CSM 2018 Radio Operator's Home Page
Thanks to everyone who volunteered!!
Volunteer Radio Operators Came Out and Contributed to the Success of the Event
The Canadian Ski Marathon for 2018 was run on February 10th and 11th. This year, the CSM used commercial radios for health, safety, and logistics traffic. Because safety/first aid services were being provided by a commercial entity, they could not use ham radio. However, the CSM needed the skills and knowledge required to run a controlled net which is why they asked hams to volunteer to operate the commercial rigs.
Here is the Thank-you message from Harrie:
The marathon is over once again and once again your skills helped to keep it safe for everyone. The volunteer banquet is Feb 20th but Admin 2 has one last task, to provide everyone with the information.
I had fun, learned a few things and will be looking to put together some thoughts about what worked and what didnít. If you have any comments that you would like to include please send them to me.
Thank you very much for giving your time and in Austinís case I gather it was pretty much sunny beach to snow bank. Thatís a transition!
To comment, please send an email to Harrie Jones, VE3HYS harriej59_at_gmail.com or to Neil Herber, VE3PUE firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you worked on previous marathons, this year counts towards your years of service to the CSM.
Volunteer Banquet Feb 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM - PLEASE RSVP ASAP!
The Volunteer Banquet is in the "usual" spot, Buffet des Continents, 4 Impasse de la Gare Talon, Gatineau, QC https://goo.gl/maps/Fj7sSuKbkC12 .
But This Isn't Ham Radio! (you say to yourself...)
The commercial radios must be used for all "official" CSM traffic, but you are free to use your own ham equipment for other traffic. For example, you might use handy-talkies to talk with others at your checkpoint. Or you could use local repeaters when mobile. Just remember that there is no formal net or agreement for the CSM to use ham bands or repeaters.
The important point is that the CSM needs people who are skilled at operating on a controlled net. Those are ham skills.
But I am Not a Ham
Because the CSM is using commercial radios, you do not need to be a licensed ham to operate them. However, it would be best if you were experienced in working on a controlled net (military, police, etc.)
But I am Busy That Weekend!
Well, maybe next year? Would you be willing to pass this info on to other operators you know? Perhaps your local club ... ? Thanks!
New Trail Routing
This year the marathon runs in reverse CP order from Mont Tremblant (CP11) to Montebello (CP6) on Saturday and from Montebello (CP6) to Lachute (CP1) on Sunday. The Saturday route is entirely new, starting near Mont Tremblant and travelling south to Montebello. That means that CP11 to CP7 are in completely different locations from CSM 2017. For routing details, look at the Maps page.