Bike MS Communications

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The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) will be managing the communications needs for the 2018 annual Bike MS bicycle event. The “Road Divided” is a two-day fundraising cycling event that was held September 30 & October 1, 2017. The 2018 dates have yet to be determined. This ride takes riders on a journey from Norman to Stillwater, with an overnight stay in Guthrie. This ride begins Saturday morning in Norman, at the National Center for Employee Develpment (NCED), or the ‘Postal Training Center’ on Hwy 9. Cyclists will travel north through Central Oklahoma and finish Day 1 for an overnight stay in historic Guthrie. On Day 2, the journey continues from Guthrie to the Bike MS: The Road Divided Finish Line in Stillwater. Participants will experience routes with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and support provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators and law enforcement.

Get Involved

This year we have again been asked to provide radio operators for the following tasks. Each day, we needed seven (7) support and gear (SAG) mobile operators, and optionally some rest stop operators. If you’d like to help, please contact Mark at N5HZR@arrl.net. Experience is not needed, but if you can check into a net, and keep your cool in an active environment, you’ll do just fine.

Support And Gear (SAG) Mobile Operators

Typically there are 5 trucks/vans rented from Enterprise rental. Each will have a driver, and an amateur radio operator. The radio operator will handle communication, navigation, and other activities that pop up throughout the day.

Rest Stop Operators

Rest stop operators will handle traffic to and from each rest stop to the mobile vehicles. Multiple operators will be allowed at each rest stop if you’d like to bring your own ‘company’.

Communications Paths

Primary communications will occur on the VHF Amateur repeaters along the route. These will be listed here as soon as they are available. Secondary communications will occur on DMR Talk Group Central Oklahoma. Communications on both paths will be through a directed net. These roles will probably be switched for 2017.

Equipment Required

Our primary communications radios will be VHF analog mobile systems temporarily mounted in the SAG vehicles and located at the rest stops. Note that the vehicles used may have aluminum body panels, and the mag mounts may need to be duct taped onto the vehicles. Duct tape will be available at the starting location to assist in setting up the radios. Rest Stop locations will be required to bring their own radios, and power systems.

Our backup communications radios will be DMR radios on the Norman, East OKC, Edmond, and Stillwater repeaters, using the Oklahoma Tactical Action Channel (TAC) 34100 Talkgroup. Operators desiring to use DMR must bring their own equipment.