Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ writes:
For the second year, hams are needed for the Boston Brain Tumor Society bicycle rides on Sunday, 20 May 2012. We have been asked to help ensure the safety of the riders and make this event a success. There are three routes: a 10 miles, 25 miles, and 50 miles. All rides start and finish at the front parking lot of Reservoir Woods, Waltham, MA.
Ride starting times are between 0800 and 1000, and and will end in the early afternoon. The routes have similarities and have paths in Waltham, Lincoln, Concord, Carlisle, Acton, Westford, and Weston. Ham assignments will be at water stops, in sweep and recovery vehicles, and shadows. Hams are asked to be at the various assignments between 0700 and 1000. There will food and entertainment available afterward at Reservoir Woods.
A 2-meter, 5 watt hand-held radio is satisfactory for this event. A better antenna then the “rubber duck” antenna that came with your radio is desirable, and a magnetic mount antenna would be helpful if you are assigned to a vehicle.
Our ham supported public service events are interesting and fun experiences. The communication load is light, but safety and support for the participants are always primary. If you are new to this facet of ham radio, and want to get more public service experience, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the ropes. If you are an experienced public service volunteer, we definitely need your help.
If you are available for this event, please reply to me with all of the following information as soon as possible. Reply by email is the best method. If you know other hams who would like to volunteer, ask them to send the following information to me.
Your assistance is valuable. Please let me know promptly if you can help. I will get the assignments and more details to you as soon possible. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Postal mailing address (including 9-digit ZIP code)
Does your 2-meter radio have CTCSS (PL)?
Do you have a dual-band radio?
Do you have a magnetic mount antenna?
Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ