Sunday, August 7, 2011

Amateur Radio Support Needed for 2011 Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah

On November 5, 2011, the Rock and Roll Marathon and ½ Marathon will be held in Savannah. The local Amateur Radio Community has been asked to provide between 25 and 30 radio operators for the event. We will be in charge of the 26 electronic time clocks located at each of the mile marks. When the race starts at 7:30 am, we will broadcast the start and all clocks will be started. We will then be responsible for keeping an eye on the clocks until after the runners are past and the clean-up crew comes by to pick up the mile marker and clock.
In order to accomplish this objective, we will be required to meet with race organizers 1 or 2 days prior to the run for an instructional meeting about the clocks, the run, and other information they deem necessary. The meeting should last no more than 2 hours. At that time, we will be given the clocks and stands for the clocks. The clocks are in cases about 1’ X 4’ in size and the stand is similar to a camera tripod in size.

On race day, we will have to arrive at our assigned locations by 7:00 am in order to be set up and ready by 7:30 am when the race starts. The time we will be there will be determined by the location on the course. The ½ / Full Marathon locations (mile 1 – mile 11) will be done before the full Marathon locations (mile 12 – mile 26). We will attempt to accommodate all operators to meet their time requirements. The operators requiring the most time will be those on the back side of the course. Some of them could be on the course until after 3:00 pm.

If you can assist, please contact Steve Jonas (K4SDJ) at or Guy McDonald (K4GTM at We will need your name, call sign, cell number, email address and Tee-shirt size.

If you know any operators who aren’t members of a local club, please feel free to give them the information as we need all the help we can get.

Steve Jonas (K4SDJ)
AEC Chatham County

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