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UDF: Urban Direction Finder

UDF Training: How to become a CAP Urban Direction Finder (UDF)

Below is a step-by-step list of instructions explaining how to become an Urban Direction Finder in Civil Air Patrol. UDF Teams are comprised of two or more people, DF gear and a vehicle. Locating accidentally activated ELT's is by far the most common mission we are called to do. These missions are an excellent training opportunity for the real thing.

Prerequesites (Study Materials)

Ground & Urban DF Team Task Guides
Electronic Direction Finding Slides
CAPR 60-3

Tests to take:

General ES Rated (Take the tests: 116 & 117(Part 1) on-line) Emergency Services Continuing Education Examination. CAPT 117 is conducted in three parts. You only need part 1: one for ground and urban direction finding teams; Complete the ground and urban DF team exam.

Complete the FEMA IS-100.c online course: 

FEMA IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, IS-100.a. Enter your completion of this online course using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->Single Person by clicking the check box to the left of IS100 - IS-100, entering the date of the exam and clicking submit at the bottom of the page.  Upload the scanned copy of the IS-100.a using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->101 Card->View/Upload Documents->Emergency Services Tab and select IS100, and email the SQ188 Emergency Services Officer (or provide a hardcopy) for validation.


Complete the FEMA IS-700.a online course.  

FEMA IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction. Enter your completion of this online course using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->Single Person by clicking the check box to the left of IS700 - IS-700, entering the date of the exam and clicking submit at the bottom of the page.  Upload the scanned copy of the IS-700.a using eServices->My Operations Qualifications->101 Card->View/Upload Documents->Emergency Services Tab and select IS700.  E-Mail the SQ188 Emergency Services Officer (or provide a hardcopy) for validation.

Download and print the UDF Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR-MS). Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links > eServices -> Operations ->Operations Qualifications > Emergency Services > SQTR Entry/Worksheet > Achievement = Urban Direction Finder -> Print SQTR Worksheet. Bring this with you to all training and missions to obtain task sign-offs. 

Enter completed tasks into eServices. Once you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and the Familiarization and Preparatory tasks in the SQTR-UDF, enter the CAPID, date of completion and mission number (optional) into e-Services. Login to e-Services, click on the following successive links -> Operations -> Operations Qualifications -> Emergency Services -> SQTR Entry/Worksheet -> Achievement = Urban Direction Finder. Then enter all of the information for each task completed. Then print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card with your trainee UDF Team rating listed on it (it will say *UDF on the card).

Review the Urban Direction Finding Team (UDF) slides from the CAWG Operations Training website for additional info
 

Important Note:  You cannot act as a UDF Trainee until you have completed all of the Pre-requisites and Familiarization and Preparatory training tasks on the SQTR-UDF and the Commander has approved the "Commander approval" tasks for completion of both the "Prerequisite" and the "Familiarization and Preparatory" training sections of the SQTR.
 

Participate in a minimum of two sorties on an exercise and/or actual mission and record your participation on the SQTR. Request the UDF / Ground Team Leader sign you off on those advanced training tasks you demonstrated proficiency in. Once all advanced training tasks are completed, go back into e-Services and fill them in online, notify the SQ188 Emergency Services Officer for validation. Keep a copy for yourself. Once approved by the Squadron and Group ES Officer online, you should then be approved as a qualified UDF Team Member.
 

Print out a new CAPF 101 Operational Specialty Qualification Card with your qualified UDF rating listed on it. 
 

Congratulations!

 

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