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RDF Search and Locate Mini-drill

Date: 08/12/23 Start: 8:00 AM End: 12:30 PM Location: Cuesta Park, Mountain View
Credential Credit (What's this?): Yes

Updated: 7/20/23 to add URL to a new RDF Mini-Drill Information and Documentation page. All pre-event information and day-of documentation is on this page.  Please pay particular attention to the Participant Checklist.


Simulation Scenario:  SCC ARES/RACES has been asked to provide and coordinate responders to assist a local agency in finding some lost radios with stuck transmitters in a city park.  Radio Direction Finding (RDF) techniques will be used to locate each transmitter.

FUN Training Part: A 20 minute briefing and short introduction to RDF will be given at the park before the search teams are deployed.  Participants will self-organize into field teams of two or more people. Teams will need to maintain communications with Net Control.  A map will be provided and used to report grid-based locations.

DRILL Part:  This event is being conducted as a “mini-drill” and will count for SCC MAC county drill event credit.  All radio operators are to follow county procedures for this event, including: Resource Net mobilization and demobilization, all required forms filled out, procedures, equipment, personal dress, etc. in order to receive drill credit).

RDF Equipment and Preparation: Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  If you don’t have any equipment and are interested in direction finding, you are quite welcome to attend. A limited amount RDF equipment will be available for “loan” during this event.  Please read up and be familiar with the Radio Direction Finding course material located under the Training and Events section of the county website.  A homework email will be sent to each participation - you need to complete the homework assignment.

Credential Evaluations: A limited number of S3, N3 and F3 evaluation positions will be available.  Please indicate your interest when you register for the event and contact the event IC well prior to the event to confirm availability of an evaluation.

Addiitonal detailed pre-event study material on radio direction finding as well as the on-site event documentation is provided on the RDF Mini-Drill Information and Documentation page.

Tentative Participant Schedule:

0745-0845, participants mobilize, travel using the Resource Net, arrive and check-in at staging

0900-0920, incident Briefing, introduction to radio direction finding briefing and demonstration, personal safety and public awareness in a public park briefing, and field team break outs.

0920-1200, field team deployments

1200-1230, participants check out and demobilize

LOCATION:  Cuesta Park, Mountain View. 

Note:  Please review all information and documentation material. 

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 Operatoryes
Field Operator - F3 Eval2
NCO - N3 Eval1
Shadow - S3 Eval0
Event Staff (with approval)yes
Credential Evaluator1
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