ACTIVITY REPORT


About This Form

Amateur Radio donates thousands of man-hours of supplementary public service communications in civil emergencies, official drills and events such as parades and marathons each year. Such events show Amateur Radio in its best light, and it is critically important that ARRL bring documentation of this public service work to the attention of the Congress, the FCC and other public officials. Your information below is an important addition to the record. Please complete and return this form to the Public Service Branch at ARRL Headquarters. Thank you.


1. Nature of activity (Check one).

Communications Emergency. Amateurs supplied communications required to replace or supplement normal communications means.

Alert. Amateurs were deployed for emergency communications, but emergency situation did not develop.

X       Special exercise. Amateurs supplied communications for a parade, race, etc. Test or drill. A training activity in which amateurs participated. 2. Brief description of activity: Communications Support for the 1999 Crow Pass Crossing (Mountain Marathon Foot Race)

3. Places or areas involved: Girdwood, Alaska and Eagle River, Alaska

4. Number of amateurs participating: 9

5. Event start date/time: 10 Jul 99/0700 6. Event end date/time: 10 Jul 99/1600

7. Duration of event (hours): 7.0                         8. Total man-hours: 95

9. Number of repeaters used: 2

10. Estimated manpower cost: $940 (man-hours times $10/hr)

11. Estimated cost of equipment used: $10,650 (hand-helds, repeaters, etc.)

12. Total estimated cost of service: $11,590 (add amounts from lines 10 and 11)

13. Nets and/or frequencies used (including repeater call signs): 147.09 repeater (KL7DJE), 449.65 deployable repeater (KL7G), 146.52 MHz Simplex

14. Number of messages handled: Continuous Tactical Traffic

15. Names of agencies receiving communications support: Crow Pass Crossing Race Committee

16. Please list call signs of amateurs who were major participants: KL0CY, KL0EO, KL5T, KL0LO, KL0PC, NL7NN, KL0DA, KL7TS, KL0CW

17. Other comments: A very challenging event over a 26-mile mountain race course with approximately 65 participants. We maintained communications over the entire route primarily via mountaintop deployment of the KL7G 449.65 MHz repeater courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard. They provided transportation for repeater deployment and recovery to a 3,500 foot peak in the Chugach Range via an HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter equipped for high-altitude mountain rescue. Deployment took place on 8 Jul 99, with recovery on 13 Jul 99. A special use permit had to be acquired from the Chugach State Park Superintendent to deploy our equipment in the park and to land the helicopter. The repeater performed well during the event, even though during recovery we'd discovered that a bear had "attacked" the battery case! Fortunately he or she didn't chew through the power cable! Participating hams hiked in anywhere from 1 to 10 miles to help provide continuous coverage of race events. HAM communications relayed information concerning a number of injuries on the course that helped prepare checkpoints down the line for administration of medical assistance to racers. This was the first-ever participation in this event by amateur radio, and the first time they've ever had any full course race communications. Due to the route of the course, cell phone coverage is non-existent. Race organizers asked that we return next year. Great job by all!

Please attach photos of amateurs in action, newspaper clippings or other data.

Name of Amateur Radio organization providing service: South Central Radio Club, Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, ARES

Location of organization: City or town: Anchorage               State: AK

Your name: Kent Petty                       Call sign: KL5T

Address: 2229 Turnagain Parkway, Anchorage AK 99517

ARRL appointment, if any: Alaska Section Manager, Volunteer Examiner, ARES Member

e-mail address: [email protected]

Telephone:  (907) 552-9780          (907) 243-5856
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I attest that the information provided above is complete and true to the best of my knowledge.

Larry K Petty, KL5T                          2 Mar 00