CSM 2019 FAQs (Archived)
Why are there two radio ops at each checkpoint?
With two ops, one will be able to copy traffic while the other is out of the vehicle getting or delivering information to the CP crew. Last year we had a few occasions where the single op was away from the radio when we had traffic to pass. Plus it gives each op a chance to get out and stretch once in a while. When both are in the vehicle, one can monitor the ham bands while the other monitors the commercial rig. Bring headphones for your ham rig, the commercial rigs do NOT have headphone jacks.
What frequencies should we use?
The commercial digital radios are programmed in advance by the supplier. You only need to select the correct Ops channel/day combination. Instructions for operating the commercial rigs are provided on the "CSM 2019 Commercial Radio cheat sheet" on the Downloads page.
There is NO FORMAL NET on the ham bands and normally NO CSM TRAFFIC should be passed on the ham bands. Of course, in cases of emergency, you should use whatever method you can to pass your traffic. Net control will set up equipment to monitor local ham repeaters as back up.
While enroute to and from the checkpoint please test your 2m rig using one of the repeaters below. If you can access your ham radio gear while operating the commercial radio, keep a watch on the amateur frequencies. You may be asked to relay traffic to net control or you may hear a request for the commercial radio tech to attend a location to fix a problem.
For Saturday (Mont Tremblant to Montebello) you could use:
For Sunday (Montebello to Lachute) you could use:
For local simplex comms please use:
If there are no barcodes, does that mean no more hourly total reporting?
Skier ins and outs from a checkpoint are automatically recorded by mats that read the skier "chips" as the wearer passes over them. The data is transmitted via cellphone to a central database that keeps real-time totals. Anyone with internet access can go to https://zone4.ca/ to query the progress of a specific skier by name or bib number. (The Zone4 CSM2019 pages were closed after the event.) There are Zone4 administrative pages that allow authorized individuals to see aggregate numbers for each CP. Net control will have access to the aggregate numbers so they can report them to CPs that do not have internet access.
This system ONLY reports which section skiers are in, and who completed each section. The chips DO NOT provide the exact location of a skier.
Are the maps, checkpoint diagrams, and assignments final?
No. For a variety of reasons - not the least of which is weather - maps, CP locations, and assignments can all change before the event.
Assignments for help at road crossings will be made on the actual event days. The assignments will depend on weather, trail conditions, and traffic conditions. If you are willing to help with road crossings, please be sure to download the road crossing list (Excel) and appropriate trail maps.
Are meals and sleeping accommodations provided?
Yes. Lunch is provided at the checkpoint. Breakfast and supper locations will depend on your deployment.
Does this site have driving directions posted?
Yes. Go to the Downloads page.
Is there a radio operator's guide available?
Yes. Instructions for operating the commercial rigs are provided on the "CSM 2019 Commercial Radio cheat sheet" on the Downloads page.
Are there any split checkpoints - like CP4?
No. CP4 used to have the "ins" and "outs" at 2 different locations. None of the checkpoints in 2019 are split.
What the heck is CP4a?
There is a safety point (SP4) in section 4 half way between CP4 and CP5. Section 4 is one of the longest, and the CSM treats the safety point as a quasi-checkpoint that might require additional supplies or food. It has a variety of names: SP4 (safety point 4), WP4 (water point 4), and CP4a (checkpoint 4a). SP4 will have a health&safety team but will not have an OPS radio.
How many checkpoints are numbered "6"?
This is slightly confusing.
Look at the Section 6 and 5 Maps for details.
How will the radio equipment be installed?
As of Jan 25, the plan is:
What happens if the radio equipment has technical problems?
The equipment supplier will have a technician available to fix things during the event. The tech will be mobile following the main flow of skiers. We are asking all hams to bring 2m rigs to use as backup in the case where the commercial equipment is unable to communicate to net control. You should be able to hit local 2m repeaters with a 50 watt rig. You should test your 2m rig while enroute to your checkpoint since it will be your backup if the commercial rig fails for any reason.
Where will net control be located?
Net control will be located at https://goo.gl/maps/agvKbSnQr3T2 in the offices of the Municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, which is close to Montebello. Net control equipment will be set up Friday afternoon, February 8th.
Does net control have internet access?
Yes. High-speed fibre.
What checkpoints do each CP team cover?
Because the event runs over 2 days, each CP team covers 2 CPs, one per day. It is likely, but not certain, that radio operators will work with the same CP teams on both days. The CP team assignments may be altered due to last minute staffing changes.
Checkpoint Pairings for 2019
Gold Camp (Montebello:Terry Remington-Leader, Ben Orchin) will have radio ops on Saturday ONLY while the Gold skiers are arriving. On Sunday, radio ops at the start at CP6 will also cover GC, which is just 50 meters from the start.
CP 9 and 4 are "Chili checkpoints".