Ham Help Needed for Bikes Not Bombs Rides

Boston ARC logoBikes Not Bombs (BNB) rehabilitates bicycles by training local kids how to restore old bikes. Besides enabling the kids to earn their own bicycle, they then provide large quantities to youths here and abroad. Their local focus is to help kids learn mechanics and safety and get to own a bike they work on. The health advantages of bike riding are proven.

Non-profit, BNB, promotes their program with many public events each year. For the past 21 years, BNB has staged three concurrent bike rides in and around Boston. Several years ago they realized that ham radio was the way to support riders on the three courses – and we have earned their thanks and praise.

There will be concurrent 15, 25 and 62 mile rides on Sunday, 8 June 2008. More than 250 riders are expected. All three rides start and finish in the park across from the Stony Brook T station (Orange Line). The rides go through Boston and several suburban towns. We have been asked to staff rest stops, and shadows. There will be no assignments on the streets. Some of the rest stops have been relocated. If you are assigned to a rest stop you can drive directly there and maps will be provided. If you want transport to a Rest Stop, meet at 0800 in front of the Stony Brook T Station.

The shorter courses should be finished by 1330, and the long course should finish by 1530. All finishes are at the park. Buffet food for hams and key volunteers is in a separate area nearby.

We want to make a good showing at this local event and demonstrate the community value of ham radio. If you can help for this event, please respond with the following information as soon as possible:

Full name
On-air name
Call sign
Postal mailing address (including 9-digit ZIPcode)
Evening phone
Day phone
Cell phone
Email address
Does your 2-meter radio have CTCSS (PL)?
Do you have a dual-band radio?
Do you have a magnetic mount antenna?
T-shirt size

Because of the limited time, let me know as soon as you can. Questions?
Just ask.

Bob Salow, WA1IDA

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