Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Urban Direction Finding (UDF) Training Begins October 13th

When a mission call comes in to CAP from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) that an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) or a personal locator beacon (PLB) has been activated and AFRCC needs us to find the source of the transmission it often takes the efforts of both aircrews and ground-based UDF teams, using direction finding (DF) equipment, to determine the location of the target. In fact, just a few weeks ago members from our squadron participated in a UDF mission in Orange County.

Photo Courtesy: Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol

This month Squadron 150 will focus on UDF training for squadron members seeking to become qualified UDF team members. Our first training will be held this Thursday at 1930 at our HQ at Losd Alamitos JFTB.

This training will be conducted by Maj John Hill Squadron 150 Emergency Services Officer and veteran of many UDF missions and Maj John Frerichs who is the South Coast Group 7 Communications Officer. Both of these officers provide years of experience and expertise in UDF and communications and we are looking forward to training and qualifying a new batch of UDF team members.

If you're a communications enthusiast, have DF experience, or are simply interested in learning how to serve your community, we invite you to attend of our squadron meetings to see if Civil Air Patrol is right for you! Please use the contact form on this page to introduce yourself to us and we look forward to meeting you!