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I love Google Street View. What an absolutely invaluable tool !!!!!!!!!
Great info Garry. This is a first you can use street view to see the actual stage locations as the Google car has run Powderface. Just drag the little dude and drop him at your location and there you are a nice view of what that location looks like.
Here is a *preliminary* version of the map for this year's rally. Please note that this is still subject to change, so please check back in this forum for updates as we get closer to the event. However, this should be a pretty good starting point.
Radio Operator Pre-Event Briefing
We'll be holding a training briefing for radio operators for this rally. In case anyone missed the announced time and date on the Rallywest page, here is the information you'll need:
Radio Operator Meeting
1900-2000 Thursday, October 25
Calgary Sports Car Club
4215 80th Avenue NE
I hope we'll see everyone there, but if you can't make it please let me know ahead of time.
<my callsign> at Gmail.com
Request from Alberta Conservation Officials
As some of you may know, there were concerns raised at last year's Kananaskis Rally regarding vehicle parking. Alberta Conservation officials have requested that we be mindful this year of keeping vehicles on gravel covered areas and off of the grass, as much as possible. Field radio operators, such as blockers and control point operators, do need to ensure that their vehicles are far enough away from the road to be safe from passing rally cars. Nonetheless, please balance that need with the request from Conservation officials to avoid driving off of the provided surface.
Packing and Preparation Guide
Hi everyone. Here is a link to the latest version of the Packing and Preparation Guide. For those of you who have supported recent rallies, you will find only minor changes. For those of you who are new to these events, though, this guide is a good starting point for getting your kit ready. It contains a set of checklists and descriptions for things that each operator should obtain and/or prepare for the rally.
All operators should keep in mind that we will be operating from isolated and somewhat remote locations. So, each operator needs to be essentially self-sufficient for the day. Please review this guide carefully to be sure that you will have what you need for a successful time at the event.
If you have questions, please contact me: <my callsign> (at) Gmail.com
Update 01 October
I have a few items on which to bring everyone up to date.
1) I see that we have about 10 people registered for radio operations so far. Good stuff! Let's keep that going!
2) Last weekend, Dana (VA6DJH) and I spent some time on the course testing radio propagation and checking out the roads. There are some new logging roads out there, so be on the lookout for logging trucks if you decide to take a tour on your own ahead of the event. (Don't worry, the rally officials will make sure that logging operators are well aware of our event so that we don't have incidents on rally day.)
3) We need to have a backup/second driver who can help with the Comms Trailer. Peter (VA6RPL) is leading the efforts with the trailer. So, if you are willing to help out with this, please contact him and send me a "cc:" please. Note that the trailer has a new braking mechanism, so your vehicle will need to be able to accommodate this. Contact Peter for details.
4) I'll get the Packing and Preparation Guide posted here soon. For anyone who is new to rally events, this guide should help you figure out what you need to get ready for rally day. The Radio Configuration Guide will follow once a few more technical details are sorted out. That document will have repeater frequencies and other key technical information.
5) It looks like we have skipped the fall season this year, so we should all be prepared for the Kananaskis Rally to be a bit colder than average with the possibility of more snow/ice than usual. The roads were not too bad when Dana and I scouted them on Saturday, but that could change between now and rally day.
Registration Now Available!
The Rallywest website administrator has informed me that the Kananaskis Rally volunteer registration webpage is now available. Here is the information you'll need to sign up as a radio operator for this event.
If you follow this url it will take you to the main RallyWest page:
From there click on "Events" in the upper left of the page and you will be taken to a set of images for upcoming Rallywest events. Click on the picture for the Kananaskis Rally to get to the rally information page. Here is a shortcut:
Scroll down to the "Volunteer Information" section and look for the blue "Signup Here" button near the end of that section of text. (Be sure you are using the button to sign up as a volunteer and not a race participant - unless you want to be driving down Powderface Trail at 100Km/h!)
Each time you click on that button it gives you a unique tag, so I can't give you a shortcut here. If you bookmark the link you get after this point, with that unique tag, you'll be able to go back to your registration record and make updates later.
If you are considering coming to volunteer as a radio operator, then please complete this signup page. If you're not sure you can make it, then indicate in the comments that you're "tentative" for now. If I have no registration information for you, then it's difficult to assign a role or to contact you if there are urgent changes. It's also important to have emergency contact information, should something happen. When indicating the radio equipment that you plan to bring to the rally, try to be as generic as possible. It's much easier to deal with "50 watt mobile radio with APRS and a quarter wave magnetic mount antenna" than a bunch of make/model numbers with which I may not be familiar. Finally, please double check that the email address and phone number(s) you enter on the registration form are correct. Messages that bounce back at me are not getting to you!
To accommodate feedback I have received, I will try to keep the number of mass emails to a minimum. I will generally post material here in the CARA General Forum where everyone can find it at their own pleasure. I'll try to reserve emails primarily for critical updates. That means it's up to you to check here regularly so that you have the latest information. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
I hope you'll be joining us for a great time in Kananaskis!
VE6GDS (at) Gmail.com
The registration page should be available soon. There are a few last minute checks being done and then we can start with signups! I will post a message here with instructions on how to do the registration as soon as things are ready for us.
Thanks, Peter. I'll get this figured out as soon as possible and get a confirmation to you one way or the other.