A day in the woods, communication volunteers needed.
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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 it will be helpful to make a
good impression on our state legislatures what ham radio volunteers do.
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
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 CarGo gas station on Hwy 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 CarGo 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) 2M
repeater. My contact information is in my signature. TIA.
73 Jack NY8D
1554 Lincoln Lake Ave NE
Lowell, MI 49331-9711
Cell: (616)318-4551, Nextel: 130*719*68