Reston Century 2001 Bike Ride
Across Loudoun County
Sunday, August 26, 2001

Amateur Radio Support To
The Loudoun County Chapter, American Red Cross


LARG Radio Operations Plan
Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
Loudoun County, Virginia

Changes From Preliminary Are In Black

This Plan Updated Per Changes At August 18, 2001 LARG Meeting

This Plan Further Updated To Show Frequency Selections on August 20, 2001.

LARG OPLAN 2001-3 Amateur Radio Support To The Loudoun Chapter, American Red Cross
Dated:
August 10, 2001
From: N3GMW - Mark Gillam

Mission: To provide radio communications support to the Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC). Loudoun County Chapter, ARC is providing support to  the Reston Bike Club. The majority of the Century proceeds benefit the Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Reston Bike Club also uses a portion of the proceeds to purchase bicycles for disadvantage kids.

Weather: The bike event will be held rain or shine. See Washington DC Area Radar Loop. Safety of the operators and their equipment must be respected and inclement weather can restrict or curtail LARG participation.

Concept Of Operation:

1. Radios and antennas equipment will be set up at the sites starting at about 6:00 A.M., Sunday, August 26, 2001. Operational test will be conducted following installation of all equipment. The LARG will attempt to establish two shifts to support the operation through 1800 hours, Sunday afternoon..

2. Event Registration begins at 6:30 A.M. Riders can start riding between 6:30 and 10:00 A.M.

3. Traffic is expected to be administrative supply requests, health and safety messages, and counts of riders passing through a rest stop.

Schedule:

LARG Planning Meeting

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at Purcellville Library

LARG Monthly Meeting

8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M Saturday, August 18, 2001 at Leesburg PD

Site Installations

6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M Sunday, August 26, 2001
Site Operations 7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M Sunday, August 26, 2001
Post-Ride Party 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M Sunday, August 26, 2001at Reston Town Ctr Pavilion
ARC Post Op Debrief

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ARC Liaison: Jay Greeley, 703-375-2606 or Email at Jay.R.Greeley@Saic.Com

Locations:  The following locations will be manned.

1. Reston Town Center
2. Ashburn Fire Station
3. Arcola
4. Hamilton Park
5. Hillsboro Elementary School
6. ARC Vehicle #1
7. ARC Vehicle #2
8. Floater Eastern Loudoun

9. Route Rider

Electrical Power. All stations will be power from 12-volt DC batteries. There is no on site commercial power. If vehicle is used for battery power then care should  be taken on its position to avoid exhaust fumes near riders and other volunteers.

Site Support: Operators should provide sun shading if not available at site.

Station Equipment. All Stations should have 2 meter capability for primary communications on 147.480 MHz. Some sort of gain antenna would help to ensure a good link. Secondary mode will be 80/40 meter SSB with suggested frequencies of 3918 KHz and 7285 KHz plus or minus a few KHzs to avoid any other activity. One HF antenna method ia a simple 40M dipole installed at least 12 to 15 feet off the ground is recommended. This can then be extended with clip on leads to change to 80M.

The Reston Town Center Operation, ARC Vehicle #1 and ARC Vehicle #2, will need 2-Meter-440MHz Cross Band Equipment and 440 MHz HT's.

Safety: Care should be taken on position of antennas to eliminate and risk of adverse RF exposure. Watch for tripping hazards on coax runs. If HF operation is used power should be limited to 50w to reduce RF exposure. Avoid erecting antennas near overhead electrical power lines.

Reston Cross Band Operation: Due to the proximity of tall buildings to the Command Center Location, we will use a cross band repeater. The ground station at Reston will use a frequency 445.925 MHz to communicate to a mobile rig parked on top of the near by parking garage. It will be in a 440 to 2m cross band repeat mode. It will retransmit the ground stations on a frequency of 147.48 MHz. Also 440 HT's can be used in proximity to the Reston Command Center.

Net Control: The Hillsboro Site will be the Net Control Station. All stations should have a log book and NTS message forms should be used.

Time: All logs and messages will be kept in local eastern daylight saving time in a 2400 hour format. For example, use 1300 hours for 1:00 PM.

Maps: 104 Mile, 62 Mile and 31 Mile (NOTE: These are Reston 2000 Maps - They may post new ones soon.) Route maps are posted to the LARG Web Site. Red Cross support personnel will also have route maps.

Radio Interference: This on-the-air activity will be on a noninterference basis. Change operating frequencies to avoid harmful interference.

Primary Radio Frequencies: 445.925 MHz, 147.480 MHz, 7285 KHz, and 3918 KHz or as directed by NCS (See above for specific applications).

On Site Refreshments: LARG operators can use the facilities and refreshments provided to the ride participants. It is recommended that you bring your own lunch. Attempts have been made to have two operators at each location to provide breaks. ARC has requested help in providing additional ice chests. Care should be taken to mark any personal property.

Summary Of Operational Personnel:

Shifts

Morning Shift

Afternoon Shift

Location

0600-1200 Op 1 0600-1200 Op 2 0600-1200 Op 3 1200-1800 Op 1 1200-1800 Op 2 1200-1800 Op 3
Reston Town Ctr KC1YC
Larry McCaig
. . KC1YC
Larry McCaig
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Reston Relay KF4TJI
Denny Boehler

KF4TJJ
Carol Boehler

N/A

KF4TJI
Denny Boehler

KF4TJJ
Carol Boehler

N/A

ARC Vehicle #1 KG4KZZ
Dave Putman

N/A

N/A

KG4KZZ
Dave Putman

N/A

N/A

ARC Vehicle #2 N3GMW
Mark Gillam

N/A

N/A

N3GMW
Mark Gillam

N/A

N/A

Ashburn K8SYH
Bill Buchholz
. . K8SYH
Bill Buchholz
KG4L
John Rehwinkewl
WA9LAZ
Chester Kmak
Arcola NA4MA
Tom Garasic
KG4AVR
Angi Garasic
. NA4MA
Tom Garasic
KG4AVR
Angi Garasic
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Hamilton AI2C
Norm Styer
WB4AEJ
Fred Atkinson
Scout Vincent
Herrington
AI2C
Norm Styer
WB4AEJ
Fred Atkinson

Vincent
Herrington

Hillsboro - NCS WB3AKD
Tom Dawson
KE4FYL
Allon Stern
. WB3AKD
Tom Dawson
KE4FYL
Allon Stern
K4AJA
Ray Houff
. . . . N4PD
Paul Dluehosh
KE4RTP
Nancy Dluehosh
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Route Riders KD5CTJ
Erik Werner
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Additions and Changes: Additions and changes should be brought to the attention of
Mark Gillam N3GMW. Telephone (540) 822-5690 or Email: N3GMW@earthlink.net.

American Red Cross Liaison: Jay Greeley, 703-375-2606 or Email at Jay.R.Greeley@Saic.Com

Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Liaison:

Mark Gillam, N3GMW, telephone (540) 822-5690 or Email: N3GMW@earthlink.net
Denny Boehler, KF4TJI, telephone (703) 777-9427 or Email
DennisBoehler@cs.com
Norm Styer, AI2C, telephone (540) 338-2584 or Email: AI2C@earthlink.net

LARG Website: http://history.k4lrg.org
LARG Reflector Site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/l_a_r_g

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