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    24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

    This is one of the premier mountain bike races in the US. 24 continuous hours of mountain bike racing on a 16 mile course in the Southern Arizona desert. Amateur Radio Operators provide the primary communications for racer health and welfare throughout the event interfacing with race organizers and Southern Arizona Search and Rescue who provide primary medical support.

    The event is located North of Oracle on Willow Springs Ranch Road.

    Amateur operators are needed to for:
    Net control
    Mobile rovers. (Auto, ATV, motorcycle, etc...)
    Stationary aid stations.
    Bike rovers. (Half of the course is off limits to motor vehicles.)
    Pedestrian rovers. (HIGHLY NEEDED)

    Come join what is arguably the best public service event in Arizona. Watch 24HOP town grow from a population of 0 to over 10K over night.
    You will have fun, guaranteed!

    Comms Volunteer website is at: http://www.rstclub.org/24hop.html

    This is a video I made last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCvzIYssz3I
    This is a link to the race sponsor: http://www.epicrides.com/index.php?contentCat=5

    Contact KY7K@arrl.net if you would like to play.

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    Since I don't see a way to edit the original post, I will add that the event is located North of Oracle on Willow Springs Ranch Road.
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    how far is the hiking involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KY7K View Post
    Since I don't see a way to edit the original post, I will add that the event is located North of Oracle on Willow Springs Ranch Road.
    I added the location to the 1st post for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9JBO View Post
    how far is the hiking involved?
    This will be my 7th or 8th time doing this event in the last ten years. You can hike the course as little or as much as your heart's content. There are about a dozen ways to provide ham support out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9JBO View Post
    how far is the hiking involved?
    The course is a 16 mile loop with ~8 miles accessible to motor vehicles. The other half is basically broken into one ~4mile section and two ~2 mile sections. Each section is usually hiked just one way and then the hiker gets picked up and shuttled back to net control/next assignment/camp/wherever. As has been mentioned you can hike as much or as little as you like, you can hike some and do mobile rover some if you like, assignments are very fluid and geared toward what volunteer whats to do.
    About the only "hard" requirement is they like to have folks work at least one 4 hour shift, however you can work more if you like. I usually work the full 24 hours with a 4 hour catnap thrown in. Overnight hikers are highly needed if you like walking in the dark...
    The atmosphere of this event can't be explained, one has to be there to understand. 24HOP town is basically a 24hour a day party. Mountain bikers are crazy!
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    Steve,
    I edited the event to make the hyperlinks work.

    Offroad and on the air.

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    I've done quite a few 24 hour races as a competitor. They are indeed big fun and having volunteers makes them run. Thank each of you doing it, not sure if the racers say it enough but we do appreciate you being out there a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N7IYT View Post
    Steve,
    I edited the event to make the hyperlinks work.
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AC0VH View Post
    I've done quite a few 24 hour races as a competitor. They are indeed big fun and having volunteers makes them run. Thank each of you doing it, not sure if the racers say it enough but we do appreciate you being out there a great deal.
    I've done a lot of support work at different events, walks, running, road biking, mountain bike, etc... And I will say without hesitation, the mountain bikers are the friendliest bunch I've met. First couple of years I worked 24hop it was at a fixed checkpoint rather than a rover, and I would say that over 90% of the riders would thank us for bring there every time they rode past.
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    Comms Volunteer website is at: http://www.rstclub.org/24hop.html
    The site includes maps and more information on volunteer positions. Please ignore the current operator schedule, it has not been updated yet and still shows last years schedule.

    If Richard or David could add this link to the top post I would be most grateful. Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KY7K View Post
    Comms Volunteer website is at: http://www.rstclub.org/24hop.html
    The site includes maps and more information on volunteer positions. Please ignore the current operator schedule, it has not been updated yet and still shows last years schedule.

    If Richard or David could add this link to the top post I would be most grateful. Thanks in advance!
    Steve
    Added link to first post. Best of luck with the event Steve. That is a really busy weekend with at least 4 large events going on. We are all scrambling to staff them.

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