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Bike MS Wild West Ride July 28-29 2012

Saturday and Sunday July 28th & 29th

For us Amateur Radio operators, the Bike MS Wild West Ride 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 where 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 Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

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 at Miami.
  • Free lunch—at Miami in the park (don’t count on lunch being delivered to your rest stop). Be prepared.
  • Free dinner Saturday evening in Canadian
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning in Canadian
  • Free lunch Sunday in Canadian at the Quiet Inn—BBQ in the park

Lodging

  • YMCA—Free (bring your own bedding)
  • RV Park (Rodeo Grounds—north of Canadian) $10.00/night. Tent camping is also allowed.
  • Canadian Courts Motel (806) 323-8058
  • The Quiet Inn (806) 323-6111
  • Best Western Oasis Inn (806) 323-9660

I want to thank everyone for helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS Wild West Ride is where the true spirit of amateur radio is. Let’s keep active with public service events and keep amateur radio alive and useful!

To volunteer for an available position, call Terra Seright, KE5ZRU, AT 806-336-1746 or email: KE5ZRU@gmail.com

This is our hardest volunteer position to fill: The MS Society is providing all of their own 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 Day One Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KD5DYP & KF5QDD Adair & Mysti Winter
Net Control Day 2 Starting Line, Canadian TX 6:00 KD5ROK Cory Elliot
Float / Comms Expert Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 N5LTZ Chip Andrews
Sweeper Starting Line, AC East Campus 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 I-40 East and Hwy 207 6:45 W5PVI Neal Lowe
RS 2 East on Hwy 60 from Hwy 207 7:00 N5HPJ Henry Janhsen
RS 3 TxDot Picnic Area Between Panhandle and White Deer 7:15 TX Militia Hams TX Militia Hams
RS 4 Clint & Sons Beef Jerky Plant, White Deer, Hwy 60 7:30 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben
RS 5 Celanese Plant West of Pampa on Hwy 60 near railroad tracks 8:00 KF5NKV Matt Kirkpatrick
RS 6 TxDot weigh station East of Pampa on Hwy 60 8:30 W5RAW Raymond Winter
RS 7 7 miles West of Miami on Hwy 60 9:00 AF5S Jim Moody and Childress Hams
RS 8 Lunch: Miami, in the park 9:30
RS 9 Top of the BIG HILL on Hwy 60 10:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
Day Two Location Time Call Sign Name
Net Control C 6:00
Sweeper Starting Line 6:00 KE5WXN Matthew Artley
RS 1 About 3 miles East of Hwy 60 on Hwy 33 6:15 KF5QET & KF5QES Chandice and Ben Cook
RS 2 At the turnaround on Hwy 33, about 15 miles east of Hwy 60 6:30 KD5DYN Lee Arthur
RS 3 Same as RS 1 7:00
Roving Medic KC5OMK Monty Denney
Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew Location Time Call Sign Name
Supply 1 KF5CBS Bill Brownlee
Supply 2
Lead SAG KF5CBT Matt Carter
SAG 1 KE5ZRS James Lowe
SAG 2 KF5KEH Roland Taylor
SAG 3
SAG 4
Mobile Medic (RV) KC5OMK Monty Denney
Tour Director KF5CBR April Brownlee
Repeaters Frequency PL Tone
Amarillo 444.200 88.5
Pampa 444.400 88.5
Miami 444.850 88.5
Canadian 443.750 88.5
Talk Around 446.000 0

Spectrum Management Bill Threatens Amateur Frequencies

2/17/2011–Article originally posted on the ARRL official website

http://www.arrl.org/news/spectrum-management-bill-threatens-amateur-frequencies

On February 10, Representative Peter King (R-NY-3), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced HR 607, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011. The bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which handles telecommunications legislation. HR 607 addresses certain spectrum management issues, including the creation and maintenance of a nationwide Public Safety broadband network. As part of that network, the bill provides for the allocation of the so-called “D-Block” of spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use.

The D-Block consists of two, 5-megahertz-wide segments of spectrum (758-763 and 788-793 MHz) that became available when the FCC ended analog television broadcasts in June 2009 and reallocated the 698-806 MHz band for Public Safety and commercial broadband. It was anticipated that the D-Block would be auctioned for commercial use. There are several bills in Congress providing for the allocation of the D-Block for Public Safety use, and HR 607 is one of those. But HR 607 uniquely provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to commercial users, in order to offset the loss of revenue that would occur as the result of the allocation of the D-Block to Public Safety instead of commercial auction. HR 607 lists the paired bands of 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz among the bands to be reallocated for commercial auction within 10 years of its passage.

“Of serious concern to the ARRL is the inclusion of the 420-440 MHz amateur allocation in the list of frequencies to be cleared for auction,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. “The ARRL and the Amateur Radio community certainly support the work of public safety agencies and understand their desire for an interoperable network; however, the inclusion of most of the amateur 70 cm spectrum as one of the replacement bands is illogical and unacceptable. The 420-440 MHz band is not Public Safety spectrum and should never have been included in any spectrum swap of Public Safety allocations.”

Saying that the ARRL Washington team has already begun meeting with key Congressional staff on Capitol Hill, Henderson noted that Amateur Radio already shares the 70 cm band on a secondary basis with the governmental radiolocation services, such as the PAVE PAWS radar systems: “The 70 cm band is a critical and irreplaceable resource for Amateur Radio public service and emergency communications. The specification of the 420-440 MHz band in this legislation is ill-conceived. To be sure, the ARRL will vigorously oppose this legislation in its present form. It is, as evidenced by other legislation, completely unnecessary to the creation of a nationwide Public Safety broadband network or the use by Public Safety of the D-Block for that purpose. The role of the Amateur Service as a partner to Public Safety in the provision of public service and emergency communications necessitates the retention of full access to the entire 420-440 MHz band.”

HR 607 is presently cosponsored by the Homeland Security Committee’s Ranking Member, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS-2) as well as Representatives Shelley Berkley (D-NV-1), Yvette Clarke (D-NY-11), Billy Long (R-MO-7), Candice S. Miller (R-MI-10), Laura Richardson (D-CA-37), Mike Rogers (R-AL-3), and Michael Grimm (R-NY-13).

“As we continue to track the progress of HR 607, I urge ARRL members to watch for further information about the bill on the ARRL website,” Henderson said. “When that additional information is released, it will include a request to contact your representative and express opposition to HR 607, as long as it includes a provision to auction off any Amateur Radio spectrum for commercial use. ARRL members may also sign up for the ARRL Legislative Update Newsletter and automatically receive information as it becomes available. Sign up by logging onto the ARRL website and select the ‘Edit Your Profile’ link located at the top of each page. Once on that page, select the ‘Edit Email Subscriptions” tab and click on the box for ARRL Legislative Update.” The ARRL Legislative Update is prepared on an “as needed” basis to those who have opted-in to receive it. A new edition addressing HR 607 will be forthcoming soon.

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