Who: The Alta Alpina Cycling Club
What: Wild Sierra Bike Ride
Where: Near Turtle Rock Park, Markleeville
When: Saturday, June 24th, 2023
On Saturday, June 24th the Alta Alpina Cycling Club will hold their annual fundraiser, the Wild Sierra Bike Ride, and they need Hams for course communications. They do have a number of Ham operators in the club, but it's an all-day bike ride, and they need more radio operators than the club can provide. They've asked SNARS members for help with course communications. This is a great opportunity for our members to practice their portable operating skills and help out a wonderful group of folks!
Generally each ham gets assigned a shift and a location on the course, and they'll be in contact with HQ. Their rest stop workers, as well as motorcycles patrolling the course, check in with the radio to report conditions/problems back to command central and vice versa.
On the right you'll find a map of the course. Note that the start/finish will be a few miles from Turtle Rock Park (TRP) this year. Ham operators are needed from 6am through 11pm (though it's usually our club members that take the earliest and latest shifts, since those are hard to fill, plus they tend to live closer). So they need volunteers for most hours of the day. Shifts could be as short as 4 hours or as long as someone can stay - the more hams that volunteer and the longer they can be on duty, the better their coverage will be. Food and drink will be provided for all volunteers.