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Comm Support To The Riders Of The Reston Century 2008

The LOGO of the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group of Northern Virginia.           The LOGO of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service - An organization of the American Radio Relay League.

Another Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service & Loudoun Amateur Radio Group Communications Operation

The Century Ride - OPLAN 2008

Once again this year, the Reston Bike Club will take to the trails and roads of Loudoun County for their 26th annual Reston Century on Sunday, August 24, 2008. This is always a big event with as many as one-thousand riders traveling across Loudoun County. The Loudoun Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG) provide on-site and on-route communications support for this operation. Gary Quinn - NC4S, an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Loudoun ARES is organizing the communications support and will direct the communications operations of Loudoun ARES/LARG from his home station near Waterford, Virginia.

The Communications Operation

These operations begin well before sunrise on Sunday and will unfold throughout the day. Assignments of duties are posted in the Operations Plan below. Additional instructions and coordination takes place on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 1900 hours on the N4FSC/R Dulles Amateur Radio Group Repeater. Communications stations will be operated at the Reston Town Center Start-Finish Point and the two rest stops at Ashburn, and Hamilton. Loudoun Amateur Radio Operators will also accompany Reston Bike Club SAG Vehicles with portable radio equipment. And, several LARG members will ride the route on their bikes or personal vehicles for additional communications support. Most communications stations will be equipped with Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) equipment that will monitor and track mobile units with like equipment as they move around throughout the day. The central hub for all this activity will be at the Net Control Station located near Waterford at Gary Quinn - NC4S's location. Visit the Past Operations Links posted to the left for reports on prior operations. This will be the ninth year for amateurs of Loudoun to furnish communications for the Reston Century.  We hope to have a nice operation. Best Regards, Norm Styer - AI2C de Clarkes Gap, Virginia.

 Reston Bike Club 2008 Century Maps
Reston Bike Club 2008 Century Composite Map (816KB pdf file)
Century Yellow-Black Composite Map ( 802KB pdf file) Color Century & Metric Map (275KB pdf file)
Metric Blue-Black Composite Map (613KB pdf file) Red Half Metric Map (156KB pdf file)

 UI View Files For Reston Bike Club 2008 Century
UIView .inf file for Century 2008 Composite Map
(Reston Chopped)  - Add Your Line Feeds
UIView .jpg Century 2008 Composite Map
(Reston Chopped)
UIView .inf file for Century 2008 Composite Map
(Southeastern) - Add Your Line Feeds
UIView .jpg Century 2008 Composite Map

The Reston Century 2008 Communications Support Operations Plan

By Gary Quinn - NC4S Assistant EC, Loudoun County,  Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Released 2034 hours, Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Loudoun ARES - LARG OPLAN 2008 Amateur Radio Support Communications to the Reston Century
Dated: August 19, 2006
From: NC4S Gary Quinn
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Mission: Provide radio communications support to the Reston Bike Club on Sunday August 24, 2008.

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 443.00 MHz with sub audible of 88.5 Hz 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 5:30 AM Sunday August 24, 2008
Sites installed and operational by 6:30 AM
Net control establishes net at 6:30 AM and begins station Check in and test.
Full net operations will commence at 7:00 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.

Net control operators: N5CTI, Boyd Garrett, WF1L, Bill and Dave Putman, KE4S

Reston Town Center operators: AI1V, Rick Miller, assisted by KE5APC Jeff Slusher
RBC contact at site Ken Thompson

Ashburn rest stop operators: KB3EMT, Grant Russell assisted by KI4TXP, Jay Ives, KU1T, Z Tyrlik, and Anna Tyrlik, KJ4EOS.
RBC contact at site Kathy Shea

Hamilton rest stop operators: AI2C, Norm Styer, assisted by W4AU, John Unger, N4PD Paul Dluehosh
RBC contact at site; team needs to find out on site.

SAG assignments:

SAG-1: Ashburn area (see half-metric and metric sheets)
7:30 to ~ 3:30
Driver: Ann West, RBC, 703-599-2849
Radio: Greg Drew, N3MXX
Meet: Ashburn rest stop LARG radio station
Finish: when relieved by SAG-2 -- please pickup signs along Ashburn loop (cue #7) ~2:00 Return riders that can't finish to RTC

SAG-2: Leesburg area and final sweep to RTC (see metric cue sheet)
7:30 to ~ 3:00 with radio operator,
Driver: John Shea, RBC, 703-501-8336
Radio: Bill Buchholz, K8SYH
Meet: Hamilton rest stop LARG radio station
Finish: radio when last rider gets to Hamilton
Driver -- when last rider leaves Ashburn pickup signs on final sweep. Relay riders that can't finish to Ashburn and call SAG-1 for pickup.

SAG-3: Taylorstown Loop (see century sheet cue #3 )
8:00 to ~ 2:00
Driver: Greg Foster, RBC, 703-489-8706
Radio: Dave Wendland, KE4OKY
Meet: Hamilton rest stop LARG radio station
Finish: When last rider gets to Hamilton please pickup signs on final sweep. Relay riders that can't finish to Hamilton rest stop and call SAG-2 for pickup.

SAG-4: Hamilton South and West Loops (see century cue #4 overlaps metric sheet cue #5)
9:00 to ~3:00
Driver: Kurt Reber, KI4FWB
Radio: TBA
Meet: Hamilton rest stop LARG radio station
Finish: When last rider gets to Hamilton rest stop please pickup signs on final sweep. Relay riders that can't finish to Hamilton rest stop and call SAG-2 for pickup.

Please continuously patrol your route, Look out for sign tampering, and carry the following:

Tire pump, levers adjustable wrench, spare tubes (RBC will provide), paper towels, extra water first-aid kit (RBC will provide), pen, paper, incident report forms, extra cue sheets and Tie-wrap cutter.

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:




Bike1 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.

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