NEXT MEETING IS APRIIL 20 at 1900. SEE DETAILS BELOW
Here we will list events where radio operators can participate in various events utilizing their skills and equipment in order to support organizations.
I am the Communications Chair for the MS Bike Ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I am looking for communicators! This year’s event is only 1 day, usually it is 2 days with an overnight
This is an excellent public service event and I highly encourage those with 2m and 70cm capability to come have fun with us. We also use APRS, so if you have a tracker, all the better!
We usually man rest stops, Start/Finish and rove the course. We will NOT be riding with Tour Officials this year due to Covid-19 precautions.
KD5UMO has a great website where we maintain the latest information. I am encouraging ham “families” to man rest stops together to promote precautions re CV-19.
DFW MSRide Comms - Sign Up (google.com)
There are a LOT of details to review, and I will section the key points out by area, but I wanted to give you the information prior to our committee meeting next week. We’ll review these details again during the meeting and answer any questions you have.
Bike MS COVID Safety Protocols – attached
Route Maps – 50 Mile Map and 75 Mile Map
Rest Stop Locations and Timing – attached – TIMES HAVE BEEN UPDATED – Please Review!
• The biggest thing to know is that we will follow all local and state guidelines, as well as these Bike MS protocols. In the case that the guidelines differ, we will be following the stricter policy.
• Facial Coverings
o Participants must wear their own cloth facial coverings at all times (upon arrival, in festival areas, at rest stops, and in SAG vehicles). Facial coverings are not required while riding.
o Events must be prepared to provide facial coverings and gloves for participants, staff, and volunteers.
? Participants and volunteers must be encouraged to provide their own facial coverings, but event staff should be prepared to have enough for all staff/volunteers and enough for at least 25% of expected participants.
o KN95 masks will be provided for all staff and volunteers. You can wear your own mask if you prefer, but one will be provided for you as well.
• Enforcement of Safety Protocols
o Accountability to event safety measures will be the responsibility of all staff members and volunteers (as comfort allows). A quick reminder of the agreed to protocols should be communicated to any participant/volunteer/or staff member who is not observing those measures. If the situation becomes elevated, a reminder that the signed waiver was their agreement for complying with the measures.
• Health Screening and Mandatory Check-In Area
o 24-48 hours in advance of the event, all participants, staff, and volunteers will receive a link to our app to answer 6-7 COVID questions, and within the 24 hours prior to the event, all participants must complete the health screening in order to participate.
o If the individual passes the test, they will receive a green confirmation on the app which they will need to show at packet pick-up on Friday OR on-site Saturday morning where they will receive a wristband allowing them to participate.
o The wristband is the “ticket” to ride the event and will be used to receive the t-shirts and jersey at the end of the ride (for those that did not get them prior).
o EVERYONE has to get through the health screening and check-in area (with the exception for volunteers going directly to their posts on route – we will have plan to do their health screen checks on route).
• Start Line
o In 2021 there will NOT be a mass start; we will create flow to mitigate congregation at the start line.
? Participants will start in 4 waves of 200 riders:
• 7:00 – 7:30
• 7:35 – 8:05
• 8:10 – 8:40
• 8:45 – 9:15
? During this time, referred to as the Venue Access window (which will be pre-assigned), participants will go through the mandatory check-in area, grab water, use the restroom, get on their bike and go. We will not be holding riders up at the start – as soon as they are ready to ride, they will be released.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Lt. James Marple
MS Bike Tour Communications
The DFW Metroplex Traffic Net is a local affiliate of the ARRL’s National Traffic System. The purpose is to move NTS radiogram traffic into and out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area through the NTS, and to provide training for amateurs interested in traffic handling. All licensed amateur stations are welcome and encouraged to participate.
1830-1900 Daily W5FC Repeater, 146.88 MHz, PL 110.9
2230-2300 Daily WA5CKF Repeater, 146.72 MHz, PL 110.9
As an independent net and member of the National Traffic System (NTS), the net passes radio traffic into and out of the state of Texas via Amateur Radio.
0830-0930 Mon.-Sat. 7.285 khz
1830-1930 Mon.-Sat. 3.873 khz
The 7290 Traffic Net is an independent, public service traffic net operating on or about 7.290 khz, and has been in continuous operation since 1953, handling formal written traffic, informal messages and operating extended sessions during emergencies or special needs.
1000-1200 Mon.-Sat. 7.290 khz
1300-1400 Mon.-Fri. 7.290 khz
(No nets on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years)
The Texas Slow Net meets daily at 7:45 PM local time, on 3570 KHz +/- QRM. TSN is a traffic handling training net. All stations licensed for the frequency are welcome to participate.
TSN is well suited for operators who are interested in building proficiency in the International Morse Code and learning about handling procedures in CW traffic nets. During each session, a traffic handling lesson in the form of a radiogram is sent to all participants.
1945 Daily 3.570 khz +/- QRM
TEX, The Texas CW Net. An Independent Net not affiliated with the ARRL.
1900 Daily 3.541 khz
2200 Daily 3.541 khz
A more thorough list of nets can be found on the NTX Section site on the ARRL web site -- https://www.arrlntx.org/national-traffic-system/traffic-nets