Call for Volunteers - Ga400 Hospitality Highway Bike Ride - Sunday July 12

Greetings all !!!

Once again, the Georgia 400 Hospitality Highway Bike Ride is upon us. North Fulton ARES is looking for volunteers to help provide radio communications for Rest Stops, SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles, Motorcycle Marshals and others.

The event is Sunday, July 12, 2015. The ride starts and ends near the intersection of Ga 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road. This year, the ride DOES NOT compete with ARRL Field Day and is one week after the Peachtree Road Race and 4th of July fireworks!

The ride enters Ga 400 southbound at Holcomb Bridge at 7am. Visit their website for more information.

The course consists of five routes (9-, 27-, 45-, 62- and 101-miles) and runs through North Fulton, Forsyth and Cherokee counties. There are six Rest Stops at selected locations along the routes (in the same locations as last year).

Something new we're trying this year is to have ride-along inside the SAG vehicles. Since the SAGs need to find and help riders who may need assistance, it is important to get a vehicle to the rider in a timely manner. Having a radio communicator directly in the vehicle is a great way to facilitate a speedy response time.

Some Rest Stops open early and close early. Others open a bit later. Some, due to the length of the ride, may remain open for a while. We can schedule the coverage in shifts or you might want to come out and play for the whole day. The last rider typically crosses the finish line by 4pm.

What is expected of you?

1) A willingness to help and a desire to come out and have a good time.
2) A radio capable of working the 70cm "440" NFARL repeater on Sweat Mountain [444.475 (+) PL 100.0Hz]. A dual band radio with 2m is even better.
3) Any required accessories such as an after-market HT (rather than the stock stubby duck) or mag-mount (or other) antenna, power supply such as extra HT battery and/or battery pack, something sufficient to last for the duration of your assignment. A headset and an external microphone is desirable due to often noisy operating locations.
4) If you have any APRS gear (trackers, APRS-enabled HT, stand-alone fill-in digi, whatever), please let us know. Ideally, we'd like to have tracking capability for every mobile unit (SAG and motorcycle). If you have it and can bring it for the event, even if you don't know how to work it, please let us know. We'll figure it out.

If you would like to volunteer for this fun event, please send an email to me (Wayne) at " ".

What do I need from you now? Please let me know:

1) Your availability (all day, early, late, something to help me schedule you)
2) Preference for assignment (Rest Stop, SAG, Motorcycle, whatever else we need)
3) Radio equipment you can bring (HT, mobile rig, base station, whatever)
4) Availability of any APRS devices you can use (or loan) to the event. Please specify what you have.

The ride is just one month away on Sunday July 12. Please let me know your availability as soon as you can.

Thanks your your help! I appreciate it ... and I know the event organizers appreciate it too.

73 de Wayne / kg5wu / NFARES