This week’s training for the team was split into two groups. Half of the team met at Shaugh Bridge undertaking a rope session and the other half of the team were based at Holming Beam for a radio exercise devised by Neil.
Holming Beam is a magical kind of place that will break your ankles and/or spirit. Although it is a stunning part of the moor, it is very challenging navigationally, and underfoot.
Those in attendance were split into groups and given a route to follow with several checkpoints on the way. At each checkpoint, the radio operator had to contact control and using the phonetic alphabet spell out a word from the instruction sheet given at the start. If no response is heard after 30 seconds then move on to the next checkpoint and repeat the process.
The objective of the evening was to test the radio coverage under the Covid-19 requirements with minimal equipment, as this is a popular area for potential casualties and is also covers part of the Ten Tors event.
Thank you to Neil for organising a great evening and a special thank you to Stu from Devon and Cornwall Police for his time at the start of the evening to go through the Airwave Radio’s that have recently been allocated to the team.