Radio operators needed for Lookoff Rally

Request for Operators – 2m VHF & APRS if available. Ledwidge Lookoff Rally (http://www.lookoffrally.com/) Date: Sunday 11 AUGUST 2019 Time: 0800-1800’ish for rally and dinner provided following. Location: Meet location Walton (NS) Fire Department (45.228387°,-64.002699°)

The organizers of the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally have approached local Amateur Radio Operators for communications support for this event. HAMs have provided communications for this event for several years and our support is a key component to the safety and success of the event. For this year’s event all stages will be run in one area. For the 2019 event, we will be making use of a mobile repeater trailer compliments of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club.

Now what is really needed is volunteer Radio Amateurs to be positioned are various points around the stages. We need everyone to be self-equipped with a functional 2m radio, preferably a mobile and a handheld as a back-up. The operators will be posted to several points on the course to update the progress of the competitors as they race around the stages, be available at pre-identified locations to prevent access to the stages by ATVs and to provide emergency communications should there be an incident long the route. We ideally need approximately thirteen (13) volunteers. Seven (7) will take their own vehicle to positions around the course. Four (4) of these operators will be assigned to course cars and therefore will need a magnetic mobile antenna and a radio that can operate from an auxiliary power point in the vehicle or from batteries. One (1) will be assigned to shadow the Clerk of the course and the final one (1) will operate a radio at the headquarters. This person will be asked to also maintain a radio log during the day and operate as the net control. If you have a preference in where you’d like to be positioned please advise. If you have an SUV / pick-up / 4×4 it is recommended however the route is relatively a well-groomed dirt road for the most part. You will drive around the stage to where you are assigned and the be parked there for the duration of the event.

We will meet at the Walton Fire Department between for 0800 to get organized and head out at 0900 to get set up. Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30am for anyone who likes Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage etc. Snacks will be provided, but not lunch so you are recommended to bring their own. It is also strongly recommended to bring liquids to stay hydrated through what might be a hot day in the woods, insect repellent, sunscreen and clothing suitable to NS weather (which can change with little notice).

Dinner is provided post Rally at the Walton Fire Department; it will be a Turkey dinner. End of Rally is at 5:35pm, and Supper will begin at the Fire Department at 6pm. This is of course all pending a smooth rally and the end times my deviate later. Camping is available at the Ledwidge Property on Saturday night for anyone who would like to save some travel time in the morning. It is un-serviced camping so they will need to come prepared to be completely self-sufficient. The field is a now disused grass airstrip. The event also provides volunteers with a T-Shirt to help identify you in the stages as event volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering please contact Peter Service (VE1PS) at ve9nps@gmail.com.