Amateur Radio Trivia in Americus
Over the Past 45 years
by: K4VBH-jim poole
Americus Amateur Radio Association
meter @ 147.27 t(131.8)
The Americus Kiwanis Club had a project called Walk
for Mankind. The idea was for walkers to walk 20 miles and have sponsors paying
x amount per mile to raise funds for needy projects. Since I was on the Kiwanis
committee, we discussed about how to communicate between each 2 mile checkpoint
and back to the start which was at the AHS Gym. They had tried it with CB Radio
and didn't have much success.... Amateur Radio to the rescue !....but where
would I find 10 hams?? Only had the following locals: K4ZHT-coach, W4UFD-prof,
N4KD-john (son of the Mayor shown above), K4JAD-carey, & myself...Albany
had a few folks that said they would help out. Faye IseleWA4BDE operated the
base W4MM/4 at the gym, K4GCR, K4OYY, K8RZL, WA4CFI, WA4EEF. I took my rig to
the gym, got the fire dept to put a ringo ranger on top and bingo we had a base
of operations on 146.52 simplex. (no repeater here yet)
It worked great and we had solid communications between each check point, the
food station wagon, the water wagon and the first aid car also had a ham riding
along in each one.
We did this project for several years. It worked much better two years later
when we had a repeater and didn't have to have high power base or my ringo!
Above pic is from the '78 event. Finally they shortened the route to 10 miles
and then discontinued the project . I talked to Steve K8RZL not too long ago
and he still remembers the good times had by all.
Sounds like the Bike Race coming up will be a good test of this type of event
communications now 30 years later ! Check out the guest book and
sign it for Webmaster Doug's records.