Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol Apollo1 Squadron MER-MD-085
We meet the first Tuesday each month at Tipton Airport in Hangar 80.
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On a bright, sunny Sunday October 14th, five members of Apollo I Senior Squadron met for Urban Direction Finding (UDF) training at Tipton Airport, near Fort Meade, Maryland. After discussing training objectives, checking safety currency and training documents, and holding a safety briefing for the activity, the group left Hangar 80 to locate a practice Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), pre-positioned by 1Lt Ron Miller, Squadron Emergency Services Officer (ESO).
After inspecting the squadron van and meeting one of the training objectives, the group headed to the west end of the airfield. The trainees were shown how to use the homemade ELT direction finders and were sent off to home in on the beacon. The trainees, using three homemade YAGI devices, got initial bearings on the ELT and headed toward the east end of the airport.
As the trainees proceeded along the length of the airports runway, the ELT got stronger and they made out that the signal was coming from the direction of hangar 85. The trainees used body nulling and off-channel signal strength to further narrow down the location of the ELT. After nearly an hour of searching, the trainees finally located the ELT near a parking lot fence at hangar 85.
Apollo I Senior Squadron meets at 6:00 pm the first Tuesday of each month in Hangar 80, at Tipton Airport.
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Photo Caption: 2Lt Anthony Riggs, 1Lt Ron Miller, 2Lt Paul Hasz and Captain Joe Kekich set off to locate a practice ELT located on Tipton Airport. (photo:2Lt Douglas Rhodes)