Ham Radio Volunteers Support Oklahoma Freewheel Bicycle Ride:
“This year, Freewheel started in Hollis, Oklahoma, and finished in Fort Smith, Arkansas,” Baucum said. “Bicyclists completed a tour of about 500 miles in 7 days, completing an average of 65 miles each day.” He said some of those in the ham radio contingent are also ARES volunteers.
Baucum said SAG support driver responsibilities included carrying water to replenish rest stops and rider water bottles on the route, as well as having spare tubes and tire pumps on hand to fix flat tires. “Cyclists would request support by flagging down a support vehicle, or calling the support number,” he said. Baucum then would relay messages, as appropriate, to the driver nearest the incident.
“Common issues included flat tires, slipped chains, and shifters needing adjustment,” Baucum said. “A few calls for medical support were handled by providing first aid, water, and shade or air conditioning for riders in distress.”
Oklahoma Freewheel expressed its appreciation to the radio amateurs who volunteered and to for the support of local radio clubs and the use of their repeaters. Read more http://www.arrl.org/news/ham-radio-volunteers-support-oklahoma-freewheel-bicycle-ride. — Thanks to Kenneth Baucum, KG5CBM, and Lloyd Colston, KC5FM