CSM 2020 FAQs
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Why are there two radio ops at each checkpoint?
With two ops, one is able to copy traffic while the other is out of the vehicle getting or delivering information to the CP crew. Plus it gives each op a chance to get out and stretch once in a while.
What frequencies should we use?
NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE on the mix of ham and commercial radios for CSM 2020. The following info applied for CSM 2019:
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:
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.
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. See the Downloads page.
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).
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?
To be determined.
What happens if the radio equipment has technical problems?
To be determined.
Where will net control be located?
Net control will probably 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 7th, 2020.
Does net control have internet access?
Yes. High-speed fibre.
What checkpoints do each CP team cover?
To be determined. For 2019 each CP team covered 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.
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