12 August 2019 v1
Please use this map for locations:
Please remember to bring appropriate identification to get on base (you driver’s license is acceptable, other forms of government ID may also be).
There are two rally points for this year because of lessons learned. Those supporting the Start-Stop, OSV, Waterfront, and Water Points must be at the Start-Stop area by 0445, otherwise you will be late (and stuck in a mess of traffic). The rear gate will open at 0400. There will be a caravan to the Water Points that will leave around 0500. There is room at the Water Points for your vehicles.
Others will will meet at the McDonald’s at 13500 Russell Rd A, Quantico, VA 22134. This is the McDonald’s located on base, at the rear gate next to the Exchange at 0600. Ray AA4SI will conduct the briefing. Roads are scheduled to close around 0630.
There are three races being run. The Triathlon, a 1 mile run and a 12K run.
The Triathlon first wave hits the water at 0700. The 1 mile run starts at 0720. The 12K starts at 0740.
Net Control will be on the air by 0645 for a roll call.
Our primary mission is eyes on the course to provide safety and back up the Marine Corps Marathon personnel. In the event of a downed cyclist or runner, contact Net Control immediately. There will be an ambulance on site for the duration of the event under the command of Top Doc.
This is a very large course. Mobile radios are preferred, but HTs may work. Be patient if you call Net Control. They could be talking with another station on Simplex that you cannot hear.
Bring a chair and a book. There will likely be long periods without any excitement.
At Start-Stop and the Water points you may want a headset - it can get very loud.
We will operate on simplex at 147.525, the normal ARES operational frequency. If you use cross-band, please use input at 445.950 PL 100.0 Hz and output at 147.525. These are channels 31 and 36 in the Quick Reference Guide. There may be a couple of cross-band machines in use. Please remember to count to five after keying up to make sure the outbound side is open. And once someone drops their transmission, count to three before you key up. You may not be in a position to hear another station call net control. Remember, NCS has command of the frequency. If they ask a station to hold, please do so unless it is an EMERGENCY.
Any questions asked by the public or the media, are to be directed to the Race Officials. We will have our PIO, Tom Fournier, W4PIO on site if anyone has questions about Amateur Radio specifically.