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REDCAP/PLB Search

As some of you know, AFRCC activated CAP last night to look for a PLB or Personal Locator Beacon. There were 4 members of Shorty Powers who were able to respond almost immediately. C/2d Lt Matt Schofield, C/2d Lt Sara Schofield, 2d Lt Charley Macdonald, and myself (Maj Danley). The PLB was tentatively located in Shorewood IL, home to the Schofield family.

Lt Macdonald and myself met the Schofields at their home and we began our search. The first GPS location provided to us had no joy on the signal. Enroute to the second GPS location, Cadets Schofields were monitoring the L-Per and picked up a strong ELT signal (yes PLB’s and ELT’s use the same signal). We turned back and began searching that area. After a relatively short time we identified the building where we believed the PLB to be emitting its signal. A second ground team arrived from Lansing airport and confirmed our readings. Eventually the Shorewood Police were contacted to contact the owner. Once the owner arrived we searched the inside of what was a returns warehouse (primarily for Amazon). As you can probably imagine, this warehouse was filled with just about everything imaginable. After an extensive search, we found not 1, but 3 PLB’s. We narrowed down the PLB’s to the likely candidate and with the permission of the warehouse operator, we opened the (return) package and were able to silence the beacon.
This was a well executed plan where Shorty Powers played a very active and lead role.
I encourage everybody to continue their Emergency Services (ES) training so more of us can participate in future missions.
In northern Illinois we may not be hiking through dense woods or tracking down many overdue aircraft but that doesn’t mean our ES skills won’t be put to a test. Ask your respective commanders if you would like more information on getting active with ES training.
Congratulations to the SPCS team for a non-distress “Find”.


Maj Edward E. Danley, CAP

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