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 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!
2013 Route Change! Bike MS: 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.
Day One starts Saturday morning at 7 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 for a total of 105 miles on day 1, with an option to stop at 100K (64 miles). The finish line is back at the campus of WTAMU.
Day Two begins and ends Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on the WTAMU campus and goes to the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Riders will be bused into the state park for brunch and photo opportunities and then bused back out to ride back to the WTAMU campus. The total on day 2 is 25 miles.
- 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 2013 Bike MS Ride the Rim event. Enjoy the weekend and put your hobby to a good use for a wonderful cause. Helping with the Bike MS fundraiser 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 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 Day One||6:00|
|Net Control Day 2||6:00|
|Float / Comms Expert||6:00|
|RS 1||Slightly after the Intersection of 4th street & FM 1151 at DAKOTA ROAD||7:00-9:00||W5RAW||Raymond Winter|
|RS 2||Co Rd 1||8:00-10:00|
|RS 3 (Lunch)||Claude – Claude High School near the intersection of FM 1151 & Hwy 207||8:30-12:30|
|RS 4||On the road to the right at Dripping Springs Ranch||9:00-1:00|
|Last Chance||Red Rock Ranch Canyon||8:00-2:00|
|RS 5 Finish Line #1 -63 miles or 100K||Gravel U-shaped area, just at the top of the hill||9:30-3:00||TX Militia Hams||TX Militia Hams|
|RS 6||FM 285 makes a 90 degree left turn at Wayside RS at a gas station with a post office inside||10:00-3:30|
|RS 7||On Wayside Road/ FM 275 at Ceta Canyon Entrance @1721||10:30-4:00|
|RS 8||On I 27 North In gated area of the country road- across from the parking area||11:00-4:00|
|Day Two||Location||Time||Call Sign||Name|
|Net Control C||6:00|
|Bike MS Wild West Ride SAG Crew||Location||Time||Call Sign||Name|
|Supply 1||KF5CBS||Bill Brownlee|
|Lead SAG||KF5CBT||Matt Carter|
|Mobile Medic (RV)||KC5OMK||Monty Denney|
|Tour Director||KF5CBR||April Brownlee|