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 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Grand Prix Auto Race

3. Places or areas involved: Anchorage, Alaska

4. Number of amateurs participating: 8

5. Event start date/time: 13 Feb 99/0930               6. Event end date/time: 14 Feb 99/1630

7. Duration of event (hours): 14                           8. Total man-hours: 112

9. Number of repeaters used: 0

10. Estimated manpower cost: $1,120 (man-hours times $10/hr)

11. Estimated cost of equipment used: $3,350 (hand-helds, repeaters, etc.)

12. Total estimated cost of service: $4,470 (add amounts from lines 10 and 11)

13. Nets and/or frequencies used (including repeater call signs): Simplex 146.55 MHz

14. Number of messages handled: Continuous tactical traffic

15. Names of agencies receiving communications support: Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Committee

16. Please list call signs of amateurs who were major participants: WL7BW, NL7DL, WL7CKB, KL0QL, KL0CY, KL0QW, WL7BF, KL0EO

17. Other comments: The 1999 Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Grand Prix Auto Race took place Feb 13 and 14, 1999, in Anchorage, Alaska. The race series consisted of 25-30 vehicles in 3 main class divisions, with multiple heats for each class. The race took place on a closed, 9/10-of-a-mile course, consisting of start/finish line and 5 turns with corner crews and one HAM. The event started at 0930 and finished at 1630 each day. The positions were manned as follows: WL7TB and NL7DL at start/finish, WL7CKB at turn 1, KL0QL at turn 2, KL0CY at turn 3, KL0QW at turn 4, WL7BF at turn 5, and KL0EO at net control. Our functions were part crowd control and part back-up to the Fur Rendezvous commercial UHF radios (which seemed to fail with great regularity, leaving our communicators as the primary communications link). Equipment consisted of HTs with extra batteries for the corner workers and start/finish line, and a mobile radio and auxiliary scanner, both powered by 12-volt portable batteries at net control. Net control also had an external antenna on a 20' portable push-up mast with coax and 1/4-wave ground plane antenna.

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:  Anchorage                 State: AK

Your name: Larry K. Petty                             Call sign: KL5T

Address: 2229 Turnagain Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99517

ARRL appointment, if any: ASM Alaska, Volunteer Examiner, ARES

e-mail address: [email protected]

Telephone:  (907) 552-9780     (907) 243-5856
                           (days)                  (evenings)

I attest that the information provided above is complete and true to the best of my knowledge.

Larry K. Petty, KL5T                                                                                        9 Jun 99