Boston Third Annual Triathlon Help Needed

Boston ARC logoBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

We have been asked again to support emergency communications for the third annual Triathlon held in Boston. Formally known as the “Monster Challenge, Tri-Boston,” this world-class race is sponsored by (the job-finding web site) for the benefit of the AIDS Action Committee. The event is basically unchanged from last year.

The triathlon consists of a swim in the harbor around the World Trade Center (WTC) in South Boston; bike from there through downtown Boston, Charlestown, across and around Cambridge, and back to the WTC; and run from the WTC into and around the Marine Industrial Park and finish at the WTC. Exhausting? Yes for the racers, no for us hams.

Date: Sunday, 31 August 2003
Ham start: 0600
Ham finish: 0930 to 1100

The ham start time is governed by road closures and access to the station locations. It is important to be at the assigned locations on time (even if you are the first one there) – the triathletes move very fast (I don’t know how they do it), so the course is occupied quickly.

Yes, I know it is the day before Labor Day. The upside is it starts early and ends early, leaving plenty of weekend enjoyment time. Your help is greatly needed to continue this as a superb event and to uphold our reputation for dependable support. Our assignments consist of monitoring hazardous and critical locations along the course, and the medical/support stations. As we did last year, we plan to use a 2-meter repeater and/or a 70-cm repeater. Hand-held with a good battery is the way to go.

If you can help, please contact me as soon as possible. I will email the assignments and more detail early, and for most, you can go directly to your station. If you reply from an email address other than the best for you, let me know. Also, please send me a phone number. Parking should be available very close to each location. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks and 73,

Bob Salow, WA1IDA

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