The weekend of June 2 and 3 found hams from around the region assisting for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike ride for the 3rd year. This years route covered over 200 miles of Kentucky highways and byways, staging from St Catherine College. Keith AJ4KI spearheaded the efforts to coordinate all the vehicle and checkpoint communications. While communications weren’t flawless, all messages got through and assistance arrived in a timely manner.
Day one saw cooler than normal temperatures and sunny skies. No major faux pas occurred until one biker had an altercation with a car. She was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Day two saw a bit warmer day and some early rain, but the ride started with sunny skies and a significantly smaller field of riders. Day 2’s routing was a bit more hilly but 2 meter simplex coverage was more than adequate. Of course, the wear and tear of day 1 took its toll on the riders and bikes. More flat tires and weary bikers were transported back to the starting line but an easy 90% completed the rides.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to participate in one of these events, give it a try. The communications are a no nonsense, easy to follow format. We provided safety and follow up support. And considering a significant portion of the routes had little to no cell service, our efforts are definitely needed. This type of event will give you a taste and training to tackle a real emergency, when and if the need arise. Better to have had a taste of net style communications, providing a tangible outcome than to not.
Many thanks to Keith Stevenson AJ4KI for organizing the may hams involved, the 146.64 repeater group in Campbellsville and the many hams that gave up their weekend to provide support for this event.
Listed below are those that spent their days in the beautiful back country of Kentucky.
Jim Brooks KY4Z, James Brown KJ4YIG, Arthur Bryson KD4GDU, Bud Burson KC9UJP, Don Conrad N4CCJ, Josh Edlin KY4JME, Drew Foster NF8D, Kenny Heavrin KY4COP, Hayden Johnson KJ4TNR, Grady Joslin KY9L, Paul Kern NK4P, Joe Leitsch K4DMU, Dennis Lutz KJ4HUW, Guy Partridge K4KZH, Rick Singleton KC4S, Buddy Sohl KC4WQ, Tina Sohl KJ4QFK, Dan Stratton KJ4QFN, Joe Takacs KK4AJB, and John Sohl KG4WWE.
By the way, the youngest rider in this years event was 15 and he did the 100 mile trek and the oldest were nearing 80 and they (2 of them) completed a 25 mile circuit. If you would like to participate in next years event (first weekend in June) contact AJ4KI@arrl.net .