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LaVernia Wildwest Hammerfest Bike Tour

Around 5:30am on Saturday morning, 09/19/2009, way before the chickens even thought about waking up, there were a bunch of crazy folks talking on the 147.04 repeater, all saying they were heading toward LaVernia for some bicycle event. 

The San Antonio Repeater Organization (SARO) organized the hams for this event, which was billed as the 2nd annual event, even though it was the 3rd year.  Seems that last year (2008) the event got canceled due to a pesky hurricane that was threatening to hit the gulf coast of Texas, and that hurricane was going to use up the law enforcement resources needed by the event, plus the threat of extremely bad weather might have endangered the riders.

Originally, Gordon K5SUZ was slated to coordinate hams for this event, but due to the death of Liliane KC5AQP a couple weeks prior, he asked Eric WB5ZJQ and Lee N5NTG to take over the operation.   We were a bit short handed today, after a couple of last minute cancelations and no-shows, but we all pitched in and some did double duty to cover rest stops until we could shift another ham over to that location.  We had 10 SAG vehicles, but only 6 had hams riding in them, so we used cellular phones to try and coordinate the other 4 drivers.   We had 5 rest stops and 10 Motorcycle Marshals.   

Net Control was ran by the Manley Family, with Charles KD5EXS and Charlie W5BRC were most frequently heard as NCS, with Barbara KB5RLF covering their occasional need to take breaks.

The following hams are believed to have worked these assignments:

CALL FIRST LAST POSITION
WB5BRC CHARLES MANLEY Start/Finish
KD5EXS CHARLES MANLEY Start/Finish
KB5RLF BARBARA MANLEY Start/Finish
KD5KZD SHARON OLSON Rest Stop 1
WB5ZJQ ERIC OLSON Rest Stop 1
TEMP MOTOR MARSHAL Rest Stop 2
K5GST GARY TANGRADY Rest Stop 3
N5MYN MARY ANN HORN Rest Stop 4
KB5YSJ DALE ROBINSON Rest Stop 5
KC5QPQ LINDA ROBINSON Rest Stop 5
N5NTG LEE BESING SAG 1
KC5NKK CHARLIE LAND SAG 2
KA5OHJ ROYCE TAYLOR SAG 3
K5AUW BOB RODRIGUEZ SAG 5
N5HMJ MILTON JOHNSON SAG 8
WA5FSR NEIL MARTIN MEDIC 4
WB5LCT LOUISE MARTIN MEDIC 4
KD5YZX CLAUDE HOWARD MOTORCYCLE 1
KE5KHN Ray  McLEAIRD MOTORCYCLE 2
KE5PRE JOHN PERRY MOTORCYCLE 3
KE5AOV GLENN BOSWELL MOTORCYCLE 4
KF5AVE JOHN McALPINE MOTORCYCLE 5
  JEAN WILLIAMSON MOTORCYCLE 6
  MICHAEL PEREZ MOTORCYCLE 7
  Ray  WOLFORD MOTORCYCLE 8
KG5QW ALFRED HORN MOTORCYCLE 9
W5DK DON KIRCHNER MOTORCYCLE 10

And here are some digital photos taken by Lee N5NTG.  We’ll be processing some video footage to post later to YouTube.com and then here, but that takes a bit more work than simply posting a group of photos.

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