Bike MS Communications

Bike MS ImageThe South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) will again be managing the communications needs for the 2018 annual Bike MS bicycle event. This ride is a two-day fundraising cycling event that will be held September 15 & 16, 2018. This ride takes riders on a journey from Norman to Guthrie, on Saturday, through OKC, and then returns to Norman on a route east of town back to Norman. This ride begins Saturday morning in Norman, at the National Center for Employee Development (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 heads back to Norman through a more rural route. 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 rented trucks/vans and two touring cars. Each will have a driver, and an amateur radio operator. The radio operator handles communication, navigation, and other activities that pop up throughout the day.

Rest Stop Operators

Optionally we can provide rest stop operators that will handle traffic to and from each rest stop. 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 DMR Talk Group Oklahoma 31400 on the Norman, North OKC, East OKC, and Edmond repeaters. Secondary communications will occur on the VHF Amateur repeaters along the route. Communications on both paths will be through a directed net. These are typically W5NOR 147.06 MHz +600 tone 141.3 and K5EOC 147.35 MHz +600.

Schedule

Saturday: Typically our activities start with breakfast at NCED at 6:30 am. We’ll connect the radios to the vehicles and start our trip to Guthrie. We arrive in Guthrie at about 4:30 pm and take part in a great hamburger/hotdog feast. We’ll get a ride back to Norman, and be done for the day.

Sunday: We’ll meet back in Guthrie at 7:00 am for a pancake breakfast and get back in the cars for a return trip to Norman. This usually takes less time, so we should be back in town at 2:00 pm or so.

Camping is permitted in the Guthrie overnight area, so you’re welcome to spend the night under the stars with the bikers!

Equipment Required

Our primary communications radios will be DMR and VHF analog mobile systems temporarily mounted in the SAG. 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.