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North Olympic Discovery Marathon

June 7, 2015
ARES Ham Radio Involvement

This page provides information about Clallam County ARES participation in in providing communications support for the NODM event.

Visit the North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM) website to read about the details on the race.

This event covers the Olympic Discovery trail, the Old Olympic Highway, and local streets. Because of this, ARES volunteers provide emergency communications for safety. ARES volunteers are stationed along the route, mostly at one of the water stations (which may or may not coincide with an Aid Station.)


On the day of the event, the ARES participants check in with the marathon "Finish" operator once they arrive at their assigned station.

Summary of Radio Needs:

  • Provide one or two radio operators at each staffed position
  • Communicate information from your assigned position to Finish to relay to race officials
  • The function of "Finish" operators will be to communicate:
    • Any medical or other emergency to staff and medical team
    • Inform other ham radio team members of any developments that would be of interest
    • Communicate with the Fire District personnel in the Incident Command Vehicle

Radio Frequencies in use on race day

Function Frequency PL Tone Comments
Primary Communications 146.760 100.0 Channel 17 - Stripped Peak repeater
Backup frequency 145.290 167.9 Channel 6 - Mt. Douglas BC

Supporting information, FAQ

Medical issues
The vast majority of medical problems are muscle cramps and related ailments. Often they may resemble a "charlie horse" type pain and some may have never experienced one before. Not a pleasant feeling! The person may or may not be able to move on his or her own. The usual guidence is to direct them to the nearest AID station where some comfort can be provided. Massage usually eases the pain but thats not your job. Notify "finish" of their "bib" number and nature of compliant. If possible, have them stay with you until you get further instructions so staff can verify what is the best plan. They usually recover enough to gain mobility on their own. These are usually not serious and require no further assistance. At least one ham station can expect to be approached by someone with this medical condition. Know where to direct them and how to handle it. You will look much more professional if you think these out beforehand.

Spot danger, save a life - Signs of heatstroke vary — but they may include:
        Skin that is red, hot and dry — but not sweaty
        Rapid pulse
        Dizziness
        Labored breathing
        Confusion, hallucination or seizures
        Unconsciousness
It's an emergency! If you think someone has heatstroke, call 911. While you wait for help to arrive, move the person to the shade. Take off any of his or her unneeded or tight clothing. And if possible, place cold compresses — or cool, wet towels or sheets — against the skin. Start with these hot spots: the head, neck, groin and armpits. Or fan — while lightly spraying or sponging the person with water.

If a serious condition is suggested, call 911 for immediate help or call on the radio. A medical team will be ready to help. Be sure and
give "bib" number, nature of problem and your location. Medical problems of this nature have highest priority. Also, notify any others in your vicinity that might have medical training. Stay close to the radio/racer and offer help and comfort but only to the limits of your medical training. Keep "Finish" informed of status until professional help arrives. The sports doctor tells us that a race of this nature will average one serious medical condition in about four races. Statistically, maybe one in 5,000 racers.

What if a runner wants to leave the course?

If you are approached by someone with this request, they should be directed to the nearest water station which may be co-located with our radio assignments. Follow reporting directions above as for minor medical conditions. A course marshal will make any decisions regarding the runner. Too often a runner says they are going to drop out but then decides to return when he/she feels better. Ask them to notify you if they change their mind because people could be looking for them. We need you to radio Finish with the bib number and gender of anyone dropping out of the race.

What else do we do?
Relay racer status information to Finish: 1st male, 1st female, for both full and half-marathon. Full marathon runners have yellow bib backgrounds, half's have green backgrounds. Encourage runners: cheer & clap, or whatever moves you. Present a professional demeanor of the organization, wear your ARES vest, be friendly to the event staff. Have fun!


What do we use for call signs?

Use tactical call signs for frequent communications but be sure to ID periodically per FCC requirements.

2015 Position Assignments

Tactical Name Position Name / Callsign Start Time Comments
Start #1 Lee KE7TTY 0700 Agnew Soccer fields
Relocates to WS 7/8
  #2      
WS 6 #1 Bill W6JEQ 0800  
  #2      
WS 7/8 #1 Lee KE7TTY 0845 Matson & Finn Hall or
  #2        Monterra & Finn Hall
WS 9 #1 Steve N1SB 0815 External antenna required
  #2 Larry KE7KWA      Seibert Creek & Old Olympic Hwy
Bagley Crk Rd #1 Janet WA7JEP 0815 Bagley Creek Rd. & ODT
  #2      
WS 11 #1 Kathleen N1ERT 0730 Buchanan Dr. & ODT
  #2      
Morse Crk #1 Bruce KD7WBM 0730 External antenna required
  #2      
WS 13 #1 Valerie KF7VAL 0830 Rayonier & Ennis Bridge
  #2 Sheldon N7XEI    
Finish #1 Rik WX7RIK 0700 External antenna required
  #2 David KE7TTT    

 

Click on the thumbnails to see photos
Finish
WX7RIK & KE7TTT
Finish
WS 13
KF7VAL & N7XEI
Water Station 13
WS 11
N1ERT
Water Station 11
WS 9
N1SB & KE7KWA
Water Station 9
WS 6
W6JEQ
Water Station 6
Morse Creek
KD7WBM
Morse Creek

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked this event!


Page Updated: 01/24/17

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Quick-Guide - Clallam Co.

Central & East Ends

Frequency

Tone

 

145.130-

100.0

WF7W
Port Angeles

145.150-

114.8

N7UTB
Port Townsand

146.760-

100.0

W7FEL
Striped Peak

146.760-

77.0

W7FEL
Carlsborg RX

146.840-

100.0

VE7VIC
Victoria

145.190-

127.3

N7HNM
Lyman Hill

442.100+

100.0

KC7EQO
Blyn

443.950+

100.0

VE7RTC
Victoria

444.875+

107.2

VE7USA
Victoria

West End

145.370-

114.8

K7MMI
Ellis Peak RX

146.660-

107.2

N7QDY
North Point


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