Bike Rally - Denton County Amateur Radio Association

Bike Rally/Walk-a-thon
DCARA Roles and Radio Operator
What is Amateur Radio’s Role?
Stations and assignments
What equipment are needed to help out?
Tour De Cure – August 3rd
Other upcoming events
How do I sign up?
Amateur Radio operators provide safety and
welfare communications support for the event
o Extra eyes on the course
o Track the first and last riders
o Get help to riders that need assistance
o Relay supply and logistical information
o Look for hazards and lost riders
o Verify the course is clear of riders
What’s a SAG?!
Lets clear up some acronyms and terminology
Rest Stop
OK, So what does each
communications positions
Net Control Station
Maintains orderly communications and serves
as the focus for net functions
Keeps track of all resources, active and reserve
Directs radio traffic (Directed Net)
Maintains net discipline
Logs incidents and traffic
Persons wanting to be an NCS,
The net control is in charge of the net during the event
and is responsible for the information flow and the
character of the event net. The net control operator
can make or break a net.
o Have strong, clear signal with good audio
o Issue all instructions in a clear and concise tone
o Keeps track of the status of all stations and their
capabilities and functions
o Keeps a written log of traffic handled during the
Rovers monitor the course looking for hazards,
riders or participants that need assistance,
and track the location and status of the first
and last riders/participants
Typically are assigned a specific portion of the
route/course and remain in that section until directed
by Net Control to relocate or secure
Rest Stop Operators
The primary responsibility of the operator will be to
report incidents involving rider or volunteer safety
Generally, these incidents are rare
The most likely reports will be involving supplies or
transportation requests (SAG)
Be at the rest stop about 30 minutes before the first
riders are anticipated to arrive. You should not request
permission to secure until the last ride has left the rest
While you’re specific assignment is communications,
feel free to assist the rest stop staff as long as you can
still maintain radio communications at all times
Event Shadow
Allows constant contact with some person who is
important to the event operation
Thus the amateur operator MUST remain in the
immediate vicinity of the person shadowed AT ALL
Because the person being shadowed will usually be
involved in some important activity, the shadow
should be mostly unobtrusive in the vicinity of the
person, interjecting only when communications is
The shadow operator must remain with the person
being shadowed at all times. In addition, the amateur
must monitor the radio AT ALL TIMES
The operator should be in good physical condition to
be able to walk and sometimes long distances with
the official
OK, So what
do I need?
• NCS – the club will generally supply the equipment for the NCS station
• Everyone
o ICS 205 communications plan and course maps
• Rover
Your Vehicle
Mobile Radio, preferably dual band (2m and 70cm)
APRS is preferred (but not required) so NCS can monitor your location
Safety vest
• Rest Stop Operator
o Hand Held Radio (HT) – at least 2m, prefer dual band
o Safety vest
• Event Shadow
o Hand Held Radio (HT) – at least 2m, prefer dual band
o Safety vest
What else could be
Portable Go Kit for remote/distant rest stops
(this is a great opportunity to make sure your go kit still
Magnetic Signs for Rovers indicating you are an
Amateur Radio Communications vehicle
Amber LED or revolving lights for Rovers and Tail
Tour De Cure
August 3rd 6:30am to 3:00pm
Start/Finish at Texas Motor Speedway
3 courses (15mi, 32mi, and 62mi)
4 rest stops
NCS will be in the parking lot South of the South Tunnel
(Look for the Grey Denton County Emergency
Management Motor Home – CLEATUS)
Other Events this year
• Oct 12 – North Texas Bicycle Rally
o Start/Finish South of Roanoke
o Four courses encompassing Trophy Club, Keller, Roanoke, Haslett, and
• October 26 – Komen Ride for the Cure
LBJ Grasslands National Park (Wise County)
Horse Ride
Stationary positions
HT’s will work fine
• November 2 - Touched By Suicide Community Walk
o Bartonville Town Center
o Course is on the trails and through Lantana
• November 16 – Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally
o Start/Finish at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (West of
North Lakes Park)
o Courses go North as far as Valley View
o 5 courses – 5 miles to 68 miles
Keep an eye on the calendar on the
web site
How do I
sign up
to help with
Join the
DCARA Operations Yahoo Group
Also Linked from the DCARA Web Page
The call for operators only gets sent to those
that are registered in the OPS Yahoo Group

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