Once again CNHARC helped provide emergency radio Communications for the NH Marathon at Bristol. The day started out with light rain and a little chilly When I left my house headed to the race but was getting better the closer I got to Bristol.
By the time I got to Bristol, the weather wasn't too bad; I checked in with Peggy, who was running net control we chit chatted for a minute then she gave me my assignment. As usual, things didn't go as planned but that is par for the course for ham radio operators. I misplaced my 8900 manual when I removed it because I sold the car it was in, fortunately, Dave was able to set it up for me so I could use and monitor both sides of the radio, thanks, Dave.
My assignment would be at the Marathon start line in Bristol; Sam was at the start line of the half marathon in Hebron; I was to inform Sam N1OVA in Hebron with a countdown to the start so that the half Marathon can start at the same time as the Marathon. The school band played as the runners staged and warmed up for the start of the race.
The starter for the full marathon didn't give a countdown and started the race almost a minute early, but we were ready, so I informed Sam immediately, and both races were on. There were hams stationed at strategic points all along the 26-mile route as well as water stations. My job was to leapfrog my way along the course to keep an eye out for any issues of which there were none.
This was the first year I went completely around the course. Usually, I was on roving patrol on north shore rd. I liked going the whole way as it also allowed me to spend a little time talking with other hams when I got to their stations before moving on, I would say all in all it went off without a hitch ... See MoreSee Less