At SMRA’s Septembers general meeting, a drawing was held for members who provided radio communication support at the last three bike races of the year;
· Michaux Dual Sport
· South Penn Enduro Riders
· Terror of Teaberry
Throughout the summer SMRA provided communication at designated locations along the routes and courses of seven different races. All of these events, located in the heart of the Michaux State forest are in secluded areas not usually covered by cell phones. This gives the members of SMRA the opportunity to set up radio posts which provide valuable real time updates for the race organizers.
When asked why they would give up a Sunday to spend in the woods, one amateur said, “he participated out of love for ham radio and because it enabled him to do things with radios and antennas for example where cell phones don’t work” Another said, “We do this so we can de-bug our equipment and gain proficiency in the hobby.“
Cash prizes of $50, $40, and $30 were donated by John Jaminet W3HMS, Thanks John!
Below are pictures of President Don Evans KB3VAX handing out the awards to;
· Ralph Barnie N1XGH, first place,
· Ed Crossley W3SMF, second place
· Jack Himes KA3GLQ, third place
Ralph Barnie N1XGH, first place
Ed Crossley W3SMF, second place
Jack Himes KA3GLQ, third place