE4A60 166696 CNV4422 2020-02-12 01:36:07 C-40A United States USNR | VR-56 [KNTU]  --- 41000
AE4A60 166696 --- 2020-02-12 01:36:07 C-40A United States USNR | VR-56 [KNTU]  --- 41000

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 11 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

AE1458 06-6154 RCH350 2020-02-11 21:21:05 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]  3253 38975
AE1458 06-6154 --- 2020-02-11 21:21:05 C-17A United States USAF | 60AMW | 21AS [KSUU]  3253 38975
AE01CD 62-4138 TRIM25 2020-02-11 20:24:05 RC-135W United States USAF | 55WG | 38RS [KOFF]  
AE01CD 62-4138 --- 2020-02-11 20:24:05 RC-135W United States USAF | 55WG | 38RS [KOFF]  
AE1191 03-0016 --- 2020-02-11 19:48:07 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]  
AE04BE 58-0106 --- 2020-02-11 19:30:07 KC-135R United States AL ANG|117ARW/106ARS[KBHM]  
AE1FA9 10-72154 72154 2020-02-11 19:24:08 UH-72A United States US Army |  --- 8925
AE1FA9 10-72154 --- 2020-02-11 19:24:08 UH-72A United States US Army |  --- 8925
AE1FA8 10-72153 72153 2020-02-11 19:09:05 UH-72A United States US Army |  
AE1FA8 10-72153 --- 2020-02-11 19:09:05 UH-72A United States US Army |  
AE1FAA 10-72155 72155 2020-02-11 19:00:11 UH-72A United States US Army |  --- 8950
AE1FAA 10-72155 --- 2020-02-11 19:00:11 UH-72A United States US Army |  --- 8950
AE5773 10-00257 PAT043 2020-02-11 17:45:05 C-12V United States -  6602 25000
AE5773 10-00257 --- 2020-02-11 17:45:05 C-12V United States -  6602 25000
AE04E9 61-0272 MASH82 2020-02-11 16:54:07 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]  --- 27025
AE04E9 61-0272 --- 2020-02-11 16:51:05 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]  --- 27025
AE07CC 88-0266 --- 2020-02-11 04:24:30 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  
AE07D0 89-1192 IMPAC89 2020-02-11 02:03:28 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 22000
AE07D0 89-1192 --- 2020-02-11 02:03:28 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 22000

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 10 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order.

3F6533 1403 GAF686 2020-02-10 22:18:25 Global 5000 Germany GAF | FBSBMVg [EDDK]  --- 41000
3F6533 1403 --- 2020-02-10 22:18:25 Global 5000 Germany GAF | FBSBMVg [EDDK]  --- 41000
AE5F3B 169546 00000000 2020-02-10 21:42:24 P-8A United States USN | VP-47 [KNUW]  --- 34000
AE5F3B 169546 --- 2020-02-10 21:42:24 P-8A United States USN | VP-47 [KNUW]  --- 34000
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088 PAT983 2020-02-10 19:39:23 C-12R+ United States USARMY  --- 26000
ADFE95 95-0096/95-0088 --- 2020-02-10 19:39:23 C-12R+ United States USARMY  --- 26000
AE093D 01-0301 AZAZ09O9 2020-02-10 16:33:05 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 40000
AE093D 01-0301 --- 2020-02-10 16:27:05 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]  --- 40000
AE0136 97-0105 DUKE77 2020-02-10 16:18:06 UC-35A United States USAREUR | E/1-214 AVN [ETOU]  1552 27000
AE0136 97-0105 --- 2020-02-10 16:15:05 UC-35A United States USAREUR | E/1-214 AVN [ETOU]  1552 27000
ADFEB4 73-1677 SLICK99 2020-02-10 14:18:06 E-4B United States USAF | 55WG | 1ACCS [KOFF]  
ADFEB4 73-1677 --- 2020-02-10 14:15:03 E-4B United States USAF | 55WG | 1ACCS [KOFF]  
AE60F8 09-01118 ANVIL48 2020-02-10 14:06:05 C-12 United States -  --- 23000
AE60F8 09-01118 --- 2020-02-10 14:03:04 C-12 United States -  --- 23000

Monday, February 10, 2020

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 6-9 Feb 2020 - Brasstown NC

Here is the latest round of Mode-S/ADS-B Military/Government intercepts logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC and sorted in date/time order. The weather around here has been rotten and the ADS-B logs show it. Not much the last four days.

AE6197 79-23256 GLARE08 2020-02-09 21:24:09 UV-18A United States ---  --- 4200
AE6197 79-23256 --- 2020-02-09 21:24:09 UV-18A United States ---  --- 4200
ADFE62 91-1231 --- 2020-02-09 18:51:04 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF] 
3F6533 1403 GAF686 2020-02-09 17:18:06 Global 5000 Germany GAF | FBSBMVg [EDDK] 
3F6533 1403 --- 2020-02-09 17:18:06 Global 5000 Germany GAF | FBSBMVg [EDDK] 
AE07E5 95-0102 TURTLE4 2020-02-09 16:36:12 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 13500
AE1211 03-0726 --- 2020-02-09 16:30:05 UC-35C United States USARC | 2-228 AVN  --- 13475

AE0446 99-6143 --- 2020-02-08 20:30:07 C-32B United States USAF | 486FLTS [KVPS] 
AE20CA 07-7189 RCH954 2020-02-08 20:12:09 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]  --- 33000
AE5B74 07-0488 DMISE41 2020-02-08 18:21:05 U-28A United States --- 
AE07E9 95-0106 --- 2020-02-08 15:45:04 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM] 
AE11EB 80-0138 SNTRY61 2020-02-08 14:42:07 E-3G United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK] 
AE1211 03-0726 WING40 2020-02-08 14:33:05 UC-35C United States USARC | 2-228 AVN  --- 13750
AE1464 06-6166 BOE66 2020-02-08 01:57:05 C-17A United States USAF | 436AW | 3AS [KDOV] 
AE1464 06-6166 --- 2020-02-08 01:57:05 C-17A United States USAF | 436AW | 3AS [KDOV] 
AE057D 87-0032 --- 2020-02-08 01:42:06 C-5M United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU] 
AE093A 00-1051 --- 2020-02-08 00:42:06 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 

AE0940 166374 --- 2020-02-07 23:33:08 UC-35D United States VMR DET [KADW] 

AE07DE 93-0604 RHINO93 2020-02-06 16:15:05 C-17A United States AFRC | 445AW | 89AS [KFFO]  --- 29025
AE07DE 93-0604 --- 2020-02-06 16:12:06 C-17A United States AFRC | 445AW | 89AS [KFFO]  --- 29025
AE1198 03-3115 --- 2020-02-06 04:48:10 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN] 
AE06D9 163561 KBAR61 2020-02-06 04:12:07 UC-12F United States USMC | VMR DET MIRAMAR [KNKX]  1630 26175