Williamson County ARES was awarded a thank you plaque from the staff of the Round Rock Freedom Parade. ARES provided communications support for the parade. Left to right, Ken Malgren, EC, Tabatha Ullrich and Adrienne Crossland.
WC-ARES with help from all the local clubs, provided 38 radio operators, all of whom put in a shift of 8 hours, provided communications for VIPs, medical, staging, Rovers, and route monitors. Including the planning and preparatioin, that is a total of 322 man-hours donated to the public.
The 2014 parade consisted of 149 entries, involving 2600 people. ARES members were stationed every half block along the parade route to watch for anything needing attention. One group of 70 volunteers failed to show up in the staging area as planned, and our ARES members stepped in and helped get the entries launched in the right order and in a timely manner.
ARES members are great at serving the public during these events in order to keep their skills sharp for times of emergency.
Photo credit: Bruce Elbert.
WC-ARES assists with communications at the Annual Red Poppy bicycle ride usually held in the month of April each year. This event draws 1100 to 1500 bicycle riders each year. The ride begins at Georgetown High School and traverses the countryside east to Lake Granger and back along county roads. Multiple routes range from 14 to 100 miles in length.
Members provide radio communications from 7 Rest Stops, and 10 SAG (Support and Gear) wagons to assist riders with mechanical problems or that cannot complete the route. Typically 35 to 40 licensed Amateur Radio Operators participate each year.
Please contact Craig Boegler, W5TSN firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Positions include SAG wagons, Net Control Operators, and Rest Stops.
This parade takes place in downtown Round Rock on July 4 each year. (see above article).
Outlaw Tail 100 Ride
This is another bicycle event that begins and ends at Dell Diamond in Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, during the month of October each year. It is much like the Red Poppy ride. This ride is sponsored by the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department. Operators drive city-owned trucks, which on the morning of the ride, requires them to install mobile radios in each truck in the span of 30 minutes and get out on the route! This ride usually provides opportunities for 35-40 operators. For more information, contact Dallas Mellichamp, KD4HNX, email@example.com.
This is a foot race that takes place in early January in Cedar Park. Start and Finish is at Cedar Park High School. Amateur Radio operators monitor the runners from vehicles and in the start finish area. In the past this has been a fundraiser for WC-ARES. Contact EC@wc-ares.org for more information.
Starting January 10, 2015, ARES will assist with communications for the Fitness Challenge, sponsored by the Round Rock Lions Club. The challenge takes place at the Baca Center in Round Rock. For information and to volunteer, contact Jim Kinter, K5KTF at firstname.lastname@example.org