Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Volunteers needed for 2015 Bike MS!
 Bike MS: The Road Divided 2015 - Central Oklahoma MS Society is asking for amateur radio volunteers to facilitate in the safety and care of the cyclists while providing us a unique opportunity to exercise emergency communications abilities.

Date: September 26-27
Time: Ride begins 8 am Saturday and Sunday
Central OK Ham Radio Volunteer Form:
Seeking HAMS from Norman to Stillwater!

Bike MS: The Road Divided is a two-day fundraising bicycling event that takes riders on a journey from Norman to Stillwater. This event begins Saturday morning in Norman. Cyclists will pedal 100 miles the first day through Central Oklahoma and finish with an overnight stay in Guthrie. On Day 2 cyclists will pedal another 60 miles from Guthrie to Stillwater. Participants will experience routes with fully-stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, a lunch stop each day and support provided by volunteer nurses, HAM radio operators and law enforcement.  2015 will mark the 30th anniversary of celebrating Bike MS in Oklahoma. Join us as we celebrate this milestone year with a new route (central Oklahoma) and a new name!

Amateur Radio operators are needed at the start, finish, and each rest stop and will utilize a coordinated list of repeaters in Norman, Edmond, and Stillwater.  Net Control will be provided by hams from Tulsa using repeaters in Norman, Oklahoma City and Stillwater.

The Bike MS event is seeking Central Oklahoma HAM Volunteers for each of the rest stops and start/finish lines for both days.  Several hams will be working with each cyclist in need and communicating that need as necessary.  This may include everything from requesting an ambulance to food or transportation (SAG Wagon).  These will be fixed locations, not mobile.  Several locations may use HTs while others will require higher power and a 5/8 wave mobile antenna.

Please consider helping to fight MS and to demonstrate how effective and fast Amateur Radio can assist people in need!  This is a great opportunity to assist athletes in the heartland who are raising money to help those stricken with MS.

Day 1 map:

Day 2 map:

For more information about Bike MS:

Thanks to  JC Nocker, K5JCN for this report.

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