"Bob Swaim" sent:

When using a hand-held with the antenna removed to find a running ELT, you need
to get within about 5 feet of the elt antenna on each plane.


My favorite tool is my Sporty's JD-200 - I have a mag-mount antenna for the roof
tuned to 121.5MHz for getting in the area, and then (with the rubber ducky ON) I
get out and run around pressing the 'down' button to go off frequency as I get close.

I can usually find a plane on the ramp faster with that then the Lil-ELPer DF gear.

The ELT I found the other night in a hanger at Martin Field - College Place WA in
a 210 was audible at 118.00 when I was within 10 ft of the antenna.

Had to wake up the Mechanic to come back to the airport to 'unhook' the remote
on-off switch that he had installed that afternoon about quitting time.

I've located about 125 ELTs in the last 20 years. MANY interesting stories.

Found an ELT going off in a BRAND NEW Citabria on the Yakima Airport at 3AM. I
could see the 'ON' switch thru the window. The door wasn't locked, so I just
sneeked a finger in there and 'switched off.' Then I noticed the keys in the

Always wondered if there was some drug dealing or something going on - very
common use for ELTs!

Would have been nice to get some tail-dragger time - but not as much fun at 3AM,


Sorry if this is 'off-subject' Bob! Just love telling stories!

Bill Howard, LtCol CAP
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