NVARC Public Service Event

2009 Memory Ride for Alzheimers Research

For further information, contact Ralph Swick KD1SM.

Repeating our success of 2008, the North Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio community again provided logistics and emergency communication support for the 125-mile bicycle ride through the towns of Ayer, Harvard, Bolton, Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Lancaster, Sterling, Leominster, Shirley, Groton, Pepperell, and Hollis NH on Saturday, July 25. We staffed 13 positions along the course, including both mobile and fixed locations.

Big thanks from the Alzheimers Association to the following Hams: Tom K1JHC, Gary K1YTS, Larry KB1ESR, Jim KB1JKJ, Jason KB1KEG, Kathy KB1LPW, Rick KB1LYJ, Ross KB1MGD, Dave KB1MVN, Stan KD1LE, Ralph KD1SM, John KK1X, and Mark WB1ARZ.

Thanks also to the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association for the use of the W1BIM repeater all day for this event and to Paul WB1EWS and Dave N1MNX for providing us use of their repeaters as backup.

This event is a bicycle ride consisting of 4 groups of riders. One group will follow a 125-mile route ("Double Metric"), the second group a 100-mile route ("Century"), the third group a 62-mile route ("Metric Century"), and the fourth group a 25-mile route. Each route starts and finishes at Devens. The shorter routes follow the longer routes for most of their length but include cut-offs. The Pit Stop numbers below correspond to the 125-mile route. All except Pit Stop 3 are also used on the 100-mile route. The 62-mile route uses only Pits 3 through 6. The 25-mile route uses only Pit 3.

The following positions require radio operators:

Assignments - Subject to change
Tactical Name Location Op Name Op Call Start End Notes
Lori (Event Coordinator) Devens Stan KD1LE 0545 1700 (will swap in and out of NCS)
Medical 1 (Alan Bachrach) roving John KK1X 0600 1700
Medical 2 roving - - 0600 1700
NCS/Start/Finish Devens Ralph KD1SM 0530 1730 (will swap in and out of Lori shadow)
Pit 1 Berlin Jim KB1JKJ 0630 0830
Pit 2 Sterling Mark WB1ARZ 0730 1000
Pit 3 Bolton Tom K1JHC 0740 1130 a.k.a. "Pit 1" for the 62-mile and 25-mile routes
Pit 4 Shirley Rick &
0830 1230 a.k.a. "Pit 3" for the 100-mile and "Pit 2" for the 62-mile routes
Pit 5 Hollis NH Gary K1YTS 0930 1345 a.k.a. "Pit 4" for the 100-mile and "Pit 3" for the 62-mile routes
Pit 6 S.Nashua Jim KB1JKJ 1030 1500 a.k.a. "Pit 5" for the 100-mile and "Pit 4" for the 62-mile routes
Road Coach (Kristin Canterbury) roving Larry KB1ESR 0600 1700
Support 1 (Dave Odess) roving Dave KB1MVN 0545 1600
Support 2 (Ross Chapman) roving Ross KB1MGD 0600 1700
Sweep (Jennifer Thornton) roving Jason KB1KEG 0600 1700

Pit Stop Operators

You may proceed directly to your assignments, no need to meet at Devens. On arrival, please check in with the Pit Captain (listed below).

Note: The 4 course maps and some of the volunteer information each have different designations for the pit stops. The designations above follow the 125-mile map. Your Pit Stop coordinator may refer to Pit 3 (Broomfield Industries) as "Pit 1B", and to Pits 4 (Bull Run), 5 (Hollis), and 6 (Nashua) as "3", "4", and "5" respectively depending on which information sheet they are using.

All operators at pit stops should wear an orange or lime safety vest for identification purposes. The ideal vest will say "Radio" or "Radio Communications". If you have an orange cap please wear it. You should be able to use your mobile radio in your vehicle. Please arrange a parking location with the captain of your pit stop so that you are easily accessible to the pit stop personnel and to your vehicle. Most of the pits stops are not in HT range of the repeaters. Pit Stop messages will include updates on the volunteer status (e.g. missing volunteers) and reporting the arrival of the first riders.

Roving Operators

Please meet your assignments at the Museum Field parking lot in Devens. The parking lot is on Antietam Street between Sherman and MacArthur Avenues.

All roving operators will need to bring a magmount antenna, mobile radio, and battery power sufficient for the day. You will be riding in other event volunteers' vehicles. Support vehicle messages will include requests to transport riders unable to finish. Medical vehicle messages will be requests for non-emergency first-aid. Riders will be instructed to call 911 in an emergency and then, if possible, to call NCS by phone at 508.981.5193.

Frequency Plan

There will be a single controlled Net for the event. All stations should attempt to use F1 first, though some parts of the course may require using the alternate F2. F3 is available for those who have the capability; it will also cover most of the course, depending on the mobile antennas used.

Thanks to the Central Mass Amateur Radio Association, to Paul WB1EWS, and to Dave N1MNX for the use of their repeaters for this event.

F1 Primary 146.970 Mhz, - offset, PL 114.8 with thanks to CMARA
F2 Backup 147.315 MHz, + offset, PL 100 with thanks to WB1EWS
F3 Alternate 53.890 MHz, - offset, PL 100 with thanks to N1MNX

Precise Pit Stop Locations (all designations per 125 mile map):

Pit Stop 1
St. Joseph's Church, Berlin; intersection of Carter St. and Route 62 (West St.)
Captain: Jason Chendonnet
Pit Stop 2
Rota Springs Ice Cream Stand, Sterling; Chace Hill Road (1.2 miles north of 110)
Captain: Taryn Noonan
Pit Stop 3
Broomfield Industries, Routes 110 & 117 (west side of route 110, 100 meters north of 117, below road level)
Captain: Rosalie Weber
Pit Stop 4
Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley
Captain: Mary Masci
Pit Stop 5
Hollis Veterinary Clinic, Route 122 (0.1 mi north of Route 130)
Captain: Nicole McGurin
Pit Stop 6
Rail Trail parking lot, Rte 111A at Depot Road (Hollis/Nashua line)
Captain: Royster Hedgepeth
Museum Field, Devens

A spreadsheet provides other volunteer assignments. (Note that the Pit Stop identifiers on that spreadsheet use the 100-mile course designations.) Additional details for participants are available on the event site.

R. Swick, KD1SM
Updated: $Date: 25-07-2009 - 20:07$