Radio volunteers for forest cleanup
Jim Duram, K8COP
COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
On Saturday April 18, the Two Trackers http://www.twotrackers.org will be
sponsoring the 11th annual Forest Cleanup in the Manistee National Forest
area and other public lands. Last year, over 250 volunteers showed up with
pick-up trucks and trailers to clean out trash and tires that gets dumped.
More details and trash statistics at http://www.twotrackers.org/events
Not only does this event bring notice to the Forest Service to the "tread
lightly" motorized recreation community, A NUMBER OF STATE LEGISLATURES were
on hand last year to observe, MANY OF WHICH PLAN TO PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR to
actually get out and get dirty with the rest of us. Note, with the Michigan
PRB-1 committee working to bring the FCC's PRB-1 ruling into Michigan law,
http://www.prb1michigan.org <http://www.prb1michigan.org/> it will be
helpful to make a good impression on our state legislatures what ham radio
Anyway, with this event getting larger and including VIPs, communications
become more important. The organizers have discovered that cell phones and
CBs don't do so well in the woods. That's where the "to provide a public
service" part of amateur radio comes in. Being a member of the Two
Trackers, being involved for the past few years picking up and hauling
trash, and being a ham operator, I was approached to organize
communications. Since I'm familiar with the cleanup operations and have a
few years experience with ham radio event communications, I volunteered to
organize and operate ground zero / net control.
We'll need radio volunteers at 3 dumpster sites with-in the forest area,
with the political tour vehicles, the coordinator(s), and photographer.
Additional radio assignments may be needed. The event starts in Twin Lake at
the Car Go gas station on M-120. Registration at 8AM (radio volunteers
will have our own registration), volunteers sent out in the field at 9.
Rolls, coffee, and volunteer "communications" shirts provided to those who
volunteer early enough that I can forward sizes to the shirt printer. Hot
dog lunch provided at about 1PM.
After volunteers move into the field, ground zero will move from the Car Go
station to where lunch will be served, location not finalized as of this
writing. After lunch, those who want to help wrap up the event are welcome
to, other wise done for the day. An event flier can be viewed at
We will use the Muskegon County Emergency Service 146.82(94.8Hz) 2-Meter
repeater. My contact information is in my signature. TIA.
1554 Lincoln Lake Ave NE
Lowell, MI 49331-9711
Cell: (616)318-4551, Nextel: 130*719*68