Ham op­er­a­tors work to keep bi­cy­clists safe

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CENTREVILLE — Help­ing to keep 400 bi­cy­clists safe dur­ing the Two Rivers Bike Ride on Satur­day, June 25, is the pri­mar y mis­sion of Am­a­teur Ra­dio Op­er­a­tors (known as hams) from the Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club. A net con­trol lo­cated at the ride start/fin­ish main­tains con­stant con­tact with op­er­a­tors at each of the seven rest stops along the 15, 30, 66 and 100 miles routes.

In ad­di­tion, seven more am­a­teurs are as­signed to the seven SAG (Sup­ply and Gear) ve­hi­cles that cir­cle the bike routes to aid any cy­clist in trou­ble. They also carry sup­plies to the rest stops and trans­port rid­ers to the next rest stop, as nec­es­sary.

The club pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tion for cycling and run­ning events as train­ing ex­er­cises for emer­gen­cies. Learn more about the Queen Anne’s Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club at http://qaarc. org.

Peo­ple can also learn more and regis­ter for the Wye River Up­per School’s Two Rivers Bike Ride at http://www.wyeriverup­per­school. org. This event is for all family mem­bers and is in beau­ti­ful Queen Anne’s County. The 65- and 100-mile routes go into Kent County with the 100- mile route go­ing north to Bet­ter­ton Beach and south to Tuck­a­hoe State Park.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Scott McCann acts as the con­trol sta­tion to 14 other am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors at seven rest stops and in seven ve­hi­cles dur­ing the Two Rivers Bike Ride, June 25.

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