Signal Mirroring

Agricor Community Center.  Letlhakaneng, North West Province.  South Africa.

April 2012.

Scouts in South Africa are required to demonstrate the ability to use a mirror to signal aircraft if they are in distress.  I found an old, shattered mirror somebody had thrown out on the bushveld, and my teams of Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders taught their Patrols (and me) the technique: close one eye, hold your fingers in a V at arm’s length, and locate your target between your fingers; find the reflection of the sunlight on the ground and angle it up through your fingers.  The technique creates a blinding flash that is impossible to ignore – useful to call for help, or to annoy the hell out of your Troop Scouter.


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