Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Mohawk Amateur Radio Club provided communications support for the 49th running of the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic on July 3-6, 2008. Although the first day started with rain, the skies eventually cleared and participants were treated to a fine day of Olympic-level racing.
Amateur Radio volunteers were stationed at thirteen critical locations around the road race course. They were tasked with providing communications between the finish line at the summit of Mt. Wachusetts and the race director as well as relaying lead racer positions to the next location so that the course marshals and Princeton and Westminster police officers could control the vehicle traffic. Amateurs were also prepared to summon aid for any serious medical emergencies.
Sunday featured the Criterium race in downtown Fitchburg. Five radio operators covered this short course, alerting the marshals to racers passing critical intersections so that spectators could be kept off the course.
Thanks to the following operators for volunteering for this event: AB1CV, K1JHC, K1KKY, K1YTS, KA1GCN, KA1JL, KA1QCB, KB1ESR, KB1LRL, KD1LE, KD1SM, KK1X, KT1I, N1XYT, W1SEX, and WA1VVT.
–Photo courtesy KD1SM. Thanks, Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, July 2008