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SIGN UP IS CLOSED - save the dates for next year! February 6&7 2021

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Ham radio operators at CSM 2020

The Canadian Ski Marathon for 2020 will run on February 8th and 9th. Starting in 2018, the CSM used commercial digital radios for health, safety, and logistics traffic. However, in both 2018 and 2019 the CSM used the skills and knowledge of ham operators to run a controlled net on the commercial rigs. When equipment or environmental factors made the commercial rigs difficult or impossible to use, many of the hams powered up their own 2m rigs to get the messages through.

The CSM has signed a contract with ExelRadio for commercial digital radios to be used during the event. However, ham radio will be used as backup in case of problems with the commercial system.

To comment, please send an email to Harrie Jones, VE3HYS or to Neil Herber, VE3PUE

Please sign up ASAP!

  • the sign up page is closed
  • volunteer for one or both days - whatever you can do
  • or just add yourself to the mailing list for event info
  • if you do not get a confirmation email within a few hours, please let Neil VE3PUE know at

Trail routing is the same as 2018 and 2019

The so-called "Northern Trail" was used in both 2018 and 2019, and the routing for 2020 will be almost identical. Routing details are posted on the Maps page. Note that the route may change at any time due to landholder changes, weather, and safety concerns.

Tasks for radio ops!

We need radio operators for:

  • net control - located near Montebello
  • checkpoints - spread along the route - see Maps for details
  • road crossing crew <--- not needed as of 2020-01-31 because cadets are returning and taking over this task
  • chip team - mobile throughout the event installing and removing the loops and skier counting equipment at checkpoints

Volunteer thank-you banquet

The date for the volunteer thank-you banquet is Feb 19, 2020 at Buffet des Continents, 4 Impasse de la Gare Talon, Gatineau, QC . (Unfortunately the same night as the OVMRC meeting.) In addition to free food, the banquet features lots of door prizes (some quite substantial) and presentation of service pins and awards.

To see more pics from CSM 2019, including the banquet, go to CSM2019

But this may not be ham radio! (you say to yourself...)

Ham radios will be used for backup and for some volunteers who will not have commercial rigs available.

The important point is that the CSM needs people who are skilled at operating on a controlled net. Those are ham skills.

But I am busy that weekend!

Well, maybe next year? (February 6&7 2021) Please pass this info on to other operators you know. Perhaps your local club ... ? Thanks!

Page last modified on February 11, 2020, at 11:34 AM