Ham operators work to keep bicyclists safe
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.
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.