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Ham Radio Volunteers Support Michigan's 'One Helluva Ride' Bicycle Tour:

from The ARRL Letter on July 13, 2017
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Amateur Radio Volunteers Support Michigan's 'One Helluva Ride' Bicycle Tour:

Some two dozen Amateur Radio volunteers supported communication for the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society's (AABTS) 41st running of the One Helluva Ride (OHR) bicycle tour on July 8 in Michigan. The race derives its moniker from the fact that the longer route options pass through the town of Hell. The annual loop tour, which starts and finishes at the Chelsea Fairgrounds, offers rides from 15 miles to 100 miles. This was the 27th year that the Arrow Communication Association (ARROW http://www.w8rp.org/) -- an ARRL Special Service Club -- has overseen the communication infrastructure and supplied SAG support (for those "sagging behind").

"There are many places on the route where cell phone coverage is marginal, making Amateur Radio an excellent choice," said George Byrkit, K9TRV. "Small beams are deployed at the food stops to provide more reliable communication with net control." Byrkit served as the morning net control station, while Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, handled the afternoon shift.

ARROW had support from the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club (CARC http://wd8iel.com/) and the Livingston County Amateur Radio Klub (LARK http://www.w8lrk.org/). The operation employed two of the Chelsea club's 2-meter repeaters, which were linked to broaden the coverage.

The hams provide SAG vehicles as well as volunteers to ride along in AABTS vehicles. Among other non-communication tasks, they provide spare tire tubes, foot pumps, food and water, and transportation for those experiencing mechanical failure or exhaustion. Hams also are placed at each of the three food stops.

This year, 100 riders registered for the 15-mile fun ride for youngsters with parents. Some 1,500 riders took the longer routes. No serious injuries were reported. Read more http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-volunteers-support-michigans-one-helluva-ride-bicycle-tour. -- Thanks to George Byrkit, K9TRV

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