Public Service Events https://vhf.nz/ en Wellington Pink Star Walk 2014 https://vhf.nz/node/454 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wellington Pink Star Walk 2014</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/zl2wal" lang="" about="/users/zl2wal" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">ZL2WAL</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/24/2014 - 20:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Pink Star Walk was held in Wellington for the first time this year, the event is a 10km walk route taking walkers from Frank Kitts Park around the waterfront to Greta Point and back again, with a “family-friendly” 5km option available. Funds raised from the entry fee and sponsorship of the Estee Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk goes into research, including the Wellington Breast Cancer Register which gathers treatment and outcome data on patients throughout the region, rehabilitation for women recovering from mastectomy, and awareness of mammograms for early detection.</p> <p>The Wellington VHF Group was asked to provide the radio marshall function to assist in assuring the safety of the participants in the event. Our radio marshalls are placed at strategic points along the route for the duration of the event, to provide trail guidance, administer first aid to any casualties, and co-ordinate medical aid, or ambulance, via amateur radio. Our radio net used the 710 VHF radio repeater.</p> <p>The Wellington VHF Group organized a total of 6 marshalls, these volunteers were drawn from Wellington VHF Group and Wellington Branch.</p> <p><img alt="Pink Star Walk Start" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Pink_star_walk_start.jpg" /> Participants starting the Wellington Pink Star Walk</p> <p>Thanks are due to the six amateurs who volunteered their time to be radio marshalls for this event. They are: Col ZL2C, David ZL2SX, Frank ZL2TTS, John ZL2HD, Randall ZL2RJP and Rob ZL2WAL.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:15:24 +0000 ZL2WAL 454 at https://vhf.nz Marine AIS Receiver Operational https://vhf.nz/node/449 <span property="dc:title" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Marine AIS Receiver Operational</span> <span rel="sioc:has_creator" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/8" lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">ZL4JY</a></span> <span property="dc:date dc:created" datatype="xsd:dateTime" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:48</span> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/arec" hreflang="en">AREC</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> <div property="content:encoded" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"></div> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:48:26 +0000 ZL4JY 449 at https://vhf.nz Bike The Trail 2013 https://vhf.nz/bikethetrail2013 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bike The Trail 2013</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SK-ZL2TGQ</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:23</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bike the Trail is a 25km cycle ride on the Hutt River Trail, from Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt to Hikoikoi Reserve, at the Hutt River mouth, Petone. This is a non-competitive family cycling event promoting cycling as a fun, healthy, safe means of recreation. The event is run by Activation, the recreation event organizer for Hutt Council.</p> <p>Wellington VHF Group was again contracted to Activation to provide the radio safety marshal function, to assure public safety during this event. As part of the Health &amp; Safety / Risk Management policy, Activation have identified a number of hazards on the river trail that may pose risks to cyclists. Our radio marshals attend each of these hazard sites for the duration of the event, to provide trail guidance, administer first aid to any casualties, and co-ordinate medical aid, or ambulance, via amateur radio. Our radio net used the 710 VHF radio repeater.</p> <p>This year the event was run on Sunday 17th March. The trail was generally in good condition. However, in the weeks leading up to the event, Wellington experienced a lengthy dry spell. This caused the trail surface to become loose and dangerous in parts. As observed by the Hutt River Trail Ranger, “the dry weather meant that the trail surface lost it’s bonding, and produced loose gravel, which was particularly dangerous on bends and corners”.</p> <p>Wellington VHF Group organized a total of eighteen marshals, volunteers who were drawn from four local NZART Branches, including Wellington VHF Group, Wellington branch, Titahi branch, and Lower Hutt branch.</p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2013-BikeTheTrail/DSC02692.JPG" /> <i>In the spirit of public service, volunteer radio marshal Frank ZL2TTS directs riders onto the Silverstream car-park diversion track, to keep riders from entering the car-park, with the Hutt River and Silverstream rail-bridge in the background.</i></center> <p>A net was established using our 710 repeater, which enabled marshals to keep in touch with the organizers through the head marshal, and with each other. Before the event could start Marshal Rick ZL2TVY conducted a roll call of marshals via radio, the result was then communicated to head marshal Dick ZL2TGQ who advised the start organizer, who then released riders onto the trail.</p> <p>The event was considered to be a great success, with over 1000 riders participating. Notwithstanding the loose gravel on some parts of the trail there were no serious incidents this year. Our first aid duties were limited to attending to quite a number of grazes and bruised egos, the results of spills on the loose gravel.</p> <p>Thanks are due to the eighteen amateurs who volunteered their time to be radio marshals for this event. Including; Rob ZL2WAL, Peter ZL2TD, John ZL2AST, Ross ZL2UAC, Gavin ZL2TVM, Ted ZL2TED, Andy ZL2ADR, Frank ZL2TTS, David ZL2SX, Dejan ZL3AU, Courtney ZL2CRW, Randall ZL2RJP, Peter ZL2TJ, John ZL2JDB, Robin ZL4TRS, Rick ZL2TVY, Tom ZL2TDD, and head marshal Dick ZL2TGQ. The Bike The Trail event provides an opportunity for radio amateurs to give back to their community, to exercise their radio skills, and to enjoy working in a team.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:23:02 +0000 SK-ZL2TGQ 426 at https://vhf.nz Wellington Wander Search rolls out more pendants https://vhf.nz/node/394 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wellington Wander Search rolls out more pendants </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/zl2hd" lang="" about="/users/zl2hd" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">ZL2HD</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/10/2013 - 21:54</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Wellington Wander Search Trust has continued to deploy pendants (beacons) to users in the Wellington area. So far they are all in the northern suburbs of Wellington, but the list of candidates is growing.</p> <p>Wellington Wander Search has reported that they are keen to expand tracking equipment to Porirua, the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa, if funding and local support is found. The Trustees are looking to recruit AREC members with good links to their local LandSAR groups to initiate Wander Search in those areas.</p> <p>In the Wellington area a number of training session have been held and more are planned. These have included the Police SAR Squad, and members of Wellington LandSAR. As more pendants are in use, the chance of a search increases, and the need for a quick response becomes critical.</p> <p>Ray ZL2REES has been working to integrate the pendant details into the Police systems, so when a person is reported missing they are known to be wearing a pendant and the details searchers will need (including frequency and home address). This will enable the Police to call on the best available searchers and be effective at anytime. The Trust is working to gain more funding for trackers and to be able to assist families to get a pendant for a family member when the cost may be an issue.</p> <p>Contact John ZL2HD, or Ray ZL2REES if you would like to know more. Or, you can contact Wellington Wander Search via the contact form on the Wellington VHF Group Inc website at <a href="/contact">vhf.nz/contact</a> with Wander Search in the subject.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:54:36 +0000 ZL2HD 394 at https://vhf.nz Wellington Wander Search Initial Meeting Thursday 5 July 2012 https://vhf.nz/node/379 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wellington Wander Search Initial Meeting Thursday 5 July 2012</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/zl2hd" lang="" about="/users/zl2hd" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">ZL2HD</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/29/2012 - 12:27</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Wellington Wander Search is a trust that is being set up to support Police searching for people living with Autism, Dementia or Alzheimers. The group is similar to others operating around N.Z. and will use the WandaTrak system that has been adopted by organisations such as LandSAR. John Andrews ZL2HD and Ray Harkness ZL2REES, members of the Wellington VHF Group, have initiated Wander Search in Wellington, based on interest in the search technology, Radio Direction Finding (RDF or "fox hunting"), and the Wellington VHF Group association with search and rescue organisations, through Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC). One area that they are keen to explore is improvements to the system, or effective alternatives.</p> <figure><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/pubs/Projects/WandaTrak4.jpg" /> <figcaption>WandaTrak radio tracking unit</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Wellington Wander Search Trust is looking for support from people who are keen to search, train, raise funds, or help with administration. To stimulate this the group sponsored a presentation to the members of the Wellington VHF Group, demonstrating some WandaTrak gear. The OC SAR for Wellington Police was present at the presentation to explain the importance of this initiative and why it is being undertaken.</p> <p>Contact John ZL2HD, or Ray ZL2REES if you would like to know more. Or, you can contact Wellington Wander Search via the contact form on the Wellington VHF Group Inc website at www.vhf.org.nz with Wander Search in the subject.</p> <h3><strong>What is WandaTrak?</strong></h3> <p>The WandaTrak systems are comprised of either a pendant, or watch, which is worn by the person living with Autism, Dementia or Alzheimers. This is a radio beacon that emits a pulse that is detected by a radio-tracking unit with a directional antenna. The system identifies the wearer and reduces the amount of time and resources used to locate a missing person.</p> <figure><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/pubs/Projects/WandaTrak3.jpg" /> <figcaption>WandaTrak pendant and watch beacons</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 00:27:12 +0000 ZL2HD 379 at https://vhf.nz Bike The Trail 2012 - A community service event https://vhf.nz/bikethetrail2012 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bike The Trail 2012 - A community service event</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SK-ZL2TGQ</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 06/01/2012 - 14:01</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Bike the Trail, a popular recreational event, provides either a 25km cycle ride from Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt, or a 12km ride from Stokes Valley, down the Hutt River Trail to Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone. The ride is held annually and is designed as a non-competitive family cycling event promoting cycling as a fun, healthy, safe means of transport and recreation. Wellington VHF Group were contracted to ensure public safety during this event.</p> <p>The event was originally scheduled to run on Sunday 4th March, however this was cancelled due to the effects of bad weather. During the previous 24 hours period Wellington experienced what the forecasters termed a “weather bomb”. In the early hours of Saturday wind gusts of 134 km/hr were recorded in Belmont Regional Park, close to the site of our Belmont station, see graph below:</p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2012-BikeTheTrail/Graph-18797714c.jpg" /></center> <p>Over the course of Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday, the weather abated to 60 km/hr at 3:00am. The trend looked good. At 6:00am the Hutt River Trail Ranger carried out a safety assessment. However, also around this time the wind speed spiked again, reaching 89 km/hr. The ranger reported washouts, deposits of loose gravel, and some flooding on the trail, and advised the organisers that the trail was unsafe. So, the event was cancelled, and re-scheduled to run on 22nd April.</p> <p>The health and safety/risk management policy for this public event identified a number of possible hazards to cycle riders. The role of the WVHFG Radio Marshals was to attend these sites to: provide trail direction and guidance; to identify and warn riders of the hazards; and to provide first-aid. Accident and emergency support was provided by Wellington Free Ambulance, and our Marshals worked in close contact with them.</p> <p>Our Marshals were identified to the public by hi-viz vests, emblazoned “Amateur Radio Communications”. Communication was via our 710 Repeater, providing continuous and immediate contact. Hutt Council provided us with specially made up first aid kits, with lots of plasters and bandages.</p> <p>The day of the re-run of the event on 22nd April dawned clear and warm, and the trail was in the very best condition. Our Marshals enjoyed the sunny conditions while carrying out their duties, dispensing first aid to those riders who suffered abrasions from falls. A more serious spill was attended by Dejan ZL3AU, who hiked 1km from his station to attend a lady with serious lacerations. Dick ZL2TGQ, the roving Head Marshal, provided cover for Dejan’s station. Courtney ZL2CRW, who only recently obtained his callsign, was attached as buddy to Rick ZL2TVY to learn about and to experience the role of Radio Marshal. At the completion of the event our Marshals visited and enjoyed the free sausage sizzle and entertainment at Hikoikoi Park, put on by Hutt Council.</p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2012-BikeTheTrail/DSC01872b.jpg" /></center> <p><i>Over 1000 cyclists participated in Bike the Trail this year. Many cyclists acknowledged the help of our Marshals, and our “Amateur Radio Communications” brand got a lot of exposure. This was an opportunity for community service, for us to work as a team, to practice radio procedure, and to enjoy Amateur Radio.</i></p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2012-BikeTheTrail/DSC01868ib.jpg" /></center> <p><i>Radio Marshals at the pre-event briefing. (l to r) Paul ZL2UGR, John ZL2JDB, Ted ZL2TED, Randall ZL2RJP, Andy ZL2ADR, Björn ZL2KT, David ZL2SX, Rob ZL2WAL, Gavin ZL2TVM, Frank ZL2TTS, Rick ZL2TVY, Dejan ZL3AU, Courtney ZL2CRW, Tom ZL2TDD, Robin ZL4TRS, John ZL2AST. Absent, Peter ZL3TJ. (Inset, Dick ZL2TGQ, behind the camera).</i></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 02:01:30 +0000 SK-ZL2TGQ 377 at https://vhf.nz Bike The Trail 2011 - A wet and windy event https://vhf.nz/bikethetrail2011 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bike The Trail 2011 - A wet and windy event</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SK-ZL2TGQ</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:45</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The VHF Group were requested to provide safety marshals for the “Bike the Trail” event again this year. This is a public 26km cycle ride from Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt, or a reduced 12km ride from Stokes Valley, down the Hutt River Trail to Hikoikoi Park at the mouth of the Hutt river at Petone. The ride is designed as a safe non-competitive family cycling event, which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy, safe means of transport and recreation.</p> <p>The organisers, the Leisure Active Business Unit of Hutt City Council, had set the course and defined the trail hazards. Their risk management policy called for a Head Marshal, in a roaming assignment, and fifteen Trail Marshals, who were spread throughout the trail.</p> <p>All marshals were linked by our own radio system using the Belmont 710 vhf repeater. The Head Marshal was the contact point with the event organisers and with the medical service provider, Wellington Free Ambulance.</p> <p>Prior to the event Rick ZL2TVY and Dick ZL2TGQ surveyed the entire trail, photographing the hazards and noting the GPS locations of the marshal stations. There were several changes and improvements to the route of the trail this year, with new sections, and with new seal where there the surface had previously been gravel.</p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2011-BikeTheTrail/DSCF5393.JPG" /> <i>Riders battled against strong winds. Photo: Gavin ZL2TVM</i></center> <p>The weather on the event day was miserable, with cold southerly winds and intermittent showers. As a result the numbers of riders was down to approximately 1000, where the previous year saw 1700 turn out for the event. There were no serious injuries, although there were the usual bumps and grazes that required first aid attention by our marshals. At the end of course party the two bands scheduled to provide entertainment were cancelled, however the sausage sizzle went ahead as planned. The sizzlers reported that a lot of riders doubled their orders for sausages!</p> <p>As a result of the good response to the call for volunteers for the marshal jobs, we were able to assign extra marshals at positions which whilst not on the organisers formal list of trail hazards, were considered a bit dicey. These worked out well and we will recommend to the organisers that these become permanent positions for future Bike the Trail events.</p> <p>A big thank you for those who provided their time and effort to this event. Organiser and Head Marshal Dick ZL2TGQ, Trail Marshals Peter ZL3TJ, Paul ZL2UGR, John ZL2AST, Phil ZL2OWL, Ross ZL2UAC, Andy ZL2ADR, David ZL2SX, Robin ZL4TRS, Frank ZL2TTS, Randall ZL2RJP, Phil ZL2HF, Gavin ZL2TVM, Ted ZL2TED, Rick ZL2TVY, Teemu ZL2MRJ, Tom ZL2TDD.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:45:20 +0000 SK-ZL2TGQ 429 at https://vhf.nz Jamboree On The Air 2010 – with Paparangi Scouts https://vhf.nz/jota2010 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jamboree On The Air 2010 – with Paparangi Scouts</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SK-ZL2TGQ</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 10/30/2010 - 18:40</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We were privileged to participate in Jamboree On The Air , (JOTA), again this year with the Paparangi Scouts. The scouts lashed up and erected several poles for the antennas, one over 10 metre tall. Three short poles were lashed end-to-end and guy ropes attached in preparation for erecting the pole in the field, adjacent to the Paparangi Scout Hall.</p> <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2010 Jota/DSC00606.JPG" /> <i>Up it goes. In a coordinated effort, supervised by Tom Clarke, radio call-sign ZL2TDD, the support mast was erected without mishap. Photo by: Dick ZL2TGQ.</i> Once the antennas had been erected and connected to the radios, the scouts had a lot of fun communicating with other JOTA stations, both here and overseas. We used the special event Callsign ZM2JOTA this year. <center><img src="/pubs/Events/2010 Jota/DSC00613.JPG" /> <i>Members of the Paparangi Scout troupe receive instruction from Dick Greenbank, radio call-sign ZL2TGQ, before making contact with other scouts throughout New Zealand and Overseas. Photo by: Tom ZL2TDD.</i></center> </center> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 05:40:04 +0000 SK-ZL2TGQ 430 at https://vhf.nz Post Activity Report: Bike the Trail 2010 - An Amateur public service event. https://vhf.nz/bikethetrail2010 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Post Activity Report: Bike the Trail 2010 - An Amateur public service event.</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SK-ZL2TGQ</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 03/20/2010 - 15:17</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><center><img src="/pubs/Events/2010-BikeTheTrail/BTT2010_BANNER.jpg" width="700" /></center> <p>“Bike The Trail” is an easy, scenic, 25km bike ride down the Hutt River trail from Harcourt Park at Brown Owl to Hikoikoi Reserve, Petone. In 2009 over 1500 of the public participated.</p> <p>This year the event was scheduled for Sunday 28 February, which turned out to be an eventful day for a more global reason than a local bike ride.</p> <p>The VHF Group was again asked to support the safety arrangements of this event by providing Radio Marshalls for fourteen stations throughout the course. Planning started early, led by Mark ZL1VMF our coordinator, and this year included a meeting with the <a href="http://www.nzrt.org.nz">Resilience Trust</a>, who were to provide the first-aid response. It was decided that we would provide an additional Marshall to travel in their first-response vehicle, to improve co-ordination.</p> <p>Our team assembled in the car-park of Melling railway station at 0800, to receive a briefing from Mark ZL1VMF, and were issued with their hi-viz safety jerkins. Thanks to our generous sponsor these are emblazoned with <b>Wellington VHF Group</b> and <b>Amateur Radio Communication</b> labels, good for publicity purposes!</p> <p>No sooner was the briefing completed at 0820, and Marshalls on their way to the various course stations, when Civil Defence advised the organisers that they would not be able to use Hikoikoi Reserve as the finish of the event. This was due to risk associated with the tsunami warning resulting from the severe earthquake earlier in Chile. Hikoikoi is situated at the mouth of the Hutt River, almost at sea level. The organisers quickly reverted to their contingency plan to run only the top half course from Brown Owl to Stokes Valley. The original plan effectively offered two courses, the shorter 12km Stokes Valley to Hikoikoi, and the full 25km Brown Owl to Hikoikoi. Included in the original arrangement was a fleet of trucks to ferry riders and their bikes back to their point-of-origin after the party (free BBQ, music) at the finish.</p> <p>The contingency plan included re-deploying the trucks to Stokes Valley to take starters from there up to Brown Owl, to enable all starters to get a ride. This of course meant that all participants would now travel the Brown Owl to Stokes Valley sector.</p> <center><img src="http://www.vhf.org.nz/pubs/Events/2010-BikeTheTrail/HullCreek.jpg" /> <i>A good number of cyclists opted to ride the trail back to Harcourt Park (as opposed to taking the provided transportation) to extend their ride back to ~25km. We were forced to improvise some additional protection for cyclists passing the Hull Creek Pumping Station, as the volume of southbound cyclists occupying the cycle-lane adjacent the narrow bridge was forcing northbound traffic onto the road - a dangerous situation when you consider how narrow the road is (and that this is an 80km/h stretch!). Photo by Andy ZL2ADR.</i></center> <p>Using our 710 repeater, Mark ZL1VMF soon had the Marshalls re-deployed, and Rick ZL2TVY, our Base Marshall, had the roll-call on 710 repeater complete before the start time. The event went well, with 1400 participants. The usual bumps and scrapes generally only required sticking–plaster and a re-assuring word. Only one serious injury required the attendance of an ambulance. This incident was capably handled by Ross ZL2UAC, at Marshall Station Four. Our 710 repeater provided generally good coverage of the course, although a few difficult areas will be investigated for the future.</p> <center><img src="http://www.vhf.org.nz/pubs/Events/2010-BikeTheTrail/Marshals.jpg" /> <i>Radio Marshals at the debrief, Stokes Valley. Zoe, one of the Event staff, pictured at far left.</i></center> <p>A big thank you to those who gave their time for this event. First of all Mark ZL1VMF our able coordinator, plus Radio Marshals: Bruce ZL2ABC, Rob ZL2WAL, John ZL2AST, Dick ZL2TGQ, Ross ZL2UAC, Peter ZL3TJ, Robin ZL4TRS, Phil ZL2OWL, Randall ZL2RJP, Andy ZL2ADR, Paul ZL2UGR, Richard ZL2AJC, Rick ZL2TVY, and Tom ZL2TDD. We look forward to an opportunity to contribute to our community again at the 2011 event.</p> <p><i>Article and Group Photograph with thanks to Dick ZL2TGQ. Mark ZL1VMF (as Head Marshal) would also like to recognise the volunteers from Resilience Trust for their cooperation from both a planning and execution perspective, and Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councils for their support.</i><!--break--></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 02:17:36 +0000 SK-ZL2TGQ 251 at https://vhf.nz 'Bike the Trail 2009' Post Activity Report https://vhf.nz/bikethetrail2009 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">&#039;Bike the Trail 2009&#039; Post Activity Report</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/users/zl1vmf" lang="" about="/users/zl1vmf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">ZL1VMF</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 02/22/2009 - 18:30</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Updated: We also were mentioned in an article in the <a href="/pubs/Events/2009-BikeTheTrail/20090304-BikeTheTrail-UpperHuttLeader.jpg">Upper Hutt Leader</a> on 4 March 2009. Click to view a scan of the article.</strong> 8 members of Wellington VHF Group, assisted by 6 members of Hutt Valley Amateur Radio Club, assisted Hutt City's 'Leisure Active' and Upper Hutt City Councils' 'Activation' groups with <a href="http://www.bikethetrail.co.nz/">Bike the Trail</a>, a scenic fun bike ride between Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt, and Hikoikoi Reserve in Petone, Lower Hutt, this morning.</p> <center><img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10408-1/map_2009small.jpg" /> <i>The 'Bike the Trail' route. The full route is 24km long; an abbreviated course was available starting in Stokes Valley.</i></center> <!--break--> <center><img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10416-2/IMG_0276-C.JPG" /> <i>Cyclists of all ages, shapes and sizes participated.</i></center> <p>The event was a fun ride - not a 'race' as such. As many as 1500 entrants were reported, at least 850 of whom started at Harcourt Park and the remainder from the 'Alternative-Start' at Stokes Valley. Amateurs manned marshal points along the route, providing a safety net for participants in the event of a mishap along the route.</p> <center><img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10419-2/IMG_0277-C.JPG" /> <i>Barry ZL2HO at his marshal station, near the Riverbank Car Park in Lower Hutt.</i> <img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10422-2/IMG_0278-S.JPG" /> <i>Rick ZL2TVY operated at the Finish Line, providing Net Control and Coordination and liason with officials.</i></center> <p>The cyclists were dispatched in waves of approximately 100 riders. Riders of various ages, capabilities and skills were amongst the field, which meant a variety of course completion times. At the finish line, though, was waiting for them rest, food and entertainment. There were relatively few dramas on the day, with two minor injuries and two reports of missing children being the only 'business' of the day. All had happy endings, for the record.</p> <center><img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10425-2/IMG_0279-S.JPG" /> . <img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10427-2/IMG_0280-SC.JPG" /> <i>Crowds of participants having a leisurely lunch and enjoying the post-ride entertainment.</i></center> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>This event provided an ideal opportunity to demonstrate some of our communications capabilities. We operated on the Belmont 710 repeater, which provided flawless coverage up and down the valley - and was the envy of other agencies on the day! The Organisers expressed their gratitude for our services and we look forward to future opportunities. Big thanks to the following operators for their time and efforts: Rick ZL2TVY, Dick ZL2TGQ, Brian ZL2BRF, Paul ZL2UGR, David ZL2SX, John ZL2JDB, John ZL2AST, Frank ZL2TTS, Ted ZL2TED, Phil ZL2HF, Andrew ZL2ADR, Barry ZL2HO, Jim ZL4CV. A great morning was had by all. Article and Imagery by Mark Foster ZL1VMF, Event Coordinator. <a href="http://gallery.blakjak.net/v/Radio/BikeTheTrail2009/ZL2TVM/">Photos taken by Gavin ZL2TVM</a> are highly recommended viewing! :-)</td> <td><img src="http://gallery.blakjak.net/d/10429-2/IMG_0281-SCR.JPG" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div class="node__links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <div class="field__label">WVHFG Categories</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/categories/publicserviceevents" hreflang="en">Public Service Events</a></div> </div> </div> Sun, 22 Feb 2009 05:30:54 +0000 ZL1VMF 168 at https://vhf.nz