Saturday and Sunday June 21st & 22nd

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS event serves two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fun time to get together and give back to the community. We always have a lot of fun with this event each year. Second, and also equally important, it is practice for an actual emergency situation in which Amateur Radio operators would be called upon to provide emergency communications. For more information, visit the Event’s Website

Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim is where the true spirit of amateur radio thrives. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim encircles the picturesque Palo Duro Canyon. Second only to The Grand Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the south. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators, law enforcement and motorcycle escorts and bike repair courtesy of OE Sports and Sun Adventure Sports. We start, finish and overnight from the beautiful campus of West Texas A&M University, with a trip down into historic Palo Duro Canyon State Park on day two.

2014 Schedule of Events

REST STOP LOCATIONS AND COORDINATES 2014

FINAL revised map 2014

Bike MS APRS Map

FINAL Radio communicator welcome packet 2014

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Day One starts Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., on the campus of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. The route makes a loop around the rim of Palo Duro Canyon. Route options include 35 miles, 75 miles and a century (105 miles.)

Day Two begins Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus. Riders have the choice of a 25-mile or 50-mile route. Both routes take riders to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused in to the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus.

Meals

  • Free lunch/snacks—rest stops catered (generally sandwiches, mixed nuts, fruit, etc.), but bring a sack lunch in case your duties at the rest stops and along the route prevent you from eating the meals provided.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening at WTAMU
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning at WTAMU
  • Free brunch Sunday in Palo Duro Canyon
  • Free lunch Sunday afternoon at WTAMU

 

I want to thank everyone for helping with the 2014 Bike MS Valero Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause.

To volunteer for an available position, call Chris Seright, KE5ZRT, at 806-231-4227 or email: KE5ZRT@gmail.com

We need volunteers for Net Control Operators, Rest Stop Communicators, Sweeper Truck Communicator, and Safety and Gear (SAG) Communicators. SAG Communicator is our hardest volunteer position to fill. The MS Society is providing all of their own Safety and Gear (SAG) vehicles and drivers due to liabilities. Again, due to liabilities, a SAG driver cannot communicate via radio, phone, or otherwise while transporting a rider. We desperately need to place a communicator in each of their vehicles if possible. A 70cm HT and a mag mount antenna will be sufficient. This is a great way to participate without spending your own gas money!

 

Day One Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control A Approximately 100 yards behind the lead cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
Net Control B Assigned rest stops 06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper Approximately 100 yards behind the tail cyclist(s) to mark the race on APRS 06:00 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS 1 Miles from start: 13.9 

Identifier: At “Home  Elevator company” gravel parking lot

06:00 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 2 Miles from start:  23.5 

Identifier: Will be near curve in road where 1258 and Parsley road meet. Gravel road leading to big, red equestrian barn, behind windmill.

06:30 W5FQZ Levi Knebusch
RS 3 Miles from start: 36.2Identifier: Intersection of FM 1258 and County Road 6. Gate has sign identifying the ranch behind it.  Also by a windmill. 07:00 KC5HQY Daniel Blount
RS 4 Miles from start:  45.8 

Identifier: Northern Natural Gas: Claude Compressor Station

07:30 KF5MUA Bill Lewis
RS 5 Miles from start: 52.6 

Identifier: SAG stop; pull off shoulder area. This is a large dirt pull off area on the west (right) side of the road. You can also see a dirt road going up the hill just slightly to the south on the same side of the road. This location is IMMEDIATELY before beginning the descent down into the canyon. There is a road grade sign here.

08:00 N5BNU John Kimber
RS 6 Miles from start: 58.1 

Identifier: This is a large dirt pull-off area at the bottom of the canyon on Hwy. 207 on the west (right) side of the road. There is a gate identifying “Red Rock Ranch.” Set up SOUTH of the gate. Gate should not be blocked. There is plenty of room.

08:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 (Lunch) Miles from start: 61.6Identifier: Top of hill in graveled shoulder curve on west (right) side of 207. Same as last year (was rest stop 6 last year). This is also lunch. 09:00 KF5IDK Kim and Jinnee Parr and TX Militia Volunteers
RS 8 Miles from start: 72.4 

Identifier: This is just west of where 285 dead ends and turns west (left) at Wayside. The rest stop is located at the town gas station—a blue-gray building also known as Watson Oil Co.  Stamped event post cards are available here. When rest stop closes please deliver post cards to the gas station or the home next door and they will mail them.

09:15 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
RS 9 Miles from start: 81.3 

Identifier: Entrance to Ceta Canyon, on the northeast shoulder of 285.

09:30 KB5WUF David Hundley
RS 10 Miles from start: 92.4 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

09:30 KF5TTJ Jerry Lister
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control 06:30 KD5DYP 

KF5QDD

Adair and Mysti Winter
Sweeper 06:30 KE5ZRT 

KF5TCY

Chris and Sarah Seright
RS1 Miles from start: 23.76 

Identifier: South side shoulder of Lawrence Rd (Where I-27 and frontage road meet), directly east of the TxDOT parking area.

06:30 KD5ROK Cory and Veronica Elliott
SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 06:30 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
SAG 7 RS 6-7 06:30 KF5CBT Matthew Carter
SAG 3 with Tammye Jackson 06:00 KF5TII David Lister
SAG 9 RS 8-9 KE5ZTZ Tony Ralf
SAG 12 roving 06:00 KC5EZO Don Brostow
SAG 13 roving 06:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Canyon 443.650 88.5
Wayside 444.575 88.5
Talk Around 146.520

 

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