02/25/2014 – The ARRL Letter
Public Service: RDF Bracelet Helps Oregon Hams to Locate Missing Man
Members of the Lane County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Amateur Radio Operators (LCSARO (http://www.lcsaro.org/)) — an ARRL-Affiliated Club — used radio direction-finding techniques to locate a 78-year-old Eugene, Oregon, man suffering from dementia, who had gone missing. The man’s wife reported February 16 that her husband had wandered away from the couple’s home, east of the University of Oregon Campus.
Fortunately, the man was one of six at-risk individuals in the county equipped with a Project Lifesaver (http://www.projectlifesaver.org/) RDF bracelet. As a result, the specially trained hams in the sheriff’s department were able to track down and locate the missing person in downtown Eugene. He was not injured. The ham radio team minimizes the need for large-scale search parties that typically involve many agencies, hundreds of police officers, and thousands of dollars in cost. The LCSARO also supports communication in disaster and emergency situations. — Thanks to John Bigley, N7UR, Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire