David Wolfe, KG1H writes on MMRA Public Service Events List:
CF Cycle for Life 65+ (Metric Century⁺)_, 30 & 12 mile routes, Saturday, October 5, 2013 http://mass-ri.cff.org/cycle Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street, Holliston, MA The CF Cycle for Life to benefit Cystic Fibrosis The event is a one day, fully supported bike tour through the metro west area including the towns of Dover, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, and Sherborn, on picturesque 65+ (Metric Century⁺), 30 and 12 mile routes.
Amateur Radio support for October 5, 2013
***** Contact: Mark Richards, K1MGY 617 592 4392 firstname.lastname@example.org *****
This is a cycling event whose purpose is to funds raise for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We hope to gain permission to use the FARA Repeater on 147.15. Rather than tie up the machine we will operate as an open net, meaning that regular repeater use will be encouraged with short QSO’s and a sufficient listening watch to allow event net activity. However, we may establish a closed net should an emergency arise.
This event will begin at 0800 for amateurs and has a hard stop at 1530. Free lunch and a T shirt will be offered for your service. Beer following the event is not free, but instead is available at a nominal cost.
The primary purpose of Amateur Radio service at this event is to assure participant safety. Rapid dispatch of emergency services is our priority. Where practicable, Amateurs will call 911 directly and then report the incident to net control, otherwise NCS will dispatch based on your report.
8 SAG vehicles will be in service throughout the event and we hope to have an operator riding shotgun in each. At least one rest stop which will change location as the ride progresses will have an operator, plus an operator at the event start (who will likely be re-deployed to the event finish). All assignments are still in work at this time.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support a very worthy cause, to gain good experience in Amateur Radio Public Service, meet new people, and be of service to others. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before. It’s easy, sometimes exciting, and always fun.
As this is being put together at the last minute, accommodating your schedule is important. If you can’t commit to the whole event, consider giving what time you can, and I am certain you’ll be well employed and come out the other side knowing you have helped others.