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SIGN UP COMING SOON - save the dates! February 5&6 2022

In-person event for 2022 with full COVID-19 protocols

For 2022, despite the challenges caused by the on-going pandemic, the CSM is planning an in-person event for the traditional full weekend. The Board of the Canadian Ski Marathon is doing everything it can to organize a safe event for February 2022 that complies with the directives of public health authorities.

The CSM may ALSO have a "virtual" event (as they did in 2020).

As details become available, they will be posted here. Please note that even the official CSM website ONLY has the dates posted with no other 2022 details.

Ham radio operators at CSM 2022

Starting in 2018, the CSM began to use commercial digital radios for health, safety, and logistics traffic. However, the CSM still uses the skills and knowledge of ham operators to run a controlled net on the commercial rigs. When equipment or environmental factors make the commercial rigs difficult or impossible to use, 2m ham radio is used as a backup.

The communications plan for 2022 is still being developed. As soon as details are available, they will be posted here.

To comment, please send an email to Harrie Jones, VE3HYS harriej59_at_gmail.com or to Neil Herber, VE3PUE ve3pue@hambone.ca.

Trail routing will probably change

The so-called "northern trail" was used in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The current thinking is that for 2022 the trail will go from the Miller quarry near Mont Tremblant to Montebello on Saturday, and from Montebello to the Buckingham Golf Course in Buckingham, QC on Sunday. This is the first time the "western trail" has been used in 4 years! Routing details will be posted on the Maps page when available. Note that the route may change at any time due to landholder changes, weather, safety concerns, and government directives.

Tasks for radio ops

We usually need radio operators for:

  • net control - located near Montebello
  • checkpoints - spread along the route - see Maps for details
  • chip team - mobile throughout the event installing and removing the loops and skier counting equipment at checkpoints

Volunteer thank-you banquet???

A volunteer thank-you banquet is usually held at Buffet des Continents, 4 Impasse de la Gare Talon, Gatineau, QC https://goo.gl/maps/Fj7sSuKbkC12 . In addition to free food, the banquet features lots of door prizes (some quite substantial) and presentation of service pins and awards. It is unknown if such a gathering will be possible in 2022, but the planned date is Feb 16, 2022.

Ops radio team service awards at the banquet: Austin Sweezey VA3SWY (5 yrs), Arthur Smith VA3BIT (15 yrs), Wayne Getchell VE3CZO (35 yrs), Harrie Jones VE3HYS (40 yrs!!), Neil Herber VE3PUE (30 yrs), Frédéric Ménard (Admin-1), absent was David Scobie VE3BOW (3 yrs)

To see more pics from CSM 2020, including the banquet, go to CSM2020 SlideShow


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 2023) Please pass this info on to other operators you know. Perhaps your local club ... ? Thanks!

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