Cheryl KE5WAC & Pat KF5TNV
On a Spring morning in Ridgeland Mississippi, which showcased rare Spring like temperatures, a collection of cyclist gathered at the water’s edge of the Ross Barnette Reservoir.
More than was anticipated, more than had ever gathered before: approximately 700 riders massed at the Starting Line to begin a journey that would span two counties, traverse portions of a historic scenic parkway, enter the heart of small towns, exit through winding rural roads that kiss a river bend, and then return to its point of origin.
This was the Natchez Trace Century Ride – 2016. Once again, the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association (CMSARA), with the help of the Jackson Amateur Radio Club (JARC), were on hand to provide tactical radio communications for the 25, 50, 62 and 100 mile course participants and coordinators. (more…)
Sixteen times before, crowds have gathered in support and still…no cure. So on 9 April 2016 crowds converged on the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum and War Memorial to pursue that elusive goal.
Once again, the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association (CMSARA), an official sponsor, was on hand to provide tactical radio communications for the 10K, 5K and 1 Mile events and their coordinators.
Ten radio operators, strategically located along the race routes, were expertly directed by the talents of veteran Net Control Station Operator – Mike McKay (N5DU).
From the steps of the Old Capitol to the New Capitol, South, continuing through the heart of the city and then West on Pearl Street, amateur radio operators transmitted reports ranging from the simple to the critical. From the needs of water resupply, to Law Enforcement to better safeguard the race participants from wayward auto traffic, to tracking the last runners on the course, CMSARA radio operators provided time-critical, logistic information to race coordinators to ensure the overall safety and success of this important charity event. By Federal law, amateur radio operators do not charge for their communications as they donate them as a public service. (more…)
At least eight members of the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association worked the 2015 MS-150 Bike Ride for Multiple Sclerosis fund-raising. A two-day, multiple course event, CMSARA members handled Net Control, rest stop stations, and other communications duties to support the bike riders and coordinators for the event. Including Mike McKay N5DU, Bill White, K5BLL, Rusty Yates KG5FSA, Don Porter AF5QD, Robert Errington KF5IZ, Bob Bullock K5RWB, Mike Flanagan WM5A, Dana Pierce KF5WDL, and Brian Castleberry AG5BC, CMSARA has worked with the Jackson ARC to provide amateur radio communications and logistical support services free-of-charge to the MS-150 operational staff.
Scenes from the event taken by Bob Bullock K5RWB, Public Information Officer for CMSARA, are shown below…