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Big White Winter Rally

  • 07 Dec 2019
  • 08 Dec 2019
  • Big White (out of Kelowna)

Our neighbours to the west have asked about volunteers for amateur radio support for the Big White Winter Rally.


Geoff Hill

Volunteer Coordinator, Big White Winter Rally 2019

Director at Large, RPM

Secretary, WCRA

An excerpt from Geoff's email to the club:

What you would be doing:

As radio operators, you would be stationed at the start and finish line of each closed road, or at blocker positions along the route itself, monitoring and controlling access at intersecting roads or high-risk areas. The primary roles of the radio operator are to help the event organizers track the progress of rally cars on the roads, to keep any civilians from entering the road during competition, and to pass along relevant information in the event of a crash or safety incident.

There will be a training and Q&A session for operators during the event.

What we provide:

To reduce costs to our volunteers as much as possible, we try to provide free shared accommodation in a condo right at the Big White Ski Resort itself. We also provide bag lunches during the event, and free admittance to the awards banquet and post event celebrations. If you do require accommodations for the rally, please register prior to November 15th, the deadline requested by the resort to prepare for a large group of guests arriving on the mountain.

What you need to bring:

Because this event takes place in winter conditions on freshly plowed forest service roads, we strongly advise proper winter tires in good condition, a reliable vehicle with reasonable ground clearance, and reliable radio equipment that can run for multiple hours at a time on the power provided by your vehicle. It is good practice to also bring food, fluids, and anything else you might need for an extended stay outside. The event does run after dark, so headlamps and flashlights will come in handy. Finally, warm winter clothing and wilderness common sense are also important to bring along!

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