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Help needed for Bike MS 2009 - June 13 & 14

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  • Steve Vanderhill
    For many years I ve help with the MS-150 and predecessors in SW Michigan, and last two years in the Bike MS rides in Western Michigan. These events are great
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2009
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      For many years I've help with the MS-150 and predecessors in SW
      Michigan, and last two years in the Bike MS rides in Western Michigan .
      These events are great public service events - and generally well
      received by hams and by the public. Some 400 to 700 (or more) bikers
      participate. This year's event will start from Hope College on both
      June 13 and 14, the first day going in a loop to the south, the second
      going to the north.

      Ham radio communications really helps - bikes break down, people get
      overstressed due to lack of conditioning, some (usually rare) times
      there's an accident requiring medical attention. Communications via ham
      radio make quick response.

      Why not tell the MS people to use cell phones or other commercially
      available communications? Well, for one thing, cell phones don't work
      in many of the outlying areas which are covered by the routes. Second,
      cell phones, when they do work, are one to one communication - you can't
      do a "break priority" during a conversation.

      As of today, it appears that there are some 16 hams signed up. And,
      there are 10 "open" spots available.

      If you're available for either (or both) Saturday, June 13, and/or
      Sunday, June 14 for 4 to 8 hours, please let Fred Moses , W8FSM know at
      fred@...

      Note, if you're available for both days, the MS-150 will put you up in a
      dorm room at Hope College on Saturday evening. Please let W8FSM know
      your need in this respect.


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