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2012 MS Bike 150

All,
Hello and welcome to 2012! 
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is looking forward to another great year.  The 2012 MS Bike 150 is still quite a ways out (T-131 days), but I want to put it into your minds and onto your calendars.  This year's event will be different than in the past.  Why?  Because it WILL NOT fall on the ARRL Field Day dates as it has in the past.  Soooo..., no excuses!   
   
Most everything will be the same as last year.  The route will not change, nor will the rest stops.  The dates for this year will be June 30th and July 1st. (Field Day is the weekend previous, June 23rd-24th)  I'm looking to give "first rights of refusal" to those who supported the event last year.    
If you were stationed at a Rest Stop and would like to continue that this year, I would be very happy to have you there again.  My Net Control folks did a bang-up job last year and I would like to continue with running both North and South Nets from a single location.  Mark & Colleen, if you are able to work that magic this year, that would be great!  Also, if you would like to do it from an alternate location (your home QTH?), I'd be willing to work with that too.   
      
  
For those who were Mobile Operators, I have some changes that need to be incorporated for this year.  First off, all Mobiles will likely have an additional passenger.  We are working to get an EMS person into each and every vehicle for quicker response and assessment of riders.  In order to maintain proper separation of responders and coverage of the route, will be needing to know where everyone is at all times.  The easiest way to do this is and cut down on Net Traffic is to utilize APRS.  So, I will prefer Mobile Operators with APRS capabilities over those who do not.  We tested it last year and it was a big success.    
Please give me a head count.  Even if you're still on the fence at this time.  It will let me know what additional recruiting I may need to do for the upcoming event.
  
  
I hope to see every one of you!  
  
Cheers,
Colin Whitmore - AC0S
2012 MS Bike 150 Ham Coordinator (COML)
Event Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 01:57 to Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 01:57

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