2461 (Sawston) Squadron RAF Air Cadets

2461 (Sawston) Squadron is the Air Cadet Squadron based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford

Monday 14 January 2013


Air Cadets aged between 13 and 19 from 2461 (Sawston) Squadron have recently started work towards gaining Air Cadet qualifications in radio communication.

Cadets have been working towards the provisional and full radio operator qualifications in UHF and VHF with a long term aim of completing their communicators badge.  The provisional qualification sees cadets train in the use of a simple Radio Transceiver to the standard of current radio communication procedures in use within the Air Cadet Organisation.  The full qualification has the cadets looking more in depth at the use of radios including; the phonetic alphabet, radio frequencies, care of batteries and safety when using communications equipment.

Under the supervision of Squadron Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Tim Barker the cadets studied the technical skills element of their communicators badge.  They learnt how to measure voltage, current and resistance using a multi-meter, the correct way to wire a plug and about soldering.

In total nineteen cadets gained their provisional qualification, five gained their full operator certificates and one cadet, Cadet Sergeant Richard Barker qualified for his communicators badge.

Cadet Sergeant Richard Barker said “I am really pleased to be able to wear the communicators badge on my uniform and hope to pass on what I have learnt to the younger cadets at the Squadron”

Flying Officer Chris Cox added “Radio communications is a vital skill in the Air Cadet Organisation as it is often used in situations such as public events, fieldcraft and leadership training.  It also helps the cadets become more confident and teaches them valuable life skills.”

The cadets will now go on to study Advanced Radio and RADAR along with Data Communications as part of the Air Cadet Organisation education syllabus.  Completion of this syllabus will not only see the cadets gain their communicators badge but also a BTEC Certificate in Aviation Studies worth two GCSEs, grade A-C!  Best of all the BTEC is free to all Air Cadets.

2461 (Sawston) Squadron meet on Monday and Thursday evenings at our headquarters on Hayfield Avenue.  For more information about joining as either a cadet or member of staff please contact 01223 834585 (Monday and Thursday Evenings) or email oc.2461@aircadets.org

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