[W9RCA-News] Operators Needed - 2009 Chicago Marathon
af9a at arrl.net
Thu Sep 24 18:25:18 EDT 2009
Just in case you didn't receive this...
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> From: "ARRL CL Division" <memberlist at www.arrl.org>
> Date: September 24, 2009 4:54:16 AM EDT
> To: jkeeth at sbcglobal.net
> Subject: 2009 Chicago Marathon - AR Comm Operators Needed
> 23 SEP 2009
> For the first time in its history, the Chicago Marathon
> organizers are asking for Amateur Radio Communications
> assistance. This marathon usually has 25,000+ runners
> and this requires a large volunteer support organization.
> It has been suggested that small groups might want to
> adopt one of the 21 medical aid stations. Area radio
> clubs might want to organize a larger group effort.
> For more information, please contact the members of the Chicago
> Marathon Amateur Radio Communications Team listed at the bottom of
> Thanks & 73 - George R. Isely, W9GIG
> ARRL Central Division Director
> w9gig at arrl.org
> Experienced Hams Needed for Bank of America Chicago
> Marathon on October 11, 2009
> Numerous amateur radio operators are needed to participate in an
> important health and safety role. We are actively recruiting amateur
> radio operators who have experience
> with public service events and emergency communications.
> You must work well under pressure, and be able to multi- task in a
> public setting. Familiarity with the FEMA incident command system
> (ics-100,200, 700 & 800), and Red Cross or FEMA disaster assessment
> would be a plus (but not a requirement).
> We plan to operate completely self contained. You must supply your own
> dual band mobile radios (35 50 watts), antenna, and electric power to
> operate for 8+ hours.
> The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is a 26.2 mile event to be held
> on October 11, 2009. The course location will
> be in downtown Chicago, with the route passing through
> some of the most exciting and vibrant neighborhoods in
> the city. The start and finish lines are collocated in Grant Park. A
> link to the course map can be found at:
> Positions to be staffed include:
> o Voice operators to staff the 21 aid & medical stations
> (3 each location, total 63),
> o Net control operators to work in the secure unified
> command area(6),
> o Four geographic "quads" will be designated
> o Medical traffic on one net
> o Runner Dropout, and Logistics traffic on another net
> o Message loggers and runners will be used.
> o Liaison with WX Op's, Red Cross, served agencies and
> all city services.
> o Weather Center Operations providing updates to Race
> Management (as needed)
> o Auxiliary voice radio operators able to "fill in"
> where needed throughout the course (6),
> o Volunteers to staff the Amateur Radio Comm Team booth
> at the Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place (12),
> o Friday, October 9th open from 9 AM to 8 PM
> -- 1st shift from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, (3)
> -- 2nd shift from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM (3)
> o Saturday, October 10th open from 9 AM to 6 PM
> -- 1st shift from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (3)
> -- 2nd Shift from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (3)
> For more information and to sign up, please go to:
> www.chicagomarathon.com/HamRadioVolunteers and follow
> the links.
> This success of this large scale public service event
> will be determined by the hard work and preparation we
> put in prior to the event. Check our gear for proper operation,
> batteries charged, cables tested, and
> frequencies programmed into the radios and verified.
> We may consider this the same as a real EmComm deployment, since the
> importance and scope are similar to what we have seen in a medium-
> incident. The race organizers are giving us a chance, setting high
> expectations, and will be watching.
> And then consider this, if the City of Chicago is awarded the 2016
> Olympic bid on October 2nd, all eyes worldwide
> will be on the Chicago Marathon as a preview of things to come. If
> amateur radio wants a seat at the table-we have it. Let's deliver in
> the tradition of which we are so proud.
> This is a chance for all local hams to put on a really
> good show to a very broad local, national and international audience.
> Jerry Martin, KC9BDA <kc9bda at earthlink.net>
> Catherine Saccany, KC9IQF <cdsaccany at aol.com>
> Rob Orr, K9RST <rob.orr at comcast.net>
> Craig Dieckman, KC9HWK <craig.dieckman at dieckmangroup.com>
> Bank of America - Chicago Marathon Ham Radio Comm Team
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