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Aug 15

We’re still needing some more ham radio operators to help with the 2-day BikeMS Valero Ride To The River on the first weekend of October, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th.  Hours are generally 7am until 6pm, but may vary depending upon your assignment.

The ride on Saturday starts at Rolling Oaks Mall on the Northeast side of SA (1604 & Nacogdoches), then wanders thru the countryside via mostly back roads over to Seguin and back to a finish line at the Comal County Fairgrounds in New Braunfels. (River Road will be involved both days.)  The event will finish up Saturday before 7pm, but most rest stops will close before 5pm.

On Sunday, the 2 routes start at, and return to, the Fairgrounds. Both routes include River Road, coming one direction from Sattler. Sunday is shorter due to shorter routes.

We need hams to help in these areas:

* SAG VAN drivers & co-pilots (picking up stranded riders in a rental 15 passenger van or pickup truck)

* Motorcycle Safety Marshals (need to train w group before the actual ride)

* Ham shadows for event officials (ride with them all day, relaying msgs)

* Medical rovers / first responders (EMTs, ham shadows)

* Rest Stop Hams (relaying msgs to/from medical, the Rest Stop captain (supplies), or when a need to have riders picked up)

Background checks are required for some, but not all positions, paid for by National MS Society. Driver DMV checks are required for Van & Truck drivers (also paid for). Some online driver training is required for those driving rental vehicles.

Free t-shirts will be available. All fuel expenses for event provided vehicles and motorcycles are covered without need to pay up front and wait for reimbursement.

A training / briefing meeting is typically held the weekend before the event to cover the routes, assignments, pass out maps & other items (like t-shirts), etc.

* Ham Coordinators are Charlie Land KC5NKK, MaryAnn Horn N5NYM, and myself.

* Motorcycle Safety Marshals are coordinated by Ray McLeaird N5RAM.

* Medical Rovers / First Responders are coordinated by Neil Martin WA5FSR, with an actual doctor in overall charge.

Police coordination with SAPD, Guadalupe Sheriff, Comal Sheriff and New Braunfels police has been arranged. Major intersections will have a police presence.

This would be a great training opportunity for ARES and CERT groups as well, perhaps with several volunteers helping out at one or more rest stops. Hill Country REACT members are involved also.

Note: SAG Van & Pickup Truck assignments are expected to be 2-day assignments, with the vehicles being picked up from designated rental agency location on Friday (before 6pm) and returned either Sunday night or Monday morning.

Rest stops can be assignments for 1 or both days since locations change each day. Hours vary by position relative to start and finish line.  We usually have 8 stops on Saturday and 5 stops on Sunday.

While we prefer ham shadows to be a 2-day assignment, we understand that some folks might not br available both days. Preference in assignments is given to those able to do both days of course.

Please contact me for more info. If you email / call / text / or leave voicemail msg, please include your name, callsign and your contact info.

We do have some non-ham positions available, such as being a co-pilot for a SAG ham driver. SAG operators work best as teams, driver & navigator/co-pilot.

Lee Besing, N5NTG
210-771-7075 (cell)
info@sanantoniohams.org

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