A long day on the Buell by the time we were back home.  But well worth it!

If you were planning on a 500+ mile day on the motorcycle, you would probably start early.  We didn’t.  A couple of chicken tacos for lunch, then we gassed up and hit the road about 12:30.  We headed up US395 toward Bishop, with a few more stops than usual to dodge the heat.

Our destination: Bishop Amateur Radio Club’s monthly meeting.  I met the BARC crew out at last month’s Bishop High Sierra Trail Runs.  They were able to keep track of all of the runners in that long, remote event, and relay that information from one place to another.  A complicated job, and they made it look easy.

So I went to the meeting hoping to persuade them to come on out to the Everest Challenge and help us with the same kind of problem. Except that our event will prove to be a much more daunting task, since our riders will be spread out over a much greater distance, and our passes are even more remote.  There was the possibility that the task would be too difficult, even for such an accomplished group of communication specialists.

If you don’t know about ARCs (aka HAM Radio clubs), the radio operators are an interesting bunch of folks who know a lot about what they do, and typically build or modify a lot of their equipment.  Hams are usually the only folks who can communicate when disaster strikes and commercial radio and TV fail.  Each operator is a licensed radio station, with a call sign like a commercial station, and they are a serious bunch.

I figured we would go to the meeting, pass out a few maps and explain the race, and they would get back to me.  Imagine how happy we were when they took a vote right then and decided unanimously to help us!

So I am proud to welcome the Bishop ARC and its members to the Everest Challenge, and I am sure that they will be a huge asset.


K1ECR (my call sign!)