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Search and Locate practice, Visual and Radio Direction Finding

Date: 07/23/11 Start: 8:00 AM End: 12:00 PM Location: Cuesta Park in Mountain View
Credential Credit (What's this?): Yes

This event is open to any interested ham radio operator or CERT responder that would like to have some FUN in a Search and Locate exercise.  County MAC/MIT participants will get some drill work too.
Please read all of this description.
Scenario: SCC ARES/RACES has been asked to provide and coordinate responders to assist a local agency in finding some lost items in a park.  Some items may be found visually, some items only by radio direction finding (RDF) techniques. (NOTE: There is no requirement for RDF capability in order to participate in the exercise drill.)
FUN Part: Participants will be organized into field teams of two to three people. At least one will be an ham radio operator (to maintain communications with Net Control).  Teams will be asked to canvas the park looking for the lost items.  A special park MAP will be provided and used to report grid-based locations.
DRILL Part:  SCC MACs/MITs are to follow country procedures for this event (ResourceNet mob/demob, all forms, procedures, equipment, etc. in order to get drill credit).  Stuck microphone scenarios may appear,  Net Control may perform frequency change exercises, and more.
STAFFING Part: The ICP will include up to four NCO event operators, two NCO resource net operators, and command staff.
Additional stuff:
  • Plan to walk for 1.5 to 3 miles during the course of the 60 to 90 minute assignment on mostly paved park paths, some grass and/or dirt paths.  No hills.  Dress for the expected weather on the day of the event. Please bring sufficient water etc. to keep yourself properly hydrated. Shorts are permitted at this event. No open toe shoes!!!
  • If you have pedestrian 2m RDF equipment, please bring it
  • Bring a compass
NOTE: No MAC evaluations will be conducted at this event.
Tentative Participant Schedule:
0800-0845, participants arrive, check-in
0900-0915, incident Briefing
0915-0930, field team deployments start
1030-1130, field team return
1200-1330, participants demobilize
Signing up "on line" requires and Amateur Radio License call sign.
  • If you have a ham license please, then sign up for the event as a CERT participant.  If you have a hand held ham radio please feel free to bring it with you with batteries charged.  Expect to enter and store multiple frequencies, so please review the manual.
  • If you do NOT have a Amateur Radio License, please sign up by sending email to the event IC, Mark Laubach, at 
  • If you are not a Santa Clara County DSW, you will be asked to sign up and swear in at the event. Participation in this event requires having a current Santa Clara County DSW status.

LOCATION:  Intersection of Montalto Drive and Cuesta Drive gets to the entrance of the desired parking lot for the exercise, Thomas Bros page 811 grid H7;   GPS Coordinates:  37â—¦22’25.05"N  x 122â—¦04’56.13"W.   Nearest large intersection is Grant Road and Cuesta Drive.

Additional Information will be available as we get closer to the event.  Please make sure your contact information is current in the database. 

The following positions are available for this event. You can state your preference when you sign up for the event. The event coordinator will attempt to accommodate your request. Based on the event and its requirements, the event coordinator may move hams to positions other than those requested.

Click on a position title for a description of the specific requirements for that position

Field Responder4
NCO Event1
NCO ResourceNet1
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