Are you an FCC licensed Ham operator? Fantastic! We have a fabulous weekend that uses all of your skills and equipment!
The radio team at a rally manages multiple tasks. Each racing section needs radios at the starts and finishes to check cars and bikes in and out of the stages. This helps us track all the racers as they move through the racing stages. We also need communications to help move around key resources, as rallies are very dynamic beasts, racing through different sections of road throughout the day. Your skills are needed to keep the rally safe and running on-time!
It's best if you can bring a mobile rig with a proper car-mounted antenna. There are some stations where a handheld will work, so let us know in advance what equipment you're bringing to the event. Part of the fun of doing radio work at a rally is that you can't just drive up to the top of the next hill to make contact, so we all step up to the challenge of improving our amateur radion skills! :) Nearly all communication is done on the 2 meter band. That and 50 watts will mean you can be located just about anywhere. We may have a few extra-challenging spots, so let us know if you have a J pole or directional.
To sign up, create an account within the volunteer database. You'll be able to tell us what radios you have, what times of which days you are available, and who you would like to work with during the event. We'll do our best to find a great assignment to match!
Get ready for a fun weekend of racing and radio!