Don (WA2EZ) wanted to send a quick note on Tryon ARC’s Public Service Team’s service on 9/26/09. Grayson Swartz (N2KAE), Earl Ward(KR2L), Rich Gatti (KB2MOB) and myself (Don Gifford WA2EZ) provided RACES Communications for 4-H’s 5th Annual Clover Combo Classic in Fort Hunter, NY.
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been a powerful way for young people to grow into strong, capable adults. The 4-H Clover Combo Classic has been organized to raise funds for the Fulton/
Montgomery 4-H Program. All of the profits stay in the two-county region and are used to benefit
local 4-H youth development programs and 4-H members.
The 4-H Clover Combo Classic focuses on Health, one of the four H’s. 4-H is committed to promoting healthy eating and physical activity to local youth and families through experiential educational activities. There was an 8k run, a walk-a-thon, a kid’s dash and a mascot dash. We took part in the 8k run which half was on a paved road and the last half was on the historic mule path that once was used to pull barges through the Erie Canal.
Our communications meant the race coordinator received real time updates of the racers status as the beginning and end of the race passed each checkpoint. For some, that may not seem like much at all, but I can tell you that each time we provide this service, we are providing “peace of mind” and you just can not put a price on that. For us Hams, we get to practice assessing terrain for radio communication and learning what frequency works best for the area we are operating in and that my friends is invaluable.
Our next event is this coming Sunday, October 4th. It is the 2nd Annual St. Jude’s Run: Gloversville Enlarged School District “Community for a Cure” 5k Race and 1 mile Fun Run. Race time is 1pm at Boulevard Elementary School (E. Boulevard & Prospect Ave. Gloversville). Moneis raised will benefilt St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and finding a cure for childhood cancer. WA2EZ will send out a map this week. Please check in to the RACES Net this Tuesday for more details.