"Operation Pipeline"

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On Saturday, November 20th, members from PARC participated in a direction-finding exercise to look for a downed drone.

In the scenario, Powhatan County Emergency Management received a request from the Colonial Pipeline to look for a lost drone that they were using to patrol their pipeline.

Under the direction of the County EC (Mark Robinson, N4MDR), AEC (Carl Cash, KF4UBE ), and Net Control Operator (David Elkins, KN4LQN) several teams were deployed to search for the drones locator beacon along the 22 mile length of the pipeline.  In about three hours the teams were able to close in on the drones location (provided by Tom Douglas KB4PIX) and successfully find the aircraft.

It was a great day of practice using direction-finding skills, unity of command, tactical call signs, mission decision-making and assignment, and net control.

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A big "THANK YOU" to all who participated, including a special visit by Mr. Gabe Elias the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Curt - KD4JLY

  • Doug - N4CSA

  • Steve - KX4EF

  • David - WD3O

  • Bill - N4WLC

  • Josh - KN4OVK

  • Ray - KN4OJB

  • Mark - N4MDR

  • Carl - KF4UBE

  • Tom - WB4PIX

  • David - KN4LQN

  • Randy - KB1ZLC

  • Jeff - KO4UBN

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