It’s time again for one of TARS’ most important community service events – The Spaghetti 100. This year it will be held on Saturday, November 9th starting at 7:00 am and running until the last rider reaches the finish line in mid-afternoon.
This iconic 100-mile ride starts at the Miccosukee Community Center and rides into the scenic back country of North Florida and South Georgia. The route takes riders through historic Thomasville and Boston in Georgia and then through Monticello in Florida.
TARS is instrumental in providing communications and safety support for the Spaghetti 100. There are a total of 34 posts along the route to be filled. In addition, we provide transportation and communications for the event’s Medic and communications for the Mechanic. Because the route travels through areas with little or no cell coverage, we also provide backup communications for the rest stops, SAG and other ride officials. Reports from the posts and from “Tail-End Charlie” keep ride officials up-to-date on the positions of the riders.
We need your support to fill all the posts, Medic, Mechanic, Tail-End Charlie and Net Control positions. Requirements are an Amateur Radio License (any class), transportation, and a 2‑meter rig. The rig can be a mobile unit or an HT with at least 5 watts of power. At least a mag mount antenna is recommended, although an extended-sized HT antenna will work in most locations.
No experience is necessary. You will receive comprehensive instructions on what to do.
You do not have to be a club member.
This is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air before the colder months arrive. You will be gaining skills with your equipment, in network communications and emcomm operations. Your community service will be appreciated by all the riders that pass your post and by the Capital City Cyclists organization.
Oh, and did I mention? There is a free spaghetti dinner at the end of the ride!
Send an email now with your name, callsign, email address and cell phone number to Stan Zawrotny at K4SBZ.Stan@gmail.comto sign up for this fun event. Full details and assignments will be emailed a few days before the event.