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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 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.

Current plans are not finalized for CSM 2020 so NO DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE YET for the exact mix of commercial and ham radio planned. At the very least, ham radio will be used as backup in case of problems with the commercial system. As details become available, they will be posted here. We will be posting a link to the potential volunteer list at a later date.

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

Pictures from the 2019 CSM

Net control teams (NC photos by Frank)

Georges Ankenmann VA3LZY and Frank Fullum VE2KOI - Operations ...

Frank and Georges along with Safety Jean-Marc Nantel and David Nantel ...

The commercial repeater tower on Saturday Feb 9, 2019 (Photo supplied by Jonathan Lévesque)

Tower was damaged in a windstorm the night before the marathon ...

To see more pics from CSM 2019 go to Archived-CSM2019

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

We expect there to be some mix of commercial and ham radio at CSM 2020.

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? Would you be willing to pass this info on to other operators you know? Perhaps your local club ... ? Thanks!

Trail routing is under discussion

The so-called "Northern Trail" was used in both 2018 and 2019, but the routing for 2020 is under discussion. Routing details will be posted on the Maps page.

Add your own comments or questions below ...

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