Calgary Amateur Radio Association
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Update - August 2020
Hello Rally Radio Operators!
Change is an important part of progress and we're making a few changes to how we distribute information about rally events.
This forum will continue to be available for informal, rally-related discussion and questions. We encourage this dialogue and expect that good ideas will arise from the exchanges. Going forward, official announcements, approved documents, and formal details about rally events will be published in a new blog format. This will help to keep key information well organized so that essential materials can be quickly located and obtained.
The new blog is publicly readable and can be found under the Volunteer Event Information section of the CARA home page. A quick link is provided here:
We trust that this change will benefit everyone and help us to have many more fun, safe rally events. Please let us know how it's working for you and what we can do to make it even better. Thanks for all your support, and we'll see you on rally day!
It's unfortunate that we didn't get to have our usual weekend event in Invermere this year. Due to the pandemic, the organizers felt that this was the appropriate step to take. However, you will be glad to know that planning is underway for a rescheduled Rocky Mountain Rally (RMR) in the autumn.
To be clear, the RMR has been rescheduled to November and there are no plans for a separate Kananaskis Performance Rally (KPR) this year. So, RMR essentially replaces KPR for 2020. Since we'll only hold two rally events this year, we're working hard to make the autumn event a good one.
The intended dates for the event are 06 (Friday) and 07 (Saturday) of November, 2020. Recce and other opening activities are planned for the Friday. Only one day of racing will occur, on the Saturday of this event. This is a little different than what we've seen at other recent events, so be sure to make the appropriate entries on your calendar.
The RMR is to be held on the Powderface Trail and JumpingPound Demonstration Loop in Kananaskis Country. Experienced operators will recognize these roads as the course that has been used in previous years for the fall Kananaskis rallies. For this year's RMR, the Powderface Trail leg will likely be extended to include the entire 34km of this road.
While it will only be a single day of racing, the 2020 RMR is still a national series event. This level of racing typically involves more complex and challenging course roads for the rally drivers, which translates to more complex and challenging radio operations to support the event. We'll need plenty of radio operators to cover the extended Powderface leg, which may be broken into two "sub-legs" for some of the stages. This will make for some tight scheduling - there might even be more than one active stage at a time. We're anticipating lots of interesting radio activity!
I hope that I've piqued your interest! This should be a really fun event with many challenging radio support roles for us to fill. After these months of pandemic isolation, a day of fresh air in the mountains will be just what the doctor ordered. So, check your calendar and mark the date. You don't want to miss out!
For more information contact:
A change of Date and Location has now been posted on the event website https://www.rockymountainrally.com/
RMR will no longer be happening this May in Invermere.
We will still be looking for amateur radio volunteers to help support the event, later in the year and in some familiar territory:
November 6-7, 2020 - Powderface trail