Comrades 4 June 2017
Comrades was an up-run this year. The linked Durban and Pietermaritzburg repeaters worked well. Unfortunately the Hilton repeater was still down, so the Pmb JOC needed to use the World's View repeater with the lower audio level. As usual, it was a busy day for all radio operators who helped today. Thanks also to the CB and LCCSA who helped out with the radio communications today. Click here for more pictures.
August 2016 - ZS5HN writes:
This year’s isiMangaliso went off with great success, Hamnet KZN played a vital role by providing the Radio Communications for this event once again.
The event saw 234 Mountain Bike Riders,
Both of these Reserves have the Big 5. Comms were established on VHF Simplex 145,550 Mhz with 145,225 Mhz as a backup when 145,550 got Busy.
The Ops Control ZS5MB situated on a high point was in contact with the JOC ZS5HN, ZS5J as Rover, ZS5LT as Sweep 1, ZS5CD as Sweep 2 &
ZR5GB as Sweep 3. There were some challenges, from S2 Mush on VHF from the Computer Systems at the JOC, to Strong Wind and Lightning at the High Site.
All the Hamnet members deployed are looking forward to next years event.
Feedback from the isiMangaliso MTB organisers:
After a year’s activity culminating in the hectic
non- stop 4 days of the event, we’re finally getting our breath back and
taking a reflective look at the 2016 isiMangaliso 4 Day event. Thank you
for the part you played.
Hamnet Meeting, 13/12/14
A well attended meeting was held at Disaster Management Centre. Interesting topics we discussed.
2013 Total Rally
Hamnet KZN again provised vital comms between the
different stages and the control points. In many areas there was
no cell coverage. More pics can be found
Dawie Conradie, ZR5DHC, from Amateur Radio Sonder Grense, interviews Gawie Hoon, ZS5R, about Hamnet's participation in Comrades. Click here to listen. (It's in Afrikaans, 6.1MB)
03 June 2012 - Comrades down run
We had another successful communications system with
this year's Comrades. Again, comms provided by Hamnet KZN is
proving vital for requests for ambulances, crowd control etc. Here
is a picture of table 30, ZS5JM.
October 2011 - Some more pictures can be viewed of the
Amashovashova race here
2011 Tour Natal Rally, 25/26 March
The Rally was a resounding success from Hamnet's communication point of view. The reliability of modern technology still has not caught up with what our teams can achieve with Amateur Radio equipment. Again we managed to provide invaluable comms between the stages and control, which was also used to send through the stage times to control.
More pictures can be viewed here
On 31 January 2011 Phil ZS5VC reports:
you can view some more photos here
The National Road Traffic Act (submitted by ZS5DGR)
Previous home entries can be found here
Ethekweni Emergency Control Number: 031 361 0000
This year's up run was a hard one, with many ambulances required to tend to runners in trouble, keeping the radio operators busy requesting ambulances and other emergencies. Another job well done!
Hamnet KZN had another successful day on the down run, providing vital communications during the race, especially during the latter part of the race when there were many requests for ambulances, busses etc.
It was an early morning for some:
We had a very successful event from a communications point of view. The normal requests, such as requests for ambulances for road side treatment etc where carried out with Keith ZS5WFD at control in Pmb, and Dion ZS5DD as half way control at Cato Ridge (relaying messages from the Dbn side to the Pmb side).
As soon as more photos are available, I will post them here (also accessible from the album section)
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