On September 13, 2015 the Suffolk County Marathon will take place.This year 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the run on Montauk Hwy from Oakdale to Patchogue and back.
You can imagine the multiple access point to the Hwy to secure. There will be festivals sponsored by the towns along the way.There is a call for Amateur Radio Operator volunteers for communications.
Please consider helping.
On 9/13/2015 you will be asked to be at an assigned post at 6 AM so radio check in can start, the race starts a 7 AM. Depending where you are assigned, you may be at your post until noonish. You will need a dual band HT with a high gain antenna due to the wide area of the race and location of the repeaters (VHF and UHF repeaters are being used).
The organizer current understanding is that cars will not be allowed on the sides of the road, so HT operation with HIGH Gain antennas are needed(not the stock HT antenna). Your mobile rig will likely not be of use due to the parking restriction on Montauk Hwy for the event You might be able to set up a portable antenna with an HT/battery powered rig, just don’t for a lawn chair :). it would be a great time to test your go kit.
To provide help with communications, please register at http://www.islipares.org/. You can request a location that might be closer to your home. If you are a member of ARES, please state so in the comment box. Assignments will be sent out later on by email.Details on the Marathon are provided at http://www.suffolkmarathon.com/