On Christmas day a few hikers went missing between Fraserburg and Loxton. They apparently left the main gravel road in search of a more scenic route. Search and rescue teams have been brought in to walk the enitre area.
The South African Radio League was approached to assist with communications which need to take place using shortwave communications. FM UHF and VHF have proved unreliable. NVIS communications on frequencies around 7 MHz may be best according to the advice from the SARL.
It was requested that the teams scan certain areas. Hams will need to exchange their search and rescue team’s grid locations by tomorrow (2023-12-26) after 15:00 CAT and a short situation report of no more than three words. (Smartphone Apps like HamGPS are an excellent method of obtaining accurate grid locations.)
Throughout the day report your movements (Grid locator / MSG x) if you wish to make it even more fun. The COOL will display a picture of what is happening. Let’s create some DATA!
Hams identify the message by sending MSG x where x is the number of words in the message as a checksum. The received messages are to be logged in the comment field of the logging system.
All communications to be logged by the hams accompanying the search and rescue teams on The COOL at their earliest convenience for evaluation by the search and rescue control group.
This is an excercise.
CW 7.023 to 7.030
SSB 7.073 to 7.080
Hint: Use aprs.fi to determine virtual but real grid locations. Make it fun.
Note: End of QSO times are most accurate for logging on The COOL.