Successful Delta County Search and Rescue Team Exercise Involves Club Members

On Saturday, October 22, 2012, the Delta County Search and Rescue Team, assisted by the recently formed Auxiliary Communication Team, conducted an exercise near Good Enough Reservoir, approximately 15 miles north of Hotchkiss, CO, on 3100 Rd. Attached are three photos taken at the command post during today’s exercise. The exercise had members of the Delta County Search and Rescue Team, and the Delta County Auxiliary Communications Team search for, locate and prepare for transport two role playing “victims” of a simulated light plane crash. Auxiliary Communications Team members, accompanying the ATV mounted search teams, used Radio Direction Finding equipment to help locate a radio beacon signal simulating an aircraft Emergency Location Transmitter. Other AUXCOM members staffed radio stations at the Incident Command Post, the Hotchkiss Fire Station and a mobile station at the Delta County Sheriff’s office.

The exercise went well and was very realistic. The two search teams went on parallel trails. The fox (hidden transmitter)/simulated plane crash was in the area between the trails. Both teams had to leave the ATV’s and hike through trees towards the site using radio direction finding to give them direction. They converged on the site at about the same time. The fox was 1.8 miles from the ICP. Its signal was very strong at the ICP on a tall vertical. Signal strength was not a problem for the two hunters. Multi-path was the big challenge. The fox’s antenna was 1/4 wave magmount on a cookie sheet. The radio and controller were in a tupperware container.

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Left to right, Robert Barclay and Jerome Janissee of the AUXCOM Team and Rob Fiedler the Delta County Emergency Manager. Photo by Steve Schroder.

 
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Left to right, Robert Barclay and Jerome Janissee of the AUXCOM Team, Glen Roberts – SAR Incident Commander, and Rob Fiedler the Delta County Emergency Manager. Photo by Steve Schroder.

 
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Group photo of the Delta County SAR and AUXCOM team members at the exercise. Photo by Steve Schroder.

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Ham radio operator for over 40 years, Dave Casler holds Amateur Extra class call sign KEØOG. He is the webmaster for the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and is happy to receive articles and photos from club members. Dave enjoys HF SSB ragchewing, PSK-31, APRS, and software-defined radio (SDR).
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