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“Thank You PARC!”

 

On April 19, 2008, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in San Diego will hold the San Diego Tour de Cure (SDTdC) bicycle ride, an annual fund-raising cycling event in which an estimated 1000 cyclists will participate. The event’s three bicycle routes cover most all of San Diego county, from the Start/Finish on the campus of Mira Costa College in Cardiff, to the Torrey Pines hill, east through Rancho Santa Fe in the south, to east of I-15 to Valley Center to Bonsall to Oceanside in the North County and south on the Coast Highway.

The ‘Tour’ starts with the first of three courses, the Century or 100 mile ride, departing at 7:00am and the other two courses, the 70 mile and 30 mile rides, depart at half hour intervals. The event is anticipated to last all day with the last of the riders finishing around 4:30pm.

For the first time for this event in San Diego, and at the request of the ADA, the Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club, MARC, will provide essential safety, route monitoring, control and coordination communications support to this event.  This support includes bicycle rider safety, monitoring rider progress throughout the three courses, controlling and dispatching 5 Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles for mechanical assistance to riders, and coordinating and controlling the 11 motorcycles equipped with amateur radio and APRS that are supporting the event.

The Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club was organized 16 years ago (May 10th!) with the objective of providing service to the community while combining the two hobbies of motorcycling and ham radio. MARC is dedicated to providing two-way radio communications for selected charity events in their respective regions nationwide. Essential to this service and support is reliable radio communications between MARC’s centralized Net Control and the MARC volunteer support vehicles throughout the course. That’s where PARC comes in. This year MARC needed a reliable 70cm back-up/secondary repeater with reliable coverage of all of San Diego County (The BARN/ALERT repeater located on Palomar Mountain will be the primary repeater), and PARC came through with permission to use the PARC 70cm repeater the day of the event.

So from the members of the Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club to the members of the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, a hearty “Thank You” and 73’s to you all for helping make this event support possible!

More information on the San Diego Tour de Cure itself can be found at:

http://tour.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TDC551018030?pg=entry&fr_id=5059 including links to route maps of the three courses (all routes Start/End at Mira Costa College, Cardiff Campus).

If want to get involved with support to charity events or would like to know more about MARC or putting ham radio or APRS on your motorcycle, here’s the link to the MARC web site:

http://www.marc-hq.org/pages/homepage.htm

And remember, you don’t have to ride a motorcycle to become a MARC member and get involved; many of MARC’s members participate by driving amateur radio equipped support vehicles, an essential element of event support.

My personal thanks, PARC!

Frank Littlebury, KE6WOE
PARC member and MARC member
MARC San Diego Tour de Cure Coordinator

 
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