From: T Behler
Date: Mar 25, 2007 9:56 PM
Subject: help needed with michigander bike
communications: PLEASE READ!
March 25, 2007
My name is Tom Behler, and my amateur call is KB8TYJ. I am
Co-ordinator and RACES Officer for Mecosta County, MI.
I recently have accepted the position as main Net Control Station for
Michigander Bike Tour. As you may recall, the position
previously had been
held by Craig Martin (N8VIP).
I am now working with the main organizers of the tour to develop
amateur radio communications along the bike tour route, which will run
year from Midland to Macinac City. The tour itself will take
Saturday: July 14 through Friday: July 20.
This year's route will run through the following ten
Isabella, Clare, Roscommon, Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Otsego,
Cheboygan, and Macinac.
More specifically, the bike tour route is as follows:
Saturday July 14: 2 & 7 Day riders START at Clare High School. 2
& 7 Day
Saturday at Northwood University in Midland.
Sunday July 15: START at Midland, END is split: 2 Day riders return to
Clair, 7 Day
riders arrive at Harrison High School.
Monday July 16: START at Harrison, END at Grayling AuSable High School.
Tuesday July 17: START at Grayling, END at Gaylord Fair Grounds.
Wednesday July 18: START at Gaylord, END at Indian River Inland Lakes
Thursday July 19: START at Indian River END at Mackinaw City High
Friday July 20: START at Mackinaw, END at Mackinaw, 46 mile loop.
The route pretty much follows 10 northwest/southeast between Midland and
Clare and 27 North out of Clare to Harrison. Continue North on 27 out
Harrison to 75 North and on to Grayling. Follow 75 North all the way,
through Gaylord to Indian River. Leave out of Indian River on 27 North
through Cheboygan then on 23 North into Mackinaw City. The loop runs
the Northwest side through Cross Village and Good Hart then turns east
the Petoskey to Mackinaw State Trail.
We need to know what wide-coverage 2-meter repeaters we
might best be able
to use along this route. Even though, as the main net
control station, I'll
have 45 watts and a good mobile dual-band antenna to work with, many of
riders along the route who are hams will only have hand-helds, with a
maximum output power of 5 watts. We also need to know about
spots" in repeater coverage. Our goal is to provide
coverage for the entire distance of the route, so that constant
communications can be maintained between the main net control station,
others traversing the tour route.
I'm attaching a possible list of 2-meter repeaters that might be used
the Midland to Macinac route. I need to know whether the
info is accurate,
including needed PL tones if any.
Are these the best repeater choices for us to use? If not,
other repeaters that we might consider. In addition, any
info on possible
"back-up" repeaters we might use would be helpful.
I also would like to request your assistance with finding and
trustees of the repeaters listed, so that we can get their permission
those repeaters for Michigander communications. If you can
relevant contacts, and get the trustees' permission yourself, that'd be
great; just forward his/her acknowledgement onto me, and
I'll catalog all
responses. If you'd rather that I contact the trustees
e-mail their contact info to me, and I'll take it from there.
In the weeks ahead, I'll be e-mailing you again, asking that you work
your district or county to help recruit ARES/RACES members to provide
additional assistance with bike tour communications. We
always need people
to provide us with information on weather conditions, and helpful
and service organizations in the areas the bike tour goes
also might be needed with transporting broken down bikes, rescuing
who are unable to continue on the tour, and providing emergency
transportation. Our philosophy is "the more available hams,
The organizers of the Michigander and I thank you sincerely for any
information and support you can provide.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, using
of the means listed below.
Best 73 from Tom Behler: KB8TYJ, Mecosta County EC/RO and Michigander
Home telephone (evenings and
week-ends): (231) 592-9854
Work phone: (231) 591-3611