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Shenandoah 500  

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 , 2017

On Sept 30 and Oct 1 , several hundred dual sport motorcycle riders took to the mountain roads of Augusta and Rockingham counties in a ride organized by the Washington Area Trail Riders (WATR) with communications support provided by valley ham radio operators. During the course of the two day ride, hams passed approximately 40 pieces of traffic. Thankfully, this year there were no major incidents and only one call to 911 that turned out to be a none issue, though there were a number of breakdowns each day and several minor injuries. The ride started and ended each day at Natural Chimney’s Regional Park.

Net control Bryan K4RMY was located high atop Reddish Knob. Nine other hams were located around the course each day with the Shenandoah 500 SAG trucks; several others actually rode the course on motorcycles with the riders. Those hams included the following:

Ray KE4HVR, Rodney K4DOD, Gerald KN4FM, Fred KF4FC, Gayle KU4XN, Bob N1QEQ, Andrew N4RCE ,John KB4LOZ, Glenn N3USP, Peter KM4YIA and Tom KM4LHR were stationed with SAG trucks. On Saturday Jason N4DSL and Brian KI4LLC rode with the riders providing updates on the ride as well as several WATR members who had HTs with them and called in when needed. Deeter, KI4STU and Caren, KG4IFR manned the main station at Natural Chimney’s and provided a relay to the organizers Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday David, N4WDC rode much of the course in his jeep. Also, several hams associated with the Clover Hill Fire and Rescue monitored the event and contacted Net Control as needed.

A BIG THANK YOU to all these volunteers for making the ride even safer this year by giving time over this weekend to assist when needed.

WATR gave each participant in the event a Shenandoah 500 T-shirt. Not all participants got a shirt because they ran out. David, N4WDC informed Bryan K4RMY that shirts have been ordered to take care of those that didn’t receive one.

Thanks again to all who gave their time and talents to make this ride safe and success again this year.

Bryan K4RMY

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