A Big Thank You!

8 Jun

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Last weekend was one of our biggest annual public service events: the BKM/Steelcase MS Bike Tour out of Windsor, Connecticut.

Always A Challenge

The 100-mile ride (with shorter rides as well) always is a great preparedness challenge. This year, part of the route required a lot of communication back and forth because of a fire in Somers. The route stayed open, but riders had to dismount to safely navigate the fire scene (with the approval of the fire and police officers on scene).

It was a great event as always and a big thank you is owed to all the MS Connecticut Chapter staff, sag and technical volunteers, and the following hams who helped out:

  1. Net control operators – WA1VVB MARK, KB1HTA LINNEA, and AB1GL GEORGE
  2. The MS information booth – KB1KOS TOM
  3. CHECKPOINT #1 – K1PZS HARV
  4. CHECKPOINT #2 – AA1WM SCOTT
  5. CHECKPOINT #3 – AB1RB BOB
  6. CHECKPOINT #4 – KB1GTM DOV
  7. CHECKPOINT #5 – KB1MU DAVE
  8. CHECKPOINT #6 – K1MGM MARK
  9. CHECKPOINT #7 – KB1HSW KERSTIN
  10. CHECKPOINT #8 – KB1HTB LORI
  11. MOBILE BRAVO – AC1N JOSH
  12. MOBILE CHARLIE – AB1LZ BILL
  13. MOBILE DELTA – W1CPW JOHN
  14. MOBILE ECHO – KB1GTM DOV, AA1WM SCOTT
  15. MOBILE GULF – WB1FNK KARL

A Reliable Repeater System

This year we were fortunate enough to have our W1CWA Repeater operational at its new home, giving us the ability to reach all points along with course. In Connecticut we are fortunate to have a highly dense, reliable, and largely interconnected repeater network. There are sometimes questions raised as to whether there are “too many repeaters” or whether any more repeaters are needed. Having so many well-maintained systems providing overlapping coverage over the state is something we should be very proud of. Our State is not immune to disaster as the October 2011 snowstorm, 2011 “Springfield” tornado, January 2011 snowstorm, and hurricanes of past have taught us. A big thank you to Dana, KB1AEV for allowing use of his repeater system for our all-day MS Bike tour net, and to our members who made sure our repeater would be reliable following its relocation.

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