Loudoun ARES –LARG Operations Plan for Reston Bike Ride 2007


Mission: Provide radio communications support to the Reston Bicycle Club on Sunday August 26, 2007. A portion of the Century Bike Ride proceeds will benefit the Fairfax County American Red Cross Chapter and the Reston Bicycle Club to purchase bicycles for the disadvantaged children.



Procedures: This will be a directed voice net operation. All communication will be on the primary frequency unless directed by net control to secondary frequencies for the handling of traffic. The net control will be located at the home of Gary NC4S. Net control will use the call sign of K4LRG.

            Net Primary frequency will be simplex 147.480 MHz with sub audible tone of 100 Hz.

            Net secondary frequency will be 445.975 MHz.

Cross band repeat in Reston will utilize 445.925 MHz using sub audible tone of 100 Hz for the uplink in Reston to the simplex 147.480 net frequency.

                        Note: sub audible tone is used to reduce interference in Reston

            APRS will use 144.390 MHz



            Site installations started 6:00 AM Sunday August 26, 2007

            Sites installed and operational by 7:30 AM

            Net control establishes net at 7:30 AM and begins station check in and test.

            Full net operations will commence at 8:00 AM

All stations should note during the test period what stations they can receive and provide a report to net control.

            All sites and stations should be operational until told to secure by net control.



            Reston Town Center; Station captain, AI1V, Rick Miller

                        RBC contact at site Ken Thompson?

            Ashburn rest stop; Station captain, KB3EMT, Grant Russell

                        RBC contact at site Ron Rothrock and Kathy Shea

            Hamilton rest stop; Station captain, AI2C, Norm Styer

                        RBC contact at site Kathryn Troutman

            Hillsboro rest stop; Station captain, KF4TNX, Tom Martin

                        RBC contact at site Dan and Minnie Scrafford

            Waterford rest stop; Station captain, N4PD, Paul Dluehosh

                        RBC contact at site Peter Kloskey


SAG assignments:

            SAG-1: Reston Town Center to Ashburn

            Driver: Richard Henry, 571-309-2021

            Radio operator: Bob Kennedy

            Meet and pickup radio operator at Ashburn rest stop

            Primary mission: Return riders that cannot finish run to Reston


            SAG-2: Leesburg/Hamilton/Waterford Loop

            Driver: John Shea, 703-501-8336

            Radio operator: Kurt Reber

            Meet and pickup radio operator at Hamilton rest stop

            Primary mission: Relay riders to Ashburn for SAG -1 to return to Reston




            SAG-3: Hamilton to Hillsboro

            Driver: Carlos Chapa, 703-622-3287

            Radio operator: Buddy Brewer

            Meet and pickup radio operator at Hamilton Rest stop

            Primary mission: Relay riders to Hamilton for SAG-2 to transport to Ashburn


            SAG-4: Hillsboro to Waterford

            Driver: Dennis Smith, 703-577-5657

            Radio operator: Dave Mullens

            Meet and pickup radio operator at Waterford Rest stop

            Primary mission: Return riders to Waterford for SAG-2 to return to Ashburn


Each SAG radio operator should call their respective SAG driver and coordinate time for pickup, equipment installation and confirm location.



The net control will be located at the home of Gary NC4S. Net control will use the call sign of K4LRG.

            Net Primary frequency will be 147.480 simplex with sub audible tone of 100 Hz.

            Net secondary frequency will be 445.975 simplex.

            SAG vehicle operators will use 144.390 MHz for APRS


Equipment: All stations should have FM capability on 144 and 440 MHz. All stations will be powered using appropriate battery power to cover the entire day’s operational needs.


            We will use tactical call sings where possible:


            REST STOPS







                        SAG 1

                        SAG 2

                        SAG 3

                        SAG 4


            BIKE RIDERS

                        Bike 1              for KI4CTR Mark Shutt

                        Bike 2              for KS1G Steve Greene


When using tactical call signs best practice is to use your FCC call as you complete each exchange. This will keep you legal.

Operation and Event Notes:

Station captains, need to set up radios, power, antennas and shelters for each of their respective sites. If they need resources to fulfill this requirement please let Gary Quinn or one of the team members assigned to the rest stop know so that they may assist in providing the resources needed. You may also set up more than one station for dual operation on both 144 MHz and 440 MHz.


Electrical power for all radios is to be battery power.

Safety: Make sure that you check antenna positions so that they will not risk adverse RF exposure, make sure antennas will not contact power lines, make sure that cables do not create a tripping hazard, and make sure that you are sheltered and hydrated.


ALL OPERATORS, Be sure that you can be self sufficient for food and water. I hope that you will be able to receive water at the rest stops and snacks but it is better to be prepared to take care of your needs independently. SAG riders especially need to take food and water with them.

Time and Logs: All stations should keep logs and record traffic. Keep a log of all communications for your station in daylight savings time in 2400-hour format.


SAG riders if possible will provide APRS in the vehicle they are riding in.