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  • 11 Aug 2021 10:53 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Attention Rally Radio Operators;

    There is going to be an another event!

    The Calgary Sports Car Club (CSCC) has advised us that they have another Test Day planned for Sunday 29 August in Kananaskis. If you are looking for an opportunity to get out and practice your radio operation skills ahead of the big event in October, then here is your chance.

    A Test Day is a more modest undertaking than a full rally. These events make good opportunities to get experience with the rally scene before taking on a regional or national level event. The atmosphere is relaxed, but safety is still a priority.

    Detailed information can be found at the CSCC website:
    https://www.cscc.ab.ca/rally-test-days/

    The signup form can be accessed from the above link, but it takes some hunting to find it, so here is a shortcut for you:
    https://forms.gle/kmWjpek3nmRz2zKY7

    Remember that Alberta Parks has implemented its new Kananaskis Conservation Pass policy.  Be sure to read the instructions provided by the event organizer about this matter.

    Dana and I will post any further information about this event that comes our way.


  • 04 Aug 2021 11:00 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Attention Rally Radio Operators!

    Planning for the Rocky Mountain Rally (RMR) is underway.

    Organizing this event continues to face challenges from various angles. The COVID-19 pandemic (which we hope is finally waning) does continue to influence our lives. The fires in British Columbia have also affected event timing this year.

    Given the recent lifting of pandemic restrictions here in Alberta, we are proceeding with the assumption that there will be no Health Emergency restrictions to prevent holding the rally. However, as experience has taught us a few times now, we will have to monitor the situation and deal with whatever comes along. If anything changes on this front, updates will be posted here to the blog.

    Originally, the Pacific Forest Rally (PFR) was planned for 01-02 October. RMR was slated to happen the following weekend on 08-09 October. However, the extreme forest fire situation in British Columbia this year has caused the event planners to swap these two event dates. The objective of this move is to allow the PFR organizing team an extra week to deal with any fallout from the fires.

    The Rocky Mountain Rally is now planned for 01-02 October, 2021.

    This means that we have just over eight weeks to get ready!

    With the date swap, RMR is now one week ahead of PFR. The planners are hoping that this will make it easier for Eastern teams to attend both events. If this strategy works out, then this could be an event with a full roster of rally cars. The long Powderface Trail with extra rally cars on it could make for a busy day of racing!

    As noted in an earlier post, this RMR event will displace the usual Kananaskis Performance Rally (KPR) that has typically been held in the autumn. This means that there will only be the one performance rally event in our area this year. After waiting for so long, I am sure that we're all ready to get back out on the course roads again.

    More information and Instructions for registration will be posted to this blog as soon as they are available. Check back here regularly for updates!


    73,
    Dana, VA6DJH
    Garry, VE6GDS


  • 31 Jul 2021 10:00 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hello Rally Radio Operators;

    It is 31 July and the Radio Operators survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to support us and provide a submission. We will be analyzing the data and developing a report to share with you soon. Keep an eye on this blog to see when the report is posted.

    Now that August is upon us, we will also be starting the planning process for the Rocky Mountain Rally in October. Details will be posted in this blog as they come available.

    Thanks again for all your support!


  • 29 Jul 2021 11:39 AM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hello Rally Radio Operators;

    We have been receiving excellent response to our survey. Thanks go out to everyone who has provided a submission. Your input is important to us and we appreciate you making the effort to support us in this way. However, August is soon upon us, and we will be taking the survey form down to begin analyzing the the information that has been gathered. If you have been procrastinating, now is the time to get this done! We want your ideas and opinions. Don't miss this opportunity to have your say.

    The survey form will remain available until 31 July, as previously indicated.

    The instructions for the survey can be found at this prior blog posting:
    https://caraham.org/page-1862770/10721614

    Thanks again for all your support!

  • 22 Jul 2021 12:05 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hello Rally Radio Operators;

    Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a response for our Radio Operators survey. The input has been excellent so far. Dana and I appreciate the feedback and the many great suggestions that people have made.

    The survey will remain open until 31 July - which is just over a week away! So, if you haven't had a chance to complete the questionnaire yet,  we'd be grateful if you could take a few minutes to provide us with your input. With just a few more responses, the results will be very substantive and more interesting for the entire Amateur Radio community.

    The instructions for the survey can be found at this prior blog posting:
    https://caraham.org/page-1862770/10721614

    Thanks again for all your support!


  • 19 Jul 2021 10:08 PM | Dana Harding (Administrator)

    {update 2021-07-28} A compilation of some video clips was put together from this event:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVoWqaZBRXc

    Some events are coming to a start!

    This past Sunday morning, a hearty group of people were up early and headed out to Kananaskis to participate in and to support a Rally Test Day put on by the Calgary Sports Car Club.

    Recent weather has been hot with a background haze of smoke from distant wildfires. The early morning provided a brief reprieve from the smoke with dense fog and mist, which had mostly gone by 09:00. Overall a cooler day than expected, with a brief interlude of sun in the afternoon.

    There were approximately 10 teams participating with cars who ran 120+ test runs over the ~7.5 hours we were on the course.  The cadence kept the road, and the radio channel, busy.


    This was a great day to be out in Kananaskis - and I even managed to wrangle another couple potential spectators for RMR when a couple of young gentlemen, out for a drive in the area, stopped and asked about what had been going on after they had spotted a rally car.

    Hopefully this is a sign of things to come as we progress towards the Rocky Mountain Rally on 9 October 2021.    Information about that, and any other test days that come up, will be posted here.

    Dana,  VA6DJH

  • 17 Jul 2021 5:31 PM | Dana Harding (Administrator)

    Kananaskis 2021 - Test Day

    {update 2021-07-17}:  VE6AUY has good coverage in the area, I'll be monitoring that on the way in and out.  As per the the provided details, the plan is to operate on a simplex frequency during the event.

    For anyone signed up for the Kananaskis Test Day on Sunday, you should have an email with details.

    I've put the relevant locations into a .kml file:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pJDRK1TnhoH9wYGUE5uLzT_0Zr9-r97U/view?usp=sharing


    See you there
    Dana, VA6DJH

  • 09 Jul 2021 4:01 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hello Rally Radio Operators;

    Thanks to those who have submitted their responses for our Radio Operators survey. The survey has been available for about a week now, and we are already receiving very high quality input. People are providing us with well thought out material, so I am looking forward to compiling the data and getting a better understanding of what our operators are thinking. Interesting ideas are going to come out of this exercise.

    If you have volunteered for Rally Radio Operations in the past and have not yet taken our survey, Dana and I would greatly appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes and provide us with your input. Don't miss out on this opportunity to have your say in how we plan, organize, and conduct our rally events.

    The instructions for the survey can be found at this prior blog posting:
    https://caraham.org/page-1862770/10721614

    Thanks again for all your support!


    73,
    Garry, VE6GDS


  • 05 Jul 2021 10:00 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Attention Rally Radio Operators;

    There is going to be an event!

    The Calgary Sports Car Club has advised us that they have a Test Day planned for Sunday 18 July in Kananaskis. While the notice is a bit short, I'm sure there are operators who are interested in an excuse to get out of town and into the mountains for the day.

    A Test Day is a more modest undertaking than a full rally. It typically involves fewer rally cars, a shorter route, fewer radio operators, and less formal radio protocols. These events are opportunities for rally drivers to test their cars, work on technique, and practice with their co-drivers. While the atmosphere is more relaxed than that of a competitive event, safety is still a priority.

    These smaller, less complex events are much easier to prepare for than a full rally, but still make a great chance to get out of town for a day and have some fun. There are also opportunities for people who are interested in rally radio operations and would like to get some experience with the rally scene before taking on the challenges of a regional or national level event.

    We do not have a lot of detail about this particular event yet. If you need specifics before committing to the Test Day, please contact the Rallymaster and event organizer, Keith Morison (Keith [at] Morison [dot] ca). Dana and I are not directly involved in planning for this event, but we will try to post any information that comes our way.

    Note that Alberta Parks has implemented its new Kananaskis Conservation Pass policy. At this time, we have no information about how this will be handled for rally events held in the park. So, be sure to check with the event organizer about this matter.

    If you are ready to sign up, here is the volunteer registration link:
    https://forms.gle/4SJf3N6Mi1exh2XYA


    73,
    Garry, VE6GDS


  • 02 Jul 2021 1:13 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hello Rally Radio Operators;

    It has been a tough year for everyone and everything, including the rally scene. It appears that the pandemic is finally coming under control. So, I am sure that we are all ready to get back to something more 'normal' in our lives - and that should include rally!

    As you are likely aware, planning is underway to hold the Rocky Mountain Rally in October. It will have been over a year since our last major event, so it will take a little more effort to get ourselves prepared this time. To kick start the process, Dana and I have developed a survey in which we would appreciate your participation. The results of this survey will help us to plan future events (including this fall's rally) and make things as fun and safe as possible.

    We have used Google Forms for this survey. Forms provides a flexible, efficient, and reasonably secure platform. A link to the survey is provided below. Please read the instructions carefully as this will help to ensure consistency across the responses. We would like to provide anonymized summary information back to the Amateur Radio community, so that everyone can see the results. The intent is to leave the survey open to responses until 31 July. This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

    Thank you in advance for helping us with this first step in returning to the fun of radio operations at rally events.

    Click on the following link to access the survey form:
    {Survey form now closed - Edit 2021 07 31}

    73,
    Dana Harding, VA6DJH
    Garry Spicer, VE6GDS


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