|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Disclaimer/Copyright|
|Top of the Hill||by Tony Gaier , President|
First I would like to say it has been a pleasure being the team's President this year! Second, I encourage everyone to turnout for the Christmas party at Mike K's home. It's on December 16th, starting at 6:00PM.
This month's evaluation is on December 17th, at 9:00AM. It will be a litter handling evaluation at Three Gun Springs Trailhead, please see the website calendar entry for detailed directions to the location. If you plan to attend this evaluation please leave a voice message on the hotline as soon as possible.
I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Years! Be safe and see you in 2007!
|Boots and Blisters||by Mike Dugger, Training Officer|
December's training has already taken place as well. On Sunday the 11th, members of the New Mexico Search and Rescue Support Team (NMSARST) came out to train with us on communications and the Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS). Thanks to Tom Lea, Don Stone, and Bob Rieden from NMSARST for providing classroom training on communication and APRS. Their discussion focused on practical aspects, and how these tools are used on missions. Tom Russo, representing both NMSARST and Cibola, provided an excellent background and demonstration of APRS, using a Cibola laptop that he has painstakingly configured with all the necessary software to run APRS on future trainings. The team should consider making use of this tool as much as possible so that our members can gain familiarity with it and perhaps begin to deploy it on missions. After the classroom session, two teams went on short field assignments equipped with APRS trackers so that people in our "base camp" could monitor them from the NMSARST communications trailer. The filed assignments lasted about an hour, in the area of Embudito Trail and Bear Canyon. When the teams returned we plotted the GPS track logs acquired during the assignment, as well as the positions reported by APRS. It was surprising how much more data the track logs contained than the APRS positions. This was a great demonstration of the fact that position reporting by APRS is relying on GPS satellite coverage as well as the ability of the radio to hit a repeater or other station to communicate the packet information.
Finally, since this is my last article as Cibola's Training Officer for this term, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out with training during the year. It takes a lot of time and energy to put together team training, and several members helped out by putting on regularly-scheduled or supplemental training during the year. Tony Gaier, Chris Murray, Tom Russo, and Bob Baker helped out with training, to name a few. I also want to thank all the members and prospectives who participated in training during the year. Our regular training program is what enables our new members to come up to speed in SAR relatively quickly, and helps the rest of us keep our skills sharp, especially during times of reduced mission activity. Keep training, and remember that this is the best way to create knowledgeable, confident searchers when the real missions come along.
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